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SHE STILL TRUSTS HIM
Mrs. Lulu Jamieson Writes of
Her Lochinvar in Loving
Terms.
HER DIVORCE IS DELAYED.
Mr. Jamieson Changes Attorneys
and a Mlsslner Paper Makes
Trouble.
Mrs. Lulu Gertrude Jamieson, carried off
from Victoria, B. C., to Mexico City by J.
Arthur Turner and there abandoned by
him, still clings to her infatuation for her
Lochinvar. Yesterday Laughlin P. Jamie
son, her husband, prosecuted his applica
tion for a divorce from her, and the follow
ing pathetic letter, received by a lady
friend, shows that his wife's attitude is all
in favor of a decree :
___ Mexico City, May 17, 1895.
Dear tnend: lour very long letter came
yesterday, bo I hasten to answer. I read your
first letter, and of course it hurt me very much.
Hut what is done can't be undone. lam alone,
but I have thought it over and 1 won't come to
California, lean do just as well here. lean
live more "quietly. But of course I hadn't my
divorce, and people Mill not help me until I
get it.
lam getting discouraged. My life seems to
be over, no one wants me whether I try to do
■what is right or not. 1 felt full of hope at first.
I thought when I wrote to Lockey (her hus
band) that he would grant it, but 1 have no
answer. So it doesn't make much difference.
If he would sign those papers and make me
free I would commence over and I would be a
good, true girl, but if I find he won't, then God
have pity ou me, for I shall sink to the lowest
depths of hell. lam crazy with thinking. I
live in a Mexican house where there are very
few comforts, but I like the hardship; nothing
matters to me any more. My sun has set and
oh, what a life.
You believe all one side. Very well, don't con
demn those you don't know. Arthur T was a
perfect gentleman. Hewas so good.so true to me.
vv hat we did we both did. I love him and shall
go to my grave loving him. 1 shall try to go to
mm, and if I find out I can't then you need
not be shocked at anything. Beg of Lockey (her
husband) to sign the papers, will you, for, Ad
die, it may be the last time I ask any request
of you again.
Last night I picked up my guitar ana played
and sang all the old songs that we sang wnen
mother was here. It consoled me for a little
while, but the aame old bitterness and hard
ness returned. I trust no one now. And as I
was singing a knock came and a servant said
a gentleman would like to see you in the par
lor. I went down and he said: "I heard you
singing. Will you sing 'Oh, Think of the Home
Over There?'" It was my mother's favorite.
I did and the tears rained down his cheeks. I
remembered where they sang that song. I
wonder if she is my guardian angel, if sue is
watching over me here.
1 want you to tell me the truth about the
divorce. Can I get it or not? Don't buoy me
up with false hopes, but tell the truth. I hope
you will answer soon. Tell me all. If that
divorce is granted to me I shall go to Arthur
and we will get married, and then my life
changes. 1 shall believe in my God and I make
one vow. Please write soon, aear, for lam
weary of watching. Yours, Lulu.
Two affidavits were filed in the divorce
proceedings in Judge Daingerfield's court
yesterday. One waa by A. M. Price asking
that he and O. Ellswood be substituted, as
attorneys, for L. E. Phillips, who had re
fused to proceed with the case or to give a
substitution unless $160 fees was paid.
In reply Attorney Phillips filed a long
affidavit in which he stated that he was
willing to submit the question of fees to
the court, but that $195 were now due to
him. He admitted that there was an ex
traordinary change in the attitude of his
client, who had refused to verify the com
plaint, and who, according to his mother's
statement, never intended to obtain a
divorce. He also averred his belief that
sin^e.Mav 21. 1895, the action had "become
r.,nusiveijy reason of the fact that the
plaintiff herein has been requested in
writing by the defendant in said action,
Liiu Gertrude Jamieson, to proceed with
paid divorce and obtain a decree therein
for her benefit."
The attorneys having stated their posi
tion the court made an order that the
change of attorneys was made simply at
the client's request, and that he declined
to enter into the question of fees. Attor
ney Phillips took an exception in order
that he might apply for a "review to the
Supreme Court.
Laughlin P. Jamieson, the plaintiff, then
testified that be had resided in this city
for eighteen months. He had been mar
ried to the defendant February 7, 1885, at
Port Tcwnsend, and there was one child,
now 8 years old and in his care. On the
12th of July, 1893, his wife had, in company
with one Arthur Turner, left him against
his will, and had since expressed no wish
to return. He thought ahe was in Mexico.
Mrs. Mary Jamieson, his mother, cor
roborated the statement as to the deser
tion and the absence of any expression of
desire to return. She said her husband
had been pood to her.
"Why aid she leave him then?" asked
the court.
"I suppose because she fell in love with
another man," was the reply.
James Cameron contributed some more
corroboration as to the main facts, and
then Judge Daingertield announced that he
would have granted the divorce on the
ground of desertion on the showing had
not an order of publication of summons
been missing. He would order the default
of defendant set aside, and it would be
necessary for the attorneys to proceed with
a new publication.
This would naturally take three months,
but Laupblin P. Jamieson, the plaintiff,
said last night that his attorneys would ex
pedite matters. He denied that he owed
Attorney Phillips $15*5 or any sum, but
said that their agreement was only for a
$250 fee if a journey to British Columbia
waa found necessary. He had paid $55,
which waa more than he owed, and con
tended that bis agreement had been en
tered into under misleading assurances of
expedition. Mr. Jamiepon admitted that
-he had heard from his wife indirectly
• asking him to free her,
It is understood that Mrs. Jamieson is in
communication with J. Arthur Turner,
who has sent her money from London and
still professes warm attachment. Mrs.
