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Los Angeles Highbinders
on Trial for
Prominent Members of the
Chinese Colony the
Important Sale of Placer Mikes
Near Yreka, in Sis-
Los Akoki.es, March 2.— The case of The
People TB. Wong Chee, Wong Wing and
Wong Chuey came up for ezaminatioD in
the Police Court this morning. Chinamen
in all parts of the State are interested in
the ca-e. and several highbinders have
been imported from San Francisco to as
sist in the defense. The charge against de
fendants is murder.
Wong Shee is one of the wealthiest
Chinamen here and is at the head of a
powerful faction. Lucy Suey, a member
of an opposing society, was brutally mur
dered about a we«k ago, and Chee and his
two companions were arrested and charged
with the crime. Chee is well educated, but
peenis to have murderous propensities.
Some years ago he killed a Chinaman in
San Francisco, but was pardoned after serv
ing a few years of t ii * - sentence.
Witnesses on the stand to-day testified
that the murd'red man almost with his
last breath said. "Choc told other men to
Fhoot,'' and it seems that the la\y has
strung hold on all three of the accused.
The examination will bo resumed on Mon
day and will probably last several days.
Tlie A'«i<> Foreslmitiurs thr lieveiopmrnt of
J'lnrrr Minintj in Siskiyou.
Yreka, March 2. — An important mining
sale took place to-day by which a Wash
ington and Oregon capitalist deposited
$25,000 in cash in the Siskiyon County
Bank in favor of Qiiinnc and Simmons for
the George Simmons placer mine near
. iyou is known to be rich in gold, and
this sale to outside capital promises to
open a new era in the mining industry of
this county, the importance of which has
UeretnLtra b«. l en nnknovri) to tlie outside
T. J. Noiton of Seattle consummated the
Workmen Clearing Airaij Itiibbish Find
the I.etj of a Unman.
Lop Angeles, March 2. — Workmen en
gaged in clearing away a quantity of rub
bish in the rear of the house 920 .South
Broadway, this morning, discovered in the
center of a pile of debris a woman's leg.
The limb had men severed at the knee
joint and was decomposed.
Coroner Campbell was notified at once
of the discovery and ho sH to work on the
case with the idea of ferreting out a mys
tery. The house, in the rear of which the
leg was found, is occupied by a Mrs. Moore,
who professes to know nothing about the
matter. As there are no medical students
living in the neighborhood who would be
likely to have secured the limb for dissec
tion the police are at a loss where to look
for a dew.
it is aim a singular circumstance that a
woman 'a toot was found near the same lo
cality several months a :o.
Senator Bfffft Thttik* the T.inc Will Go
to t/ir Siough City.
BTOCXTOK, March 2.— .Senator John Boggs
ofCo!usa,who owm valuable water-front
property in this city, was in Stockton to
day looking after his interests. The Sen
ator said there was no doubt in his mind
that the now railroad would come to Stock
ton and he stated that he stood ready to
deal liberally with the projectors of the
mail in the matter of rights of way, yard
facilities, etc.
A> the land owned by the Senator covers
the most desirable site in this city for rail
way-yards, being located on tidewater, his
statements are of interest.
He practically holds the key to the sit
uation. He has granted rights of way and
terminal facilities to the United Railway
Company on certain conditions, but this
does not prevent him from granting an
other road the same favors.
A Magnificent Sight Witnessed by Early
liiaers in Xevnilti.
Reno, New, March 2.— At 5:48 o'clock
this morning an immense aerolite shot out
of the northern heavens and seemingly
passed over the town. It exploded with
terillic force. shaking thebuildingsand wak
ing the people. Those who saw it describe
it as a magnificent sight, lighting up the
heavens and earth in all directions. It was
accompanied by a rushing, whirling noise,
like a tornado. People on the street in
voluntarily dodged. The explosion was
like a mighty blast of powder. It wa's
probably at a great distance, as the ex
plosion was not heard for about two min
utes after it had disappeared.
A Itonanza Ledge Uncovered by « Miner
in Madison County.
Hei.exa, Mont., March One of the
biggest gold discoveries ever made in the
State was reported to-day by Thomas Car
inin of Pony, Madison County. Years ago
lie located the White Pine ledge, near that
place, but did very little work upon it
until recently, when he began to develop
it. A few days ago he struck a 10-inch
vein of gold ore which runs $100 to the ton.
