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VOLUAIE O\ T ,^CN T O. 2.
ELDER SAYS
AUTO PARTY
ROBBED HIM
Meets Strangers in Saloon and
Ssvs The^ Drugged Him on
JSigbtßide
ftianfieni Ej|«)ses Game and
Causes Arrest of Quartet
at Santa Qara
Accused 31en Say They Took
Vaiuables for Owner's Safe
Keeping. *^- .'
One of Four Is Frank Martin,
Son of Former Police
Captain
tE^ecu} Sfepitcji to Tie CallJ ' .
SA^' JOSE, Dec. I.— R. R Elder,
\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0• western ; . : representative ;of the
;.Allis-C±ia.lmers pumping : com
..; paßrVJat'" Sap/ Francisco, \u25a0" whose
sensa^bnal: \ tale is .corroborated by
"•DOc^v/lianso^,: a /chauffeur . of; the
Pioneer, garage, claims to be the vic
tim of four, alleged thieves who, he
fays.;drugg:ed JBtnd : robbed him of more
than- $400 worth of valuables during a
r.iprht ri4e betweea San Francisco and
Sab .J'-ose/'. j-'.::--'-'-.-'.-'^:"v- : '.: \u25a0_\u25a0- -I : \u0084\u25a0:'.:' . . " : .
.: '-.Elder, asserts that he met the quartet-
Iri; the ;Cuitrr ; s alo ? n on Market near'
Tbiril street,, afid that; tlie ride/ bega^
Vhfcre, fending at 9 ':\u25a0 o'clock at Sant^
•CJa ra.. "That , he escaped a rrorse' fate
Is said tp be due to the honesty arid
daripg of Hanson, who exposed the plot
find appealed for help. The arrest of
the quartet of. aiieged 'thieves and thb
rcscye'.of' their intended A'ictim ,by
Marshal s\*alsh and a posse of citizens,
folio wed the expose. .
Valuables Are Found . "
\u25a0 The ; accused men surrendered with
out .any ..resistance, to the posse and
;jga.ve-. their names as Frank: Martin, who
is, said :^o be the son of former Cap
ta.in.of police: Martin, ojf San Francisco,
Joseph'; HiUrvßett Jtltcheil and S. : H.
Crani'ai ' ."' ;.\y,hfen -•' sekrehied a draft for
$37% : .afqnnta4n: pen, a diamond pin, a
.knife ••^^ and /.a;; Jeweled, match case be-.
ipngirff'.to-.E'aer,' •were found in their
posseisibhi ''•\u25a0!;;.v. '/"".:".'\u25a0 .-.;^"-.. :..'•;'• ; \u25a0\u25a0/.-: •..'•\u25a0 ' : ..
\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0The.ineri were arraigned on a charge
of grand larceny in Santa: Clara, and
in : default of bail in the: sum of $2,000
apiece/ were, fetnanded to. the custody
of the EberJ-^C \u25a0; arid lodged in prison
-here;",v ; \u25a0 ;. ; - '\u25a0: : .' /\u25a0:\u25a0'-; : -.-. — ; ":\u25a0 \u25a0:. : -. : '- •*••'::• "„•;.'.= y.
. chauffeur,- tells
'•^\u25a0..{ tfcfrlliingr - : storjf in regard to the
nlghrs . He states that
MaTtih telephoned '\u25a0'..-for.'; the : machine at
an. early .; hour . f roni the C.utter saloon,
and ; on 'arriving .there the four, .men,
w'itii. Elder in- tpw,.- got into the ton
rieau arid instructed the driver to go
to San.Jo^e.:.'. Elder, seemed; in a, dazed
cpndi.tiori/ and theactioris cf his' com
.pa'nions: '-soon- arousjed his • suspicions.
At- the- P"6urteen Mile house one of the
party -stole, an .overcoat, . he saysj'. .but
he njade him return, it. ' \ ;. . . .