Jamieson is now thought to be on her way
to California.
FOR tHE TURN FEST.
Kxhiblt or One of the Prise Grades
Which la to Compete at
Lo« An(j«le».
There i- to be a grand gymnastic ex
hibition and ball to-night at the ball of the
San Francisco Tarn Verein, 323 Turk street,
for the benefit of the prize grade of the
Turn Verein, who are to participate in the
triennial tournament of the Pacific States,
which is to be held at Los Angeles.
The Kreisturnfest will eontinne from
June 22 to June 27, at Agricultural Park t
under the auspices of the Turn Verein Ger
uianift there. On the first evening there
will be a big torchlight procession, fol
lowed by a banquet.
Thirty-three active turners will go from
the San Francisco Turn Verein, including
Instructor Robert Barth, First Leader
Alfred Furth and Second Leader Theodore
Planz. Tbev will be divided into three
classes, as follows :
Messrs. Barth, Furth and I'lanz, Herman
Alpen, Lou Rapp, Paul Otto, Charles Jacobs,
William Hoffman, M. Xagei, William Feld
kamp and H. Myer.
L. Frank, A<lnm Brehen, George Mertes,
Joe Maier, Joe. UecVer, Herraan Stcnlln, Henry
.Stehliii, W. Nagel, Ernet Fleischer, Frits Wil
lenbrink and Fred Hoffman.
Frank Krause, M. Wallenstein, John Hoops,
J. Guetersloh, Charles Mage!, Kd Kuenzi, Wil
liam Steger, R. Bergman, B. Grosse, Fred
Mueller aud H. Bartman.
Of these Messrs. Barth, Paul Otto, Theo
Planz, Herman Alpen, Charles Jacobs, M.
Nagel, K. Myer, Henry Ktehlin, Fritz
Willeubrink and John Hoops were mem
bers of the prize class of sixteen at|the
great Bundestumfest at Milwaukee two
years ago.
SPANISH DEAMA.
An Kntertainment Given at the Standard
Theater by the Porfirio Diae
Company.
By the special request of the Spanish
colony a grand dramatic and operatic
entertainment was given yesterday even
ing by the Porfirio Diaz Dramatic and
Operatic Club. All the portions of the
performance were warmly received by the
audience. Between the acts an orchestra
belonging to the club, directed by Pro
fessor V. Munguia, played a number of
selections.
The drama i; Despues de la Muerte"
(After Death) was performed by a clever
company oi Spanish amateurs.
Senora L. G. de Moran was particularly
sympathetic as Consuelo, the young wife
whose affection for her disowned brother
aroused her husband's jealousy till Ro
man's true relationship was explained.
Senorita L. Turpin made a vivacious
Lareto, and Senorita T. Rodriguez scorned
Roman's tender overtures with a spirit
thut won her the good will of the audience.
A natural manly rendering of the role of
Carlos, Consuelo's husband, was given by
F. Carrenza, and C. F. Jimenez was full
of animation in the comedy role
of Federico, while Roman Silva al
most rose to the heights of
tragedy in his rendering of Don Fernando,
Consuelo's father. The other roles were
carefully played by S. Aja and T. Casesuz
Between the acts of "After Death" Senor
David Munoz, who possesses a fine bary
tone voice, sang two operatic arias and
Senor Alfredo Soria executed a fancy
dance.
The entertainment concluded with the
laughable comic opera "Pico, Adan y
Compania," in which the performers were:
Sra. L. G. de Moran, C. F. Jimenez, David
Munoz, Roman Silva, S. Aja.
LOUIS CORRIVEAU'S CASH
Thirty Thousand Dollars of It
Has Already Been
Located.
Debtors of the Estate Show Great
Reluctance to Help In the
Search.
Slowly but surely the Public Adminis
trator is following up the lost thousands
belonging to the estate of Louis Corriveau,
and so far, out of the $50,000 which it was
known the old man left when he died, over
$30,000 has been traced.
Corriveau was a barber in this City from
the early days of its history. He amassed
a considerable amount of property during
his life, but shortly before his death, either
by persuasion or at his own volition, he
converted his entire property into cash.
He then had $60,000, most of which he
placed in the San Francisco Savings Union.
He also had $10,000 in the ill-fated People's
Home Savings Bank when it went to the
wall, but over this he raised such a row
that he was given a mortgage for the
amount which the bank held.
But after his death, however rich he had
been before, it was found that there was
hardly enough money in sight to bury him
decently. As he left a will disposing of
his money, and as up to the time of his
death he spoke often of his fortune, the
Public Administrator proceeded at once to
hunt up his estate.
So far the search has shown that for
some reason Corriveau was very free with
his estate after he turned it into cash. Part
of it was found in Oakland, part in the
City, and it is divided up among mort
gages and investments of more or less com
mercial value. Henry W. Westphal, part
owner of Swanberg's oyster-house on Pine
street, induced Corriveau to invest in cold
storage stock, and $10,000 of the old man's
money was used for that purpose.
