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VOLUME LXXXVI— NO 105.
DIES VERY SUDDENLY
2 W ife and Daughter 2
g Were With Him. g
Head of the Famous \
Family of New York j
With Paralysis and [
Expires Before the Ar- •
rival of a Physician. ♦
NEW york; Sep. 12.—
Cornelius Vanderbilt, heac
of the Vanderbilt family
Jied at his residence in this city
it 5:45 o'clock this morning from
1 stroke of paralysis. Mr. Van
ierbilt was in his fifty-sixth year
\t his bedside when he died were
lis wife and children. Gladys anc
Reginald. No physician was in
ittendance. The attack was very
;udderi and entirely unexpected,
md it was impossible to reach
my physician before death oc
:urred. Dr. Francis Delafield
,vho had been attending Mr
Vanderbilt. arrived at the house
ifter Mr. Yanderbilt's death had
Many erroneous statement:
vere made concerning the cir
•umstances surrounding the
leath of Mr. Vanderbilt. and
Senator Chauncev M. Deoew
gave out the following statement
■ this afternoon:
"Mr. Vanderbilt left Newport
yesterday afternoon at i o'clock
for the purpose of attending a
meeting of the directors of the
New York Central and Hudson
River Road, which was to be
held to-day. He was feeling as
well as usual and had no
premonition of approaching
death. He reached this city al
!ock last night, was driven to
his home immediately and went
to bed about IO o "clock. He
woke up in the morning about 5
o'clock and complained of feeling
very ill. He called his wife and
immediately sent for a physi
cian. Mr. Vanderbilt died within
a few minutes and before any
physician arrived. T)r. Delafield,
who had been attending him.
when he arrived pronounced
the cause of death to be cerebral
hemorrhage. Because death was
idden the Coroner was noti
and there will be a formal in
"The funeral will be held in St.
Bartholomew's Church, probably
next Friday, and Bishop Potter
and the rector. Rev. Dr. Greer,
will officiate. There will be a
meeting of the Vanderbilt lines
next Thursday to pass appro
priate resolutions of respect to
Mr. Vanderbilt. All the metn
rs of the family have either
called in person or sent telegrams
with the exception of his son Al
fred, who is now traveling some
where in China. A telegram was
sent to several points in China
and Japan informing him of the
death. Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr.
The San Francisco Call.
sent a telegram from Newport
stating that he was on his way."
The news of the death of the
railroad magnate soon spread
over the city. Messages were
sent to all the relatives and near
friends of the deceased and the
family. Chauncey M. Depew,
who was a near friend and busi
ness associate of the deceased,
heel the house at about 7:3 c
o'clock. He was visibly affected.
He remained a short while, and
when he came out there were
tears in his eyes.
William K. Vanderbilt Jr. and
his wife called early and remained
s- line time at the house. Then
William K. Vanderbilt Jr. went
for his father and brought him t< -
the house. The father was so much
affected when he caught sight of
the house where his brother lay
dead that he clasped his son in
his arms and kissed him. They |
walked together arm in arm into
the house, shedding tears.
Mrs. W. D. Sloane and Mr.
and Mrs. H. McK. Twombley
and others called at the house j
during the day. There were quite
a number of people in front of the
house all day watching the car
riages drive up and the people
enter and depart.
Mr^. Elliott Shepard. Presi
dent Calloway of the New York
Central, Dr. Shepard. and many
officials of the New York Cen
tral called during the day.
A Coroner's physician made
an inquest into the cause of
death and found that it wa^ due
to cerebral hemorrhage. The
Coroner also viewed the body
and indorsed this finding. Per
mission for burial was given and I
the body was embalmed.
A special detail of policemen
were dispatched to the Yander
bilt house and the police are on
duty there now.
SAN FEANCISCO, WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 13, 1899.
THE LATE CORNELIUS YANDERBILT.
Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr. and
Harry Payne Whitney and his
: wife arrived at the Vanderbilt
mansion late in the afternoon.
Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt Jr. re
mained at Newport. To-night
all of Mr. Vanderbilt's children
were in the city with the excep
tion oi Alfred, and he will un
douhtedly come home.
The home-coming of Cornelius
Vanderbilt Jr. was an unusually
; sad one. The estrangement be
tween him and his father because
of his marriage with Miss Wilson
had never worn away. ()f the re
lations between father and son
Senator Depew says: "They
were on fair terms. I think it is
a week ago to-day that I saw
them together at Newport."
Mr. Depew stated to-night
that the funeral would take place
at 10:30 o'clock Friday morning
from St. Bartholomew's Church.
