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WAR ON THE COMBINE
Desperate Efforts Made to
Force Retail Coal-Dealers
INCREASED INITIATION FEE.
The Wholesalers' Schemes May,
However, Meet With Firm
When coal men combine consumers
must associate. The public of San Fran
cisco is patient and long suffering, but the
people will resist when oppression becomes
The latest thing in the shape of a public
cinch is a combination of wholesale coal
dealers to force every retailer into a com
pact, which means the death of competi
tion, to gratify the greed of the trust.
A simple narrative of facts will make
the proposition clear to the householders
of this City. For the sake of convenience
and future reference the circular here fol
lowing will be styled exhibit A :
SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 1895.
Prar Sir: You are hereby notified thai the
agreement between the wholesale coal-dealers
of .-an Francisco and the Coal-dealers' Associa
tion of California has been signed by all the
wholesale dealers and is effective from July 1,
You being familiar with the nature of the
agreement, therefore it is not necessary to de
scribe it here. Any information required will
be furnished on request.
New cards will be distributed at once and
you are cautioned to adhere strictly to the
rules thereon, whether you are a member of
the association or not.
Persons engaged in the coal business prior to
June 14, lSii.j, and complying with section 2
of the constitution may be admitted to mem
bership in the association until July 15, 1895,
for the present initiation fee of $2, but after
said date the initiation fee will be $200. Re-
Bpectfully, E. K. Carson, Secretary.
Of the 350 retail coal-dealers in this town,
some thirty-rive or forty have not seen fit
to subscribe to the conditions of the un
holy compact. They can get in now for $2,
but after July 15 (see exhibit A) they wili
be charged $200. If they don't get in at all
■ill be compelled to pay 50 cents a
ton more for coal than the association
dealer pays. For example, the dealer be
longing to the association pays $8 50 for a
ton of coal — 2240 pounds. He must sell
only 2000 pounds fora ton and must charge
(10 for that quantity. His membership in
the association entitles him to a rebate o
50 cents a ton. If a dealer steps out of the
combine and insists on giving 2240 pounds
lor a ton and exercises the American privi
lege of selling any kind of coal coming to
the market he does not get the rebate.
The wholesalers engaged in promoting
the proposed trust are the Oregon Im
provement Company, handling Seattle
coal; R. Dunsmuir & Sons, Wellington;
Charles R. Allen, Southfield Wellington;
George Fritch, Dunsmuir Wellington ; R.
D. Chandler, Dunsmuir Wellington; J. C.
Wilson & Co., Scotch, Brymbo, Australian
and Eastern anthracite; J. Macdonough &
Co., Scotch, Brymbo, Australian and East
ern anthracite ; Oregon Coal and Naviga
tion Company, Coos Bay.
Fortunately for the welfare of California
there arc some cfealers^ho^hsretoo much
spirit and independence of character to
obey the decrees of the trust. Moreover,
they have assurance that ample capital to
import coal on their own account will be
supplied if the jobbers persist in the de
termination to force every dealer into the
association. The offer in exhibit Ato let
any oue in now for $2 and the notice that
$200 will be charged on and after July 15
must be interpreted as a measure of force
to bring into line every dealer in the
Dealers who do not care to join the asso
ciation go to Dunsmuir & Co. and say:
"We have been your customers for a long
time and have always paid you promptly.
We want to handle Wellington coal when
our customers ask for it, and we want to
handle other coals, but we will not be
bound by the rules of the association to
cell only 2000 pounds for a ton."
Dunsmuir replies in his lofty and lordly
manner that they must join the association
or pay 50 cents extra a ton for coal.
The dealers remonstrate, asserting that
Dunsmuir has no more right to stipulate
that they shall join the association than
that they shall join the Salvation Army,
and if he insists on dictating such terms
they will resist.
