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VOLUME XC— ISO. 38.
SAN FRANCISCOj ;0VipNI)^Y; 19O1.
PRICE FIVE CEoSTS.
Escorted by His Daught^ the
Remains Are Conveyed to the Shores of the
Bay, ithe Scene of H is ; : Worki
IN THE NIGHT STAGE BRINGS
BODY OF LE CONTE FROM THE
MOUNTAINS WHERE HE DIED
THE body of the late Professor Jo- ',
seph . Le Conte, whose sudden
death in the Yosemite Valley on
Saturday morning brought grief
to thousands, arrived at Oakland !
yesterday afternoon at- 3:30 o'clock in',
charge of his daughter, Mrs. Davis, and.
Dr. E. R. Taylor, dean of the Hastings
Law College, who were with the beloved
teacher when the .final summons called j
him from .his sphere of usefulness.
The rough pine box containing the re- j
mains of the great educator . had been '
brought from"' the Yosemite Valley by |
stage and train, and as simple had been |
the life of Professor Le Conte, 1 so^was the \
last journey from the mountains he-loved
to the bay shore, where' for so many years j
he had lived and worked.' - - •' ¦
There will be public funeral services' in >
honor of the memory of the" late', pro- j
HOUSE 'WHERE PROFESSOR JO
SEPH. LE CONTE LIVED AND
THE PLACE WHERE HE DIED. '*,
- As "the ¦ sun went down on' Saturday
evening behind the mighty crags of the
Yosemite, the special siage bearing the
body of Professor Le Conte, was hurried
along.; the'-mountain "roads."'' Wreaths of
oak, pine, fir and other forest leaves were
fastened to the, rough casket.. They .were
.the ¦ tributes of- affection from many, grad
uatea and : students of the university who
were in the valley. The wind sang a re
quiem' over^ the body, of the. man who had
loved ' every, inch ; of ; the ¦ marvelous g-ar-
Night Trip From Vallay.
Mrs. Davis, daughter of Professor Le
Conte, and Dr. Taylor rode beside the
driver of the stage ¦ coach on the long
drive from Camp Curry in the Yosemite
to Raymond. The start t was made at 3
p. , m. The ' stage > company ; had supplied
a special stage, and relays of horses' were
on; hand at various '.points. -Instructions
were given -to -bring the stage' and Its,
precious . burden \into - Raymond- on t»Tr:e
to connect . with the train , for Oakland. :
, -.'-.Miss Caroline Le Conte broke" the news
of / her •! father's death ' to her mother.
Mrs. . Le Conte: has been in frail health
for some ¦ time anfl her • relatives ' and
friends feared to tell her of Professor Le
Conte's death on Saturday. She was in
formed then that he was ill. but she real
ized that sadder news was to come later.
When Miss Le Conte told her mother yes
terday.that Professor Le Conte was dead
f he widow bowed her head and silently,
murmured a prayer. The. bereaved wife
and the daughter were left alone in their
sorrow by the many loving friends gath
ered- in the .house. . ,
The widow of Professor Le Conte was
informed yesterday morning o£ her loss
and she bore , the sad news with the forti
tude becoming the lifelong helpmate of a
noble man! - , ', '.-..¦'•¦ ¦ -.. '. .•. -: /•".¦
. At the. home of President Wheeler the
American flag flew, at half-mast, but on
the campus the flag was not displayed. ¦ '
signs of grief or mourning, for all felt
that Professor Le Conte would not have
desired a display of "trappings of woe*
could he have been consulted.
''¦'•¦-¦':-¦•'•>..•. '. ¦•. ¦-
Continued on Page Two.
Wheeler Half rMasts Flag.
- President Wheeler- and Julian Le Conte
accompanied the body of : Professor Le
Conte to, an undertaking .parlor ,ki . Oak
land,: and , then if proceeded to.', their re
spective homes! ' The . body ; remained ; at
the parlors of I the' undertaker ; last 'night
and will be taken to the family home,to
day. * .- '¦':• .'¦',_ r ;/_:- -;^ J \. ' ' [ -\- '_ ';!" ' . - j: T
'-In Berkeley yesterday the death of Pro-'
fessor. jLe; Conte /was I'on all
sides.'; ThefeVwere -..' but': little £ outward
Dr. Taylor, who had traveled with Mrs.
