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William Howard Taft Becomes President of United States
TO UPHOLD HIM
FlflST OPEN DEBATE PROVES
MARBHALL STIMSON CARRIE 3
AWAY ALL HONORS
Advocate for Mayor's Side Opposes
Recall, but Finds Himself Inca
pable of Defending Chief
f jTTAD you sent George Alexander
rl to congress or to the United
•*-!- States, senate you would have
a far better man to represent you th.m
any who are now thero In your behalf,"
said T. S. Ktioles to members of the
wity Charter league last night. Mr.
Knoles was defending Mayor Harper
In the debate With Marshall Sthnson
in the recall.
"I have no particular love for Mayor
Harper," he mild, "nor any prejudioe
against Alexander." J. i- Heamens,
president of the City Charter league,
who presided ut the meeting, Bald h«
opposed the recall, but. he refused to
approve Harper's record.
The meeting wa's tupposed to he a
debate, and an audience tlint tilled the
hall at Thirty-third and Main street*
had gathered In the expectation of hear
ing vigorous speeches on both sides*.
Marshall stlmson made h strong speech
for the recall, but he was disappointed
in not finding the mayor championed
by his friends. The audience was most
representative and was tho largest that
has met In the hall as a polltloal gath
Oeorge Alexander, Owen McAleer. 11.
r. Del Vulle and other prominent men
were present. The Alexander suppor
ters were in a decided majority, but on
the few occasions off -ed Mayor Har
per obtained applause. When Marshall
Btlmson mad.- his points he was fre
Mr. Stlmson opened the. debate, as
the question wan, "Shall Mayor Harper
be Recalled?" He reviewed the hiß
torjr of the Harper administration, say
ing it apparently started out with good
Intentions, but that the sale of stocfc
tv Saloonkeeper Qolnga w;is the first
laste of blood that led t" worse tilings.
-They are trying to befog the Issue
by asserting thai this Is purely a pro.
hibltlon campaign." said Mr. Btlmson.
"Nothing of the sort. There Is a vast
difference between liberty and license.
When it cornea to s question of allow
ing I lie ruining of young girls and
young men by errtiiin holders of stock
In companies in which th< mayor and
some Of his commissioners are inter
esied it is time for decent citizens to
call a halt. The city has voted against
prohibition, but it did not vote to per
mit «uch scenes of debauchery as have
btOT so common In the Harper admin
Main Issue Defined
■ "Bui that Is not the great Issue; it
Is enough, •; but it is incidental. The
people of Los Angeles believed that.the
large enterprises,. especially the Owens
river project, in . which the city is in -
terested should be in the hands of a.
non-partisan' board, and they secured
such a condition after a hard struggle.
With Harper us mayor, what followed
In,this regard? ■■'"■
.. "When Mr, Anderson's term expired
as a 'member of the board of public
works the mayor had Kern in line for
the \ place, but 'so much pressure was
brought to bear that the mayor had to
forego the appointment. General Chaf
fee was finally appointed, but 'hat was
only a postponement of the mayor's in
tention. 1.-, At the next opportunity Har
per did appoint Kern. When he'did so
he violated tne principle established by
the people that no politician should go
on the board, and In' doing ho the mayor
did the .city, of Los Angeles a great
wrong/ % For' that alone. If for nothing
else, Harper should be recalled. '
" "Whether . Edward Kern ;be : a good
or a bad man, he is certainly a politi
cian, and no politician should bo/ put
on the board of public works. Further
i more, » Kern's !■. record jis plain In the
proceedings \of the council." After the,
first ,vote! on . the disposal of the river
bed f franchise the ; matter •.. was thor
oughly and decisively thrashed out, and
■no excuse exists for the failure of any
councilman to know Just what his vote
meant.*-■; Mr. Kern did riot hesitate to
vote again to give away this valuable
asset of the city. The mayor knew his
stand ion t, the ' river bed '■ franchise;' he
must; have .been able to draw his in
ference as to Kern's attitude on Owens
liver questions. ;. He had to appoint
Kern. .••':,'" "•' - -
•i ."Walter Parker would not desert his
own candidate,near 1 the last hour for
nothing,', but It was'noticeable at the
municipal v* election that well-known
Parker j henchmen ■ In -: many . precincts
wWe ' legg'ng r for Harper. It • was the
Republican 'machine vote that pulled
him through; and the machine Is work
ing for him now."
