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selves to elevate Ksola to the ttosition
he has. long sought. The eentlemen
" who will direct police affairs under the
charter were chosen -simply because
they gave their absolute promise- that
they, would make Esola, the successor
of Lees. -.' • '.. .- * ¦"-• . -.. ¦
Even Mayor Phelan gave way to the
pressure that was tjrougrht "ttpori him
and changed the commission as' he
originally selected' it to suit the ideas. of.
those whom he accepted as his dicta
tor's. If.was his first intention to make
Reuben H. Lloyd * . Police Commit,
sionex to. satisfy the demands of M.. H.
de Young.. When the 'supporters of
Esola learned this fact they . voiced a
protest and Mayor Phelan scratched the
name of Reuben H. Lloyd from his list
of eligibles. He had also decided to
name D. I. Mahoney as one of the Po
lice ¦'.Commissioners, but Mr. Mahoney
was' not satisfactory, to the friends of
Esola" and went the way of Lloyd. D.
V, Kelly was also another choice of the
Mayor, but fell before the Esola forces.
• With one .-exception- ervery member of
£he new commissiort, before he. re
ceived his commission, gave his sol
emn," definite pledge. .to . make Esola
Chief of Police. ,;ACTv V • i "
When The Call makes .this assertion
it knows what- it .is .talkincr about.
' There is now.a disposition on the part
of two' members of the new commis
sion, to deny this fact, bat the denials
arc futile. When William Thomas ¦ wire
informed that he might be- appointed a'
Commissioner of Police he was forced
to promise that he -would -make " F. L.
Esola Chief of Police. William' J.
Biggy and Dr. Mcl^utt were compelled
to make the same promise, ami .those
that know these facts are at a loss to
understand why these gentlemen, with
the : exception oi Biggy. who 'admits' his
pledge, are nbfc so vehement in "their
denials of their promises. .Their friends
have- gone so far as. to ask them if they
have any reason to regret- what they
have done, or if they- know anvthlnz.
that would make .• their election of
Esola an ' impropriety. . .
appoint men who. would elect; Esola
and these men must carry. out their con
tract.. ';\''^C; /.-I; -;
'Chief. Lees -w-a's not Ioni? fn discovering
.this condition of affatrs. Ii? saw that hla
reign was over and rather than be thrown
out by the new commission ho detennlne<l
¦to accept the privilege of the pension law
ana go .voluntarily upon. the retired vu 3 t.
Until ten days ago he believed that at
.lea^t two mejnbers ot the preeent com
mission would be chosen to serve upon
the new board. If this had been done
Chief Lee*, would have been retained in
the ' position from .which he has now re
tired. I«s friends declare that he ba
lleved It hrs duty to retire with the men
with whom he has' served so many year*.
¦ For nearly a quarter of a. century he has
served under two of the retiring com
missioners. . He believes that they have
contributed the greatest part of the effl
ctency which has made the local police
department one of the greatest In the
nation. Since their services- are no longer
required he feels that he also should re
tire. He does not wish it to be under
stood, however, that he has re^ifned. He
has simply gone upon the retired list and
may be asKed to return to active duty
let the position which he has just left.
• His letter to the Commissioners demon
strating this Is as follows:
To ,th^ Honorable the Board of Po
lice Pension Fund Commissioner!* ot
the City, and County of San. Francis
to—Gentlemen: M respectfully mak*
this my application to be retired on a
pehslon under the provisions of section
three. t3> of. an act of the Legrlslaiure
Of the State of California entitled "Ap.
act to create a police relief, healtb anrt
life insurance and pension fund In tne
•everaj eotiritles, cities and counties
¦cities and -town? of the State." ap
provjed March 4. ISSJ.'as amended by
an art of tlie Legislature »f the State
.of CaliTorcia- tntitted "An act to
amend, an act entitled *An- act to cre
ate 9- police reller. health and life In-"
Surancf and pension fund in the sev
eral counti*--. cities and counties, cit-
lea and towns of the State,, approved
March 4. ISSS,' " approved March 2
•is>?7. . - .. ¦
.1 am over 60 years of a.ze. I wan
bom on the 2T>th day of November. ISTO.
in Lancashire. England. I am and
have been since the <>th day of April.
