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VOL., XXXII, NO. 187.
MAYOR TO RULE
WITH IRON HAND
SAYS "NEWS LEAKS" MUST BE
OBJECTS TO PRESENT METHOD
Executive Scores the Employes of the
i Health Department and Threat.
'" en* Entire Force With
la-thn'rlnlly press In Los Angeles to
be i. under censorship as it is in St.
Petersburg? This is the question em
ployes of the city's health department
are asking. From statements made last
night before the board of health com
missioners It would appear that an ex
perienced Russian secret service officer
might find employment In watching the
employes of departments at the city
"I want to call your attention to the
fact, gentlemen," said Mayor McAleer,
"that we are often confronted with
articles in the newspapers relative to
what the health office is doing or what
the . board Intends to do before the
board has acted on the subjects men
tioned and given details to the public.
"It . Is evident to you all from this
that there is a leak in the department
somewhere. Now this leak must be
stopped. If It is not stopped Imme
diately It will be located and thus
plugged up. If it cannot be found I
will clean out the entire health office
to stop it.
: "From now on, nothing in regard to
the working or intentions of the health
department shall be given to the press
until this board has passed upon it."
Members In Accord
This utterance on the part of the
mayor met with the approval of the
board and was embodied in a resolu
tion . which was adopted without dis
Just how the mayor proposes to clear
out the health office, whose employes
come under civil service, is not at
'present known, but one inspector was
virtually ■ dismissed last night. J. A.
Hunslcker, sanitary inspector, ten
dered his resignation to the , board to
take effect May 1. Dr. Kurtz Instant
ly moved that the resignation be ac
cepted to, take effect Immediately,- anil
the motion was carried by a. unanimous
Prior to the public session the board
of health held a session behind closed
doors In the mayor's office which last
ed'nearly an hour. WhenJthe public
session was called the program went
through as though it had been greased,
and ' discussion on such questions as
Hunslcker's resignation was not heard
at; the public session. One dairyman
was hauled over the coals because he
could J)ot afford to buy a wagon with
which to deliver milk, and therefore
had to' use his surry. As he did not
want to deface the vehicle by paint
ing signs and his license number on the
sides he had the required milk sign
painted on a black piece of leather and
fastened to the vehicle by means of
buttons. He was ordered to have the
sign painted jon the vehicle Immedi
ately or suffer the consequences.
PROVES TO BE A WOMAN
Dressed In Men's Clothing, a Girl Is
Arrested With Her Com.
Standing' under a tree on Center
street, . between First and Banning
streets, in the dark, both wearing long
overcoats and caps pulled down partly
over their eyes, a young man and a
girl, who gave their' names as C. C.
Coffrrian and Florence -Roberts, were
arrested by Sergeant Craig and Pa
trolman Rose about 10 o'clock last night
and locked up in" t ho city Jail on sus
picion of being highwaymen— or wo
-The woman's hair was cut short and
she' was dressed as a man, wearing
overalls. •;';;■/ ■•'
.When the two suspects' saw the of
ficers approaching they ran. The of
ficers chased them quite a distance be
fore , effecting a capture.
i Sergeant Craig found a piece of stone,
attached to which was a long wire,
near i the place where the pair wero
standing, and it is thought to have
been in their possession.
■ At the police station the couple said
they were preparing to beat their way
north on a*frelgtit train when arrested.
Coffman said he had been living tit
426 Ruth avenue.
SISTER OF GEN. GRANT
FOUND DEAD IN BED
Cramer Passes Away Sud.
' denly In New
NOB, N. J., April s.— Mrs. Mary
I Grant Cramer, sister of the late Presi
dent ' U. S. Grant and widow of Dr.
' M. J. Cramer, was found dead In bed
today ut the home of her sister, Mrs.
'" < Y' r *'nl» Grant Corbln, In ISast Orange.
Mrs. Cramer retired last night in ap
parent good health. • •
Los Angeles Herald.
