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JURY CHOSEN TO TRY
M 'COMAS FOR MURDER
SLAYER OF MRS.
SELF DEFENSE EXPECTED TO
BE HIS PLEA
PROSECUTIONADMITS CASE WILL
BE HARD TO WIN
Presentation of Evidence Against Ac
cused Will Be Begun This
JURORS WHO WILL TRY
(iiistavc M. Scbutte, Santa Monica.
.1. A. Barrow*. 336 «>•» Jefferson
.lumen F.'l-ord, Sun Fernando.
John W. Flint, 1100 Court street.
/.HiliHry Decker, Unuth Pa»nd«na.
John N. liimnN, lluitlong and Santa
11. I), llolulilrd, 11« Kant Fifth street.
Charles M. I'lumer, Santa Monica.
,lninr« (|iilll, Downey.
(leoritc 1,. I .anting, mlmdale.
Walter (irare, Oowney.
Thnmns .1. Hutrlilaon, Oonnejr.
Shortly after ? o'clock yesterday
'afternoon the last of the twleye men
who are to try W. P. McComas, mining
man. man-about-town and former rider
of 'he range, for the murder of Mrs.
Charlotte Li. Noyei at her home at 671
South little street early In the morn
ing of February 28 last, was given the
oath and then Judge W. P. James ad
journed the session until this morning
at 10 o'clock, when the hearing of evi
dence for the prosecution will begin.
Despite the fact that Mrs. Noyes
was a well dressed woman of the
world, divorcee and fond of the race
track and wine suppers, there was but
one. solitary woman present at yes
ti ay s proceedings to listen to the
tfclinical questions put to each tales
man as he took his seat In the box.
This solitary female | was hidden be
hind several rows of men and had to
stretch her neck to keep an eye on the
McComas himself arrived after his
attorneys at 10 o'clock yesterday morn
ing. He was carefully dressed and
carried himself erect and with a debon
air air, showing no signs of levity and
uoslgirs of serious apprehension—Just
that grave, well mannered demeanor
that Indicated he realized the gravity
of 'the charge against him, but was
confident , that he would get off. scot
free, i ."■> ,-. • , ■
Hopes to Be Acquitted
"I am hopeful that I will be ac
ciullt"d," lie said as he took his seat
at the long table before the bench be
side Paul Schenck, one of his attor
neys. That was the extent of hlB
willingness to make a statement.
\\ hen the selection of a Jury was
begun Deputy District Attorneys Ed
ward J. Fleming and (J. Ray Hortoti
weiv found in their places to prosecute
the case for the state. McComas was
represented by Attorneys Earl Rogers
and Paul Schenck of this city and by
Si.in Senator W. W. Dodge of Omaha,
an old friend of the defendant.
Although Attorney Rogers and his
f ( Id w counsel seem to be confident of
victory Deputy District Attorney Flem
ing Is not so sure that the killing of
the woman will not be avenged by the
state. It Is probable the struggle be
fore the Jury will hinge on the throw
ing ot the acid.
Where was the acid bought?
Who bought it?
Did the woman deluge McComas'
face with a Wood of tissue-destroying
Or did the man kill the woman and
then to provide a motive for the crime
spatter his face and hands with the
burning stuff before he gave the alarm
at the Hotel Pepper?
Did Mrs. Nuyes receive money from
Or was McComas taking and spend
ing money given him oy the beautiful
woman who had fallen in love with
him and forgotten in his presence her
old home at Newburyport, Mass.?
That there are surprises in store,
perchance for both sides, there is little
doubt. Letters are in the hands of the
district attorney's office in regard to
the financial relations between Mc-
Comas and Mrs. Noyes. While these
shed light on the relations between
man and woman they are not admis
sible as they are hearsay evidence
"Does a conviction seem probable?"
Deputy District Attorney Fleming was
"It Is a hard case," he answered, as
he passed his hand through his hair
in a tired sort of way. "It is as tough
a proposition as I ever tackled. We
will do our best to get at the truth.
That is all we can do."
"Do you believe Mrs. Noyes threw
"Bah!" said the prosecuting officer,
and he entered the court room.
As McComas sat in his chair at the
table there were few evidences of the
terr'.ble tortures and burns that were
told about at the time Mrs. Noyes was
slain. The right side of his face, which
was turned toward the light, showed no
sign of scar at all.