A mortgage on some property in Oak
land for $3700 and about $20,000* more in
mortgages both in San Francisco and Oak
land, besides $1200 now in the hands of
Westphal which he collected on some ac
counts due the estate, make up alljthat can
be found at present of the $50,000 estate.
Westphal was very intimate with the old
barber and used to advise him as to bis
financial transactions. He seems to have
been in the habit of making collections for
Corriveau's estate, for after Corriveau died
there was in Westphal's hands bills
amounting to several thousands of dollars
awaiting collection.
On these, as has been said, Westphal
collected about JI2OO, and he still holds
the remainder of the bills. Mrs. Corriveau
says that after her husband died Westphal
came to the house and demanded the key 9
of the old man's desk. They were turned
over to him and he rummaged through
all the drawers and pigeon-holes and
finally took a bundle of papers away with
him. What the papers were she did not
nor does she yet know. To the Public
Administrator Westphal admitted that he
had taken some papers from Corriveau's
desk, but he said the papers belonged to
him, and for that reason he took them.
Some of the money located in Oakland
and San Francisco is held in trust by a
man named Robert Ferguson, but so far
he has not put in an appearance or evinced
any desire to assist in straightening out
the tangled accounts. In fact, none of those
who had control over any of the old man's
money ever gave the Public Administrator
the slightest clew by which the estate could
be traced. The first intimation that Mr.
Westphal held either bills, mortgages or
money belonging to the estate came from
outside sources, and it is so in case of each
item which has been added to the list of
property found, There is still $20,000 more
to be accounted for, and the search for
this is being pursued with vigor.
YSAYE'S FAREWELL,
■The Belgian Violinist Made His Last
Bow to a San Francisco Audi
ence Yesterday.
Ysaye gave hie last ■ farewell concert
yesterday afternoon in toe California
Theater to an audience as large as that
which attended hia chamber concert on
Friday evening.
The programme was a long one, and
every number played by the Belgian vio
linist was received with the greatest en
thusiasm.
The orchestra, conducted by August
Hinriclis, had been strengthened by the
addition of several performers since it ac
companied Ysaye before' at the Baldwin
Theater.
Practice had also made it a little more
satisfactory than at first.
The novelty in the programme was Marc
Bruch's "Scotch Fantasia," which proved
to be an excellent vehicle for the display of
Ysaye's command over the violin.
By request the Mendelssohn concerto,
which he played at his first concert, was
repeated.
The tours deforce in his last number, the
"Othello" Fantasia by Ernst, roused the
audience to the pitch of not wanting to see
the last of Ysaye.
The people cried "Bravo," beat the
floor with their canes, and some of
the matinee girls tore their gloves
ii the outburst of enthusiasm. Ysaye
appeared several times, bowing and gra
cious, and then, though he had a train to
catch, he yielded to the demand for an
encore and played a polonaise by Wien
iawski.
After that there was more applause, but
it was not kept up, for every one realized
that for the present at least Ysaye had
made his farewell bow to a San Francisco
audience.
It is estimated that the annual sales of
German toys in England amount to £2,
--000,000.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JUNE 2, 1895.
THE MATTHEWS INQUEST
A Coroner's Jury Says She
Was Poisoned by Persons
Unknown.
ITS VERDICT NOT APPROVED.
Dr. Hawkins and Captain Lees
Think the Testimony Pointed
to O. W. Winthrop.
The inquest upon the remains of Mrs.
Jennie Matthews, who was taken ill from
strychnine poisoning in Laurel Hill Cem
etery on May 18 last and who died the fol
lowing morning, was concluded before
Coroner Hawkins yesterday. The jury
brought in a verdict to the effect "that
Mrs. Jennie Matthews came to her death
from poison administered by parties un
known to the jury." Dr. Hawkins refused
to receive the verdict on the ground that it
was not in accord with the testimony and
marked the inquisition "Not approved."
Promptly at 9 a. m. O. W. Wintbrop,
assistant superintendent of Laurel Hill
Cemetery, the man charged with the mur
der of the woman, was brought in by Cap
tain Lees and Detective Handley. He was
unconcerned throughout and laughed
when the various witnesses identified him.
The first witness was Fanny Henna, a
sister of the deceased, who lives at 1403U
Folaom street. At first she said she did
not know Mrs. Matthews, but afterward
said she was her sister. She knew abso
lutely nothing about the case and was ex
cused.
Mattie Matthews, the deceased's little
six-year-old daughter, was next put on the
stand. It was very hard to get a con
nected story from the child, but neverthe
less she was able to pick Winthrop out of
the roomful of people as the man who gave
her mother the pill.
"I went with mamma to the cemetery,"
testified Mattie. "I forget the day. We
walked out and came back with two men
hi a buggy. He gave her a pill and
mamma died." It was at this point she
pointed out \Vinthrop as the man who
gave her mother the pill.
"Tell us what you did first of all at the
graveyard,' 1 asked the Coroner.
"First we walked around to see little
brother's grave; then mamma found some
pansies, and I forget the rest."
When did your mamma get sick?"
''Mamma got sick when she found the
pansies. A graveyard man gave her the
pill. He gave mamma a white pill. Then
mamma was sliding down and the men
brought her home in a buggy."
"Did the man have a pistol?"
"I don't know, but I heard mamma tell
papa that the man showed her a pistol."
