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ORGANIZED
TO MEDDLE
IN POLITICS
Aim of Los Angeles'
League for Better
Government.
Conducted in the Interest
of a Trio of Cor
porations.
Its Mission to Antagonize the
Regular Republicans of
the City.
GANG RULE ITS POLICY.
Membership Hns Fallen From Four
Thousand to Lees Than Two
Hundred.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
cloak of a l.ame which appeals strong
ly to every fair-minded and patriotic
citizen, the League for Better City
Government in Los Angeles has und
ertaken to do things that would have
brought down the severest condemna
tion upon any organization that had
not succeeded in deluding the general
public as this has done. Organized
ostensibly for the purpose of bringing
about better conditions in Los An
geles, its name is now used for the
self-advancement of certain individ
uals in the interest of a few corpora
tions and as a means of splitting the
Republican party in the interests of the
local Democracy.
The movement for better city govern
ment was instituted under the aus
pices of the league about eighteen
months ago. Its membership increased
rapidly, and Just before the munici
pal election hfld in December of 1896
there were more than 4000 names on
■ mbership roll
The manner in which the league con
ducted its campaign in this election and
the manner in which the league affairs
were handled by a certain small clique
which represents corporation interests,
the • newspaper combination
of Lop Angeles and the concentrated
antagonism to the regular Republican
party has caused the membership to
fall off to such an extent that there are
not to-day more than 200 members in
good standing, and possibly less than
half that number.
Under the bylaws adopted by the
league's affairs are controlled by a
board of directors, consisting of twen
ty-three members. This board is now
constituted as follows: S. A. Butler,
Harry Chandler. O. P. Clark. H. J.
Fleishman. T. E. Gibbon, J. M. Grif
fith, Bttrt Eates Howard, Lee A. Mc-
Connell, D. M. McGarry, Robert Mc-
Ciarvin. Octavius Morgan. M. H. New
, . William Pridman, Ferd. K. Rule,
■Alfred Stern, W. L. Valentine, J. V.
Warhtel. G. 11. Wadleigh, T. S. Wads
worth. I. A. Weid, M. Welsh, J. R.
N< wberry and W. D. Woolwine.
Because The Call, in connection with
its investigations regarding the School
B"ard scandal, has been giving all the
facts and giving them fairly as they
develop, it has aroused the league to
a childish and impotent antagonism of
this journal. It was not so much that
The Call published unprejudiced re
ports of the sessions of the Hoard of
Education which was hearing the
Webb case, but the fact that this paper
called attention to the felonious action
of another member of the Hoard of Ed
ucation, who is also a member of the
league, that caused the league by for
mal resolutions to pet up a howl
against The Call in unison with the
yelping and barking of the three news
papers — the Times, the Herald and the
Express — that run the paper, or are
run by the league's inner clique.
At a cowardly secret session a hand
ful of men — a bare quorum of the board
of directors of the league — passed a
pet of resolutions which has not one
fair or truthful statement in it, and
which smacks strongly of the charac
teristic whinings of a hypocrite ex
posed. These resolutions are as fol
lows:
Resolved, That we call the attention of
the business m. ■ . of this
city to the treatment which the E
B^urd scandal is receiving in thi
Francisco Call, a newspaper which pro
fesses to be friendly to this section, and
which has some circulation in this city,
but which has persistently misrepresent
ed th< dvantage of the
forces at work for municipal inform and
to the detriment of this city.
Re= .• the League for Better
City Government, an organization which
has for its object a business administra
tion of the city';- affairs, without .regard
to party, hereby emphatically condemns
the San Francisco Call for Its impudent
<1 baseless attacks on respectable citi
i us and its attempted defense of boo
dlers.
At the meeting at which these reso
lutions were passed there were present
cut of the twenty-ihree-dlrectors here
tofore named only eight, as follows: S.