This is richer than the quartz found at
present in any of Montana's famous mines.
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I'-r- Itallphtyr,- steals at Saeraine.nto.
Sackamkxto. March 2.— Al Hapeman,
who was once a well-known baseball
player of California, was convicted in the
Police Court to-day of petty larceny. He
The Morning Call.
stole a watch from a countryman, and
Judge Davis sent him to jail, where he
will break rock for sixty days.
Fresno Jtai«Ui-(irowcr.i Organize.
Fresno, March 2.— The first important
move of the raisin-growers for the coming
season was made to-day, when T. C.
White, Thomas E.-Huirhes and other large
raisin-growers met and outlined a plan for
marketing the raisin crop without patro
nizing the commission men. The plan is
to take the place of the combine of last,
year. The commission men will fight the
project. Cash sales and co-operation are
the main features.
Tite Southern f'arijic frill Xot ■ Meet the
Santa fr"e Cut.
Los Angeles. March 2.— H. E. Hunting
ton of the Southern Pacific is in town. Mr.
Huntington says that his company will not
at present meet the cut made by the Santa
Fe on Eastern passenger rates as it is not
thought that the reduction will affect traffic
to any particular extent. He speaks en
couragingly of the outlook in Southern
California and intimates that his company
will push improvements rapidly.
The business men of this city, however,
are interested in a greater degree in a pro
ject to build a line of. road to connect with
the proposed San Joaquin Valley road,
through to Salt Lake City, than they are in
any improvements that old companies
may make, as they believe more feeders
are needed to assist in the upbuilding of
industries of this portion of the State.
Two Men Stop the East-Bound
Train Early This
The Engineer and Fireman
Fought Them Off After
Uncoupling a Car.
Sacbamknto, March 3, 1 a. m. — Train 3,
bound east, which left here at 12:30, was
held up near Antelope Station by two
masked men fifteen minutes after leaving
The men were dressed in long dusters,
and wore black masks completely conceal
ing their faces.
They climbed over the tender into the
cab, and before the engineer or fireman
was aware of their presence they had the
trainmen covered with their revolvers and
ordered the engineer to slow up.
One of the highwaymen kept the en
gineer under guard while his part
ner took the iireman to the bag
gage-car and there compelled him
to uncouple it from the train. He re
turned to the cab with the fireman and
ordered the engineer to go ahead.
After running a short distance the
engineer was ordered to stop, but as he
slowed up the fireman grappled with one
of the men, who laid him low with a blow
from his revolver.
The engineer attempted to hit his man
with a wrench, but he jumped to the
ground, and, with his companion, escaped
to the woods.
The engine, with the baggage car un
touched, backed down to the train and
then proceeded to Antelope, from where
word was wired here.
Officers left for the scene immediately
and are now in the woods. The descrip
tion of the would-be robbers cannot be ob
tained at this hour.
Not Seeking the Democratic Nomination
for Vice- t'resident.
Sackamknto, March 2.— ln an interview
to-day Governor Budd very emphatically
stated that he had not. as a San Francisco
paper had asserted, taken preliminary
steps in an effort to secure the
Democratic nomination for Vice-Pres
ident. "As a matter of fact," said the
Governor, "I am not paying any attention
to politics, and politicians and office
seekers will have to keep away from this
office until all legislative work has been
disposed of. I would rather be Governor
of California for four years than have the
office of Vice- President for forty years.
An honest man as Governor can do his
people far more good in four years than he
could as Vice- President for a lifetime."
An ' Unknown Man Periahes at Fish
Creek Springs in the Desert.
San Diego, March 2. — A cattleman,
named Roberts, of Campo, went out on
the desert a few days ago looking for stock,
and at Fish Creek Springs, near Dos
Cabezas, came upon the body of a man
lying partly in the water.
The body was in an advanced state of
decomposition and the man had appa
rently been dead two or three months. The
man appeared to have * been short and
thick-set and had a full black beard, about
two inches long. His coat was taken for
the purpose of identification.
The Legislature May Xow Try to Break
the Deadlock.
Boise, Idaho, March 2.— The Senatorial
ballot to-day was as follows: Shoup 19,
Sweet 18, Claggett 14.
The legislation that stands in the way of
the election of a Senator is now well in
hand. The apportionment bill has passed
both houses and the agricultural college
bill has passed in the committee of the
whole in the Senate. It has not been
thought for several days that a Senator
would be elected until both these measures
were disposed of.