Hanson Offered: Bribe : : . ; \ i
.\u25a0; 'Thje raeh had already -secured .El
. <3cr*s draft and ."other: possessions, he
stated, and seeing- that he ' ;'wiis "on"
told" him. to staqd in- arid* he .would be
well -paid". 'Arriving- jn Santa: Cla.ra,
the party stopped for. breakfast ' at
Co^tello's ciLfc" A" discuesijri followed'
as' to the. advisability -of avoiding.. San
\u25a0Jose : and- going to- Watsonville. At
this • junction--. Hanson ijecided tQ warn
•tire ." ofhvers- of the twn of the "pror
-ccedings,* anil --resorted to 'vl ruse" "to
throw his comßanions'oh" their guard,
lie told them that he j was going after
gasoline arid - .le"f t the . place.. He was
followed by .one .of tire party, -whose
suspicions were aroused, -but was not
intimidated and used" a telephone in
a' hardware store in calling up Mar
shal Walshe.. The latter, accompanied"
by Deputies . Worthington 'and Weich
and a -posse of citizens, Entered the
cafe "and placed the party under -.ar
rest\u25a0'.' • • ' •
Martin, ilansoh t-iaims, has a bad
record.w ith the auto people of 'San
Francisco, and is known to : many ma
chine drivers as a dead, beat, but has
always managed to clear himself from
trouble' by th"c Influence of his father
tvitli the police department.-
; Elder was taken back to Kan Fran
cjsco thi» afternoon by Hanson and
was. still suffering from the effects of
some drug.'
:'\u25a0 ' \u25a0 .
Robbery Disclaimed
• Bert Mitchell,. one of the imprisoned
men/, stated tonight that neither he
»«r the "other occujfants of "the ma-
had any intention of -robbing El-
Gf*. He explained 'that Elder had been
drinking to excels 'and was in; a Jielp-
Jesis. condition and: that was , the "rea
son why they had ta.k*»n, the check, and
other him. -Tneyf did not
•wish him to lose anything,: he 'stated;
that all of • the *irembcrs of i the party.
Continued ok l'O£e fe, Column. . 1
The San Francisco Call.
INDEX OF THE
SAN FRANCISCO CALL'S
NEWS TODAY
TELEPHOSE KEiftXY SO
WEDXESDAT, DECEMBER 2; 190.8
WEATHER CONDITIONS : ?
TESTERDA V—TraceY — Trace .of rala; north east wind;
maximum temperßre. 52; minimum, 46. .
FORECAST FOB TODAY-^Cloodj. unsettled
weather; possibly lijht : r«ln; llffht . southeast
winds. ..;.\u25a0;"\u25a0\u25a0..;\u25a0 _' Paye.l7;
editorial ;\u25a0;;\u25a0 ; \u25a0
On both sides of the rate case. \u25a0. Pape 6
Taft and Cannon. ... .- • .. ' Page G
SpriDg ValleT's sudden dividend. ; • : I'agc 6
POLITICS \u25a0 ; .. .
Nat Cogaian may again ' lead \u25a0 San Francisco's
legislatire delegation;' • . Pace $
GRAFT : \u25a0>;^.;i. : : \u25a0 "'..
• Linking of evidence against Ruef completed
earlier than expected. . . , ' \u25a0 Pace 9
Nine jurors are. sworn to try Frank J. Murphy
aad three Teniremen hare unpleasant opiniont of
Buef's attorney. ; :\u25a0; ; \u25a0 . Pas* *
Grand' jury inTesttgates Lathan case,-, and
father and brother* of reluctant witness will be
called today.: ' : ;':\-.;j . '/-'I "'r -.' P«ee »
r*TTV \u25a0 " \u25a0\u25a0' ' \u25a0 \u25a0 ' * \u25a0 \u25a0 • •-\u25a0\u25a0.\u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0
V»l X X \u25a0\u25a0 . \u25a0- - \u25a0 - \u25a0\u25a0:.-': *.-' . .-' - \
-..--. \u25a0»::.' - .\u25a0 •-\u25a0\u25a0* -• -. \u25a0"\u25a0 \u25a0 • ' •:\u25a0..' -I ,
Mystery Hill reUs Chief Biggy's drowning
from police launch.; . : ...:• Pag« 1
Swirl of tide through Golden Gate at time of.
