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DOWN WITH THE COLIMA
His Story of the Wreck
of the Steamer.
SAID THE COAL HAD SHIFTED.
Heard No Orders Given by the Offi
cers With a View of Sav
The inquiry into the wreck of the Pacific
Mail steamer Colima was resumed yester
day, Charles H. Cushing Jr. of 870 Adeline
Btreet, Oakland, who was a cabin passenger
on the ill-fated vessel when she was lost on
May 27, was the only witness examined.
We left Kar.zanillo about 4 P. M. May 26.
After traveKus about forty miles, I judge, I
heard the captain say that we were going to
have a storm, as the barometer was falling very
fast. He ordered all canvas (awninp) taken in
mid the pumps tested. I did not notice that
there was danger of a storm at the time. I
mi standing on the upper deck in the evening
talking with some passengers, and the spray
from one of the waves on the port side wet us a
little. 1 Ktill did not think there was any
danger, and, after a few minutes, retired to
my stateroom and remained there till the
morning. I slept all through the night and
did not realize that we were in any danger
until about 8 a. m. Monday.
My brother and I did not go to breakfast,
but remained in our cabin. During the time
We were in our stateroom the water, at inter
vals, tept washing through the keyhole and
over the fill of the door. I still did not realize
any danger until I pot ui> in the upper berth
with my brother. I looked through the venti
lator into the dining-room. The boat, at this
time, had listed so to starboard that the sea
was washing the (staterooms and cabins on
When 1 first looked through the ventilator I
could see nothing but water and pieces of
cabin being washed away. It was then my
brother and I realized the danger we were in
and we decided to get down from the upper
Wnile on the floor of the stateroom I heard
what 1 thought were two very distinct heavy
shocks or noises. At that time the vessel listed
to much to starboard that it was impossible for
me to open the stateroom door leading into
the passagev.ay. I thought we had struck a
reef Rnd said to my brother, "It's time for us
to get, out of here." I was told afterward
that it was the coal shifting in the bunkers
which caused these noises.
Not being able to open the door of my state
room, which was No. 12 on the port side, I
pulled open the door which led into stateroom
13. which was unlocked. It was wet, jammed
and hard to open. When I opened it by a good
deal of hard work we managed to make our
exit through this stateroom into the passage
way leading to the port side of the vessel and
'tbwartshlpa also into the dining-room.
When I got out of the stateroom i noticed
thai all the framework of the remaining state
rooms was held by just the ends of the rails
and ready to collapse at any moment. I told
my brother that we should get hold of the rail
on the port side. I reached this rail and took
hold of one of the stanchions. It was very dif
ficult to get as'far as this rail on account of the
position the vessel was in at the time. My
brother was within three feet of me and could
iiii- teach the rail. While 1 was holding on to
the stanchion a heavy sea struck me and caused
me to >t go my hold. When the sea struck me
] was thrown down against the framework of
the statcn Huns and the floor of the gangway.
As soon as I struck, or while I was lying on the
floor right arainst the cabin, I heard a tremen
dous crash, and at the same time I remember
the vessel going right down and I with it.
Had you ever been to sea before?
No; this was my first voyage.
When did the ship begin to roll heavily?
It was rolling all morning, but I did not re
alize- any danger until the time I spoke of. 1
fclept alTnight and awoke at 7:30 o'clock in the
On leaving Manzanillo, or at any time pre
cious, did you notice the ship leaning over on
Did you notice if any canvas was set on the
I could see, when I first reached the door,
from the way the vessel listed, that there was
Did you notice any lumber on the forward
Do you know whether it was replied after
leaving here ?
I do not think ie was.
How high was it piled?
I judged four and a half feet, because I
noticed that to get on top of this pile of lumber
I would have to get onto a settee, and then
etep from the seat of the settee onto the lum
Have you an idea how far off shore the vessel
was when she went down?
No, I did not notice whether land was in
eight or not.
Were all orders obeyed aboard ship?
I heard few orders— in fact, I heard none ex
cept the order to take in canvas in the evening.
I wish to remark that while in the cabin, I
pressed the button for assistance and received
Was the ship struck broadside by the seas?
I think so.
Was anything piled on top of this lumber?
No. I noticed a dumpcart in front of the
Any portholes open.
I noticed there was the day before, but not if
any -were open that morning. It was quite a
little while after leaving Manzanillo that the
captain said we should nave a storm.
Who told you the coal had shifted?
One of the men who had survived — a sea
man—while on the raft.
How long before the vessel went down was It
that you heara the noises you spoke of?
Fifteen or twenty-five minutes.
Were you picked up by the San Juan?
How were you treated?
Well, very nicely.
Did the surgeon of the San Juan treat you
Did you ever Bee him any time under the in
fluence of liquor?
