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Dolores on the sito of the old town of Yerba
Buena, which is reported in ruins, are all too
few. Unfortunately the Santa Clara Mission,
not far from San Jose, is also .wrecked. Both
had been carefully guarded and kept in a fair
state of preservation. They had stood as monu
ments of the early days when the priestly
pioneers voyaging northward from Mexico car
ried their message of religion and industry to
the Indians of the coast."
THE LIBRARIES OF San Francisco were well
stored with the original documents" of his
tory. The World writer points out: "In the
great library destined by Mayor Sutro at the time
of his death as a., public bequest was a price
less collection" of books, manuscripts and per
sonal papers relating to the early history of
California and Lower California during the mis
sion period which through some momentary over
sight the Mexican government let pass out of
its hands. It has not even been accessible to
students, for since Sutro's death the estate has
been in litigation, and the treasures of the unique
library were stored. They are gone. So pre
sumably are the collections of the Historical So
ciety of the Pioneers, which were housed in the
burned area. The library jot H. H. Bancroft, the
historian, is said to have been transferred for the
most part to the state university at Berkeley, so
it probably escaped. The burning of the Mark
Hopldns Gallery of Art in San Francisco, a part
of the state university, means the destruction
of many valuable paintings and art treasures.
Millet's painting of 'The Man with the Hoe'
was there, and the galleries sheltered a num
ber of works of the Barbizon school. The white
marble Huntington palace on Nob Hill contained
a large collection of paintings which were ex
pected to find their way ultimately to public
museums. Some of them were cut from their
frames in the hurry of the fire to save them,
but there is no teeing yet what part was saved
and what part lost. As a class the wealthy men
of San Francisco were liberal patrons of art,'
collectors by taste and true lovers of their state.
How little of their property of this kind has been
rescued is not yet known. Beyond a doubt the
public loses heavily through their loss."
THE 'RULES OF' THE United States postal
service are seldom relaxed, but those rules
gave considerably soon after" the San Francisco
earthquake. The Omaha World-Herald tells this
story: "George H. Payne has the most unique
letter of his life time from his brother, Rev.
Charles A. Payne, at San Francisco. But it was
a welcome letter to him, and to his brother, H.
B. Payne, and their aged father, for it informed
them that he had safely passed through the .
earthquake and fire. The letter was written on
one side of a scrap of paper torn from a letter
carrier's daily report, evidently half of it. It
was apparently picked up on the street. This
was folded, and on the printed side was written
the address. In this manner, without envelope
or stamp, it came through safely. The post
marks showed that it left San Francisco April
21, and arrived in Omaha April 24. No collection
of postage was made at this end of the line.
The Rev. Mr. Payne is a traveler and lecturer,
with home in Milwaukee, and was just be
ginning his second trip around the world. He
was to have sailed from San Francisco for Hono
lulu the day after the earthquake. But his plans
are upset by the destruction of his pictures, and
all of his apparatus used in illustrating his lec
tures. This Is the letter: San Franciscor Cal.,
April 20. Dear Brother: You will know I am
here and be anxious. I have escaped entirely
unhurt, both from the earthquake and the fire,
though it has been the most awful calamity I
ever saw, ten times, yes, a hundred times over.
I have been retreating from the fire for two days
and nights. All my apparatus and beautiful
pictures are gone. I write this in the midst of
the ruins and send without envelope or stamp."
Thousands of other letters without stamps were
carried through the mails.
