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ID PART ONE
rfoi. XXXVI.
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:&«%»" 40 CENTS
Consolidation Bill Is Ready for Governor Gillett's Signature
DECENT MAYOR,
NOTHING LESS, IS
VOTERS' DEMAND
RECALL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE
ISSUES STATEMENT
SECRETARY WILSON INDORSES
GEORGE ALEXANDER
No Dodging or Sidestepping by Any
Advocates of Good Government
Witnessed In Present
Contest
ii A DJCCSSNT mayor for a decent
A city; nothing less than this Is
good enough."
That .Is! the" recall campaign com-'
mittee's opinion, '■', backed by. their In- |
dividual signatures to a statement Is
sued-yesterday, afternoon and reciting
' clearly : the principle 'of the campaign
to discharge Mayor Harper and to hire
a 1 mayor who can.make good.
|S- i Like * every \ statement made so far
In favor of the-recall from the Muni
cipal league or any,of the committees
furthering ' the movement there is no
■ equivocation or . sidestepping, as Is so
frequently- the case with the mayor's
'"bosom friends." Even- the question
of "prohibition, .'on which : the Walter
Parker league has been'throwing:out
dark hints, is handled so definitely that
not' the slightest doubt can exist as to
its i status In ■< the campaign or whore
George /Alexander stands.
'"If .the statement were not from a
committee of our most prominent citi
zens . who 'thoroughly appreciate the
situation — If It were Instead from men
entirely unknown, It would still attract
attention- on its merits," said a man
not a member of (he Municipal league,
who read the statement last night.
"This is no campaign for evasion or
pitiful excuses.: As the committee has I
said:; and. as j The Herald has Bhown, I
Los t Angeles' is on trial more than A. ;
<'. Harper. To refuse to face trial is
to make the verdict certain against us. '
•A' right thinking,man must see In the
fact; that every move 'to - advance tho.
recall: has. been In the open and with
out»the least equivocation or evasion
a strength that bespeaks the principle j
in ? the " movement.
'. "Nothing George Alexander has ever
done =as a public' servant makes' him
ashamed of his record; he will do noth
ing .in * future v to ' make Los . Angeles
; ashamed of .; him. '". But ;so far Mayor
Harper's i • supporters , ■ seem ; to be
ashamed •to defend - him."
. i Commends Alexander
Another instance of the eßteerii in
which George Alexander's friends hold
11iii\ v.-is in.nli- public yesterday by B.j
T. Karl. It came in a letter from |
"Tama Jim." the rugged lowan, better:
known as Secretary of Agriculture
Wilson. He neighbored with George
Alexander and did not, forget the lat
tor's integrity. In his letter to Mr.
Karl Secretary WiUon said:
"Yours with regard to Mr. George
Alexander is received. Yes, I knew Mr.
Alexander welt; we lived In the same
Count) mid were neighbors. I have a
very high opinion of him. He Is a man
of excellent ability and entire integrity.
\\> lowa people had the opinion that
Mr. Alexander would discharge with!
high Intelligence and strict fidelity any
responsibility laid upon him."
[owana who know James Wilson say
that he Is noted for true Scotch caution
in giving an opinion that Is not fully
warranted, and his testimonial for
George Alexander shows how the recall
candidate for mayor was regarded in
Ms homo county.
That this view is shared by the vot
ers of Los Angeles Is becoming more
evident to.tho recall campaign com
mittee every day. The postal cards re
turning indicate an overwhelming ver
dict against Harper. After these cards
wore mailed the "business men's or
ganization" imitated the recall com
mittee's plan by Bending out a similar
card; voters are readdressing these
cards to the re.call headquarters and
writing on them their comments about
the "business mon's organization" and
tlir necessity for recalling Harper.
"Bond me the Alexander card," is the
request on several.
"A ■businf-KF man' who will vote for
retaining Harper is in a mighty poor
business," Is one voter's comment.
"Save your worry until March 27."
t« the answer of one man to the ap
peal of Harper's campaign manager,
Herbert L. Cornish. "Don't forget to
vote on election day."