No, I did not.
Did you see him every day?
Well, my stateroom was next to his, and he
passed my room very often.
In your opinion, do you think anything more
could have been done for the safety and lives
of the passengers?
I received no warning whatever from
the captain or officers of the dangers about
us. No attempt was made to lower lifeboats.
1 did not notice the lifeboats— how they were
set. I know they were in their places; that's
Do you know what the officers were doing for
tne fifteen minutes prior to the vessel's goinr
This ended Cnshing's examination, and
the inquiry was adjourned until this after
noon at 1:30 o'clock.
NEW POLICE STATIONS.
Five of Them in Contemplation
by the Police Commis
A Fine Gymnasium to Be Equipped
In the New Kearny-Street
There was an executive session of the
Police Commissioners Monday night at
which several matters of interest were
discussed and determined. It was thought
that at this meeting would be made the
selection of the ten or twelve men who
will be retired on half pay by the Pension
Commissioners at their meeting on July 1.
Action in this direction, however, went no
further than the discussion of which of
the following twenty-two persons could
best be dispensed with: Arnop Bain
bridge, detective; William Cullen, prop
erty clerk; Patrick Crowley, chief; Ed
ward Cohen, sergeant, harbor; William
Douglass, captain, Company A; A. J.
Dunlevy, captain, harbor; James Harrold,
patrolman, A; A. J. Houghtaling, ser
geant, A; I. W. Lees, captain of detec
tives; Jacob Lerman, corporal, B; Mier
Lindheimer, sergeant, A; John Short,
captain, tl ; A- W. Stone, captain of prison ;
B. *'. Bohen, detective; J. M. Fitzgibbon,
aereeant. harbor; P. S. Haggerty, cor
poral, B; J. \V. Shields, sergeant, A; A. B.
Asher, patrolman. A; F. L. Brown, ser
geant, A; James Gallagher, patrolman, B;
John Burke, corporal, A; W. P. Moor
house, patrolman, A.
No selection was made, but it was stated
by Commissioner Gunst yesterday that it
would undoubtedly be decided on at the
regular meeting of the Police Commission
He added that at the Monday evening
meetin? it had been decided to require all
the patrolling officers to wear belts and that
550 would be purchased similar to those
worn by the police of New York.
It was also decided to secure the erection
of five branch police stations in various
parts of the City.
Commissioner Gunst's attention was
called to the fact that there were now six
branch stations and he was asked if these
live were to be in addition to those already
He replied: "You don't call those things
stations; they're not fit for doghouses.
"What we propose to do is to go before the
Board of Supervisors and find out if there
is not City property that we can get to
build proper police stations, such as they
have in the East. All those we now have
"Another thing we have decided to do is
to equip a fine gymnasium in the new
building that will De erected on the site of
the old City Hall, and there will also be a
large drill hall."
BOYS` AND GIRLS' AID
Their Twenty- First Anniver
sary Was Celebrated
A SPLENDID YEAR'S WORK.
President Perkins Tells of the Good
Accomplished by the Insti
The twenty-first annual meeting of the
Boys' and Girls' Aid Society was held
yesterday afternoon at the home, corner
of Grove and Baker streets. Several
friends of the institution were in attend
ance, and the address of President George
C. Perkins was listened to with much in
The report of Treasurer Dudley C. Bates
showed for the year ending June 1. 1895, the
receipts had been $31,534 24, and the dis
bursements $21,545 85, leaving a balance of
$9988 3!) to the credit of the general fund,
which is deposited in local saving banks.
iTollowing this report came the presi
dent's address to the friends of the society,
which was in part as follows:
"I am still able to congratulate you
upon the record of our year's work and to
report that never in the history of the
society have the results, with a single ex
ception, been as satisfactory on the one
hand, or has the status of its aims and
purposes risen to so high and exemplary a
plane upon the other.
"There has been housed, fed, clothed,
schooled and instructed in mechanical
work at the home an average of ninety-one
boys and girls for the year, necessitating a
force of eighteen officers, teachers and em
ployes, fourteen of whom resided therein,
making the total number 109 for every day
of the year.
"The* Industrial School of this City
having been broken up, and the Whittier
and lone reformatories being crowded,
there was and is no place to which a boy
can be committed by the courts of thfs
City except the County Jail, and on this
account the trustees of this society made a
contract with the City government to
accept such boys, under the provisions of
section 1388 of the Penal Code, for three
successive commitments, making a total
of six months, and to my mind it was
most fortunate that the locality of our
home and its large size enabled us to do
so, the results proving most satisfactory to
the City as well as to the offending boys.
