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"ST. LOUIS. MO., TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27, 1903.
I In St. Lonls. One Cent.
PRICE Jo"'"c st.
X lti.UU On Trains.
Loan, ttto tenia.
REP DBLIC FOR LEAK
1 A )
TO BE CARDINAL.
Appointment, It Is Reported, Has
Been Announced in Secret
Conclave by the Pope.
ORDAINED IN ST. LOUIS IN 1853
Red Ilerretta Will Re Sent TKm
After Official Anuonnceine.nt
of nis Elevation at Xcxt
Philadelphia. Pa.. Oct. X. The next
American Cardinal -will be the Right Rcv
erend Patrick John Ryan, Archbishop of
Philadelphia. Official announcement will
be made at the next public consistory In
lie is the personal choice of Cardinal
Gibbons for the honor. Soon after his
election to the clialr of St. Peter. Tope
Plus had an extended audience with Car
dinal Gibbons, in the course of which he
rieked the Cardinal if lie would not advise
the appointment of another Cardinal In
the United States. Cardinal Gibbons Im
mediately brought to the Pope's atten
tion the name of Archbishop Ryan and the
Pope then decided to raise the Archbishop
to the Sacred College.
Ills coming honor Is known to Arch
bishop Ryan, but until formal announce
ment Is made In Rome tbo Archbishop and
his official family will be forced to assert
ignorance of any such action. Cardinals
owe their appointment solely to the Pope.
The appointment of a future Cardinal is
announced by the Pontiff In consistory,
but the name is reserved "In retto."
At a subsequent consistory it is made
Archbishop Ryan. It Is understood. Is
now a Cardinal "in petto" that If. that
the Pope has announced In secret con
jiftory the appointment of a Cardinal.
The next public consistory Is expected to
be held within a few weeks, when the
Archbishop's appointment will be officially
When a candidate Is absent - being. a3
in the case of Archbishop Ryan, pre
vented from TlnlUng Rome by Just cause,
the red berretta is sent to him. and on
receiving' it he is bound to make oath that
he will within a year visit the tombs of
The elevatlor of Archbishop Ryan wIU
have little effect on this diocese. He
will still remain Its head. It is likely,
however, that he will ask for a coadjutor,
and Bishop Prendergast is mentioned for
Archbishop Ryan ulll be the third
American Cardinal, the others being Car
dinal Gibbons and the late Cardinal Mc
Cioskcy. Archbishop Ryan, who was born near
Thurles. Ireland, In 1S31. was ordained
priest In St Louis on September 8. JK3,
I over fifty years ago. He was made Co
..Aadjutor Bishop of St. Louis In 1B7J. and
named Archbishop of Salamina by Pope
Leo XIII In ISM. On the death or Arch
bishop Wood, the same year. Archbishop
Ryan was made Archbishop of Phila
delphia. LEADING TOPICS
GRAIN CLOSED: ST. LOUIS-DEC.
WHEAT S3c; DEC CORN 9,e ASKED.
CHICAGO DEC. WHEAT Sl4c HID;
DEC CORN 'Jc.
THE SUN RISES THIS MORNING AT
R-Z AND SETS THIS EVENING AT 5KS.
THE MOON SETS THIS EVENING AT
For Mlfonnrl ant! Illinois Fnlr
Tnrmlny nml WmIiicii1ji , nllh rUinc
1 Strango Elements in the History of the
Doctors Give Little Hope for Blair's
2. Elections Will Be Held In Eleven
States November 3.
J. World's Fair News.
Serious Shooting Follows DIpute.
Folk Speaks at Columbia.
Flurry In Cotton Is Due to Frost.
4. Polish Committee Goes to Trial.
Archbishop Gave All to Church.
' Churches to Build Pavilion at Fair.
Marginal Price Fixed on Wheat.
Bribery Treaties Assuming Form.
5. Frisco Report Shows Large Gain.
James B. 31. Keillor Dead at Old Horee.