A- Butler, Lee A. Connell, Robert Mc-
Garvin, W. L. Valentine, J. V. Wachtel,
G. EL Wadleigrh, T. S. Wadsworth and
W. D. Woolwine. These men repre
sented in spirit if not in fact- those
persons and interests which have been
forcing the prosecution against Walter
L. Webb, against whom no adverse tes-
timony has been brought out except
that given by two self-confessed per
jurers. These same persons and inter
ests have Bet th-ir forces to the work
to shield and protect J. H. Braly, a
member of the Board of Education, a
member of the League for Better City
Government and the president of the
Southern California Savings Bank.
This attitude of defense on behalf of
Braly has been assumed in the face of
documentary evidence of an incontro
vertible character that has been shown
t" >-xist against Braly, and which
shows him to have been guilts' of a.
felonious act and to have involved his
ba:;k in transactions frbidden by law
in order to protect savings bank de
positors.
Among the eight members present
and participating in the star chamber
proceedings of last Tuesday night will
be noticed the name of W. I). Wool
wine Mr. Woolwine is the ca-hier of
the Southern California Savings Bank,
of which Mr. Braiy is president.
A brief history of the League for
Better City O.jvprnmoin throws con
siderable light upon the ulterior ends
for which it was organized and in
interests it is and has been used.
• It. was incubated and hatched in the
\Lx>s Angelas Chamber of Commerce by
C. D. Willard. then secretary of that
body and now manager of "the Los
Angeles Express. WiUard was also a
member of the first board of directors
elected aftf-r the league was inr.. r j>M
rated, in May of last year. Among the
other directors elected at this time
was L. E. Mosher. who is the first lieu
tenant of H. d. Otis in the manage
ment of the Times. "While Mr. Wil
lard's name does not aopear in the
present board of directors of the
league, he is still one of its most ac
tive spirits. In tho existing: board o f ,
directors the Times Is represented by
Harry Chandler a son-in-lay.- of H. O.
• Mis. and the superintendent of the cir
culation of the Times, whilf the Her
ald newspaper is represented by T. K.
Gibbon.
In both the o-ld board and in the new
the three corporations which are look
ed upon by the taxpayers of this city
as being m"st Inimical to thoir Inter
ests are well and numerously repre
sented. Th^e corporations are the Loa
Angeles City Water Company, the Loa
Angeles Lighting Company and the Los
Angeles Electric Company. Incidental
ly, th<- significant fact may be noted
that nearly every officer of the water
company was a vice-president at the
mass meeting held in this city under
the auspices of the Leapue for i
city Government in reference to the
School Hoard scandal.
Another significant fact in reference
to the league is that four of its leading
spirits— T. EL Gibbon. (". D. Wiliard,
Henry W. O'Melveny and Charles For
man — are Democrats, while most of the
other prominent men in the leapue are
what are known as "Otis Republicans."
The Otis wing of the Republican
party of this sectjon of the State is but
a very small minority. What local
strength it has lies in this city. In
the interior Otis men are nearly as
scarce as hen's teeth. It is the unquali
fied opinion of the Republicans allied
with the regular organization of that
party that the league Is nothing more
than an instrument to be used by this
unholy alliance of Democrats and
pseudo Republicans to disintegrate the
local Republican party and to bring
victory to the local Democratic ticket.
It is asserted that with the city pnv
ernment in control of Democrats it
would be a comparatively easy thing
to secure control of the c«unty offices.
Among the best citizens of the city
the opinion is freely expressed that if
a league ticket is elected and such a
tit k< t would be energetically supported
by the syndicated press, consisting of
the Times, Herald and Express— the
people would be delivered over to the
mercies of the three corporations pre
viously named.
There is no question but that there
are still a large number of disinterest
ed and well meaning citizen? who are
members of the league, but this class !
of people has been withdrawing more
and more rapidly as it became more \
and more apparent that the league was j
a delusion and a snare, and that the
good people In It were simply being
used as figureheads to subserve the
vicious ends of the conspirators who
instituted, who have shaped the course
of and now absolutely control the mis
named league for better city gov
ernment.