A special boat will carry the
body, family and friends from the
foot of West Forty-second
street to Staten Island. The
burial will be in Newdorp, where
the Yanderbilt mausoleum is,
and where lie several members of
the family, including Commo
dore Vanderbilt, the founder of
the great fortune.
STERLING CAREER OF
Refused All Aid From Relatives and
Boldly Made His Way in the
NEW YORK, Sept. 12.— Death has cut
down the h^ad of the Vanderbilt house
and the Vanderbilt fortune three times
in a little more than a score of years.
Cornelius Vanderbiit, who died to-day,
was the oldest of the third grenoration
and it was the wearing care of the
Vanderbilt millions that brought him
to a comparatively early grave.
Cornelius J. Vanderbilt, "old commo
dore," as he was called, and first of
the Vanderbilts to achieve prominence.
Called for Help \
in the Night. J
■n January 4, 1877, at the age of
ter a long; illness. He left a for
tune of about ninety millions.
Wiiliam H. Vanderbflt. son of the
commodore, expired suddenly on De
cember 8, 1885, less than nine years
later, at the ape of 64, and his wealth
was estimated at about two hundred \
millions. Cornelius Vanderbilt, grand
son and namesake of the commodore
and oldest son of William H., was aged
ITB, and while the Vanderbilt for
tune has possibly r.<rt doubled as it did
between the first and second genera
tions, it has eertal ■'.. rccreased tre- i
mendously. To call one who inherited
between eighty and eighty-five millions
a self-made man seems a misnomer, yet |
Mr. Vanderbilt's early history bears a
resemblance to that of the boy
who, almost friendless and without ad
vantages of books, hews his fortune
with his own hand. He was the oldest
B n of William H. and Maria Louisa
Vanderbilt, and was burn at Newdorp,
Staten Island. November 27. 1543. His
mother had been Miss Maria Louisa
KiFsam, daughter of Rev. William Kis- .
sam of the Dutch Reform church. It \
was doubtless from his mother that
Cornelius Vanderbilt Inherited those i
traits which made his life stand for in- j
tegrity, piety and public-spirited kind
ness. William H. Vanderbilt, during
the boyhood of his oldest son, was a
farmer, and he had thp usual hard lot
Off a farmer. The old commodore was
still engaged in planting seeds for that
great fortune of the future. Himself
a self-made man, he left his children
and his children's children to shift for
themselves, so that they might show
what was in them.
Cornelius had a common school edu- !
cation, and when he was 16 years old \
he presented himself to John M. Crane,
then the president of the Shoe and
Leather Rank, and asked for employ- ;
ment, promising to do his best to j
please. Mr. Crane read the letter the
boy presented. "I pp* l yon are a Van
derbilt." he said. "Are you a relative
of the commodore?"
"He is my grandfather," was the re- i
"Why don't you ask him to recom
mend you?" suggested Mr. Crane.
"Because I don't want to ask him
for anything." The young man ob- \
tamed a place.
When the grandfather heard of the ■
incident he was much pleased. He i
asked his grandson why he had not
applied to him and received the same
reply. Early and late the new clerk
toiled in the Shoe and Leather Bank,
boarding in the city and going home on
Saturday nierht to spend Sunday. Then
ami th^-re he formed those habits of
method and punctuality that became j
such a ruling characteristic in after
He was thrifty, saved his money and
was not dependent on any one. His
grandfather had been watching the
course of his namesake, and one day
he offered to take him to Europe. Cor- |
nelius had never taken a vacation.
He wanted one. The trip to Europe
would have necessitated the loss of two |
months* salary at $60 a month.
"I can't afford to lose the wages," |
said Cornelius, and he rose still higher j
in the estimation of his grandfather.
In everything but years the boy was a
There had been established in Wall
street by this time the banking house
of Kissam Bros., and to this firm early
in the sixties Cornelius was transferred |
when he was 20 years old. Here he
worked as diligently as ever. He j
scarcely ever knew an idle hour.
Commodore Vanderbilt had gone Into
the railroads and made one of those
brilliant strokes that mark the Van
derbilt genius. He bought Harlem
stock in Wall street at 6, and soon
thereafter astonished the world by
paying an 8 per cent dividend and
sending the stock kiting above par.
Cornelius was transferred from the
banking house to the office of the Har
lem Railroad. Here, with economy hia
Continued on Second Page.