Edwin S. Matthews, husband of the de
ceased, testified that his wife told him be
fore she died that Winthrop made her take
a pill out at the cemetery. "He wanted to
get the best of me" she told her husband,
"and when he failed he forced me to take
that pill." The witness then told of being
called from his work and of finding his
wife in convulsions. During their talk
that afternoon the dead woman told her
husband that Winthrop had exhibited a
pistol and had also taken a pill himself in
order to persuade her to swallow another
one. Winthrop had called at the house on
one or two occasions, but his wife had ex
plained his visits by saying he came to
speak to her about the "fixing up of the
baby's grave.
The following letter was shown to the
witness:
My Only Friend: My heart is nearly broke
the way he is treating me, and if he keeps on I
will kill myself. If Ido Kill myself I woutyou
to lake care of my little girl, then I know she'
will have a good friend and protector, because
my husband he is not fit to take care of her. I
can't write any more— heart broke. Good-by
forever, good-by.
Your Poor Je.nme Matthews.
Matthews said it looked like his wife's
writing, but he wasn't sure. He had never
ill treated his wife and could bring wit
nesses to prove it.
Howard Smith, a gardener at Laurel Hill
Cemetery, told about the taking of the
buggy to where Mrs. Matthews was sitting
on the coping of a grave and of taking her
to her home with Mr. Winthrop. His tes
timony was corroborated by Gus Brifrage,
a laborer in the cemetery.
E. M. Griffith, the physician who at
tended Mrs. Matthews, said she told him
some one had given her a pill in order to
be able to take advantage of ner. Later he
told her that she was dying and that the
statement she had made might send some
one to the gallows. The dying woman in
sisted, however, that she had been forced
to swallow the pill, but did not state the
name of the man who had given it to her.
The doctor then described Mrs. Matthews'
condition and the remedies he had used
and said she died from strychnine poison
ing.
Mrs. Prank Gedge, 1222 Jackson street;
Miss Mabel Bowen, 2107 Hyde street, and
Miss Katie Burton, 2101 Hyde street, told
about seeing Mrs. Matthews sitting on the
coping of the grave "and Mr. Winthrop
fanning her and bathing her face with
water. She was groaning terribly, and
was finally taken away in the buggy.
Dr. J. S. Barrett gave the result" of the
autopsy, and Chemist Charles L. Morgan
told of finding one-third of a grain of
strychnine in the stomach. There was
enough of the poison found to cause death.
Mrs. Mary Havden, who was called in
when Mrs. Matthews was brought home,
told of her conversation with the dyinc
woman. Mrs. Matthews said ths pill had
been given to her by "Mr. Wenthal,''
superintendent of the cemetery. She
didn't want to take the pill and spat it out,
but Wenthal said it would make her feel
fine, bo she swallowed it.
In answer to questions the witness said
that Mrs. Matthews had told her on one
occasion that she had jumped off an Oak
land ferry-boat beaause her father had
thrashed her. She pointed out the man
who brought the deceased home and said
she bad been introduced to him as Mr.
Wenthal. "She had seen him several times
in Mrs. Matthews' house. Mr. Matthews
was not at home on those occasions.
Dr. F. yon Bulen testified to having
examined Mrs. Matthews when she took
out a $2000 policy in the Order of Chosen
Friends. It was made out in favor of
"O. W. Winthrop, trustee of my child,
Mattie Matthews.
Mrs. J. C. Doolan said she had known
Mattie Matthews since she was a baby.
She was a very truthful child and the wit
ness would believe anything she said.
O. W. Winthrop was called, but refused
to be §worn on the advice of his attorneys.
The jury then retired and after being out
twenty minutes brought in the verdict
given in the foregoing. The prisoner was
afterward removed to the City Prison.
GETTING OUT BANNERS.
Knilnent Thespians Turn Lithograph-
Hangers for the Benefit of the
Actors' Fund.
Late last night a small party of actors
marched up Market street armed with
tackhammers and bundles of banners bear
ing the legend: "Actors' Benefit. Mor
osco's, June 6."
These they proceeded to nail up in promi
nent places at frequent intervals. Every
large store and public place was also
decorated.
Among those who had turned bill
posters in.tbe good cause were J. K. Em
ruett, Mrs. Emmett, Edmond Hayes, H.
Coulter Brinker and Philip Hastings. Not
an available inch of desirable space was
overlooked.
Many seats have been sold for the ben
efit. Announcements were sent out to
members of the profession to-day that Mr.
Benrinio would be at the lodgerooms in
the Alcazar building from 3:30 to 4:30 each
afternoon to supply those needing them
with tickets.
A meeting of tne Pacific Lodge, Ameri
can Actors' Association, has been called
for Tuesday, June 4. The final arrange
ments for the benefit will then be com
pleted. _
RAPID SURVEY WORK.
Valley F.oad Surveyors Now Near the
Tuolumne River — A Shipwreck
"Will Delay Construction.
The surveying party that has been lay
ing out a route for the San Francisco and
San Joaquin Valley Railway^ between
Stockton and the Stanislaus River com
pleted its final surveys and moved Friday
to a point about midway between the
Stanislaus and Tuolumne rivers.
Camp was established at that place. The
rivers are just ten miles apart, and as there
is very little in the way of obstructions
between them, surveys may be finished to
the Tuolumne within eight or ten days.
The surveyors are encamped about thirty
miles south of Stockton, and are working
still further down on the preliminary
lines.
The two other parties are busy some
where about Kinirs and Fresno counties.