In order to comply with our part of the
arrangement, and also to do the very best
for these committed boys, we have main
tained a shoemaker, tailor and carpenter
shop, with an expert teacher in charge of
each, and also a class in penmanship with
a first-class instructor five evenings of each
week, while our day school, both forenoon
and afternoon, does not suffer by compari
son with the City public school of the same
"In order to accommodate the several
mechanical teachers four suitable shops
were constructed on the Grove-street side
of the yard, the carpenter and his boys
doing all the work, besides putting up" a
shed at the eastern end and replanking
"On each returning Sabbath, the weather
permitting, from fifty to seventy boys
have been allowed to go home to visit
their friends from 9:30 a. m. to 5 p. m., un
attended — in other words, without any
watch over them whatever— and on the
Sunday following Children's day at the
Midwinter Fair, which all save one (who
was sick) attended, every boy in the house
was permitted to go.
"A great many necessary improvements
have been made by order of the executive
committee during the year, a new steam
laundry and heating apparatus being the
most expensive. A large amount of paint
ing has had to be done, also plumbing and
repairing, new bedsteads, bedding, chairs,
tables, etc., bought, and other proper dis
bursements made to bring the conditions
and surroundings up to the plane we con
sider absolutely necessary. These all cost
money, as the report of the treasurer will
show, but there has been no extravagance,
and the Aid Society is to-day one of the
most economically managed charities in
" The children have been generally
healthy during the year, with no epi
demics, and the society is under deep obli
gations to Frances R. Sprague of the Chil
dren's Hospital faculty for her kind at
tendance at any and all times, day or
"On the Ist of May we received the be
quest from the Charles Lux estate, amount
ing to $2500, there being others still held in
abeyance, but which will probably be paid
before the close of another year.
"It is very gratifying to our society to
report that our relations with the Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children,
Youths' Directory and all of the orphan
asylums have been of the most cordial
character, each working in a common
cause, in caring for the orphan, the home
less, abused and neglected children of our
City and State, to educate, feed, clothe and
assist them to grow up and become good
men and women."
At the close of President Perkins' ad
dress the following gentlemen were elected
trustees for the ensuing year: George C.
Perkins, Charles R. Allen, D. C. Bates, 8.
C. Bigelow. C. H. Bonestell, Charles E.
Green, Charles A. Murdock, Alphonso A.
W T igmore, Alonzo A. Watkins.
OUR SHARE OF STATE TAXES.
Six Per Cent Will Be Turned Into the
A communication was received yester
day by Assessor Siebe from Attorney-Gen
eral Fitzgerald in response to a query as
to whether or not this City and County
will receive the benefit of the provision in
the general law which permits the Assessor
to retain 6 per cent of the amount of the
State taxes collected as his fees.
The communication is to the effect that
the amount should be turned over to the
City and County.
"As th« pay of the Assessor and his
deputies is provided for by salaries in this
City and County," said Deputy Herzer
yesterday, "I believe this amount should
be retained and turned into the treasury.
The State's proportion of the taxes will be
about $100,000, and, therefore, the sum of
$6000 should be withheld for the benefit of
the City ana County."
Powdered glass is now used to make
sandpaper. The glass is pulverized by
heating it red-hot and throwing it into
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 19, 1835.
ROSENTHAL MAKES REPLY
He Shows There Is No Ground
for the Charges of
STTPPORTED BY THE COURT.
His Actions All Strictly Within the
Lines of Professional
In a dispatch published yesterday from
Santa Rosa it was stated that serious
charges were made against Marcus Rosen
thal, a San Francisco attorney, in a peti
tion iilea by Mrs. Rose Anstin, asking to
have Rosenthal removed as executor of her
Among the charges made was that Ro
senthal had secured the withdrawal of L.
Auradue, one of the other executors, by
misrepresentations, so that he could han
dle all the money and affairs connected
with the estate; that he had paid P. Bat
taille $250 to secure Charles Austin, the
husband of the petitioner, as a client; that
he got $7500 from Austin for legal services
which were worth only $500; that Rosen
thai had in his possession $15,000 belonging
to the estate, and that by reason of his
actions Mrs. Austin had been compelled
to go to her father's home to live.
When Mr. Rosenthal was seen regarding
the matter he expressed surprise that the
Associated Press correspondent who had
sent the substance of the petition had not
included the proceedings that were had
before Judge S. K. Dougherty in the Supe
rior Court at Santa Rosa on the day that
the dispatch was sent to San Francisco,
that is, on Monday last. The matter of
the petition at that time came up for hear
ing, and after the petitioner hart submitted
the testimony of quite a number of wit
nesses, Rosenthal stated, he asked to be
put on the stand in his own behalf. This
the Judge told him was entirely unneces
sary in view of the character of the testi
mony that had already been given.
