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Forecast made at San Franciacv for
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thirty hour», ending midnight, March
10: II \i
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San Francisco \ and vicinity— cie
Friday, possibly showers by night;
fresh south winds. % "*
A. O. MeADIE.
voiume xcvii— no. 101.
DECLARES THE CORONER'S JURY
The Coroner's jury found a verdict of murder by strychnine poisoning at the conclusion of the Stanford inquest in Honolulu
last night Confirmation is therefore complete of the facts that have been published exclusively in The Call as to the evidence of a foul
crime. The jury's findings are that the crystals in the bicarbonate of soda were the cause of death.
RUSSIANS YET HOLD THEIR HUN RIVER DEFENSES
YET LOST TO
Slays Repel Attack
Will Attempt to Hold En
tire Line From the Hun
to Tie Pass.
Batik for Possession of the Railroad
Continues in Spite of Fnrioas
Cp«clal Cable to Th« Call and the New York
Herald. Copyright. 1905. by the New York
Herald PublUhlny Company. ."
TOKIO. March JO. 11 a. m. — Re
port* from Manchurlan army head
quarters say that the Japanese have
captured Tieta. The Russians are
vigorously holding and defending
their fortifications north of the Hun
River. A dust storm Is interfering
with the battle.
ST. PETERSBURG. March ». — It
tva* said at the War Department to-
day that General Kuropatkin would
attempt to hold his positions north of
tht- Hun. Including the city of Muk
den, relylnjc upon his reserve
- to hold Tie Pas 6 unless the
Japanese should cut Ills line of com
nmnicmtion and threaten to completely
\DOY. March 10. — In the lobby
' House of Common.' last night it
vav rumorrd that General Kuropatkin
had a-k«'d for an armistice, but the
n j.ort could not be traced to any re
LONDON. March 10. — The corre
•iKmdcnt °f T he Daily Telegraph says
'tv ial authority that fully 200,000
are enveloped and he hears
that Fu^via's central army is almost
LONDON. March 10. — A Toklo dis
patch to a news agency, unconfirmed
from any other source, asserts that the
Japanese have captured Fushun Pa**
and cut off Rennenkampff's corps.
And that Japanese troops have already
MUKDEN, March 9.— The Japanese
r.orninjj bombarded the bridge on
Fu Pass on the Hun River, twelve
miles eaet of Mukden. Russian ar
tillery replied vigorously. The cannon
ading lasted an hour.
At present the Japanese are making
energetic attacks south of the Hun
It is rumored that they have
ferred thither some of their forces
the northwest in expectation of a
The Russian forces in the district of
TFuanvanche, north of the Mukden
rs. rested under arms throughout
:jrht. Short iy before dawn a large
■ approached the Sear
aitzer Regiment. This regiment al
the Japanese to approach within
MN and then discharged a volley
from its rifles and opened upon them
ivith quick-firing guns, simply mowing
down the Japanese, who were repulsed.
■R( \\<, OYAMA.
Among the prisoners brought in on
Wednesday were a number of privates
in new uniforms who were from a re
cently organized Japanese reserve di
vision. There is reason to believe that
another division ip : being landed in the
northern part of Korea to make a dem
onstration against Vladivostok.
On Wednesday there were furious at
tacks northwest, of ; Mukden against
th* villages of Santaitse, Eranshlstun
and Ushuntun. These attacks were re
Th* wind to-day attained hurricane
force. The soldiers are ; covered -" •by
mud and; dirt so that their faces are
scarcely recognizable. General Kuro
< omfnued on V*gc 4. Column 4.
The San Francisco Call.
Crystals in Soda,
BY SPECIAL CABLE TO THE CALL.
HONOLULU, MARCH 9.—
High Sheriff Henry and his
deputy are pleased with
the verdict of the Jury in
the Stanford case. Henry
said to-night: "We have
done our duty, proving that
murder was done. It is
now up to the San Francis
co police to get the mur
derer, for nobody here com
mitted the crime."
HONOLULU, March 9.—
The Coroner's jury to-night re
turned a verdict that Mrs. Jane
L. Stanford died from poison.
The verdict says that death was
due to strychnine poisoning, the
poison having been introduced
into a bottle of bicarbonate of
soda with felonious intent by
some person or persons to the
The end of the inquest with a
positive verdict of murder leaves
the Honolulu authorities as much
without a clew as when Mrs.
High Sheriff Henry said after
the inquest that it was his opinion
that the strychnine was placed in
the soda in San Francisco by a
member of Mrs. Stanford's
At the inquest Dr. Shorey tes
tified that the strychnine used,
as shown by the tests, was a
strychnine such as is not used
generally for medical purposes,
but used principally for poison
ing animals. This statement is
regarded as of possible assistance
in tracing the purchase of the
Letter? from numerous cranks
are being received by the police
suggetting theories. One says
SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY. MARCH 10, 1905.
that it was the work of anarchists.
Miss Berner and Miss Hunt
were recalled to-night to testify
before the Coroner's jury regard
ing an incident of last Sunday,
when, as Miss Hunt was taking
Miss Berner' s parasol from the
Moana Hotel to the bathing pier,
Miss Berner dropped her gloves
into it. This has been referred to
as a suspicious circumstance. Both
ladies testified in a perfect
ly composed manner regarding
the incident, and their testimony
on this point concluded the case.
