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A. T. SHEWMAN, Publisher. kxsa crrr. Arizona Talking of Ice, $25,000,000 this year from frozen Klondike also represents to much cold cash. The sieh man who has nothing to do and the poor man w’ho can get nothing to do are both to be pitied. By the time the powers are through with her the Empress Dowager’s crown will be several degrees from being on straight. New York was lately astonished with & unique experience—the sight of a fire proof building which would not burn. The fact has created much comment. A New York magistrate has decided that women have as good a right as men to wager their money on horse races. This is a highly important vic tory for the advocates of women’s rights. Another broken neck mended. If there is anything short of a resurrec tion that surgery cannot accomplish for humanity nowadays, perhaps some body will be good enough to name it. By the way, they have restored the tunnel at Laing’s Nek, too. The habit has grown to scoff at grad uates, their impractical ideas, their conceit and their ignorance of the work aday world. It may be granted these young people, for the most part, are Innocent of the workaday world’s ways; imbued with more than a fair share of poetic sentiment, maybe; nur tured in a congenial atmosphere apart from the fierce struggle for existence or supremacy. So much the better. They will harden rapidly enough under the hard knocks the world has to give them. One of New York’s multi-millionaires has chosen the ministry as his profes sion under circumstances which indi cate that his choice is a wise one. He adds another gratifying instance to the lengthening list of illustrations that the rich men’s sons in this country are not necessarily spendthrifts who waste or Idlers who consume. The dangers and temptations to young men of what is practically unlimited wealth are great, but the average capacity of resistance to temptation is also great. It is fur nishing more exceptions than evidences to the rule that it is “only three genera tions from shirt-sleeves to shirt sleeves.” Only to cite the more con spicuous instances we may mention the Vanderbilt family, in which the fourth generation is now enjoying its pros perity witflfctereatly increased fortune. The Jay Gould are sensible business men. The young Rockefellers have settled down to work. Young Col. Astor and the Armour who recent ly died and the Goelets and Wads worths and Browns and Blairs and Morgans and Marquands and hosts of others are heirs to fortunes who can give a good account of their trustee ship. A distinct trend against divorce is manifest over the country. A few weeks ago a New York minister refused to marry divorced persons whose fee would have tempted a weak man. It is true they succeeded in getting married, but not until chagrin accentuated their course publicly and helped to encourage other ministers and all magistrates to a firmer attitude toward divorce when the object is obviously to get rid of a lawful partner to take up with one tem porarily more acceptable. The Western States have been lax in their marriage laws. Reaction set in some time ago. Persistency of its purpose appears at frequent Intervals, always with con demnation of domestic looseness. At San Francisco, Judge Becher has filed a decision which will exert a corrective Influence in the direction of family uni ty. Its substance is that persons di vorced in California may not lawfully marry within a year after the date of the decree. no difference where a new marriage may be con tracted; if within the specified limit of time the contracting parties coming within the law will be liable to prose cution in the State of California. If the States generally had such a statute on their books American divorce scan dals would cease to be a world topic. Judicial records show that 75 per cent, of American divorces are procured for Immediate marriage to other persons - previously selected. Is there a reaction against the spe cialist? For several years young men have been told that they must not try to know much about everything, but instead must learn to know one thing well. As a result there are now special ists in every business and profession. Now the voice of protest is heard. A few weeks ago Judge Grosscup told the almuni of a Chicago law school that the day of the all-around lawyer was going to return, and that the specialist would not find persistence in the present pol icy profitable. A similar idea is ex pressed in the address of Dr. George 11. Combs before the graduating class of Drake University. He said that the present system of mental culture In the universities is defective, and asserted that single faculties are being educated at the expense