Judge Dougherty then heard arguments
from the attorneys of the petitioner, and,
without leaving the bench, refused to
grant the petition. Rosenthal thus re
mains joint executor with Mrs. Austin of
In explaining the charges contained in
the petition Mr. Rosenthal said: "In Sep
tember, 1884, Mr. Battaille, a friend of mine,
came to my office and brought with him
Mr. Austin, whom he introduced to me,
stating that Mr. Austin desired the services
of an attorney, and that he had told him
to take his case to me.
"Mr. Austin informed me that he had re
ceived a letter telling him of the death of
his mother in New York and that she had
left a large and valuable estate, worth in
the neighborhood of $1,000,000, a portion
of which he was entitled to. He wanted
pie to take the matter up and look after his
interests. He stated that he could not
give me any fee at that time, as he had no
money. After looking into the merits of
the case I agreed to take it up. The mat
ter involved the contesting of both the
wills of his father and mother and the em
ployment of attorneys in New "lork. As
the resultof my efforts $40,000 was received
from the estate about the end of January,
1885. This amount was sent to me and I
immediately advised Mr. Austin. He
came to the* office and asked me what I in
tended to charge him. I told him $5000,
which he said was satisfactory, and which
amount he then paid me.
"About two days afterward I met Mr.
Battaille on the street and asked him to
come to the office whenever he had time.
He called on the following day and I
wrote out a check for $250 and gave it to
him, saving: 'Here is a little present for
you.' There had never been any talk be
tween us as to his compensation. I had
thought of making him a present of a
watch and chain, but on reconsideration
thought the cash would be more accept
able to him.
"This $40,000 had been received from the
estate of his father, who had diet] before
his mother, and at the time my fee of $5000
was paid me there was nothing said about
any contests over the wills of both his
father ana mother. These were afterward
brought with the result that Charles
Austin received a further amount of $30,000
out of the estate before his death, and that
about three weeks ago another $15,000 was
received, making $85,000 in all recovered
for Austin and his heirs, and there is
$35,000 more which will shortly come into
possession of his heirs.
"It was agreed between Mr. Austin and
myself that I was to receive the additional
sum of $HSOO for these later services, but of
the amount only $2500 has thus far been
paid me. The balance is to be paid me
when the remaining money of the estate
"About three weeks ago, as I stated be
fore, $15,000 was received by me as execu
tor of the estate of Charles Austin, who
died in Sonoma County on June 9, 1894. I
immediately notified "Mrs. Austin of the
fact, but she never demanded the
money of me. I am ready to pay
over all the money of the estate in
my possession to whomever is en
titled to it. The money is now on deposit
in the Bank of California in the name of
"When Mr. Austin died there was only
$75 in cash found in his estate, and this the
executors allowed Mrs. Austin to retain.
She also remained in possession of all his
personal and other property, including
"On June 6 Mrs. Austin got $1650 out of
the $15,000 as a family allowance. I pre
sume it was the fact of there being no cash
among the effects of the estate that in
duced her to take ux> her residence with
her father. I may add that I not only ad
vanced the expenses for the estate since
the death of Austin out of my own pocket,
but I also loaned Mrs. Austin $150 in cash
shortly after her husband's death, which
amount was recently repaid to me. She
desired to make further loans from me, hut
I was not in a position to accommodate
her, and this was possibly the cause of her
action in seeking to have me removed as
one of the executors of the estate.
"With reference to the withdrawal of
Mr. Auradue, it was made in order to
save expense to the estate. His retention
would not only have involved frequent
trips on his part between San Francisco
and Sonoma County, but the payment of
commissions to him. His withdrawal was
made not only with the consent of Mrs.
Austin, but on her solicitation. I had of
fered to withdraw, but she said she pre
ferred to have me continue to act and look
after the affairs of the estate."
FIRE DEPARTMENT SUPPLIES.
Tlie Committee of the Supervisors Slake
The Fire Committee of the Board of
Supervisors met yesterday afternoon and
considered the bids for cotton hose and
other supplies referred to them.
The Bowers Rubber Company was found
to have submitted the lowest bid for rub
ber hose, the most important item, and the
contract will be awarded to them. This
was particularly gratifying to the commit
tee, it being a local concern with a home
Other fortunate bidders for hardware,
paints, oils and other supplies were: F. G.
Wulzen, Birch & Co., M. Greenburg Sons,
Magner Bros., Dietz & Co., Mack & Co.,
Swift & Co., Pacific Marine Supply Com
May Lose His Eyesight.
Henry Wehrle, 12 years of age, living at 682
Ash avenue, and another boy were having: an
early celebration of the Fourth in a vacant lot
at McAllister and Buchanan streets yesterday
morning. Henry applied a lighted match to a
can of powder, and his face was terribly
burned. He was taken to the Receiving Hos
pital and later to the City and County Hos
.^^~~^_^~^ NEW TO-DAT-DRT GOODS. _^_^_ \
MIDWEEK BARGAINS I 1 GREAT CLEARANCE SALE!