DA VENPORT NOT RECALLED,
DECISION OF SUPREME COURT
J. P. DAVENPORT
TWO ARE VICTIMS
OF STREET CARS
LINEMAN KILLED ON CENTRAL
J. W. White, Who Was Hurt Several
Days Ago In a Street Car Ac.
cident, Succumbs to His
R. E. Ford, lineman, killed by \\
car on Central avenue. . "
J. W. White, 123 West Avenue ! !
Twenty.nlne, died from Injuries']
sustained in street car accident.'
several days ago. J[
**»»»»»»«**».1.. r »*v».;..M..M..H.
R. E. Ford, an electric lineman In
the employ of the Sunset Telephone
company, was struck and killed by a
Vernon avenue car on Central avenue
between Sixth and Wilde streets about
7 o'clock last night.
Ford was attempting to board a
northbound car to come down town
when he was struck and hurled many
feet. He was picked up In an uncon
scious condition and taken to, the re
ceiving hospital, 'where he died two
Ford was in a saloon on Central ave
nue when he saw his car approaching,
and he ran out Into the street to catch
it. Another car was going in the op
posite direction at a fast rate of speed,
it ia said. Ford did not see the second
car until it was almost upon him, and
It is thought he was. struck, by. the
northbound car while trying to get out
of the way of the southbound car.
Ugly Gashes In Scalp
When taken to the receiving hos
pitallt was discovered that Ford had
sustained several ugly gashes in his
scalp and that he was Buffering from
concussion at the base of the brain.
He was also Internally injured.
The car which struck Ford was num
bered 348. Motorman R. E. Albright
of 1149 East Forty-second street was
in charge. So' great was the force of
the accident that passengers -on th?
northbound car said they thought It
had collided with the southbound car.
Ford was about 22 years - old and
weighed about 220 pounds. ■ He was
single and lived at the Hotel Toms on
Central avenue. His relatives at Han
ford have been notified.
Ford's body ■ was taken to ; Pierce
Bros.',' where an Inquest will be held
today. . • • v- '•*'
Died 'From Injuries
Coroner Trout was notified last nfght
of the death of J. W. White of 123
West Avenue Twenty-nine, who was
struck by a street car in East Los An
geles several days ago. No Inquest
will be held, as the coroner was not
informed at the time of the accident
and the physician who has been at
tending White has Issued a certificate
of death. While was 65 years old.
MERKEL TO BE TRIED
FOR SECOND MURDER
District Attorney Will Try to Becure
Death Penalty In
It has been decided that Earnest
ti. C. Merkel must again face a Jury
In the superior court and a complaint
charging him with the murder of Mrs.
Frankle Fox, his second victim, will
be tiled In one of the township courts
Merkel was convicted several weeks
ago on the charge of having murdered
his wife. Eleven of the Jurors favored
the death penalty, but one stood out
for a lighter sentence, and In order
to prevent the spectacle of a hung Jury,
the eleven who favored the death pen
alty came ovver to the side of the lone
"The man has committed two mur
ders and there Is no reason why he
should not be tried for both of them,"
■aid District Attorney Fredericks yea
Since his confinement in the county
Jail Merkel has failed rapidly in health
and it has been given out unofficially
that the old man's mind has become
LO3 ANGELES. CAL.. IHURSDAY MORNING, APRIL 6, 1905.
Case Before High
DRAWS SALARY FOR
, , HIS UNEXPIRED TERM
Constitutionality of Recall Not
J. P. Davenpftrt, . former counclfman
from the Sixth ward, whs not recalled.
Kurh Is the decision of the supreme
Davenport thought he was recalled.
The Good Government league and the
Sixth ward voters thought he was re
called. Present Councilman Hough
ton ■ thought his predecessor was re
All .were mistaken. Davenport was
legally the representative of the Sixth
ward In the council until last January,
when his term expired.
' The former councilman will draw
four months' salary, from September
to January. Dr. Houghton . has al
ready drawn his salary for Davenport's
unexplred term, although according to
the, decision of .the court he is not en
titled- to the money;
Favorable to Davenport
Without discussing in any way. the
constitutionality of the recall amend
ment to the city charter of Los An
geles the supreme court of the state of
California yesterday rendered a de
cision In the Davenport case favorable
Vo the deposed councilman, basing the
action on a technical point Involved in
the manner in which the recall elec
tion; was called.