The idea of resistance arouses the lion in
his nature, and he reminds the protesting
merchants that he is an English subject,
with money and means to fight all com
The fight will surely come on July 15 if
the haughty trust does not recede from its
arbitrary and domineering position before
that time. Wellington coal and coals from
Australia may be great luxuries, but the
people of California will throw luxuries to
the winds and burn anything rather than
submit to grievious oppression.
When the Cleveland tariff reduced the
duty on coal from 75 cents to 40 cents a
ton, the President's followers in San Fran
cisco cried: ''Now coal will be cheaper and
the poor householder will be happier."
The tariff hardly got into working order
before the British combine appropriated
the 35-cent reduction on duty to its own
treasury and tnen put a cinch of 50 cents
a ton on American consumers.
It should be understood that these com
plications do not refer to steam coal, but
apply solely to coal for household pur
poses. An enormous fleet of ships laden
with steam coal is on the way to San Fran
cisco from Swansea, Wales, and Newcastle,
N. S. W. Within four months the market
should be heavily stocked. Again coal
trusts may not be as powerful and cunning
as they fancy themselves to be. Compe
tition always exposes the true inwardness
of a combination and the people are thus
brought to a knowledge of the extent of
impositions long practiced on them. An
example in this line may be cited. For
years the Cumberland Coal Company, con
sisting of three firms— the Oregon Improve
ment Company, J. Macdonough & Co. and
J. C. Wilson & Co.— controlled the supply
of coal used for blacksmithing purposes.
Having a monopoly, Cumberland coat was
advanced from $10 a ton to $11 50 and then
to $13 50. The trust was about to send it
up to $14, when 2000 tons came on the
Washtenaw the other day, consigned to
P. B. Cornwall. Yesterday the black
smiths in San Francisco could get all the
Cumberland coal they wanted for $8 a ton,
and it may be many a long day before it
will go up again to $13 50.
The coal trust, of which Dunsmuir's
Wellington is the chief product, is a pow
exfnl institution. It has millions of money
to sustain it, and is strong enough to whip
into line many of the retailers, who have
been forced in times gone by to fall in or
get out of business. Finding a commu
nity submissive and patient to a long se
ries of cinches, it proposes now to hedge
the system of extortion with such iron
clad regulations that no dealer can live
that does not come under the yoke.
Herein may come a blessing in disguise.
The people may conclude that submission
has gone far enough and resistance should
be invoked. There is an excellent pros
pect that American ships flying the Ameri
can flag will bring American coals in such
quantity to San Francisco that life can be
endured without Wellington in short tons.
Five Substantial Seasons Are Given
Why the Public Should Buy
Five reasons ar*» given to the public in
the appeal of the Cigar-makers' Union for
home patronage and the recognition of the
new blue label. The appeal was formu
lated by President Burns and Secretary
Van Guelpin, and bears a fac-simile of the
label, a cut of which The Call has already
It is straight to the point and argues
that, first, consumers annually send $UOO,
--000 to $800,000 out of the State by purchas
ing Eastern-made cigars; second. Eastern
made goods are inferior in quality to the
home-made cigar of the same price ; third,
if a California-made cigar costs no more it
should have the preference: fourth, by
purchasing home products employment is
given to home labor, enabling the con
sumer to profit by the patronage resulting
from employed labor, and fifth, if only the
blue-label cigars are purchased the num
ber of cigar-makers in this State will in
crease to 300u at least.
Fifty thousand copies of the appeal are
being printed for distribution.
WILLIAM POOLE'S WIDOWS
The First Relict to Contend
With the Second for the
A Claimant From Ireland Says She
and Her Son Are the Only
The spirit of a new and hitherto nn
known widow, whose claims come all the
way from the shores of Ireland, hovers
over the dollars which William C. Poole
managed to lay away during his lifetime.
