While we were in San Francisco we were fascinated with the old cable cars. We rode on them every day and we stopped off at the cable barn and museum. The barn is where all the machinery is that drives the cable system under the streets of the city. In the museum I saw this plaque which was erected by the employees. Some time ago wreckers were tearing down an old house on Haight street in San Francisco. They found riveted to a brick wall a large marble plaque on which were carved three marble dogs, two lying beside a large safe and one perched on top of it.
Erected by the employees
of Haight St Cable Car Line
and P&O Rail Road
To the memory of their three dogs.
Jack, Fido and Tip
In life they were intelligent,
noble and affectionate, and
were cruelly poisoned by burglars
on the morning of March 9, 1891
and nobly perished at the post of duty.
Jack, FIdo and Tip. Ill-fated three.
Poor dead playfellows, a sad bequest.
Faithful to the last, now you're free.
Sleep on forever, peaceful by your rest."
On the stormy night of March 9.1891, Jack. Fido and Tip heard three safecrackers chiseling into the brick wall of the cable car barn that held the safe of the Haight Street Cable Car Line. The dogs not only barked, but they attacked the burglars, who threw them poisoned meat. The dogs naturally ate the meat, but meanwhile their barking had attracted the watchman, who emptied his pistol at the burglars, scared them off and saved the safe.The dogs died.