■■ . ' - - • . * ■ ■ ■ ...
In connection with the numberless other bargains that are making our GREAT SACRI-
FICE CLEARANCE SALE such an OVERWHELMING SUCCESS, the following lines,
having been specially selected for clearance to=day, are offered
AT AN AVERAGE OF LESS THAN HALF FORMER PRICES !
GOLQEBD IB GOODS ! RIBBONS ! RIBBONS ! HOSIERY !_HOSiIBRY ! MBFS FOElsliiT
At 50 Cents. At 12i Cents. At 15 Cents. At 25 Cents.
25 pieces 44-INCH FINE ALL-WOOL No. 12 ALL-SILK. BLACK SATIN AND LADIES' BLACK COTTON HOSE hieh- MEN'S EXTRA FINE ALL - SILK
FRENCH CREPON, plain colors, for GROS-GRAIN RIBBONS. 2 inches ce d^heel^ rand toes,^^HermS SCARFS, in tecks ami four-in-hands
mer price $1 25, marked down to 50c a wide, heavy quality, will be closed out black, regular value 25c will be closed satin lined, usually sold for 50c, will be
y ard - . at 12>^c. out at 15c a pair , ' closed out at 25c each.
At $5.00. At 15 Cents. v . \
32 ALL-WOOL FRENCH CREPON No. 16 ALL-SILK. BLACK SATIN AND A4-Oi;n A «+- - At 45 Cents
DRESS PATTERNS, in- light -and. GROS-GRAIN RIBBONS, 2% inches . -. At -25 CentS. . «™.a t^t ™!n „,„
medium shades, former price $15, wide, will be closed out at 15c. LADIES' EANCY RICHELIEU RIBBED M cmp™ H? ,-■ D W HIT
marked down to $5- each. « « LISLE -THREAD AND COTTON SHIRTS, made of Utica muslin, with
..,n At 20 Cents. HOSE, black boot and colored top I^^^^*^™""^"°^^ "^
At $6.50. No. 22 ALL-SILK, BLACK SATIN AND combinations, regular value $4 50 per $I^ll Closed o^at4sceach S PnCe
2-4 NOVELTY DRESS PATTERNS, em- GROS-GRAIN RIBBONS, 8 inches dozen, will be closed out at 25c a pair. * ' * m De closea out at 4dC eacn -
broidered border, new shades, former wide, will be closed out at 20c. ;"'-'''
price $15, marked down to $6 50 each. _____- ' At 3 At 65 Cents.
At 25 flints f'lPPltri, 1 DID iRAi S?» i" oa 3 tenis. men's laundried fancy per-
.on- ctTJ Vx? ■ ™t,™™ ' vAlilllAljlEi I Allxi^vLM LADIES' BLACK MACO COTTON HOSE, CALE "STANLEY" SHIRTS, with
420 pieces SILK AND WOOL CREPONS, vi»m,m»«u»j^jiiwi . _ .. extra heavy, high-spliced heels and collars and cuffs attached, extra good
in floral and other designs, former toes, onyx fast and stainless black, value for $1, will be closed out at 65c
price 75c, marked down to 25c a yard. At 90 Cents. regular value $6 per dozen, will be each.
_ CARRIAGE PARASOLS, in Gloria silk, closed out 3 P airs for * L . A „ „ .
TT I ITTkTTTmnnTTiTm i in black only (lined), value $1 25, will At 15 Cents.
HiWllir BBnUmMQ' c osed out at **• -~ MEN'S EXTRA fine cashmere me-
lliUlUJiljllUlllLlf 0 . RING SOCKS, full finished, with
Of TIT tUTIfIUCII double spliced heels and toes, extra
At 6i cents Each. SUi\ SHADES ! LADIES' WAISTS ■ .f^^r for 25C> wm be clOBed outat
LADIES' WHITE HEMSTITCHED AND - miixvirjv ii.ii>. i». .
SCALLOPED , EDGE « an " dk . At $1.00. r At 25 Cents.
lawn^reeular Talue^l^75 C °a d^zen wfll 24- INCH GLORIA SILK PARASOLS, A + Kftn ♦ MEN'S FULL-FINISHED EXTRA FINE
£cl^outat6l%each ■■■ paragon frames, natural handles, value •At 50 CentS. IMPORTED COTTON SOCKS, with
' $1 50, will be closed out at $1. LADIES' LAUNDERED SHIRT WAISTS double-spliced heels and toes, in tans
- . . - ' a . <ci Cn • in fancy stripes and checks, regular and fast black, worth $4 a dozen will
TmirnTinT-nTlTiTTini At ™ 1 - 0. ... ; : ; >L •• price 75c, will be offered at 50c. be closed out at 2oc a pair.