Work of construction will in all proba
bility be delayed for two months later
than has been anticipated. No opinion
has been given on this question, however,
by the diectors.
News was received here yesterday by
telegraph that the steamer Washtenaw,
which was bringing the first lot of 2000
tons of steel rails for the road, was wrecked
off Cape Horn. She was expected to ar
rive this month.
The rails were insured, so the company
will suffer but little loss. There are two
other shipments of 2000 tons each on the
way, but as they are coming by sailing
vessels, they cannot reach here "for some
months to come.
DROVE FOR THEIR LIVES
How Pioneer Stage -Driver
William Miller Saved
His Coach.
An Incident of Traveling In the
Coast Range Mountains In
Early Days.
William Miller, the pioneer stage-driver
of the State and now the owner of a system
of stage lines running in aud out of Caza
dero, came down on one of his periodical
trips to the City several days ago. He is
familiarly known as "Bill" to his many
friends, and whenever he comes "to
town," as he terms it, on accouut of his
genial and lively disposition he is the
center of a circle or acquaintances.
Bill's career in the State dates away back
to the fifties. He then drove from Oakland
hamlet, as it then was, to San Jose, by way
of old Mission San Jose, and many are the
anecdotes which he relates of his adven
tures along the road. Afterward Bill drove
William Miller, Veteran Stage-Driver.
[From a photograph.]
southward from San Jose to San Luis
Obispo. and even further down, for years
before the toot of the locomotive's whistle
echoed through the canyons of the hills
which encircle the Santa Clara Valley.
In later years he ran the stage lines at
Cloverdale, and only sold out his interest
to purchase the routes which he now owns
in Marin and Mendocino counties.
•'One of the most thrilling experiences
of my whole career," said Mr. Miller to a
party of friends in relating some reminis
cences, "occurred in, I think, 18G3, when I
was driving south from San Jose. There
was a winding road through the Santa
Clara Valley. It was rather narrow, too,
and had an inward slope towaru the
higher part of the mountain. On this
occasion I had three passengers only, for
travel was not particularly heavy in those
days, and especially in winter. As every
one knows, this was a very heavy winter,
and later we could not get through the
hills at all. My passengers were a business
man, a drummer, who was going to Los
Angeles, and a miner.
"When we readied the narrow road I
noticed that it was in very bad condition
from recent rains, the water having carried
away the edge bordering on the downward
slope. It was not slippery, though, and
Tve went down at a fairly rattling pace. It
was about 3 o'clock in the afternoon, and
I wanted to get out of the hills and to our
night station before dark.
"Suddenly as we approached the sharp
est curve in the road I was horrified to see
that the road had caved down half wav
across for several feet. It struck me that
we were doomed. The wheels would go
into that rut and our coach would topple
over down the almost vertical slope a
distance of several hundred feet.
"To stop on the grade now was impos
sible. Men think quickly in moments of
danger, and one way of escape struck me.
If it failed we were lost. Tne idea was to
trust to the two inside wheels, and whirl
around that curve at an angle. In a sec
ond I had estimated on our chances.
What if the horses fell into the hole?
What if there was another washout
around the curve.
"With a yell I lashed the horses, and
held them close to the inside. I think we
fairly flew down the grade, and the coach
tilted at quite an angle as we continued on
to possible destruction. Everything was
like a blur to me.
"I felt instinctively that the horses
passed the hole safely, and then — well, I
realized that we were past the spot and
slapped on the brakes. We were safe. The
outside wheels had cleared the ground
completely in the wild whirl around the
curve. I did not tell my passengers how
near they had been to death until we
reached the station. They had wondered
at my wild spurt, but baa not suspected
the cause of it. That was about as near as
I ever came to facing the grim destroyer,"
added the veteran nbbon-twirler in cou
clusion.
Camden aays that in 1607 there were
races near York, England, and the prize
was a little golden beli. Upon this Berenger
offers a conjecture whether the phrase of
"bearing the bell," which implies being
comparatively the best or most excellent
and corresponds with the expression
"bearing the palm" among the ancients,
as a reward decreed to the swiftest horse
in a race, is not aptly deduced from this
custom.
AN HAWAIIAN EXILE'S SUIT
P. M. Rooney Makes Public His
Statement and Claim
for Damages.
CONSUL WILDER'S OPINION.
Other Claims Will Be Preferred.
Conflicting Statements by
Ex-Prisoners.
P. M. Eooney is the first to make public
a statement in detail of the treatment re
ceived by the Hawaiians, once political
prisoners at Honolulu and now exiles.
They are acting under the advice of their
attorneys and are willing to give to the
public all information regarding their
terms of imprisonment, and the alleged
harsh treatment attending it.
Mr. Rooney was for several years chief
overseer of Claus Spreckels' plantations in
Hawaii; also the business manager of the
chief royalist newspaper.
His statement is as follows :
I. P. M. Eooney, am an American citizen. I
was born in Dutchess County, State of New
York, in 1849; arrived in California in 18t>8;
resided at Lincoln, Placer County, until 1879.
I then went to the Hawaiian Islands and be
came engaged in the sugar business, during
which time I was for several years the chief
overseer of the large Spreckelsville plantation
and was for four years manager of the Reci
procity plantation, both on the island of Maui.
In 1891 I retired from said position and re
moved to Honolulu and have lived there ever
since.