His presumed widow, presumed because
she was living with him for thirty-five years
before he died, is now in charge of his
estate as his administratrix. The other
widow appears in a petition to revoke the
letters granted to her whom she styles a
fraudulent claimant, and grant them to
herself, who, she alleges, is the only true
and proper person under the circum
William Poole, an Irishman, died in this
City September 24, 1894, leaving an estate
afterward appraised at $29,576. He left no
will, and Mary Poole, to whom he had
been married in New York thirty-five
years before, applied for letters of adminis
tration, alleging at the time that the entire
estate was community property. Letters
were granted to her October 24, 1894.
The first inkling of any other claimants
to Poole's estate came in the tiling of a
few typewritten lines some weeks ago by
Charles E. Wilson, an attorney of this
City, in which he states that he repre
sented the only true heirs to the estate,
Mrs. Maria Poole and her son Wesley
Poole, and he appeared to prosecute their
claims. This has been followed with the
paper filed yesterday, in which the lady
irom far away Dublin outlines what she
wants, and what she thinks of the Mrs.
Poole who, she says, is not. Among other
things she says, through her representa
tive, that the said person procured said
letters of administration by fraudulent and
untrue rex>resentations in this: That the
said person claimed and now claims to be
the surviving widow of the said Wil
liam Poole, when in truth and in fact she
was and is not the surviving widow of
the said decedent, nor in any way related
to him, and has no interest whatsoever in
said estate ; that by falsely representing her
self to be the surviving widow of said de
ceased she commits a fraud against the es
tate of said William Poole, deceased; that
the surviving widow of the said William
Poole is one Maria Poole, who now lives in
In support of their case the attorneys for
Mrs. Poole of Dublin, have a letter sent to
them by Wesley Poole, and purporting to
be a communication from William Poole
to Wesley. hi 9 son, and mentioning a re
mittance which was inclosed. This is one
of the principal features of the case. There
is also another, a tale of the romance be
tween a butler in a prominent Dublin
family^ and the chambermaid who worked
in the same residence, and how when their
attachment was detected, they were ex
pelled from their positions and then fled
to America, she from her home and people,
he from his wife and son.
Mrs. Poole, who lives in this City, says
she Knows nothing about any other widow,
and the first intimation she had that any
one in Ireland knew of him or claimed a
relationship, was during this litigation.
She was married to Poole, so her petition
states, thirty-five years ago. Since then
they have worked together in various
places mostly in Han Francisco, she as cook
and he as butler, and all his wealth has
been accumulated since they were together.
In her petition, Mrs. Maria Poole of
Dublin neglects to state the date of her
THE ASSESSMENT LIST.
Assessor Siebe Expects to Have It Com-
pleted by Thin Afternoon.
The last work is being done on the as
sessment list. Assessor Siebe expects to
have the work finished by this afternoon
at the latest.
"The list will be of about the same
amount a* last year," said Mr. Siebe yes
terday. "There will be a loss of about
$2,000,000 on the personal property list.
This, however, will be made up by the im
provements on real estate.
'-The decrease in the personal property
list is occasioned by the settlement of sev
eral large estates. By the distribution of
the Fair estate $1,890,081 in cash and bonds
was sent to New York. The Stanford es
tate is also about $200,000 less. There have
aho been a lar^e number of other losses
that have been counterbalanced by several
"The increase of the real estate list
comes almost entirely from the buildings
that have been put up in the last year."
GEIEVING OVEB HIS LOSS.
Jean Louis Ader Said to Be Dying From
Softening of the Brain.
The case of John Lapique, charged with
grand larceny by Jean Louis Ader, the old
man whom he was accused of swindling
out of about $5000, was called in Judite
Campbell's court yesterday.
A physician from the French hospital
appeared in court and stated that the old
man was in a critical condition from soften
ing of the _ brain and might die. He had
been brooding and grieving over the loss of
his money, and was practically dying of
The Judge, after listening to the state
ment, continued the case till Friday to
await developments in regard to the old
The Pursuit of Happiness.