• hlnn HH HA' 24-INCH GLORIA SILK PARASOLS, A4.GK* ,
LlUiJllUliJljiliijlJ. paragon frames. Dresden handles, value *j.»*e« At 65 Cents.
-'*..'" • $2, will be closed out at 60. At 75 Cent S. MEN'S EXTRA QUALITY BALBRIG-
Af 10 PAT»ta a V-arH ~ — LADIES' WAISTS, laundered collars and GAN UNDERSHIRTS AND DRAW-
.n.I iv ti.iJis .1 Idiu. f(f AFrC< I r<IAITf^CII cuffs, in fancy shades of pink, blue and ERS, fancy silk finished, regular price
CAMBRIC GUIPURE EMBROIDERY, IliJIVrS' (ssOlfS' lavender, regular price $1, will be $1, will be closed out at 65c each,
regular value 20c, will be closed: out at WliVl^J. -UUVIIiU*- offered at 75c.
lOcayard - At"sToo 7 At 75 Cents.
At 25 CentS a Yard. 100 dozen ladies- T-button genuine At $1.00. ME UN ? I?ERiH?RTsIND L DPA B U^^^
WH^Tr H^l IT^ H^ D^J^ FRENCH KID GLOVES (large but- LADIES' WAISTS, made of French per- *Z^anitn?s£yw^nthtk£
BROIDERED DEMI -FLOUNCING tons) in tan, brown and ecru shades, cale, full sleeves, laundered collar and oughlv shrunk medium weLht rWn
27 inches wide, regular value 6 3 c, will also black, regular value $1 50, will be cuffs, in fancy shades, regular price lar ■ price %l 25 wil be^cTosed out at -£
be closed out at 25c a yard. closed out at $1 a pair. $1 25, will be offered at $1. each. oe ciosea out at ,oc
1/1/ Murphy Building, ./ (JJ Murphy Building, / |f(/lVlurphy Building, / (/(/tilurphy Building, /
Marfcet ana Jones Streets. Market and Jones Streets. , Market and Jones Streets. Market and Jones Streets.
Difference of the California
Division With the Na
The Revocation of a Division Char
ter That Was Not Rec
There has been trouble in the Travelers'
Protective Association of America, with
headquarters at St. Louis, and the follow
ing copy of a circular letter sent to each
member of the California State Division
shows that there has been a serious split
in the organization :
Inclosed please find copy of our appeal to the
National Convention at ban Antonio, Tex. We
have been advised that the officers refused to
allow this appeal to be presented, and no
notice was taken thereof. The T. P. A. is with
out doubt a one man organization. We advise
you to take no notice, or pay any attention to
any notices that you may "receive, and have
nothing further to do with the association.
Allow your dues to lapse, as there is no assur
ance that if injured your claim would re
ceive recognition from the man who runs the
affairs of this association. We do not consider
the T. P. A., as at present conducted, worthy of
the confidence oi the commercial travelers.
St. Louis l J ost has also withdrawn on account
of the refusal to pay some of their members'
claims. No association can succeed if run in
the interests of one man, especially when the
receipts are $10 per member, and the salaries
and expenses are $12. We recommend that all
members withdraw. Yours, fraternally,
Per order of the Board of Directors and Com
mittee on Appeals.
M. Erlenbach is president and J. Wolff
of 116 California street secretary and treas
urer of the California State Division.
The division was organized in this City
on the Ist of March, 1892, by charter
granted by the National association of St.
Louis, and when the National convention
met at San Antonio, .Tex., Morris Judah
presented himself as delegate from Califor
nia, but he was refused a seat and was in
formed that E. N. Bachelder had been
recognized to represent the Golden State.
Mr. Judah offered an appeal from a de
cision by which the charter of the organ
ization of '92 had been revoked, but the
convention, through its chairman, John
A. Lee. who is a Police Commissioner of
St. Louis, decided that he could not offer
it, but that it must be presented by the
recognized delegate. Believing that Mr.
Bachelder would not offer a document
having for its purpose his removal fiom
the convention, Mr. Judah handed it to
Alvis Jacobs, president of the Colorado di
vision, but President Lee refused to accept
it from him.
The appeal, after stating that the Cali
fornia division had been in existence since
the 21st of March, 1892, sets forth that on
the 23d of last March the organization was
notified by the National secretary of the
revocation of its charter, and the protest
and appeal is on the following grounds:
First— Because the constitution grants no au
thority to the board of directors to cancel a
charter, and In accepting the same the Cali
fornia division did not consent to a revocation
of the same without cause.
Second— Because no charges were presented
nor any opportunity allowed for defense, and
no notice given of the conteoplated action on
the pan of the board of directors.