No Explanations Given
Mr. Knoles devoted most of the time
allotted to him, to an attack on the re
call v and ft an S explanation of: why the
tidelands j suits instituted by the Los
Angeles harbor commission.would cer
tainly; fall. He said not a word In re
sponse to , Mr. Stimson's invitation.; to
explain ' away .. oil •;-.--. and ; • sugar \ stock
transactions, of He a admitted. the , truth
of what he termed "filth and slime con
ditions," s, but ' attacked; the • newspapers
for' tellingiiabout ! them. .•; Mr. • Knoles
commended '^"Councilman:' W. J.; Wal
lace" tor voting in of Kern's ap
pointment,! sayings that ihe would take
the, approval. of all ' the. council. rather
than - mere ■ "word of mouth" . ■ against
Kern. ':°s?~ ■""' T" ■..-' ■''/■''.: ; >•'*'■''•
(.5 "The recall,".said Mr. Knoles, "is !a
foreign\ plant s grafted s on; our, form :of
government J from r> abroad." "': 1,, am op
posed to it from principle. It opens the
gateway"' to graft- and 1.; demoralization.
It will J work i corruption. The city of
Los Angeles Is 1 engaged \ in \m\ vast en
terprise. - • Two ■; newspaper - proprietors
went to Mayor Harper, with others,
and they asked him to let them name a
member of ; the Sboard' of ; public works.
Did; you 1 ' vote for any of these men, or
did j you vote for 'Harper?.;. Because he
would not, be dictate! to by newspaper
men the recall was started against him.
*'"Then.', the mayor did \ not, 'appoint
Kern. He f has 'no power to appoint
anybody. ?* It is the council, : Council
men W. .1. Wallace,^ Drorngold' and; the
(Oulluukl on l'»ge Five)
LOS ANGELES HERALD
IS VICE PROTECTED
IN LOS ANGELES ?—XXVI
Police Department Seems to Be Powerless to Act Al
though Evidence Against Gamblers is Secured
Without Slightest Difficulty
E~| ANGING around saloons and cheap picture theaters in Los Angeles are scores of
gamblers and cappers, each wearing a button on his lapei bearing the words
"He is good enough for us." These creatures are hourly fleecing young men
and strangers in the city. •
The police department of Los Angeles'is making no effort to close these rambling
houses that are running practically wide open within a few minutes walk of the police
station. Nor is there any effort to enforce the laws governing the leasing of property to
be used for gambling and other immoral purposes.
Section 330 of the penal code prohibits the playing of faro, monte, roulette, lansque
net, rouge et noir, rondo, tan, fan tan, stud poker, seven and a half, tv/enty-one, hokey
pokey or any banking or percentage game played with cards or dice, or any other device
for money and prescribes a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $500 or by not to e>:
ceed six months in the county jail, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Section 331 of the penal code provides that:
"Every person who knowingly permits any of the games mentioned in the preceding
section to be played, conducted or dealt in any house owned or rented by such person, in
whole or in part, is punishable as provided in the preceding section."
These sections of the code are a dead letter as far as the present city administration
A copy of the accompanying diagram was not sent to Chief of Police Broadhead. as
has been the custom. Chief Broadhead has shown that he is either powerless or dis
inclined to attempt to suppress this form ot vice.
A DETECTIVE who could not in two hours secure evidence sufficient to convict a
dozen gamblers—house men, cappers and victims—who are to be found at a cer
tain den at First and Los Angeles streets, should be dismissed from the force as ineffi
cient. I believe I could go to police headquarters and select a score of men, anyone of
whom could get the evidence and conduct a raid on the notorious dive I visited there a
few nights ago.