Change Is Necessary
Mr. Cornish also said in his postal
request: "It Is Important that you
place a cross after the candidate you
favor for mayor and mall it to us im
mediately." Amusing comments were
made on this, with references to "A.
<'." ;is the "cross candidate after elec
ilun, but not the candidate with the
crosses."
"Let's have ft change—it can't bo
worse. I stand for higher morals," com
mented a man who wrote "not" In the
space, following Harper's name on the
Cornish card.
An innovation in the campaign ap
pears In connection with the program
announced yesterday for the meeting
of the First Precinct Alexander club at
6313 Pasadena avenue next Tuesday
evening. Women are given a prom
inent place on the program, the most
prominent, in fact, next to the address
of the evening by George Alexander on
"Issues of the Campaign." "The Roc all;
Woman's Influence," is the subject of
an address which will be delivered by
Dr. Philaletha S. Mlchelson, the prom
inent woman lawyer. "Women and
Good Government" Is assigned to Har
riet! Williams Myers, and "The Crisis"
lo Cora Scott Pond Pope on the pto
gruin for the evening.
"Unde George" will bo the subject of
a speech by Lamar Harris at-the. First
Preclnci meeting, and Thomas I.cc
Woolwinc will discuss "The Grand
Jury's Report." Every Garvanza vottsr
will' have been asked to attend the
meeting before 6 o'clock Tuesday even
ing. Special music haw been provided,
nnd the .committee In charge is seeing
that the Importance of the recall is im
pressed on electors. Vice presidents for
the evening who will have seats on the
platform are 8. <'. Graham, chairman
of the 1 recall campaign committee; Win.
1). Stephens, Maishal! Stlmson. Harry J.
■.!.■ !■:. \V. Hopkins, Wesley Clark.
Kidney Butler and William J. Wash
burn.
A meeting will ho hold tonight at 31:1
'Continued on l'ui» Klgbt) 1
LOS ANGELES HERALD
Recall Committee Issues
Statement to the Public
TO THE PEOPLE OF LOS ANGELES: At ihe beginning
of the campaign the committee appointed by the Municipal
league to work for the recall of Mayor Harper and the
election of George Alexander mayor in his stead, decides to make
a brief and clear Statement of what is the real issue. ,
The city of Los Angeles lias an unusually intelligent and pro
gressive population; the vast majority of our citizens are reasona
ble beings. They do not demand the impossible, but they want
good municipal government and will not long tolerate vicious
conditions.
The present Mayor of Los Angeles has not made good. He is
unfit, and unsafe. His continued occupancy of the mayoralty is a
menace to the great material enterprises of the city and a detri
ment to th® moral tone of the community.
The recall was made a part of the charter by an overwhelming
popular vote to protect the people against public officials who be
tray their trust. It is the people's weapon and they will never
surrender it.
It is to be profoundly regretted that its use has now become
necessary for the welfare of our city, but if the recall is to be any
thing but a dead letter it must be used in an emergency. Los An
geles is on trial as well as Mayor Harper.
Are we willing to retain in office Arthur C. Harper with the
record he has made, or shall we, in this crisis, put on guard George
Alexander with his record—unstained and unblemished—a guar
antee of honesty and efficiency?
The people will not be deceived by the raising of false issues.
For example, the question of prohibition has no place in this cam
paign. Mr. Alexander is not a Prohibitionist, but he and this com
mittee and the Municipal league, which inaugurated the recall,
favor the proper and str # ict regulation of the liquor traffic under
the present license system. As supervisor, Mr. Alexander voted
for license or no license, as the people of the various precincts de
sired—the only exception to this rule being his vote to suppress
notorious criminal roadhouses and to keep saloons off the line of
the Owens river aqueduct. And this campaign will have no fu
ture bearing on the prohibition question unless the law-abiding
liquor interests arc so foolish and short-sighted as to deliberately
alienate the support of the great mass of fair-minded citizens who
are more interested in good government for Los Angeles than in
anything else.
Theodore Roosevelt said on leaving the office of president:
"I have tried to be a decent president for a decent people."
The people of Los Angeles demand and are entitled to and will
have "a decent mayor for a decent city."
Nothing less than this is "good enough."
RECALL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE,
Dr. SHERWIN GIBBONS, S. C. GRAHAM, Chairman.
