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SUN JOSE MYSTERY.
An Inquest Held on the
Body of Elezer
NO TRACE OF POISON.
Expert Chemists Will Make a
More Searching Investi
TRUST DEEDS PLACED ON FILE.
The Widow Given a Life Interest In
Forty Acres of Valuable
SAN JOSE, Cal., July 17.— An autopsy
was held on the body of Elczer Frost, the
old pioneer who died Monday afternoon,
by Drs. Trueraan and Burr last evening.
This was done at the request of Erwin
Frost, who was not satisfied with the
cause of his father's death. Nothing was
found in the stomach to indicate poison
ing, but a chemical analysis will be made.
This morning Coroner Secord summoned
the following jury for an inquest: J. S.
Vox, J. M. Harkins, C. Knapp, C. Bern
hardt. F. B. Bowker. P. C. Dahoney and
James Lemoney. Mrs. Dora Frost and
several others were examined, but nothing
startling was developed, and the inquest
was adjourned until to-morrow, when the
chemists will report upon the examination
of the dead man's stomach.
Willi&m B. Vinter this morning filed a
number of trust deeds made by Frost.
They are for portions of a 378-acre ranch
on the cattle road, near this place. This
property alone is worth $7-3,000. By the
deeds fileci the widow is given a life inter
est in forty acres of land and the children
are given like interests in divisions of
from ten to twenty acres each, the title of
these tracts to go to their children at the
death of those who have life interests.
I.XT TIIEIB CAPTIVE ESCAPE.
A Man Wanted for Grand Larceny Itc-
leased by Officers.
SAN JOSE, Cal., July 17.— Officer Prin
diville last evening arrested T. M. Ward
on information received from San Fran
cisco that he was wanted for stealing a
wagon and two horses. Ward was arrested
at the Eclipse stables, where he had just
It ft the- rig. and when taken to the City
Hal! protested his innocence. He asked
that a telephone message be sent to Mc-
Clererty'a stable in Oakland, and word
was received that he had rented a riir there
for a month. Inquiry of both the Oakland
-an Francisco police developed the
fact that there was no warrant there and
he was not wanted, and he was released.
This morning word was received frcra
San Francisco that Ward was wanted for
grand larceny there and that a mistake
had been made last night when word was
pent to release him. Chief Kidward im
mediately started out to find Ward, but he
had left on an early morning train, leaving
the rig here. Last nipnt he tried to bor
row $25 on the team and wagon, and fin
ally agreed to take $2 50.
ALLEOLI) AItSOXISTS IX JAIL.
Chinamen Accused of Looting and Set-
.'i»jj7 Fire to a Jtcsidmce.
SAN JOSE, Cal.. July 17.— Jim Chuen,
the; Chinese cook suspected of robbing
Judge Spencer's residence of about $1200
worth of jewelry and then setting fire to
the house to hide the theft, is in jail, but
all efforts to locate the stolen jewels have
Ching Sing, a friend of Jim Chuen, has
also been arrested as an accomplice. Ching
Sing was in the Spencer residence on the
night of the fire, and it is believed he
knows something about the crime. The
men will be held on a charge of burglary,
pending an investigation.
Several search warrants were issued to
day, but none of the stolen property was
A Aftr Hegitne Taken i'luirgf of the Order
of Chosen friends.
SAN JOSE, Cal.. July 17. — Deputy
Grand Councilor A. E. Weber installed the
following officers of Garden City Council
No. 62. Order of Chosen Friends, last even
ing: Councilor, Mrs. C. Harris; vice-coun
cilor, Mrs. H. Krl'.ey: secretary, A. E.
AVeber; treasurer, E. Witkowsky; prelate,
Mr?. A. C. "Waldorf; marshal, J. J. Conmy ;
warden, J. Nugent; guard, Calvin Murray.
A fine musical programme was rendered
after the installation, followed by a dance
Destroyed by a Blaze.
SAN JOSE, Cal , July 17.— A frame
building at 10 Orchard street was gutted
by lire about 3 o'clock this morning. The
building is owned by J. Foster and the
damage amounts to about $300. About
$150 worth of furniture belonging to John
Edson, stored in the place, was totally de
stroyed. The tire was evidently the work
of an incendiary. There was no insur
ance on the place.
SCHOOLS OPEN MONDAY
Entertainment at the New
Potrero School This
Revised List of Principals of the
Various Schools— Few Trans
The City schools will open on Monday.
Most of the teachers have returned from
their vacation visits and outing 3, and they
and their young charges have gained a
fund of strength for their respective duties
tne coming year.
There will be two new school build
ings ready for use, the Douelas
and the Potrero. The James Lick
and North Cosmopolitan buildings
have been remodeled and generally
improved, and it is possible all the rooms
of the latter will not be ready for occu
pancy by Monday. The Board of Educa
tion has provided for that contingency by
renting Bersaglieri Hall, on Stockton
street, near Union, to accommodate some
of the pupils.
The number of teachers, including prin
cipals and substitutes, ia 904. It is prob
able that a few transfers may be made,
which will necessitate a slight change in
the assignment list, which, in the main,
will remain intact.