SAMUEL BRAUNHART IS
CHARGED WITH PERJURY
Accused of Having Sworn Falsely Against Ex-
Senator W. J. Dunn in a Damage Suit.
Bart Burke and John F. McGovern Swear That the Port Warden
Deliberately Misrepresented Them on the Witness-Stand.
Other Prosecutions Will Follow.
SAMUEL BRAUNHART, Port War
den, politician, agitator and , re
former, self-styled, has been ac- i
cused of the serious charge of per- •
jury. Braunhart's predicament is !
the outcome of his own enthusiastic i
desire to turn a political trick and to |
throw discredit upon an opponent who i
was once a friend and adviser in Demo- j
cratic politics south of Market street. The j
accuser of Braunhart is ex-Senator Wil- j
Ham J. Dunn, whose reputation, it will be |
remembered, was recently a matter for j
judicial determination before Judge Hunt.
Several months ago the Examiner, with
its customary freedom with facts, pub
lished something which was n->t true in
reference to Dunn. The Examiner de
clared in one of its news items that Dunn
had acted as? referee of a particularly dis
Dunn is very frank to admit that he will |
attend prize-fights whenever the inclina
tion to do so seizes him. He will even
admit that he bets on prize-fights, but he
Insists? that he has conscientious scruples |
against acting as referee for the best two
pluguglies that over battered one another J
in the ring. And when the matter earne
before Judge Hunt ex-Senator Dunn
swore that he had not even attended the j
prize-fights to which the Examiner made
false reference. Dunn was awarded $500
as a soothing balm to his reputation.
During the trial Samuel Braunhart was
a witness against Dunn. The Port Warden
took the stand as an expert on reputations
In general and that of- Dunn in particular.
It was here that Braunhart laid the foun
dation for his undoing. He swore that the j
reputation of Dunn for truth, honesty and |
integrity was bad. He said he knew so
himself and others had told him that they
knew so. Whr-n pressed to give the names
of his informants he mentioned among
others ex-Senator Bart Burke of Santa
Cruz, and now of this city, and John F.
McGovern. It would have been wiser for
SAMUEL BRAUNHART, ACCUSED OF PERJURY.
Braunhart if he had forgot the names.
Dunn was shocked, or pretended to be.
at the testimony of Braunhart. The two
had long been close political and social
friends. They moved and had their being
upon the same, political plane. They
fought on the same .side together and
what one received the other shared. But
that was long ago when Braunhart was
familiarly and affectionately known as
'•Buggy-robe Sammy" in token of a
touching tribute which he had made to
But while politics makes strange bed
fellnws it also makes strange enemies and
Braunhart and Dunn became foes. "Bug
gy-robe Sammy" became a sobriquet of
contempt, and Dunn became one of the
push. This lasted for a while and then
another turn of the political wheel sent
Dunn and Braunhart flying into the same
bed together. Both were in the State
Senate when James H. Budd was elected
Governor. Budd was a reform Governor
and Sammy was a reformer. The sad epi
sode of the buggy-robe had been buried
among the forgotten mistakes of politi
Braunhart wanted to be Registrar of
Voters for San Francisco. He considered
that a long anl profitable experience with
touthside ballot boxes qualified him for
the position, but in his own distinguished
self he did not possess the necessary in
fluence to obtain it. He sought, therefore,
and obtained the support of Senators
Dunn. Mitchell, Toner, Blggy and Hen
derson. They pleaded with Budd, showed
how thoroughly and persistently Braun
hart had worked in the cause of reform
and gave every assurance in the world
thai the buggy robe was only an ordinary
affair after all.
Pleading was in vain. Budd had chosen
some one else for the place and Dunn and
Braunharfs other champions were told
that the position of Port Warden would
be given to Braunhart if he would retire
from the fight for Registrar. He refused
to do so" until Hinton was appointed.
Then congratulating himself that he had
defeated Andy Clunie he said he wou'd
accept the position of Port Warden.
Dunn and the others again importuned
Budd and Braunhart got the place.
There was a look of sadness therefore
on the face of Dunn when he heard
Braunhart tell what- a bad man he is.
It was a blow from an old friend. Braun
hart left nothing to be desired In his tes
timony. He was eager, emphatic, preju
diced. He was positive and uncompro
mising-. There was no question about It;
Dunn was bad all over. Braunhart swore
that Dunn's general reputation in the
community for truth, honesty and integ
rity Is bad. He knew so himself, yet he
swore that he was unfriendly with Dunn.
The witness declared that he had heard
Dunn's reputation generally discussed
and all said it was bad.