WHISKY URGED
HIM TO SHOOT
An Intoxicated Man's Reckless
Handling of a Shotgun
at Fresno.
Fires Seven Charges Through the
Walls of His House Before Ho
Is Restrained.
Fp^lal Dispatch to Th' Call.
FRESNO. Jan. 15.— F. C. Cretser, while
drunk early yesterday morning, proceed
ed to shoot his house to- pieces. With a
No. 10 shotgun he fired seven shots
through the dwelling, tearing big holes in
portions of the house and shooting the
doors down. The tiring attracted all th«
neighbors in the vicinity of his home, at
3320 Fresno street. When the shooting
had ceased they gathered around the
house, thinking that a tragedy had been
committed, as Cretser was known to have
had trouble with his wife at different
times. Finally several men ventured in
and found Cretser, his brother and a
third man named Erigelbretson lying in a
room in a half-drunken stupor.
It was almost a miracle that the freak
of the drunken man had not resulted in
the loss of several lives, as a charge of
the shot entered the home of William
Shepp. across the street. Some of the
shot fell on the roof, while one charge
entered through a window of a room, but
had spent its force.
All three of the men In the house were
arrested this morning by Constable Shaw.
It was learned that i Creston had been
deserted by his wife a few days ago. and
he proceeded to drown his sorrow. While
under the influence of whisky he deter
mined to shoot their home full of holes.
He succeeded well in his undertaking.
The three men were charged with disturb
ing the peace.
PRINCE COLLONNA TO WED
A BEAUTIFUL HEIRESS.
Fell in Love With a Photograph of Miss
Moran and Now Society Reports
That They Are Engaged.
NEW YORK. Jan. 15— A Richmond dip
patch to tho Herald says: It is rumored
in society here that Prir.ee Fabian Col
lonna of Paris is engaged to a beautiful
Virginia heiress, Miss Eleanor I;
Moran. The Prince recently dedicated a
poem to Miss Moran. nn«l it was pub
lished In Paris. Miss Moran, with her
s;sii-r arid mother, will sail fur Europe in
the sfirin«. it is said, to mc-t th-- Prince.
Prince Collonna is said to be a trie
several of Mrs. Morarra ft nd th«
story is that be f'-ll in lov« with ;i ;
graph of the Southern beauty and asked
permission to dedicate :i poem to her,
which was granted by the mother. Soci
ety now declares that the two hav<- be
come engaged. It is well known that Miss
Moran is an heiress. She !s a famous
beauty and was a reigninp belle at White
Sulphur Springs, Narragansett and other
watering places.
CLAY'S YOUNG WIFE
IS WALKING HOME.
No One Would Lend Her a Horse Because
They Were Afraid of the Vengeance
of Her Brother Clell.
NEW YORK. Jan. 15— A Valley View.
Ky.. special to the Herald says: General
C.-issius M. Clay's wife. Dora. start<-<! t'>
walk to Whitehall, his home, this after
noon. She tried all the morning to get a
horse, but nobody would lend or hire one
to her for fear of her brother, Clell. v. t: .
shot at her yesurday. The gtrl \v.>i»t bit
terly when all her neighbors refused to
aid her, but Boon dried her tears and Bald
she would walk the distance, no m
how bad the n >:<.ils Were.
General Clay learned <>f her latest trou
ble with her brother about noon and said
he was not surprised. He feared Clell
Richardson would kill hr-r. He Bays Rich
ardson h;us used her money and kept her
under the influonee of drugs untji her
mind has bocom<> unsettled. Richardson,
it is said, still threatens to kill Dora and
his brothers if th<>y interfere with him.
CORITA TEMPLE INSTITUTED.
Organization of Rathbone Sisters Formed
at Santa Rosa.
SAXTA ROSA, Jan. in.— Past Grand
Chief Mrs. Lily Samuels of Oakland in
stituted rortta Temple of Rathbone Sis
ters at Hahman Hall this evening. The
temple has 100 charter members— the larg
est list in the State. The decree work was
done by the Oakland team. Many prom
inent members of Calanthe Tomple of
Oakland and the East Oakland temple
were present. The affair closed with a
banrjuet.