Sentence of a Seattle Murderer.
Seattle, Wash, March 2.— James Mur
phy, twice convicted of murder in the sec
ond degree for killing Philin J. Dswe, ex
pugilist and saloon-keeper, was to-day
sentenced to fifteen years' imprisonment
and costs.
One of the Well- Known Wagon-Makers of
Indiana l'asae* Away,
South Bend, Ind., March 2. —Henry
Studebaker died at 3 o'clock this morning,
of stomach troubles, after an illness of sev
eral years. He was born sixty-two years
ago in Pennsylvania, coming West in 1852.
He and Clem Studebaker established the
Studebaker Manufacturing Company here
in the fifties.
Three Prisoners Try to
Break the Deadly
Guard Line,
Two of the Men Shot Down,
One Being Mortally
His Comrade Planned the Es
cape and Would Not
Desert Him.
Folsom, March 2. — A dash for liberty was
made by a gang of convicts who were
working on the opposite side of the river
from the State prison at 10:30 o'clock this
morning. Immediately the guard's rille
began to crack, and the bullets sped to the
mark. Three men were shot down, and
one of them is mortally wounded and will
The convicts were in charge of Guards
Ellis and Niekerson, and were engaged in
blasting through the solid granite near the
big dam for the formation of a lish-ladder.
At the time the break occurred Ellis was
alone. Zs'ickerson having just left in charge
of two convicts, who were supervising the
blasting, and who were compelled to go to
the prison for the purpose of getting their
The Two Convicts Who Led the Dash
for Liberty on Saturday.
[Anderton says he planned the escape. Turner in
tht man thai through the brtatt and n<n>
dying. From phoiograjyhs.]
dinner before the other men went inside
the lines. The story of the break is best
told by the different participants.
Guard Ellis, who did the most efficient
shooting, relates the incidents as follows:
"I am regular guard of the line and for
the past few days have been detailed to
take charge of a gang of fourteen men em
ployed in clearing away for the formation
of a fish-iadder over the great dam. Yes
terday I noticed that something was
wrong. The men seemed restless and un
easy, and I made up my mind that trouble
was brewing. This accounts for my
promptness in shooting as soon as they
made a jump and my success in bringing
them all down.
"About 10:30 Nickerson, the horse-guard,
started over the hill with the two convicts,
Many and Meleacher, who were going
into the lines to get dinner. He had hardly
passed over the hill out of sight when Con
victs Anderson, Turner and Garcia srfrung
out of the bunch of laborers and started on
a run up the hill. When they started they
were fifty or seventy-rive yards distant
from the spot where I was standing.
"I threw a shell from the magazine into
the barrel of my riHe and fired at Turner,
who was running in the lead. As soon as
Convict W. H. Flynn, Who Success
fully Ran the Deadly Guard Line
on Friday and Escaped.
[From a photograph.]
I pulled the trigger I saw the man fall.
Then I shot at Garcia and he went down.
Before I could throw another shell into the
gun Turner sprang to his feet and
started away at full speed. I fired
two more shots at him, but
they failed to hit. In the meantime
Garcia scrambled to his feet and I took an
other shot at him. I did not shoot at An
derson at all. I think he must have
been hit either by one of the shots I fired
at the others, or perhaps Guard Prigmore,
who was firing from his post across the
river, might have struck him.
4 After firing at the escaping men I
whirled around and ordered the rest of the
convicts, who were under my charge, to
fall into line and march down the river
toward the boat used to convey them
across to the prison. On my way back
toward the landing I was hailed by Guard
Niekerson, who said he had captured one
of the men I had wounded. I ordered the
convicts to go to where Nickerson was
standing, and found he nad captured the
Mexican, Garcia.
"The man was shot through the right
arm and was suffering from a dislocation
of the right hip caused by his fall when the
bullet took effect. He had dragged him
self over 300 yards on his hands and knees
through the brush after I shot him. I
made some of my gang of convicts pick up
the wounded man and carry him to tue
boat and he was conveyed across the river
arid taken up to The hospital at the prison."
