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SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 1904.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
TESTIFYING IN DETAIL, SHE TELLS OF
TESTATRIX'S ILL HEALTH AND GLOOM
Continued on Page S, Column 1.
CRIPPLE CREEK, Colo., Nov. 10.—
Isaac Lebo, an election constable, who
was shot, by Deputy Sheriff James
Warford at a Goldfleld polling place
on Tuesday, is dead. At the inquest
on Constable Chris Miller, .who was
also killed ; by Warford . at Uhe same
time, the jury, found that ths shot was
fired by Warford in self-defense.
Wounded Election Officer. Dies.
Position of the Bodies Indicates That
the Man Committed Suicide After '
Killing Spouse. .
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10.— The bodies
of Robert McCann and wife were found
in their home two miles. south of Ocean
Park this morning. They had been
dead several days and from, the posi
tion of the bodies McCann evidently
had shot his wife and then killed him
self with the same revolver. Both were
about 40 years of age.
The bodies were found this morning
by a man who called at the house to
see McCann. The body of the woman
lay on a bed, with a bullet hole through
the head, and McCann-s body was
stretched upon the floor, with a bullet
hole .through the head.
It is supposed that tne tragedy oc
curred while McCann. who is said to
have been a heavy drinker, was under
the influence of liquor.
ANXIOUS TO SAVE LIFE
OF A BADLY BURNED CHILD
Jjos Angeles Residents tight for
Places in Line to Contribute Cuti
cle Needed for Grafting.
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10.— Anxious
to Eavp the life of a child whom some
of them had never 6een. three hundred
persons crowded into tne Children's
Hospital to-night and almost fought
for places in line. Nine-year-old Hazel
Eldon. the daughter of poor parents,
v.-as burned by an explosion of gaso
line and the doctors made public an
nouncement yefterday that unless a
euJHcient number of persons were will
ing to contribute sections of their cut
icle to enable the surgeons to graft
skin over the burned surface of the
child's body the little one would die.
The response was amazing. For hours
a dozen surgeons worked on the arms
of the people who presented . them
selves. Most of them were men. some
heads of families, some university stu
dents, others mechanics, but there
were more than enough of them to sat
isfy the doctors. Within four hours
three thousand grafts had been ap
plied. The same number will be ap
plied Sunday, when another call will
Debacke was a son of one of the
proudest families of Europe, but was
unassuming and democratic to a de
gree. He was a mining expert, hav
ing mined In all parts of the world.
He came to America seeking adven
ture ,and hunting opportunities not
found in Denmark.
TACOMA. Nov. 10.— Prospectors
have brought to Skagway news of the
drowning in Pelly River of Court
Vladimir Alexis Debacke. a Danish
nobleman, who lived in Skagway
when the Klondike rush was at its
height. Debacke was hunting with a
partyof Indians In an effort to secure
some 'bear and mountain lion skins of
unusual size. These he intended send
ing back to Denmark. He was
drowned in the rapids 100 miles above
Hoods Canyon, while attempting ; to
cross the river on a raft. His body
was recovered and buried near the
Special Dispatch to The Call
Nagle believes that if found in a
sitting posture an evil spirit will cap
ture him unawares.
Hanschild operated his threshing
machine despite the remonstrance of
his eccentric neighbor, who declared
that the machine was possessed of a
devil and that its operation would re
lease his Satanic majesty, to the un
doing of the neighborhood. Finding
his objections disregarded Nagle
rushed into the barn and returned with
a pitchfork, with which he sought to
drive Hanschlld away from the dread
OMAHA. Nov. 10. — Charles Nagle.
a Nebraska farmer, whoso superstitous
fear of the devil has kept him from
silting down for the past six years. la
in jail here, charged with having as
saulted John Hanschlld with a pitch
Nebraska Farmer Afraid That Ho
Will Be Taken Unawares if He
HUSBAND AND WIFE FOUND
SHOT IN THEIR DWELLING
FEAR OF 'EVIL SPIRIT
KEEPS HIM STANDING
Count Vladimir Alexis Debacke Loses
His Life While Hunting on the
OF A DANISH XOBLEMAN
TACOMA, Nov. 10. — The fleet of
Yukon steamers wintering at Dawson
has been partly wrecked by jamming
of the ice above the; mouth of the
Klondike River. The jam forced the
heavy drift ice through Sunnydale
Slough. * where the steamers of the
Northern Commercial Company.