The principals who will be at the head
of the various sciiools are as follows:
South Cosmopolitan, Adolph Herbst; South
End Primary. Miss Ida E. Coles; South San
Francisco Primary, William W. Stoae; Spring
Valley Grammar, Silas A. White; Stanford
Primary, Min Edith H. Crowley; Starr Klne
Trlmarv, Miss Kate Conklin; Sutro Primary,
Miss >lnry Manner; Washington Grammar,
Thomas H". Mo< an hy; Webster Primary, Miss
Agnes M: Manning; west 2nd) Miss Ella Mc-
Carthy; Whittier Primary, Miss Kmma E. .ctin
cen: Winfield Scott Primary. Mrs. Emma S.
Code; Business Evening. Elhert C. Kilpatrick;
Hamilton Evening, Ed Win W. Bunnoll; Horace
Mann Evening, James It. Dwyer. acting princi
pal; Lincoln Evening, Alexander H. McDonald;
Potrero Evening, An<ire« - J. Frecse: Wash
ington Eveninp, Miss Phllomena M. Nolan;
Anassiz Primary, Miss Barah J.Jones: Bernat
Heights Primary, Miss Mary E. Keating; Lowell
High, Frank Morton; Broadway Grammar,
Miss .Ti-»n Ptirkcr. Buena Yli ta Primary. Miss
Amelia G. Catlin; Chinese Primary, Miss Rose
Thayer; Clement Grammar, If in Mary E. Cftl
lahx'n; Cleveland Primary, Miss Annie E.
Slavan; Cooper Primary, Mrs. Celine K.
Pechln; Columbia Grammar, Mrs. Lizzie K.
Bnrke; Crocker Grammar, William H. Ed
wards; Dcnman Grammar, Azro L. Mann;
liouglass Primary, Miss Winifred L. Tarpey;
Edison Primary", Mix* A. B. Chalmers;
Emerson Primary, Miss Sara M. Wilson;
Everett Grammar, Mrs. Frances A. Banning;
Fairmount Primary, Miss Clara M. Johnston;
Franklin Grammar, .James 6. Kenncy; dl-'re
moiit Primary, Miss Rose Goldsmith; Garfield
Primary, Miss Mary A. Scherer; Girls' High,
El isha Brooks; Qolden <;ate Primary, Mr*.
Aurelia Griflßth; HRight Primary, Miss Mary
A. Haswell; Hamilton Grammar, William A.
Robertsonj Harrison Primary, Mr<. Mary L.
O'Neal; Hawthorne Primary, Mrs. .surah J.
Uann ; Hearst Grammar. Mrs. Nettie A. Wood;
Henry Durant Primary, Mrs. Georgia Wash
ourn: Horace Mann Grammar, Joseph O'Con
nor; Ilumboldt Primary, Miss Mary A. Castel
hun; Irving Primary, Miss Caroline B. Bar
low ; James Lick Grammar. Charles W. Moores;
John Swett Grammar, Albert Lyßer; Jefferson
Primary, Miss Mary M. Murphy; Lafayette
Primary, Miss 11. M. Fairchild; Le Conte
Primary, Miss Margery C. Robertson;
I.asjiiiia Honda Primary, ' Miss Katherine F.
Casey; Lincoln Grammar, James T. Hamilton;
Longfellow Primary, Miss Jennie Pmlth; Kadi
■on Primary, Miss JLlizabeth F. Uartlett; Mar
shall Primary, Mrs. Margaret H. Walker; Mis
•nimmar, Mrs. Janet It. Craven; Monroe
Primary. Mr.-. Annie M. Hagarty; Moulder Pri
mary, Mrs. Katherine E. Brogan: Normal
School, Miss Laura T. Fowler, acting principal;
North Cosmopolitan Grammar, Miss Margaret
McKenzie; Ocean House Primary. Daniel .7.
Delay; Paclrlc-avenne Primary, Miss Ida E.
.-iniw; Pacific Heights Grammar. Miss Alice M.
Stinccn; Pcaboiiy Primary. Mi.«s Gertrude H.
("ahalin; Polytechnic. High School, Walter N.
Binb: Potrero Primary, Kichard D. Faulkner;
Redding Primary. Mi«s" Mary A. Deane: Rich
mond Primary, Mrs. Anna E. Tiernan; Rincon
Graromnr, Miss Elizabeth A. Cleveland; Sheri
dan Primary, Mr*. Sai*a A. Miles; Sherman
Primary, Miss Jennie M. A. Hurley.
At noon to-day the Board of Education
will meet for the purpose of receiving bids
for school furniture, for moving the Sutro
Primary School building from Nineteenth
avenue, near Point Lobos, to Twelfth or
Thirteenth avenue, between California
and Clement streets, and for fifty platform
scales for weighing coal.
This evening there will be appropriate
opening exercises at the new Potrero
School, in which members of the board
FISHING NEAE GAPITOLA.
One of the Records of the Sea-
Bon Made by A. H.
S. W. "Watrous writes to The Call re
garding the excellent sport with rod and
reel which is being had at present near
Capitols. A record in the line was made
A. H. Boomer and His Big Salmon.
[From a photograph.]
yesterday when A. H. Boomer Jr., a young
man of Capitola, captured a 26-pound sal
mon. This was the best item in a good
day's sport. The rish was caupht off Cap
itola from Captain C. F. Taylor's launch
About 1600 people are encamped near Cap
itola, all on pleasure bent, and the report
is, "still they come."
THE POLICE CHANGES.
Xo Action Taken as Vet— Th« Charges
Against Sergeant Cooke Dis
The Board of Police Commissioners met
last night and listened for over three hours
to the testimony in the charges against
Sergeant Jesse 13. Cooke of brutally treat
ing Chinese. The complaining witnesses
were: Chung <£van, 811 Dupont street, who
charged the sergeant with striking him
with a cane on April 18, and Gwan Loy, 35
Waverley place, who charged him with
throwing him downstairs. The sergeant
was on these occasions in charge of the
Chinatown squad. The Commissioners
dismissed thecharges, believing in the case
of Gwan Loy the testimony of the wit
nesses for the defense that he fell down
stairs. In the otber case no evidence was
shown that Chung Quan had been struck
with the cane.
Yesterday morning Gwan Loy swore out
a warrant for Cooke's arrest in Judge
Campbell's court on the charge of assault
with means and force to produce great
bodily injury. The warrant was served
upon him and he was arrested.
The Commissioners took no action last
night in regard to the resignations of the
eight officers, including Captain* Douglass,
Stone and Short. The petition signed by
downtown merchants asking that Captain
Douglass be retained was before them, but
it will not be considered until after July
iiO, the date fixed for the resignations to be
all sent in. As soon as the Board of Super
visors pass the necessary appropriation for
the additional seventy-five men, the re
organization of the districts and appoint
ments of captains, lieutenants and ser
geants will be effected.
The claim of the eagle to the title of king
of birds seems to be slightly clouded by an
incident reported from Stafford County,
Ya. A gentleman down there was watch
ing an unusually fine bald eagle grandly
sailing around in the air a few days ago
when lie noticed a Jittle bee martin 'rise in
the air and make straight for the eagle.
He wondered what the martin's object
could be. and was surprised to see it sail
in boldly to tear the feathers out of the big
eagle. But he was amazed to see the eagle,
after a few moments of effort at bestting off
the little bird, sail away in full flight,
making every effort to escape from the
! martin. The martin followed up closely
for a while, making a savage jab at the
eagle every few yards, but was finally left
behind through the superior retreating
powers of the big eagle.
fHE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, THURSDAY, JULY 18, 1895.
THE BAY DISTRICT RACES
Chevalier's Poor Riding Loses
a Race for Sport
DON GARA WAS OVERLOOKED.
The Pleasanton Stable's Bernardo
Wins a Handicap In Very
Among the spectators at the track yesterday
was William Pinkerton, a member of the noted
Pinkerton Detective Agrccy of Chicago, who is
an admirer ol the thoroughbred horse.
Joe Narvaez made his reappearance in the
saddle yesterday after his long term of enforced
retirement, riding Rey del Bandidos at 112
pounds in the two-year-old race. Joe showed
the effects of his long let-up, but no doubt will
soon resume his old form.
With two racetrack* in operation the coming
winter, there is apt to Le a dearth of thorough
breds In the racing line, notwithstanding the
large number of Eastern ownern that have
signified their Intention of coming to Califor
nia this fall. So thought the California Jockey
Club, for yesterday they remitted the $250 fine
imposed on owner Boots of the Elmvood stock
farm. A message to that effect was received
from Thomas H. Williams Jr., now on his way
I'.nst, by Louis Lissak, nnd everything is again
running smoothly at th» Bay District.
The public for some time has been fol
lowing Chevalier's mounts at the track,
but if he puts up a few more flowery rides
such as he has ridden the laEt couple of
days he will soon find himself riding en
tirely for "Riley." His handling of Mul
berry and Realization on Tuesday was bad
enough, but his Sport McAllister ride ye«
yesterday was worse. It is fortunate for the
astute colored chap that he stands so high
in the public's estimation, as well as in the
Sport opened an 8 to 5 favorite for the
fourth race, a tive and a half furlong dash,
and the condescending bookies engerh'
grasped the coin, at the same time giving
the player a sort of scrutinizing look, as
though in doubt as to his mental capacity.
The odds later on drifted back to 11 to 5,
Nervosa, Frondeur and Normandie carry
ins the bulk of the money bet.
Getting away second with Sport when
the flag fell. Chevalier at once began tak
ing him back, although his orders wen? to
iie in second position to the stretch home.
Nervosa and Frondeur headed the bunch
into the stretch, with Chevalier beginning
to move up from next to la^t position with
his mount.. The two leaders indulged in a
drive for an eighth of a mile, Nervosa win
ning by a neck, with Sport McAllister a
bang-up third, as fresh as though he had
simply been warmed up a quarter. Cheva
lier should have been soundly censured
for the ride, but it passed unnoticed by the
'I he favorites received a brilliant coat of
whitewash, not a solitary one scoring, out
siders and second choices getting all the
money. The attendance was light, and
betting in the big ring was at low ebb.
O'Bee was a 7 to 5 chance for the opening
dash of live and a halt" furlongs, but did
not eet a number. In a hard drive Pigpott
on the 15 to 1 shot, Hanford, outrode Che
valier on the second choice, Little. Bob,
and won by a neck. Regal, a long-priced
outsider, was third. It was a line run for
the class of horses starting — 1:07%.
Six cheap "dogs' thai had failed to win
a purse this year started in the second
event at a mile, Autouil being made a 2 to
1 favorite. Moro, Tuxedo and Leonatus
received some eupport. Simmered down
to a drive, Tuxedo, Auteuil and Leonatus
indulged in a head and head iinish, the
former getting the verdict with Anteuil in
the place. The time was s!ow, 1 :14%.
The five-furlong handicap for two-year
olds resulted in the complete downfall of
the knowing ones. The Love stable's pair,
Rev del Bandidosand Edgemount, opened
favorites at 8 to 5, but so much money
poured into the books on Charlie Boots,
who was backed from 4 to 1 to 13 to 5, that
the stable went back in the betting.
When the flag fell, Don Gara, apparently
neglected in the ring with Bto 1 against
him. took the lead and was never headed,
winning by two lengths from Verapua,
another outsider. Edgemount finished
third. Charlie Boots stumbled alniost to
hi< knees at the first turn, ruining his
The all age handicap, another five and a
hnlf furlnng affair, the last event on the
carl, resulted in a victory for the
Ilcasanton stable's gelding Bernardo,
against which M goo:l as 5 to 1 wns at one
time laid. B. C. Holly's May McCarthy
ruled favorite at 2 to 1 throughout the
betting, Bernardo going to the post second
choice with imp. Ivy next in demand.
Hinrichs beat the flag a length with tho
Australian mare heading the filly into the
stretch, the favorite second. Coady now
made his run with Bernardo and hooking
up with Ivy the two had a hammer and
tongs finish to the wire, Bernardo winning
by a half length, the favorite a poor third.
That the brown hors« was in fine fettle was
shown by the fast time, 1:07.<.
Fan Francisco. July 17, 1893. :
1"1 rjQ FIRST RACE— Five and a half fnrlonxa;
i-LI O. selling: tlireo-year-olds and upward;
In<l. Horse, weight. Jockey. St. V* Sir. Fin
1162 Hanford, 90 (Pi:i?0H)......5 At 2V. \h
(1163) Little Rob. 90 (Chevalier). . 4»/ 4/ 2f
(1137)Reeal. 99 (Mc1ntyrc).......l 3U. M 3*
1169 Lo<li. 101(Hinrieh5)........6 l' 7 4V 3
1169 Ret-, 69 <X.. Tories) 2 2W3IA si£
<1168)Ren», 90 (C'oa<:y) 7 6</ 3 6i 6/
(1127)Durango. 99 (Reidy) ......3 lh - IVi 7
Good start. Won driving. ", Time, 1 :07»4. i Win
ner, br. g., by Imp. K.rrle Dnly-Visalia. : ■
Betting: Hnnford 15 to 1, Little Bob IS to 5,
Regal 25 to 1. lleno S to 1, O'lice 7 to 5, Durango
12 to 1, Lodl 15 to 1.
I"1 70 SECOND RACE-One mile; selling;
II 4 V. purse «250. v
Jnd. Horse, weight, jockey. St. Va Bt.r. Fin.
1168 Tuxedo, 98 (Pigsott) 3 'A 2/i l/l
1158 Autcull.loo (C0ady )......... 4 »Vi 3% 2n»
1117 Lconatus, 96 (Chevalier) 5 13 1/ 3*
(1172)Mero, 106 (Hinr1ch3).....;..l 4/6 4/i
1151 Sheridan, 108 (C. Weber). ...2 6 At M
1168 Hwiftsure, 106 (F. Jackson). . 6 5Va OVa 6
' Good start. Won drivinj. Time, 1:44%. Win
ner, br. ig., by Rpgent-Rej ly.
Bettinj?: Tuxedo 5 to 1, Auteull 2 to 1, Leonatus
7to 1, Sheridan 8 to 1, Mero 4 to 1, Swifisure
20 to 1. ■ -
"1 I O A THIRD RACE— FIvp furlongs; handl
-lIOU. cap: two-year-olds; purse $300.
Ind. Horse, weleht, jockey. Hi. Vj Str. Fin.
(1164)D0u Gara, 102 (Hinrichs). .. .1 1A l/» 17
10*0 Veracua, 98 (Pirgoit) 3 2Va 2* 2A
1069 Kdiseinount, 100 (Martin).... 2
1104 Rev del Bandldos, ll'J (J.
N'nrvaez) 5 6 M it
1154 Her Majesty, 107 (K. Jones). 4 91 33 5V a
(1159)Cliarlie Boots. 01 (Chevalier). 64A 6 6
Oood start. Won hand I 'y. Time. I :o'2Vi- Win
ner, br. c, by Rathbone-M'ss Melbourne.
Beulnjc: l)on Gara 8 lo 1, Veragua 11 to 1.
Edsemonnt and Rey del Bandldos, coupled, 2 to 1,
Her Majesty 16 to 5, Charlie Boots 13 to 5.
"I "1 Q1 FOURTH RACE-Fivt and a half fur-
XAO-L. loiiks: selling; three-year-olds and up
ward ; purse 9300.
Ind. Jlorse. welirhr. Jockey. St. Va Sir. Fin.
1123 Nervoso, 90 (K.Jones) 4 Ih l^ln
(T2A) Frondeur, 88 (P! K KOti) 1 2/ 21 l 2h
(1160)8j>ort McAllister, lOs(Chev
aller) 2 5/ At M
1161 Normandie. 105 (Shaw). ...3 4/i JUA 43
(llfi2)Cirepnback Jr.. 97 (Coady). .6 6 6 5/
1061 Harry Lewis, 102(Jlinriehs)5 3^i 57 6
Uood start. Won drlvins. Time, 1:08. Winner,
eh. g., by Imp. Brutus-Nf rva.
Betting: Nervoso 7 to 2, Frondeur 4 to 1. Sport
McAllister 11 to £>, Normandie B to 1, Greonback
Jr. 8 lo 1, Harry Lewis 13 to 1.
"I "1 89 FIFTH RACE— Five and a half fur
-LJ-OZj. lonss: handicap; three-year-olds and up
ward: purse $300. .
Ind. Horse, welcht. Jockey. St. *A Btr. ■. Fin.
(1166)»ernardo. 104 (C0ady).....3 4/ 27 lit,
1166 Imp. Ivy, 102 (HnirJcbs)..l '47 * In 23
(1075) May McCarthy, 97 (Chev
alier) 1 ..:. ......... .:..'4 2Vi 8% 32
1156 Banjo, 'j7(PiK«otn...V... .15. 6 6 4%
1136 Centurion, 00 (E. Jones)... >:3n~ : - 42. 'b -
Fair start. Won driving. Time, 1 :07%.' Win
ner, br. g., by Imp. Cheviot-Sweet Peggy, r
' Betting: Bernardo 3to 1, Imp. Ivy 16 to 5, May
McCarthy 2 to 1, Centurion 7 to 1. Banjo 4 to 1.
•; ; Following are to-day's entries:
■ First raw, elevcn-Bixt€eathj) r of ft mile, seli
ing, non-winners— Gonzales' Maid 88, Josie G
94, Ladameo 78, Cadeau 83, Druscilla 83, Wild
Rose 102, Auteull 96.
Second race, nine-sixteenths of a mile,
maiden two-year-olds— Walter J 105, Belle
Bovd 107, Gladette gelding 102, Pr. Hooker
105, Miss Cunningham 107, Lady L:in«ter filly
107, Mollte Bawn 102.
Third race, one mile, selling— Seraphin 86,
Claudius 110, Sympathetlc's Last 103, Road
Runner 107, Ichi Ban 98.
Fourth race, one mile, gelling— Miss Buckley
88, Arnette 100, Commission 105. Carmel 104.
Fifth race, one mile and a naif, steeple
chase—Dick O'Malley 137, Vulcan 137, Joe
Frank 131, Mendocino 137, J O C 122, Yange
ESTEE LOSES HIS PARTffEB.
J. H. Miller to Withdraw From the
Finn of Xstee & Miller.
On August 1 the law firm of Estee &
Miller will dissolve partnership, and At
torney Miller will thereafter continue his
practice in the Mills building.
The announcement of thin change has
created considerable gossip in law circles,
but no reasons are given for the dissolu
tion except a mutual agreement on the part
of the firm's members to separate.
Attorney Miller has a National practice
in patent law and will devote the greater
part of his time to that branch of work.
Mr. Estee's practice is much le*s exten
sive than that of his partner and in
altogether different lines. From the latter
reason there is no occasion for consultation
between them on their cases, and they
really have no interests whatever in com
FORREST SEABURY DEAD.
Dramatic End of California's
He Had Just Completed a Huge
Canvas When He Fell and
"Yonr drop is finished, and it' 3 a won
der," were the last words of Forrest Sea
bury, the celebrated theatrical scenic artist,
a? he placed his brush in a pot of water
after completing the painting of a drop
curtain in the painting gallery of
Morosco's Opera-house at 4:35 p. M. yester
day. He took a few steps toward the
washstand near by, staggered and fell, and
within a few seconds breathed his last.
His remark had been addressed to Tom
Andrews, the stage manager of the theater.
But a moment before Seabury's elder son,
Forrest, had accosted him from the stage
floor below, asking him how he felt, and he
had replied in a cheery manner. Young
Forrest had not had time leave the stage
when he was called back in an excited tone
of voice by Jack Snell, one of the stage at
taches, who shouted that his father had
fainted and asked him to call a doctor.
Olhe Morosco, a son of the proprietor of
the opera-house, rushed to a telephone
and summoned a physician, while young
Seabury rushed up to his father, but
too late to get even a parting glance from
him. for he had expired almost instantly.
"Within two minutes Er. A. K. Happers
berg appeared, but every effort to bring
the unfortunate back to consciousness was
futile. Death was afterward, during the
autopsy by Dr. J. S. Barrett of the Coro
ner's office, found to have been due to a
heart affection known as aortic regurgita
Seabury had a reputation as a rapid and
skillful scenic artist second to none in this
country and his admirers claim that he
ranked with any in Europe. His fame
was acquired by work done in this City,
and though he had been the recipient of
[From a photograph.]
many flattering offers from Eastern theat
rical managers, among others Augustin
Daly, he could never be tempted to leave
California for any great length of time.
He was about 4. r > years of age and was
born at Beloit, Wis. He leaves two sons-
Forrest, aged 18, and Arthur, aged 17. The
former is an attache of the Morosco Thea
ter, and the latter is attending college.
He was separated from his first wife several
years ago, and his second wife took her
life on the Ist of May last Dy swallowing a
dose of carbolic acid, owing to long con
Seabury began his career as a. scenic
artist in this city twenty-three years apo
imdcr "William Porter at the California
Theater, then under the management of
John McC'ullougu and Lawrence Barrett.
He also workea with A. Voegtlin at this
theater. In 1878 he went to the Bush
street Theater, then under Charles Locke's
When the Baldwin was opened by Al
Hayrnan in 1883 he went there and re
mained with Hayman until three years
ago. Then he became the scenic artist for
the Stockwell. He went to Los Angeles a
little more than a year ago and returned
here to enter the employ of Walter Mo
rosco last February.
lie was a man of most generous impulses
and though for many years he had been
enjoying an income varying from |4000 to
$5000 a jear it is believed he has saved
little or nothing of it. Among the theatri
cal people of this City he was most highly
esteemed, both for his merits as an artist
and for his qualities as a man and friend.
The plea of distress was never made to
him in vain.
The most notable work done by him wat
the fcenery for the play of "Alabama"
staged at the Baldwin, and, and the pres
ent drop curtain of that theater, a scene of
Stratford upon Avon, is his handiwork.
His last canvas, that finished but a mo
ment or two before his death, was a camp
scene on the Potomac to be used next
week in the play "Captain Herne, U. S.
A." This immense canvas, measuring
36 by 41 feet, was completed in eighteen
hours. Another remarkably rapid piece
of work was the drop curtain now in nee at
Morosco's, known as the "Flag Curtain,"
which was executed specially for the
Fourth of July performance, and was
painted in seven hours.
"His forte," said Al Bouvier of the
Baldwin, who knew the deceased inti
mately for many years, "was in exteriors,
his drawing, foreshortening and perspec
tive being his Btrongest points. He de
tested having to do interiors, but all his
work was conscientiously performed."
Deceased had been under a physician's
care for about five months previous to his
death, but had never had any serious ill
ness or attack before, and his demise was a
great shock to his relatives and friends.
Th« remains are now at the undertaking
establishment of Porter Bros, on Eddy
street. No arrangements have yet be»n
made for the funeral.
The grandfather of the dead artist was
the rim Episcopal Archbishop to come to
the United Btates. and was tne founder of
old Trinity Church, New YorJc Citj.
SELLING POOLS OPENLY.
Gamblers Who Claim to Have
Found a Way to Subvert
THEY ARE "COMMISSION MEN."
Straight Bets and Combinations
Sold to Thousands Outside the
, There is a City ordinance that positively
prohibits betting and selling pools on
horseraces outside the limits of the race
A coincident circumstance is that pool
selling and betting on horseraces is at
present carried on in a very open and
notorious manner within a mile of the
The pool-sellers have' discovered a way
to carry on their business, which, they
tlaim, places them beyond the operation
of the law. And now there are five big
poolrooms in operation, where crowds of
men and boys gather all afternoon and
MARKING THE WINNERS FOR THE CROWD AT CORBETT'S POOL
ROOMS ON ELLIS STREET.
gamble in sums ranging all the way from
25 cents to $200.
The larger sums are infrequent. The
habitues ©f the poolrooms are mostly
young clerks, workingmen and the smaller
fry of gamblers. But that the stakes are
usually modest is no indication of the net
profits of the business. These vary from
$£)00 to $300 a day. A fair estimate ia that
these poolrooms consume daily $3000 of the
hard earnings or scant savings of the class
of men and boys that can least afford to
squander their money in this way.
But the monetary lons is trivial com
pared to what the law calls the "debauch
ing influences" of the immoral and "dis
creditable occupation," which, says the
law apainst the vice, "entices our y^uth
into habits that ultimately effect their
ruin and degradation."
The City ordinance against pool-selling
except within a racetrack inclosure ha 3
been tested in the Supreme Court and
found valid. The specious method by
which the law is now subverted has not
been tested in the courts. The pool-
Fellers claim to have the advice of a well
known criminal lawyer, which is to the
effect that a conviction of the pool-sellers
cannot be had nnder the provisions of the
But this is only the pool-sellers' version
of one legal opinion. The resorts have
been running wide open for three months
Theve la More Money in Selling Pool-
Tickets Than Drinks.
and the police have made no attempt to
close them. At best the present evasion of
the laws if such it shall finally prove to be.
is merely a technical evasion, and it ia dif
ficult to understand how an untested teeh
nicility, so far raised only by tne gamblers
themselves, can operate to debar the police
from making every possible effort to en
force the letter and spirit of a very strin
gent and plainly worded ordinance.
Yet such seems to be the case. None of
the five resorts have been molested. They
are located as follows:
HARRY E. CORBETT *fe CO., 30 Ellis
HENRY SCHWARTZ, Pauper alley.
"W. L. KENNEDY, 103 Stockton street.
LEVY <fc CO.. 11 Ellis street.
A. B. BROYER, Fourth and Mission
These places are running wide open, and
there is no pretense of secresy about their
operations. Crowds are coming in and
going out all afternoon, and from 3 o'clock
till 7 each place is crowded with a most
heteroteneous collection of gambling hu
manity almost to the point of suffocation.
These pool-seller? claim to be commis
sion men. On their tickets they print in
big type "Commission Office." They pre
tend to charge a commission of 10 per cent
for acting as carriers between their patrons
and the racetrack. Their tickets read as
HARRY E. CORBETT <fe CO.
30 ELLIS STREET.
KO BETTING DONE OR PERMITTED HERE.
July 17, 1895.
Received dollars, to be feent on commis
sion to racetrack at Bay District nn<l there
at track quotations, if such can be obtained.
It is understood and agreed that the under
signed act in the premises as common carriers
only for the purpose of transferring the money
above mentioned to the place designated.
CHARGE FOB COMMISSION, 10 CENTS.
Notice — Amount of order returned, less com
mission, when a failure to execute is due to ac
cidental or other unavoidable delays in trans
All the evasion there is in their opera
tions is contained in the printing and cir
culation of these tickets.
The money taken in never leaves the
poolroom till the day's worK is over and
the cash is counted.
In no case is the ten cents commission
charged for transportation, and there is no
pretense to that effect, aside from the
printed words on the ticket.
Recently a friend of Harry Corbett
asked him what kind of a showing he
would make in conn in case his place was
raided. "You could hardly pretend that
the money you take in is actually trans
ferred to the racetrack, for you keep on
taking bets till the horses are at the post."
"Oh, that's easy." replied Corbett. "Joe
is supposed to take $1000 with him every
afternoon when he goes to the track, and
out of that amount he plays what we tell
Of course this is a bald fiction and it
would seem easy enough to a layman to
prove to a reasonable court or jury that
there is not time enough between the clos
ing of bets and the end of the race for the
man at the track to apportion several hun
dred dollars in quarters and halves on half
a dozen or more horses. And aside from
this the bets do not close on Ellis street
until they are also closed at the track.
Hence the fiction is impossible of being
Harry E. and Joe Corbett and Jim Dun
can carry on the largest poolroom in town
in the place that was once known as Cor
bett's saloon. When they began to sell
pools on the races the police took from
them their license to sell liquor and now
not even a glass of soda water can be pur
But their present business is far more
lucrative than even the saloon business at
best. The Corbetts' net profits are now
about $900 a day. The two large rooms on
the ground floor «re thronged all afternoon
and stacks and stacks of small coins pass
over the bar in the course of business
Corbett & Co. have a private telephone
wire to the racetrack, and for this privi
lege they pay the "Western Union Tele
graph Company $25 a day, exclusive of the
cost of the wire. Joe Corbett remains at
the track to send in the results of the races.
He rings one bell when the horses are at
the post and three bells when they are off.
Then, when the race is over, he calls off
the result to Jim Duncan and he calls the
lucky names to the marker in the rear
The beta are made according to the track
quotations. Unless it is otherwise stipu
lated by the buyer his money is taken on
closing quotations, whatever they may be.
However, at the opening of bets on a cer
tain race the buyer may demand the open
ing odds, in which case they are accorded
Henry Schwartz' resort on Pauper alley
is of next importance to Corbett's. At
these poolrooms a good many of the mer
chants who are too busy to go to the track
come in for a few moments to play a sure
tip or two. But the merchants' clerks and
the unemployed workmen are the most nu
merous patrons by far.
That fiction concerning the transfer of
the money from the poolrooms to the rac
ing tracks is more palpably a fiction at
Bchwartz' place than elsewhere, for here
all straight bets are paid off at the end of
Indeed, any one can stand at the bar or
counter in any of the poolrooms in the
City, Det his money, see it laid away in
stacks or in the cash drawer, and see it
stay there until the race is decided and the
At all the poolrooms except Schwartz'
no money is paid until 7 o'clock in the
evening. At Broyer's pJace, Fourth and
Mission, only a blank slip of paper, with
the name of the horse written in indelible
pencil and the date and number of the
ticket, is handed the buyer.
Of course, Broyer claims to be in on the
commission fiction as well as all the others,
but since he enjoys the protection of King
McManus he does not think it necessary
to go to the expense of having printed
tickets. He pays his $25 a day to the
"Western Union, and has no other expense
beyond that of an extra bartender.
His business is conducted openly and
above board in his saloon, the "Arcade."
He finds pool-selling not injurious to his
retail liquor trade, and for some reason or
other— probably the pull of the "King"—
is- permitted to sell pools and drinks over
the same bar.
It was in March, 1891, in response to a
strong public sentiment, that the Board of
Supervisors passed the ordinance restrict
ing pool-selling and betting on horseraces
to the track wherein the races are held.
This law, tested and approved by the Su
preme Court, reads as follows:
ORDER NO. 2361.
Prohibiting all tkksons from EHaAonra n*
SELLING POOLS, OR BOOK.VAKING, OR MAKING
BETS OR WAGERS ON HORSERACES WHEREIN
MONEY OR OTHER ARTICLES OF VALVE ARK
STAKED OR PLKDGED, EXCEPT IN CERTAIN
Whereas, It has become apparent that the
practice of gambling on horseraces has become
alarmingly prevalent, and is the cause of de
bauching many of our boys and young men,
rendering them unfit for the honorable occu
pations of life ; and whereas, this discreditable
occupation, with all its vicious results, is al
lowed in all its alluring features to occupy
places in the business portions of our City, en
ticing our youths into habits which ultimately
effect their ruin and degradation; and where
as, it is asserted that there is no legislation
prohibitory of this nefarious and demoralizing
pursuit being conducted and carried on, the
present Legislature having failed to pass any
of the bills introduced for that purpose; now,
THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY AND COUNTY
OF SAN FRANCISCO DO OKDAIN AS FOL
POOL-SELLING PROHIBITED EXCEPT ON RACETRACK.
Section 1. No person upon any trial or con
test of skill, speed or power of endurance be
tween horses, except within the inclosure of a
racetrack where such trial or contest is to take
place, shall —
Sell any pool or pools or make up any book,
list or memorandum for or on wbich money or
other article of value shall be received or en
tered up, listed or written, or receive any
money or other article of value as a stake or
pledge upon the happening or non-happening
of any event;
THE SALE OF POOL-TICKETS PROHIBITED.
Sell, issue or dispose of any ticket, certificate
or other evidence of payment, on which shall
be inscribed, written or printed any number,
name, word or mark, or anything to designate
the choice selected, received or accepted by
any other person to entitle or enable the said
person holding the said ticket, certificate or
other evidence of payment, to gain or lose on
any contingent issue;
STAKE HOLDING PROHIBITED.
Receive any money, or anything represent
ing money, or any article of value, as a bet or
hazard upon the event in any contest or con
tingent issue, or as a stake or pledge between
two or more parties, and disburse the said
money, or any portion of the said money or
anything representing money or other article
of valre, upon any representation or condition!
or in conformity to or with any express or Ucit
understanding or agreement.
PRESENCE OF MINORS WHERE POOLS ARK BEINQ
Sec. 2. No person shall allow or permit any
minor to participate or be interested in any
book as aforesaid, or be present at any time or
place where the sale of pools or the making np
of any book is being carried on or conducted.
BETTING PROHIBITED EXCEPT ON RACECOURSE.
Sec. 3. No person upon any trial or contest
of skill, speed or power of endurance between
horses, except within the Inclosure of a race
track where such trial or contest is to take
place, shall purchase or acquire for money, or
anything representing money, or any article
of value or any other consideration, any inter
est in or upon the event of any such trial or
contest or contingent issue, or place or deposit
any stake, wager, hazard or pledge, between
two or more parties of money or anything rep
resenting money or any article of value in or
upon the happening or non-happening of any
event or contingent issue.
Sec. 4. No person, except within the places
designated in section 1 of this order, shall
knowingly lease or rent or allow to be occu
pied or used any building, structure, room,
apartment, place or any premises whatever for
the purposes as specified and recited ia section
1 of this order.
Sec. 5. Every person who shall violate any
of the provisions of this order shall be deemed
guihy of a misdemeanor, and, upon a convic
tion thereof, shall be punished by a fine of
not more than $ 500 or by imprisonment of not
more than six months, or by both such fine
Sec. 6. This order shall take effect and be in
force on and after its passage.
San Francisco, March 23, 1891.
Evidently if these five poolrooms may
flourish unmolested a score of others and
lesser or greater ones may also be oper
ated—or even a hundred or thousand of
them. Why should there be a limit ?
And if 25-cent bets are taken why should
not 10 cents or 5 cents be taken? As it ia
many messenger and news boys find their
way into the poolrooms when they have a
quarter to gamble. It will not be long be
fore a room will be opened where their
nickels and dimes will be accepted. Al
ready the evil has reached a dangerous
growth, and unless some method is found
to stop it the City may soon be honey
combed with poolrooms again.
True, no one has yet discovered a way
by which the bookmaker can evade the
law, but if combinations and straight bets
can be taken with immunity the book
makers can well afford to remain at the
An amendment to the law was suggested
by an enthusiast who wanted the pool
rooms closed once and for all. But the
present law has not been proved inefficient
as yet. No effort has been made to close
these places. When the old law has been
proved a failure then it will be time to talk
about new laws or new amendments.
Action under the present law is the need
of the hour.
The questions naturally presented by
this state of affairs are these:
What are Chief Growley and his officers
doing to enforce the law?
Has it come to such a pass that The
Call must be constantly pointing out
their duty to them ?
Suit for Maintenance.
Mrs. Josephine E. Amiraux has filed a coin
plaint against her husband.Gehei Amiraux, in
a suit for maintenance. She says that she waa
deserted in February. 1893.
HI. BROWN & SONS
S. P. TAYLOR PAPER CO.
414 AND 416 CLAY STREET,
Manufacturers and Dealers In
All Grades and Sizes of
EAGLE PAPER BAGS,
Send for our REDUCED PRICE LIST
on Eagle Paper Bags and Twine.
M. BROWN" & SONS,
S. P. TAYLOR PAPER CO.,
414 AND 416 CLAY STREET.