Advances made on furniture and pianos, with
or without removal. J. Noonan, 1017-1023 Mission.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 1898.
DEATH FOR
THE SLAYER
OF ANDREWS
Winters Found Guilty
by a Redwood
City Jury.
First Degree Murder With
No Recommendation
©f Clemency.
Unanimous Verdict Reached
on the Taking of the
First Ballot.
FORSAKEN BY HIS NERVE.
The Convicted Man Checked In an
Excited Attempt to Revile His
Ex posers.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
REDWOOD CITY. Jan. 15.— "Guilty
of murder In the first degree."
Such whs the verdict rendered this
afternoon by the Jury impaneled tn
try Harry Winters for the murder of
Charles A. Andrews in the Grand
Hotel at Baden last November.
When the case was given to the Jury
it was evident to every one present in
the courtroom that the twelve men
would certainly convict the prisoner,
but it was thought, after the Jury had
retired, that imprisonment for life
would be the punishment, instead
of death.
During the short time the Jury were
deliberating the defendant appeared
nervous and excited, and a Deputy
Sheriff was at his side continually.
When the foreman announced the ver
dict Winters Jumped to his feet and
began to address the Jury, but was
silenced by the court and Sheriff. He ,
looked pale and haggard.
When court adjourned yesterday af
ternoon Winters was on the stand.
This morning Attorney Nagle further
questioned him with respect to the
clothes he wore on the 16th and 17th
<j{ November. A number of people at
Baden who identified him said he wore
a black Fedora hat. He denied this
morning that he ever wore such a hat,
and denied that the hat found in the
hall of the Grand Hotel was his. He
said that on the 16th he wore a stiff
Derby hat and on the morning of the
17th he changed it for a light slouch
hat given to him by James L.. Xagle,
the brother of his attorney. He did
not have a blue Melton overcoat on
the day he was in Baden, as testified
to by Witness Hi ley.
Upon cross-examination it was
Shown clearly that his whole story
given In direct examination was fabri
cation. He made many contradictory
statements, which greatly prejudiced
his case. He admitted that he knew
Raymond and knew him well, but that
he was acquainted with him under the
name of Samuel Moore.
His acquaintance with Raymond
dated back a number of years, and as
Raymond has been confined in State's
Prison for a long period and until very
recently, it must be that the acquaint
anceship was formed there. He ad
tnitted that he had been convicted of a
felony, but of what felony the court
would not permit to be shown. His
appearance and every action betoken the
criminal. Especially was this notice
able yesterday, when he was shown th~
revolver taken from him in the Grand
Hotel and the one taken from Ray
mond on the morning of the 17th. when
he was captured. He took them and
handled them as no one could who was
iv*t very familiar with such weapons.
He gave it as his opinion that pistols
■uch as those could be purchased for
$1 90 each.
James L. Xagle was called as a wit
ness for defendant. He identified a
hat shown him, and testified that he
gave it to Winters on the 17th of No
vember. He had given the defendant
the suit of clothes he was wearing.
Winters, he Bald, had been doing odd
Jobs about the office for him for some
time past, and he had seen him every
day from the 17th to the 24th of No
vember, on which latter date he was
arrested. On the 17th he noticed noth
ing unusual in the appearance of Win
ters. He bore no marks of a confUd of
any kind such as would have attract
ed his attention.
This completed the defendant's case,
and in rebuttal District AtUrrney
Walker called John Nelson, who testi
fied that he was night watchman at
the Salvation Army quarters on New
Montgomery street in San Francisco.
Tic said ho know Winters, and had seen
him at the Salvation Army pla;e on
several occasions, thus contradicting
Winters, who said he was never there
! before the nipht of the 16th of Novem
■ ber. He further testified that he had
p°en him there with Raymond, alias
Moore,, and also with a man by the
name of Willett. Willett is wanted for
: this same murder, and for his arrest a
reward of ?2~>Q has been offered.