A WRITER FOR THE New Orleans Times
Democrat says that in some countries
harsh language to dumb animals is punished
by imprisonment. For instance, in Germany
recently a stableman was sentenced to three
weeks' imprisonment- for having addressed a vile
name to a horse. This writer says that he has
often seen troopers in cavalry regiments, of
European armies taken severely to task and
threatened with punishment for talking roughly
to their mounts. He quotes from Dodge's work
on "Riders in Manfr Lands" the description of .
how the stablemen aird grooms of the celebrated
It ?A Alt0 ,stabIes In California are strictly : for
roughlvUanndrinPain ?f ? d,s to talk
the horses tJ Si l?aUltl?s mannor to hi
owns ni;nnlBgiUmnllle government, which
- a decr?n w 8, UlG ,r,aIlroad s'stem. hn Issued
care nf j ch gives tllG dog tho Protection and
It is further nnfnTT ?$$ certaln conditions,
est eolniiv Z ? GU Ut that cruofty t0 animals,
isled bvyn n SS,?8. an(1 (Jogs' ls invariably pirn!
lsncd by the English magistrates.
'-p HE FRENCH PRESS, according to Paris
i7n tSS?' 1s poldn& considerable fun at
sun, mnJnmaies because,f what is called "the
ippn?mS?ralK a? revealed in the Americans'
nn.w ofMax;Im Gorky- The Paris corres
ondent for the New York World says: "The
distinct refusal of the American people to accent
the continental, interpretation and incidentally,
the moral half loaf, In the case of the dis
tinguished novelist and his chere amie, is sneered
whfnh laugned 0 BC0,,n by all the Paris papers,
S J w thout exception, protest against the
outiage m the name of liberty, good sense,
good manners and every other social obligation,
and they all declare the Americans are the
slaves of a worn-out convention."
A PARTY OF YOUNG people, comprising !two
men and two women were recently return
ing from a day in the country to their homes in
Omaha. At a railroad crossing their carriage
was struck by a train and one of the young
women was killed, while the other members of
the party were severely injured. The Omaha
World-Herald says that at the inquest one of
the survivors said: "We were returning to the
city as jolly a set of young folks as you ever
saw and, as we were driving along Miss
proposed singing 'Hello, Central, Give Me
Heaven,' and started singing. None of the rest
of us joined her, so she finished the-sohg- alone -and
had just finished the words 'Hello, Central, '
Give Me Heaven,' when the . engine struck us '
'and she was killed." - '"
THE OLD-TIME QUESTION, so often settled
in favor of the newspaper man, whether a
judge may punish for contempt an editor who
has criticised him is attracting public attention
in Tennessee. A Chattanooga dispatch to the
Chicago Record-Herald says: "Because he had
been criticised by the Chattanooga Times, Judge
Fite of Georgia today ordered the grand jury at
Dalton, Ga., to return an indictment against L. G.
Walker, editor of thcTimeB, charging him with,
libel. The indictment was found, and Fite said
that unless Walker appeared in court he would
ask for requisition papers. The judge was angered
at the action of the Times in censuring him be
cause he ordered a former jury to indict wopien
who played cards for prizes, on the ground that
they were gamblers."
IT DEVELOPS THAT when in a speech- before
the legislative committee Andrew Hamilton
referred to the "Pecksniff" of the New York Life
Insurance company, he meant William B. Horn
blowqr. -The well known lawyer, Mr. Hornblower,
it may be remembered, was nominated by Presi-.
dent Cleveland for associate justice of the su
preme court in 1893. His nomination was
rejected by the senate because of flie
opposition of Senator David. B. Hill.
Mr. Hornblower denies the imputations put upon
him by Hamilton, and says that his relations to
the Beers administration was entirely confined
to litigation and advice. Hamilton laughs at
Hornblower's statement that he (Hornblower)
had never appeared before a legislative commit
tee on behalf of a life insurance company. Ham
ilton says he and Hornblower were in the same
boat on that point, because he (Hamilton) had
never appeared before a legislative committee.
He did his work in another way.
GEORGE W. PERKINS of the firm of J. P.