Vice Chairman. E. O. EDGERTON, Secy.
W. D. Stephens A. M. Dunn A. M. Norton
H. T. Lee Frank J. Hart P. M. Johnson
L. Lichtenberger P. W. Croake M. T. Collins
Henry M. Newmark George Coulson R. H. Norton
W. E. Hampton Herman Silver Erastus J. Stanton
C. J. Kubach Dr. S. S. Salisbury C. A. Rockwell
Sidney A. Butler Lee A. McConnell Hugh A. Adams, jr.
Chas. Wier Meyer Lissner Gilbert S. Wright
J. P. Coyne Marshall Stimson C. H. Randall
Gen. E. C. Bellows R. D. Wade M. F. Betkouski
Victor H. Tuttle Dr. D. L. Taskcr J. F. Mullin
George Rice Willard Arnott Richmond Plant
John Topham W. S. Taylor W. J. Washburn
W. R. Burke E. W. MurpHy J. O. Koepfli
THE NEWS SUMMARY
FORECAST
For Los Angeles and vicinity: Cloudy
Saturday, and possibly showers by
night; light north winds, changing to
south'. Maximum temperature \ yester
day, 60 degrees; minimum, 49 degrees.
LOCAL
Recall campaign committee issues vigorous
statement, j
Wealthy orange grower Is victim of auto
mobile speeding. •
Mayor Harper pleads for morn time on libel
suits Instituted by him.
* Mallbu road declared to be public highway.
City auditor formulates rules for guidance of
public service corporations.
I Harbor Improvement to be under supervision
of board of public works.
General Ballington Booth will Inspect Volun
teers of America In Los Angeles.
Bill for consolidation' of Los Angeles with
Harbor city passed by legislature; will be
signed by governor.
, Arbor day will be celebrated Jointly with
Luther Bui-bank's birthday.
STATE LEOISLATCKB ,'
Consolidation rights granted to Los Angeles.
// J, COAST
General appropriation bill Introduced by Cali
fornia legislature carries excessive appropria
tions and signals sine die adjournment.
Japan to have fine exhibit at Seattle.
Twelve men again secured, subject to chal
lenge, to try Pat Calhoun.
I Attorneys In murder trial at San Francisco
re-enact tragedy In pantlmlme.
Land agents alleged ' to have allured many
victims and to have secured large' sum of
money In Oregon and .Washington. . ■ ,
EASTERN
Pretty widow ,of famous gambler, and re
cently accused of murder, Is named as co
respondent in divorce case.
. "State of Tennessee scores victory In trial of
Col. Cooper, *
Supposed! corpse of child revives at funeral
after throe days. . '.:>, '■
,i Albert Patrick, New Yorker, ■ convicted of
murder of aged mllltnalre Rice, appeals to be
electrocuted or. released from prison.* .-' ■. -v
: Eastern railroads still seriously crippled from
storm; much damage done In Baltimore. •
•Rear Admiral Schley appeals for funds for
explorer. 1. . .»•■'-;
District' attorney of Indianapolis resigns
rather than prosecute New , York and Indian
apolis publishers on churge.ot libel.
I Vice President Sherman presides over United
States senate for Ural time. ; t . .__
Taft confers with leaders ■ relative to pro
posed new tariff law., f. .:■■■:,'"■ „'. . " -
Municipal lodging houses condemned by mil
lionaire of Denver. ~ ■ i • ..
Mutual Life company adjusts bis law suits.
'. District "■ Attorney Jerome of New York; In
vestlgates ■ i»;#.'Ct ,r cleaning ■ department " and
ipany arrests arc expected..':.
♦ Former roommate of Jay OouUl ends life be
cause father U«*t fortune. '. r
-I'OItKXON ■'...
, • Press 'of: Europe comments favorably on ' In
auguration ■of Taft, i and make various rill -
clems. l . ' -A '
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SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 6, 1909.
INAUGURAL MAY
COST LIVES OF SIX
THREE DEAD- THREE DYING;
OVER 75 INJURED
Taft's Induction Into Office Marked
by Many Tragic Incidents.