When the Declaration of Independence asserted
man's right to this, it enunciated an immortal
truth. The bilious sufferer is on the road to happi
ness when he begins to take Hostetter's Stomach
Eitters, the most efficacious regulator of the liver
in existence. Equally reliable is It in chills and
fever, constipation, dyspepsia, rheumatism, kid
ney trouble and nervousness. Use It regularly,
and not at odd Intervals.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, THURSDAY, JULY 11, 1895.
JAPS FROM THE ISLANDS.
A Proposition to Ship Coolies
From Honolulu to Cali
TWO TELLTALE LETTERS.
How the United States Contract
Labor Laws Have Been Grossly
Deputy Labor Commissioner Dam has ob
tained some startling information concern-
ing the importation of Japanese cooly labor
ers to this coast. His information is backed
up by correspondence that proves that
hundreds of Japanese have been imported
to this State from Honolulu and thousands
more are ready to leave for California as
soon as the contractor is sure that work
will be provided for the coolies. In giving
out the copie* of the letters Mr. Dam has
withheld the names in order that the
Labor Bureau may probe deeper in the
matter. The first letter reads:
Honolulu, H. 1., January 30, 1895.
Prar Sir: 1 would be very pleased to hear
from you as to the labor market in San Fran
cisco, and also if you could secure work for
Japanese whose terms of service have ended at
the different sugar plantations here.
The Japanese who are desirous of coming to
the coast would make excellent frnit-plckers,
and a contract could be made after they landed
to work for their employers by the season,
job, etc., thereby preventing strikes at the
The Japanese plantation laborer only gets
$12 50 per month and finds his own food,
therefore he would be quite willing to work on
the coast for that amount, with his board
added, leaving him say $12 cash.
If you see your way clear to handle these
men I will secure all that wish to come to the
In the evert of you sending me a favorable
answer, it would be necessary to find a Japa
nese lodging-houso or hotel, where they could
stay until you needed them.
Please be good enough to drop me a line by
next mail. Yours, very truly.
The second letter is equally interesting
and is as follows:
HoNOLFLr, H. 1., Feb. 16, 1895.
Pear Sir: Yours of February 8 to hand to
day. As the steamship Oceanic leaves to
morrow I reply at once.
The men I spoke to you of in a former letter
will all r>ay their own passage up and have a
balance on hand to keep them until you can
Ai to the number I could get depends on the
success which the first lot meets with. If you
can place them with men who will treat them
kindly and start them as fruit-pickers at Spls a
month and board I can send about 200 a
It would not do for me to send any more than
you would place quickly, because their
countrymen who have been In California be
fore them would try and influence them to get
Another thing, by shipping; them up in small
numbers it's not likely to create notice, but*
big; number by steamer might do so.
I? you see an opening to use these men let
me know as early as possible and I will fill
your orders. Sincerely yours.
The gentleman who received these let
ters is not in the Japanese contracting
business, and he explained to Mr. Dam
that while he is desirous of assisting in
putting down cooly labor importation he
does not care to run the risk of having his
private business injured by being identi
fied with the Labor Commissioners' anti-
Japanese crusade. It is well known that
there are many thousand Jap coolies on
the Sandwich Islands, and at the end of
the sugar plantation season large numbers
are desirous of leaving for the United
States. The writer of these letters is a
contractor who has made money, it is said,
in importing Japs from Japan to the
islands, and he is anxious to enlarge his
field by sending the coolies to this coast
to work in the orchards. The man in his
writing shows that he is familiar with
IT ni ted States contract labor laws by stating
that "a contract could be made after they
landed," the last three words being under
The recent investigation of the Japanese
cooly question showed that thousands
have been brought into this State upon
implied contracts such as the contractor in
Honolulu suggests and in several instances
the contracts were more than implied.
However, the evidence has not been strong
enough from a le^al standpoint to warrant
arresting or attempting to deport those
who are landed. This additional evidence
of the importation of Japanese cooly lo
borers into the United States will add
strength to the Labor Commissioner's pro
posed memorial and petition to Con
gress for a Japanese restriction act.
