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HANCOCK PREDICTED OWN DEATH
THOUGHT BIG AUTO
=- WOULD KILL HIM
MILLIONAIRE HAD PREMONI
TION OF HIS END
EXPRESSED HIS FOREBODINGS
Premonitory Peelings Held by Million,
alre That His Automobile Would
KBe Causa of Terminating
His Life's Career .. .
Milton T. Hancock, the millionaire
Inventor, and plow manufacturer; mat
his death as he himself predicted,
"Boys, that automobile will be the
death of me," he remarked Tuesday af
ternoon to the men who were at work
repairing the machine, j "I am not
much on forebodings, but that Is the
way it looks to me." c '
The accident on South Main street
Thursday night. In which the big red
automobile carried him to his death,
bore] out his prediction, made half in
jest," half In earnest, two days before.
• Battered and partially demolished,
but with Its machinery still In ; fair
condition, the machine was towed to
the residence of Its late owner yester
day afternoon by Fred Wlnnett, Han
cock's former chauffeur, who at the
command • of the wealthy plow maker
has 'often sent the auto over the coun
try roads at express train speed.
■In company with two other machines
partly -dismantled, with a tarpaulin
thrown over it, the machine now
stands in the 'barn at 4093 Woodlawn
avenue. > ,
■When the machine was finally housed
Mrs.' Hancock and her two sons and
Miss Hlldreth, formerly secretary to
Mr. Hancock, came from the house
to see the destroyer of their loved one.
They looked silently for several min
utes, then left the barn.
Mrs. Hancock Prostrated.
Mrs. Hancock, prostrated by the ter-
rible ordeal through which she has
passed, refused to see any but • Intimate
friends. The injuries -.' which she re
ceived have proved to be of no great
Importance. The 12-year-old ' daughter,
Eugenia,, was the only, one yesterday
to suffer pain from her Injuries. With
her": left .wrist broken and a contusion
of ; the; forehead, she was confined to
her bed. . -
\Whaf the verdict of the coroner's
jury; Will be, following; the, Inquest at
SH o'clock this morning, can only be
surmised. Young Hancock had driven
the '■ machine* but three times. He is
familiar: with 'its .workings, as he has
been .constantly In the company of
Fred ;.Winnett, the chauffeur, but he
had j little, practical experience as an
automoblllst. . :
" iThe speed of the machine at the time
of.' the accident was far in excess of
that " permitted by the city ordinance.
fj Chief of ; Police Hammel visited the.
Hancock , home /yesterday afternoon,
but ■ after looking . over the , wrecked
machine left without meeting -any of
the victims of the accident.
■ Hancock had been in the police
courts several times 1 and his reputa
tion -for speeding 'had 'ceased to be
even a matter of comment."
■ Leaves Large Estate
Hancock carried a large amount of
Insurance in favor of' his wife and a
$15,000 . ; policy payable to his private
secretary, Miss Hlldreth, who has been
with - him for the past eleven years
and is a cousin of his wife. His patents
are, valued at ti.500,000.
ij Generous to the point : of extrava
gance,; Hancock~spent the larger part
of his income of $55,000 a year on his
family,' friends 'and those to" whom he
took a liking. .
Jy His" 1 prosperity of the early eighties,
( when-he sold his first invention on a
turn plow to the Columbus Iron works
for _/ JIOOO -and- the ■ agency rights, did
not 'turn his head,' but the money did
not last long.
As a man understanding the art of
advertising . he far outshone Walter
Scott,. the Croesus of Death valley, In
his meteoric flight in ' publicity during
the past four .weeks. . ■
• ' Invested Wisely
.; On being paid the first $1000 Hancock
immediately Invested $600 of the amount
in a costly buggy and a dashing team
The 'sober minded Louisiana farmer
became' in a night, to all appearances,
' the wealthy inventor and manufacturer.
With his fine turnout he went to a
little town of northern Georgia, where,
with liis liberality ami lii.s appearance,
In 1 k;<vi' the Impression of possessing
•normoui wealth. He wished to meet
[h<- farmeri of the locality. He paid
tin- jiiinc ip;il banker of the city $25 a
day to accompany him Into the country
and Introduce him. Hancock there solJ
territorial rights for the sale of his
plow and cleared $30,000.