Gang of Alleged Highwaymen Held the
e. ia!ter Verified Stable's Bos.-t. '
The Republic Form Chart.
7. East Side News.
Chicago Grain 3Iarkcts.
i. First Indictment in Land Frauds.
SL Louis Boy Promoted In U. S. Navy.
Cities Are Bidding for-Republlcan Con
vention. Plan Vigilance .Committee.
10. Republic "Want" Ads.
Birth, Marriage and Death Records.
1L Rooms for Rent Ads.
12. River News and Personals.
13. Traders Bid Up Stock Prices.
Transit Slightly Higher.
December Wheat Breaks After Big Ad
H. Kansas City Pastor Charged With
Dispute Over Receivership.
New Cure Found In Castor-Oil Plant.
Leaps From Train to Death.
Impassioned Pica in Probate
Court Brought Out by
Sharp Contest Over
LETTER TO WIDOW IS READ.
Lawyer Denounces as .Subieiftig-i
lie Method by Which Testa
tor Sought to Give ?3U,
000 to Xehraskan.
New Haven. Conn.. Oct. S. William
Jennings Bryan to-night In the Probate
Court made an Impassioned defense of
hlmbelf. and replied to reflections cast
upon his "morality" by former Judge
Henry Stoddard. counel for 3Irs. Graco
Bennett. In the contest oer the bequest
of C0.0W to himself in the will of Phllo S.
Judge Stoddard said. In iart:
"Mr. Bryan and his wife are attorneys.
This law or and his wife, with Mr. Ben
nett alone, no member of his family, no
business friend present, out In their home,
drew this will.
BEQUESTS TO LAWYER?.
"It Is not. In this State nor where com
mon law controls, permissible for a law
yer to write himself heir to a considerable
fortune. Th common law Is drawn so
that a lawyer ro lost to all sense of
honor and decency as to try to got a
bequest for himself may not generally do
do so. .
"That prohibition of law I for the
safety of the community as well as the
honor of the profession.
"Only in exceptional cases may a law
yer acting for a friend profit by the will
he helps to draw. '
"Is It any wonder, then, when 31r.
Bryan found that he was confronted with
the situation that Mr. Bennett wished to
make him a direct gift of JVJ.CO1. he would
not accept It. but substituted this sub
terfuge in place of ItT
WILL NOT BE RECREANT.
Mr. Bryan made this statement:
"Counsel, for the contestant has made
much of my being a lawyer. Mn like
him would not admit it during the cam
paigns. I am witllnsr that every presump
tion that can be made against a lawyer In
such a situation shall be made pgalnst
me. but there is no evidence that I over
acted as Mr. Bennett's lawyer. He was
my political and business friend.
"He came to my home without rr.y
solicitation. He prepared hi will, made
nn offer without any suggestion en my
"He took the will home. LMO miles
away, and after two days and nights to
think It over, executed It. calling in three
witnesses to attest hi signature, ami
also a Notary Public to seal It. Then he
deposited It In a safety vault, to which
no member ot my family had access, and
kept it there for more than three years
without changing Its prcrvMons.
"May I not dare to stand the epithets
the Judge (Stoddard) has hurled at me in
order to carry out my friend Bennett's
wishes when Bennett, as my friend, en
dured disdain, criticism, calumny and
epithet fcr holding dear the political
principles in which both of us believed?
It will not be necessary to require a liond
of a dollar to bind my rromise that not
one cent of this money shall benefit my
family or myself If the widow does not
consent but I will not be recreant to the
trust Philo S. Bennett placed In mc."
BETS ON ELECTION
About $i.-,0()0 Wagered on Curb
at Odds Mainly Favoring
Mayor Low Even
Monev for a Time.
New York. Oct K. Election betting was
exciting to-day on the Broad street curb.
About 5.000 was wagered at varying
odds, mainly In favor ot Mayor Low. At
one time even monev was placed In con
slderab'e quantities on the Tammany can
didate, but the preponderance of fusion
funds again forced a difference.