Chief Justice Beatty, In a dissenting
opinion, holds that the recall amend
ment to the Los Angeles city charter
Is absolutely constitutional and declares
that the citizens of the Sixth ' ward
had the legal right to recall Daven
port, If they so desired, and elect an
other In his place, and that the deposed
councilman Is not entitled to the salary
which he would have drawn had he
remained in office.
I J. P.. Davenport petitioned the courts
for reinstatement in the city council >f
Los Angeles and for his salary for the
full month of September, during which
month he was deposed. The case was
appealed to the supreme court of. the
state*, s and "as a case 'of public • interest
was set for hearing ahead of, the regu
lar; program, but the necessary delay
Involved made it impossible to hear
the case until seven months had elapsed
and ! after another election had been
Could Not Reinstate Him
'This being the case the court could
not reinstate Davenport, but declared
the recall election to have been illegally
held, and Issued a writ of mandate on
the city auditor of Los Angeles for
the deposed councilman's salary* for
September, and the subsequent months
he would have served, or up to January
. The opinion and decision is based
entirely on a technlcalty in the manner
of calling the election. Justices Me-
Farland, Shaw, Van Dyke, Lorrlgan
and Henshaw agreed that unless the
names appearing on the recall petition
were on the great register, the proceed
ings would not be legal, as they con
strue the charter amendment provid
ing for . the recall to i>ead that only
voters . whose names are on the great
register have the rlg-ht to sign a re
call petition, and that those appearing
In the 'lncompleted great register, but
not In the complete one which is made
up at the time of the elections, should
be scratched from a recall petition.
The Justices construed the object of
this section of the law to have been
drawn for the ! purpose of preventing
newcomers In a community from un
seating an official, and political status
of ' that community.
Namea Not on Great Register
The principal point on which the ds
cisSjn was based was the allegation
by' the court that the city clerk of
Los Angeles certified to the correct
ness iof the names on the recall peti
tion Illegally. While there were suf
ficient signers on the petition, who
were registered voters In the Sixth
ward of the city of Los Angeles, still
a considerable per cent, or a sufficient
per cent, had registered after the elec
tion previous and therefore were not
on the great register of 1902. The court
held that affidavits of registration In
the Incomplete great register did not
give the registrar the right to sign a
recall petition under the amendment
providing for the same.
Davenport took his seat, in the coun
cil in January, 1903, and remained in
office until September of the next year.
But In Augus,t, 1904, a petition was
filed with the council asking that the
district represented by Davenport re
call its councilman and elect another
man to fill his place. In response to
the'electlon a special election was held
and A. l>. Houghton was chosen.
The question before the supreme
court was the petition of the ousted
councilman to be reinstated and paid
the salary he had missed. As Daven
port was elected for two years and his
term has expired It was Impossible to
reinstate him, but the court . decided
that he must.be paid , his ' salary ; : for
(OontiaiMd «a !'•«• Two.)
NOW STANDS ACQUITTED OF
OPPORTUNE TIME TO RETIRE
Could Not Withdraw Before for Fear
, ' That Hla Action Would Be
Taken as an Admission
By AsaocUtM Press.
KANSAS CITY, April 5.— A special to
the Journal from Abilene, Kas., says:
"Senator X a. Burton will resign his
seat as United States senator In a short
time, according to Information given
out by one of his close personal friends
here. After he was convicted and pend
ing his appeal to the supreme court he
could not resign for fear that It would
be taken as an admission of guilt."
The supreme court reversed the case
and Burton now stands as Innocent,
until convicted again. . He believes this
Is a good time to withdraw from the
TO LOS ANGELES
SOUTHERN' PACIFIC PLANS A
NEW OUTLET ,
Proposed to Build a Road From Hazen,
Nevada, Connecting With This
City by the Carson and
By Associated Press.
SAN FRANCISCO, ', April 6.— The
Southern Pacific Is to have another
eastern outlet-i'from Los Angeles' by
which It proposes to relieve the coast
traffic, to- secure- quicker service for
fruit transportation and to overcome
tha excessive Haien grade. - ■*.■. ■ ♦...