I*^9. a reslflent of said city and county
of San Francisco, and a citizen of said
State of California and of the United
States. I was'CUly appointed and sworn
anci «iuaUfle»l .asa member of the re*s
ularly constitued'. Police' Department, of
the city and county of San Francisco.
-State of California, on the 2Sth day of
October, 1551, and I have served for
.twenty years and more In the agsrnt-
Sate, to wit. for more than torxy-elx
•.years as a duly .appointed and sworn
and qualified member of the regui»rly
But can Ladysmith hold out?
We hear reports, of! plenty, of
food and ammunition and the
fine spirits of the troops, but the
report issued yesterday shows
that while an. occasional Boer
shell finds its victims' among the
besieged at Ladysmith; disease is
working considerable havoc.
Dysentery and enteric fever are
increasing; daily, and the average
of deaths is also increasing.
. General' White reports- sev
enty-one serious cases of enteric
fever and dysentery among, the
troops, with, ninny .others ' sick
from the same causes, not se
riously, the number hot bein^
• . - •¦¦_• *. o
stated. Such conditions must
necessarily .weaken the gfarrison's
powers of resistance. •
It is understood in . well
informed circles that the defense
committee of the Cabinet has
had' under ' consideration the
question of defense of the em
pire generally, and of its artillery
in particular, and that in conse
quence a statement will shortly
be made to the effect that a very
large, expenditure is to be pro
vided for in. order to make. good
Britain's deficiencies in this re
spect. .
As the construction of artil
lery is a matter of time. : it ' may
not.be possible to ] manufacture
new armament sufßciently rap
idly for use- in-.the South African
campaign, but it is said that the
defense committee has decided
that the matter is to be pushed
through as rapiclly as possible.
Much of this new equipment
if is>tated, while : being suffi*
ciently mobile for use in the field,
is intended for adaptation to the
necessities of what are known as
guns. of position, showing l that
the lesson which the British have
received from the Boers has not
¦. -in dlhtr Ulandi wiU rirogrtss satisfac
"/ '.tortly d.urjnk. the ri^xt few months, and
:'. t hat •" before the bf^ir.r.ing of the next
¦ lainy w»«an a -cons id-rable reduction in
•'.-. tfie. force may be rr.«'.^ The policy in
"•- ¦• withdrawin- troops win be to brtni^ those
' kome first which have been there the
: ¦•Jfls r c;. . . . - : ; _ .
' Otis is organizing local civil
in those parie of the Island
tr.der his cojTtrol. and it uill be the policy
;«* the admir.tatration at «* "¦arly a date
i « jiOEsible to fjrsranize ar.d put into ope
ration over ail the islands a. civ;l govern
rcectv: under the President's military au
thorny. ¦ . . .
As «oon as po**ible after the completion
of "the detailed report of the Philippine
CommjMlon. the President wishes to send
Oolopel Denby "back .to the Philippines
with two other Commissioners. As m-i
«ber Professor Schurman nor Professor
"U'oreesUr willbe able to return two new
xcer: w-n j-,« appointed. Before carrying
oui this plan the President will consult
members of the Cor.eresslonal commltte*
chßrged with Philippine affairs.
i ne ract that the northern ports of Lu
ton have tipm thrown open to commerce
*^d that the President has cabled in
¦iructlons to General Otis to open .the
•ouibern ports «h»r e there is hemp as
roon as possible show confidence in the
situation. It hae been Intimated that
r.emp speculators have used their Influ
enr# with army officers to keep the hemp
ports closed, it is Raid at the War De
r-artment that if any officer ha* been af
fected by this influence it has not reached
General Otis.