LOST HER DOG AND COIN
Mrs. Sadie Stone's Pet Swal
lowed a Ten Dollar Gold
She Charges Warren Hunter, One
of Her Roomers, With Stealing
"Warren Hunter, a printer, is wanted by
the police on a peculiar charge. He
roomed in the house of Mrs. Sadie Stone,
7 Crook street. Mrs. Stone owned a fox
terrier, which had been trained to catch
money in its mouth and other fancy tricks.
On Monday night Mrs. Stone was pre
paring to go out to pay her month's rent,
and she laid the money on a table while
she put on her bonnet. Amone the coin
was a $10 gold piece. The fox terrier
jumped upon the table, and to her horror
she saw it pick up the $10 gold piece from
the table and calmly swallow it.
She was frantic with grief and indigna
tion at the disappearance of the $10 gold
piece and bewailed her loss to her room
ers. Mr. Hunter listened among others to
her story, and that night he disappeared
and the fox tcyrrier disappeared at the
Mrs. Stono appeared in Judge Low's
court yesterday and declared that she had
ascertained that Hunter had stolen the
fox terrier, and she was afraid he would
kill her pet to get possession of the $10
gold piece it had swallowed.
She valued her pet at $25, so she swore
out a warrant for Hunter's arrest on the
charge of petty larceny for stealing the fox
"I don't care so much," said Mrs. Stone,
"for the $10, although I cannot afford to
lose it. but I want my dog back and I
mean to have it. Hunter was going to
leave my house, anyhow, and he took all
his things away with him. I don't know
where he has gone to live, but I hope the
police will be able to find him, and if he
has killed my dog I will make him suffer
The Occidental and Oriental Company's
The twenty-first annual meeting of the
Occidental and Oriental Steamship Com
pany was held yesterday in the executive
offices of the Southern Pacific building, at
Montgomery and Market streets. Charles
F. Crocker was elected president; S. H. H.
Clark, vice-president; H. E. Huntington,
D. W. Hitchcock and F. S. Douty, direc
tors, and D. D. Stubbs, secretary. * As the
annual report of the company was not
ready reading it was postponed.
No action was taken in regard to changes
or the contemplated improvements, all of
which have been reviewed in The Call.
The Doric will soon be put upon the docks
in Belfast, and after a thorough renovating
be brought to San Francisco for the run
between this point and the Orient in com
petition with the Canadian and Northern
Many Leading Republicans Writing Mr.
£stee in Favor of Meeting Here
Mr. Estee's mail shows that the mem
bers of the National Committee of the
Republican party take a lively interest in
the question of holding the next convention
in San Francisco. Speaking of this yes
terday he said :
A large number of leading men like General
Clarkson and Senator Carter of Montana all
favor San Franchco, but say that as times are
hard it may be assuming a grave responsibility
to place the convention where it will have
three weeks to go and perform the duties of
delegates, and, therefore, they are afraid that
there will be a strong business objection but
not a political one against coming to this
State. Politically they think it is the thing to
do, both for the good of the party and of the
country. They say that this much is owed to
California and the far West. For myself, I do
not give up the fight. I think that we have a
strong fighting chance. Several members of
the National Committee have written that they
will be out. here this fall and will meet our
people and see what can be done. Of course
you know that, as a rule, the gold people of
New York and New England arc against hold
ing the convention in what tluycali the far
West. But all the members of ti.e committee
west of the Mississippi are with us and n num
ber East. lam informed that Sam Fessonden
of Connecticut and Joseph Manly of Maine,
both memberb of the committee, have expressed
themselves very favorably toward holding the
convention here, but will not pledge them
selves at this early date. General Alger would
like to see the convention come here, provided
that the business interests of the delegates will
not be Impaired.
Senator Elklns of West Virginia has written
that it ought to come West if practicable.
BRANHAM AND HIS BIKE
Taken for Brady He Is Re
ceived by the City Detec
Frank Fischer, Pursued by a New
Woman With "a Sphere," Jumps
In the Bay.
