From the Los Angeles Daily Times, February 4, 1900



C.J. Morrison, whose home is at No. 1276 West Second St., a laborer employed in the Broadway tunnel, narrowly escaped being crushed to death under a mass of falling earth in the south end of that tunnel yesterday afternoon.

He and other workmen were making excavations only a short distance from thee mouth of the tunnel, work on that end having begun only about a week ago. . . . a line of timbering had been put in to prevent a slide of earth from the top of the hill. No retaining wall has been built. . . . supporting timbers have been placed in position, but between them, at the roof of the tunnel, there are numerous spaces. . . .

Morrison was . . . removing some earth which had been dug out of the bank. While he was stooping over, a large lump of earth dropped from between two timbers . . . and struck him. That he was not instantly killed was due to the fact that the lump grazed his side and struck his left leg, fracturing the bone at the ankle. . . .

He was . . . almost unconscious when taken from the tunnel. He was conveyed to the Receiving Hospital, where Dr. Hagan reduced the fracture and dressed his other injuries . . . . He was later sent home.

He was accompanied to the hospital by several of his fellow laborers. One of them, who refused to give his name because he feared that he would lose his job, asserted that the timbering in the Broadway tunnel is insufficient and that unless more and stronger braces are put in, there is a possibility of a repetition of the disaster which occurred at the Third-street tunnel. . . .

From the Los Angeles Daily Times, February 4, 1900


City Attorney’s Report.

City Attorney Hass has decided that the city is not liable for injuries that may be sustained by laborers working on the tunnels. Under the contract system at present in vogue, the city retains supervision only in the broadest sense, and to the extent that it may be known that the provisions of the contract are carried out to the letter.

Some time ago, Mathias Bender filed a demand with the City Council asking $5,000 damages for injuries alleged to have been received while working on the Third-street tunnel. The City Attorney . . . will report to the council on Monday that no liability exists on the part of the city. The demand will, therefore, be rejected.

The City Attorney has concluded that the Los Angeles Daily Journal, which presented the lowest bid for the city printing, is a paper fully competent to carry out the provisions of the City Charter in the matter.

A question was raised . . . as to whether the paper was one of general circulation. . . . The City Attorney cites several authorities for his opinion that the contract can legally be let to the Journal.

Go to story on the Third-street tunnel collapse.

The Broadway Tunnel is circled. The tunnel farther left is the Hill Street Tunnel.
From the Los Angeles Daily Times, February 4, 1900


Work of Arranging It Will Begin in a Week.

One week from tomorrow the Industrial Exposition management will take possession of Hazard’s Pavilion [on the northeast corner of Fifth and Olive, where the Philharmonic Auditorium later stood], and the work of arranging the interior for exhibition purposes will go forward with a rush.

The architect is planning the lighting arrangements, and the large halls will shine at night with large numbers of incandescent and arc lights. The exhibitors have been notified to begin their work of installation promptly upon the morning of the 12th inst. . . .

The opening night of the exposition, February 19, will be the Merchant and Manufacturers [Association] night, and they have arranged an appropriate programme for the occasion. Mayor Eaton is to speak and will press the button which will set the machinery in motion. President Craig of the association will deliver a brief address, and some prominent merchant, not yet selected, will speak.

From the Los Angeles Sunday Times, February 11, 1900

Continental Oil Co.

Stock will make its first 10 per cent. advance at noon, Feb. 12
No. 1 / No. 2 / No. 3 / No. 4 / No. 5 / No. 6 / No. 7 / No. 8
An oil company witha solid foundation, the
Continental Oil Co. of L.A.,
has 8 producing wells.
Also Well No. 9 now drilling,
40 acres Los Angeles Dist.,
160 acres Ventura Co. with option on 1,000 more,
40 acres Fullerton Dist.With J. Ross Clark, Henderson Hayward, W.F.West, A.D.Elwell, F,W.Burnett, directors.
The company owes no debts and pays no salaries. In addition to our wells and acreage, the company owns a TANKAGE OF 4,300 BARRELS and a complete steam loading plant at the Southern Pacific Railroad, all of which has been paid for out of their own pockets. The possession of the loading plant is a matter of VITAL IMPORTANCE, as it enables the company to place its oil in outside markets and makes it independent of the limitations of the local market.
What does all this mean?
IT MEANS that when we offer a portion of out stock at 50c PER SHARE, we are giving you MORE FOR YOUR MONEY than any other company in the State. This money will be used only for developing our splendid properties. The stock is moving rapidly, and after tomorrow noon,
No More Sold at That Price.
Nothing pleases us more than to have the business man, the Eastern capitalist and the tourist come into our offices and
Investigate Our Affairs, Ask All Kinds of Questions, See Who Our Directors Are, Then Put Two and Two Together.
We are not afraid of your decision. The financial standing, business ability and integrity of every member of our board of directors is so well known as to need no comment — and assures the success of any enterprise with which hey may be connected.
Price of Stock Will Advance at Noon Monday, February 13th.

303-305 Laughlin Building
Telephone James 1881
Listed on Los Angeles Oil Exchange

J. Ross Clark
He was a wealthy capitalist with his fingers in mining, railroads, oil and the development of Las Vegas. His son, Walter Miller Clark, 27, died on the Titanic.

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