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fog in morning.
VOLUME C— NO. 70.
FINDS A MOTIVE
Jerome Has Evidence That
a Chorus Girl's Prank
Moved Thaw to Homicide
Architect Fell Into Trap
and Wrote Note That
Enraged the Husband
SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE CALL.
NEW YORK. Aug. B.— New and
important evidence, providing a
plausible motive for the mur-
tier of Stanford- White, has
lately come into District Attorney
•Jerome's posseslon. The inkling of the
facts was conveyed to the District At
torney indirectly from Florence Zieg-
Xeldt, a theatrical manager, who is the
"husband of Anna Held, and who is at
present living in Paris.
; The story is that Stanford White
\u25a0ent a note and a basket of flowers to
Mrs. Evelyn Nesbit Thaw the after
r.oon of his. murder, and that the
tragedy grew out of the thoughtless
ir.ischief of three chorus girls.
VISITED WHITE'S STUDIO.
"The tragedy occurred some days
prior, to my last trip from America,"
said Mr. Ziegfeldt. "and I was full of
It on my way over. Among the pas
sengers was a young woman very well
lmoTi-n to the amusement-loving New
York public, who was a prominent
member of the chorus in one of my
productions. Naturally we chatted.
and naturally the Thaw tragedy was
touched upon. I knew that this girl
was one of White's acquaintances, and
drew her out. I found that she knew
eomething which the District Attorney
w<>u]d give a good deal to know. She |
\u25a0 jjw. .. tK?.?- -cN* \u25a0 \u25a0 " '-\u25a0*" Vf T'i»2ni»d t'arC'i
other members of my old company to j
pay a farewell visit to Mr. White^ in j
the tower of Madison Square Garden j
the night prior to Mr. White's death, i
They were to sail in a few days. Mr. I
White was not there, and as they were
leaving the place an attendant asked |
what- names he should report to Mr. |
White as those of his visitors. !
" "Oh," said one of the girls, laugh- j
Jng, 'Say that Mrs. Harry Thaw
SENDS XOTE TO MRS. THAW.
•Nex.t day, Mr. White, according to
this girl, sent a neat little note to Mrs.
Thaw, expressing his regret at his ab
sence at the time of her call and dis
patched a basket of roses to her ad
"My informant believed that Thaw
Ea-a- the roses, read the card attached
lo the basket, and perhaps read the
rote which accompanied them. She
was inclined to believe that White
o^ved his sudden cutting off to the whim
cf a chorus girl."
It is known this young \u25a0woman is
nov.- in New York, having returned, it
is said, at the request nf Mr Jerome.
It is believed that she will be o*re of
the most important witnesses for the
GO TO OFFICERS
CALL BUREAU. POST BUILDING.
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8. — It is said that
the investigation Into the alleged Irreg
ularities in the Government workshops
in the Philippines now being conducted
by Colonel Wood, inspector general of
the islands, will go to the bottom, no
\u25a0 matter what is hit.
Although the War Department pro
fesses to have no advices from Manila
oil the subject, there is a growing feel
ing here that almost every officer of
th-e army and almost every American
of prominence who has served in the
islands in a civil capacity will be
touched before the Inquiry is com
Extending over nearly the entire
"period of American occupation of the
islands, the Irregularities are said to
Include almost every general officer
who served in the archipelago, as well
as governors and vice governors and
commissioners. In addition to'the work
done for officers, for which they should
have paid, but did not. it is said there
has been a steady stream of costly
souvenirs of the islands made in the
Government shops crossing the Pacific
for officers and their friends.
Some of the officers now pressing the
investigation, who believe it Is Im
portant * the whole truth should come
out, have been beneficiaries of the sys
Great Damage by Floods.
FORT WORTH, Tex.. Aug. B.—Re
ports from the floods In the Territories
Indicate that the damage will be great.
Conservative estimates place the loss
up to this time at $1,000,000, suffered
mostly by the railroads.
The San Francisco Call.