Articles of incorporation were • filed
today by the law department of the
company of, the Nevada & California
Railway company, ! with : a capital
stock tvT ,15,000,000, of which $457,000 has
William F. Herrln, chief counsel, is
credited with $227,000 of the subscrip
tion and Chief Engineer Hood with a
like amount. Other Southern' Pacific
officials have subscribed $1000 each. 5
The articles of Incorporation say that
the company proposes building a line
from Hazen, Churchill county, Nev.,
southward "to a point on the Majove
desert" and a branch line 27 . miles long
from Churchill, a station on the Car
son and Colorado road to Mound House
station on the Virginia and . Truckee
The intention is to effect connection
between Los Angeles and Hazen with
the aid of the Carson & Colorado road,
by laying a trifle over 200 miles of
track. The new road will practically
Isolate the Virginia and Truckee road
except for local traffic.
CHILD KILLS HERSELF
SKIPPING THE ROPE
Louise Rivers Is Anxious to Win the
Championship and Dies In
By Associated Press.
NEW YORK. April s.— Louise Rivers
of New Rochelle, .11 years old, has
sacrificed her life in a successful effort
to become the skipping rope champion
of her neighborhood.
To Jump the rope 200 tiroes has long
bei-n the/" championship lecrrd of the
district. The child had often tried in
vain to exceed It. When she began
Jumping in her last attempt, . Louise
looked as well as usual. As she ap
proached the 200 mark she was pale and
tired, but she doggedly kept on Jump
ing. At .218 the girl fell, screaming
with pain, and died rhortly afterward
at the hcspltal.
The doctors found she had been at
tacked by acute appendicitis.
LEFT SEVEN MILLIONS
More Than Half of Stanford Estate
Goes to University
By Associated Press.
SAN FRANCISCO. April 6.— lt Is
now known that Mrs. Jane Lathrop
Stanford left ■ an estate valued at
A formal Inventory has not yet been
made, but the interested parties have
already closely figured the present
worth of the several properties making
up the value of the estate, and In their
opinion Jt will not fall below the
amount mentioned. ■
According to ' Mrs. Stanford's will,
$3,125,000 Is to go for legacies and be
quests. This will leave a residue of
not less than $3,876,000, all of which by
the terms of the will Is to <o to swell
the funds of the Stanford university.
KANSAS SENATOR TO RETIRE
SENATOR J. R. BURTON
GUEST OF TEXAS
GIVEN OVATION BY CITIZENS
' OF DALLAS
During His Progress Through Kansas
and the Indian Territory He Is ■
Met at Every Station by '
- . -Cheering Crowds
By Associated Press.
DALLAS, Tex., April 6.— President
Roosevelt- tonight is the guest of the
Lone \ Star state. The special j train
bearing the president and-party-ar
rived in Dallas over the Missouri,' Kan
sas & Texas railroad ' promptly at 6:25
o'ciockj.thij'? evening. 1*:1 *:- Reception com
mittees were J in " evidence • when : the
train rolled ' into - the station and the
chief . executive was driven through the
streets to a public stand near the
Oriental hotel, where he delivered Jan
address. The streets were' densely
packed with visitors and the reception
accorded the president was. nothing
short of a continuous ovation. ■ •
After delivering his speech the presi
dent and party attended a dinner at
the Oriental hotel tendered by the citi
zens of Dallas.
His train will leave for Waco, Austin
and San Antonio at 5:40' o'clock to
When the president awoke this morn
ing his train was traversing the plains
of Kansas. At every station cheering
and enthusiastic crowds were present,
all bent on seeing, and If possible, hear
ing the | chief executive, j The special
train entered Indian Territory . before
noon. At Vlnlta a short stop was made
and the president briefly addressed a
large crowd. .
Greeted by Great Throng
When Muskogee was • reached fully
10,000 people surrounded the railroad
station.' A stand draped 'ln the na
tional colors had been erected ' nearby
and, although the, program did not call
for a speech here, the president yielded
to the loud acclaim of the people and,
escorted by a committee which board
ed his train, 'made a brief address. His
subject was "Statehood," and enthus
iast l« applause greeted -his 'utterance
that Indian Territory : would 'add j Its
star to the galaxy of states within a
Brief speeches were made at South
McAHster," Atoka, Caddo and Durant,
after which the train crossed the state
line into Texas. ' ■ ....../
■ Dentson was reached at 3:45 o'clock.