The various preliminary forecasts did
much to unsettle the betting and this
made the Tammany supporters more confi
dent The result was that the opening
wagers were at odds of 10 to S on Low,
where on Saturday 10 to S was offered
without takers. Considerable money was
placed at 10 to 9.
There was an aggressive spirit displayed
later by the Tammany bettors, which car
ried the odds up to 10 to 9H. and finally
to even terms. There was a large quan
tity of McClellan money pressing through
out the day. One or two Stock Exchange
houses had large sums and many fusion
supporters, who had been waiting for
even terms for days past succeeded In
placing their bets. At the close, ROM to
J1JC0 was offered, on Low without takers.
That offer represented the condition of
the closing odds.
At the Aqueduct race track bets wcra
made at even money. David Gideon bet
CJ0 on McClellan. J. Panpenhetro. a
bookmaker, took the Low end. "Joe"
Vendlg bet 310.030 at evens on McClellan.
McClnre Removed to Tipton, Ind.
Tipton. Ind.. Oct 26. Sheriff Schuelen
bcrg of Tipton County, In which Jesse Mc
Clura killed his two young sons Sunday,
to-daybrought 3Ir. 3IcClure here for trial.
There aje no outward indications of at
tempted violence to-night, but the Jail Is
being guarded, and every precaution
against a mob has been taken.
STRANGE ELEMENTS IN THE
HISTORY OF THE BLAIR CASE.
Peculiar Absence of Proofs and a Contradictory
Absence of Support for Blair James
T. Roberts and His Motives.
As the case of James L. Blair stands to-day; after a month of rumors and several
days of intense dIcus-rton aroused by a statement put forwanl as an allegation of
detailed facts, its astounding nature is made all the more astounding by the strango
circumstance tliat. though direct proofs are wanting, there are no denials from any
source except general ones made by Mr. Blair himself.
According to tho statement of James T. Roberts. James L. BUUr at different periods
prior to January. 192, bad appropriated to his own use the large aggregate of $3(0,000
from funds in his hands as financial agent of Dick Bros. & Co. of Philadelphia; and
had turned over to Dick Bros. & Co. for their clients forged deeds of trust Roberts
says tliat while In Blair's office at various times on other business ha liad secured
proofs of these frauds; that In January. 1932, lie Informed Dick Bros. & Co.; that
Xvans R. Dick, with George S. Graham, his attorney, came to St Louis, confronted
Blair, and obtained from him a confession and a settlement of some kind.
Roberts also states that lie discovered similar frauds In connection with the
Henry T. Blow estate; that September 2 of this year he Informed Glward S. Robert
co-trustee with Blair; that Robert found frauds amounting to ta,Q.O. and that he
confronted Blair and objained a settlement which was a full restitution to the estate.
HVAalVi: I.KTTKR. WHITTKX IIV IILMU.
Edward S. Robert gave a letter which was placed by Blair in the hands of Circuit
Attorney Folk, wito had I Kim an Investigation. The same letter was sent by Blair
to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition Company, the officers of which had taken up
the matter of Blair's relation to the Exposition as General Counsel. James T. Roberts
says that this letter was written by Blair and corrected by Edward S. Robert In the
letter Robert did not exonerate Blair, tho phrases ning carefully guarded, and sev
eral members of the Wjrld's Fair Executive Committee were convinced by tho letter
that Robert did not believe in Blair's Innocence.
Between January. 1!0. and March ot the same year. Mr. Blair Informed several
friends, some of them associated with the Exposition, in which ho was a prominent
figure on account of his rrttkn as chief of tho law department and his wife's as
President of the Board of Lady Managers, that large funds In his hands had been
misused and that h,e was legally responsible, though the actual frauds had been
committed by his brotl.er. To protect "the honor of bis family name he said that he
was ready to sacrifice all hU own property. The sympathy of these gentlemen was
apicsed. and they alo were keenly alive to the possible effect at that time on the
Exposition and the city at large if such a scandal were made public.