Third — Because the cnarter was revoked
without good and sufficient cause.
In support of our contention we beg leave to
state tnat we have been officially advised that
the charter was revoked for the following
reasons, "Lack of interest and unprogressive
ness of the division," and this, if borne out by
the facts, which we deny, does not permit the
arbitrary action taken by the directors.
The appeal then goes on to say that later
it was charged that the secretary of the
California State Division had failed to
properly attend to his duties, and that
letters at National headquarters showed
that the California board of directors re
fused to comply with the regulations. The
allegations are emphatically denied and it
shown by a copy of a letter annexed that
the National secretary was in part to blame
for the trouble laid at Secretary Wolff's
A charge that the treasurer remitted only
70 per cent of the dues instead of 80 per
cent is met by the statement that under
the rules the division is permitted to retain
30 per cent instead of 20 per cent for the
benefit of the State division; and a charge
that certain remittances were not made in
1894 is met by the assertion that at the
time the money should have been sent on
the great railroad strike was on and it
could not be sent on tc St. Louis as well as
by a telegram from President Lee in re
sponse to one explaining the situation, as
follows: "Your members holding your re
ceipts are insured and in -2jood standing;
remit as soon as possible."
The charge that the division failed to re
mit $10 to G. D. Barnard & Co. of Chicago
for stationery is met by the assertion that
$10 for a ream of letter paper is extortion
The appeal then adds:
We most respec' "ully represent that the
National beard of directors exceeded their
Sowers when they granted a charter to E. N.
achelder and others.to organize a new State
division of the T. P. A., and request that said
action be declared illegal by your honorable
The appeal then relates the efforts to
effect a compromise between the members
of the elder organization and the thirty
two members of the new without success.
The officers offered to retire and permit
the election of a new set mutually agree
able to both factions, providing they would
act under the original charter, but this
was refused by the Bachelder faction. The
appeal closes with the assertion that W. C.
Lewis, secretary of the new organization,
is ineligible to the office for the reason
that he is a bookkeeper in a retail business
house, and that no one connected with
that house is eligible because the same is
not engaged in the wholesale trade.
"The California State Division," said
Secretary Wolff last evening, "has a mem
bership of 160, and every one has been noti
fied to drop out, for we do not recognize
the right of the National body to revoke
our charter, and we will simply allow our
duee to lapse. When Mr. Bachelder wanted
to form a new organization we offered to
erant him a cnarter to form Post A of
California, but our offer was refused, and
we were told by Mr. BachelHer that he did
not want to have anything to do with the
religious creed which is that of the major
ity of the members, and our constitution
says that any white male can be a member
of the division, and it strictly prohibits re
ligion and politics. Mr. Bachelder, when
he demanded a charter, stated that he was
not aware that any other division existed
in the State. I say that he did know we
were in existence.
"John A. Lee, the National president,
has political aspirations and has been
using the organization to advance his per
sonal ambition, but what he is after I do
not know. It may be the mayoralty of St.
Louis or State senatorship, but he has
managed to get complete control of the
organization until now it is a one-man or
"Furthermore we found out that the in
come has been $10 per capita and the ex
pense $12. For this 146 members of the
St. Louis division withdrew. We wanted
the office of president to be an honorary
one with an allowance of $75 a month for
incidental expenses, but Lee insisted on a
division organizer, so he created the office,
fixed the salary at $1500 with $3650 for ex
penses and he appointed himself organ
"The organization ought to pay $5000 to
the heirs of a member in case of accidental
death, $2500 in case of loss of an arm, leg
or eye, $25 a week for fifty-two weeks in
case of accident that will disable.
"We who have withdrawn will each se
cure a new member, so that after the Ist of
July we will organize a branch of the United
Commercial Travelers, which has head
quarters at Cleveland, and has now a mem
bership of 16,800. We shall organize a
grand lodge in this city and subordinate
lodges in ban Diego, Los Angeles and Sac
ramento. In this association the benefits
are $6:300 in case of death by accident, $2000
in case of natural death,"s2s a week for
fifty-two weeks in case of illness, and $50 a
week for fifty-two weeks in case of disable
ment by accident. The time runs fifty-two
weeks if the illness or disablement runs
SHOOTING AT LIME POINT
John Stafford Attempts to Kill
a Lieutenant and a
The Would-Be Murderer Sends a
Bullet Into His Own
John Stafford, a young man, attempted
to kill Oscar Patch, foreman of the con
struction gang at Lime Point, Monday
morning, where some heavy guns are
being mounted. He then attempted to
kill Lieutenant Potter, and, having failed,
turned the revolver against his own head
and sent a bullet into hi 3 brain. He died
two hours later.