North American Transportation and
Trading Company, one independent
steamer and four big White Paas
barges were in winter Quarters. The
tremendous pressure of the ice tore
the whole fleet from the moorings,
crashing the steamers together and
forcing them some hundred, yards
down stream. The Northern Com
mercial steamer Mississippi was
crowded ashore on the beach. She is
entirely out of water with a big twist
in her hull. The steamer Lightning
was caught in a jam below Dawson
and was unable to get out. The. flood
swept 500 cords of wood, worth $5000,
from ¦ Dawson . beach. '.'¦ The steamer J.
P. Perry, operating between- Kyak
Island and Catella'and Chilkat Point,
mainland, was wrecked ; at Kyak . Oc
tober. 23,. during a storm which drove
her ashore after she had filled with
water, v She is believed to be a total
wreck/ No lives were lost., The Per
ry belonged 1 to Captain Corlow-
Jamming of the Ice Above the Mouth
of the Klondike River Causes
AT DAWSON ARE DA3IAGED
Chief Justice Beatty of the Supreme
Court granted an alternative writ of
habeas corpus in favor of .Zabala and
Wyatt late yesterday. The. matter will
come up for hearing, before the Justices
in bank at 2 o'clock this afternoon.
Local attorneys say; the point involved
has never before been presented in any
California 'court It has been decided
in other States . in similar cases that
a lawyer . need not labor for a client
who cannot pay adequate fees.
SANTA CRUZ, Nov. 10.— At the ar
raignment of Louis Buelna/ accused of
felony, J. J. Wyatt and P. Zabala, at
torneys of Salinas, appeared for the
defendant, but when tne case was
called for trial yesterday they failed
to appear. Judge bmith issued a cita
tion and the attorneys were brought
into court this mornin-. in the mean
time the court had appointed two
other lawyers to defend Buelna. On
their appearance in court this morning
Wyatt and Zabala refused to defend
Buelna upon the ground that they
wer<» not members of the Santa Cruz
County bar and could not be compelled
to defend the prisoner without com
pensation. Thereupon the court fined
them each $50 for contempt. A friend
in Salinas was notified or their posi
tion and C. F. Lacey of that city left
for San Francisco to bring the mat
ter before the Supreme Court on a writ
TWO LAWYERS OF SALINAS
ARE FINED FOR CONTEMPT
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 10.— Mrs. An
thony J. Drexel-Biddle and Mrs. W.
Hinckle Smith are at odds, and the
matter is the topic of grossip in the so
cial circles of the city. The cause of
it all is a maid — Florence Dougherty —
vho was in the household of Mr. Bid
<Ile. In time she became indispensable.
A better offer came from Mrs. Smith
and in the latter's household the maid
was not long in attaining a place as
responsible as that which she enjoyed
with the Biddies.
Mrs. Smith had a houseful of pu—tp
ten days ago at her Bryn Mawr
country place, when the maid informed
her Mrs. Blddle had made her a fine
offer and she was going back to her.
Among Mr. Biddle's mail the next
morning was a dainty missive from
Mrs. Smith. It is said that the recipient
turned it over to his attorney and then
telephoned to Bryn Mawr that the
writer could address any further corre
spondence in the same vein to the legal
adviser of Mrs. Biddle's husband. Mrs.
Smith avers that she said nothing
more in the letter than an offended
matron had the privilege of saying. *
"It was a mean thing," said Mrs.
Smith to-night, "a lamentable breach
of etiquette, and I have received no end
Special Dispatch to The Call.
"WASHINGTON. Nov. 7.— My Dear
Miss Galbreth: Will you kindly allow
me, as a token of my appreciation, to
inclose my photograph. Sincerely
yours. THEODORE ROOSEVELT."