Davis and the' body of Professor. Le. Conte
from the mountains 'to Oakland, wentto
the ' ferry arid * crossed "., the bay to San
Francisco, ¦ proceeding directly j to his
home. ' •;.' .'. . '
No ceremony marked the arrival of the
body of Professor Le Conte at Oakland:
President' Wheeler, -Professor Clarence
Cory and Julian Le Conte, a nephew of
the dead man/, awaited the arrival of the
train at the depot ¦ at First, and Broad
way. When the train arrived there were
but four other person's on the platform of
th> depot." 'The-' trainmen who removed
the box from the baggage- car handled
thoir burden with reverence as they -car
ried it to a waiting t hearse.' Professor
Cory, who is ah Intimate '-friend of the
Li Conte family, conducted jj Mrs. .Davis
to a carriage and escortea her to the resi
dence of her deceased 'father. 1 i. She-was
almostin a state' of collapse, due to the
journey she had, taken /in bringing her
father's body: from the Yosemite Valley.
The late day for the funeral has been
selected in the hope that the son of the
late professor, Joseph N. Le Conte, who
is row on* a wedding tour at the head
waters of Kings River, in the high Sier
ras, may be reached. Thursday will be.
the, earliest day that the young man can
arrive at home in the event he can be
found. Special , couriers have been dFs
patched from the. . Yosemite Valley to
carry the news- of. his father's. death to'
the young man. Every possible effort will
be made to. locate him, so , that ho may
be in attendance at the funeral.-.'. .
The final arrangements for th^ serv
ices will be , made during the next thirty
six hours. So far as: the public funeral
is concerned, the university committee
will ¦ conclude the plans. The private
service will be left entirely within, tho
family's control. ¦ 4 ; • ; -
fessor. They will be held Thursday after
noon at 3 o'clock at the university. The
obsequies' will be held either aj Hearst
Hall or . Harmon- gymnasium. The ar
rangements for the public services have
been placed in charge of a committee of
the university, composed of former Presi
dent Martin Kellogg, Professor Frederick
Slate and Professor A. C. Lawson. These
representatives of the university will
have complete charge of all the . details
concerning the public demonstration , to
the memory of the revered dead. The se
lection of the officiating 'divine is left with
the family of the deceased scientist.
/ Searching for the Son.
Denies Bubonic Plague Story.
RIO DIC JANEIRO. July 7.— There is no
foundation for the rumor circulated in the
United States that a bubonic plague, scare
exists in th!s c!ty. Four cases of the dis
ease have been reported, but . all ' were
brought from Oporto. The general sani
tary condition of Rio de Janeiro is excel
lent. : ;^sr«
Fitzgerald, followed by his coachman,
was walking through a passageway lead
ing to the cellar, trying to locate a leak
in the gas plant. The coachman picked
up a lighted candle from a table and had
entered the cellar before hearing Fitzger
ald's shout for him to go back.
Fitzgerald was president of the Mil
waukee Drydock Company and managing
director of the American Shipbuilding
Company. He was well known along the
great lakes, and among business men of
Milwaukee he commanded a prominent
MILWAUKEE, July 7.— As the result of
the explosion of a gasoline tank in the
cellar of the country house of William
Fitzgerald, at Lake Nagawicka, late Sat
urday night Fitzgerald was so badly
burned that he died at noon to-day. His
coachman. Wlll'am Grunwald, is in a dy
Company Is Killed and His
Coachman Is Dying.
President of Milwaukee Drydock
For many years he had not been active
ly engaged in business, but was identified
with numerous charitable movements. Mr.
Yeatman Is believed to be the original of
the character Mr. Brinsmade in Win
ston Churchiir.i novel "The Crisis." The
philanthropist and the novelist were great
GASOLINE TANK EXPLODES
IN A COUNTRY HOUSE
Although a slaveholder before the war,
he devised the organization of the Freed
men's Bureau, and made an official re
port to Washington In which he advised
the leasing of abandoned cotton planta
tions to the frcedmen.