Preparatory to the arrival of the train
the yards had been cleared of all cars
and all "work was suspended. An im
mense crowd had gathered to greet the
president, who was standing on the
rear, platform, smiling and bowing his
acknowledgments of the cheers which
greeted htm as soon as the train
A party of school children advanced
to the platform and presented to the
president a magnificent floral offering
In the shape of a Texas flag. A card
attached read: "Presented by the
children of the public schools as a
welcome to the president to the state
of Texas tint! the city of Denlson."
Presents Floral - Offering
In presenting the floral offering Miss
Pauline ' Everett, as spokeswoman,
"In former times the children
strewed flowers In the .pathway of
Washington and Lafayette; today the
children of the first free publio sthool
building ever erected in Texas give
you this floral emblem signifying honor
The president replied briery.
When the train pulled out for Sher
man the president, standing ', on ■ the
(Continued vn Pace Two*
' PRICE: DAILY, BY CARRIER, 65 CTS. PER MONTH
RISE IN WHEAT
GREAT EXCITEMENT SHOWN
- IN CHICAGO PIT
John W. Gates and Other Wall Street
Manipulators Again ' Squeezing
Dollars Out of the
Special to The Herald.
CHICAGO, ■'"•■ April : . 6.— Within • the
space of half an hour, near noon,' May
wheat bounded up 3% cents over Mon
day's, final quotation, ■ selling nt $1.14
per bushel at' the start.. Covering -by
bljr shorts shot.the.-pftce up t0. 51,17%
so' quickly that the pit was thrown into
a panic. . ,' . .
; Jolts upward by quarters and halves
put the small . operators Into a state
of extreme nervousness. The advance
was ; one. of the freakish caprices of
a - manipulated . market such as . that
which now, exists as a result of deter
mined efforts on the part of John W.
Gates and a few , other Wall ■ street
speculators [to shake - a few dollars out
of the pockets of the bears. The profit
taking, by the longs, : particularly the
smaller traders, clipped about a cent
from the top price, but there were no
very large offerings. . . ; • .
| "May. dealing is far from dead," said
a leading bull, "and I believe the Wall
street crowd Is stronger today than
ever before* and $1.25 or better for May
wheat doesn't look at all . improbable
to me. Armour Is short more than the
trade thinks, .and the steadiness of
prices has frightened him and his fol
lowers to cover."
NEW ARMY BAYONET TO
- BE FOR BAYONETTING
General Chaff cc Recommends We
Should Wo Longer Attempt Com.
blnatlon With Entrenching Tool
By Associated Press.
WASHINGTON,* April 6.— Secretary
Taft today approved a recommenda
tion of the bayonet made by ; Gen.
Chaffee, chief of staff, and based . on
the : report ; of an army board. .This
inquiry was made at the suggestion of
Presfdent Roosevelt, as the result of
the experiences of the armies in Man
i In his memorandum to the secretary
of war, Gen. Chaffee says:
"I am of the opinion that we should
no .longer attempt a combination tool,
viz: bayonet and entrenching tool, but
that we should decide finally that the
troops be furnished with Implements,
each efficient for its own purpose and
separate and distinct. This the com
mittee recommends. '.>'<■< ''■*
"The bayonet recommended Is of the
style at present issued to the army
for use with Krag-Jorgensen rifle,
differing onl.' in that Its length Is in
creased by six Inches."
KILLS FELLOW STUDENT
Hammer Throwing at Lick School Re-
sults In Fatal Accident
By Associated I'russ. ' .
, | SAN FUANCISCO. April s.— Prank
Allen, a student v t the Lick School of
Mechanical Arts, has been accidently
killed by a hammer thrown by Arnold
Brown, a fellow stsudent. The heavy
leaden missile struck the boy's skull
near, the | base, crashing through the
bone. .He whs taken to the Central
Emergency ■ hospital, where he died
without regaining consciousness.
Brown was engaged In the practice
of swinging the hammer when the ac
cident* happened. ■ . ..,.