The young woman was Miss Ida Gal
breth. a teacher in the public schools
of Columbia City. To-day she received
a letter from President Roosevelt which
When he had finished speaking a
crowd of Democrats gathered . around
him and were congratulating him on
his speech. A young woman pushed
her way through the crowd, but when
Captain Hobson extended nis hand she
did not take it Instead, she declared
that she did not believe one word that
he had said about the President and
that he ought not to make such asser
INDIANAPOLIS. Nov. 10.— When
Captain Richmond P. Hobson spoke at
Columbia City in the closing days of
the campaign, he was very severe In
hi3 criticisms of President Roosevelt,
declaring among other things that the
President was tyrannical and that hi3
purpose ultimately was to set up a
dictatorship in this country. ~'.'\*
SAN BERNARDINO, Nov. 10. —
Colton is all agog over a forgery al
leged to have been committed by Mrs.
J. Pence. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, an oc
togenarian couple, owned some prop
erty in Colton on the revenues of
which they lived, and great was their
surprise when they received word
from a Los Angeles money lender to
day that he held a mortgage against
the property. Nelson hurried to
James Waters, the former City Clerk,
and was told by him that a deed had
been made over to his daughter, Mrs.
Pence, on his (Nelson's) authority
and Waters produced documents
which bore the alleged signature of
the grief stricken old man. The in
strument provided that the property
was to go into the possession of Mrs.
Pence with the understanding that
she would take care of her parents as
long as they lived. Upon obtaining
the deed Mrs. Pence gave a mortgage
for $1500 and it was upon the expira
tion of the note given as security that
the discovery of the alleged forgery
was made. Suit was at once brought
to cancel the mortgage. Mrs. Pence
has lately been living at Goldfleld.
Allegation Is Made That She Forged
Deeds to Raise Money on Prop
erty Owned by Father.
ROME, Nov. 10.— On the proposal of
the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs,
King Victor has decided to send to J.
Pierpont Morgan the insignia of a
Knight of the Crown of Italy, as a
testimonial of the gratitude of the
Italian nation for the voluntary return
of the Ascoli cope to the Italian Gov
ernment. The decoration will be sent
also to General di Cesnola, director of
the Metropolitan Museum of Arts, for
the part he has taken in obtaining a re
turn of the precious vestment.
Mazzoni, Mayor of Ascoli. has opened
a public subscription to offer Morgan
a valuable gift in the name of the city
which had lost the precious relic. A
large sum has already been obtained
for the purpose, and the presentation
will, be made soon by the Italian Era
bassador In Washington. \i\
S3«cial Dispatch to The Call
Special Dispatch to The Call.
DAUGHTER IS ACCUSED
OF DEFRAUDING PARENTS
LEADERS OF SOCIETY AT WAR
OVER THE SERVICES OF MAID
Mrs. Biddee and Mrs. Smith Want Domestic
Thanks the Woman
Italy Confers a Dec
. . . - . -¦ - o .
"Yes, I knew Miss Dolbeer very well,
she was like my own child." was . the
answer of Mrs. Moody to the opening
"Will you state generally the mental
and physical characteristics of Mis?
"She was rather . of a phlegmatic
Mrs. Ida J. Moody's reasons for De
lleving the mind of Bertha Dolbeer
was unbalanced when she executed her
will were given to the jury yesterday
in the trial of the contest in Judge
Coffey's court. Looking back over In
cidents that aroused no misgivings at
the time, said Mrs. Moody in her de
position, it was now clear to her that
her niece had lost control of her men
tal powers before she left San Francis
co for the European tour that j ended
with the tragic death of the young
heiress while stopping over in New
York on her way home to this city.
Mrs. Moody, who is a sister of Adolph
Schander, the contestant, and whose
sister was Miss Dolbeer's mother, de
clared that the will, which bequeathed
the bulk of the estate of $1,000,000 to
Miss Etta M. Warren, a friend
and companion, was very unjust, for
there were those of kin who needed the
money and should have had It to edu
cate their children properly.