Deaths Due to Various
Accidents
WASHINGTON. March s.—The rec
ord of casualties) incident to the In
auguration ceremonies of yesterday
was three deaths, three probably fatal
ly injured and more than seventy-five
persons slightly injured.
The dead:
SAMUEL YOUNG, aged 25, of this
city.
NORMAN ASTWILL, 45 years old.
of Richmond, Va.
ANDREW B. DORAN of Plttsburg,
Pa.
The seriously Injured are:
Pollcemun Frederick Dlvk.
Bamuel Carter of Virginia.
William Daniel of this city.
Samuel Young whs electrocuted by
stepping on a live electric wire on
Wisconsin avenue; Norman Astwill
died of apoplexy, probably Induced by
excitement, while viewing the parade,
and Andrew B. Doran, a Pullman car
conductor, died of heart disease on ar
riving at the union station last night,
after a strenuous day's work.
Dirk was severely Injured in an at
tempt to arrest a Greek for disorderly
conduct. Carter was stabbed In the
abdomen by a negro, and Daniel was
overcome by gas.
POLICE CAPTAIN KILLED
WHILE SITTING AT DESK
Policeman ' Declared to J Have . Deliber.
. ately SJain Superior Officer
Because Reprimanded .. *
WASHINGTON, March p.—Capt.', W.
H. 'Matthews of the fifth police pro
clnct;ln ; thlp nlty was shot and killed
while sitting at. his desk In the station
house tonight by - Policeman Collier.;," \
v. Without the slightest warning,, Col
lier entered the station -and > went •Im
mediately: into' the captain's office,
where he Jerked'from his pocket a re
volver and fired five; ' bullets' Into
Matthews'i body. . .-..'.
',: 'oilier, ?. It ris said, had i been repri
manded , 'by '■■ Captain•; Matthews for a
breach 'of the»rules, and • this '■ at the
time|angered;him.',, '.> ,'.;.;
•; The ; police i! say 'they know of no
other. reason',for i Collier's j action; • Col
lier was arrested, j,"-
Citizens of Los Angeles Who Have Been
Leaders in the Fight for Consolidation
IBs, '
FATALLY HURT
BY AUTOMOBILE
WEALTHY ORANGE GROWER'S
SKULL FRACTURED
Motorist Does What He Can to Aid
Injured Man After Accident,
but His Efforts Are
Unavailing
Fatally Injured and with his physi- '
clans expecting his death any minute,
W. W. White, a wealthy orange grower
of San Bernardino, is at the California
hospital, a, victim of automobile speed
ing. «*^S^SBSSBP
While alighting from a trolley car at
Twenty-ninth and Central avenue yes
terday afternoon, Mr.. White was
strucK by. an automobile driven by T.
L, Beisecker of Fessenden, Colo. Mr.
Belseckor is a tourist and is registered
at the Hotel Alexandria.
Except that, as the police say, he was
traveling at a speed greater than the
law allows, Mr. Beisecker is not blamed
for the accident. As the motorist was
running close to the car when his vie-,
tim alighted, the collision could not be
avoided. Mr. Beisecker stopped his ma
chine as soon as he realized' he ■ had
struck White and.. did what he could
for the injured man.
When taken to the receiving hospital
Mr. White was unconscious and has
not since regained . his senses. It was
found he was suffering Yrom a fracture
of the skull at the base of the brain.
The victim Is about 75 years old and
lives at 493 South East street, San Ber
nardino. - He had large interests there
and in Missouri, where he made ! his
home before coming to California. ' He
was drawn to this part of the country
by the suicide of his brother,' who killed
himself in ■ San Bernardino several
years ago.
Mr. White came to Los Angeles yes
terday to investigate a real estate deal.
He had intended to Invest money in
this city.
This accident is but another incentive
to the city council to pass the drastic
speed law now before that body. This
ordinance will limit the speed within
a certain prescribed district to twelve
miles an hour and to twenty miles in
other parts of the city, the same con
ditions that now exist. But the penalty
will bo much more severe than Is now
the case. Instead of fixing a minimum
fine of $5, a flat fine of $50 -for the first
offense will be demanded. For the sec
ond offense the speeder will have to
servo a term on the chain gang, and
this term will be as long as the council
has authority to make it.