They signed a guarantee that certain collateral security would realize a stated
amount, variously estimated at figures ranging from 1S2.CO) to fe&GOO. This guarantee
they were never called on to meet, the collateral ultimately realizing the nmount at
which it was appraised in agreements, or the amount of the obligation being znado
up In other ways.
BLAIR'S BROTHER PLA1S PKCt LI U PUIT.
Roberts says that no mention was made of shielding a brother wlten the Dick
settlement was made in January, IMC In tlm statements made by Dick Bros, to
The Republic during the last weetc there is nothing to show (hat in January. U02.
Mr. Blair mentioned a brother in connection with the case. Negatively Roberta is
Here It may be said that the brother mentioned is described by those who know
him as a quiet man. without anything in Ills way ot living or liablts of business to
Indicate that he ever used so large a sum at money; that lie never had any protracted
or important function :n the office of Seddon & Blair; that he nrvenrestded Ions; in
St Louis; that no checks or other papers have been traced to him. though It Is Im
possible that he could have used or handled great kums of money without leaving
It Is said that one of Blair's friends also loaned him r-ersonatly a large amount;
placed at two sums of Sj0.U) and JS5.W).
Information is that Mr. Blair, since January. 1ME. lias taken out heavy life Insur
ance. The companies are reticent, but It seems certain that the amount Is not less
than JTU0. and may reach over fl.GGn.G0n. To whom this Insurance lias been assigned,
or whether assigned to the parties with whom settlement was made by Blair, has
not been disclosed.
In June, 1 Blair executed a mortgage for K.M upon his beautiful home. "Alr
drle" or Staneote." in Klrkwood. The trustee. Kann. is understood to be a figure
head in this transaction, and the actual lieneCclary Is not known.
Obviously, the heavy Insurance and the "Alrdrie" mortgage have some Important
relation to the settlements made with the Dicks ami with the Blow estate.
There is another statement, made with some posltlveness, Lut without deflnlteness.
that additional frauds bring tho amount of $fcC,e.. as slated by J. T. Roberts, up to
a total of jew.GU
o.i: KxciM-: rivi:x uv fhiexus.
In explanation of Mr. Blair's sweeping denials, some of his friends present the
theory that he regards his Insurance and the surrender of his home as a protection
of his creditors, and therefore a moral and financial conclusion of the matter. They
believe that he has argued himself into a state of mind In which he regards the
affair as honorably adjusted, wheth-r he or his brother was guilty, and that his
undeniably useful career as an advocate and organizer of good government move
ments has been honest and sincere, without consciousness of hypocrisy.
Tho attitude of other men to this remarkable Blair history Is a history of Itself.
In the bcglnnlrg all the gentlemen to whom. In the winter of ISfti ho confided his
trouble firmly believed that ho was an Innocent victim of his brother's wrong
doing, and that in assuming tho burden he was playing a high-minded and com
mendable part Tills view was held by nearly all the other men. who, one after tho
other, became acquainted with the unfortunate condition. It Is but the truth to say
that gradually this view lias changed and that all. or nearly all. of the gentlemen
who came to his relief that winter have reluctantly changed to a conviction that the
brother was not awlated with the transactions.
Of the important public statements mado by men supposably conversant with
parts of the affair, none are positive as to his Innocence. 3Ir. Evans It Dick admits
that a settlement of Irregularities was effected by which his firm suffered loss. 3Ir.
Robert admits that a t-ettlcmcnt was effected Tor the Blow estate Judge Seddon
does not declare a disbelief in the charges.
XOT A M'l'I'OHTKlt IS I'HA.MvLY OITM'OKE.V.