Horse-guard Nickerson also states that
for the last two days he had been expect
ing trouble with the crowd of prisoners
working under the supervision of Ellis and
himself. He was hardly prepared for such
a sudden break, but as soon as he heard
the shots tired by Ellis, ho realized that he
had to act quick, so ne pointed his rilie at
the two men he was escorting to the
boat and ordered them to move. The
men started for the boat on a
run, and as soon as they were safely
aboard he turned his horse and went on a
gallop up the hill for the purpose of head
ing off any convicts that might have
escaped. As his horse broke away
through the short brush growing on the
hillside he caught a glimpse of a man's
legs going through the dense chaparral.
The man was drawing himself along
on his hands and kuees. He immediately
ordered him to halt, and the convict
replied: "I surrender. For God's sake
don't shoot me any more; I am all shot to
pieces now." "The man came out of the
brush and I saw that it was the Mexican,
Garcia. A few seconds later I saw Ellis
coming down the river bank with the rest
of the convicts and called to him. He or
dered the convicts to come up to where I
was, and they carried Garcia down to the
Guard Spencer was on post duty on the
prison side of the river when the break
occurred. As soon as he heard the shots
tired by Ellis he sprang into a boat and
rowed across. Springing to the shore he
started on a rapid run up through a
ravine that led to the top of the hill, at the
base of which the shooting was talking
place, his intention being to get ahead of
the escaping convicts. As he gained the
summit he ran directly on to two men who
were seated in a shallow ditch and par
tially surrounded by dense brush. The
men were negroes. Anderson, who is a
mulatto, was seated on the ground and
had the head of tfce other negro pillowed
on his knee. He ordered both of the men
to come out in the open under penalty of
instant death. The convict Anderson im
mediately replied: "I'll come out, boss;
but for God's sake, don't shoot. I
am wounded and my poor old part
ner is done for. Don't shoot no more.
"We quit. We give tip." Spencer then
made Anderson assist Turner to his feet
and started them down the hill in the
direction of the lauding place for the boats.
The men stumbled along for some distance
until the effort be<ame too much for human
endurance and with the blood spurting
from his mouth in a crimson stream
Turner pitched headlong to the ground.
By this time they had arrived in sight of
the landing and in a few seconds some con
vict trustees arrived with a stretcher and
Turner was carried down to the boat and
conveyed back to the prison he had given
up his life to escape from.
On a white covered cot within the prison
hospital, propped up into a semi-sitting
position with the aid of a heap of pillows,
the great beads of sweat caused by intense
■pain rolling down his black face, slowly
gasping his iife Tune in broken
; accents, told the following to a Call re
porter, who asked him for his story:
"Well, all I got to say is that I made a
break for liberty, and I've got it. I just
don't care nohow. I had rather die than
j stay in this place. I tell you, boss, it is
! h — . I never got a square deal since I have
been inside the walls. I have nothing
particular to say against any one of the
officers. It's the life. It's all work for
some, and I was one of them that gets the
hardest deal of all, so I made up my mind
to get out, either over the hill or by death.
"Another thing that made me more
reckless about the result of this attempt
was the fact that my life was not safe a
minute within the walls, for a convict
named Conners had sworn to kill me. He
made one attempt, hit me over the head
with an iron bar, and they gave him soli
tary for a while, but that did not do any
good. He was bound to get me anyway.
They could not keep him off all the time,
so knowing it was death either way I con
cluded to take my chances with the guard
line, and I will tell you one thing,
if the other fellows had stood in and done
as they said they would some of us would
have made a riffle, but they did not do it
and we got shot down. I knowed the
minute I was hit that it was good-by for it,
but I knowed, too, that my chum Ander
son would never leave me, and seeing that
he had not been hit to hurt, and was still
a-running, I just shut my teeth together,
jumped up, slapped my hand over the hole
where the bullet went in, and kept on run
"And say, boss," he gasped, "maybe you
don't think it didn't hurt; but I kept a
running for my chum's sake. I made to
get out over the hill, but there I had to
quit. I guess I lost over three gallons of
blood. When I fell Anderson ran back to
me and said, 'For God's sake, pard, are
you hurt bad?' I told him to never
mind me, as I was done for any
way, and urged him to go on, but he
wouldn't do it. He just sat down and took
my head on his knee and cried like a child,
and that made me break down, and then
we both cried like whipped kids. Poor old
pard, he will have to part with me now,
anyway, but I ain't going to die if I can
help it, just for his sake, 'cause I just know
he will go crazy if I do.