of the mind. “The vlpe of the age is specialization,” he de clared. “One faculty of the body or mind is being educated at the expense of the rest. Such high specialization passes into thralldom. He has master ed one thing at the expense of all. else. He is the slave of his own success. He It the tool of his own tool.” Dr. toonlbs ; suggested that the university' should provide a “multiform culture, rich and varied.” The memory should be cul tivated less and tht* imagination more, and the university should give a well rounded development of the mind in stead of the “intellectual dryness and barrenness” of the average college) course. Mathematics and Greek litera ture should give place to more music, art and literature, studied in away to develop a culture more comprehensive, more catholic, and more human. And so the jack of all trades is to be pre ferred to the master of one. One of the most rapid developments of American trade recently has been in shoes. The American shoe has become, noted throughout the world for its; beauty, its comfort, and for the reason-, able price at which it is sold, thanks to the perfection of modern shoe-makiug machinery. In every civilized quarter the American shoe is coming to be re-, garded as the standard, and just as peo-j pie send to Paris for clothes so they, send to America ft>r shoes. The rapid expansion of the trade is shown by the. exports for the first nine months of the! present fiscal year, which amounted tOi $3,027,440, as compared with $1,702,-1 081 for the corresponding period of the! previous year. The chief market isj found in Great Britain and its colonies, although the market in continental Eu rope Is extending rapidly. The Shoe and Leather Reporter tells of the suc cess which has attended the efforts of American manufacturers to sell direct ly to the European consumers. They have opened shops like those in the United States which advertise to sell shoes “direct from the maker to the; wearer.” Two or three firms have al ready opened such stores in various parts of Europe. They do so not only! for the immediate profit, but because of | the increased demand for American! I shoes which is certain to follow their j introduction in any locality. Already! imitation American shoes are being made in Europe* and sold under that name. The success of American shoes wherever the people have an opportuni ty to examine them is certain, and the Shoe and Leather Reporter expects that the time will come when the world will be shod by America. The recognition of the greater gener-; osity of Americans in endowments fori public purposes made by Mr. Chamber-j lain in his speech at the University ofj Birmingham Is a compliment which, this country need have no hesitation ini accepting. It emphasizes the marked j contrast between American methods; and those of all other countries. While! we can point with pride to our State; universities and to some publicly en-j dowed libraries and other institutions of learning, the rule is that these insti tutions are the creation of individual benefactions. In Europe the rule is, quite the other way. The establishment; of a university by an individual is, we believe, unheard of, and in every way the w'ealthy European scrupulously re frains from interfering with the gov ernmental function of endowing and maintaining institutions of learning or art. There are brilliant exceptions, such as th*\ Baron de Hirsch, the Duke de Galliera and the Due d’Aumale, but even the Carnegie libraries come from American money and American influ-, ences. To show by contrast the Ameri-, can way it is only necessary to men tion the names of Girard, Johns Hop kins, Rockefeller, Stanford, Clark, Ar mour, Vassar, Cornell, De Pauw, Van derbilt, Tulane, Pearson, Crerar, Field, Astor, Lenox, Tilden, and it would take, nearly all the tablets in the proposed Temple of Fame to name the givers of fortunes who have built up the splen-j did endowments of our colleges, li-i braries, museums and charities—a list of names which all Europe could not 1 match. It can do no harm to bear In mind the leading Illustrations of the purely American habit of endowing such .institutions, as an answer to the frequent accusation that the American is a worshiper of “the almighty dol lar.” Queer English of Jamaican Negroes The negroes of Jamaica speak a very queer sort of English. A correspondent of the Philedalphia Record says: “1 singled out a coal-black fellow in a clean white suit, because he looked the most Intelligent, and in reply to my question what he W'ould charge to con vey a trunk, two handbags and a cam-; era to the custom house he said: “Marm-lady! I dat quick-quickie fe quattie fe lil tings an tanner fe tunk.’ What on earth he meant I had no idea, until after several repetitions, each, yelled louder than before, as if by that! means to arouse my dull understand-) ing, an obliging bystander, familiar! with what is known as ‘Quashie En-j glish,’ translated the porter’s words to i signify that he would do the job very! quickly for ‘quattie,’ or one-quarter ofj an English sixpence (three cents in ourj money), for carrying each of the small! pieces, and a ‘tanner,’ a sixpence, for! the trunk. Speaking from Experience. “One-half of the people of this worla, would knock the other half down, and! laugh while they were doing it,” said! the man on the rear platform of the car. “You haven’t any grounds whatever for such a pessimistic remark,” saidj the argumentative individual. “What, makes you think so?” “Because I used to stick my head through a hole in a canvas and let peo ple try to bang base-balls at me for 5 cents a bang,” came the answer. “I. know a few things about this beauti ful brotherly love, I guess.”—lndianap olis Sun. A man isn’t necessarily brilliant be cause he sits down and reflects occa sionally. ; 'Summer girls .and base-ball players are only engaged for the season. All ALOI THE m\ Interesting General Information About California MENTIONED IN THESE COLUMNS Selections That Will Be of Great Interest To Both Old And Young. San Francisco merchants are contri buting generously to the funds for semi-centennial celebration. The sugar-beet blight has greatly affected the crop of San Toaquin'county, and according to the northern papers, farmers of that section will probably not plant so heavily next year, in con sequence. flMorosco’s Burbank Theater, limited engagement of' Mr. James Neill and the inconparable Neil Company, pre senting Nat C. Goodman’s greatest success “An American Citizen. Alameda County Horticultural Com missioner Barry has reporetd to the Supervisors that the Moorpark apricot trees in Washington township have been attacked by a dry rot which will cause a loss of one-quarter of the crops in the affected district. A movement has been started at Red Bluff, Tehama County, for the erection of a mounument over the grave of Belle McKenzie, the young woman who saved the lives of a number of guests in the fire at Tuscan Springs Hotel, about a year ago and died in attempting to as sist some one to escape from the bur ing building’. San Francisco. —At .her home Mrs. Mary Maloney shot and seriously wounded John Dillon in the presence 'of her husband. At the city prison,- Mrs Maloney said she shot Dillion to escape his persecution. She accuses him of insultinhg her in her own house. Dillon says he went to the place to collect a bill. The Tulare Advance contains the fol lowing item: “A crowd of Hanford boys visited a Chinese watermelon patch Sunday. They left their wheels outside the fence and made a raid on the patch, and in the meantime the Chinamen loaded the wheels into a wagon and drove into town and turned them over to an officer. Jt cost the boys a dollar apiece to get them back. The Chinaman was in on the fun that time also.” The California Packers’ Association of San Jose has about one thousand hands at work on pears and apricots. The Golden Gate Packing Company of the same city has 400 hands employed and Expects to pack about one hundred cases of fruit this season. The J. H. Flickinger Compny has about four hun dred and fifty hands at work, the L. D. Costa has about two hundred and the driers have large forces in addition to these, Orpheum, Week Commencing Mon day, July 30, Clayton White and Marie Stuart, in the society playlet, “The Waldorf-Metropole Episode” William son and Stone, Black-face Comedians, John Donahue and Mattie Nickols, Acrobatic Comedians, Smith and Fuller Far-famed Musical Artists,Barrere and Julets, Paralled and Horizonial Bar performers, Mrs. Blitz-Paxton, Society Vocalist, Stella Mayhew Clever sing er of Coon Songs, Quacker City Quart tete, in Fun in a Barbar Shop. The Santa Cruz Surf says: “J. J. Skinner, superintendent of Rancho del Encinal, near Templeton, has con structed and had in operation at the ranch a machine for thrashing beans. It will thrash any and all kinds of beans without cracking them. It will also successfully hull green peas. It is consrtucted of heavy rattan brushes, no metal being used to come in contact with the grain. It is a light and cheaply built machine—just the thing for small ranches—requiring very small power to operate it.” The San Francisco Bulletin reports a case in which an Oakland street-car conducter may cost a woman her life. The latter is the wife of Rev. Edward Earle of Red Bluff, whe was appointed to fill an Oakland pulpit during the absence of the regular clergyman. Ar riving in the city a day later than her husband, Mrs. Earle