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FIESTA AND CARNIVAL
FOR POINT RICHMOND
Business Men's Committee Plans Big
Entertainment for Townspeople
POINT RICHMOND, May Sl.-Point
Richmond's business men are planning a
Sesta and flower carnival for their town.
A number of them met in Samuel Curry"3
office last night and chose tho following
committee to plan for the fete:
J. B. Semorile, chairman; P. M. Dean,
\-ice chairman; E. J. Summerfleld, secre
tary; J. G. Moitosa, R. H. Curry, B. E.
Allen. Charles Greer, Sidney Lewellyn,
directors: D. A. Mason, treasurer.
Informal discussion of the project
among the business men supplied tho
committee, with suggestions for tho en
tertainment features. Among these will
be a flower parade, athletic sports anil
bull fight. It Is proposed tbat the affair
shall extend over a period .of eight or ten
days. The committee has been assured
of the support of all the townspeople.
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Licensed to Marry.
OAKLAND, May 31.— Licenses to marry
were issued to-day to Claude H. Allen,
aged 22. and Clara Isabella Madison, 3S>
both of Llvermore; Charles C. Sullingcr,
21, Oakland, and Grace E. Maghel, IS, Sac
ramento: Ernest IT. numbers. 3S, and
Jennie Hall. 39, both pf San Francisco;
Carl M. 'Behr, 38, Oakland, anil Magdu
lena Stoniteh. S7. Santa Clara County;
George W. Eustice. 23. and Alice Co!e. 21,
both of San Francisco; Joseph Oliver Jr.,
iS. Nlles. and Theresa Brown. . 1}, Oak
land: tJeorge I-. Ireland. Zt, and Laura
Rodefeld. ll». both of San Francisco;
James Jordan. S7, fc'an Francisco, and An
nie McLaughlin. C5. Oakland; Hugh
u'Keane, over 21, Oakland, and Bridget
O'Neill, over IS. Bakersneld.
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Blind Pupils' Concert.
BERKELEY, May 31.— The annual con
cert of the blind pupils of the State insti
tution for the deaf, dumb and blind will
be given on Friday* afternoon, June 6. at
2 o'clock. On the following Wednesday
six graduates of the Institution will re
ceive their diplomat. There are at pres
ent 220 inmates of the home, of whteli
number sixty-three are blind. ¦.-.'¦-
New Gun Club to Shoot
BERKELEY. May 31.~The recently or,
ganized College City Gun Club will hold
Its <irst handicap shoot to-morrow on the
new range back of North Berkeley. Mer
chandise prizes are offered for the com
petltiors. - -v^
President Nominates Arm v Men.
WASHINGTON. May Sl.-The President
to-day sent the following nominations tu
the Senate: Army: Colonels to be briga
dier generals— Samuel M. WhiUidc ami
Sumner H. Lincqln. Infantry: lieuten
ant colonels to be colonels— AVilUam Qtiin
ton and Jesse C. Chance. Majors to bo
lieutenant colonels— Ralph \V. Iloyt ami
George H. Cornish. Captains to be.ma
jr.rs — Charles H. Boneateel, Lyman W. M.
Kenefee, William Lassiter. Charles (j
Morton. First lieutenants to be captains-
George F\ Baltzell. Edgar T. Contey. Spa
born G. Chiles, E. T. Collins and Xvniaii
George W. Bh»b?e to b« Recetverof Pub
lic Moneys at Orange City, Or.
IS PRONOUNCED FORGERY.
This bill, certified to as being correct
by Commissary Foley and Warden
Aguirre, is a forgery of the most pro
nounced "type. It was written by the
same prison hand that filled out the
forged bills of Levi Strauss & Co.
whereby a bill of goods for $11213, in
cluding nightshirts, was procured by
fraud and the State was made to pay
for the same Toy- a bogus Item of a bale
of cassimere for prison ctothing.