Over Half Million Dollars
in New York Seized for
San Francisco's Assured
READY TO FIGHT
Will Carry the Battle for Just
Treatment Into.the Courts
of the German Empire
THE $565,000 deposited in New
York by the Transatlantic Fire
Insurance Company of Ham
burg has been attached by the
policy-holders of San Francisco to pre
vent the German corporation from
withdrawing from the United States
and skipping across the water with this
The attachment was made yesterday
in New York by agents of Attorney
Walter H. Linforth, who acted In the
name of a few policy-holders whose
claims total about $600,000. The entire
deposit, however, is a trust fund for
the benefit of all of the policy-holders
in this country, and in case the courts
declare the claims of the assured just
this money will be distributed propor
tionately among all.
The Transatlantic's policy-holders
met yesterday afternoon and decided
to form an organization to fight as a
unit for their rights. The battle will
be waged in the German courts. An
attorney conversant with the German
language and laws, -in all probability
i Gustav Gutsch. attorney for the Ger-
I man Consul In San Francisco, will be
sent to the Fatherland to prosecute the
actions against the Transatlantic.
EXPECT A SETTLEMENT.
It is believed that after a show of
fight has been rraxle in. Germany ..and,
the exact r .sifc«a-tto.n,ln- San Francisco- on
April 18" explained before a German court
the Transatlantic Company will offer
to pay all just claims on an equitable
basis. If the corporation should refuse
to admit liability after the first trials
then individual suits will be brought by
all of the policy-holders. The expense
of sending an attorney to Germany will
be borne by the body of assured.
Headquarters will.be opened for the
policy-holders this morning at 1100;
O'Farrell street. The policy-holders ;
will register their names there so that
the attorney to be sent to Germany
may be given all information necessary.
FIXDS TWO DEPOSITS.
It was Attorney Walter H. Linforth
who first discovere<i^the assets of the
Transatlantic in New York. These as
sets Eeem to be the only attachable
goods of the company In America. Two
hun/lred thousand dollars, of the sum
found in New York is deposited with
the Insurance Commissioner. The re
maining $365,000 Is In the hands of
three trustees, ,E. C. Hults, Paul Llch
tenstelh and "Joseph Andrews. This
iaohey was placed in the hands of these
trustees as a aafety fund. It was done
by the Transatlantic for advertising
purposes to help its United States busi
ness. Being a trust fund it must be
divided among all the creditors of the
It has been learned that the assets of
the Transatlantic, including the rein
surance, amount to nearly $5,000,000.
This amount will amply cover the San
Francisco loss of about $4,000,000. A
big controlling interest in the stock is
held by the Blumberger estate, an old
German estate worth many millions of
dollars. The personal liability law of
Germany Is similar to that of Cali
ANXIOUS TO HANG
FOR HIS CRIME.
SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE CALL.
PAX QUENTIN, Aug. S.— William J.
Trebllcox, a miner, who murdered his
wife in Grass Vall#y on March 14, 1905,
is anxiously awaiting the hour set for
his execution. "He will be hanged
Friday at 10:30 o'clock. When Trebll
cox appeared for sentence he asked the
Judge to fix an early date, saying he
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was sorry for his crime and wished to
pay the penalty as soon as possible.
The Judge asked him to name the day
and the murderer answered "Friday,
August 10." The Judge proved >moro
agreeable than Trebilcox \ expected and
fixed Friday as the day. The miner
seemed grateful when the Judge an
nounced the time, saying the best in
terests of the world would be sub
served by his removal, as he had been
a wicked man.
Yesterday morning he went into the
death chamber, Where he will pass his
last hours on earth under the vigilant
eyes of Alvln G. Kelly and F. E.. Arm
strong, the death watch.
SAN ,FRANCISCO;^URSDAY, AUGUST '9, 1906.
Murdered Woman Found
in the Lonely Glades of
Santa Monica Canyon
IDENTITY OF THE
Found Seated Where She
, Died,' a Bullet Hole
Through Her Skull
LOS ANGELES. Aug." 8. — Seated on
the hillside in the underbrush of
a lonely canyon two miles above
Santa Monica, the body of an un
known woman was found this after
noon. She was bent slightly forward,
with legs crossed and hands in lap.