In lS64*the Western Sanitary Commis
sion was called into existence by General
Fremont, and Mr. Yeatman wa3 appoint
ed president of the commission. The com
mission established hospital steamers, sol
diers' homes and relief bureaus, and Mr.
Yeatman's work won him the highest
praise from members of all parties.
ST. LOUIS, July 7.— James F. Yeatman,
a well-known philanthropist, died to-day,
aged 84 years. When the Civil War broke
out Mr. Yeatman endeavored to maintain
peace and labored earnestly to that end..
His sympathies were with the Union, and
when the war could no longer be avoided
he became one of the Commissioners sent
from here to explain the local status of
affairs to President Lincoln.
Mr. Brinsmade in St.
Passing of the Original of Churchill's
' ANSWEBS DEATH'S CALL
SISSOX, July 7. — A disastrous wreck,
causing one death and injury to several
persons, occurred at Black Butte Summit,
a sidetrack station eight miles north of
this place, at 6 o'clock this morning, when
the Shasta express on the way south
collided with a northbound troop train.
On the latter was a battery of regular sol
diers returning to their Kastern stations
after service in China and the Philippine
The southbound train had two engines
and was coming up the hill at a good rate
of speed, j hrhe engine in front was almost
completely demolished, as was also the
north-bound engine pulling the train
load of soldiers. The baggage car
and a box car containing the ef
fects of the soldiers were thrown
on top of one of the engines. The baggage
and property of the soldiers was badly
broken. Much of it consisted of valuable
articles gathered in China durinc the re
The collision was caused by the engi
neer of the northbound train running past
the sidetrack at Black Butte Summit.
When the conductor saw that the train
was being drawn past this track he pulled
the bell rope. The speed was decreased
and when the trains came together the
one containing the soldiers was running
at the rate of about ten miles an hour.
This action of the conductor doubtless
saved a great many lives.
The engineers and firemen of the south
bound train stayed with. their engines un
til just before the collision, when they
jumped and saved themselves from Injury.
Henry Wentz, the engineer of the north
bound train, was badly hurt and was
taken to his home in Dunsmuir.
Three men whose names are unknown
were riding on thVblind"baggage.' Orie'Was
Instantly killed, one has an arm and a leg
broken, and the other escaped injury. A
woman in the rear Pullman of the Shasta
express, wife of the proprietor of the
A&hland Hotel at Ashland, Or., was badly
cut about the head. Several other pas
sengers were slightly hurt.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
Prompt Action of a Conductor Pre
vents the Loss of Many
One Man Killed and Sev
eral of the Passengers
Serious Railroad "Wreck
at Black Butte
BUENA VISTA. Colo.. July 7.— A forest
fire southwest of here has destroyed
many thousands cf dollars' worth of
valuable timber. The mining camp of
Pino is In the path of the fire and is in
danger of being wiped out. It is impos
sible to get any definite news from there
?o-nisht except that the fire is still burn
be and epreadins rapidly.
Blaze Is Spreading Rapidly and
Threatens to Wipe Out a Colorado
FOREST FIRE DESTROYS
MUCH VALUABLE TIMBER
Work and Officers Are Fear
ful of Trouble.
VANCOUVER, B. C, July 7.— The crisis
in the salmon fishery strike at St'jveniOn
is expected to occur at daylight to-mor
row morning. The Japanese to the num
ber of 3000 have decided to go out fishing
in a body. They will carry shotguns and
are well supplied with ammunition.
The white fishermen's union have 300
patrol boats out and will turn back tho
Japanese or tow them back to the
wharves if at all possible. The authori
ties are apprehensive of trouble. \[. j m
With Shotguns They Will Begin
PREPARE FOR- A BATTLE
DENVER. July 7.— In the trial of Thom
as Howard, charged v/lth the murder cf
Henry Rdss } n Globeville last Friday
morning, a £t. Bernard dog will be the
chief witness f&r the State. Three men
Who yaw Ross shot by a stranger swore
before a Coroners jury last night that
a St. Bernard dog peculiarly marked was
standing by the murderer when he fired
the fatal shot and trotted along after
him when he run.