M\XrLA. Jan. 2.— Archbishop Chap-
P'lie. the papal delegate to th« Philip-
Fln*-*. ajrl^ed here to-day on the Cnltefl
States tranrport Sherman, which sailed
from Ran Francisco on December 8. He
»!!1 \n<Sge in the house formerly occupied
by C-harles Denby or the PMUpplne Ad
vifory Committee. This action on the
part of Slon*i»mor Chappelle settles the
Contest between the various frtar broth
erhood*- in Manila, which-, separately,
have been fisißg their influence to' obtain
the privilege of entertaining: the Arch
blfhop and the Rev. Father McKinnon.
; l«-te of the California Volunteers, and now
time residents of the islands declare if the
friars are returned to their former par
ishes the native?, seeing them return un
der American administration, will surely
auack and hill them and otherwise cause
Revolutionists having started the rumor
that Mpn.«igneur Chappelle intends even
tually to recommend the- appointment of
Father McKlnnon as Archbishop of the
Philippines, the Tatter's Hefrnpe of the
brotherhoods in the American newspapers
having been translated and circulated
nmon^ the natives 'or the purpose. It Is
declared, of showing that Father McKln
non will support the brotherhood If he Is
selected. Suth staTcmeme as ihe?e create
uneasiness among the nAtives. which is
Increasing by recent news rc-cejv e d from
Spain to the effrijt that Monslgnor Chap
pclle will suppo: '/ ..he brotherhoods.
The Tasalos, 1' I!" declared, have become
wore embittered ykealnst the church since
Archbishop JJosaleda. excommunicated an
insurgent priest, and it i« said the num
ber of Protestant marriages among the
natives continually increase?.
MANILA. Jan. 2.— A naval officer who
hns arrived here from Guam i>rln#s a. pro
clnmdticr. lssred by Captain Leir;\ navai
solute inhibition and total abolition <.t
*' EV ''> or peonage, the order taking ef
fort February 22.
Tli-. prologue of the proclamation de
ciarts that the Bpanish system, of peon
n?<\ rr.icuntlr;? to slavery, is a nenue to
popular liberty an ri a viojation cf the
&& r o l n^^ tBiot 8 iog Uaraflteed b >' Americn
MAXIMA. Jan. Z.— Colonel Fettlt, com
manding the Thirty-first Infantry, and
Lieutenant cok>nei Hayes, who command
ed the three companies of that regiment
on board the transport Manauense, which
arrived here on November 28 and report
ed terrible experiences at sea. the steam
er helnK classed as unseaworthv, under
manned and short of provisions, have filed
official rfvports corroborating in every de
tail the etory of the Associated Press at
the -time describing the hardships of the
foldierg. The colonel* report, which is
particularly rtwrous. recommends «. claini
aralnst the snipe owners for the uniforms
of tho whole battalion, which were ruln«sl
during: the passage.
Continued .on Second- Page.
Generals Buller and Joubert
are engaged in a great game of
war before Ladysmith/ like two
experienced chess players,
neither making- any' decisive
moves, but trying to find out the
other's intention. Buller is
anxious to ascertain theiorce left
by the Boers on . Ulangwana
Mountain and the exact loca
tions of the guns in the Colcriso
position. Joubert, thinking this
exclusive attention to the left
center of his position suspicious,
has strengthened the right.
It would be unwise to refuse
to face the facts, and, notwith
standing the optimistic dis-'
patches from some of the cor
respondents on the Tugela River
about the eagerness of the troops
to engage the Boers and prepar
ations completed for the ad
vance, the facts. are that Buller
has before him a .task of the ut-
• With a force which lacks mo
bility and is dependent upon one
line of railway and with cumber
some transport, he has to cross
the Tugela and march to Lady
smith in the face of an enemy su
perior jn mobility and. little infe
rior in numbers and inspired
by success; he has either to turn
the hostile intrenchments or take
the bull by the horns and deliver
a. fresh frontal assault.