The indications are that she had been
murdered and had been dead at least
a month. Blood on the s:of t blonde hair
and a wound on either side of the head,
just back of-the temple.r Indicated the
probable course of a bullet and tod of
a canyon tragedy that will unquestion
ally prove difficult of solution. ;
The woman was slight of build, be
ing about five feet two Inchesin height
and probably In life weighed not to ex
ceed 110 pounds. The hands are frail
and the body delicate. The hair was
dressed in a fashionable style and held
In place by the ordinary shell hairpins
and back comb. \u25a0 . "
CLOTHIXG INDICATES .TASTE."
The clothing was all of fine material,
indicating- the wearer to have been .1
woman of good taste, although the ab
sence of rings or jewelry of any de
scription would lead to the belief that
she was not a person of wealth, unless
the purpose of the murder was robbery
and she was stripped of her gems after
death. Therelwas neither hat nor wrap.
.Vhe wa^ist was of white material, em- j
'b'roldered. the~ skirt "of changeable" re"d I
silk, trimmed "with' white embroidered
(raid, and the shoes of =rood quality
of the blucher cut, ' the marks thereon
having 'been obliterated, except the
word "Pingxee." No fillings are ob
served in the teethi but one or two
front teeth. J>oth upper and lower, ar<i
missing. . '%^
The body fjwas discovered by Thomas
Horton while driving through the can
yon. When about 300 feet from *tbe
mouth of the arroyo he stopped for a
rest. Unhitching his horses, he started
through the underbrush in search of a
place to^water his animals. While on
this quest his eye was attracted-to a
piece of silk cloth lying "among the
bushes. It seemed of good quality and
excited his suspicion. Looking deeper
in the undergrowth he saw what he
thought to be a woman sitting on the
side o,f the hill. Approaching he was
horrified to discover that what he had
presumed was a picnicker was a corpse.'
"She hands and face were fleshless. The
ground in the immediate vicinity
looked as though it had been soaked
with blood, although there were no In,
dications of a struggle. ,
NO] WE A POX IS THE VICINITY.
No weapon -was round, although z.
diligent Inquiry was .made In the vi
cinity.'The absence of a revolver pre
cludes the .theory of suicide.
The Identity of the woman is a myst
ery. There are no records of any one
missing from this section who in any
manner answers the description of the
body found today. ; Who she may have
been, how' she happened to be in the
canyon when she was killed and by
whom and why will be inquired to
morrow morning by Coroner Trout.
SNOW MAN KILLED
COVELO, Aug. B.— Jacob Frel, who
supplies Covelo with enow to be used
In place of ice, left his home, sixteen
miles from here, for Covelo with a
pack of snow at 1 o'clock this morning
and about 8 o'clock -a. m. was ' found
near Parrington's schoolhouse, half a
mile from his home, by school chil
dren, murdered. He had been shot
under the eye, the bullet passing
through his head, causing Instant
- Frel was leading one "'of- his pack
horses and when found still hadhold
of the rope. ' Indications show he was
shot from lambush.
Frei leaves a wife and three chil
Forjf er Jailed In Pctaluma.
PETALUMA, Aug. B.— Constable
James R. Sullivan of this city arrested
H. Walker of San Francisco at Monte
Bio yesterday on a charge of forgery, i
.Walker did : not deny- passing the \
papers, but said another man had given
them to him. 1
GOVERNMENT AWAKES TO THE STEAL
OF TIMBER LAND IN STATE.
rr T I HE United States Government has been aroused at last to the timber steals
\u25a0 f \u25a0 ,- in the northern part of California. • The acquisition of vast tracts of
forested land in^utte and 'Plumas counties by a few individuals is to he in
vestigated^ and prison threatens some of the thieves.
IN HEAVY FALL
SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE CALL.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8. — By a hair's
breadth Mme. Modjeska missed having
an eye knocked out last evening at the
home of * Dr. John* H. Martin&ale on
Lucas avenue. As it was Mme. Mod
jeska sustained a severe bruise of the
temple and a slight laceration of the
cheek. . ;
Saturday Mme. Modjeska left the An
gelus Hotel to pay a visit totue family
of Dr. Martindale. Last evening while
walking 'upon the polished floor oc the
beautiful Martindale home her foot
slipped, and she fell heavily, striking
with her face the sharp corner of a
heavy table. It was a' glancing blow
and just grazed. her right temple and
eye, her cheek receiving the force of
the blow. She was* attended by Dr.