Yet, without a single out-and-out supporjgr, it is still true that nothing lias been
proved which weuld convict James L. Blair of a crime. It there were forgeries no
forged document has been produced or pointed out If there was embezzlement no
victim makes or confirms a charge. Unless the Grand Jury has evidence not bef'
the public, no crimo has been established. The recital of James T. Roberts I
upon which an actual charge could be lued. Of course. It may lie said that clrx
stantlnl evidence points to guilt It mav be said tlut Edward S. Robert Evans
Dick, George S. Gralum and others have proofs and may bo compelled to produce
them. So far, nobody knows that to be a fact Aside from the question of the statute
of limitations, and even assuming that any acts are within the statute, everything in
the way of legal evidence published up to this tlmo is consistent with the theory
tliat whllo Blair was commercially responsible to Dick Bros, and the Blow estate,
he was not the person who committed the crimes.it crimes were committed. Yet not
a man steps forward In his defense, though a year ago nobody in St Louis had more
friends or more influential ones.
It all presents an anomaly in the annals of human conduct.
3IOTIVES OF ROBERTS CO.XslUEIlED.
Now as to James T. Roberts. He has made a series of statements covering mlnuto
details. Ho says that he has no motive beyond defending his veracity against the
inimical comments ot inair, Dick and others.
Ho does not quite explain how he got the Information from Blair's office. With
his unusual memory for detail and his eye for melodramatic effect and his excellent
command of expression, ho should be able to give a most interesting account of the
exact circumstances under which he entered Blair's office, took pnPr. made copies
and fixed data In his mind or on a memorandum. Ho could reproduce his own mental
operations at the time or times, his whys and wherefores, what he Intended to do
with his knowledge, why he did not go to a Grand Jury. wh he went to Dick Brew.,
why he did not. for a ear and a half, go to Edward S. Robert what he said when
he dltTgo to the Dicks whether he expected or demanded tho considerable fortune In
money which a neat percentage of tho amount saved to Dick Bros, and to the Blow
estate might be supposed to represent.
If it was pure desire to stop a career of crime, why did he not go to some known
friend of Blair with the proofs. If he did not care to place the matter before a Grand
Jury, and let the stern lesson be taught by private friendship when he shrank In pity
from a public prosecution? Knowing what was doing, after the Dick settlement why
did he not take care that Blair did not transfer the loss, or pa" of It prospectively
to prominent and respected citizens of St Louis?
Is the motive of Roberts connected with the K.S00, which, as he says, he placed
In Blair's hands to Indemnify Blair for golng-on his bond in the shooting case, and
which, as he says, Blair cynically refused to return?
SEVERAL POaSUILK 3IOTIVES.
Is the motive, as Evans R. Dick intimates and as George S. Graham repeats, con-
necicu wun mc pomicai enmities which Blair had aroused in St. Louis? Is there an
association between the motive of Roberts and the fact that the first publication of
the charges appeared In the World, the avowed organ of the BuUer element in
Mr. Roberts may have had, and may have, only tho best motives. But with his
talent for recital ho might go further Into the Incident Wliatever his motives and
actions, some perrons are using his statements for other than reasons of justice.
What but motives ot personal malice could send a large bundle of Globes, containing
the first of the Roberts publlcatipns. to be distributed free to Blair's neighbors and
members ot tho household?
In all its phases this lamentable affair Is strange. It presents problems of per
sonal character, of methods which are associated with fiction rather thau with real
life, of high and low careers, of friendship and enmity, of politics and business. It
will not long contain many mysteries. Whether the actual proofs ever existed,
whether they have been destroyed, whether the statute of limitations mercifully let
fall the curtain upon whatever was donelet those things be as they may, the actual
facts are known to many persons and will not be long ctncealed from the public,
though there may never be a foundation for legal prosecution of either James L.
Blair or Ills brother.
DOCTORS GIVE LITTLE HOPE
FOR BLAIR'S RECOVERY.
Physicians State That Former World's Fair
Counsel Is Very Weak and May Not
Survive Crisis Relatives
CONCUSSION OF THE BRAIN IS FEARED.
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JA3IE3 T. ROBERTS.
Who Is Attorney James L. Blair's accuser.
Mr. Blair's condition was unchanged at 2 o'clock this morning.
When the physicians left the house about midnight he appeared
to be resting.