"I can't talk no more now, 'cause it
hurts me, but I just want to say that life
in this prison is terrible, and things ain't
as they should be. That's all."
Turner, who was serving a term of im
prisonment of ten years, is shot in the left
side, the bullet entered below the armpit,
and came out near the center of the breast.
Dr. Rurbrfugh, the surgeon in charge, lias
no hopes of his recovery. He had but two
years to serve to complete his sentence.
Garcia, serving a term of eight years for
grand larceny, is shot through the right
forearm, and has his hip dislocated. His
term would have expired on December. 3
Anderson, serving five years, is only
slightly wounded, being shot through the
fleshy part of both legs, but the bullet only
penetrated beneath the skin. His term
would have expired October 8, '9tt. There
is no doubt but what the break made for
liberty was preconcerted. Indeed, Ander
son makes no attempt to conceal the
fact that the plan had been for
mulated several days previous to
the attempt, but the original scheme
was a fizzle, as the majority of the gang
refused to run when the moment arrived.
AnVierson claims to be the leader, and says
all the blame rests on him. He says his
original plan was almost sure of sucoess had
all parties carried out the parts assigned to
them. The success achieved by a prisoner
named W. H. Flynn, who escaped from
Continued on Second rage.
Enforcement of a New
Rule Angers the Fair
Third House,
They Plead in Vain With the
Stalwart Sergeant
Affiliated Colleges Building
Appropriation Meets With
Sacramento, March 2.— Many wrathful
women left the Capitol this afternoon.
They came dressed in their Sunday best,
only to find the gate-keepers obdurate.
The resolution of Laugenour of Yolo was
boing enforced, and only the wives of the
Assemblymen were allowed on the floor.
Sergeant-at-Arms Lamphrey good-na
turedly tried to explain the rules. He had
his hands full, and many pretty pleaders
sought in vain to move him. The men re
ceived very scant courtesy indeed, and, as
a result, the House was enabled to con
tinue its business uninterrupted by the
annoyances of the third house.
The improvement in the order was
marked. The effect was increased by the
fact that nearly a third of the House left
on the 3 o'clock train for San Francisco.
There were sixty-one members of the
Assembly present when roll was called this
morning. But the number dwindled till
there were only forty-seven when the last
roll was called. Nevertheless a large
amount of business was transacted.
The bill allowing the State to purchase
lands sold for delinquent taxes having be
come a law, two extra officials were made
necessary for the Controller's office. These
officials are to be known as revenue clerks.
The House took the bills up out of their
regular order, as they were not even on the
files, and read them the second time. They
will be passed Monday afternoon.
The bill to make contracts definite, and
prevent further confusion in the printing
of the constitutional amendments by the
newspapers of the State, was reported back
by "Wade to-day. It bore several changes,
the chief of which was that the proposed
amendments were to be advertised in not
to exceed two newspapers in each county
j and city and county. The amendments
are to be printed once a week for the four
consecutive weeks immediately preceding
the election. The rate charged is in no
case to exceed that fixed by the Supervi
sors of the various counties for the county
printing. The bill also provides that when
the amendments are printed in two papers
in one county these papers shall be of dif
ferent political faiths.
Bui la introduced the joint resolution
to allow the people to vote on the question
of the advisability of holding a convention
to make a new constitution. The fact that
forty proposed amendments had been in
troduced before his committee showed, he
thought, that such action was necessary.
Wade of Napa thought there was but one
way to reach real retrenchment. That was
through changing the constitution. WTay
mire, Dinkelspeil and Powers spoke in
favor of the proposition, but as it would
require two-thirds of the members of the
House, or fifty-four votes, to obtain favor
able action and as there was not that num
ber present, the resolution was laid over to
be made the special order for Monday after
It was evident from the way in which
the remarks of the speakers were received
and the expressions of the various legisla
tors that the Assembly warmly favored
the proposition. There will not probably
be a dissenting vote.
The Committee on Asylums reported in
favor of removing the Home for the Adult
Blind now situated at Oakland to Santa
Clara, at the property formerly occupied
by the Home for Feeble-minded Children,
renewing their severe criticism of the
present management of the former insti
Bettman's bill fixing the age of consent
at 18 was passed with only one dissenting
vote — that of Peter Bennett of Ventura —
after several attempts to lower the age had
The Senate resolution approving the
charter of the town of Berkeley was adopt
ed unanimously.