Martindale and went to .• the*. home of
her former companion, Anafovia Fkow
ronska, in East -wenty-eightn street.
Because of .the . accident Mmc Mod
jeska was' forced .to . cancel a number
of. engagements in this city. -
Today Mr. and Mrs.' -J.S. Rice of
Tvs tin came to, Los Angeles, and ; the
well known actress and her friends
went to San Diego, where Mme. Mod
jeska will rest quietly for a time.
THEATRICAL FOLK WHO LOST;
BY BIG FIRE RECEIVE AID
Madame Sembrich; Deposits With Ac
tors' Union ?11,(M)O Collected
for Their Use.
NEW YORK, ; Aug. B.— President
Harry deVeaux of the Actors'
tional Protective Union announced to
day that Madame Sembrlch, the prima
donna, had deposited with \ the union
$11,000^ collected; for chorus singers,
actorsand others, who lost their ward
robes during the San Francisco disaster.
Themoneyiwill be deposited as soon as
demands; are mad*. V
ATTEMPTS TO KILL
BABIES AND SELF.
ALAMEJJA, Aug. B.— Mrs. Helen Her
sey of 2304 Buena Vista avenue, Ala
meda, took her two little baby boys
into the sleeping chamber with her to
night, undressed' them, tenderly 'put
on their night dresses, sat. them down
on the. bed and as she began to tell
them a good-night story turned on
the gas in the room.
At 10:30 o'clock, her husband, came
home/and' smelled the J escaping, gas. -\
'"Helen.".;he cried, in sudden fear of
an accident, "where are ; you?"
He ran to the sleeping- chamber and
found his wife and the two baby boys
lying unconscious in each other's arrn3
across the bed. He carried them out
on .to the lawn -and ran for help. Sev
eral doctors arrived and succeeded in
restoring both the mother and babies
to consciousness. They, will recover.
One boy, Bert, is 6 years old; the
other is 4. '\u0084-"."'- '\u25a0 . ;
The husband, W. D. Hersey, is em
ployed by the .A. C. Tibbltts Company
as' a printer. He can"give no' reason
for his wife's attempt to kill herself
arid Both .the children.
CALLED BY DEATH
ON WEDDING DAY.
CHICAGO, A ug. B.— While preparing
for his wedding Dr. Samuel B. Craw
fcrd. 1 32. years old. died suddenly today
at the home of his prospective' bride.
Mrs. Rose; Sykes. ,
Drr Crawford had been living at the
£ykes Vome for several years. The wed
ding had • been set for today.' Mrs. Sykes
was in her room donning her "wedding
garments when* she heard a moan from
Div Crawford's room. Hurrying to the
roonv she found him' lying on the floor
scarcely, able to speak. A physician
was Immediately summoned. ; but '•;• Dr;
Crawford died within a: few minutes.
On a 'dresser in the room a small vial
containing \u25a0\u25a0, chloral solution was found.
At first it was believed that this might
\u25a0have - been -used : by Dr. Crawford in
ending his life, but later it was learned
that ho '\u25a0 had been ill and was using
the medicine to ease his pains.
Becker of Milwaukee, in
,NexP Sunday's Gall, tells why
yohngimem should get into politics.
KILLS A DEER.
— Little Jean Bcalt 'Wheelt-r. the 10
year-old daughter of Attorney Charles
Stetson Wheeler, has distinguished
herself as a markswoman by shooting
a deer at 100 yards straight through
the heart. Little Jean was up at her
father's country home. The Bend, on
the McCloud R^ver, with her parents
and Benjamin . Ide'. "Wheeler when she
made- .the-. re'markablft -sffi ot. >
>iThe : party^started; from. The Bend
at "4 o'clock iast;Saturday morning ou
horseback. As they. rode up through
the forest little Jean asked that sr.e be
allowed to lead the way. Her father
consented and little Jean, who was
dressed .in knickerbockers and boots
to the knees, went forward as the ad
vance guard. 'She had only gone a
short distance . when she suddenly
brought her horse to a stop.