James I lltalr suffered a t-erUms re!ape at Ms country home near
Klrkwood yesterday morning and vigorous iiipIImmIi were employed to save
Percy lllalr. son of Mr. Blair, made tlio following statement to The Ite
puMic at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon:
"My father has lieen liarely conscious all day. He Is extremely weak
and his condition Is most srave. He seems to recognize those about him,
but that is all."
Doctor Wyer visited Mr. Itlalr In the afternoon and nnon leaving the
house he was aked for a stntement.
"Mr. Itlalr Is a Mry t-Ick mam I do not care to make a further state
ment." "Has Mr. Hlair Miffercd a concussion of the brain?"
"I would prefer that you do not Insist that I answer that (juestlon. Mr.
Blair is a very sick man."
At 8 o'clock last night It was reported that there was no change.
"Mr. Itlalr Is being given every attention." said the nnrse, "but there
are no hopeful signs. He Is extremely ill."
COULD GIVE .NO EXCOCRAGIXG J.TATE3IE.VT.
Not an encouraging statement as to Mr. Blair's Illness was made by
physicians, members of the family or the t-ervauts yesterday.
About 4 o'clock In the afternoon Percy Itlalr left the home, entered the
family carriage and was driven rapidly toward Klrkwood. He would not
state the nntnre of his Midden Journey, but friends In Klrkwood saw him
go to the telegraph oflicc, and It Is probable that messages stating the
seriousness of Mr. Illalr's condition were sent to relatives In other cities.
At this time relatives of Mr. and Mrs. Blair living outside of St. Loula
have not reached the city.
Tntll yesterday afternoon Percy Blair has been exceedingly optimistic re
garding the outcome of his father's Illness. "When making his statement to
The Itepublle reporter he acted as though he held out little hope.
Ie trembled noticeably; there were tears In his eyes and he was ex
A few visitors were admitted to the Itlalr mansion, but they remained
only a few minutes. None of them were admitted to the sick room, nor did
Mrs. Blair meet any of the callers.
Mrs. Blair remained at the beside of her husband constantly, and ac
cording to the statements made by her eon niul the house servants, she Is
bearing up well under the strain. Her whole thought Is concentrated upon
the caro of her husband.
relieved ntAirt sxstaked coxccssiov.
It Is firmly believed, however, that Mr. Blair has suffered a concussion of
the brain. When he collapsed and fell to the stone pavement Saturday his
head struck violently. The only protection the skull had was a soft felt
DICK BROS. ISSUE
Philadelphia. Oct it Dick Bros, to-day sent out the following clrcula let
ter to their customers:
"We have no unsettled accounts of any kind on our books with Mr. Blair or
through him for any one else.
"About two years ago wo suffered a loss through Investments made In St
Louis, but this was settled at tho time and charged off and the whole matter
closed. The new publicity of tho matter, therefore. Is ancient history, and. it is
alleged, is somewhat a matter of politics.
(Signed.) "DICK BROS. CO."
FLOWERS ARE SENT TO RELIEVE
GLOOM OF BLAIR HOME, "AIRDRIE."
A particularly somber aspect was pre
sented at "Alrdrie." the beautiful country
home of James L. Blair, yesterday.
The mansion is situated in one of the
roost beautiful spots In St Louis County.
It sets far back In a yard, which is filled
with trees and shrubbery, and faces the
Sapptngton road. -h!ch is much traversed
by, those Journeying between St Louis
s Vs 4B
THE BLAIR MATTER.
Reporters were not admitted to the
home, and the newspaper men who were
waiting for news from the stricken lawyer
sat near the road, facing the house.
Pedestrians and those in carriages would
stop upon seeing the reporters and ask
as to the condition of Mr. Blair.
Several boxes of flowers were delivered
at "Alrdrie." One messenger was from
Contlnned on Pice Two.
KRATZ CASE UP,
lares if There Are Grounds
for Action in St. Louis
They Must Exist
TO GIVE OPINION ON BOND.