For several months prior to my arrest, here
inafter mentioned, I was business manager of
the Daily Holomua Publishing Company,
which concern published newspapers in the
English and Hawaiian languages, whose pol
icy was opposed to the existing Government.
On the 7th of January, 1895, 1 was at my
home in Honolulu with my wife and three
children when two or more members of the
so-called Citizens' Guard, armed with rifles
and belts of cartridges, came to my house, ar
rested me and told me that the Marshal had
sent for me and that I must go. I asked if they
had a warrant. They said no, but pointing
their guns they said they had been sent to
bring me and 1 must go. I was then taken to
the police station, searched, and money and
private papers taken from my person.
I then asked the Clerk of Police if any charge
was laid against me. His reply was No. I
was taken down in the prison-yard among
many other prisoners who had been similarly
arrested.
I was detained there about an hour. I was
ordered to fall into line, and with fifteen others
I was marched through the streets of Honolulu
under a heavy guard of armed men to Oahu
prison and placed in a small cell without bed
or bedding. During tne same night another
prisoner (Carl Rhemo) was placed in the cell
with me. We asked for something to eat, and
were informed that the cooks had retired. We
beeged through hunger, and at last succeeded
in getting a cup of poor tea and one hardtack
each. We had nothing more until 12 m. the
next day.
On the Bth I was supplied with bedding
from my home and thereafter we were allowed
three hours' exercise per day. The rest of the
time we were locked up in a email cell 7}£xs
feet in size. The confinement was most irk
some and uncomfortable, the heat stifling and
the ventilation bad. I was confined there for
forty-two days, during which time I was re
fused permission to see my family or friends.
Four very brief visits from my wife were al
lowed, in which our conversation was listened
to by the jailer.
I sent for the American Minister, who, with
the American Consul-Genoral, saw me several
times, and at my request urged the Govern
ment to either release me or bring me to trial.
I was not informed as to the cause of my ar
rest all this time, or whether any charge "had
been entered against me, but I was denied
either trial or bail.
I was in no way concerned in the revolt of
that time, nor had I any knowledge of it until
I read of the opening scenes of the riot in the
newspapers of Monday morning, January 7. I
had no arms, was not a member of any organi
zation nor party formed for revolutionary or
i other political purposes, and had at no time
attended any meetings or entered into any plot
or conspiracy revolutionary of purpose.
After about six weeks' imprisonment I was
offered by the Marshal the option of release if
I would agree to go into exile. I had lost flesh
and strength and became partially crippled
from the close confinement and lack of suffi
cient exercise. Both myself, wife and family
had suffered great mental distress from the
uncertainty of my fate, based upon the threats
and prospects of mob violence to be wreaked
upon all the political prisoners, to which was
added the dread of being carried befora the
military commission. The record of the early
trials and proceedings before that commission
had created the imuression," not only among
prisoners (including myself), but in the com
munity at large, that arraignment before the
commission upon whatever charge was sure to
be followed by conviction and sentence to
penal servitude and fine irrespective of the
guilt or innooence of the parties arraigned.
I was further uncertain of the duration of
my imprisonment, and under the then exist
ing conditions I knew not whether I should be
even accorded the poor privilege of a trial be
fore the military commission, whose proceed
ings I was lea to believe had been illegal from
the first.
With all these uncertainties beiore me, in
which only Imprisonment for no offense seemed
mire, I accepted the offer of the Government,
merely as a means of terminating my moat un
just and wearing imprisonment, which had
affected my health injuriously and was simi
larly affecting my wife and family. I therefore
signed an agreement to leave Hawaii, not to
return until the Government should give its
consent to such a return. I acknowledged no
complicity in the matters of the revolt (or riot),
and signed under the duress of past or present
imprisonment, with the threat and prospect of
its indefinite continuance for no legal cause.
I had established my home, intending to re
side there permanently. I own my own home
there, and there my children were born. My
euforced exile has* broken up my family rela
tions, for my family remains In Honolulu. I
have been put to great expense in the prem
ises, and have been obliged to mortgage my
home to raise money to maintain my family in
Honolulu during my absence.
My rights under the treaties existing be
tween the United States and Hawaii, and those
guaranteed to me by the constitution of Ha
waii, have been most wantonly violated by the
Hawaiian Government, and I deem myself ag
grieved to the extent of $50,000 damages.
P. M. Roojtey.
Subscribed and sworn to before J. M. Poepoe
In Honolulu and E. H. Tharp of San Fran
cisco, 'Jal.
"I have only to say 'sour grapes.' They
have brought it on themselves. Let them
stand it." Mr. C. T. Wilder, the Hawaiian
Consul, was commenting on the plight of
the exiles, as brought to mind by the state
ment and claim of P. M. Kooney, made
public yesterday.
"Of course I was not at the islands at
the time, but I am told by reliable persons
that the political prisoners at Honolulu
have the best of treatment. Captain Davis,
who is now on the steamer Homer ana
will not be in the City again for a few
days, was one of the first prisoners. I
asked him for a candid statement of his
treatment while in prison, and he told me
he had fared worse in many hotels than in
the Honolulu prison. There was plenty
of fresh air and the bedding was clean.
There were beefsteaks or ham and eggs for
breakfast every morning. Why, the Pal
ace wasn't in it, so he said.
"A Pittsburg man whose name I don't
recall, has lately returned from a visit to
Honolulu for the purpose of interceding
for Seward, who is sentenced for thirty-five
years. He says he found him living in
the greatest comfort, and thinks he should
have had seventy years."