The forged bill of Lebenbaum & Co..
dated "May 17, 19—," was written by
the same prisoner who filled In the Levi
Strauss & Co.'s bills and was done un
der direction of officials of San Quen
The corrupt methods of procedure
employed by Warden Aguirre and his
skillful staff of prisoners at San Quentin
were still further revealed yesterday
by an investigation of the transactions
with C. Grosjean & Co. and Burtchaell
& Co., two of the principal grocery
houses of San Rafael. It was at these
two stores that Commissary Francis
Foley purchased some of the supplies
for Aguirre and his dependants and the
inquiry yesterday developed that it was
on the bills of these firms that the pris
oners at the penitentiary were called in
to use their skill. Photographic repro
ductions of these forged bills are given
in to-day's Call.
When photographs of bills purporting
to be of his firm were shown to E. S.
Rake, president of C. Grosjean & Co.,
he straightway declared that they were
not made out by him or any one in his
employ. ; He said that Commis
sary Foley had applied to him for a
number of blank billheads. Foley gave
as a reason for his request that he
needed the billheads to make out tripli
cate copies of each bill in order that
one might be kept at the prison and
two sent to Sacramento.
FORGED GROCERY BILLS.
Rake instructed his bookkeeper to
furnish the commissary department
with billheads, which was accordingly
done. From the .evidence which has
been obtained.^these bills were secured
not for the purpose of making copies as
was claimed by Foley but so that the
prisoners could more-easily make forged
bills to cover up the purchase of other
supplies used by Aguirre and his de
pendants. Rake said^he was informed
that triplicate copies of each bill had to
be made so that one could be retained
at the prison and two sent to Sacra
mento. As a matter of fact only
one bill is sent ' to Sacramen
to. Why Commissary Foley should
demand three copies when only two
were necessary is a mystery that could
not be explained by Rake.
Rake was greatly surprised when he
was show : n photographs of the forged
bills. One' of these bills was dated Sep
tember 1, 1901, and made out for the
following items: One ham at 52 48, two
rolls of butter at 80 cents, six dozen
eggs at 20 cents a dozen, 4 dozen eggs
at 20 cents a dozen, one box of pears at
$1, one box of apples at $1 25 and one
box of peaches at $1. After carefully
examining this bill Rake said that with
the exception of the date line all the
rest of the bill was written by some one
who was not in his employ. The writ
ing on the forged bills of this firm was
done by prisoners.
The writing on this bill, however. Is
not the only portion of it to excite sus
picion. The upper part of the bill, or
the head on which Rake said the date
line was in the handwriting of his
bookkeeper, has been torn from another
bill and affixed and pasted on a piece
of paper on which were written the
items above given.
The second photograph of a bill which
was presented to Mr. Rake for his in
spection was for reventy dozen eggs
at IS cents a dozen and two dozen
Plymouth Rock roosters at $7 75 per
dozen. As in the case of the first bill,
Rake also declared this bill was writ
ten by some one outside of the firm,
¦with the exception of the date line,
"March 25. 1902." He was certain In his
assertion that it had never been draft
ed by any one" in his employ and-posi
tive that he had not drafted it himself.
GAVE FOLEY BLANK BILLS.
When asked if he ever allowed any
of his billheads which were not filled
out to be. given to the San Quentin
prison commissary' department, ha
said: "Yes. In order to save my book
keeper's time I instructed him to give
them a number of empty billheads.
You see they wanted triplicate copies
and I thought they could make them
out as well as my bookkeeper."
In the case of the bill from Burtchaell
& Co. the crooked work is even more
perceptible than in the case of Gro3
jean's bills. Burtchaell & Co.'s bill m
the first instance as made out by
Burtchaell, proprietor of the store, was
fcr the purchase of thirty dozen eggs at
40 certs a dozen, a total of $12. After
the bill passed into the hands
of prison officials it was changed.
Three . more "items were adilod
to \ it, ' making the total $15 30.
When T. Finlayson, who is Burtchaell
& Co.'s chief clerk, saw the photograph
of the bill yesterday he immediately
declared that the last three items had
been added to it after the bill had been
made out by Mr. Burtchaell. The date
line and the item for. the thirty dozen
of eggs, which were in Burtchaell's
hand, were written in rather larg-j
firm characters, while the three items
which- were subsequently inserted were
pasting together of sheets of paper was
done in San Quentin prison. The photo
graph "of the bill shows where the lower
portion was pasted together.
•written very lightly and rather closely
together and in a hand that is very sel
dom employed by a business roan. Tho
forged bill was also the work of prison
ers at San Quentin.
Finlayson stated that Commissary
Foley had also requested Burtchaell <<&
Co. to give a number of blank billheads,
but that the request had been refused*
both by himself and Mr. Burtchaeil.
Notwithstanding the refusal and the
fact that no blank billheads were ever
given to the prison commissary depart
ment, Finlayson said that on one oc
casion one of the men employed In that
department showed up at the stora
with one of the firm's billheads all
filled out. Finlayson said that he was
unable to say where the billhead In
question had been obtained. As in tha
case- of Grosjean & Co. Commissary
Foley had always demanded that tha
bills be made out in three copies al
though but two were necessary.
CAN AGUIRRE EXPLAIN? .
It will be difficult for "Warden Aguirra
and other officials of San Quentin
prison to explain why bills purporting
to be from the well Jxnown firm, H. S.
Crocker Company, have been forged by
unfortunate prisoners acting on direc
tions, certified to by Aguirre and Foley
and foisted on the Board of Prison Di
rectors and the Board of Examiners
and duly paid.
.Inquiry made at the offices of the II.
S. Crocker Company elicited the infor
mation that in no instance were any
of their bill3 to customers written In
ink but were always typewritten.
The Call to-day reproduces photo
graphs of. two bills which are on file
at Sacramento, the contents of which
were filled in by prisoners at San Quen
tin on blank bills of H. S. Crocker Com
pany. \ .
The information waa given at the of
fices of the firm that Commissary Foley
had often asked for corrected bills, and
when told that it would take some
time to make them out, the San Quen
tin official would say that he had but
a few minutes to catch a boat at the
ferry and requested that he be given
blank bills and statements, In order
.that he might .flJI_ them out himself.
Thi3 shows another instance of how
bills have been forged at San Quentin
on billheads of prominent firms of this
The deliberate juggling of the books
and records of San Quentin prison will
make it a very difficult task to unravel
the fraud, forgery and theft that have
been carried on by members of the cor
rupt ring that. controls that institution.
It is the duty of an impartial investi
gating body to spare no expense In
cleansing the Augean stables of ths
foul mass of corruption and criminality
that has grown* up as the result of Gov
ernor Henry T. Gage placing his bosom
friend, Martin G. Aguirre, in control of
the affairs of San Quentin prison. The
people demand a thorough investigation
of affairs and the swift punishment of
the guilty parties, no matter what posi
tion they may occupy.
Blank Bill=Forms Are First
Secured by Trickery From
DEMAND FAIR INQUIRY.
President It. M. Fitzgerald of the
Board of Prison Directors has stateG
that no investigation can be held by ihe
board until every member is able to be
present. The board consists of Gov
ernor Gage, ex-officio a. member, R. M.
Fitzgerald, president- J. H. Wiikins, li..
T. Devlin, Don Ray and Warren Portor.
If the Board of Prison Directors holds
the investigation, it must do so in a
thorough!> - impartial manner. If any
member of the b<>ard, during his term
of office, has received as a present or
purchased any article made in San
Quentin prison by prisoner labor other
than jute bags authorized by law, he is
disqualified from sitting on the investi
gating board and the investigation
must therefore be held by other State
officials. President Fltzgexald says an
investigation can only be held in the
presence of all the members of the
The State Board of Examiners may
be also disqualified from holding an in
vestigation of the affairs of San Quen
tin prison. This official body and the
Board of Prison Directors have had
iarge numbers of forged bills presented
to them and they have been duly pass
ed for payment. The Board of Exam
iners consists of Governor Gage, the
Attorney General and the Secretary of
When the Governor is absent, the
•ecretary of the board, Dan Kevane,
votes for the Governor. . - . . . •
Gross carelessness could alone permit
the foisting of forged bills upon tluj
Prison Directors and the Board of Ex
aminers. The people of the State, of
California are ' entitled to a
impartial body of investigators in .the
matter of the San Qiientia prison
Justice demands that when the ver*
diet is rendered it should say whether
the prison Board of Directors and th2
Board of Examiners are to blame for
allowing forged bills to be foisted upon
them. Th? Board of Directors arid the
Beard of Examiners cannot sit in judg
ment upon themselves.
CANNOT JUDGE THEMSELVES.
Justice demands that the investigat
ing body should possess judicial power
and be absolutely impartial. The in
vestigating body should be able J.o
•ubpena witnesses? administer oaths
and compel the production of the books
of firms that have sold supplies to San
Jr. the course of its Investigations Tho
Call has discovered a mass of evidence
of fraud, fcrgory and theft at San
QueniSn prison that would require
many v. ceks to publish in detail.
To-day this paper presents further
positive proof of its charges that thr»
corrupt rills' In control of iian Quenihi
prison has Corced prisoners to forge billi
and accounts: books and public rccortls
have been falsified and altered; luxur
ies have been obtained by members of
• the ring, and payir.er.t has been made
with pubiic funds secured by felony.
¦ Bills at:d aecouius prepnrrd by prison
ers have bc-en passerby the Board of
Prison Director*, the J3oard. of Exam
iners and the State Controller. These
bills have beer, duly certified to by
Commissary Francis Fo'ey and War
den Mfertin G. Aguirre.
The cunning hands of r>riEoners were
utilized to do the crooked work for th^
members of the corrupt ring that con
trols San Qucntin prison. Bill-head.s
have be«n cut from genuine bills of
business houses and pasted by prisoners
to blank paper in order to prepare
forged substitute bills and thus Fecurc
psyment by the State for unauthorized
'supplies. These supplies of every vari
ety, from tabip deJicacira a:id snowy'
narcry to silk underwear and ladies'
rightgowiiP, have been obtained by
fraud arid forgery, not for the usr of
prisocers but for the: benefit of Warden
M. C Aguirre and his band o* cronies
and bosom friends.
MANY CRIMES COMMITTED.
The people of the State of California
have tx-en ciiitated in order that thv!
members of thf San «^u«ntin prison
ring and their friends might \<;)l in lux
ury and drf'ss in stolen finery. To cover
up crimes, other crimes have been com
mitted. The supplies huvc been charged
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Quentin prison has revealed;
a gigantic mass of fraud, forgery and
tXeft by State officials.
The Call has demonstrated that pris
oners sentenced to punishment at San
Quentin prison, have been forced by
Iheir official guardians to falsify public
records and substitute rorged bills, in
order that Warden Martin G, Aguirr.:-,
the favorite and bosom friend of Gover
nor Henry T. Gage, and others of
Aguirre's malodorous band, might se
cure public funds by felony in order
to pay for unauthorized supplies for
themselves and their mtimate friends.
To-day The Call presents more proof
of tne criminal acts of the, ring that
controls San Quentin prison. The evi
dence secured by this paper discloses
the fact that systematic fraud, forgery
and theft of public supplies have been
carried on by the men in control of San
The vast amount of incriminating
data secured by The Call is but an iota
compared to what can be uncovered by
an official investigation by duiy author
ized State officials. When this official
investigation is held, as it should be,
the revelations will astound the people
of the State of California.
¦ .. ,. URTHER invcrtigation by
tig The Call of the criminal
jjj J acts of the corrupt ring that
S , controls the financial affairs
-«. and administration of San
FOLEY WAS HURRIED.
Meyerfeld could not explain how
blank bills of his firm had come into
the possession of officials and prisoners
at San Quentin prison, but the cashier
of the firm was able to give the infor
mation. He told how Commissary
Folcy had often visited the offices of
the firm arid .asked" for monthly
statement k. When he would say h3
only had a few minute^ to catch
his boat at the ferry depot', and the
clerks would reply that they did not
have time to inake out the bills, Foley
would akli. for the blank bills and say
he would fill them out liimself.
Mr. Meycrfeld stated yesterday that
his clerks were fully conversant with
the •contract" and "non-contract"
goods fiold to San Quentin prison and
the articles were always separately
A bill of Lebenbaum & Co. dated
February 28. 1902, for $S1 91 shows that
it was filled, In by the prisoner who
prepared the forged Lev! Strauss it
Co.'s bills, that are reproduced to-day
by The Call. . This bill :s certified' to
as being corrert by Commissary Foley
ur.d Warden Aguirre.
Another bi'l purporting to be from
Lebenbaum t'z Co." is dated March SI,
1001. It is for the. sum of $18 G5. The
bill-head was out off a. genuine bill of
the firm and was pasted by a prisoner
to a, sheet of ruled paper. An inspec
tion of the r photograph Knows the
right hand corner, of fhe lower part of
the bill-head to be loose, clearly dis
closing the work, of the prisoner who
pasted the bill together. The' bottom
, part of this bill chows that still further
"We always send the original bill and
a duplicate of it." ,
The 'dui'!icate bill is kept at San
Quentjn prison while the original is
sent to Sacramento, after being certi
Whep Mr. Meyerfeld was asked if his
firm ever gave any of its blank bills
to customeYs. he answered:
"We would on no account ever give
our- blank bills to any one. It would
open the door to fraud.:'
When Mr. Meyerfeld/saw the photo
graphs of the forged bills he at once
declared that they were not written by
any of the clerks in the employ of his
firm. In one case where a bill-head had
been cut from a genuine bill of the firm
and pasted to a blank sheet of paper
by a prisoner who then prepared the
forged document, Meyerfeld at once
recognized the handwriting of one of
his clerks in the date line and the
words "Cala. ¦ State Prison, San Quen
OBTAINED BLANK BILLS.
Inquiries made of L. Lebenbaum &
Co.. II. S. Crocker Company and
Urosjean & Co. show that Com
missary Fbley: had secured blank
bills by stating to clerks that the firms
had made an error in charging "con
tract" and "non-contract" supplies on
one bill, or that he desired a monthly
statement. Foley was always pressed
for time and would state that he had
only a few minutes to catch his boat
at the ferry depot. When the clerks
would inform Folcy that they did not
"have the tihfc to make out the cor
rected Kill or statement the San Quen
tin official would ask for th 3 blank bills
and sav 4hat. he would. have prepared
the desired bills. ' . . . :
Bills of L. Lebenbaum & Co. and
other^firms are reproduced in The. Call
to-day as samples of the forgeries on
filer, at Sacramento. They have been
.shown to members of the firms men
tioned and have been declared to be
forged. To take all the bills on file at
Sacrame"hto, purporting to be for prison
supplies furnished by Lebenbaum &
Go. and other firms and compare them
with the books of the business houses,
would take a vast amount of time.
Jesse Meycrfeld of the firm of Leben
baum & Co. was shown photographs of
some of the forged bills of hte firm that
were certified to as being correct by
Commissary Feley and "Warden Aguirra
and foisted on State officials for pay
ment.; • ;
Mr. Meyerfeld was asked what was
the custom of his firm in making out
bills for goods supplied to San Quentin
prison and replied:
to various prison accounts and. by di
rection of their guardians, the unfortu
nate prisoners have been forced to fur
ther jeopardize their souls.
A fw days ago The Call presented
in close detail the evidence showing
how goods had been obtained by tl:a
ring at San Quentin trom L-evi Strauss
& Co.- and forced bills substituted
and foisted on the Prison Directors
and Board of Examiners for payment.
The forged bills of I,evi Strauss &
Co. are reproduced to-e:ay In The Call
in order that the public may judge and
compare the-Avriting of the prisoner Who
filled them out with a number of bills
purporting to be troni well-known
business houses, that are also printei
The hand of the prisoner
who Avas directed by his official
guardians to forge the bills on Le^'i
Strauss & Co's bill-heads, cut from gen
uine bills, has been used by his jailors
to forge other documents purporting to
be from L. Lebenbaum & Co., H. S.
decker Company, C; Grosjean & Co.
of San Rafael, and Burtchaell & Co.
of the same city.
In some cases bill-heads have been
cut from genuine bills and used for the
purpose of preparing the forged docu
ments. In other instances blank bills
w<?re secured from the business houses
by Commissary Foley and used by the
prisoners at the direction of their cus
Original Accounts Sent by
Shippers Are Changed for
Others Prepared in Prison
W XT PAR DEN AGUIRRE, did you on July i, 1899, succeed Warden Hale as the chief
¦ ll/slx executive "officer y of the State prison. at San Quentin? .
y y . Did you thereby assume official, responsibility for the proper and legal man
agement of that State -institution "on the date mentioned, and has your responsi
bility continued uninterruptedly f to the present. time?
.•'Jfls any other- official responsible for the' conduct, of the State prison at San Quentin?
Warden Aguirre, did you/ On the ,15th day of August, 1899, install Prisoner Virgin on the
second floor of the sash and blind factory building at San Quentin prison, in a carpenter shop,,
fitted up for the Warden's especial beneri't? ;.;-
Did you not relieve Prisoner John Hagerman from duty in the jute mill at San Quentin
and assign him to be an assistant to Virgin? .'
Warden Aguirre, were .not two inlaid tables, in September, 1899, taken to the Warden's
house and from there to the water front s at San Quentin, irt the commissary wagon of the
prison,. and thence shipped away from San Quentin on the steamer Caroline-?
; . Will. you deny, Warden Aguirre,. that six inlaid bird-cages, made -in December, 1899,
and one inlaid tablej made in February,^ 900, were manufactured by the prisoners under your
charge aL San Quentin prison? s . \ \
jrr- -Did 'you. not cause one' horn hatrack, fully eight feet high, to be shipped from San
Quentin prison on the steamer Garoline?
; ! : - Were there not in March, 1900,, four inlaid picture-frames and four bird-cages"that were
/made by San Quentin prisoners taken to the Warden's house?
v.; ; Did you not cause one inlaid 'table to be shipped from San Quentin prison to San
Francisco in April, 1900V " ; • ; - ,
; — ' Is it not true, Warden Aguirre, that in May, 1900, two. picture-frames, the handiwork
of State prisoners at San Quentin, and also four prison-made bird-cages', were taken to the
Warden's house from the prison?
navc shipped, from theSan Quentin water front, in June, 1900, a wardrobe and
a hatrack. which were first, taken to the Warden's house, and which were carried to the water
front in the prison commissary wagon? < .
Is it not true, Warden Aguirre. that, with your knowledge, one inlaid table made by
Prisonei Irwin was, in July, 1900, taken to the Warden's house : -and from there shipped to
Governor Gage at Los Angeles?
Warden Aguirre, was not an inlaid table, made by prisoner Irwin, shipped t6 San Fran
cisco from San Quentin prison in August, 1900?
: ';; -Is it not true, Warden Aguirre, that in September, 1900, an inlaid table was sent to
San Rafael from San Quentin prison in a. wagon, the driver being your cousin?
Did you not, Warden Aguirre, cause a looking-glass frame six feet high, inlaid, to be
shipped to Governor Gage's residence at Los Angeles in October, 1900, from San Quentin
prison? • /.;'¦ •¦'''¦•, ¦'*,..
'\ \ Warden Aguirre, did you not have one dozen horns, brass mounted, and two bird
cages, in the shape of a house, shipped from San Quentin prison on the steamer Caroline for
Governor Gage's house at Los Angeles? . -
... ' Warden Aguirre, did not- Prisoner Murphy make for you in prison, in January, 1901, two
bowie-knives and one hunting knife, the 'handles of which were inlaid with pearl?
'Did not Prisoner Alviso make JnH he prison, for the Warden, in January, 1901, two
Spanish bridles? - , .;• . : : '••-, 1 ( • ..,.--- ¦ „*"•-'
Will yolrdehy that*thrcc pictiH'e-fraiiies and- one inlaid table were made by prisoners at
San Quentin and shipped from the San Quentin prison to San Diego, by the Warden's brother,
in February, 1 90 1? ' v ,•
Did you not have shipped from the prison at San Quentin to the Governor's residence,
in March, 1 901, a, bedstead", carved by Prisoner Saville, on the head-piece of which was
the letter G? .
Was not a duplicate of the carved bedstead that was made for the Governor in the San
Quentin prison in March, 1901, made for the Warden in the prison in April, 1901?
Did not the prisoners under -your control at San Quentin make a double set of harness
and one single set in the prison for Governor Gage in 'May, 1901?
Warden Aguirre, were not one-half dozen chairs, of walnut, made in San Quentin
prison, in June, i 901, for Governor Gage?
. In the same' month, last mentioned, was one rolling-desk shipped from San Quentin
prison to San Francisco? . ¦
.." Did not Prisoner Virgin, in July; 1901, make in the prison at San Quentin four inlaid
checker-boards and four crib-)ioards? Were not. six brass crib-boards made in the machine
shop in the prison and takeivto the Warden's house?
Is it not true. Warden Aguirre. that .one- bedroom set was shipped to Los Angeles
from San Quentin prison in July, 1901?
Warden Aguirre, why does not the wharf shipping-book at the San Quentin prison
show the shipment of these ai tides before enumerated or of others that have been sent out to
beneficiaries of the prison management?
Is it not true that Prisoner Earl ,has been employed in making a dress-suit case for
Shipping Clerk McDougall, and that the leather for the same was cut in the shoeshop by Pris
oner Wilson? .
. Warden Aguirre, did you cause Prisoner Martin Lyman to do the upholstery work on
all the furniture that was made at San Quentin prison, for Governor Gage?
Warden Aguirre, will .you deny that when two representatives of The Call visited the
'prison to inquire "about the manufacture, in prison, by prisoners, of furniture, you had the
: prison-made furniture hidden away? ' •
/ Is it not true that hardwood that has been received at the prison for v the purpose of
being converted into furniture for the beneficiaries of the prison has been charged up in the
San (Quentin prison books to the jute mill?
. ¦ Js it not true,. Warden Aguirre, that at this "time Harry Hawes is installed in the
Warden's house and is engaged in painting chinaware, landscapes and other pictures for the
Governor of California? ¦
-.Warden Aguirre, when the representatives. of The Call were inquiring- at San Quentin
for. information concerning furniture manufacturing at San Quentin prison, week before last, is
it not true that there were then being completed by prisoners the following named articles for
the .Warden of the prison: Nine covers for inlaid tables, tops all finished; one rosewood bed,
carved:. one sideboard, carved; ten large armchairs, partly finished; twelve fancy chairs, carved?
Warden Aguirre, have not the prisoners in San Quentin prison' been ; making for Gen
eral Overseer J. A. Aguirre a complete set of furniture to be used in furnishing a house' for
him in Berkeley?, V ; ': .'•¦"' • ¦' '
Warden Aguirre, have not the prisoners in San Quentin prison" been recently engaged
in making for Mr. McClur'e of Los Angeles, a friend of the Warden of Srin Quentin, the fol
lowing articles of furniture: One desk, one bookcase, six chairs, one dressing-case, one tabfc,
the articles being made of quarter oak? ,
Warden Aguirre, did you not constantly employ two life prisoners, named Pedro and
Gonzales. in making valuable Spanish lace? .
Did you not as Warden, of San Quentin 'prison detail Pedro and Gonzales as cell-tend
ers, in \yhich position they would only have to work about one hour a day, so that they could
put in .the balance of their time^ making lace? " .'
.. Was not : the lace. Warden Ag-uirrc, sent to your house and given by you to many
friends in Los Angeles? ¦"¦;•-. , ; . s
Is it hot true, Warden Aguirre, that you assigned Prisoner Virgin to the duty of ship
ping furniture from -the Warden's house. that had come there from the prison wrapped in
blankets?/. _'•"'.; ., ¦ , ;; - v ;.
Warden' Aguirre. was not th'e upholstering, material and hair that was received at San
Quentin for the manufacture offurniture charged to repairs?'
. ' .' Warden Aguirre', do you not know that. each and every one "of such acts as is indicated
in the' foregoing questiov:, is a violation .ofi law of the State of California/ and the' majority
of such acts is designated by the Penal Code as felon v?
WARDEN AGUIRRE ASKED
MANY TIMELY QUESTIONS
ABOUT SHIPPING FURNITURE
Bills of Numerous Firms Are
Forged by Prisoners and
Certified To as Correct
Public Records at Capitol
Reek With Documents
That Point to Felonies
GLARING EVIDENCE OF CRIME BY SAN QUENTIN PRISON RING
SHOWS COLOSSAL OPERATIONS ON PART OF STATE OFFICIALS
THE SAX FEANGISCO CALL, SUNDAY, JUXE1, 1902.'