IN SAN FRANCISCO
LEGLESS AND HEADLESS BODY
FOUND, STILL WARM
WAS SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD SOY
Remains Were Left In a Sack at tha
Corner of Taylor and Vallejo ■'
Streets by an Unldentl.
Special to Th» Hm-hII.
SAN FRANCISCO, April s.— One of
the most mysterious murders of recent
years occurred In this' city some time
this evening. ,
About 9.30 o'clock a. man was seen
carrying a heavy bundle, : which tie let
down on the steps of a doorway at the
corner of Taylor and Vallejo streets
and walked ' . away, disappearing
through Washington square' park.-
Those who witnessed the act became
curious after, a few minutes, and on
making an investigation the bundle
proved to be the trunk of a young man
about 16 years of age.
The body was still warm and bleed
ing and was minus, the head and legs.
Which had been hacked 'off by a crudo
instrument . in the. hands of some one
with little knowledge of anatomy. '.
There are a number of police and
detectives working on the case, scour
ing ' the neighborhood ' where the body
was found, as It Is believed the murder
was committed nearby, owlng^ to the
fact of the body being still warm when
found. . -
The corpse was that of a. white lad
and was weir nourished.
STANDARD OIL SUED
TOR FORTY MILLION
Chicago Claims That Company Has for
Years Past Refused to Pay
By Associated Press
CHICAGO, April s.— The city of Chi
cago ' today filed ' suit ■ for $40,000,000
against the Standard Oil company.
The bill Is based upon an alleged non
payment of . Inspection' fees by the
Standard . Oir company.
It is claimed 'thut the company has
for. years refused to pay for Inspection
made bj^f the'. cliy under an ordinance
regulating commerce In naptha mil
gasoline. Representatives of the Stand
ard Oil company hold that gasoline and
naptha are not products of petroleum
and that the ordinance does not apply.
SENATOR PLATT OF
CONNECTICUT IS ILL
Is at His Summer Home Suffering
With Attack of Bronchial
By Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, Conn., April 5.—
United States Senator Platt is ill at
his summer residence here, suffering
from an attack of bronchial pneumonia.
THE DAY'S NEWS
Southern California: Fair Thurs.
day, with fog In the morning along
the coast;, light west winds. Max.
imum temperature in Los Angeles
yesterday, 74 degrees; minimum,
I—To1 — To rule with Iron hand.
2 — Doctors clamor for revolution.
3 — New banks at Ocean Park.
4 — Mourn chaplain's death.
s— Southern California news.
7— Victim dies from wound.
8.9 — Classified advertisements.
10 — 8 ports.
12 — Salvation Army greets captain.
Senator J. li. imrt.m of Kaiiaaa Is to resign.
President Roosevelt guest of Texas citizens,
and In given great ovation at Dallas.
Wealthy philanthropist of New York to
marry a poor Jewess.
Berlin, .(or the flrst time, anticipates pes.es
at early dale.
Medical congress at Moscow Indorses ttw
n hole radical program,
' earthquakes, extending over wld* area la
ErlUsh India, do 'much damage.
Unidentified man Is run over and killed on
the Santa Ka road.
Headleu and legless body of boy, still warm,
found In San Frinctaco.
Pasadena expects larg* attendant.* at horsa
know, which opeiut today.
Davenport not recalled, la decision of su
preme court. .....
Mayor MoAleer says "new* leaks" In board
of health must t>« plugged.
Two men killed ty street oars.
Klirumu* street residents clash over railway
Former Denver resident says business men ol
U>» Angeles should build mllroad to Uoldlleld.
l!us Augules members of national guard In- I
Ur«sted In government's simriwliooters' tour- •
'"iv'u'rul authorities are making strong up- •
hill fight In the prosecution of "Tom" Hays.,
Xi ne»t I* O. Merkel, sentenced to Imprison
ment for lire for the .murder of Ills wife, "
win be tried again on the, charge of having ,
murdered Mrs. frankle Vox. - . -..,
Man who attempted to rob ■ tourist In cor
ridor of hotel held to answer charge o( »••
sault with Intent to roW •
Meat inspector starts - campaign i against •
butchers who aduiterale tbelr wares with pr«.
* Keataurant keeper dlts of wounds received
at bauds of thugs. .