Peter Camarinos, one of the refugees,
said he had not decided to bring suit, but
it is reported that Harry Juin and Harry
yon Werthen will do so.
A S«rloua Charge.
Martin Hynes, who keeps a grocery at Ninth
and Diamond streets, was arrested last night
oy Sergeant Burke and Policeman Norton on a
serious charge and booked at the Seventeenth
street station. The complaining witness is
Miss Jennie Fair, 1024 Nineteenth street. She
states that she went to Hynes' store on Tuesday
night, expecting to meet her sister.
Hynes and a young man named John Kenny
dragged her into a rear room and Rssauked
her. Kenny has not yet been arrested, llynes
denies the charge.
School of Acting,
A school for the study of the dramatic art is
soon to be established by the managers of the
Columbia Theater. Its aim will be to
enable students under the most favorable
circumstances to test their powers and prepare
for the stage. The students will give public
Eerformances once a month, and then re
earsals will be held on the stage. Tbe corps
of teachers will include Leo Cooper, Mrs. Ada
Clark and Mr. Trouchet.
Letter Carriers' Election.
Golden Gate Branch 214, Letter-Carriers'
Association, held a very exciting election yes
terday and selected J. A. Spiller and Conrad
Trieber to represent the carriers of this city at
the coming convention to be held in Philadel
phia In September.
The above-named gentlemen will carry
proxies for R. M. Roche, Frank E. Smith, L. E.
Boivin, J. J. Fitzgerald and George Mark. The
alternates are: B.Frank Araes, I. C. Gross, R.
D. Barton, Charles McAulirte, H. M. Locke,
George W. Yost and Steve Sullivan.
The Mutual Aid Association of letter carriers'
picnic will be held at California Schueteen
Park, San Rafael, July 4. Two hundred valua
ble gate and games prizes will be distributed
and the carriers propose to see that all their
friends have an enjoyable time. *
LINCOLN'S HOMELY PHEASES.
Simmer Criticized His Speeches for a
Lack of Digaity.
I have said that some of Lincoln's more
fastidious critics had objected to certain of
his off-hand phrases, which readily took
with the multitude, and which more graph
ically conveyed his meaning than those
commonly used by the scholars. Against
advice, he had, in a formal message to Con
gress, adhered to the u.-e of the phrase
"sugar-coated pill." He argued that the
time would probably never come when the
American people would not understand
what a sugar-coated pill was, and on this
historic occasion he used another favorite
figure of his when he said :
"Concede that the new government of
Louisiana is only to what it should be as
the egg is to the fowl, we shall sooner
have the fowl by hatching the egg than
smashing it." "But it turned out that
Senator Sumner, for one, was no better
pleased with this metaphor than he had
been with others on previous occasions;
for in a letter to Dr. Lieber of Philadel
phia, next day, he wrote: "The President's
speech, and other things, augur confusion
and uncertainty in the future, with hot
controversy. Alas! alas!" And still later
in that year Sumner said: "The eggs of
the crocodiles can produce only crocodiles,
and it is not easy to see how eggs laid by
military power can bo hatched into an
American State."
Years have passed since then, and the
grave nas long since closed over the Presi
dent and the Senators who opposed his
policy and his judgment. Posterity has
vindicated the wisdom ot Lincoln, arid has
dealt charitably with the errors of those
who in their day lacked that charity which
is now entreated of mankind for them.
That they meant well, that they were
patriotic, that they were sincere, no man
can aoubt; but as we turn our thoughts
backward to that April night when the
great President made his last public speech
to a silent and wondering crowd we may
well regard his figure with veneration and
reverence, aware now, if we were not then,
that he builded better than they knew.
In the general jubilation of that hour,
however, there was very little criticism of
the President's last public speech. It was
felt, perhaps, that the man who had
brought us safe through the great trial of
our strength and patience, himself strong
and patient, might well be trusted with the
adjustment of terms of reunion. Reunion
was then the foremost thought in the
minds of men. Slavery was dead, peace
had returned ariS henceforth the grateful
task of reuniting the long estranged
brotherhood of the States was ours. Is it
any wonder that men fairly cried with joy
when this happy consummation rose in
their minds?
But even while we stood under the light
of a new day, joyful as a people, trium
phant as citizens, there was preparing for
us a portentous and inconceivable disas
ter. — ftoah Brooks in the Century.
NAMINQ JAPANESE OHILDEEN.
There Are Three Methods, Two of
Tin-in Kellgioua.
The Shinto belief is the oldest of the
Japanese religions, antedating perhaps the
Christian religion, and having been ob
scured by Buddhism for quite a number
of centuries, has been revived. The
method of naming children, it seems, is
cjuite a curious one, there being three ways
in use by the followers of Shinto, the Way
of the Gods.
One, the most obvious and the least de
vout, is for the father to name the child
himself. The next in an ascending scale
of piety is for the father to select several
suitable names, and then submit the choice
among them to the god. The way the god
shows his choice is a follows; The fatner
brings the child to the temple, and with
him slips of paper inscribed with possible
names. Three or five is the usual number.
The priest rolls them up separately, puts
them into a bowl, and after due incarna
tion angles for them with a gohei upon a
wand. (The gohei is the long sjigzag of
paper which is so important in ceremo
nies of religious nature.)