John A. Branham, a schoolteacher from
Oregon, spending his vacation on a bi
cycle, was a much -wanted man yes
terday when the steamer Humboldt
arrived from Eureka. He first ap
peared at the steamer's wharf in that
city a few hours before she sailed and
bought a ticket for San Francisco. He was
dusty and travel-worn from his long ride
through the rough country, and the good
folk of Eureka said he wa9 Brady, the rob
The information was telegraphed to this
City, and one detective met the Humboldt
outside the heads, and a cloud of police
ollicers awaited her at the wharf.
When Schoolmaster Branham came
trundling his weary wheel down the gang
plank they were both gobbled up. An
examination at close quarters proved
Branham was not Brady, and the bike had
never held up a train nor train-robber.
Branham pedaled himself uptown, using
hard language in connection with persons
who brought the San Francisco detective
force to receive him.
Frank Schussler, a hardware-store keeper
from East Oakland, ducked himself over
board as the Bteamer Oakland started on
an early trip. A number of life-preservers
was thrown to him, but he persistently
swam away from them. He was finally
rescued by A. P. Ozouf and a deckhand,
who lowered a boat from the steamer.
Schussler was evidently demented. He
fancied that he was pursued Dy friends.
Frank Fischer pitched himself off the
steamer Piedmont about 9 o'clock yester
day morning. Ozouf was again on hand
as a life-saver and succeeded in pulling the
man into his boat. Fischer said he was
followed by a new woman who was driving
him crazy with her extravagant ideas on
the ballot, "the home," her sphere and
"She got a pistol this morning," said
he, "and vowed she would kill me. I
slipped away from her and boarded the
ferry-boat for San Francisco. I thought I
hadgot away from her, bnt as I stood on
the deck I saw her coming toward me. I
knew her by the blown bloomers she wore.
I would rather die than have her catch me,
so I could not escape her but by jumping
overboard, so I did."
He refused to give the name of Miss
Shaw's disciple who is rushing him to
doom, but said he would escape her by
the bay route yet. He was taken to the
Receiving Hospital to meet Schussler, the
other man with a brain on crutches.
James Roberts, a man of the sea, was
sentenced to two months in San Quentin
by Judge Morrow yesterday morning for
robbing the United States mails. He stole
50 cents from a letter sent to R. Plouf
;roni San Rafael, care of the Mariners'
The ship Florence, which sailed from
this port March 5, arrived at New York
after a trip of 116 days. She carried a
cargo of fruit, salmon and quicksilver.
The British four-masted ship Drumalis
cleared for Europe yesterday with $210,440
worth of cargo, and the ship AVilhelm Tell
for Liverpool with 106,199 centals of wheat
valued at $05,500.
The ship Charmer arrived at New York
102 days from Honolulu with 2918 tons of
Hawaiian sugar valued at $149,175. This
is the second cargo, the first being by the
ship Kenilworth, which got into New
York several weeks ago. The other sugar
ships on the way from Honolulu to New
York are the T. F. Oakes, Helen Brewer.
Tel lie E. Starbuck. Manuel Llaguna ana
The following candidates for new offices
were submitted yesterday by the nomina
ting committee of the Produce Exchange:
President. W. A. Holcomb; vice-president,
George P. Morrow; treasurer, J. W. Sperry;
Directors— W. H. Wright, T. J. Parsons, H. Ep
pinger, A. A. Adier, H. E. Trubenbach, T. G.
Walkington. For committee of appeals— R D
Girvin.H.T. Ellis, Paul Keyser, H. Erlanger
and H. Sinshelmer.
At a meeting of the Harbor Commission
ers yesterday afternoon the contract for
supplying the tugs, dredgers and pile
drivers with coal was awarded to the Black
Diamond Coal Company, the bid being
|5.30 a ton, the lowest offered.
INSPECTED THE THEATERS.
l-iilior Commissioner Fitzgerald Reports
Upon Their General Condition.