fiißSy*s drowning renders recorery of body doubt
tal: .. .' : ' :: /•.'-\u25a0. .\u25a0: .-".'• : •'"" \u25a0 '\u25a0'• P«rel :
. Police. «ommii>sU>B- inresltgales circumstances
surroundin? death of Chief Biggy- . .- Pagej
Fruit asd mercantile men to meet Saturday to
protest azainst higher freight rates. Pase 18
UoJdOeld < °mtne owners bad ore purchasers st-**
cretlTe regarding output 4>f district. Pase 11
Two mining companies sue John C. Mel>ermbtt
and C. p'Callaghsn for $240,000 for damages in
being ejected and for money advanced.' '. Paiee 9
Mrs. MatUe Clover granted dlrorce on charges
of cruelty. . . ' ';• . :Paßeß
Herbert E^;Law, delegate, of .merchants' asso
ciaticn, reports action of national currency re
form . con vent ion. ' .. . Page'll
• Japanese woman, returning from visit to Nip
pon, forced to \u25a0 remarry husband before 'being
permitted 'to land. •. - .' ' Page 18
' Calkins syndicate, unable to keep the -Globe
going, disposes of -paper. \u25a0 Pace IS
. Kolb and Dill produce much mirth' in "Weiner ]
and Schnitzel" at the Princess. : v; . Page T \u25a0
I Editor ©f* Hongkong * paper says.' Chinese ibe
lieve Japen: insincere and America should bare
trade preference. \u25a0 \u0084- '.'- . i" "PaseOJ
. ; Mrs.- i-ovell White, only woman delegate, froiu :
i'hl if oruia to iational conservation commission;'
will leave for .Washington today. . T»kc 5
SUBURBAN : .; • •'.; |
Useless "r? port ; supplying county statistics
proves seedless' drain on tre«*nry. • pp a g f 4
Mystery; reils- murder of Louis ' Jurgcns ami
police are baffled. : - .-. . • • -Page 4
Twenty; thousand' -dollars, collected on- "tag
day" distributed to Oakland charities, Berkeley
getting fGpo; • \u25a0. : • ' . Page 4
.'Conference 1 of: legislators and commercial bodies
to consider consolidation . legislation. .Pajpe-3
GOAST^ v-.: .— ' 'v '. ':': : 'v-.
; Assemblyman. Jury accuses governor acd state \u25a0
admlni«trat.ion -of 'hindering investigation' of state,
printer's -of flcei - \u25a0\u25a0 ' • • .Page 3
California', fruit grawcrs, .In annual; session,
warned against overproduction. *<-•: ' f < Page 2
/Union- Pacific cr«l and railroad companies on
trial for conspiracy .to ruin' dealer. "' ' VngcZ
EASTERN; / "c - \u25a0/-.-\u25a0'
: -Relations of "United "States and Japan -defined
"111. notes, pledging integrity jof China -and respect
for seTeral possessions in Pacific. Page 1
•-. JK«>n4ucky prepares 'to tax Southern \u25a0 Pacific
on $175,000,000 intangible property. PagV 1
Secretary • Ncwbcny favors reorganisation of
navy -with genera! statf similar to that in (be
army. •' \u0084 . .;' : - -Page 11
Arcbbold undergoes . grilling ' cross examina
tion during" trust ; Inquiry. ; , Page. 18
Secret*ry Straus makes unusual . rpcommenda
'tlons. conceijiing labor, 'commerce and .corpora
tions. .'\u25a0-. • . '. ' ,;V;Page'l2
President appoints Daniel J. Keefe, well known
laltor Ic'ader, • eommlssionerT general of .'immlgra
' • Four persons, killed in panic before palace at
\u25a0celebration of * : Emperor \u25a0 "of Austria's ". ' jubl-"
l te - . * .* Page 1
Haitian • revolutionist*^ delay r attack 4no \ Port
au Prince, but government cause ' is regarded ax
lost. , ..- ;\u25a0>.*•• • • Page 3
SPORTS, - » t