It is not obvious how slow
moving infantry are to get round
fast-moving mounted infantry
such as the Boers. .Of course if
it be possible •to wait another
month, and if Ladysmith can
hold put- for that time the
sixth division, with more co
lonial mounted ¦ .troops — '¦ ah
arm in- which Buller is partic
ularly weak — would .be available,
and with "full preparation by the
far/more; powerful artillery npw
at his disposal j' Buller' may suc
ceed in a fresh- frontal; attack.
LONDON, Jan; 3.— Colonel
Pilcher is another British
officer who has adopted
Boer tactics and has gained a
small but strategically important
success. . It has been known for
some time that there was,a.con
siderable Boer force at Douglas,
a small village on the Yaai River,
fifty miles west of the Modder
River. A portion of this force
advanced to Sunnyside, twenty
five miles from Gras Pan, and
was in position to threaten Gen
eral Methuen's line of communi
cation. • i
Colonel Pilcher, with the Aus
tralian Mounted Infantry, com
pletely defeated the Boers and
captured forty prisoners at very
slight loss. Pilcher then pushed
on to Douglas, which he occu
pied. In this position he is on
the extreme of Cronje's right
flank and with the mobile force
at his command is apt to prove a
source of considerable annoy
noyance to that general, espe
cially as it is reported that Meth
uen's mounted troops are al
ready in communication with
From reports of the fighting
there is one. prominent,, .domi
nant fact — that the mounted in
fantry, this time the colonials,
can fight the Boers in their own
way and on their own ground
with a good chance of success.
Aside from this ¦ encounter,
however, there appears to have
been no other move. The offi
cial report from General French
shows that the fight at. Coles
be'rg was a. stiff one. His night
march from Rensberg -with cav
alry, mounted .infantry and in
fantry, anil his seizing the
heights overlooking Colesberg
to the west of the town, took the
Boers. by surprise, as it was a
march only possible for .a very
mobile column.
Lieutenant the Hon. R. L... Pomeroy of the Fifth Dragoon Guards, when retiring from the field on the occasion of. the
fight near Lady mith November 3. saw a wounded and dismounted trooper needing help, and. regardless of the bullets
which were flying thick around, took him up and carried him to safety.
a regular army chaplain, who also was
a passenger on the Sherman. It !s said
tho friars are striving to obtain Monsig
nor Chappelle"s ear for the securing, of
better protection of individual interests.
The arrival of the papal delegates di
rects attention to the question of the
church and the brotherhoods in the Phil
ippines, including the matters of deciding
the brotherhoods" claim to real and
property of the church receiving state
support aud of the re-establishment of
Spanish curates !n native parishes. By
the appointment of Mons'g-nor Chap
peiie as Archbishop Nozaleda's successor,
the > ilipinos and Spaniards f*»el that steps
will be iak»»n in thf-fe momentous matters
which may brinp infinite po<><l or evil to
the Island*. Consequently Monsignor
<"happelle's action w.u be clisely watch
e<! an>l fully discussed. All ilasnes of the
brotherhoods are anxious to send repre
sentatives to the parishes in th« provinces
recently occupied by the Americans.
Thip matter ffw.n will h«» brought to
Monslgnor «''haj'ppl!Vs attention and hip
ai<l in thf* connection will be «=o!ioited.
Inasmuch a^ tho iue?tl'in of the expul
sion of the brotherhoods from the islartds
and the freedom of the people from the
alleged -injustice cf memhers of the or
ders has always been declared tn be the
principal c«n?e of the revolt of the Fili
pinos against Spain's sovereignty, long-
TON. Jan. 2— Th<rp will be no re
duction tn tlie military force now
. in the Philipr-in^s for at least six
/•, rr.onths. Inrludinp a.l arms of tne
r^rvire there an now in the islands »»,<VX)
; folfAf-vf. in addition to about 1209 marines
. £t <""ayite and nbout S^Vi sailors on »ar
¦*h!r?/ The tots! of the fitting forces is
thw fully TO/WQ men. The- War DTart
. merit «•;«>¦<« ;o avoid ihe mistake' made at
• f,r»T. »f .i-»c!«T»»iitlmat:r.K th«» difficulties to
and the policy to be fdl*
..'Jnw»*i will be io have more men than are
'r^'-i'A rather, rhan too few.