A resolution by Thomas of Nevada to
authorize the employment of a second
assistant engineer at $6 a day and a fire
man at $5 a day while the Assembly was
holding its evening sessions was referred
to the Committee on Attaches.
Laugenour of Yolo called up his resolu
tion to exclude all outsiders but the lady
visitors of the members from the floor of
the House.
Dixon of San Francisco declared that he
thought the resolution was merely intro
duced for buncombe ; but it went through
just the same, after a motion to put it on
the table had been lost.
Laugenour occupied the chair through
the entire afternoon. His rulings were
given with such fairness and precision, and
he assisted so materially in forwarding the
work, that not only the special file but a
large portion of the urgency file was dis
posed of.
The bill appropriating $250,000 for the
building for the affiliated colleges to be
erected in San Francisco was killed at its
second reading this afternoon by a vote of
24 to 23. An attempt will be made to resus
citate it. This may be successful, as some
of the strongest supporters of the bill were
among the absentees.
When the bill had been read the second
time North moved to amend by making
half the appropriation available in the
forty-seventh year and half in the forty
eighth. This was carried.
Reid of Trinity then asked if the Toland
Medical College was not to be brought in
with the new building. He understood
that a lot of outside colleges were to parti
cipate in the benefits of the State's expen
diture, and he was opposed to that.
North of Alameda and Powers of San
Francisco, both of whom are university
men, pleaded for the appropriation. They
argued that the rents now paid by the
State for college buildings would far exceed
the interest on the money the State would
have to expend. The necessity of the
building was strongly urijed, and as the
House had gone into committee of the
whole, Powers moved that they report the
bill back with the recommendation that it
do pass.
Reid of Trinity moved to amend by re
commending that it do not pass, and the
House adopted the amendment by a rising
vote, 24 being in the affirmative and 23 in
the negative.
The teachers' pension bill, which was
put on the urgency tile by Ewing of San
Francisco, was the last measure consid
Spencer of Lassen made a long speech,
in which he argued about the duty that
lay in the State to care for teachers who
had spent their lives in the teaching of the
children of the land. He stated that the
bill had been so altered that absolutely
nothing was asked from the State and no
compulsion was put on any teachers to
make them join in supporting the fund.
North called attention to the fact that
when teachers absented themselves the
difference between the salaries they would
have received and that paid the substitute
went to the fund and not to the treasury.
In time, he urged, the teachers would con
sider that as this was a quasi otlicial organ
ization it should be helped by the State.
"It is an iniquitous bill," continued
North. "As my colleagues said of other
bills yesterday. 'It has bugs in it.' I have
talked with many of the most prominent
teachers cf my district and they do not
want it. If the teachers want a relief fund
why do they not organize as other citizens
do and establish such a fund?"
Bachman of Fresno said the teachers of
his county had authorized and directed
him to tight the bill. If any were to be
given pensions he thought the worthy
parties were the good women who raised
the children going to the schools, and not
the teachers who received high salaries
and did not save their money.
"We are just simply asking that this be
made a law," said ISvring. "That is all.
We don't ask any money and nobody is
forced to join."
"Then why don't the teachers organize
like the Odd Fellows or Masons?" asked
"Becanse they want the County Treas
urer to take charge of the money," was the
response. "They want a place to put their
money where they know it will be safe."
Belshaw saw no necessity for the bill
except to make the State do the work for
the teachers without the latter paying for
it. The County Treasurers, he said, would
soon be demanding extra deputies to do
the extra work. This the friends of the
bill seemed to overlook.
Arising vote was taken to decide whether
the bill should be read a second time. This
was carried by a vote of 21 to 17.
A number of committee amendments,
striking out obnoxious features, were
Several amendments by Ewing were then
presented. The last of these prescribed
the duties of the various county officials
on whom the burden of the trust was to
rest. A vote showed 19 for the amend
ment and 19 against. Laugenour cast his
vote with the negative side and the amend
ment was lost.
Cutter of Yuba moved a recess until 7:30
this evening. Wade of Napa seconded the
motion, but the chair declared the motion
lost as the result of a viva voce vote.
Then a motion to adjourn was carried,
and the members pressed forward to con
gratulate Laugenour upon the masterly
way in which he had held the House to its
Suddenly Clerk Duckworth rapped the
desk with the gavel. Duckworth is known
to be more thoroughly conversant with the
rules of the House than most of its mem
bers, and in consequence his announce
ment created no little consternation.
"Gentlemen," he called out, "if I under
stand correctly, you have merely adjourned
without fixing the date. That means till
the next legislative day. Sunday is a leg
islative day as well as any other. There
fore a meeting of the House will be held
to-morrow morning at 10 o'clock."
An oppressive stillness settled on the
group of legislators. They looked from
one to the other with dismay. Then
resignation took its place with many, who
declared that they were willing for a Sun
day session. The majority, thoagh, looked
glum and were wondering what they
would do about engagements that had
been made, when Clerk Duckworth changed
the entire complexion of affairs by an
nouncing that he had overlooked rule 1,
which declared that the Assembly should
sit on every day except Sunday. It was
only a joke after all, made possible by the
ignorance of the members of their own
Capitalists and Supervisors Object to In
creasing County Expenses.
Los Angeles, March 2. — The Board of
Supervisors of this county are much
worked up over the proposed bill of fixing
the salaries of deputies apd regulating of
the number of attaches of various offices,
which is now being considered by legisla
tors at Sacramento. The bill provides for
additional deputies, and consequent in
creased expense for conducting the county
T. D. Stinson and G. J. Griffith, two
prominent capitalists and members of the
Citizens' Reform League, have prepared a
protest against any increase in the num
ber of deputies, and they will urge upon
the representatives now at the State capi
tal the need of economical measures.
Seattle Hull Inspector's Trial.
Seattle, Wash., March 2.— lnspector of
Hulls Bryant, who has been on trial sev
eral days before Supervising Inspector
Bermingham put in the bulk of his defense
to-day. The defense examined thirty-five
captains and pilots who swore Bryant's
reputation was first class and that he was
in every way qualitied to hold his position.
Bryant as yet has not attempted to answer
the specific charges made against him, but
may do so Monday when he expects to tes
tify in his own behalf.
Attempted Wife Murder fat tianta Cruz.
Santa Cruz, March 2.— William Perm
was arrested to-day for attempting to mur
der his wife by shooting at her. The bul
let failed to hit her. Her refusal to give
him any money, combined with jealousy,
was the cause.
Santa Crttz Grand Jury Investigation.
Santa Cruz, March 2.— The Grand Jury
has adjourned until to-morrow. City of
ficials, ex-city officials and prominent citi
zens have been before them testifying as to
their knowledge of the water- bonds matter.
It May Be Discussed by
the Assembly Before
A Majority in the Lower
House Opposes the
A Proposal to Dismiss Use
less Clerks Comes Up
Sacramento, March 2.— At last the Lexow
bill is on th<* Assembly file. The Com
mittee on Judiciary reported it back favor
ably this morning. A minority report,
recommending that it do not pass, was
also introduced, signed by Reid, Bledsoe,
Cutler, Brusie and Powers.
It was expected that the bill -would be
consigned to the Ways and Means Com
mittee again. This would mean its
eventual death, if it were not lost entirely.
A careful canvass of the House had
shown there was nothing to fear from the
bill when it should come up, since at least
forty-eight of the members wtttt opposed
to it. Still, it was not desirable that the
measure should usurp the time that be
longed to other bill?. To prevent this,
Laugenour of Yolo made a compact with
Waymire that if no attempt would be
made to make the bill a special order, he
would not insist on having it returned to
the Ways and Means Committee. The bill
was therefore assigned a place at the foot
of the tile.
A substitute was reported this morning
by the Committee on Attaches to Judge
Waymire's resolution that all committee
clerks, save those of the Judiciary and
Ways and Means comittees, should be dis
charged after to-day. The substitute pro
vided that those chairmen who deemed
the retention of their clerks unnecessary
discharge the latter. The report con
cluded: "Your committee regards this as
a proper opportunity for true 'retrenchers'
to practice what they preach."
It is much easier to talk retrenchment
than to practice it though. Now that the
time has arrived when the legislator can
personally give up .something, the ln>ua
tion in yielding is palpable. Brusie ol th-;
Ways and >!•■;<!•.- < ..numr. ■• nd Bulia ol
the Judiciary, absolutely need their clerks.
Some of those most advanced in the re
form movement retain their clerks either
because of bills they have on hand or bills
they may get from the Senate. Most of
them say: "If the rest are willing to give
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