Three hundred feet ahead of her she
saw a buck standing with head high
in air. The beast turned suddenly and
was, about. to bound away Into . the
woods when, little Jean raised her rifle
and fired. She shot the animal. straight
through the heart and it fell dead as
The deer weighed -ninety pounds
after it was -dressed. Th*e skin and
head were brought to the city yester
day and are now. in the hands of the
rnxidf rmlst. - *
' The Wheeleis have spent part of tha
summer of every year at their home
on thY McCloud River for the last ten
years.. .This year their stay there has
been r hort. During the sojourn -there
this time C. S. Wheeler shot a six-point
and Benjamin Ide Wheeler a four-point
< Mr. and Mrs. "Wheeler and' Professor
Wheeler returned * home on Tuesday.
Lit tie Jean and her brother. C S.
Wheeler Jr.. are still at the McCloud
looking for more game.
Mineralogist Brings Salt.
SAN i BERNARDINO, Aug. S.— George
A. Bailey, a prominent mineralogist, to
day, began suit against. Joseph X. Nel
son to collect 10 per cent commission
on *the sale of the Copper King group
of mines in this : county. Bailey al
leges that he made an agreement to
sell ; the mines on a commission basis
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Washington to Inves
tigate in Plumas
High Officials Order
REPRESENTATIVES of the
Secretary of the Interior and
the Attorney General of the
''United States, of the Chief of
the General Land Department at
Washington and of the Director oi
the Geological Survey will prosecute
an investigation in Plumas and Butta
counties, California* to determine to
what extent frauds have been com
mitted in the acquisition of mineral
land's by placer entries in the counties
H. . H. - Yard alone has located'
365,00b Nacres in Plumas County as
B. Walker and others have taken",
up as much more in Plumas and Butte
counties. There has been a demand
for an investigation ever since 1902.
State Mineralogist Aubury ha 3 been
officially informed that the Federal
Government has finally resolved to"
learn all the facts and to proceed,
Three quarters of a million acres of
land are the immediate subject of the
inquiry. The conduct of hundreds ofj
me,n in Plumas and Butte counties
who helped Yard and Walker and the'
others to getNuch vast tracts of land
will be brought into review and pris
ons may be opened to receive per-,
jurers by the score.
..^Experts to Arrive Soon.
. Every ' tract 6f land: enter ed by par
ties who are suspected or-'who are
accused of grabbing the public do-;
main illegally will be visited by men
from different departments of tha'
Government. Skilled geologists will
with practical mining men decide
what lands are mineralized and the;
general extent of such mineralization,
to ; determine whether the entries as
placers: are. justified. .
Miners will report whether tha
proper assessment work has been'
done to justify the holding of mineral,
lands on placer locations. A repre
sentative of the Attorney General's
office at Washington will look into
the legal phases of the several trans
actions . that are under question and
e-^id.<rnc.e. be acquired that may
bej?7ery : -,useful ;jf. ,^osecutions are
ortf erVTdry " " "* •
This information is given out by
State Mineralogist Aubury, to whose
persistent efforts, extending through
a period of four years, the pending
extensive investigation is due. Aubury
has been in communication with the
Secretary of the Interior during many
months. He was informed yesterday^
that; a party/of experts was about to
start* for California and would arrive
about; the ist of September to begin
These experts will first investigate
the methods and acts of H. H. Yard.
Then they will proceed to take up.
other cases and inquire into variou3 i
vast ownerships of Government lands
that have been acquired by the simple
expedient iof entering thousands of,
acres as placer locations.
The announcement will cause great
excitement in Plumas County, where
land-grabbing has been a
profitable industry for some years and
where the Government has parted
with areas of royal size to see them
all pass 1 into the control of something
like a dozen indivduals and corpora-!
Perjury, in Plumas County on an,
unparalleled scale is alleged. Men
are reported to have taken oath in ;
aid of land grabbers at the rate of;
$5 per oath, which is considered to
be very low when perjury is likely to
land the perjurer in a felon's cell.
The pending investigation results'
from a recent decision of Secretary
Hitchcock of the Interior Department J
that he will, in every instance, when,
proper complain^ has been made by;
the forest service, notify mineral
locators to appear before the local
land office and show cause why their|
locations should not be declared in
valid. The Secretary of the Interior
has also agreed to detail to the forest^
service capable geologists to gather
evidence as to the validity of mining!
locations that have been made in the,
Hundreds of thousands of acres oi