Constable PescteUo was called In re
! buttai and testified that soon after the
crime had been committed he went to
San Francisro and stationed himself
!at the entrance to the building in
which Mr. Hagle had his office. He
; took this position about 7:30 o'clock la
the morninp and remained there all
; day, with the exception of about an
hour fur lunch, for four or five days
watching for Winters, but saw him
: only one- in all that time.
At U:M the District Attorney began
his opening argument to the Jury, fin
ishing at noon. At 1 o'clock Attorney
Nagle spoke in behalf of the defendant
and was followed by the closing argu
ment from the District Attorney. The
court then instructed th^ Jury and at
2:90 o'clock it retired. While' the jury
was out the defendant tried to appear
unconcerned, but tailed utterly. And
when the Jury returned he half started
from his scat, seeming to expect the
worst. The Jury was out only about
twenty-flve minutes before it reached
Its verdict. But two ballots were cast,
and each of these was unanimous The
first ballot was as to whether the de
f. odant was guilty or not guilty, and
the second was as to the punishment
to be inflicted. The result was mur
der in the first degree, without fixing
the punishment. This means that un
less the Supreme Court grants a new
trial Winters will be hanged for the
murder of C. A. Andrews.
When the foreman had announced
the verdict Winters Jumped to his feet
and addressed the Jurors. He said:
"Gentlemen of the Jury. T don't blame
you for what you have done, but T do
blame these liars, perjurers, bribers
and murderers."
BOOTH IS
AGAIN IN
AMERICA
The Arrival of the
General in New
York.
Will Make an Extended
Tour in Canada and
This Country.
Plans to Meet His Son Balling
ton and His Sick
Wife.
TALKS OF HIS CHILDREN.
Great Good Will Result From the
Visit of the Chief of the Sal
vation Army.
Special Dispatch to Th« Call.
,NKW YORK. Jan. IK.— General
Booth, the hond of the Salvation Army,
reached this city to-day on board the
steamer St. Paul from Southampton.
In honor of his visit to America twelve
new shelters for the homeless poor and
three new rescue homes for women will
be simultaneously opened In the coun
try. The general, now in his sixty
ninth year, made his first trip to this
country in 1894, holding 200 meetings
within three months. Since then the
army shows an increase of member
ship of 2438. The colonization scheme,
the pet project of General Booth, will
be pushed during his stay.
The general was met down the bay
by Commander Booth-Tucker. On the
pier a large delegation of headquarters
Salvationists were awaiting their
chief, and he was given a warm re
ception.
"The general." said Commander
Booth-Tucker, "will stay at my house
in Pordham until Monday, when he
will leave for Canada, where he will be
met by his daughter, Miss Eva Booth,
who Is in charge of the Salvation Army
there. He will remain three weeks in
Canada, inspecting the work of the
army, and will then return to the
United States. He will begin his Amer
ican tour <>n February 1" In Washing
ton. After that he will visit Pittsburg,
<'<.lumbus. Cincinnati. St. Louis, Kan
sas city, Denver, L»s Angeles. San
Francisco, Portland, Seattle and Spo
kane at which last place he will be on
March 17. The general then will cross
again over into Canada and visit Vic
toria Vancouver and Winnipeg. On
March 19 he will be in Minneapolis and
Bl Paul. From March 20 to 21 he will
be in Chicago. From then until April
14 he will visit successively Cleveland,
Buffalo. Boston and Philadelphia. Gen
eral Booth will conclude his American
visit with a series of meetings and
! demonstrations in New York from
April 14 to 19. On April 20 he will sail
for England.
"General Booth's idea is not alone to
look over the work and progress of the
Salvation Army in the United States
and Canada, but in traveling through
these countries he will confer with a
number of the citizens of th» leading
cities concerning his schemes fcr the
assistance of the poor. He will inspect
ami sugest Improvement* in tho social
institutions which we have established
in this country, which now have ac
commodation for 4000 persons."