Give Commi6lon New Power
OLYMPIA, Wash., March 6.— Both
houses have passed a. bill giving the
railroad commission jurisdiction over
telephone and telegraph companies and
power to compel physical connections
between competing long distance tele
phone companies in cities where both
have exchanges.
Plan All.Steel Train
DENVER. March 5.—A new through
passenger train between Denver and
St. Louis, composed of all-steel cars,
to he known as the "Colorado-St. Louis
Limited," will be put on by the Union
Pacific, commencing April 4.
RUNAWAY TROLLEY
CAR CRASHES INTO
SALOON; 5 INJURED
SAN ' FHANCISOO, March . Plung
ing ; down' the' steep grade ,on Twenty-
Dlntli street today >< runaway street car
trailed from the rails and crashed into
a naloon, seriously Injuring five •of [ It*
passenger* and causing. a' wreck which
blocked the truffle ' for several' hours.
The Injured: J.fl'"
11. H. , Krolin, sprained t back. *•
' .Nick Nichols, neck severely^hurt, '•
', Tony;' t'apuca, . hack Injured. _ _
John Rrao, iiurained knee.
' ■ .1. 'V. Weasel, fractured shoulder; and
lacerated' scalp.' X
■ .The accident urns rallied'by the' fail
ure of the brakes to work. •
, Motorman i Omar < ; Adams was placed
' under arrest on a change of battery.
Ha ■HP ydißfc , ' «*
res /^S^ r- j *y^«^Mwl
twin i m wwbTJT^
/Ik ) ;' '' "* - ; jm9 ■
Above at the left is Joseph H. Call,
president of the Municipal Waterways
association, and George Stewart, for.
mer president of the Los Angeles
chamber of commerce. Below is A. P.
Fleming, secretary of the harbor com.
mission, who has been working assid.
uously at Sacramento for the success
of the bill.
MAKES TWO VAIN
ATTEMPTS TO DIE
SHOOTS HIMSELF AND LEAPS
INTO OCEAN
Both Times Rendered Unconscious,
Taooman Is Saved from Death,
but Says He Will Yet
Succeed
SAN FRANCISCO, March s.—Herbert
Eggert of Taeoma, who shot himself In
the head on the steamer Queen as that
vessel was entering this port on Feb
ruary 10 and who is Just recovering
from the effect ilf his self-inflicted
wound, again attempted suicide by
Jumping into the bay from the Broad
way wharf today.
He was seen to leap into the water
and was rescued, unconscious, but in
no danger of d^ath.
He still wears a bandage over his
wound, and chose for the scene of his
second attempt at self-destruction the
dock where he was taken from the
Queen apparently in a dying condition
Itp.s than a month ago.
He is -despondent over domestic trou
bles and declares he will yet end his
life.
A sad circumstance in connection
with Kggert's determination to die is
the fact that his father, Carl Eggert,
who was with him on the steamer
when he •fired the shot into his head,
returned to Taeoma without waiting to
learn the fate of his son and committed
suicide on February 15 by shooting
himself in a similar manner.
STATE SCORES VICTORY
IN TRIAL OF COOPERS
Mysterious RecUßearded Witness Is
Arrested on a Charge of
Perjury
NASHVILLE, 'i-nn., March s.—This
was tho -state's day in the trial of Col.
D. B. and Robin Cooper and John D.
Sharps, charged with murdering for
mer Senator earmark.
Not only did it break down the testi
inany of .-;. J. tilnning. tho defense's
myaterloua red-beurded man who
claimed to have seen the shooting, but
mused Binning*! arrest on a charge of
perjury.
The state ujao tried to impeach the
testimony of the governor and others
who declared the Coopers were invited
to the governor's mansion and that
while "ii their way there they met Car
mack and the street duel followed.
Tho bombardment <of the defense's
cane began when the witnesses testlriVd
that Binning the night of the tragedy
«aid to them: "Jf I had been five or ten
minutes earlier I would have seen the
killing."
yi V(i| Ijl ''</'i|>| Ij'C • HAII.T. «<•: SirNDAV. l»<i
»3llMjfJL.il( \_/Ul IJVS. ON TBAIN9. 5 CENTS
TAFT CONFERS
WITH LEADERS
FIRST DAY AS PRESIDENT HE
TACKLES TARIFF
Senate Confirms Cabinet Nominations.