In particular, and here Braunhart over
?«pp:ied the bounds of prudence, he said
that he had heard ex-Senator Bart Burke
and John F. McGovern give Dunn a bad
reputation. Both of these men have taken
an oath before the Superior Court tnat
they did nothing of the sort. They swear
that thc-y never spoke to Braunhart in
reference to Dunn and never mentioned
Dunn'? reputation, good or bad, to Braun
hart. Upon these affidavits, which make
the iffaii an extremely serious one for
Brau:ihart, the complaint of perjury has
been based by Dunn.
Braunhart gave his testimony the lat
ter part of last month and Dunn imme
diately began an investigation. He found
that Braunhart had used the names of
at lea-it two men without authority and
in doing so had not only trifled with the
Superior Court, but had made himself
liable for perjury.
The first man whom Dunn saw was ex-
Senator Bart Burke, who swore to the
following affidavit to prove that he had in
no way discussed Dunn's reputation with
In the Superior Court of the City and
County of San Francisco, State of Cali
William J. Dunn, plaintiff, vs. William
R. Hearst, defendant.
City and County of San Francisco, State
of California, ss.
Comes now Bart Burke and being first
duly sworn depoc s and say? that he
never at any time stated to Samuel j
Braunhart or to any other person what- i
ever that the reputation of William J.
Dunn, plaintiff in the a"bove entitled ac
tion, for truth, honesty and integrity, or j
for other of said traits, was or is bad.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this
6th day of August, 18S9.
J. "L. JACOBI.
Notary Public for the City and County of
San Francisco. State of California,
Chronicle building, rooms 41 and 42.
John F. McGorern was next seen and
swore to the following affidavit.
In the Superior Court of the City and ;
County of San Francisco, State of |
William J. Dunn, plaintiff, vs. William R. !
Hearst, defendant.— No. 61,557, Depart
State of California. City and County, of
San Francisco, ss.
John F. McGovern. being duly sworn. 1
deposes and says: That he is Informed !
that one Sam Braunhart testified in the i
trial of the above entitled action that
affiant stated to said Braunhart that
plaintiff's reputation for truth, honesty
and integrity was or is bad, or that affiant
had questioned plaintiff's reputation.
That affiant never stated to said Sam I
Braunhart or any other person that said
plaintiff's reputation for truth, honesty or
integrity was or is bad; that he has no
recollection of ever talking to said Braun
hart about the subject before the trial
of this action: that since the trial of this
action affiant censured said Braunhart for
using nis name' in such connection (having
learned through the newspapers tnat
Braunhart used his name), whereupon
said Braunhart did not claim that the
| conversation ever occurred, but simply
I said, "Well. I put you in good company
i anyhow." meaning thereby that he had
I used his (affiant's) name with the namts
! of reputable citizens.
That affiant has known plaintiff for a
great number of years; that he knows the
general reputation of plaintiff in this com
; munity for truth, honesty and integrity
i that plaintiff's reputation In these re-
I spects Is good.
c v _,w JOHN F. McGOVERN.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this
12th day of September 1899.
x, v,. J L - JACOBI.
Notary Public in and for the City and
County of San Francisco, State of Cali
These affidavits left- no doubt of the
matter, and Dunn determined to have
Braunhart arrested for his offense. Dunn
went before Police Judge Thomas F. Gra
PRICE FIVE CEXTS.
ham yesterday afternoon and swore to
the following compiaint:
In the Police Court of the City and
County of San Francisco, State of Cal
People of the State of California, plain
tiff, vs. Samuel liru.unhart, defend-
State of California, City and County of
San Francisco, s.-.
Personally ap] re me this 12th
day of September, IS9S, 'William J. Dunn,
who on oath muke? complaint and de
poses and says: That on or about the
25th day of August. 1>99. in said city and
county of San Francisco. State of Cali
fornia, the crime of felony, to wit: per
jury, was committed by Samuel Braun
hart. who then and there at the city and
O'linty of San Francisco, State of Cali
fornia, on or about the 2oth day of Au
gust, 1899, having taken an oath before
the Superior Court in s;Ud city and coun
ty, Hon. Judge Hunt presiding, that he
would testify truly b :rt in a
case then and there at issue, to wit: the
case of W. J. Dunn vs. W. R. Hearst, No.
61,577, of civil causes in said court, said
oath being and having been administered
by A. A. Watson, Deputy County Clerk
of said city and county of San Francisco,
who then" and there administered said
oath, did in a matter material to said Is
sue, he. the said Samuel Braunhart. hav
ing taken said oath a.s aforesaid, wilfully,
corruptly, falsely and feloniously stated,
declared' and testified that he had heard
ex-Senator Bart Burke and John F. Mc-
Govern say that the reputation of W. J.