I Miring the day General Booth made
a >l>'tailed statement of his plans to the
newspaper reporters. Incidentally, he
si.<-k.> of his relations with his son. Bal
' llngton Booth. Upon this subject he
Bald that full explanations of the cause
of separation were given at the time
of the disagreement, and to these he
was unable to add anything.
"As to the present condition rrf my
daughter-in-law," he went on, "I have
I already expressed n.y deep sympathy
with my son, both by cable and by let
' ter. With respect to the causes that
have led up to this illness. I am to
tally in the dark. Commander Booth-
Tucker and my daughter, the Consul.
', have, I believe, already denied all
i blameworthiness on th«> part of the
leaders of the Salvation Army here for
this painful affliction
"Of my daughter, who is known to
every Christian throughout the length
and breadth of the world, I net-<l not
s.iy anything, while my long and inti
, mate acquaintance with Commander
Booth-Tucker and personal knowledge
' of th^ honorable career he has sacri
ficed in the Indian service to become a
worker with mo. gave me the highest
confidence in th<* wisdom of his admin
istration and the oorrect&ess of all
' statements he may have made on this
i or any other phase of the subject.
"A great deal of curiosity has been
' manifested, I am Informed, as to
\ whether I am going to have an inter
■ view with my son. To that I reply
that I have already asked for an inter
view on th» occasion of my present
■ visit. Whether it will be granted to
me in the form I have asked for— that
! is, without the Interference of any
other person — remain" to be seen."
Commander Balllngton Booth, of the
i Volunteers of America, was asked If he
would be willing to meet his father. H
said: "Most assuredly. I will meet
my father under the following condi
tions* which have been drawn by the
\ Rev. Josiah Strong:
"First— That there shall he arranged
an interview between General William
Booth and Commander Ralllngt.m
Booth at as early a date as possible.
"Second— That th»>y meet not In
their official capacity but as father and
. son.
'■Third— That Rev. Joslah Strong of
the Evangelical Society be invited to
be present as a witness, and that Dr.
Strong shall give th« result of such an
interview to the public."
SUED BY A MOTHER.
Oakland Woman Accused of Obtaining
Property Fraudulently.
SANTA CRtJZ. -Inn. ir> -Suit was
brought to-day by Catherine Gallagher
of Watson ville against her daughter,
Jane Klee of Oakland, to set aside a <I< >ed
to property valued at $27,000. Two years
ago Mrs. Gallagher executed a deed to
her daughter, with the understanding
that It was not to be recorded until after
her death. This was done so as to aviod
probate proceedings. The deed was
kept in a tin box in the bank. It was
agreed that neither should remove it
unless the other one was present.
A few days ago Mrs. Gallagher was
surprised to learn that the d»'e<i had been
recorded. She charges that the defend
ant surreptitiously removed the deed
from the box without her consent. The
plaintiff's entire Income i» derived from
the property.
HAMPERED
BY A LACK
OF DOCKS
How the Navy "Would
Fare in Case of
War.
Urgent Need of Better
Facilities Cannot Be
Overlooked.
Construction and Rapairs That
Should Not B© Longer
Delayed.
STARTLING FACTS STATED.
Only On« Dry-Dock on the Pacific
Coast Which Would Hold a
Largo Battleship.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
NEW YORK. Jan. lo.— The Herald's
Washington correspondent sends the
following: In the event of war ope
rations the United States navy would
be seriously hampered by a lack of
docks; this is particularly true of
the North Atlantic squadron. Secre
tary Long- declares that the most urg
ent need of the navy is an increase of
docking facilities. Of eleven Govern
ment docks — nine on the Atlantic and
two on the Pacific Coast — three were
designed to accommodate battle-ships
of the first class, one at New York, one
at Port Royal, S. C, and one at Brem
erton, Washington, on Puget Sound.