Wickersham Takes Oath—Dickin
son and MacVeagh Delayed.
Extra Session March 15
[By Associated Press.]
' WASHINGTON, March s.—The Taft
administration took its first stride to
ciay.
The president named his cabinet, the
senate confirmed his selections, and its
members will take the oath of office to
norrow, with the 'exception of George
W. Wickershiim, who was sworn in as
attorney general today, and of Messrs.
Dickinson and Mac Veagh, whose per
sonal affairs will not permit them to
rtach Washington for a week or more.
President Taft and the Republican
members of the ways and means com
mittee held an important conference
during the day. The committee has
framed a tariff bill which it is under
stood contains a provision for an in
heritance tax, one of the suggestions
for raising revenue contained in the in
augural address of President Taft.
President Taft told the committee
there would be no delay in the official
proclamation calling the extra session
of congress on March 18.
His message, he said, would recom
mend that it confine Its work exclusive
ly to tariff revision, that there mighl
be no unnecessary delay in enacting
this most Important law. He said that
he would not discuss in his message the
details of tariff revision, leaving all
such matters entirely to the judgment
of congress.
Meets Many Friends
Aside from these important accom
plishments, President Taft gave him
self up heartily to the demands of his
friends, and thousands of inaugural
visitors who wished to shake hands
with him.
Philander C. Knox was the first caller
on President Taft in the White House.
A fifteen-minute interview. Mr. Knox
said, hod its importance, but was not
for publication. He was rejoicing thet
since noon yesterday, when his resig
nation as a senator became effective,
he was simply a private citizen.
His rejoicing, however, was brief, for
before the day was much older he had
bten nominated and confirmed as sec
retary of state.
Governor Hughes of Now York, Gov
ernor Prouty of Vermont and the sen
ators and many of the representatives
from those states next had the ear of
the president and gained hia consent to
attend the celebration, July 7 and S
next of the discovery of Lake Cham
plain, at Plattsburg and Burlington.
The congratulations and good wishes
of Cuba were extended in the form of a
memorial presented by Gen. de Metrto
memorial presented by Gen. Demetrto
Castillo Duany. who came to the Unit
ed States for that purpose.
Th« reviewing stand for the inaugu
ral parade was again occupied by Pres
ident Taft this morning when he took
his place there to do honor to the I
Seventh regiment, New York infantry.
The Blame club of Cincinnati followed.
Fred W. Carpenter took the oath as
.secretary to the president. 'Wendell
\V. Mitehler, who has been Mr. Taft's
assistant secretary and stenographer,
'was made one of Mr. Carpenter's as
sistants. T. M. Hendricks of Mr. Taft's
clerical force was given a clerkship and
William Pannel, who for years has
bfen Mr. Taffs messenger in the war
department, was assigned to duty at
Mr. Carpenter's door.
PLAN MONUMENT FOR
170 CHILDREN WHO
MET DEATH IN FIRE
„ CLEVELAND,-* March —The little
plot of land In Colllngwood, upon which
■tands the rains of the school house
which burned a year ago and snuffed
out the liven \of 170 children, will he
purchased by the state and will be held
forever a* a probable site for a monu
ment. Thia was made possible today by
an art of (he legislature. " ' : •' '
CENTS
LOS ANGELES IS
GRANTED RIGHTS
BY LEGISLATURE
JOINTURE WITH HARBOR CITY
IS POSSIBLE
WORK OF ADVOCATES BRINGS
DESIRED RESULTS
Harbor Commission, Waterways Asso
ciation, Chamber of Commerce and
Business Men Accomplish Re.
suits for Southern California
SACRAMENTO, .March 5.—
Los Angeles Herald: The con
solidation bill is ready for the
governor's signature. On behalf
of the friends of San Pedro har
bor. I thank you for your ef
fective work for this measure.