They told me "Mr. Hogan" was the proprietor. I didn't bother much about Mr.
Hogan. It was the game I sought and I found it there. I entered the room escorted by
a capper who had broached the subject of a game to me while I loitered around a nearby
bar. At a table in the first room we entered a smooth shaven, pale-faced young man
was dealing at a poker table. From his appearance, with black tie and dark clothes,
this young man might readily have been taken for a minister. He looked up as we en
tered and I saw my guide pass along the signal, "A good thing." The dealer nodded
slightly and continued to attend to the play.
My statement to the capper that
I had no money of my own, but
that I had a good roll that be
longed to my employer, rather
added to his eagerness to get me
into the game. Of the five play
ers at the table, I sized three up
as house men. With utmost
suavity the ministerial dealer in
vited me to play. I declined to
sit in at straight poker, explain
ing that stud poker was my
game. Again I saw signals ex
changed. The game in progress
was a cheap and tame affair, the I
men playing in a half-hearted
fashion. The "rakeoff" on all
pots was 5 cents. White chips
were 2\ cents and red chips 25
Within five minutes the dealer
arose, explaining that they would |
play stud poker in the next
room. Two or three other, men
strolled in and we went into the
room where the stud poker game .
is indicated on the diagram. The
three men whom I had suspected
of being house attaches, or cap
pers, joined the game. I
Without going into details I will say that if any man is foolish enough to think lie
can go into such dives as that and not be swindled he needs a guardian. Inside of three
hands that bunch of pirates had resorted to half a dozen coarse methods of cheating.
It was plain to be seen that they relied on what they could filch from tenderfeet, half
intoxicated ranch hands and inexperienced boys. It is for them "poor picking" for sev
eral days and then they get a victim with money.
Five of the men surrounding the table wore the "good enough for us" badge and they
talked of the possibility of being compelled to suspend operations if a change were made
in the city administration.
Looking into the faces of such men as those who sat around that table one ceases to
wonder who it is that commits the highway robberies so frequently reported on the
streets of Los Angeles. It was easy to imagine what such men would do after a few lean
nights when the victims to fleece are coming too slowly.
Great was the disgust depicted on the faces of those assembled when I left without
contributing generously to the exchequer of the House of Hogan. I have been in dens
where thieves hold sway, but never in one where such clumsy efforts are made to swindle
the chance victim. —
Summary of the Day's News
For Los Angeles and vicinity: Un.
tettled weather Friday, followed by
fair and cooler; brisk north winds.
Maximum temperature yesterday, 61
degree; minimum, 51 degrees.
■ . /LOCAL'-..
■ First public debate M recall question proves
all for. Alexander, Harper being. practically
:.; city council taken to tank for "discriminating
In favor of railways. '■ . \ '•'•'
■Paving of Sunset boulevard to bo' abandoned
after years of effort. ■ '
| Dr. Liocke'» attack on ' staKe draws spirited
reply from lUv. 6 11. Dunham. ■-
i'Epicurean' tastes cause domestic troubles in
■ Program for the celebration of Arbor day
announced by President Haskett.
Knock..l down by automobile, driver puts on
(VJI :speed and disappears. -< .. •■. - '
. lN»Pondent bookmaker shooto himself through
the heart In Westiake park. " " ; ,
■ Lout child finally discovered sound asleep In
wagon full of furniture.
• Hoboes : try to ; capture train near Ontario,
using guns and clubs, and beating conductor
s. nMlftWI. ." i - , .
.? Pupils at Kcho Park playground form minia
ture i Trpub\[a3HsSttlo**GP*ool*p>fQ!HmS£&*
• Brothers content will alleged to • nave been
made under, euppo»M • Influence of spirits.
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Pill for woman suffrage" killed by territorial
council of Arizona.