Civil Engineer M. T. Endicott, who
returned to-day from the Brooklyn
navy-yard, where he has been in con
sultation with Naval Constructor
Bowles in regard to making repairs to
dry dock No. 3, informed Secretary
LK>ng that there is grave danger that
the key wall will give way. It is not
believed that the dock will be ready
for service until the entrance has been
rebuilt, and at least six months and
probably longer will be required to do
this. There is not only an insufficiency
of water at the entrance to Port Royal
dry dock, but the cross section of the
dock is too small to admit battle-ships
with bilge keels.
There is only one dock on the Pacific
Coast of sufficient size to dock modern
battle-ships. This is on Puget Sound,
900 miles from San Francisco. Ac
oesa to it is through a narrow channel
twenty miles long, onf side of which is
in possession of a foreign Government.
The battle-ships Indiana and Massa
chusetts were docked some months ago,
the former at Halifax and the latter
in dry dock No. 3, just before the
Brooklyn structure developed the de
fects. It is recognized by Naval au
thorities that Great Britain in
case of war would not per
mit United States men-of-war to
Use Canadian or English docks, and
this Government would consequently he
thrown on its own resources. At the
present time the department has been ;
Informed that the hulls of the battle- ; (
ships lowa. Indiana and Massachusetts j ,
art- foul and their speed has been ma- ; '.
terially decreased. Even should Xaval }
Constriu-tor liowles be successful in '
makinp repairs, some of the officials of
the department say that the dry dock
might be found to he too weak to ac
commodate a ship of 11,000 tons dis
plae.-nvnt. One of th» se pentlemen
pointed out to-day that the dry dock is
built on soil of a quicksand character, j
"Constant driving of sheet piling." he
said, "has undoubtedly resulted in
loosening the soil. You will recall that
•>n January 7 the earth back of the
winp wall on the easterly side of the '.
dock settled, carrying; with it the crane
tracks. Water and fine sand entered j
the pit between the caisson and the
tarn, and the flow finally resulted in a
cave-in. That illustrates the weakness
of the dock. The department will not
trust one of its costly battleships in a
structure of this character until small
er vessels sufficiently strong to stand
tumblinK about have tested its
strenpth."
When T saw Mr. Kndicott to-day he
declined to discuss the Brooklyn dry
dock question, but from another official
who knows what Mr. Kndicott did
while at the navy yard. I learned that
his Investigation shows that there is
; prave danger of the collapse of the en
tire entrance to the dock.
In his reports to the Senate and
House Naval Committee, Secretary
i Lone urped that docks be constructed
at Boston, Portsmouth, N. H.. and
Marc Island. Cat.; that dry-dock No.
i 2 at the New York navy-yard be fitted
with a concrete entrance ami widened
sufficiently to accommodate our larpest
battleships; that the present timber
dry-dock at Leneu* 1 Island be widened
and provided with a concrete entrance.
and that at Norfolk dry-dock be j
1 lengthened 150 feet, which will enable
j it to accommodate all except the very \
'■■ largest ships. A sub-committee of the I
i House Nnval Committee i«s considering ;
the naval appropriation Mil, and the
! Recretciry believes that the sub-com
mittee nnd committee, recognizing the
Imperative needs of docks, will make
provision for their construction, as he
I recommended.
SHOT BY HER SON.
Accident That May Cause the Death of a
Phatnix Woman.
PHOENIX. Ariz.. Jan. 15.— Mrs. J. C.
Rigdon. nped H years, is dying at her
home, four miles east of Phoenix, from
the efforts of a gunshot wound accident
ally received through the carelessness of
her 12-year-old son. The lad was clean
' Ing his shotgun this evening, finishing by
loadlng the weapon wtt'n duck shot. One
of the hammers whs tripped in some way,
| and the load was discharged into his
i mother's knee, she being distant but three
feet. Attending physicians say that the
wound Is fatal, more through the shock
received than the loss of blood that en
s'i^'l before medical assistance could be :
secured.
SUGAR AND WOOL IMPORTS.