The aunt of the testatrix is one of
the strongest witnesses for the contest
ant. . She disclaims any Interest in the
suit, further than to see justice done.
But she could tell only one Incident
indicating mental unsotmdness on the
part of Miss Dolbeer. That was on
the Sunday before the heiress started
for Europe and the day after she had
executed her will. On this occasion
Miss Dolbeer j had what the deponent
described as a "paroxysm of terror."
* Some parts of Mrs. Moody's deposi
tion could not be read to the jury be
cause of conflict with rules of evidence.
The statement that her daughter, Mrs.
Douglas Sloane Watson, said she (Mrs.
Watson) could break the will easily
if she desired to do so, by telling the
contents of a in which Miss
Warren had written of Miss Dolbeer's
insanity, was not allowed to reach the
ears of the jurors. It is understood
that Mrs. Watson will make denial, if
called to the Stand, of a number of such
To-day the deposition of Frederick
A. Greenwood, well known in business
and social circles, will be taken. He
was a friend of Miss Dolbeer and will
testify that she never showed any
signs of, a failing mind.
Just before adjournment yesterday
Hiram Johnson enlivened things by de
manding production of tne depositions
which the ' proponents had taken in
New York on October 21 and 22. There
was a covert allusion to "suppression
of depositions." and Johnson complain
ed bitterly of the methods resorted to
by proponents to hamper his side of
the case. McEnerney explained that
the depositions had not yet arrived
from the East, but that a telegram
would be sent asking that they be foT
warded with all dispatch."
MRS. MOODY'S DEPOSITION".
MRS. IDA J. MOODT, AtTNT OF
BERTHA M. DOLBEER, AND
"WITNESS FOR CONTESTANT.
FOR A KING
When the news of the murders reach
ed Fayette a special train was ordered
and more than fifty citizens left for
Montgomery, armed with rifles. All
afternoon and to-night the posse has
been in the mountains, but it seems
impossible to locate the Jacksons.
Jackson reloaded his revolver, drew
another from his pocket, and, brand
ishing both pistols, defied any one to
arrest him. His two brothers joined
him and for half an hour they waJked
the streets, defying the citizens and
Detective Harrison Ash, who lived
near by and who is known as the
"nerviest man in the State," was tele
phoned to and when he came gallop
ing into sight on horseback the Jack
son boys started on a run for the
mountains, not far away, and escaped.
Jackson, and, placing his hand on his
shoulder, requested him to leave town
or submit to arrest. Jackson, without
replying, drew a pistol and shot at the
Sheriff three times, every bullet tak
ing effect. John Rolf started toward
Jackson with uplifted hands and the
latter turned his firearm upon him and
shot him also.
Just as he stepped from the train
h<? paw Harvey Jackson standing fifty
feet away. The Sheriff walked over to
MONTGOMERY, W. Va.. Nov. 10.—
Sheriff Daniels of Fajrette County and
John Ro-lf, a prominent citizen of this
city, were phot and killed to-day by
Harvey Jackson, brother of W. A.
Jackson, the constable who was killed
yesterday by William Elliott, a police
man. The murders to-day were com
xnitted while Harvey Jackson and two
brothers were seeking to avenge W. A.
Jackson's death. The brothers es
caped, but a posse of 200 men is in pur
euit ar.d a lynching may follow.
The thr^e brothers of Constable
Jackson live in the rural districts of
Fayette County. They heard early
this morning of W. A. Jackson's mur
der and came to Montgomery, swear
ing vengeance upon the Mayor and the
entire police force of the city.
The officials, fearing the Jackson
brothers, went Into- hiding and sent a
telephone m«Fsage to Sheriff Daniels
for assistance. The Sheriff boarded a
train at Fayette and arrived in Mont
gomery at 10 o'clock.
Special *T>lspatch to The Ca II.
West Virginia . Mountaineer Commits Two Murders
to Avenge the Killing of His Brother.