Fugitive Boodler Conducts His
Numerous Business Enter
prises in Tolice In
EPBCIAT. TO TUB REPUBLIC BT CABtTi
Mexico City. Mexico. Oct X. Fernando
Duret the legal adviser of the Dvpa-t-ment
of Foreign Relations, who repre
sented the claims of the Mexican citizen
ship in tho recent Venezuelan arbitration,
returned to-day from Caracas, and tho
Knits case was turned over to him, in to
far as the department is concerned.
One of his first actions In the cas- will
be to advise as to the wisdom of admit
ting the fugitive St. Louis boodler to
bond. He says be knows too little cf the
case to warrant him In giving an opinion
Just now, but he is consldertar the nosi
tlon of the Government
If the case against Kratz has merit
enough to Justify an indictment In St.
Louis, ho said, however, that it would ap
pear likely tfcat the same grounds for
action exist against him here.
KRATZ CONDUCTS HIS
IN POLICE STATION.
EPECUL TO TUB REPUBLIC BT CABL'E;
Guadalajara. Mexico. Oct 26. Charles
Kratz, the former Et Louis Councilman,
who Is tinder Indictment on the charge of
bribery la St Louis, Is eondnetlns his ex
tensive businesses In the police station
Kratz Is not locked up in a cell, but is
allowed the freedom ot the inspector's'
office, where he uses that gentleman's
desk and writing materials to carry on his
Besides this unusual privilege. Kratz has
the courtesy of a little private room ad
Joining the Inspector's office, where he is
permitted to hold, private consultations
with his attorney and such other business
associates as he may care to see.
Indeed. It appears that the fugitive is
little handicapped by his incarceration.
From the first he has enjoyed the most
unusual courtesies at the hands of the In
spector, who Is a personal friend.
It may be stated that Kratz from tho
first has lost no time in cultivating the
friendship ot men in official position who
at any time would be able to do him the
slightest service. Kratz has known all
along that strenuous efforts would be
made to apprehend blm and take him back
to the States, and with this knowledgo
he has walked assiduously to block tha
Kratz Is not alone In his efforts to gain
the sympathy of the ofa'cials'. but he is
backed up by numerous friends, who take
advantage of every turn or crook. These
allies of Kratz furnish all the money
necessary, for It secures their own posi
tion to keep him here.
FRIE5DS MAKE PLAY
They also make It appear to the offi
cials that their friend Is a very much per
From their stories one would think that
he was indicted merely for political rea
sons and that the case against him is
pushed merely to gain prestige to an oni-
cial who hopes to boom his own candi
dacy. Kratz's friends alo call attention to the
fact that Kratz has extensive Interests in
the State ot Jalisco and If not molested
will make nn influential citizen.
All of this has its effect on the local
WILL REQUIRE STRONG PROOF.
Col. Robertson Expresses Opinion
on Mexico's Attitude.
Colonel J. A. Robertson, who lives at
the Southern Hotel, and who Is Interest' d
In Mexican railway and mining Interests,
returned recently from Mexico.
Asked last night about the chances for
the extradition of Charles Kratz. he sail:
"You must understand that I do not
know Kratz. I have not been In Guadala
jara, though I hava recently been within
a few miles of the city. I can say thli.
however, that I do not believe the Mex
ican Government will release any person
under extradition proceedings until the
fullest prima facia evidence has been pre
sented of their guilt I mean such evi
denca as would warrant the Govemme -i
turning over a resident of Mexico until
It was positive of the absolute necessity
for such action under their treaties.
"It has been suggested that the request
for Kratz's extradition has been presented
with what may be termed almost a per
sonal appeal, at least a special appeal,
from the President and Secretary of State,
that such an appeal could scarce'y ba
overlooked by the Mexican Government
That may be so, but, knowing the Mex
icans as well ss I do, I cannot help but
saying that while they would gladly do
anything for the United States Govern
ment tbey are so strongly imbued with
the sense of their own dignitythat It will
require the strongest evidences of law. and
treaty, before they will surrender any per
son to any Government, especially when
they know that that person has personal
and financial interests in Mexico, as Ur,
Kratz Is said to have.' ,.