Following thin, he went to Little
Book, Ark., mid settled down as a hard
ware merchant. But the Inventive
family was strong within him and In a
year he had made further Improve
on his patents, which netted him
Inspiration of Patent
!I! In v . I'«ai1 '«ai< Ihing1 hing a farmer , plowing he
' noticed that the mules pulled away
"fromieHch other to llghtenthelr woik.
*The -'mules showed him ,an easier
method of making. moiey than by sell
ing hai-clwar* in a riouthern village.
WorkU't out the vrHKlple,' Hancock In- ,
Milton T. Hancock, millionaire plow man, who met his death In an
automobile accident on South Main street Thursday night, had n pre
monition of the manner of his taking off.
Ha realized the danger which for the past six months he has almost
dally faced In his mad automobile racing over the roads of Los Angeles
oounty. • |
Two days before the accident he said the big red machine, with a
maximum speed of sixty miles an hour and often tested to that extent,
would be the meant by which he would lose his life.
Frlende to whom he made the remark laughed at him. • It was the
first time he had ever shown the white feather, they said. '•..
Hancock replied that he did not believe In the foreboding of evil, but
his automobile enthusiasm would be the death of him.
His premonition came true.
vented the. curved axle of the disc plow,
so that the discs pulled against each
other in turning .up the soil. Plow
manufacturers recognized its worth and
paid : liberally for the right to use the
patent." -_ • '
"With his capital behind him, Hancock
bought up every invention that seemed
to him 'to .be an Improvement on his
own. 'To one ' man ' he gave $7000. A
month 'ago he heard that the' man was
a bankrupt. Hancock owed . him noth
ing, but he sent him $500 as a gift. This
is one . example of his generosity. He
remembered . all his relatives and many
of his fellow townsmen on several oc
casions when he returned to his. home
city, giving banquets to which everyone
whom he knew was invited. ;
• Following the ' introduction of his
plows in the United , States he went to
Canada to advertise them. From there
tie' went . to Mexico, where he gave a
working Illustration of his plow before
Then he went to Europe with his
clever ideas on publicity and how to
gain it at small expense. As a "result
of his' untiring activity In this regard,
his invention is today found'all over the
civilized 'world.^ ' ,f.
i The boidy jof Mr. • Hancock ' will be
taken to Shreveport.'Lal, for interment
in a magnificent mausoleum which he
caused to be ' erected ' for himself eight
PRISONER IS WANTED ON -
HORSE STEALING CHARGE
James Fassett Is Alleged to Have Sold
His Father.ln.Law's Beast
James Fassett was arrested in Dow
ney last night by |)eputy Sheriff Frank
lin on a charge of horse stealing. It
is alleged in' the complaint that Fas
sett is wanted in lUch Hill, Mo., for
stealing a horse from his father-in
law several months ago.
According to the story told by 'the
deputy sheriff, Fassett sold the horse
which he had stolen from his father
in-law and with the proceeds paid his
way to California and has since been
living in Downey.
,He was sent to the county Jail" last
night and will be held pending issu
ance of requisition' papers.
FALLS THIRTY FEET, AND
- IS NOT FATALLY INJURED
John Shelby Topple* Off Porch While
Asleep and Sustains Broken
While sleeping last night In a chair
on the porch of hia home at 1030 Maple
avenue John Shelby toppled over and
fell to the ; ground, thirty feet below,
and sustained a broken back besides
a number of severe bruises.
He wai Bent to the receiving hospital,
where he was examined by Police
Surgeon Quint. His Injuries ; are not
considered fatal, although paralyaia of
the lower limbs Is expected to result. -
Shelby was i foreman ' of . the ' Chicago
LOS ANGELES HERALD j SATURDAY, '.MORNING, JULY as, 1905.
livery stables |at ..Ninth street .and
Maple_ avenue.'^and \ came to Los ' An
geles from, Oklahoma six weeks ago. •""
RUNS HIS SHIP ASHORE
TO WARD AGAINST PANIC
By Associated Press. . '. ' . .