A man whom the saloonkeeper did not
know, but who has been since identified
hm John Howard, entered Carl Goer
rltys saloon, accompanied by a St. Ber
nard dog peculiarly ma: Red. Ross and
three companions entered shortly after
ward and invited Howard to drink. How
ard departed a 1>r- minutes later. Ross
and his companions left the saloon about.
1 o'clock In the morning. As they walked
past an alley they ss>w a man sitting on
a fence. He fired without warning, the
bullet striking Ross in the stomach and
killing him. Then the stranger leaped
over the fence and ran. A St. BernarJ
dog started out of the shadow and,
bounding over the fence, followed him.
A <5og cf the kind described by the wit
nesses to the shooting was seen lying in
Howard's yard, and its master was ar
rested and charged with the murder. 'So
motive for the crime is known.
Eig- St. Bernard the State's Silent
Witness in a Colorado
TOG CAUSES ARREST
OF MTJHDEB, SUSPECT
It has been a notorious fact in Mon
tana for years that thousands of acres of
timber iar.4 have been entered and pat
ents granted to ecip'.cyes of milling com
panies. These things have been known to
not only the general public, but also to
land-owners in the districts where the en
tries are made. In recent years, owing to
the wholesale cutting of timber and the
great extent of the land taken up in this
way, good timber lands have been getting
For three years the Government has
been trying- to get the regular officers of
The Department of Justice in Montana to
prosecute tlie case with vigor. This has
been all in vain and no£ until the appoint
ment of special agents of the department,
with a special assistant Attorney General
to force the fight, has anything been done.
Since that time events have moved rap
idly. Within the last few days six suits
have been entered against the Daly Inter
ests. Senator Clark has been notified that
he must fi^iit for his laud title and several
c£ tfce other priiicipeis lia re been arrested.
These prominent interests are not the
only ones attacked. One hundred and two
indictments have recently been found by
Federal Grand Juries agrainst individuals
accused of directing the scheme which.
The Government declares, defrauded it of
great amounts and violated the timber
laws. All this has come about in the last
Senator Clark imist fight with all his
resources for the title to 140,000 acres of
timber land. The Daly interests. Includ
ing the great mining companies named,
must <3efen<3 a suit instituted by the De
partment of Justice for the recovery of
$1,303,000, the value of timber alleged to
have been cut from Government land in
HELENA, Mont.. July ".—Senator W.
A. Clark; Margaret Daly of New York,
administratrix of the estate of Marcus
Daly; the Anaconda Mining Company and
the Bitter lioot Development Company
must stand trial in the Federal courts for
alleged irregularities in timber lands in
Montana, and Idaho, involving millions of
dollars. It has taken years for the mills
of the nation to grind out a grist of pros
ecutions against these great interests, but
now the mills are grinding line.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
Other Actions Involving Mil
lions Will Follow.
Six Suits Are Already Filed and
Government "Will Fight for
Vast Tracts of Land
Senator Clark and the
Daly Heirs Face
TO BE TRIED
MEXICO CITY, July 7.-The Presbyter
ian Synod is well attended. The purpose
is to organize a Mexican synod which will
have direct charge of the work in" Mexico.
There 'are in Mexico about 100 Presby
terian 7 missions, with not less than 5000
communicantsi Those missions are under
tlie direction ¦ of the Foreign Missionary
Boards of the . Northern and Southern
Presbyterian churches. Many of the mis
sions in Mexico have become self-support
ing and it is proposed .'to place them on an
independent footing. The boards of; the
church; in the North will withdraw their
superintending power, but- will continue
their substantial support to **» weaker
missions of the country. '-..:*."
IMPORTANT WORK BEFORE
•THE PRESBYTERIAN SYNOD
COMBINATION FOBMED TO
HANDLE COAL OUTPUT
Pennsylvania Railroad and Vander-
bilt and Morgan Interests Control
Every Avenue of Transportation.