Morgan and Company, and formerly high
in the councils of the New York Life Insurance
company, is said to be the possessor of one of the
finest automobiles in the world. This machine
cost $23,000. Referring to the Perkins automobile
the New York correspondent for the Chicagp
Record-Herald says: "It would seem to the lay
man that to have a limousine body containing
revolving chains, a washstand, toilet cases, mir
rors, electric lights, patent heaters, hat cords,
parcel nets, leather pocketB filled with various
articles, a writing doBk and a cabinet containing
smokers articles, left nothing to bo desired, but
besides all these things thero is even a telephone
at hand and an annunciator loading to the chauf
feur s seat, so that the occupant of the car can
be In touch with the driver at all times. The
annunciator Is the especial pride of Mr. Perkins".
At .the rear of the dashboard in front of the
chauffeur are several small electric lights. Over
each one is a silver mounted label bearing in-,
structions of various kinds, such as 'more speed,'
slower, etc. By pressing a button in the Interior
oi the car the lights are illuminated and signify
that certain directions aro to be carried out. If
some special order is to bo given there is a tele
phone, the receiver of which is shaped- like a
horn and is situated closo to the right ear of the
TO EFERRING TO THE several bills introduced
XX in congress proposing the removal ot
duties on building materials intended for San
lM-ancisco the Washington correspondent for the
Chicago Record-Herald says: "It is feared that
the plain people of the country will learn from
facts presented in connection with removal of
the tariff from articles needed to meet the emer
gency of the Pacific coast calamity that prevail
ing schedules afford some of the big corporations
the means of selling their products abroad cheaper
than they sell them at home, and the agitation
.will not help the plan of campaign mapped out
for the" congressional elections."
A PRECEDENT FOR the resolution to give
San Francisco free building material is
furnished by the action of congress -following
the Chicago fire. A bill to meet that emergency j
was introduced in the house by Representative
Burchard. Considerable excitement was aroused
over an amendment in the senate which excepted
lumber from the remission of duties. When the
,b went back to the house Representative Con
. ger of Michigan said; "Mr&Speaicer, X desire""
to state to the houqe that after consultation with '
gentlemen representing the various interests af
fected by thisbill ,.lt' haai? been understood that -this
proposition jin the main will b aatisfactxwsS'
to all interests arid therefore! desire on the part
of those represent that with this amendment
the bill for the relief of Chicago may be passed'
and go into Operation as soon as possible." Mr.
Finkelburg of Missouri, a republican, in reply to
Mr. Conger said, with great emotion: "I suppose
the gentleman frdm Michigan means to say that
the delegation from Wisconsin and Michigan,
having saved their lumber" interests, are willing
that anybody else may be sacrificed." No reply
was made to this sally, and the amendment, ex
cepting lumber, was agreed to and the bill
REPRESENTATIVE SULZER of Now Yor.k
presented to the house what he calls
''some information regarding the campaign funds
of the two great political parties since 1860."
This report is taken from the Washington Poat.
Mr. Sulzer used this showing to sustain his asser
tion that things had come to such a pass in the
country that the result of presidential elections
was controlled by the use of money; that, as Na
poleon remarked about Providence being on the
side that had the heaviest cannon, fortune smiled
upon that party which had the biggest fund.
Prior to 18G0, he said, so far as ho could find out,
no campaign fund of any party had ever exceed
ed $25,000. In that year and subsequently ac
cording to Mr. Sulzer's figures, the funds were
Year. RepulJicans. Democrats.
1800 '". ? 100,000 $ 50,000
18G4 75,000 - 50,000 .
1808 150,000 75,000
1872 -...: 200,000 50,01)0
1876 -. '.... 750,000 000,000 .
1880 ..... .'. 1,000,000 500,000
1884 3,100,000 1,400,000
1888 ' 1,350,000 1,250,000"
IS'92 1,850,000 1,750,000
1896 16,000,000 975,000
1900 9,500,000- 400,000
1904 4,500,000 1,250,000
Mr. Sulzer claimed for his figures substantial
accuracy, and, said they were based upon good
authority. They were used in a brief speech that
the author made advocating the passage of the
McCall bill, requiring committees in charge of
presidential or congressional campaigns to report
to the clerk of the house their receipts and dis
bursements in detail.
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