NEW YORK, July 21.— The excursion
steamer Sirius was, deliberately run
p ground off North Brother island today
t> avoid a panic among her. 1000 pas
sengers and a possible repetition of
the Slocum disaster..' '.
■ The Sirius, carrying a Sunday school
picnic party,' stove •in her side ion a
rock near the .very. spptT where the
Slocum burned last -year. -Although
Captain Pierce did not- believe the ship
would sink he ran her aground with
all possible . dispatch and j emptied the
crowd' oh' to the docks' with the aid
of small boats, j Another boat took the
excursionists to their picnic grounds
and'- tugs were sent jto the disabled
Sirius.' . • . :
;-I; -In ': 1870 England had 8121 schools and
135 In 1898 there were 20,022
schools and only sixty-six prisons. ■
; There are undelivered telegrams at the
cnlce ! of the Western Union Telegraph
company for Mrs. George D. Johnstone,
J. J. Elliott, Sam C. Rooney, Paul Welt
stein. J. R. Walter, R. O. Rodolph, James
G. .Hammels.- William Wain. Miss Laura
McKenney; E. A. Woodward, Miss Hazel
Lester, Duncan Macklnnon, .R.• C. Glllla,
W. A. Chase, Mr. A. C. Slmpkins, Mrs. A.
Slmpkins. • , ' .
There are undelivered telegrams at the
Postal Telegraph company s office, 238
South Spring street, for E. •E. Easton,
Morgan C Fltjpatrick. ,
- The cigar that Is built right — Las
Pal mag. ■
/M^\ ss P ecial
..Salt Lake Route
To New York, Chicago, St. Louis,
.■- . cyviemphis, Omaha and , - ■< .
o*ll Points Bast. . « . ■
Dates or Sale— July 24, 25. 26
Pino Roadbed, Elegant Equipment
Information 250 8. Spring St. Both
Phones 352. . First Street Station,
Home 490, tTMaln 4095. .
. > t/lsk sbout the Personally Con* .
ducted TOURS ■to • Yellowstone
' Park and Portland— They 'i« great. ,
M. T. HANCOCK, WRECKED
AUTOMOBILE , ON' BOUTH
MAIN STREET, .AND THE'
HANCOCK HOME ON WOOD.
Two solid trains, through to
Chicago, without change via
Chicago, Union. . Pacific; and
North ; Western Line over the
only' double-track railway be-
tween j Omaha and Chicago,
Two.trains a day to St. Paul:
Minneapolis. , . . -
. Daiiy and personally conducted tours
to Chicago in Pullman tourist sleep-
ing cars only $7.00 double berth to
Chicago. 1 - : ; . '
Ant. eh. *' Sotln * 1 " 1
Go to Lake Tahoe
Special Excursion August 4th
Tickets good for return 21 days. Stopover allowed at San.^nclsco ,
returning. ■ A marveiously beautiful lake, hidden amid the Sierra Ne-
vada mountains, at an altitude of 6200 feet, being the largest mountain
lake in the world. .
A GRANP TRIP FOR FISHERMEN. More trout taken this season
than in any season -for years. Information at 261 South Spring street.
S pvi t he r tv P©lC if i c
AH Southern California Excursion
To Portland Exposition
To Celebrate Southern $35.00 Round Trip-
California Week Good 15 Days
Through vestibuled train with dining car service via Coast Llne_ and Shasta
mountains by daylight; leaves Arcade depot. Los Angeles, Saturday, July 22.
at 8:55 a. m. . ,
Grand celebration at Portland evary day during the week, beginning Mon-
day, July 24.
:•:■• All applications must be made to and reservations with H. B. Ourley. sec-
retary of the Los Angeles chamber of commerce, by July 19, In order to take
advantage of this train, as accommodations will be limited.
/^^ Saturday Flyers
V^lJjfy Catalina Island
Leave Salt Lake station, Los Angeles, 7:40 a. m., 9:00 a. m., 12:S0 p. m.
. and 6:25 P. m. GRAND BEASHORH RIDE TO SAN PEDRO. FIR6T
CHOICE OF STEAMER ACCOMMODATIONS.
Information 250 S. Spring St., both 'phones 862, First Street station.