Labor Commissioner Fitzgerald and
Deputy Dam yesterday made an inspec
tion of the theaters, with a view of look
ing into their sanitary condition and other
matters bearing upon the health and
safety of the employes of these places of
amusement. They made the following
Standing at the head is the Columbia
Theater, which, in sanitary condition, fire
exits, etc.. is a model.
The California, Baldwin and Alcazar are
not far behind in this respect.
The Grand Opera-house is reported to
possess inferior sanitary conditions. The
hre escapes are good.
The Tivoli Opera-house is an old build
ing, and it is dirty. The sanitary condi
tion is fair.
The Orpheum could be cleaned to a
great advantage. The stairways used by
the employes are steep and dangerous to
life and limb.
Tne Imperial Theater, in the old Union
Hall on Howard street, is in a poor condi
tion ; but the proprietor has only recently
obtained possession of the property, and
he has been at work making repairs.
Wherever the labor officials discovered
objectionable features they recommended
that alterations be made at once. The
theater people promised to act upon the
DUNN'S SAVAGE NEMESIS.
His Mysterious Persecutor
Relents and Makes a
REVENGE HER SOLE MOTIVE.
She Wrote the "Nettle Chase" Let
ters to Alienate His Wife's
To the mystery of the identity of the
woman who committed suicide on the
night of April 10 last, by jumping over
board from one of the Oakland ferry-boats,
is now added another.
It will be remembered that the morning
after the woman's fatal leap the Coroner
received a letter signed "Nettie Chase,"
purporting to have been written by the
suicide. With the letter to the Coroner
was one inclosed for delivery to C. W.
The epistle to the Coroner laid the blame
for the woman's desperate act to the
wrong she stated had been done her by
In the letter to Dunn, which was with
out separate cover, the writer bade him
adieu, and left the unmistakable inference
that he had been responsible for life hav
ing become unendurable to her.
The full text of these letters and others
that had been sent to a Vallejo paper
some time previous, but refused publica
tion there, were printed two days after the
suici-de in this City. The Vallejo letters
gave + he intelligence that the writer had
shot Dunn, as he had deceived her. The
day before these letters were written to the
Vallejo paper Dunn, who was then resid
ing in that city, had, according to his
statement, accidentally shot himself.
From reading these published letters
the general public was led to believe that
Dunn had acted the part of a deceiver and
that he knew more than he was disposed
to tell, notwithstanding his denial of any
knowledge of "Nettie Chase," his failure
to identify the handwriting in the letters
to the Coroner and himself, and the post
master's statement that the letter must
have boen mailed the morning after the
mysterious woman had ended her mortal
Dunn, who is, and was at that time, a
married man, was most vehement in his
declaration that he was in no way impli
cated or connected with the suicide, but
public sentiment was against him. He
claimed that some enemy had written all
these letters simply for the purpose of in
juring him, but his averments were re
ceived only with knowing and incredulous
Yesterday Dunn appeared at the Coro
ner's office and asked permission to seethe
letters that "Nettie Chase" had written to
that official and himself, the latter having
never been delivered to Dunn. He was
given the letters and, with a representative
of The Call, made a comparison of the
handwriting in them with that in a letter
he had just received, and which is of a
most sensational character. The hand
writing in all the letters was exactly the
same, and they were all written with a lead
pencil. The one last received by Dunn is
San Francisco, July 8, 1895.
Mr. C. W. Dunn : When you informed the
coroner that you did not know the woman who
took her life by leaping from the Oakland boat
on the night of April 10th, 1895, and that you
did not know any one named Nettie Chase, I
■was the only person besides yourself who knew
you spoke the God's truth. I am the woman
who has been persecuting you for the last year.
I wrote those letters to the Vallejo paper say
ing I shot you. I wrote those letters to the
coroner last April and signed Nettie Chase. I
will not tell you who I am now lor fear you
would kill me or have me arrested for the in
jury I have done you. I thought I would get
revenge, for you arrested my husband three
years ago in Utah for a crime for which he was
innocent, but on circumstantial evidence you
caused him to sent to prison, where he now is.