was put down at the wrong church by the conductor, and walked so far in trying to find the right one, carrying her baby and a sat chel, that she became temporarily de ranged from the strain, and must un dergo an operation that may cost her her life. NEW ORLEANS EXCITED The Negro Desperado, Robert Charles Kills more men New Orleans—Afer a desperaet battle lasting for several hours, in which he succeeded in killing Police Sergeant G. Porteous, Andy Van Kuren, keeper of the police jail, and Alfred B. Bloom field, a young boy, and fatally wound ing Corp. John S. Lally, John Ban ville, ex-Policeman Frank H. Evans and A. S. Leclerc, one of the leading confectioners of this city, and more or less seriously wounding several other persons, the negro desperado, Robert Chares, who kiled Capt. Day and Pa trolman Lamb and wounded Officer Mora, was smoked out of his hiding •place in the heart of the residence sec tion this afternoon, and literally shot to pieces. Tremendous excitement reigned in New Orleans as the battle went on be tween the police and citizens and the negro with his Winchester. After the tragedy was over and Charles was dragged out from the mud and slush in which he had fallen, with the mob howling for the burning of his body, statements were made that the man killed was not really the desperado who had killed Day and Lamb, hut papers found on his body and the fact that he fought so desperately for his life and shot so accurately seem to leave little doubt that he was the man. Serg. Gabe Porteous, one of the best known officers on the force, and Serg. Lally, who lias a record for bravery, were informed during the day by a ne gro that Charles was in hiding in a house in Clio, near Saratoga street. The officers summoned a number of pa trolmen to their assistance and went to the house. The negro informant of the policemen accompanied the officers. They entered the side alley leading to the house, and w r ere served like Day and Lamb. The negro was hidden behind a screen and began a furious and accurate fire. Lally fell with a bullet in the abdomen. Porteous was shot through the head, and dropped dead across the body of Lally. The other officers and the negro fled from the scene. The report of Charles’ Winchester and the fact that the two officers lay bleeding in the yard, caused tremen dous excitement. Hurry calls were sent to the Mayor and the Chief of Police, and Col. Wood, in command of the special police and army hosts, rushed to the scene. In a little while there was an immense crowd. In the meantime, Father Fitzgerald of St. John’s Church, was summoned to administer extreme unction to the police officers, who were dying in the alley. The priest was annointing the body of Porteous, with Alfred Bloom field, a young boy, standing by his side, when Charles appeared at the win dow. The lad saw him and begged him not to shoot. The negro, however, fired his Winchester again, and Bloom field fell dead. The priest, unhurt, left the scene, after pluckily perform ing the last offices for the dead officer. When the ambulance arrived, two men volunteered to go into the alley and bring out the body of Lally. They entered, and while they were attempt ing to take the body of the dead officer from that of his colleague, Charles fired again. The men got Lally’sbody out and afterward took Poteous’ body out also. In the meantime an immense crowd had gathered ill the vicinity, and schemes were set on foot to get Charles out of the building. Charles, however did not propose to be captured without selling his life dearly. Time after time he came to the window, and as men, one by one, entered the alley, he blazed away at them. In this manner Confectioner Leclerc, who was one of the special police squad ex-Police man; Evans, John Banvilleand George Lyons, son of the head of a dry goods establishment , were wounded. At this time, the extra police began to fire at the negro, and he returned the fire. Andy van Kuren, keeper of the police jail, got a bullet in the body, and fell dead. Just afterward, H. H. Ball, aged 65, working for the Mutual Benevolent Association, was hit and mortally wounded. About the same time, Frank Bertucei received a shot in the left shoulder, and J. W. Bofel one in the right hand. Ultimately it was decided that the only way to get Charles out was to burn the building in which he was in trenched. There w'ere, however, some scruples about resorting to this method, the district being denselypopulated. But it was determined that the fire de partment should be called out to pro tect surrounding property. At the moment of apparent indecision some one went to a neighboring gro cery, purchased a can of coal oil, and, pouring it over the rear steps of the building, applied