Home, 490, Main 4095. ♦
Salt Lake Route
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•> At the above rough sketch of our stores— carry it carefully in your mind's £
t> eye— don't stop by the roadside to nibble at the flimsy baits thrown out by g:
J sharks to hoodwink t he unwary— and you'll then surely get to the birth* I
T place of the mightiest bargains in Men's and Boys' Clothing, Hats, Shoes .j^:
J and Furnishings ever turned out in this state. Don;t take our mere word for
■a this honest statement, but come and see for yourself and you'll then be con* g
X vinced of this great and most bona fide moneysaving fact. '
& Di rrfofr I-I oro Are a few °^ the hundreds of Breat8 reat values that have \ih
A fivfigHl. n©rC caused all would-be-competitors to take a "back seat" /"V,
•010 1 and filled our stores with a great multitude of frugal buyers, who know genu* i J
S ine bargains from the counterfeit kind thrown out by dealers in our im-, rr A \
2 mediate vicinity. ,O
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A ' fashionable manner; constructed from splendid wearing fabrics, >J|L -Jf •\J)*3 V
A in all regular sires; garments that you'll pay other stores fully «Jn| & _ — , • •fl 1
X $13.50 for, now sacrificed at the marveiously low price of $7.85 — ...., . > iQi,
A MEN'S REGULAR $10 SUITS— Made from' neat MEN'S REGULAR $16.50 AND $18 SUITS— AH, \&,\
X and moat serviceable fabrics. In all regular sizes; models of perfect tailoring;, garments that were A
V not an old-style garment in the lot; these splendid • sold M. Laventhal at the above mentioned
A well-flnished garmepts will be given away today prices will now be sacrificed at the phenomenally j: *
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V nothing price of just tyD.OD elsewhere figure of .......<ip J.Q3 ;■£.
a Great Shoe Bargains Men's Pants Bargains \fc
A' BOYS' $1 50 CANVAS BHOES— Made up SPECIAL FOR TODAY— Men's 10 oz. blue denim bib over- 9,
i- with good wearing, strong OA- alls, all sizes— only one pair to a customer; A fir O
SP ■ leather soles; now go at......... OVC today only ..■........"..... • .4Ot ..
»3l BOYS' $150 SATIN CALF SHOEB— MEN'S $1.50 WORK PANTS-^Made of strong, good wear- , V,
jL Sizes 12 to 5; made of good, ■: f| < 7 r , ' '"S worsteds, with patent buttons. and taped C|C« V
¥ solid stock; now go at iiV/L seamsrmust now go at .......................... -/OL A
V - MEN'S $2 50 CALF BALS> AFsfo 'CON-J MEN'S $3.00 BUSINESS PANTS— In new, stylish r ; pat- f )j£;
A GRESS SHOES — All widths anddjf •1 f| terns— good fitting and worth fully,. • •■ «l»f Off .V;
2 sizesFnow sacrificed at...... ~ip1.1V/.J3; while they lastat ipl.OD 'Q*
™ LADIES' $2 50 OXFORDS— Made of vicl MEN'S $4.00. SEMI-DRESS PANTS— -Made of ; fashionable !; Tj±--
•fr kid in black and mahogany -.tf»l Q A worsteds and neat cassimeres In all sizes; «1JO"Q/; ;jf-|
A colors; cut to .«j)I.OV now being sacrificed at ...... ................«p<<fc«Owf\ ; sflli
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| Walter Harris Company |
I 1I 1 142-148 N. Spring St. , |
THURSDAY, JULY 27th
Eight -Day Trip
, Including, railway*, fare, meals and berth,
both going and returning, on the CALI- > /
FORNIA LIMITED and six days at EL, •'
TOVAR, the elegant new $250,000; hotel
built by the Santa Fe at the Grand Can-
yon and under Harvey management. 1 '
Leave Los Angeles ..: C:l5 p. in. July 27
Arrive Grand Canyon.. ..4:30 p. hi.. ..__.July 28
Leave Grand Canyon 3:00 pp v m.>.™u-_ Aug. 3
Arrive Los Angeles 2:15 p. nt._». Aug. 4
PLAN TO GO
Santa Fe agent will furnish particulars at 200 S. Spring St.