CHARLES A. THURSTON
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E. H. Harriman at Tucson, Ariz., declines to
give opinion on Taft or. Roosevelt. . ■ ■
Mexican liberals arrive at county jail In Tuc
son. "• '/.-■-- '».•■ "-',.-.■
. B. J. "Lucky", Baldwin's body Is place! In
tomb at San Francisco. ' ■
Stockton merchant lost last June located at
El Centra, \ but * docs v not remembur name or
,' STATE : LKOIBI.ATIKK
Assembly votes to take 167 square miles from
Fresno county and add it to Kings and latter
county' says If governor signs bill > county will
go Democratic.-. • * ■'•'"-< ■>/>»>RM*s**»'Kr
' Bill for system of macadam highways calling
101 bond | issue or '(18,000,000 for construction
passed unanimously In assembly: ' • v ■
| Commission on commerce rentiers favorablo
report on Islais .reek bill, appropriating 11,000,-
OCu for purchase ,of i sixty-three blocks of
water lots for Inland harbor at San Francisco.
Bliczard drives ceremonies Indoors for ■ first
time since 1833. •'
Tail's Induction one of most brilliant cere
monies in history of America. ■■
. Theodore Roosevelt left . for New York Im
mediately after becoming a private citizen.
< Tuft : and Sherman . review martial column
despite wintry weather
' ;.\- FOBEIGN - ■
PurMPviil aeroplane ready for trial at Berlin.
,Vpteraii'Of Napoleonic, wars given private re
ception bj^tha czar. ■ ■ '. , .'•■ ' ■ '.■■■ ■'.
'British sailor, suddenly Insane, throws con
tl.i. uilal signal • book Into > the sea; loss kept,
FRIDAY MORNING, MARCH 5, 1909.
PRISON AT CHICAGO
CHICAGO, March 1 4.—"Pickpockets
nre virtually immune from the law.
They can prey on society at. their pleas
ure and in few casts can they be pun
This is the assertion of Judge Frank
Crowe of the municipal court, who for
several years, as assistant state's at
torney, and later as police court judge,
probably came in contact with more
crooks than any other judge in Chicago.
In amplification of the statement by
Captain O'Brien, head of the detective
bureau, to the effect that not 5 per
Oenl of the pickpockets arrested in Chi
cago are ever convicted, Judge Crowe
declares it Is not the fault of the police
or courts, but of circumstances over
which neither has control.
"The crooked lawyers continue the
rase from time to time. After a while
it ropk over to the criminal court. Here
again it is continued. The complain
ing witness nine times out of ten lives
out of town. The long delays disgust
him with legal procedure and he de
cides to drop the case.
■only a vigilance committee can
-drive the pickpocket out of the city—
and that would be unlawful."
Roosevelt's Successor as
He Appeared at Inaugural
WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT
HOBOES TRY TO
BEAT CONDUCTOR SENSELESS
IN FURIOUS BATTLE
Neighborhood of Ontario Is Being
Scoured by Officers, and About
Eighteen Marauders Already
Landed in Jail
[Special to The Herald.l
SAN BERNARDINO, March 4.—Sher
iff Ralphs and a posse of more than a
dozen officers are tonight scouring the
country In the vicinity of Ontario for
hoboes. A dozen have been lodged al
ready in the Colton Jail and a half
dozen more In the Ontario Jail.
The cause of the trouble was a fierce
battle fought near Ontario this morn
ing between the crew of westbound
Southern Pacific freight No. 20 and a
swarm of hoboes, in which Conductor
Sutherland was seriously injured and
other members of the crew hurt.
The freight took a siding, and the
crew was attacked by the hoboes with
guns and clubs, they having been re
fused a ride. They beat Sutherland
to Insensibility, but an eastbound
freight pulled into the siding, and the
hoboes finally were driven off, after a
fierce pitched battle.
Sutherland was taken to Ontario,
where the officers were notified. He
was given medical attention and hur
ried on to 1..0S Angeles.
Posses of officers were rushed out
from Ontario, (,'uoamonga, Colton and
San Bernardino, and quickly rounded
UP twenty hoboes. They are still scour
ing the country for more. Three ne
nroes are in the bunch. It is expected
several more will be brought In before
Train crews recently have had a
great amount of trouble with hoboes,
and Sheriff Ralphs is determined to
clean them out of the county. When
confronted with the officers the hoboes
at first showed fight, but surrendered
on finding themselves facing: guns.