a match, and soon started a fire. It became evident very soon that no human being could live in the building, and picked men from the police squad and soldiers stationed themselves about the building in order to capture the desperado as he at tempted to leave the house. A young soldier, Adolph Anderson, a member of the Thirteenth Company of State Militia, was one of the first to see Charles as he left the steps, Charles ran across the yard, and as he did so, Anderson fired several times. He shot the negro in the breast, and Charles fell and soon died soon after ward. As the negro fell, numbers of persons armed with Winchesters and revolvers rushed in and fired into the body. Charles was literally shot to pieces. After is was certain that he was dead, a mob entered the yard and dragged the body into the street. There the police and the mob emptied their re vovlers into the corpse, while a son of one of the murdered men rushed up and stamped the face beyond recognition. There was loud shouting that the body should be taken to a vacant square in the vicinity and publically burned. At this instant, however, a big squad of police arrived in a patrol wagon. Thousands of persons congregated in the vicinity, and it looked as if there would be a clash. The police seemed to have regained their courage, and promptly pushed the crowd aside, picked up the body and threw it into the patrol wagon. The driver whip ped up his horses, and the wagon started off, with 5000 people running after it and clamoring for the cremation of the body of the negro. The wagon was faster than the mob,and it ultima tely made its way in safety to police headpuarters. There an immense crowd had gathered, and great diffi culty was experienced in taking the corpse of the negro from the wagon in to the morgue. Bold Thieves Rob an Oakland Drug Store Oakland. —Shortly before 11 o’clook last Friday night two masked men walked into the drug store of Clagton K. Smith, at Eighth and Peralta streets, and leveling their revolvers at the clerk, Patious, demanded to be shown where the money was kept. Patious promptly complied and the robbers searched the till, taking about S2O in cash and some postage stamps. Then they ordered the clerk to throw up his hands while they searched his clothing. Finding nothing they made good tht ir escape. Lord Roberts sees very Few Boers. London.—Lord Roberts reports to the war office under date of Balmoral, July 25, as follows: “We marched here yesterday without seeing the enemy. The Boers on July 24 engaged French and Hutton six miles south of Balmoral. While An derson’s mounted infantry attacked the Boer’s right, French made a turning movement around their left. Seeing their retreat threatened, the Boers broke and fled. French and Hutton followed and prepared to cross 01 i phant’s river today at Naauwpoort. ‘ ‘ ‘Our casualties were one wounded. ’ ’ Lord Roberts reported to the war office that General Archibald Hunter’s command was heavily engaged July 24 and July 25 in the hills south of Bethlehem. The Boers were strongly intrenched and fought stubbornly throughout July 2 and compelled the British to retire from some of their positions with about 50 casulties. At last accounts Genneral Hunter had worked around into Brandwater basin, in the rear of the Boers, while Hector MacDonald and General Bruce Hamil ton were blocking outlets on the front of the federals who had evacuated their position at Witnek. SAFE US fl BflfiK California Consolidated Petroleum Gompany 50 OIL COHPANIES IN ONE STOCK REDEEMABLE ON DEMAND IN GOLD AT PURCHASE PRICE Don’t keep the stock if you don’t want it, but send certificate to. Company’s office and get every cent of your money back. All stock paid for in cash is redeemable, on demand, at 50 cents per share, the present price, at any time within thirty jlays from date of certificate. All money paid in installments refunded on demand at any time within thirty days from the date of first payment. This proposal is made in good faith and with capital to back it. It will be faithfully carried out, not for a few days, but for years, as the Cal fornia Consolidated Petroleum Company is in the field to stay, and will Con tinue this protective policy. The stock of the California Consolidated Petroleum Company, now 50 cents per share, will soon be advanced to one dollar per share, its par value. This advance will be stable, because tne revenues will justify it and because the company is strong enough to maintain it. It can never be worth less than fifty cents per share under the Company’s permanent policy of gold redemption. Any corporation that has faith in itself and in its future, and that intends to advance the price of its stock, can well afford to thus protect its