SHOOTS DOWN SHERIFF AND CITIZEN
Julius "Weber was one of Auburn's
oldest Residents. He formerly owned
the Auburn Brewery and was reported
to be worth $40,000. His family stood
well in the community. Miss Weber
was a favorite in church and society
Sheriff • Keena and District Attorney
Robinson are at work on the case.
What leads to the theory that a mad
man committed the terrible crimes is
that the affair occurred so early in the
evening. If Mr. Weber was burned
there is no one left to tell the tale.. A
son, Adolph. aged 20, was downtown
when the fire broke out. He is In such
a nervous state now that little can be
learned from him. When the fire bell
rang 'he rushed to his home, climbed
into the burning building and had to
be taken away by force.
Some of the neighbors say that when
they first noticed the fire it was in the
lower story and that they saw the two
women on the porch above. This story
is hardly reasonable, however, as the
wounds would indicate that the mur
derer first made sure of his victims
and then set flre to the building to hide
Drs. Todd and Rooney will make au
topsies on the bodies to determine the
exact cause of death.
Coroner Shepard 'immediately took
charge of the three bodies and on mak
ing an examination discovered that
Mrs. Weber had a bullet wound In her
breast. Her clothing was saturated
with blood. The Httle boy. Paul, was
cut in several places on the head. The
cuts averaged about a quarter of an
inch In depth. His little night shirt
was covered with blood. He evidently,
had been stunned and left for dead,
but recovered only to be suffocated by
smoke. • •
Miss Weber's body is so badly burned
that no marks are discernible.
AUBURN, Nov. 10.— What appears to
be one of the most atrocious murders
ever committed. In this part of the
State took place here to-night. The
crime is thought by some to have been
the work of a madman. Others hold to
the theory of robbery.
The handsome; home of Julius Weber
was seen to be in flames about 7:30
o'clock this evening, but as the build
ing was out of the. fire limits the fire
companies could not reach It in time to
stay the progress of the fire. Many of
the neighbors rushed to the house and
while they were taking out some of
the furniture George Ruth, noticed a
woman on the floor. Dragging hej- into
the open air, he xecognized her as'- Miss
Bertha Weber. She was dead. Ruth
again entered the burning house and
carried out another body, that of Mrs.
Weber. Going in a. third' time, Paul
Weber, aged 9, rushed into his arms.
The little fellow^ was hurriedly taken
to the open air. v^here he soon expired.
-U JsJ^U^-sMO^t-ihe body- of Jv**vrt
Web«r, the husband arid'fatherV wflKhfe
found in the debris when the search is
renewed at daylight.
Husband and Father of the Victims
Is Missing and It Is Thought That
' He Also Perished.
"Lawson is convinced tnat it is time
something should be done to protect
the interests of the minority. He is
convinced that the Union Pacific-
Southern Pacific, combine does not own
more than a small percentage of the
stock and has been going before the
public under false colors.
"The Pacific Mail Steamship Com
pany, on the basis of its business,
ought to pay at least a 4 per cent div
idend and in order to test this point
and get a standing in court Lawson is
making a bid fc-r the stock at $70. If
it turns out tha« Lawson is correct in
his opinion Jie will get control of the
Pacific Mail, which promises to be a
great factor in the building up of trade
in fhe Orient."
"It is generally understood that the
Southern and Union Pacific railroads
control the stock of the Pacific Mail
Steamship Company, one of the prop
erties of Huntington. Lawson is a
minority stockholder and is in a po
sition to know thatvthe Pacific Mail
Steamship Company has been making
large profits In the regular order of
business. The profits thereby accru
ing have gone to the Union Pacific-
Southern Pacific combination and the
minority stockholders have been left
out in the cold.
"I herewith agree to deliver to Thom
as W. Lawson In Boston on or before
Monday, November 28, 1904. shares
el Pacific Mail Steamship Co. stock,
upon payment by him to me of $70 py
According to a friend who has the
confidence of Lawson the -bid tor thd
stock is a part of the general attack
he has planned against the Rockefeller
and Harriraan interests. Said this man:
"Will you, to enable me to do 60,
sign the attached blank and send same
to me. by return mall?
"THOMAS W. LAWSON.