Whichever the gohei fishes out first is
the god-given name the child is to bear, a
convenient custom when the father is in
doubt between the Far Eastern equivalents
of Tom, Dick or Harry. This 13 a cere
mony which takes place when the infant
is a week old. It is not to be confounded
with the miya mairi, which takes place a
month after* birth, and is not our christen
ing at all, but akin to the Hebraic presenta
tion at the temple. For at the miya mairi
the child, named some weeks before, is
presented to its guardian god and formally
put under his protection.
third method of getting a name for
the child is through one of the possessions
or trances which are so common in the re
ligious ceremonies of these people. The
priest goes into his trance and his assistant
asks him, or rather the god through him,
what is the proper name, and the god
makes reply.
This method of christening one's child ia
reputed the most holy of the three, and is
duly practiced by the ultra devout. Of the
population of Japan about 20 per cent, it is
estimated, are thus named by the gohei or
the god— about 10 per cent by each. — Oc
cult Japan.
CHINESE BUY OUR "SANG."
The Herb Dug by Amelia Rives-Chan
ler's ''Tunis" Goes to Them.
"There is quite a trade in ginseng," said
the broker to the New York Press man.
"We export it to China, for the people of
that country have a profound faith in its
efficacy. It seems to be a cure-all with
them. It is an old woman's remedy here
— no one considera it as of any value, but
the Chinese think differently. 'That which
comes from Manchuria is esteemed better
than ours, but they take all we gend
gladly enough. No European nation sends
any.
"The crop begins to arrive in June and
keeps on coming until frost destroys the
tops. We use the roots, and I believe they
say the more forked they are the better.
The last crop consisted of about 250,000
pounds.
"Yea, it is growing scarce, for in the
search the 'sane diggers' is exterminating
it. Since I have been in the business — say
in twenty years— the price has risen from
80 cents a pound to $4. The plant grows
in moist woods — in leaf mold — in every
State east of the Rocky Mountains. You
have read a good deal about the 'sang
diggers' of the North Carolina Mountains,
but there are people just like them at
work within a hundred miles of this city —
men, women and children — who find their
work materially helps in getting a living,
"A man up in Onondago County, this
State, has begun cultivating it, but at
present he is giving his attention more to
producing seed and urging others to
cultivate it than producing the roots for
market. He is an enthuaiast on the
subject."
Darwin mentions that the armado
makes so great a noise when caught with
a hopk that it can be heard while still un
der water. Dufosse, a French naturalist,
who examined and experimented with
hundreds of fish in connection with this
subject, and who is the grear authority
upon it, has described the extraordinary
sounds made by shoals of maigrea.
NO DECISION IS REACHED
The Board of Health Appoint
ments Still to Be Decided
Upon.
RUMOBS AMONG POLITICIANS.
The Governor Denies the Stories of
the Physicians Being Already
Chosen.
Governor Budd did not come from Sac
ramento yesterday. Instead he telephoned
his friends that he wa3 going to start on
the midnight train Sunday, and would,
therefore, not be in San Francisco till
Monday morning.
The Yosemite trip is indefinitely post
poned. Mr. Budd's relatives advise him
rather to spend a week at some springs,
resting and treating his arm. This change
in his plans will probably affect the time
of the Board of Health appointments.
The Civic Federation still retains its in
terest in this matter. Yesterday they sent
a letter to the Governor, reiterating their
former charges against Dr. Marc Leving
ston, whose desire to be made Health
Officer they are opposing. This letter was
first submitted to Mayor Sutro at the re
quest of Mr. Gagan.
Dr. Levingston says very little, but he
still avers that he has the inside track on
the appointment and thinks he will get it.
His friends are working nard in his behalf.
The doctor himself is devoting hia time to
looking up the records of the leaders of
the Civic Federation and says that he has
accumulated a great deal of interesting
material.
When seen last night Harbor Commis
sioner Colnon said the proposed Yosemite
trip had been postponed. He did not
know when the Governor would take it.
"When will the Governor make hia
Board of Health appointments?" was
asked.
"I do not like to say," waa the answer.
"But I am satisfied that he has decided
upon the men to whom he will give the
places."
Governor Budd was quite positive, how
ever, that this was not so. He was inter
viewed specially on the matter last night,
and said :
"I have not yet seriously considered the
physicians to appoint. I will not do so for
several days, ana perhaps not for several
weeks."
There were two very active rumors afloat
yesterday. One was a story of the friends
of Dr. Dennis ¥. Ragan, a "member of the
United States Examining Board of Pen
sions, to the effect that Dr. Ragun had
been definitely promised a place on the
Board of Health.
Dr. Ragan was emphatic in saying last
night that the Governor had never inti
mated to him that he was to be the lucky
man. He was of the same mind as Dr.
Levingston that the new board should not
come in till the beginning of the new fiscal
year.
The second story was to the effect that
the friends of Dr. J. T. McDonald had been
assured that he was to be the Republican
member of the board. Dr. McDonald said
he knew nothing positively. He was sure
that his chances were very good, and hia
friends also were sanguine. They had re
ceived uo promise from the Governor,
though.
The Governor's presence Monday is
made necessary by a meeting of the Har
bor Commissioners. The Board oi Health
matter, if it is introduced, will therefore be
only incidental.
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Fountain Syringes, 3 quarts 80
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Baker's Norway Cod Liver Oil, pints 50
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