PENSION BILL REPORT
Appropriation Carried for Last Year
Is Sufficient to Tide Over All
Needs Until Next
WASHINGTON, March 4.—When
congress met today as a continuation
of yesterday's session practically the,
only legislative question before, it was
tho pension appropriation conference
At the close of the session last night
no agreement had been reached over
the proposition of the house to concen
trate all the pension agencies under
one head in Washington. As in former
years, the senate was opposed to this
consolidation and held out against it.
The last few hours of tho session
were begun with the possibility of one
of the appropriation bills failing of
passage. Such a contingency is not re
garded seriously, however, as the ap
propriations carried by the bills last
year are sufficient for all needs until
the end Of the Becal year, ami If tho bill
is not passed the damage can be re
paired at a special session of congress.
This would mean the renewal of the
present contest In the special session.
The senate met today at 9:30 a. m.
and the house at 10;30 a. m.
Direct Primary Bill Passed
CARBON, New. Mi-rch 4.—The Ne
vinia senate passed toduy the direct
primary bill, modeled after the Cali
fornia and Washington (aw, Not a*
vote was recorded against It, and it is
believed thai It will go through the
lower house with little difficulty.
ollMj-LJii V>Ul llliO. ON TRAINS. S CENTS
ARRESTED FOR HAVING NECK
LACE IN POSSESSION
Man with Valuables Said He Was
Sidewalk Employe for Hotel
When He Found the
OMAHA, Neb., ;March 4.— The police
arrested today, a Greek named John
Savls, who came here from New York,
in whose possession they found a $100,
--000 pearl necklace which was lost near
the Knickerbocker hotel in that city
November 26 last. Savls says he was
employed as a street cleaner and swept
up the jewels with a bunch of refuse.
The Greek was arrested on the sus
picion of Albert Edehelen, a Jeweler,
to whom he tried to sell part of the
gems. ■. - • ••'•-.■ .
The necklace consists of a single
strand of sixty-three pearls, carefully
matched and fastened with a clasp set
with , a diamond of unusual size.
The police here had received pre
viously from the New York police a
description of the necklace which was
said to ■ have disappeared from the
Knickerbocker hotel in that city No
vember 26 last.
Davis said he was employed by the
Knickerbocker- hotel for thirteen
months as sidewalk man. As he was
sweeping the refuse from the sidewalk,
he said, he saw the necklace lying in
the gutter with some rubbish. After
going to his room that night, he said,
he examined the pearls more closely
and discovered a valuable diamond set
in the small clasp. He kept the neck
lace in his trunk after that, little
dreaming, he declares, of its real
worth. He examined I show windows
for similar necklaces, hoping thereby
to get an idea of the value of the
Jewels, but found they ranged from
25 cents to thousands of dollars.
He said he thought the owner would
make known his loss. Not learning
of any loss of valuable pearls he con
cluded the find was of comparatively
small consequence. Then he came
west and obtained employment.
. • »
LIGHTHOUSE MEN ARE
ACCUSED OF NEGLECT
Captain of Wrecked Steamer Sibyl
Marston Charges Two Men Con
nected with Signal Light
, SAN FRANCISCO, March 4.—
Charges of drunkenness and neglect of
duty were made against two men of
the lighthouse at Point Arguello today
by Capt. Schllllnsky of the steamship
Sybil Marston," which was wrecked off
Surf on the night of January 12, when
two members of the crew lost' their
The: mariner charges also that his
second mate, Jacob Nelson, reported
soundings incorrectly,. which, he said,
partially caused the loss of the vessel.
; The accusations were made during
the investigation of the wrecking of
the steamer, which was begun befor*
the; federal Inspectors today. Capt.
Schillinsky declared the night was very
hazy and that he was led astray by th»
.station light at Surf, which he mistook
for the Point Arguello signal, because
no fog signals were being sounded at
the lighthouse to set him right.