sharehold ers for in protecting them it protects itself, for they are the company. The California Consolidated Petroleum Company owns 10,000 acres of the cream of the oil fields between Oakland and San Diego. It owns royalties on 5,000 acres leased to capitalists. It owns 2,500,000 shares of stock in fifty selected companies. The first to introduce hydraulic rotary drills in California. This machine has a record of 1200 feet in 30 hours. We Divide Your Risks, and ITultiply Your Profits * * ‘ The rich man buys stock in many oil companies to protect himself from loss in any one that may fail. The poor man buys the stock of one company and takes his chances of suc cess or failure. California Consoliated Petroleum Company makes it possible for the poor man to protect himself as does the rich man, for a single share in the California Consolidated Petroleum Company repre sents an interest in fifty companies and an interest in 10.000 acres of oil land, and royalties on 5000 acres. By giving you an interest in fifty companies, and these lands and royalties we divide your risks and thus we multiply your profits. California is richer in oil than it ever was in gold. Its annual output will soon exceed in value its annual gold product. Millions of dollars are being made,in California oil. People owning a small block of oil stock have sud denly found thremselves rich. As an instance of this the stock of the Home Oil Company w’hich sold originally at a nominal figure made its owneers over SSOOO per share. An investment in this Company is at least safe, and it may mean ease and comfort for life. The small stockholder is absolutely protected* He cannot be assessed or frozen out. The Company’s stock is non-assessable and there is no stockholder’s liability. Stock is certain to go to $1 in 90 days and may go to $5 by January. He is lucky who gets the stock at fifty cents per share. Why buy the stock of an oil company having limited resources when you can in one company invest in the entire oil field of California? Why do it? The California Consolidated Petroleum Company has men behind it of capi tal and high reputation. Their names are not only a guarantee of the honest handling of the money, but the success of the Company. This company is not a trust. It is not connected directly or indirectly with the Standard Oil Company, all rumors to the contrary notwithstanding. The stock of this Company can be bought for a short time at fifty cents per share, which is one-lialf of the par value. This offer will positively be with drawn and stock advanced to $1 per share as soon as the block of Treasury Stock offered for sale has been sold. Should the limited amount of stock offered at 50 cents per share be sold be fore receiving your application your money will be promptly returned. “First come, first served,” is the company’s policy in selling this stock. Purchasers may engage stock at once by paying one-fourth of purchase price, cents per share, and balance within sixty days from date of application. Not less than 10 shares sold. Prospectus and by-laws mailed on application. Officers and Directors. R. B. Blackburn, the President and General Manager of the California Consolidated Petroleum Company, has achieved success in the inauguration and management of large enterprises. He is known as California’s “Orchard King.” Hon. Will A. Harris, the Company's Vice-President and Attorney, is a lawyer and orator of national reputation, and is acknowledged authority on mining laws. Fred L. Johnson, Secretary, who, though largely interested in gold mining properties, will devote his time and executive abilities solely to the Company's interests. Senator S. N. Androus, Treasurer, is one of Southern California's solid citizens who, deservedly, holds the confidence of the public. His good impress has been left upon the laws of this commonwealth. G. W. Luce is the Assistant General Passenger Agent of the Southern Pacific Railroad Company, which responsible position he has held for many years to the satisfaction of that corporation and the public. P. J. Beveridge, son of ex Governor Boveridgo of Illinois, is one of the most active of Los Angeles capitalists. The electric railway from this city, via Hollywood, to Santa Monica, is the latest monument to his enterprise. J.M. Hale, one of the leading dry goods merchants of Los Angeles, is one of the four Hal® brothers who own dry goods establishments in San Francisco Sacramento, Sun Jose, Salinas, Petaluma, Los Angeles and New York. Los Angeles National Bank, Depository. The directors reference: Bradstreets, or aoy bank in California. For Prospectus and Further Information Call On Local Agent or Address ROOMS 212-217 LAUIiIILIN BUILDING LOS ANQELES,- CALIFORNIA.