You simply wanted to raise yourself in the es
timation of the Government", so as to hold your
position as a U. S. detective. I swore to get
even with yon. and came to California. Ever
since I made the public believe that you caused
"Nettie Chase" to commit suicide I have been
a miserable woman. I could not sleep good.
My conscience troubled me so, that I concluded
to confess all to you. How you must
have suffered when being accused of
this and yet you are innocent. I first heard
of you when a friend from Vallejo
told me you were there. I went to
Vallejo a few days after you were accidentally
shot. That was a good chance for to get re
venge. I wrote a letter to the paper saying
I shot you becnuse you had deceived me. I "said
you had caused two other girls to kill them
selves in the last two years. These were all
lie, but I wanted to make people believe them
so your wife would leave you. They did not
publish the letters so I wrote two more. Then
they did not publish them so I came to San
Francisco. On the morr-ing of April 11th 1
w.is up early and seeing about a girl leaping off
the Onkland boat the night before, I knew I
c.mld get revenge, so I wrote the letter to the
Coroner at 8 A. M. and took it to the post office.
That is why the post master said it was mailed
between 5 and 11 a. m. or 8 or 9 hours after the
woman jumped overboard. I had a frienct
write another letter next day to the coroner
and sien L. B. she said you had went to Dr
Schmidth on MarKet st to see about taking
Nettie Chase there. These were all lies but the
papers published them and every one thought
them so. All the revenge I wanteit was to make
your wife leave you, but I could not as I see
you both on July 4th and stood within six feet
of you. T can see you have suffered by your
weary look and sad face, so I will not persecute
you any more. I know you have worked hard
to find out who wrote these letters signed Net
tie Chase for you have been close onto my trail.
I do not know who the woman was who jumped
into the bay, or any one named Nettle Chttte,
but it was the first name that entered my
mind. I will write to the coroner of San Fran
cisco soon and explain all when he will publish
the letters and you will be cleared. I would
not do it but I cannot rest. Something seems
to say 1 have done wrong. I feel for you, but
what must your wife have suffered. 1 cannot
sign my name but the names I signed to the
other letters which were
A Wronged Woman and Nettie Chase.
Dunn, when questioned, said he had no
idea who the woman is. He had made
quite a number of arrests while in thp em
ploy of the Federal Government in THan,
but could not recall any case in which the
wife of an offender had made any threat
against him. He stated that a man named
Griffiths, whose conviction he hod secured,
was now serving a sentence in that Terri
tory, but to his knowledge Griffiths had no
Continuing, he said the object of the
letter-writer had entirely failed, so far as
causing any trouble between him and his
wife, as the latter was entirely convinced
of his innocence, so far as the "Nettie
Chase" suicide is concerned. On the night,
and at the time when the suicidal jump
was made by the mysterious unknown,
and when Dunn was reported to have been
in her company, he and his wife were in a
certain restaurant on Market street in this
Another peculiar circumstance in this
connection, and one which aided the
mysterious persecutor of Dunn in keeping
him in a long-continued disturbance of
mind, is that the body of the woman who
came to be known as Nettie Chase has not
been found, thus preventing its identifica
The following self-explanatory commu
niration and resolutions were received yes
terday by the Southside Improvement
Club, J. Schwartz secretary :
At a regular meeting of the San Fran
cisco Road Club, held Tuesday, July 9, the
following resolutions were adopted :
Resolved, That we heartily indorse the action
of the Southside Improvement Club in its agi
tation for better streets and highways, and in
its endeavor to have Folsom street declared a
boulevard and liberal appropriations made for
the same, and that it be further
Resolved, That we attend the next meeting of
the club in a body and co-operate with it in
furtherance of its plans.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be
sent to the Southside Improvement Club.
Secretary af the S. V . Road Club.
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