' . > : rmy 'fficw pp.. duty in Wa«hinjrcon b»»
. ti«v«» rerji satisfactory prnprffs is be:nsr
rr.zfi.* 'in crusMr.g th* insurrection. It is
.jKsiMf;^! that Oe-jeral Otis :«= do.cc the
•work systematically, ar.d. having broken
;«p th#- organized insurgent . forces in the
¦¦rirth .sf I.uion. is gfrtag his attention to
• there Sn the southern pan of the island.
I* I* ' expected that strong forces .v. ill
tavp .xi he maintain.*<J for some t'mo ir>
. &":i parts of. the island to Srsarf ord»--r and
;ta:ptfete£t the municipal government be
¦'.r.g oirsp.rilzed from roving bands of )i;
¦fjTpcMi* and other disaffected '¦ natives.
:. J-"r.r i*i<fe. reasons there is to.be no reduc
;tisn o-f" ; the -military force.
'/•lt if,- hoped that the pacification of Lu
scr. arid •''-the organization of governments
The only member of the new com
mission who did not make an absolute
promise to vote for Esola is George
Xewhall, but his course of action was
never a matter of speculation to the
friends of Esola. Mr. New-hall's expe
rience in the Olympic Club stood him
in good stead. He is an adept at fen
cing, and while he would give his ques
tioners no definite answer he permitted
them to understand that he was ready
to obey the wish of the Mayor and
knew what that wish was.
Even Mayor Phelan ha? shown a dis
position to deny the deal by which
E?ola will be made Chief of Police.
His denials are, however, as futile as
those of the new Commissioners. The
Call repeals that Mayor Phalan ap
pointed the Police Commission simply
because he knew that the members
would vote as they had been pledzed to
vote— for Esola. If the Mayor wishes
the proof of this assertion he may have
it for the asking. He had no alterna
tive in the matter. . He was forced to
T HE. first jensaticrn in the admin
istration of new' San Francisco
has been sprung. Isaiah W. Lees
is no longer. Chief of Police. He re
tired yesterday and his successor -vill
be chosen by the new Police Commis
sion. While the retirement of Chief
Lees has the semblance of being vol
untary, it is as a matter of fact com
pulsory. He A\as forced to give way'p
Frederick L. Esola. who will be elert
ed at the -first meeting of the new com
mission to take charge of the Police
Department. This deal, which affects
most materially- one of the most impor
tant official departments of the city, was
predicted by The Call two days ago.
The Police Commission was appoint
ed by Mayor Phelan- for the single pur
pose of making Esoja Chief of Poiice.
Every other consideration of policy in
connection with the Police Department
was subordinated to this end. Candi
dates who might have. shown some in
dependence of action -were sacrificed to
those who were willing to pledsre them-
BRUSSELS, Jan. 2.— Senator Dejeane, former Minister o?
Justice and now member of the Council of State; former Sena
tor La Fontaine and other leading members of the Universal
League of Peace, have convoked a meeting to be held next
Thursday in favor of appealing to the United States Government
to offer to mediate in the South African war.
Seventy Thousand Men Must Be Kept at
( the Work of Subjugation in the
V Philippine Islands.
While Fi^htin^ Between the British and
Boers Continues, Members of the
League of Peace Take Steps
to Interfere,
Chief of Police Lees Retires to
Make Way for Esola.
New Commissioners Must Now Carry Out
the Contract Through Which They
Received Appointment
Big Force Will Be Maintained
for Months to Come.
land Fusileers. Who Signalized New Year's Day by
the Capture of the Boer Laager at Sunnyside,
Near Belmont, Cape Colony.
The San Francisco Call.

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