A closer look at the left cheek, which
was in shadow, showed a long, red
scar, running down from the hair clone
to the ear, clear to the chin. It has
healed entirely, apparently. His hands,
which were said to have been terribly
burned at the time, he kept In his lap.
In the selection of the jury the ques
tions were largely technical. Before
the twelfth Juror was sworn twenty
eight talesmen had been examined. Of
this number eleven were dismissed by
the defense and flvo by the prosecution.
Little time was lost in the selection,
and where old-timers believed the se
lection of the Jury would take two or
three days, despite a considerable de
lay In the opening of court yesterday
morning, owing to Judge James' duties
as presiding Judge, the work was com
pleted long before the closing hour ar
W. P. McComas, the defendant, is a
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ONE WAS FEMALE
BODY FROM HOLE WHICH HELD
Mrs. Gunness Supposed to Have Mur
dered Three In One Night.
Stomachs Will Be Ex.
By AssoctntP'l Pres».
LAPORTE, Ind., May 18.—The autop
sy held today on the remains of the
seven unidentified bodies exhumed from
Mrs. Bella dimness' private burial
ground was completed this evening and j
revealed the fact that on« of the seven
was a female. This has aroused new
Interest In the story of Einll Greening
of Oklahoma, who was employed by
Mrs. Gunness in the till of 1904. Green
ing worked for Mrs. Gunness at the
time that Jennie Olsen disappeared,
and his story was to the effect that on
a Friday in September a man and wo
man came to the house, and that night
Mrs. Gunness asked Greening to sleep
in the barn, as the couple, who she said
were the professor and his wife from
the Los Angeles college which Jennie
was attending, would spend the night
at the house and would require Green
ing's room. In the morning Greening
saw nothing of Jennie, nor the man
and woman, und was informed by Mrs.
Gunness that they left on an early
train, taking Jennie nlong.
This body, which is now declared to
be that of a woman, was taken from
the same hole as was that of Jennie
Olson, and in that hole were also the
bodies of Ole Budßberg of lola, Wis.,
and the remains of a male person. All
the bodies were dismembered, but the
trunks of the four were such that it
was possible to identify the bodies of
Jennie Olsen and Budsberg, and it was
also made possible by today's autopsies
to determine that one of the other two
was a female.
Killed Three at Once
The theory now advanced Is that Mrs.
Gunness on the same night that Green
ing slept In the barn may have mur
dered not only Jennie Olsen, but also
the man and woman.
To Coroner Mack, Sheriff Smutzer
and Prosecutor Smith this seems al
most Inconceivable, but, considered in
the light of recent developments, noth
ing appears Impossible for this arch
murderess. The stomachs of the four
victims in this hole have been-removed
and the contents will be analyzed for
The disappearance of Jennie Olsen,
as well as the couple, occurred in Sep
tember, 1906, while Budsberg was dis
posed of in May, 1907.
The mystery surrounding the watch
found on the person of Ray Lamphere
when he was arrested was cleared to
day when J. O. Ramden of Manfred,
N. D., who came here yesterday to in-
vestlgate the disappearance of his half
brother, Joe Mop of Elbow Lake, Minn.,
identified the timepiece as the one
owned by his brother when he left
home. The numbers of the watch cor
responded with the numbers In Mr.
Moo's possession. Lamphere said Mrs.
Gunness gave him the watch.
The bodlps of the seven unidentified
dead will be burled tomorrow in the
potter's field. Christian" service will be
conducted over them and a small stone
will be erected with an inscription tell-
(Continued on Fag* Xhrae).
W. P. McCOMAS
STILL BE DELAYED
COUNT BONI WOULD MAKE
FUSS IS FEARED
Consent of Executors of Jay Gould's
Will to Marriage with De Sagan
Not Yet Forth.
By Associated Press.
PARIS, May 18.—When and where
the wedding of prince Helle de Sagan
and Madame Gould will take place has
not yet been definitely decided. They
■ regard themselves as engaged and
I would like to solemnize the marriage
i Immediately. Certain peculiar circum
stances, however, prevent them.
First, there Is the clause In Jay
Gould's will reducing the share of each
child one-half If he or she marries
without the consent of the executors.
If the marrlHge of Mine. Gould occurs
within the very near future, it can be
assumed that the consent of her
brothers and Miss Helen Gould has
been given; otherwise the ceremony
will necessarily be delayed to permit
the courts to decide the Issue.
The most serious obstacle to the mar
riage M Count Bonl's attitude, which
Involves the possible limitation Of
Mine. Gould's lights over her children.
Count Bonl naturally is furious at the
idea of the wedding and makes no con
cealment of his intention if this oc
curs to demand a modification of the
divorce decree which gave her the
custody of the children, basing this
demand on the ground that the prince
would not be a suitable stepfather and
that such close relationship with his
children would be prejudicial to the
interests of the children.
During the course of Prince Helle's
suit against Count Bonl. brought for
assault, It will be remembered that
Maitre Bonnet, the Castellanes' attor
ney, declared that no court In France
would confide the custody of children
to a man of De Bagan'l character.
Mme. Gould feels certain that no
court would take such a view. Never
theless the suit would create endless
complications whicli both she and the
prince desire to avoid. To circumvent
this phase of the situation the mar
riage might occur abroad, perhaps In
England, but this would involve the
decision to reside In the future beyond
the jurisdiction of the French courts
unless Rome settlement could be effect
ed with Count Boni.
The question of religious ceremony
does not stand In the way. Mme.
Gould is a Protestant and the mar
riage would occur before a Protestant
minister. To do this It would not be
necessary for Prince Helle to change
his religion; he would only be obliged
to accept the Protestant rite.
Reports from Rome that Mine. Gould
sought to have her marriage to Count
Boni annulled by the Vatnlcan Rre
Boni annulled by the Vatican are
CHINA WITHDRAWS PREVIOUS
CHARGES AGAINST FRANCE
By Ansnclate.l Prosn.
PEKIN, May 18.—M. Bapst, the
French minister to China, has received
a dispatch from a Chinese source with
drawing the allegations made on the
strength of a report from Viceroy Hsl-
Mang that the Tonklng railroad, aa
well as certain French officers, was
guilty of complicity in the recent revo
lutionary outbreak* in Yun Nan prov
ince. It Is declared further that the
government of Jndo-Chlna was In no
sense responsible for this movement. I
TUESDAY MORNING, MAY VX 1908.
USED BY STRIKE
TWO CARS ARE PARTIALLY
PASSENGERS IN PANIC RUSH FOR
Attempt of State Board of Arbitration
to Bring About Peace in
Cleveland Results In
By Am*oc!at<»<i Pr*9i.
CLEVELAND,OO f May 18.—A Broad
way street car was partially destroyed
by a dynamite torpedo tonight while
twenty-five passengers were in the car,
but no one was seriously hurt. A panic
followed and a mad rush for the exits
A Madison street car was also dam
aged by an explosion of powder on the
track. The floor of the car was broken
through ami one woman was severely
Th" first attempt by the members of
the state board of arbitration today to
bring about peace between the muni
cipal traction company and the striking
employe! resulted in failure. President
Dupoiit agreed to arbitrate NHM points
but would not concede the one thing lor
which the men stand determinedly.
"In no case will I arbitrate the rein
statement of the men at the expense of
those now employed," he said. "I shall
stick for the seniority of runs, those
now working getting the preference."
President Dupont said he would arbi
trate no point until the lawlessness had
Many Lawless Acts
Many acts of lawlessness were com
mitted in connection with the street cur
strike between midnight and dawn to
day. Trolley wires were cut, crews
were driven from their cars, and in
some instances non-union men were at
tacked by strike sympathizers.
The Municipal Traction company an
nounced this morning that no further
attempt would be made to operate cars
in Lakewood until the authorities guar
anteed protection for its men and cars.
Because of alleged discrimination
against Lakewood men by the traction
company in the matter of fare, it is
claimed that the authorities of the
town make no effort to suppress law
less. acts committed by strike sym
After a conference that continue'!
almost i throughout the night between
officers, headed by President Mahon of
the street car men's union, and mem
bers, Bishop and OwCh of the state
arbitration board, It was stated unof
ficially that a formal proposition of
arbitration would be made to President
Dupont of the traction company by the
arbitration board on behalf of the men.
i.Theiv. was a - markuil-lnvreasti ■In the,
number of cars operated by the com
pany today. Each car carried a police
man In the motorman's vestibule.
IS FORCED TO GO HOME
By Associated Press.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., May 18.— There
was no quorum this afternoon when
both branches of the legislature met.
The senators met as Individuals and
passed resolutions that all return home,
thus putting an end to the call of Allen
The house wrangled without a quo
rum being present and will have to fol
low the action of the senate.
So far Governor Plndall and George
W. Donaghey, Democratic nominee for
governor, control the situation.
THE NEWS SUMMARY
For Los Angeles and vicinity: Fair
Tuesday; light northeast winds,
changing to fresh west. Maximum
temperature yesterday, 77 degrees;
minimum, 52 degrees.
Daring purse snatcher robs woman
on i rovded street.
Man found unconscious in lot proves
a mystery to physicians and police.
Fait bouts promised fans at Naud
JUIU tion tonight.
Lincoln-Roosevelt leaguers return
from convention and give views on
Self-defense, plea of slayer of Mrs.
School board decides to call bond
election. Needs money for new build-
Elevator men ask heavy damages of
street car company.
Hope to make trans-Pacific race an
Japanese conservatives elect large,
majority to diet, according to complete
Bubonic plague is believed to be
spreading in Venezuela.
China withdraws her charges against
Rebellion in China is assuming more
Mne C. Wood pives some spicy evi
dence in her suit against Senator T. C.
Finding of female body adds more'
horror and mystery to unfathomed
Two street cars in Cleveland are par
tially wrecked by dynamite bombs used
by strike sympahtizers.
'Farmhand in New Jersey confesses
committing three murders in order to
Alabama in direct primaries gives
Bryan an overwhelming majority.
Bell dominates convention at Fresno
and MeNab forces are routed without
the privilege of firing a shot.
Atlantic fleet sails to Puget sound in
Man commits suicide on principal
thoroughfare after taking precautions
to conceal his identity.
Vewel in Ban Francisco port ordered
Into quarantine when case of smallpox
Is discovered aboard. , '
Rear admiral's daughter weds lieu
tenant in navy.
M'NAB FORCES GIVE
UP: BELL CONTROLS
New Leader of California Democracy
Who Wears No Yoke of Corporation
ATTORNEY WILFRED M. PECK
Complaint Issued Against Well Known
Member of the Bar, Who Is
Taken to Santa Ana
Charged with issuing a fictitious
check for $300. Attorney Wilfred M.
Peck, of the law firm of Peck & Pal
mer, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff
Joe Sepulveda yesterday afternoon and
last night was taken to Santa Ana,
where the complaint was issued and
where he will be arraigned today.
The warrant was brought to Los
Angeles by Deputy Sheriff Wilson of
Santa Ana. The arrest was made in
Peck's offices, room 609 Citizens' Na
tional Bank building.
According to information received
from Santa Ana last night, Peck six
week! ago cashed a check made pay
able to himself and signed with the
name of Sam C. Raymond. The check
was drawn on the Market and Produce
bank of Los Angeles, and was cashed
at the First National bank of Santa
Peck is said to have personally
cashed the check and at the time to
have explained to Cashier A. J. Crook
shank that the check had been given
him by a client in payment of a fee.
Crookshank was acquainted with
Peck and had no hesitancy in cashing
A few days later the paper was re
turned to the bank with a notification
that no such person an Sam C. Ray
mond had an account there.
Agreeß to Settle
Peck was communicated with, and is
said to have agreed to make good the
amount of the check, but so far had
tailed to do so.
Every effort was made to settle the
affair quietly, but yesterday it was de
cided to place the matter in the hands
of the Pinkerton detectives, and it was
at their suggestion the warrant was
Attorney Peck formerly was well
known as a practitioner at the bar in
Riverside county, where he practiced
several years. He removed to this city
about three years ago and gained
great prominence as the defendant of
E. L. Hazard, who was said to have
sent his son and the two young Row
land sisters north on the ill-fated Va
lencia to get them out of the Jurisdic
tion of the county. All three were
drowned. Hazard later WOJ released.
Attorney Peck also has figured in sev
eral other well known criminal trials
in this county.
He refused to discuss the case after
being arrested, beyond saying every
thing would be settled satisfactorily.
KIDNAPS HER CHILDREN
BY WAY OF RETALIATION
By A»«oclat«d PreM.
SAN DIEGO, May 18.—Because The
resa Salgado left his abode and refused
to live with him, Surrapa Sylvania last
night, it Is alleged, stole her IH-year
old baby and 3-year-old child and took
them to the home of Juanlta Garcia in
The Salgado woman was greatly ex
cited when she went to the police sta
tion this morning and begged the po
lice to restore her children to her. It
was necessary for Sergeant McCarty to
send the patrol wagon to bring the
children back. An officer accompanied
the mother to the Garcia homo to get
Meanwhile Sylvania was arrested on
a charge of child-stealing and if the
woman will prosecute he probably will
■crva a tartn. I
THEODORE A. BELL
ACCUSED PHYSICIAN USER OF
Former Promoter of Sanitarium at
Santa Monica Alleged by
His Spouse to Be
Dr. Francis C. S. Sanders, formerly
promoter of a sanitarium at Sierra
Madre and now a prisoner at the
county jail, charged with foisting a
worthless check on the French-Ameri
can bank of San Francisco for $1000,
purporting to have been signed by
Rudolph Spreckels, the San Francisco
millionaire, is insane, according to the
sworn statement of his wife.
Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Sanders,
the handsome wife of the prisoner, ac
companied by British Vice Consul C.
White Mortimer, went to the court
house and swore out a complaint eh irg
ing the county prisoner and erstwhile
physician with Insanity. He will be
arraigned before Judge James C. Rives
In addition to the charge relating to
the Spreckels check, there is another
charge against Sanders preferred by
Herbert O. Flint, a Sierra Madre
banker, who alleges Sanders passed on
him a check on the Ocean Park bank
for $300 April 21 which was returned
marked "no funds." This, under the
state law, Is a felony.
Drew Many Checks
When making her affidavit of insan
ity yesterday Mrs. Sanders, who Ik stay
ing with wealthy friends in the north
west section of the city, declared her
husband recently had been in the habit
of drawing checks on banks where he
had no account and often giving these
checks to persons that he did not know
"He has been in the habit of takine
nil kinds of drugs, and I believe they
have unsettled his mind," she said.
"What kind of drugs did he use?" she
"Oh," she answered, with a pitiful
flutter of her hands, "all kinds."
"Did he use morphine or cocaine or
any of the drugs that are known to
have a degenerating influence on the
"He used cocaine," she said with a
sob. "I am told that he used cocaine
constantly. I do not believe that he
was conscious of what he had been do
ing In his business relations."
Sanders has been in trouble before,
having been charged with a peculiar
business transaction by Mrs. Alice
Hudson of Santa Monica. The charge
never was pressed and finally was dis
HUSBAND AND FATHER
CHARGED WITH MURDER
Schoolmaster Accused of Killing Girl
to Be Rid of Her Attentions.
Crime Was a Brutal
By Associated Frew.
KOLA. Kas., May 18.—Samuel Whit
low, a school master, married and the
father of a family, was placed on trial
here today for the murder, September
27 last, of Miss May Sapp, a daughter
of J. N. Sapp, a rich retired farmer of
Ivjoran, Has., near here.
The murder of Miss .Sapp waa one of
the most brutal In the history of Kan
The girl's throat was cut from ear to
ear with a razor.
The state ehai-ges that Whitlow met
Miss Sapp by appointment and mur
dered her to end attentions which the
cirl bad forced UDon him.
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VJTJuJ-i t<ui J-LjO . our trains, 0 CENTS
YOKE OF S. P.
RAILROAD COHORTS ARE COM
HARPER WITHDRAWS FROM RACE
Probable Ticket Includes Theodore
A. Bell, R. M. Fitzgerald, Edward .
Bush and Nathan Cole —.
IIV W. K. WILLIAMS
Special to The Herald.
FRESNO, May 18.—Theodore A. 801 l
is dominating the Democracy of Cali
fornia Just as Bryan Is dominating tho
Democracy of the nation, and In the
state convention here today was In ab
His control means uncompromising
declaration against corporate domina
tion and machine politic*, an In
structed delegation to Denver and a
new state organization secure from
manipulation from either Gavin Mc-
Nab or corporate Influences it was an
Inspiring personal victory tor the young
advocate of political cleanliness.
The defeat of Gavin MeNab, tho San
Francisco "boss," who threatened the
night before to drive Bell from the con
vention, proved to be utter rout. Me-
Nab's last stand was with the Lob An
geles "push" delegation, with Mayor
Harper as his candidate for chairman
of the convention.
At noon McNab threw up the sponge
and Harper declared himself out of the
McNab Plays Last Card
"When conferences failed to move
Bell from his support of Senator San
ford of Ukiah for chairman, McNab
played his last card by threatening to
drive Bell out of the convention and
keep him off the list of delegates at
large. He was then led to believe by
Nathan Cole, Mayor Harper and
others, it is said, that the southern
Democracy would be a practical unit
behind the mayor.
At midnight he had full confidence
or at least asserted it, but when the:
Eighth congressional district, embrac
ing all Southern California except IjOh
Angeles county, met and voted to de
liver its solid vote, seventy-eight, to
Sanford, and when the same votes
wpre pledged to J. H. West of Needles
as a candidate for delegate at large
and against Harper or Cole, McNab
saw the end and quit.
He found additional reason In the
delegates from the interior who arrived
this morning. Nearly all came loaded
with support for Bell and Sanford, and
they could not be induced to Join the
Los Angeles Revolts
One of the biggest causes of the rout
were the Los Angeles delegates them
selves. When It became certain that
Harper and Cole were helping McNab
hold his grip on the state, there was a
Not only the delegates elected by the
Democratic league, but many others
revolted. Martin Betkouskl and
County Chairman Schwanim pleaded
to get Harper out of candidacy so long
as McNab was his supporter.
Betkouski openly worked against
him on the ground that no alliance of
any kind with McNab was tolerable.
While this was going on among tho
delegates, Judge A. M. Stephens, who
was elected on a Democratic leagm>
ticket in the Seventy-fifth district, was
organizing and pleading with the dele
gates to elect Harper. Stephens de
feated "Eddie" Morris.
By strange contrast. Mortis reached
Fresno this morning, and learning the
state of things went to work vigorously
for Bell. He held that the delegation
from Los Angeles could not align iisHf
with any other than Bell. His work
told. Shortly before noon It was found
that twenty-three of the Los Angeles
delegates would not support the Me-
Nab-Harper program. But even If they
had, the country districts were so over
whelmingly for Bell and his antl-
Routhern Pacific that the battle was
At noon friends of Mayor Harper
were asking that he he permitted to
nominate Sanford. When Harper was
withdrawn from the right nothing w*h
Mid, and Bell did not find It out until
Just before the convention met. H«
verified It by a personal visit to Har
Harper Withdraws ;i'.;J
Few of the delegates who were pres
ent when Chairman Spellaey called tin)
convention to order this evening were
Informed that Harper had Withdrawn
and they expected a roll call, but after
Judge Baker nominated Sanford and
Senator A. Camlnettl of Napu and A.
D. Warner of Los Angeles had seconded
It a motion to make the nomination by
acclamation was carried with will
1 Chairman Bpellacy, always with the
Men antf-Bouthern Pacific element,
spoke boldly In lulling the convention
to order. He alluded to three Demo
cratic candidates for governor, of whom
the party might be proud. He first
named former Congressman James Mo
("}ulre of San Francisco, then Franklin
K. Lane, whom he said was recognized
by Roosevelt for his exceptional ability,
and Theodore A. Bell. This was thn
first mention of Bell, nnd it wus the sig
nal for a demonstration. The delegates
and spectators joined In tremendous
cheering and then followed with thro
mighty cheers for the yining leader who
sat with the Napa delegation. The en
thusiasm was equaled only When
Bryan's name was first mentioned by
Mr. Spellacy. Senator tieorge Cart
wright of Fresno, who welcomed the
delegates of the county organization,
was also cheered. lie is one of tho
most aggressive antagonists of tho
Southern Pacific and Is to be the candi
date in the Sixth district against Con
gressman Needham this fall. His dis
trict was solid behind Bell.
The convention crowd thai had been
keyed up for a fierce battle wrs dis
appointed. The McNab Waterloo win
a bloodless one, an evacuation without
1 (Continued ob ftii Iw«)