Stafford bad been in the army at one
time, but deserted, was captured, and as a
punishment was sentenced to imprison
ment on Alcatraz Island for two years.
After he had been out some time he went
to Fort Point and was employed for three
years, despite the fact that deserters are
not usually taken in by the Government.
He then went to Lime Point and sought
work there, seeking a position similar to
that he held at Fort Point, which Lieuten
ant Potter refused, though he was set to
work as a laborer. It is said that he de
ve loped anarchistic ideas, and caused a
great deal of trouble among the men who
were working with him. A few days ago
the men were laid off and were subse
quently ordered back to work, except
Stafford and two others.
Monday morning Stafford, attired in his
best clothes, approached Patch and asked
him if he was armed and fired two shots at
Patch. One of the bullets grazed Patch's
neck and the other one of his hips. Patch
ran away and Stafford went to the upper
end of a house near by. From the window
of the house he had a conversation with
Lieutenant Potter and endeavored to in
duce him to come to the room. The lieu
tenant declining, Stafford tired a shot at
him, but the bullet went wide of the mark
and the lieutenant withdrew out of range.
In the meantime Reservation Keeper Mor
gan went to Sausalito and returned with
The constable on entering the room in
which Stafford had taken refuge found
that individual on a cot with a bullet
wound in his head and a revolver clenched
in his right hand. He was stiil breathing
but unconscious, and he died some time
afterward. In the room were found three
notes as follows :
To tft« Living: I am disgusted with God if
Patch, Morgan and Lieutenant Potter are his
images. Potter is the most contemptible of
them all because of his education.
I am an Odd Follow, but believe in getting
even once in a while. John Stafford.
lam sorry I didn't have a better gun. This
one won't shoot through a shingle.
Stafford's body was taken to Sausalito,
where an inquest was held and a verdict of
suicide given. The jury censured Lieuten
ant Potter for not having arrested Stafford
after he shot at Patch.
The wounded man was taken to this
City, where his wounds, which are not seri
ous, were dressed.
It is believed that Stafford attempted to
kill Lieutenant Potter and Foreman Patch
to be revenged for having been discharged.
Joseph Riley, who worked with Stafford
at Fort Point, said yesterday: "The at
tempt to kill, I believe, goes "furtner back
than the discharge from work. Some weeks
•" -go .Lieutenant Potter lost a watch and
Stafford found one. He heard it reported
that he was charged with having taken
Lieutenant Potter's watch, and he went
to the lieutenant, showed him the watch
he had found, and that official declared it
was not his. He was informed that Lieu
tenant Potter had said he had been told by
a man named Devine that 'Stafford took
the lieutenant's watch," which statement
Devine denied in the presence of the liea^
tenant, and in some way the foreman's
name was mixed up in the affair. Stafford
then declared that this was a stain on his
character which would have to be wiped
out, even if he had to kill somebody and
then himself. He was not crazy, nor was
he an anarchist."
BRYANT-STREET LUMBER PILE.
Complaint That It Obstructs the Side-
The petition recently presented to the
Mayor, and by that official referred to the
Street Committee of the Board of Super
visors, from several residents of Bryant
street, protesting against the piling of lum
ber on the sidewalk by Harris, Jones &
Co., operating a lumber yard on Bryant
street, between Sixth and Seventh, was, ac
cording to the members of the firm, insti
gated by a discharged employe through
motives of spite. An inspection of tin
place shows that the complaint rests on a
rather flimsy foundation. The pile of lam
ber which is called an obstruction does not
obstruct to any appreciable degree. AH
told there is between 6000 and 7000
feet, which is piled along the entire
storehouse frontage, but in such a manner
as i to leave the sidewalk unobstructed for a
width of twelve feet the entire distance.
"We have always been very careful in
piling our lumber," said Mr. Jones, a
member of the firm, yesterday, "in such a
manner as to leave plenty of room on the
sidewalk. There are hundreds of yards in
this City where lumber is piled out to
within four and rive feet of the street.
Some of them take up the entire sidewalk,
and leave the lumber there all the year
"Twelve feet of the space in front of our
place is always left clear, and the lumber
is in no sense an obstruction. We have
never had a complaint from a single per
son on this proposition, and who the
signers of this petition are I do not know.
It is probably the work of a certain man
who was discharged some time ago from
our yard. It is not a very heavy petition,
you may depend upon that, for we have
heard nothing of any complaints."
Residents in the block where the yard in
question is located say that the hifnber is
not an obstruction; that it has been there
for a year and a half; that there is no
ground for complaint, and that they have
never heard of any petition or complaint
A German professor recently took a series
of photographs of the movements of the
lips of a rapid talker. The words thus
formed by the lips could be readily de
ciphered by deaf-mutes.
Edouard de Reszke
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