Interesting Advance Reports Made by the
Bureau of Statistics.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 15.— The advance j
reports of the Bureau of Statistics show i
that during December last the imports of >
wool at the three leading ports amount
ed to 17.765.246 pounds, valued at $1,508,974.
This is an increase as compared with the
December returns for 1896 for the name }
ports of over 7,600.000 pounds and $880,000 !
in valuation.
The sugar imports at Boston. New
York, Philadelphia. Baltimore and San
Francisco during December last, exclu
sive of Hawaiian sugar (free), amounted
to 100.132.14S pounds, valued at 51, 923.793.
Tills is a decrease over November IV.C
of about 23,275,000 pounds.
DR. SCHENK'S
DISCOVERY
DISCUSSED
Attention Given Laws
Regulating the
Sexes.
Professors Speak of Some
Experiments Made
With. Insects.
Food an Important Factor
in Determining the
Problem.
CASE OF THE BEES CITED.
Starvation Known to Have Produced
Males and Good Feeding
Females.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
BOSTON, Jan. 15.— Dr. Schenk's re
cently announced discovery of the law
regulating the sexos has been received
with a great deal of attention at Har
vard, especially among the biologists,
who lo<,-k upon the theory with kindly
eyes, being of the opinion that the doc
tor is possibly right. In the meantime,
the professors are discussing the sub
ject with much interest.
Professor C. B. Davenport of the de
partment says on the subject: "It is
probably possible to control the sexes.
Experiments have been made with in
sects, butterflies and even other groups,
with more or less success. There haa
been a theory prevalent for some time
that the sex can be determined by the
amount of nutrition taken by the moth
er during the embryonic stage. The
idea that excessive feeding may fix the
sex is in consequence nothing new,
Hnd the idea was the foundation of
(ieddes and Thomson's 'Evolution of
Sex.'
"The problem of sex revolves about
the idea as to whether the sex is deter
mined before fertilization, during it or
after fertilization. The general belief
hns been that it was determined subse
quently, and that the food of the moth
er had some influence in the deter
mination. Dr. Schenk's theory then is
new only in regard to the method he
employed, and, as he does not say what
that method is, I cannot be expected to
make any extended remarks upon it.
But he may be on the right trark. It
is quite possible that he has solved the
question."
Professor Parker has the following to
say: "The trouble about this whole
matter of the determination of the sex
is that very little is authoritatively
known on the subject. There have been
many experiments upon insects in
which starvation brought on males, and
feeding resulted in females. Undoubt
edly food has much to do with sex, but
it is not the only thing, and any the
ory depending upon that al«me is one
sided and does not answer every case.
The case of bees which is so often cit
ed, it must be remembered, is a fer
tilization. The difficulty with this the
ory of Dr. Schenk is it explains a cer
tain number of cases, but not all of
them. A good theory of sex will in
clude every kind of stimulus which is
known to- influence sex at all. By stim
ulus I mean natural cause. This stim
ulus may be made up of factors, in
some cases it may be fertilization, in
others it may be fond. In short. I
think that feeding is one of the factors,
but not the only one."
Dr. Henry P. Bowditoh of the Har
vard Medical School said: "I have
made this prcblem of ?ex a study at
one time, and Dr. Schenk has at dif
ferent times sent me copies of some of
his papers. From what has been pub
lished of the solution which Dr. Schenk
has found I am able to say very little,
still I see no reason why some law
should not be found which will deter
mine the sex of a child. It is a great
problem, and the man who- solves it
will gain everlasting fame."
Lord Doug/as of Hawick.
NEW YORK. Jan. 15.— Lord Douglas of
Hawick, eldest, son of the Marquis of
Queensberry, was a passenger on the
American line steamer St. Paul, which
arrived here to-day from Southampton.
He la on his way to Sauli Ste. Marie.
Canada, where he will stay for six
months at least, with Lady Douglas and
his two children. Lord Doug-las has con
siderahle property interests there.
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