PHILADELPHIA, July 7.— The North
American to-morrow will publish a story
to the effect that the entire coal trans
portation east of the Mississippi River
will be divided among the railroads con
trolled by the Pennsylvania Railroad, the
Vanderbilt and the y organ iriteresta. The
Pennsylvania snd Vanderbilt lines will
carry all the coal produced in the bitu
minous regions, while the Morgan roads
will control the entire anthracite trans
portation. This combination, the article
goes on to say. will bring about the con
solidation of all the bituminous interest3
north of Tennessee and east of the Mis
The work of consolidation has been go
ing on for a year, and every avenue of
transportation of coal is in control of
these three interests. Among the bitu
minous group are the Pittsburg Coal
Company, the Illinois Coal Company, the
latter representing all the coal properties
in Illinois and Indiana, and /the Fair
mount Coal Company of West Virginia.
The total capitalization of the bituminous
Interests is estimated at $340,000,000.
FINDS HUSBAND'S BODY
DANGLING IN DOORWAY
Wife of a School Janitor at Watson
ville Makes a Startling Dis
WATSONVILLE. July 7.— James Nell-
son, a janitor of the Watsonville Gram
mar School, "committed suicide yesterday
evening by hanging himself with a piece
of baling rope. The act was committed
In the school building. Neilson left home
some time during the afternoon. As he
did not return home at the usual time, his
wife, started in search of him.. She went
to the schoolhouse and upon entering the
building through the rear door was hor
rified by coming in contact with the life
less body of her husband, which was sus
pended from the transom of the door.
From the position In which the body
was found It was evident that Xeilson
had sauatted down until his hands had
almost touched the floor. Death was
caused by strangulation. His . domestic
life was not unhappy and the deed is
thought to have been due to excessive
use of Hauor. >V-''jO~
BHLE THE POCKETS
OF ABANDONED CORPSE
LOS ANGELES. July 7.— An unknown
man was struck by a train of tank cars
on the Buena Vl3ta street bridge this
morning. His skull was rractured and he
died in a few minutes after the accldehi.
Employes of the Southern Pacific placed
his body on a quilt and summoned the
Coroner. The dead man wag then left
alone and when the Coroner arrived he
found his pockets turned inside out and
rifled. Nothing was found upon him by
which he could be identified. He has the
appearance of a laboring man, and & pj
lice officer says he has seen him at work"
on the Salt Lake road's new bridge near
Elysian Park. •
the Sentinel Hotel, lies in the rapids of
the Merced River, near El Capltan bridge.
At about 2:30 o'clock this afternoon a
party of three, consisting of Miss Schaf
fer. Miss Sadie Young and John Van
Campen, left the Sentinel Hotel for a ride
in Van Campen's boat. This la a frail
craft and canvas-covered. When pitching
it into the stream they were warned of
the treacherNjs'waters of the Merced, but
they Jokingly bade their friends good-by.
At about 4 o'clock they reached the com
mencement of the rapids above the El
Capitan bridge. There they landed. Miss
Young going ashore. Miss Schaffer and
Van Campen, however, concluded to con
tinue through the rapids. A short distance
below that point Van Campen saw that
they could not do this with safety and so
pulled toward the shore, catching hold of
At this moment Miss Schaffer, In a spirit
of fearlessness, took one of the oars and
shoved the boat again into the stream,
saying that they would shoot the rapids
anyway, at the same time dropping the
oar into the water. In a moment th© boat
became unmanageable and upset, throw
ing the young lady out on one side and
Van Campen on the other. For a moment
both held to the upturned boat. Then the
boy caught the girl's hand and floated
down with the current 100 or more feet.
Then they struck a large bowlder and be
came separated, both going under tho
water. When Van Campen came to the
surface he could find no trace of the girl.
Two t men were on the riverside a short
distance below, but they did not See the
girl's body float by. Her hat was found
about half a mile below the scene of the
accident. A. large force of men dredged
'the river, but at dark they abandoned the
search. It will be resumed arain In tha
morning by Guardian Stevens and a force
of men. The young lady wa3 an expert
swimmer. Her parents are dead. She has
a sister living in Oklahoma Territory.'