A. P. FLEMING.
THE foregoing telegram from Sec
retary Fleming of the Los An-,
-*■ geles harbor commission Indicates
that the remaining steps necessary to
allow Los Angeles consolidation rights
are only routine. Governor Glllett has
definitely stated to Log Angeles men
that 1)'- will affix fill signature without
delay and the bill will become a law
within a few days.
After the passage of the consolida
tion bill in the senate Thursday night
several slight typographical errors were
found which required the concurrence
of the assembly yesterday. The con
currence was granted without a dis
senting vote.
Thai the bill passed when at the
preceding session it was a hopeless ■'.
cause from the start was due to the
well organized fight for it made-by
business men of Los Angeles, ■ Wil
mington and San Pedro at Sacramento
and from their cities. The Los An
geles harbor commission, ■ chambers of
commerce of Los Angeles, San Pedro
and Wilmington, Municipal Waterways
association and other bodies fought for'
the bill at every opportunity. A. P.
Fleming, secretary of the harbor comm
ission, watched the bill night and
day and has been at the capital prac
tically all the time since. it was Intro*
duced. George H. Stewart,'-president
of the harbor commission, and other .
members of the Los Angeles chamber
of commerce made a strong personal ,
showing, taking more than one trip
to. Sacramento when the bill , was in
danger. .E. D. Seward and other mem-,'
bers of the San Pedro chamber :>t
commerce rendered needed service, ua
did F. S. Cary and others at Wilming- ■
ton. • i i
Organizations Are Active
President Call, Secretary Quick and
the directors of the Municipal Water
ways association in all three cities in- '
terested took advantage of every op
portunity to present the justice of the
bill. Albert M. Norton and ' others j
were on hand at critical moments and
put in good strokes for the success of
the bill when it seemed as though the.
opposition might prevail.
So energetically • and . thoroughly
awake were the workers for Los i An- .
geles that even when Mayor Harper
appeared on the scene and attempted to
saddle on a compromise just. at the:
moment when the bill, was being pulled
over the hill a rally was, made that
protected it from .. any . weakening
clauses, and the bill as passed" and as
the governor will sign it stands as the
friends of a free harbor wanted it from
the first.
Speaker Stanton, Senator Hurd . and
other members of the assembly prove.l
an able barrier to the efforts of Sen
ator Savage to block any legislation
granting rights to Los Angeles.
"The passage of the consolidation
bill Is one of the greatest steps pos- ;
sible toward a free and adequate
harbor at San Pedro," said ("apt. Amos i
A. Fres, admittedly the best posted
man on harbor possibilities in South- j
crn California. "San . Pedro, Long
Beach and Wilmington all need the. .
credit, prestige and aid of Los An
geles; more so, even, than Los Angeles
needs them. But nil should work to
gether, and the benefit: will be; im
mense to Southern California."
Secretary Fleming will return to Lo«i
Angeles Sunday or Monday to take up
work at his office in the Central build- I
ing. ___
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SAYS RULING WILL
NULLIFY STATUTES
Court Declares It Is Not Conducted
to Prevent All Fools from
Parting with Their
Money
DENVER, Colo., March s.—Judge
Robert E. Lewis. In the federal dis
trict court today, made a ruling which,
according to United States District At
torney Thomas Ward, practically nulli
fies the federal statutes under which
all cases of using the mails to defraud
are prosecuted, so far as the Jurisdic
tion of Judge Lewis extends.
The ruling was made in the case of
J. F. Manning, a mining man of Den
ver, who was being tried on the charge
of using the mails to promote a fraud
ulent mining scheme. The case w.is
thrown out of court.
Judge Lewis, in freeing Manning,
said: "It is impossible for the govern*
ment to prosecute all cases where a
man In exploiting mining property of a
questionable character.
"In this case the stock was being
sold at 2o a share. The men who
bought must have known they were
not buying stock In a praduclng miiie."
Karlier in the case, Judpri Lewis said:
"This court is not sitting on tho b<snch
to keep all fdols from being parted from
their money."
Avalanche Kills Fifteen
ROME, March E, — Nous wai received
here tonight ihat an avalanche had de
stroyed a house tn the village of Prada,
province of Bolluno, Venetla, killing
fifteen persona.

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