"Boston, Nov. 10, 1904."
The appended blank form is as fol
"Notice to the stockholders of the
Pacific Mail Steamship Company— The
capital stock of this company outstand
ing is 200,000 shares; 100,050 shares are
owned by the Southern Pacific-Union
Pacific railroads. They cost them $100
per share. The -present market price
of the stock is $42. As the largest
stockholders next to the Southern Pa
citic-Union Pacific I will pay $70 per
share for substantially 93,000 shares or
over - all the outstanding minority
stock, provided I can purchase same
on or before Monday, November 21,
1904. , ,,. :\ ; :
BOSTON, Nov. 10.— Thomas W. Law
son to-day gave out this advertisement
for to-morrow morning's papers:
Special Dispatch to The Call.
Claim Is Made That Minority Share
holders Are Deprived of Their
Assassin T&en Sets Fire to
Home in Hope of Hifling
Meanwhile Wynne is determined to
"have *>very suspected spot in the de
partment cleaned up. When he nccept
o<3 the office of Postmaster General he
eaid to the President:
"Whether I am in office two minutes,
two months or two years I desire to
matter ¦with Postmaster General
Wynne for whatever action the de
velopments may show to be necessary-
President Roosevelt ordered this in
vestigation before the death of Post
master General Payne, but the fact
that the Inquiry had been going on
for nearly two months did not become
known until to-day. The report of the
Department of Justice will be made to
the President, who will take up the
CALL BITKKAU. HOTEL. BARTON.
TVASHIXGTOX. Not. 10.— A new In
vestigation of the PostoJTlce Depart
jnent is now under way, directed
egainst the railway mall service, which
calls for the largest single item of ex
penditure in the service. A half-dozen
railway mail contracts are now before
the Department of Justice for exam
lnaticn as to their legality, and that
department is investigating charges of
collusion by Government officials, some
cf whom are E-jpposed to be in Con
It is Wynne's intention to transfer
the division of postofflce Inspectors
from the fourth assistant's office to the
office of the Postmaster General. Other
changes contemplated place all of the
letter carriers in one bureau, together
with all postoffice clerks not imme
diately connected with the department
Wynne has ordered a further Investi
gation of certain contracts in the- sup
ply division. Wynne says if it is found
that a saving can be made, he will not
hesitate to break the contracts now in
Wynne told the President that, while
there had been a very thorough in
vestigation of the first assistant post
master's bureau, there were other divi
sions in the departmeht that required
investigation, if for no other reason
than to convince the public that the
prevailing suspicions had been un
President Roosevelt gave "Wynne cor
dJal support and his instructions were:
make every effort to have an absolute
ly honest and clean department from
top to bottom. So Ion? as I am at the
head I shall Insist upon such an ad
ministration from every official un
Special Dispatch to The CalL
Hopes to Wrest Control
From Harriman and
Mother, Ijaugliter and
Son Arf Murdered
Charges of Collusion in Connection With
Carrying Contracts Will Be Probed
to the Bottom.
Lawson Oilers Al
most Double Its
New Postmaster General
Is Conducting an Inquiry
RAILWAY MAIL SERVICE
BEING INVESTIGATED BY
THE PRESIDENT'S ORDER
MRS. MOODY'S DEPOSITION READ
MISS DOLBEER S AUNT PROVES POSITIVE WITNESS IN WILL CONTEST
THE THEATERS. >-; .-."•'.¦
ALOAZAR— 'T*rlne« KarL~
CALIFORNIA— "Swwt Clover.**
CENTRAL — "Her Marrlasa Vow."
COLUMBIA— "The County Chairman."
FISCHER* 8— Vaud«vlll«.
GRAND — "Pretty Peggy."
MAJESTIC — "An American OUita."
TIVOLJ — "The Messenger Boy."
VOLUME XCVI— NO. 164.
Forecast rr.ajJe at San Francisco fot
thirty hours endior mlin'.Eht, Novem
Saa Fraaritc© and vicinity — Cloudy
Friday; fr««h northeast wind.
A. G. McAXHE,
The San Francisco Call.