YOSEMITE. July 7.-The body of Miss
Sadie Schaffer, one of the waitresses of
No Trace Can Be Found of tha
Body of the Eiver
Young Man Strives in Vain to
Save the Life of a
Whirl Frail Boat
•••.-An: enormous number . of cattle and
sheep are trekking from the south to the
Government farms near Pretoria.
\ Lately the Boers surrendering in this
district were driven to the border. They
were afraid to enter their own territory.
When they surrendered they said they
thought they were the only one3 still
fighting. They showed surprise upon find
ing the war was continued in other parts
of the country.
.PRETORIA, July 7.— Blockhouses are,
being erected and everything possible be
ing done for the protection of traffic on
the railway to Petersburg, but the diffi
culty' is enormous owing to the fact that
the line runs between mountains, with
thick brush on either side, affording ex
cellent cover for the Boers.
Eoers Lay Down Their Anns Under
The Daily Mail protests vigorously
against the suppression by the censor of
such details. '
BELIEVED WAR HAD ENDED.
"A couple of Boers," says the Daily
Mail's correspondent, "who were armed
with Martinis, walked around among
the dead and dying. Some they turned
over to see If they were dead. If it .were
otherwise, then one or the other of the
Boers shot them as they would shoot an
ox. I saw four killed in' this way. One
youngster pleaded for his life. I heard
him say: 'Oh, Christ, don't! 'and. then,
bang! went the rifle. That is what hap
LONDON, July 8.— The Daily Mail gives
sensational .prominence, this morning to
mail advices from Vlakfontein, which at
tribute to the Boers inhuman atrocities
that the censor would not allow to be
described by cable.
Wounded Are Put to Death.
British Correspondent Declares That
ALLEGED BOEB ATROCITIES.
In order t'o obtain a prompt settlement
of claims filed by American citizens for
personal and property damages sustained
in South Africa as a result of the opera
tions of British troops the State Depart
ment has officially requested" all claim
ants, to submit memorials setting forth
the facts in • connection with their claims,
which w II be transmitted through Embas
sador.Choate to the British Claims Com
mission; * now "si f ting " tn~ L6nddn."7The de
partment'is : In receipt of complaints from
numerous persons claiming American na
tionality, but the records are not com
plete "and In many cases the citizenship
of .the claimants is not established. . The
claims which submit estimates of the
damage suffered amount to several hun
dred thousand dollars. The department
does not see how it will be possible to
obtain a settlement of claims arising out
of damages following upon the acts of
the Boer Government, as that Government
ceases to exist. In the case of claims to
mining rights it is possible that the Brit
ish Government may allow the claimants
the privilege of recourse. to the clvl courts
when they shall have been established.
The departmeit is satisfied from the in
vestigation ma£e by ¦ American Consuls
and British authorities that the reports
that the British are ill-treating their pris
oners are without foundation. The only
hardship that the Americans captured in
South Africa will have to undergo will be
that of confinement until hostilities cease.
The test case was' that of a naturalized
American named Morgan, who claims a
residence In Virginia. Sir Alfred Mllner,
British High Commissioner in South Af
rica, disapproves of the release of for
eigners who fought with the Boers, He
has announced that a person w-ho served
as a belligerent with the Boer forces loses
his nationality and must be treated* as an
enemy. This view is concurred in by the
legal officers of the State Department.
CALL BUREAU, 1406 G STREET, N.
W., WASHINGTON, July 7.— Americans
fighting In the Boer armies who were
made prisoners by the British will have
\o endure their captivity until the close
of the South African war. Great Britain
has declined to comply with the request
of this Government to release an Ameri
can now confined on the island of Ceylon,
and this declination probably will prove
a bar to further representations by the
State Department on behalf of Americans
capturert as belligerents in South Africa.
* Special Dispatch to The Call.
Holds /That Foreigners Who Aided
the Patriots Have Lost Their
With Request of This
London Declines to Comply
Americans Captured by
Will Not Be
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL.