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SAN FRANCISCO, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1903,
Lagunitas Club Takes Steps to Preserve Forests, Then
Holds Barbecue to Celebrate the Event. .
TAMALPAIS PARK IS HOPE
OF MARIN COUNTY SOCIETY
Hopes to Be Cleared by a Hearing
Before a Commissioner.
ERWIN DETERMINES TO FIGHT
HIS CASE IN LOCAL COURT
zvhom James W. Er
win has retained to defend
him in • the proceedings
which . will ' be brought
against him by the Govern
ment, announced yesterday
that he will certainly clear
his client here in San Fran
cisco without the necessity
of his having to stand trial
in Washington. He hopes
to present such evidence of
Erzvin's innocence before
United States Court Com
missioner Heacock that the
committing magistrate here
will '¦ feel justified in zvith
holding an order of re
moval. Knight maintains
that the indicted postal of
ficial had no -Jia'nd in the
securing of contracts or
distribution of shares of the
Postal Device and Im
provement Company. Col
onel Daniel S. Richardson,
who is, thought to have tes
tified against Erwin 'Cat
Washington, is anxiously
aivaitcd here by all parties
interested.. '¦ ¦
¦¦• Reduced .rates on houieholdi goods to A from
the East * South. Bekla'i. 11 Montgomery. •
, A' first-class . . lunch and • auick - service ; for
25 cent* at The Noble Cafe, 209 Pino street,
between Sansome and Battery. •
Miss Virginia J. Thornton was ad
judged insane yesterday and sent to the
Napa State asylum. The occasion of the
trouble Is alleged to be grief for her
dead father. Her malady takes the form
of strange hallucinations, and recently
she has become - despondent, and her
brother feared she would take her life*
so she was committed to the ajylusa.
Has Lost Her F.eason.
The German: musical ¦society,/^ Verein
Arlon, will .give. Its! first,, concert ' of the
season 1903-04 ' on Thursday evening next
In Native, Sons' Hall: ' There* will • be
twelve numbers oh the programme,' which
will be rendered by a male chorus, 3 a la
dles' chorus, ! Mrs. Eve Koenlg-Friedhof er
and Paul'M. Friedhofer." The last named
will : perform ' on- the cello,' ; rendering
"Adagio" and "Dance Napolitalne."- The
majority of the vocal selections will be
in German. ' Freredick v Zech willact as
Verein Arion Concert.
San Francisco Rebekah J Drill Corps No.
2, composed of ladies v of the several Re
bekah lodges of this city, will give a
milltary-and fancy display drill in Union
Square Hall on next "Thursday evening.
This is to.- be . followed, by t a ball.- The
young ladles are better. drilled than. ever
before and a. number of novel features
will be > Introduced , in \ the .display.' drill
which will „ make. it the. most attractive
that has r ever . been given -by this body.
On October .' 5 v . the. corps will leave for
PasoRobles, and will, during the session
of the [ Grand -Encampment . of the Patri
archs Militants, enter into a^ competitive
drill for a trophy. - . ¦ x •
B«bekahs to Drill.
Dr. Koenlgsteln's Red Salve belongs in
every household.' Nothing like it for
cuts, burns, bruises, ; etc. •
Frank Miller, a clerk, 53 years of age,
waa found dead yesterday on the floor
of the bathroom at 212Vi Sixth street. Ha
had -been on a spree since the G. A. It.
celebration. Death was due to natural
Andrew Gorman, a. varnisher, aged 30
years, went on a spree on Labor day and
kept up the debauch until yesterday
morning, when he was found dead in bed
in his room at 192 Shipley street. Alco
holism and heart disease were the causes
Victims of Alcohol.
Mr. Wilder' s claim is for $1494, alleged
to be due on » ludc-ment for a promissory
An order was made yesterday by United
States District Judge de Haven staying
all proceedings under the order of j the
Superior Court of this city and county
In the case of W. P. Wilder vs. Robert N.
Graves, requiring Mr. Graves to appear
at 2 p. m. on September 12 before Eu
gene W. Levy, referee appointed by the
Superior - Court, to , answer concerning
property which the petitioner is alleged to
have refused to apply toward the satis
faction of the judgment In said action.
Judge de Haven's order, In addition, en-
Joins the Superior Court from taking, any
further steps In the case until the further
action of the United States ! District
Court. Mr. Graves has been adjudged a
bankrupt by Judge de Haven. His lia
bilities are $132,218.
Judge de Haven Saves the Bankrupt
From an Obnoxious Order, of
SUPERIOR COURT STAYED
IN THE GRAVES CASE
The Southern Pacific excursion to Yosemite
Volley September; 17 roes in "by 'Inspiration
Point and-out- by. Glacier Point- One day it
Wawona and the famous grove* of. Big Trees
The rate, - $48 50, . Is for five days' trip and In
cludes railroad and sleeping-car fare both ways
stage fare, hotels.: carriage . In valley, horses,
guides and all | necessary : expenses. . Personally
conducted. Itinerary at Information Bureau,
613 Market street. . - - ... .
The Only s Rout* l Via Wawona and
Maripbsa Big Trees* \
THE SOUTHERN PACIFIC
Excnrasiou" to . yosemite
WASHINGTON, Sept. 12.— The Postofflce
Department has been Informed that O. E.
Schebel of Toledo, who was recently in
dicted* here for complicity In- the postal
frauds, was arrested at Toledo yesterday.
He waived a preliminary hearing and
was put under $10,000 ball.
Schebel Is Arrested.
James Johnson and C. H. Betts from
Monterey were in the Grand Opera-house
on, Friday night in an intoxicated condi
tion. During the performance they
amused I themselves- by throwing their
hats In the air and shouting. The polica
were summoned and when the defendants
were placed under arrest for disturbing
the peace they made use of offensive
language. They appeared before Polica
Judge Mogan yesterday and were con
victed and will be sentenced to-morrow.
They expressed regret for their conduct,
but the Judge said he would make an
example of them.
Disturbed the Audience.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 12.-In the case
of Leopold Stern, the Baltimore contrac
tor under indictment in connection with
the postal cases, the Canadian authorities
have agreed to hold Stern for some time
and the State Department will forward
the necessary papers in support of Its
report of extradition as speedily as possi
ble. Conrad and Bonaparte, the special
counsel for the Government In the prose
cution of the postal cases, to-day filed
with- the Attorney General the report of
the consideration of the charges made by
ex-Cashier Tulloch of .the. Washington
Canada to Hold Suspect Stern.
Den went to China on one of these cer
tificates and upon his return to port pre
sented it for the purpose of gaining ' a
foothold in this country. The Federal au
thorities were apprised of this and the
United States Marshal was Instructed to
take the man into custody.
In the event that Dillard secures a new
trial United States • District Attorney
Wopdworth.will place Den on the witness
stand and by ¦his testimony hopes -to con
vict the negro. .
Louis Den, an Important witness in the
Dillard case, was arrested last night by
United States Marshal • Shine and will be
held awaiting • the outcome of Dillard's
application for. a new trial. It will ; be
remembered that Dillard was the colored
deputy clerk. In the office of the Collector
of Internal Revenue $ who was convicted
before Judg-e de Haven* and a Jury of
forging Chinese certificates.
Louis Den, a Chinese, Arrives in Port
With One of the Alleged
IMPORTANT "WITNESS IN/
DILLARD CASE AKRESTED
back track. If we here gathered together
ever wish- to be of service in the world, if
we realize that we owe any duty to pos
terity, in spite of the fact that posterity
never did anything for us, here is our
chance. Xever again will the gates of op
portunity open so wide, never will that
pathway of beneficence be so plain. Never
again can we do so much good as by de
voting our time, our ability and our
means to giving to all the people the great
treasure : which mother nature so evident
ly dedicated to them." • •
Chief of the United States Bureau of
Forestry Gifford Pinchot was then intro
duced. He said in part:-
OUGHT TO. BE SAVED.
"When I first saw the forest of Mount
Tamalpais it occurred to me at once that
it ought to be saved.* Although I have
been up the mountain but twice or three
times I am convinced that it should be
used by every one and not be enjoyed
by a few individual owners. All great
cities are now purchasing parks and for
ests for the recreation of the residents of
these big cities. Forest parks are, in my
opinion, the best of all parks. I know a
little town In Missouri which recently
purchased a small forest that would not
for a moment compare -with the Tamal
pais reserve, yet every Sunday you* can
find the place thronged all day with chil
dren and men with their wives getting a
little taste of nature. Vienna, Paris and
the bis cities all over the world have pur
chased forest parks, but I cannot recall
one park which in my opinion can com
pare with the forest which you are now
"A good forest conducted in a scientific
manner costs nothing. The trees are
growing all the time and the selling- of
the timber alone will pay all the neces
sary cost of guarding the park. You have
a euperb opportunity and you should
avail yourself of the chance to buy this
property. . The question comes up. How is
this park to be obtained? It is useless to
ask the United States Government to buy
it; it is purely a State affair. Congress
would not be willing and you must re
member that the United States has al
ready been asked to buy the Calaveraa
grove. The only way for you to do It Is
to purchase the property by Individual
enterprise and public spirit.
GIVE IT- TO TTNCLE SAM.
"As a private citizen, I think that the
United States would accept the property
should you purchase It and donate it to
the Government. Uncle Sam would then
take it under his care and jruard it in
every possible way so that it could be
used by the people."
President David > Starr Jordan waa the
next speaker. He said:
"I am very glad to be here and to bear
witness this ' afternoon. Tou ought to
have the park and I hope you will get it.
You know all about it — perhaps a great
deal more than I do, but those of you
who don't only have to climb up back of
this mountain and you can get an idea
what a beautiful park it can make.
"Time changes everything, even timber.
I remember when I was a boy back in
New York how people uged to look upon
forests, or rather they called them woods
in those days, with horror. The forests
used to cause fires, and were* the place
for harboring wild animals which used to
come down and kill the sheep. The great
thing in those days was to get rid of the
forests as fast as possible. Then people
would cut down the trees to sell the lum
ber for firewood and to improve their
land.— 'They could not understand that
their land was worth less after the timber
ONE of the most Important and
far-reaching forestry movements
yet inaugurated in California
pained impetus at Ross Valley yesterday.
At the invitation of the Lagunitas Club
ar.d the. Tamalpais Forestry Association
there vr&s a meeting at the club grounds
ar.d plans were discussed for the purchase
cf a large forest reserve on Mount Tamal
Distinguished advocates of forest pres
ervation were present ar.d made speeches.
Cifford Pinchot. chief of the United States
.Bureau of Forestry^ President David
fctarr Jordan of Stanford and William
Kent, a tireless advocate of the park,
were the principal orators of the occa
sion. They Ehowed the advantages of
preserving the scenic gTandeur and
primeval freshness of the •woodlands of
the beautiful mountain.
A number of San Franciscans attended
the meeting and the city delegation was
met by a reception committee, most of
them \roraen of the Lagrunitas Club.
The conference was held at the tennis
court and by 3:30 o'clock the audience was
comfortably seated on benches and camp
Ftools. William Kent, a prominent advo
cate of the park, was chairman. As one
of the fathers of the undertaking he felt
that an explanation was due and he said
"By the coiirtesy of the Lagunitas
Country Club and under the auspices of
the Tamalpais Forestry Association, we
are met to inaugurate a great work.
NATCKE CALLS MEN.
"Whatever occupation man may follow,
there Is. planted within him a need of
nature, calling gently to him at times to
come and enjoy, imperiously commanding
et other times to eeek recuperation and
ttrength. From the bountiful mother
man is never weaned, and the attempt In
crowded cities means but physical, moral
and civic degradation.
"It 1* pitiful to see hundreds dragging
their way along the confines of the county
road, warned on every side of awful
penalties at the hands of stern Justice if
they cross the .'ence In trespass. But we
have our side of the story. We have
officiated nights and Sundays and many
an Independence day In endeavoring to
put out fires that the heedless have light
ed. Our trees are hacked, our flowers
picked, and stray rifle balls and deer
liounds too 6eldom make the proper con
nection. The less we flght people the
more we fight fire, hence our apparent
hostility to what Is a public need.
"It is because our ' uninvited guests
•with traditions running back to eand lots
and vigilance committees make the same
old mistake of confusing anarchy with
Independence, license with liberty, and
all of us are to blame.
BEAES ABE PETS.
"The history °* Yellowstone Park shows
how easily people may be trained to de
cency In their treatment of nature. Even
the bears of Yellowstone Park are re
parded as pets. When the competitive
motive la removed there comes a higher
enjoyment In watching wild things than
in destroying them.
••I would so very far with peaa in my
«hoes to see an inch or two of bayonet
applied to some vandals I have met, but
I am cure that 90 per cent of the now
heedless public would appreciate and en
joy the application to the other fellow.
That other fellow would be eliminated by
the mere presence cf authority.
"That authority for many reasons
:-;hould be the authority of the national
"First and foremost, because the park
¦we are going to «ecure Is a forest park
and because under the wise and devoted
service of our distinguished guest, Mr.
Iinchot, the nation Is developing a mag
nincent bureau of forestry. In connec
tion with the regular work of this bureau
there is an urgent call for our great uni
versities to rear up practical foresters,
and in ell the State of California there is
po one place where the problems of tree
culture and water conservation can be so
advantageously studied as on Mount Tam
PARK SCHEME GOOD.
"Subdivision, building of houses and or
dinary so-called suburban improvements
tin Mount Tamalpais ¦will do more to ruin
Marin County than any other catastrophe
'ma^inable. A broad, comprehensive park
scheme will be of Incalculable financial
benefit. - v
"I have said enough. I could say more
but what Is the use? Every motive im
pels toward this consummation. I have
lalked this plan in general for years; I
have talked it in detail for weeks. I have
never found an objection to it. If I were
ra>it-hearted I might listen to those timid
souls -vho spend their time in scenting
difficulty. Such people are generally on a
Among those present yesterday were:
Mrs. F. F. Foster, Mrs. T. H. .Watters,
Mrs. K. J. C. Seymour, Mr. and Mrs. \V.
G. Sillwood, Mrs. John Rea, Frank
J. ' Symmes, Miss McDonald; Mrs.
Duff Green. Mrs. Winslow - Anderson.
Lovell White, William Magee, Charles
Splney, Mrs. Charles Webb Howard,
Charles Webb Howard Jr., • Supervisor
James Booth, Judge Lennon, Attorney
Hawkins, Thomas Boyd, air. and Mrs.
6. B. Cushlng, Louis L. Janes, Charles
Runyon, C. Augustine, Mrs. K. Pohll,
Harry Dodge, R. W. Johnson, Frank J.
Murray. Robert E. Graham. C. J. Dowd,
Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Botkln. Dr. and Mrs.
A. .Warner, Misses Alice and EleanorWar
ner. Superintendent of Instruction of Ma
rin County Davidson, Miss Allen. Attor
ney Eells, Clinton Jones. C. C. Olmstead,
Mrs. Harry Allen, Mr. Pixley, Mrs. Fan
Chairman Kent asked for a motion to
make the organization permanent. The
motion was then proposed by Seward B.
McNear and seconded by Charles Webb
Howard Jr., with an amendment that the
association should be known as the Mount
Tamalpais Association and that the chair
man should appoint a committee of three
who should at once take active steps and
have full power to purchase the property.
The motion was carried.
"The United States Government in the
last twenty years has been developing,
its bureaus. It has put bright men in
charge of these bureaus, and I think that
the Forestry Bureau has achieved more
than a hundred battles of Manila."
"Up in the Calaveras grove an old man
told me that he had counted on a stump
eleven thousand rings. That tree was as
large at the fall' of Rome as it is to-day.
These trees are too valuable monuments
to lose. , ,.
"For every ten men there should be an
acre of land for them to use when they
need a breathing spell. We will say that
the population of San Francisco is 300,000
or 400,000, so we certainly ought to buy
30,000 or 40,000 acres" for tnem to recreate
in. Every living creature wants elbow
TEN MEN TO THE ACHE*.
was cut down. Nowadays every one
knows that the Government is preserving
all the forests possible, for when the tim
ber is cut down the watersheds are gone
and the lower land is continually flooded.
SCENES AT ROSS. VALLEY YESTERDAY DURING THE VISIT OF THE
LAGUNITAS CLUB AND THE TAMALPAIS FORESTRY ASSOCIA
TION AND THEIR INVITED GUESTS.
Freel got a description of Nolan from
the janitor and arrested him on Friday,
placing him in the tanks for further de
velopments. He says that Nolan served
a term in New York. Treadwell says h»
•will defend Nolan if he returns the dia
mond cuff buttons.
John Patrick Nolan, a young man from
New York, is locked up In "the tanks" at
the City Prison, and Just how many
charges of burglary will be booked agaln.st
him the police do not know. They have
not concluded their investigation.
On Tuesday night Nolan visited the of
fices in th'e building- on the southwest cor
ner- of Sacramento and Kearny streets.
While In tha office of A. B. Tread well, at
torney, the janitor saw him and asked
him what he was doing there. He replied
that a . friend had been arrested and he
had called to see Treadwell about bailing
him out. The janitor noticed that a glass
case where Treadwell kept a lot of curloa
had been opened, and he charged Nolan
with being up to some mischief.
Nolan burst Into tears and said: "Don't
let the police get me. My parents ara
both sick, and as I can't get any work
I am forced to steal to keep them from
starving. Think what you would do it
you were in my place."
M.U the time he was talking the tears
were running down his cheeks and his
sebs were heartrending. The Janitor was
so affected that his tears began to flow,
and in a choking voice he told Nolan to
; go away and try to lead an honest life.
Wednesday was a holiday,' and when
Treadwell vent to his office on Thursday
morning he discovered that most of tha
curios had been taken from the case, and
also a pair of diamond cuff buttons that
he had put there temporarily. He values
the stolen curios at $100. He notified the
police and Detective Freel was detailed
on the case. Freel discovered that the
doors of most of the offices In the building
had been forced open. In the office of tha
Typographical Union the secretary's deslc
had been broken open and £ which he had
failed to take away with him on Tuesday
night had been stolen. Nothing of value
was taken from any of the other offices
United States District Attorney Wood
worth said that he does not expect the
Indictment from Washington before to
morrow. ¦ When he receives it Marshal
Shirii? will Immediately serve it on Erwin.
who is prepared to put up the bonds to
Insure his presence at the trial.
Postmaster . W. W. Montague, whose
rumored _ connection with the alleged
fraudulent dealings of the Postal Device
and Improvement Company have occa
sioned reports that his resignation would
be . forthcoming, -was at his desk for a
short while yesterday morning. He reit
erated very positively the statement made
by him on Thursday that he had no In
tention of resigning and that he i had no
connection with the Postal Device and
Improvement Company other than that
of a nominal shareholder.
Daniel S. Richardson, superintendent of
the San Francisco postofnee and presi
dent of the company whose alleged fraud
ulent sales to \the Government have
caused the Indictment of Erwin. is still
en -route "to his home - from Washington.
The local postal authorities are eagerly
awaiting an explanation from him of his
part In the Investigation which resulted
in the issuance of the wholesale indict
ments by the Federal Grand Jury of the
District of Columbia.
nection with the Postal Device and Im
provement Company is through the pos
session of 60O shares out of a total of 40,000
shares of Its stock, which was given me
as a recognition of my services In per
fecting the Invention. I have never had
any connection with the company as a
director or officer, nor have I ever been
present at a meeting of the company or
its governing board. I have therefore
never participated in any way In the dis
tribution of stock, and the only profit I
have derived has been from, two divi
dends on the stock held by me, amount
ing in the aggregate to $96. In no way
have I ever conspired with- any one to
defraud the Government In this or In any
John Patrick Nolan Is
Pound in Attorney's
' "To .Attorney: Samuel' Knight •_ I! have
turned over the whole question of pro
cedure in the accusation which is. brought
against me. .' I have received gratifying
assurances from a' host of : prominent peo
ple, in tho city, that they consider, me In
nocent and . I . f eel : that, I ; can soon prove
that their confidence- Is -nof misplaced. :
¦-'fin addltion\to,;the 'statement;. already
made bv me I will say that mv onlv con.
VWhen j the indictment arrives Erwin
will be heard before Commissioner Hea
cock. I I .will then bring all the evidence
we possess before the court. The Gov
ernment will naturally have to produce
Its witnesses and I doubt 'not that
Superintendent Richardson will be the
man upon whose, evidence ' Its -case will
rest, since he evidently testified against
Erwin before the Grand Jury at Wash
ington. ' ' '- . < : v-;,-f
"My client is not' afraid to face ." the
court at .Washington, but he feels that
his i innocence can be so conclusively, es
tablished here that to go before the East
ern tribunal would be but superfluous.
It the charge against . Erwin Is made to
stick, then each t and every one of the
stockholders ' in the Postal , Device and
Improvement Company is equally, culp
able,with him, for. he has had no more
complicity In the alleged frauds than the
' Thought the news ¦ comes from ..Wash
ington to the effect that Erwin has been
dismissed from the position of , assistant
superintendent of special delivery of San
Francisco,,-, the formal announcement of
such action has not .yet reached him and
yesterday he waa-at his desk in the Ferry
building./ -When - Interviewed .concerning
the measures he has taken to acquit him
self of -the charge brought' against him,
he said: S'? .. "¦'.'' .
When seen yesterday, Attorney Knight
outlined the legal policy which he will fol
low in the 1 case and gave, some strong
opinions upon the injustice of the charge
as he considered It. He said:
"It Is shocking— this fllingof an'indict
ment against a man who is entirely inno
cent. Of course, Mr. Erwin can clear
himself without a shadow of doubt, but
the very fact that he should have been
under suspicion ¦works a hardship on a
man whose Integrity and faithfulness to
duty have been unlmpeached heretofore.
"Erv/ln's only connection with the Pos
tal Device and Improvement Company
upon ¦which there can be possibly based
a charge of fraud was the trip which he
took to Washington with Daniel S. Rich
ardson, superintendent of the local post
office. At that time he had . an Interest
in the postal box device as part inventor
of it and merely ¦went to the capital to
bring this contrivance before the eyes of
the department as a public benefit. He
exhibited j it. and praised it with an en
thusiasm born of his part in its invention,
but he had absolutely no. knowledge of
or. connection with the arranging of con
tracts, with the Government there or. the
distribution , and disposal of stocks here.
"The Government has tried to make this
postofnee Investigation far reaching, but
that Is no excuse for 'involving . In it a
manifestly ' Innocent man. George W.
Beavers and August W. Machen undoubt
edly are Justly Indicted; I believe that
there Is a guilty party in the San Fran
cisco postoffice, but Erwin Is certainly not
the '» man - and should not be made the
WILL BE CLEARED HEBE.
According to legal . procedure, the first
step taken after the arrival of a certified
copy of the indictment will be for United
States District Attorney Marshall B.
Woodsworth to file a- complaint before
United States, Court Commissioner Hea
cock. It will be Heacock's duty then to
review the allegations In the instrument,
calling witnesses both for the Govern
ment and for Erwin to testify upon the
facts of the case. Erwin's attorney hopes
to bring such conclusive testimony before
the Commissioner's court that the Com
missioner will see fit to recommend to. the
committing magistrate that he withRold
an order of removal and thus, unless Er
win voluntarily went before the court at
Washington, he would be cleared of the
crime imputed against him. - ... .
KNIGHT OUTLINES DEFENSE
Attorney Samuel Knight of the firm of
Page, McCutcheon, Harding & Knight,
whom Erwin -has retained to defend him,
declared yesterday that be will make a
vigorous effort" to ' have the committing
magistrate hore refuse to grant an order
of. removal after reviewing the evidence
brought before him., i -,'.. -1 . .'-. ¦•
JAMES W. ERWIN. formerly assis
tant ¦ suDerintendent of ¦ the ¦ San
Francisco special delivery system
and at one time inspector of the
rural free delivery system on the coast,
is confident that he Qan clear himself of
the charge brough against him by the
Federal Grand Jury of the District of. Col
umbia on Friday. He will. make a fight
to have himself cleared by testimony giv
en before the United States Court Com
missioner of the Federal courts in San
Francisco and. thus preclude, the necessity
of a trial at Washington.
Mrs. Harris herself told her story of ag
grievement before the court and Mrs. An
na pole, Mrs. Mary Crawford and Cojonel
E. D. Berry, together with Williams, the
defendant, also testified. The case will
be resumed on September 25. Meanwhile
Mrs. Harris lias Instituted civil suits to
recover $20,000. apiece from Williams and
and Mrs. Thatcher in Department 3 of the
At the Instance of the attorney for the
defense, two photographs of Mrs. Thatch
er—part of the stock in trade of "Dr."
Williams— were produced to show the al
leged shocking effects of Mrs. Harris'
treatment. One had been retouched by
the photographer, so as to make the sub
ject a model of beauty and the twain
were used to exemplify the "before and
after taking" mode of advertising, claimed
to be used by Williams.
Upon cross examination, she did not re
member how many of these unpleasant
excrescences of the skin she owned; there
may havo been seventy-two, certainly
more than six.
Mrs. That,cher stated that when she
went to Mrs. Harris she had some freckles
and a few wrinkles which marred the
ethereal beauty of her countenance, but
when she had received two i treatments of
acid rubbed in with a brush at the hands
of the Psyche manufacturer she still had
the wrinkles and freckles, plus a fiery red
tint and boils and pimples various.
"Dr. L. 'Williams— Dear Sir: I wish to
testify that I came to you with a face
covered with pimples and small boils and
so frightfully red that I could not appear
on the street without a double veil. The
above defects were caused by a treatment
I had taken from M. Ella Harris. I went
to her to have a few wrinkles and
freckles removed. I still had the wrinkles
.when I finished with her treatment and
as time went on my face became worse
and I concluded to consult Dr. Williams
(yourself). I am happy to say that you
have entirely cured the boils and pimples
and the redness is changed to fairness.
My skin is smooth and free from all
roughness. I remain, yours gratefully,
"P. S.— If this letter would be of any use
to you to show it, pray do so.
Miss Hamilton, the author of the trou
blesome comDliment to "Dr." Williams'
powers, was the 6tar witness. As Mrs.
Margaret Thatcher, her present name,
whlfch through modesty had been kept
from the eyes of the world In the com
mendatory epistle, she took the stand to
testify; to the 'marvel of how under the
careful hand of Williams her face had
risen, phoenix like, from the ruin which
she claimed had. been done to it by Mrs.
Harris. I JEv'en. HIs-Hpnor,, was moved to'
opine that;; her face, was better than an
advertisement In the street cars at $30 a
"SAN FRANCISCO, June 10, 1903.
THAT CKUEL LETTER.
The letter in, question Is as follows:
Cheeks of peachblow tint, cheeks with
out flaw or blemish, cheeks that would
put to blush the rosy streaks of dawn—
these were the uncontrovertlble evidences
of the skill of M. Ella Harris and Leon
Williams," the rival beauty doctors, who
were brought before Police Judge Ca
baniss yesterday to add their weights of
testimony to the teetering scales of Jus
tice.' Before the open-mouthed crowd of
court hangers-on there were displayed by
the witnesses to the skill of the warring
complexion artists such a galaxy of per
fect Greek noses, shell-like ears and rosy
tints of flesh as has rarely illumined the
prosaic seats of the law.
Mrs. M. Ella Harris, whose beauty
workshop is situated at 780 O'Farrell
street, was the aggrieved specialist in
classic features, who had charged "Dr."
Leon Williams, ner rival practitioner,
with libel in circulating as an advertise
ment a glowing letter of indorsement,
wherein her reputation is thrown into a
rather unfavorable light. . ,
Warring Complexion Artists
Bring Their Handiwork
Before the Bar.
Di Vide Honors With
Pages 35 to 48
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