Dunn for truth, honesty and integrity
was bad, all of which testimony was
false, and said Samuel Braunhart know
ing such statements to be false. All of
which is contrary to the form, force and
effect of the statute in such cases made
and provided and against the peace and
dignity of the people of the State of Cali
fornia. And this complainant upon oath
accuses the said Samuel Braunhart of
having committed the said crime, and
prays the said matters may be brought
before a magistrate and dealt with ac
cording to law.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this
12th day of September. 1599.
THOMAS F GRAHAM.
Judge of the Police Court of the City and
County of San Francisco, State of Cali
Upon the foregoing complaint, charg
ing Braunhart with perjury, a warrant
was issued and placed in the hands of
Captain Spillane for service. Bail was
fixed at $10<(0 bonds or 1600 in rash. Dunn
does not intend to resi with the prosecu
tion of Braunhart. The ex-Senator de
clares that others were as guilty as the
Port Wajden and they also will be ar
rested and prosecuted.
PLEASURE YACHT ON A
Norma of the Atlantic Yacht Club is
Now at Honolulu and Will
Come to This Port.
HONOLULU, Sept. s.— The yacht
Norma. one of the crack vessels of tha
Atlantic Yarht Club of New York, ar
rived in port yesterday after having cov
ered nearly 40,000 miles on a pleasure
cruise under Commodore W. J. Weaver
of the club. • The Norma touched a.t
Niihau and Waimea and will visit the
other Islands of the group before con
tinuing her cruise. She will be over
hauled here and will probably be in port
several weeks, after which she will go to
the South Sea Islands, carrying out the
commodore's purpose to cruise all over
Thf Norma left Now York four 3*ears
ago. The little craft touched at Trieste
during the Spanish-American War. and
was held there from May to December
of last year. P'r.'m there she went to
the Red Sea. where she weathered very
severe storms. She Bailed !•■ Singapore,
Hongkong and Yokohama, leaving the
latter port for Honolulu on August 5.
NO SECRET TREATIES
WITH FOREIGN POWERS
Secretary Hay Denies That a Secret
Alliance Has Been Entered Into
COLI'MBI'S. Ohio, Sept. 12.— 1n a let
ter to Chairman Dick of the Republican
State Executive Committee. Hon. John
Hay, Secretary of State, makes this em
phatic statement regarding the alleged
secret alliance between England and the
"There is no alliance with England nor
with any power und^r the heaven except
thr'se known and published to the world,
the treaties of ordinary international
friendship for the purpose of business
and commerce. No treaty other than
those exists: none has been suggested on
the other side; none is in contemplation.
It has never entered into the mind of the
President nor any of the Government to
forsake, under any inducement, the wis^
precept and example of the fathers, which
forbade entangling alliances with Euro
RESULTS OF A TRIP
INTO THE ARCTIC REGIONS
Professor Nathorst Secures Valuable
Ethnological Collection Relat
ing to Esquimaux.
COPENHAGEN, Sept. 11— Professor A.
C. Nathorst's expedition on the steamer
Antarctic, which was spoken off the Skaw
yesterday on her return from her search
along the coast of Greenland for th 1 miss
ing aeronaut. Professor Andree. arrlvtd
to-day at Malmo. Sweden. Pr> (
Nathorst reports that he explored Fra.iz
Josef Fjord on the east coast of Green
land and disc. \ rfea of new in
lets. He succeeded in securing a vaiua'oie
ethnographical collection relating to the
extince Esquimaux population and
reached <V 7.22 north latitude, where he was
stopped by ice.
As already cabled, no trace of Andree
Terrill's Trial Begins.
SAN JOSE. Sept. 12.-The trial of At
torney Samuel B. Terrill, who is alleged
to have defrauded residents of this coun
ty out of sums aggregating $16,000, on the
charge of embezzling $300 from Mrs. Clara
A Fread, is in progress before Judge L-or-
Igan and a jury. Attorneys Hatch and
Partridge represent Terrill, and District
Attorney Campbell is prosecuting.
Fell Under a Wagon
PLACERVILLE, Sept. 12.— James de
Bernardi, a well known citzen of this
place, fell to-day under a loaded logging
truck at Beach's sawmills. One of his legs
was mashed to a pulp. He Is still alive,
but his recover}' is despaired qL