Engineer McDonald corroborated his
captain's story and said the operator
at Surf had told him that no fog siu
nals had - been sounded during the
The hearing was continued until Nel
son, who is now. at. sea, shall return
and give evidence.
BLIZZARH COMPELS OATH TO
BE TAKEN 'NDOORS
FIRST TIME SINCE 1833 CEREMO.
NIES HELD THERE
Successor to Roosevelt Accorded One
of the Most Brilliant and Gorgeous
Inductions into Office Known
[By Associated Press. ]
WASHINGTON, March 4.—
The first chief executive to
take the uath of office in
the chamber of the senate in sev
enty-six years, William Howard
Taft, became president of the
United States today.
Accompanied to the capitol
through a swirl of blinding snow
by President Roosevelt and a
guard of honor, Air. Taft returned
to the White House just as the
sun began to force its way
through the clouds.
A sudden blizzard sweeping in
from ilie northwest last night set
awry the weather bureau's opti
mistic promise of "fair and some
what cooler," caused an abandon
ment of the outdoor ceremonies
on the famous east front of the
capitol, much to Mr. Taft's cha
grin, and threatened for a time to
stop the brilliant pageant of the
However, a passageway was
cleared along the center of. Penn
sylvania avenue and for nearly
three hours President Taft and
Vice President Sherman reviewed
a passing column which was re
plete with martial splendor and
picturesque with civic display.
Following the inaugural cere
monies in the senate, Theodore
Roosevelt, again a private citizen,
bade an affectionate adieu to his
successor, while al l in the historic
chamber looked on in silence, and
then he hurried away through i
i side door to take the train for
New York. As he passed out of
the chamber Mr. Roosevelt was
given an ovation quite the equal
of that tendered to the new presi
( Hitside the capitol, the retiring
chief executive was met by 800
members of the New York Re
publican committee and under
their escort was driven to the
Union station, a short three
There was a wait of nearly two
hours at the station, during
which Mr. Roosevelt held an im
promptu reception in the presi
dential suite. Many of his old
friends among government offi
cials and the diplomatic corps
surrounded him there for a final
word of farewell.
To all with whom he spoke,
Mr. Roosevelt declared that
while he had a "bully time" as
president, he was glad to lay
down the duties of the office. He
praised his successor and espe
cially commented upon the lat
ter's inauguaral address as a^
President and Mrs. Taft were the
centers of Interest at the culminating
feature of the .lay-the Inaugural ball
In the pension building. The scene in
tha cavernous Btructure, which had
bom transformed Into a canopied court
of Ivory and white, was another of the
brilliant pictures quadrennially painted
here by the gathering of a vast and
brilliant assemblage from every section
of the country. AVith all the color and
movement of "a military spectacle, with
the softening influence of delicately
tinted gowns and the Interest of a per
sonnel seldom equaled at a social func
tion the inaugural ball holds a place
unique In the history-making of the
While the ball was in progress in
doors, a display of fireworks on the
monument lot in the rear of the White
House marked the end of the outdoor
Heavens Bright with Rockets
For hours the thinly clouded heaven
were alight with rockets, with sun clus
ters thai challenged the brillancy ot
day with fiery "cobras," and all the
fantastic creation* of modern pyro
Prior to his visit to the ball, Presi
dent Taft had entertained at tea in the
White House the members of the Yale
club! had dined with .Mrs. Taft at 7
O'clock and had stopped in at the Met
ropolltan clnto to sny a few words at
tlie dinner of the class of '78 at Yale.
Mr. Tali's day W*M one of continuing
cheers and plaudits from the moment
he first appeared on the White House
portico to go to his Inauguration until
he returned late tonight, an unwilling
leave-taker from the inaugural ball.
Mr. ;uid Mrs. Taft were the guests of
Hi.- Roosevelta at the White House last
night, setting a new precedent in the
murlesies or the executive mansion. U
they did again todny. when Mrs. Tuft
accompanied the newly made president
Mini Mr. Sherman, the new vice presi
dent, from the cnpltol at the head
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