The jury returned the verdict
after about two minutes' delib
It is thought that the detect
ives who are expected to ar
rive from San Francisco on the
steamship Alameda to-morrow
may be able to take up the investi
gation on new lines. The Hono
lulu police admit that they are at
sea. Sheriff Henry says that it is
for the San Francisco people to
solve the mystery.
MEMORIAL CHAPEL AT PALO ALTO, WHERE SPECIAL SERVICES WERE
HELD YESTERDAY. THE ORGANIST AND A TALENTED SOLOIST WHO
TOOK PART IN THE EXERCISES.
MISS RICHMOND AWAITING SUMMONS
FROM CAPTAIN BURNETT.
SWEATBOX ORDEALS ARE NOT OVER
SAN MATEO, March 9.— Miss Rich
mond again freely discussed the Stan
ford mystery at the Beverly home
near Burlingame laßt evenine. She
"To-day I have been very quiet here
trying to rest up. This suspense is
telling very heavily upon me. and I
am afraid I cannot much longer stand
the awful strain.
"I only want the mystery solved. I
am patiently waiting to hear the re
sult of the Coroner's inquest in Hono
lulu. I suppose nothing will be done
further in the case until the lurv
reache* *a conclusion. I can hardly
wait until the steamer Alameda gets
Continued on Vase 2. Column 3.
- ; THE THEATERS. w
ALCAZAR— Th« . Middleman.**
CALIFORNIA— "David Haram."
COLUMBIA— EngIish Grand Opera.
CENTRAL— "A Texa* Steer."
GRAND — "I. O. U."
MAJESTIC— "MIzpah." . :
MECHANICS' PAVILION— '.
Rowe's Circus. Matinee to-day.
ORPHEUM — Vaudeville.
TIVOLJ— Comic Opera.'.
Are Held at
the Memory of
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, March
I). — Impressive services in memory of
Mrs. Jane Lathrop Stanford were held
in the Leland Stanford Memorial
Chapel to-day. It was the saddest
founders' day in the history of the uni
This anniversary has usually been
a day of merry-making and elaborate
ceremonies. To-day the atmosphere
about the campus was exactly oppo
site to that 01* a holiday.
In the chapel the organ pealed the
favorite airs of Mrs. Stanford. Ben
jamin C. Blodgett was the organist.
Assisting at the merning services were
Miss Pearl Cooper and Samuel Savan
nah, violinist, from San Francisco.
The entire chorus was present at the
afternoon service and Miss Cooper was
again the soloist. The sacred edifice
was filled at both services to its ut
most capacity by students and friends,
who had come to pay respect to the
departed benefactress of the great uni
Among those present at the morn
ing services was a party pf tourists
from Pennsylvania, who are traveling
in a special train, and also a party of
thirty-five Raymond & Whitcomb ex
the first notes, of the organ
pealed forth a great hush fell over the
cer.gregation and a death-like stillness
Continued on Page 2. Column 7.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Detectives Visit Stanford Man
sion and Question Three
of the Employes,
Ah Wing and Nora Hopkins Are
Quizzed Regarding the
The actions of the police appear to
show, that four of the Stanford house
hold are under suspicion. The four
who have been under the strongest flra
of investigation are Elizabeth Rich
mond. Albert Beverly, Ah Wing and
Ah .Young, his nephew. It is said that
Mrs. Stanford's relatives do not be
lieve, that Miss Berner is implicated in
the '• poisoning of her benefactor.
Whatever evidence the police now
hold ? they are guarding closely, hoping
to complete the chain. According to
Captain Burnett no " arrest will be
made until the result of the inquest on
Mrs. Stanford's death is made known.
- Every nook and corner of the Stan
ford mansion on California and Powell
streets was searched by four detec
tives. ,Ah Wing, whom Miss Berner
once declared she suspected. Ah Young,
general servant, a«d Nora Hopkins,
Mrs. Stanford's maid, were rigidly
questioned. ; '
Miss ' Hopkins was summoned from
Palo Alto, where ; she has been since
Mrs. Stanford left for Honolulu. Whila
none of these are under ostensible sur
veillance not a move is made by any
one of them without the knowledge of
Attorney Mountford Wilson unlocked
doors, trunks and chests for the detec
tives and * helped to make ' the . search
a thorough one. It was found in this
investigation that any of the employe*
of Mrs. Stanford could easily have en
tered her, room at any time.
vit was learned that Ah Wtog, facto
tum of the household/frequently en
tered the room where ' his mistress
slept.- Both, he: and Ah Young were
cross-examined through ' Dr. Gardner,
the Chinese interpreter, as to the num
ber.; of times they visited .-the room.
" DETECTIVES AT WORK. .
The detectives who conducted. the In
vestigation are Captain Burnett, Harry
Morse. Ed Gibson. Acting ' Chief of Po
lice Spillane and John Cleary. At- >
torney Wilson assisted greatly because
of his t knowledge of the management
of. the household. . '..
The action ' of the . detectives , confirms
the fact • that .they believe that Mrs.
Stanford was . murdered . by . one of . her
household. All the ": questions I put to
the ; three "examined - yesterday, were
centered around poisoning of * Jan
uary ♦" 14. • All c have been held in th«
employ of the Stanford estate when
there was really no need for their
'■■" The Asiatics gave their answers with
"machine-like deliberation after th«
manner of their rat-. Miss Hopkins
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