Ketchel is eager to get on with "Tommy Burns
for the heavy ; weight • title. . . , Page 10
Dorando and! Tom Longboat to race Marathon
distance in' New Tork. t ' Pace.ll
Prosecuting \ attorney will enforce ' anti 1 raring
tip ordinance >in j Los.. Angeles. ' Page 10
John Madden, sends bis -best brood ;nj a res: to
England. ,- . • .-. ' .-\u25a0 ;<•';\u25a0 \u25a0'.-. \ ,";.;'- , •: \u25a0\u0084 -Pace 11
Joe Y eager.' famous plunger, 1 'appears at Em
cryTllle' and wins ' on . long ' shot.' : : : \u25a0 Page 1 i
I>ong ll«t of amateurs enter for CorneUclub's
Indof»r athletic carnival. * ,-» .vJPajfelO
John MeCloskey ' to manage Milwaukee Amer
ican at-sorlation team. \u0084 . .' . ; Page n
Donilnus Arvi first In Mount Lowe handicap at
Arcadia.- .. . " -JPngrell
Battling , Nelson say s he .will not * fight until
after Febrnary. - , ' Pagp n
Hugo fcclly starts training for fight with Papke
In Los Angeles. - Page 10
Stanford 'Bughy. team 7to "play games with
Olympics : and f Barbarians- .; _ - Page 11
IriKh-Americah -club ;wins, Amateur Athletic
union 'championship.'^ *- ;. ; ... ' ,~ . • **\u25a0»<? 1 1
.\u25a0Stat* '.leaguerii appoint a -.\u25a0committee; to f discus*
ball" with Johnson' and : Pullliam. Page 11
MARINE:, .;-,.•• '. . ... '.;\u25a0:\u25a0.;,
. Liner Mongolia . sails for the 'orient with jmore
than '500: CeleBilals-on^their^way; home to?cele-'
brate the* Chinese' neV: year. . Page 15
LABJOR /'.'".
between California m^tal ,rrade» as
ficlation' and Its employes' with a \u25a0
ally r<><jiicißr,.tb* number 'of /hours Tot ', work ;peV
day went lato effect yesterday, • \u25a0 Page 5
s^
RELATIONS
WITH JAPAN
EXPRESSED
Secretary of State Exchanges
Notes AVitji Ambassador fak»:
;ahira at Washington -
Policy of Goyernrnents to Main-,
; tain Existing Status Quo
: in Far East
Integrity of China and Equal op=
'* iportunity of AH Other Na« ,;
: V. tionk- Upheld; V : r
Representative; of JNippon Says
• Ex'charige Does Not ConstK
tute formaj Treaty;; |
\u25bcXT TASHINGTON,; Dec. %.— jfptes
\ V / exchanged between the United
> VV States .and Japan, , "declaring
. ..-'their, policy, in. the far , east,"
which, have been the of corre- i
spondence betw.eeh Secretary Root am' .
Ambassador Takahira for some months,
were made public at the state depart- :
ment tonight. :'• /':>'.: ' . >
... ; Accompanying the declaration are two j
letters, one from Takahira and one from' j
Root, vth'e former the .belief J
that a frank, avowal of the aims.pdljcy :
and -intention of .the-- two -countries in'-i
the Pacific would- not only tdnii- to.-;
strengthen : the. relations of; friendship, 1
and good ."neighborhood .between : the !
two nations, but' would materially, ;cb'ri ? I
tribute to the preservation of the "gen- |
eral peace r andth^: latter, declaring, that !
"this expression of. mutual- understand.. j
ing Is . welcome to the government ',' of j
;ho^nltedJS^tes:^-^|^^g^i
Terms of rfi ye} Notes '•\u0084*,"
-.The -five separate notes are as- fol-j
\u25a0 ; ,I: '.' , Itis the.wish;of-the [.two govr/ { "
ernments" to encourage the free. and- \u25a0
,\: peaceful deveiopment of their com- r .
.ymeree on the. Pacific ocearu^ '['\u25a0 \u25a0 .
:'': 2. •The policy: of; .both gover"n
ments, uninfluenced, by any aggres-' .
. sive tendencies, -is- directed .to the
. maintenance of the existing status
quo. in the region .'above mentioned," ;
. and to the defense of the principle i <
of equal .opportunity- for commerce , |
;\u25a0' .and industry in China.; •.' . ; < |
\u25a0 -3. ; They- are- accordingly lirmiy |
\u25a0resolved rtcip.rocally to respect the
.territorial, possessions belonging tp
• each other in said region.. . '
.."4. ; They are. also determined, to *
. preserve the. common interests, of '
all powers [n China" by: suppoftingl
; ; by all pacific means at their disposal
th 6 independence, and integrity of
.- China and the principle of equal \u25a0
•opportunity for commerce and 'in
dustry, of all : nations Jin that .'cm-."." ...
• pire. , , ".- ; « . .
5. .\u25a0 Should any event occur threat
. ening the status quo as above de- .
signed, or the -principle .of cquai '
• opportunity, "as above? defined,' it
remains for the two;' governments
to communicate with 'each other ,iri .
. order to arrive" at am understand-.
. ing as to what measures they- may\";
'consider it useful to take. .'
Takahira Defines : , Action
•Ambassador Takahira in. a statement
issued subsequent \u25a0 to tlie making public
of the notes declared they were simply
a reafflrmation of what was declared by
the' two governments ; years ago. It
was "something like a; transaction be
tween trusted friends.". The ambassa
dor added:j ; \u0084 .-\u25a0.'.;
"The. substance of sj the; instrument
which has already found its .way to the 'j
press-called "for," exhaustive expressions '
of opinions'in'this and othervcouritries
arid- there remains hardly ; any th.irig : to '
be -added. , i/V - .". : - -] ' ; ]
; "As 'will lvv seen in- their, wording .
the. notes are simply -in the' form of 'a.
declaration andVare' not;, a .treaty or.
agreement. v ;Tney are simply a reaf- '
firmation : of what ..was-: declared by the '
two governments years "ago, or a deflni- .
tio'n "of the understanding then exist- .
Pact Between Friends - i ,
"Itiis, ; however, to - be^riotcd/that the
notes which 'are exchanged between
governments ~of , such i moral standing -\u25a0
as those of the Unlted'States and Japan '
will • ha*ve*a "greatr- Importance;; in X the (
carr>'ing out of their 'common \u25a0 policy; \
•'"Japan' has*, entire; confidence, in' the '
great .morar strength *of the -United
States government- and the! latter. fully
j trus"ts iriTthestrong.\ good faith of tTie
| Japanese. government.'i'asthas been am
ply,proved by past experience. In this
rVspect^it' is^somethingilike;a\transac- '
tion between' trusted friends.?'- \u25a0-,\u25a0\u25a0 ;\u25a0• ; ]
The ; sii bstance of. the 'declaration \va s
furnlshed;'injadvance ofjits sighing to \u25a0
the': various governments interested • in i
Chinese affairs and cordial ;- responses of '
sympathy andsupport came ifrom them. *
;1 Some changes werVmade In- the draft ]
of the letters passing between ;Roqt*andf -
.' Continued ion 7 Page % S,', Colamn 6
Bay Searched in Vain
for Dead Chief's Body
\u25a0 •Launch patrol, from' which Biggy fell.. • Dotted lines indicate "-.
: course that' would have to , be taken, to reach' cabin. ' Cross shows *
"spot ; where* chief "was^last- seen'jby engineer.} v L6wer-piicture;
: is. Conimissionen A. D.. Cutler, appointed acting chief of - police*
KENTUCKY TO TAX
SOUTHERN PACIFIC
State Judge Orders Assessment
of the \u25a0 RailroacTs Intangible j
PropeHyatis 175,000,000 H
[Special; Dispatch^ta The Call] ; .
FRANKFOriT. CkV-V, Dec. l._-F O rmer i
Attorney J General" N. -B. flla'ys is, pre-" :
paring: an-; order \u25a0 at -the- direction • of
Judge •R. L.^Stout . of 4the^statol' fiscal .
court directing state .board.o f j
!atibriv/and \u25a0"assessment, 'consisting .' of j
J Secretary- of '.f State * Bruner,
James -arid -'Treasurer -Farley,., to • re
| assemble"", and -*- assess^'": the intangible
property Tot ; the'j Southern;Paciflc ; rail-
road' according; to ; the. constitution.- ;,\u25a0
'The ; order means' that the"' board .must
assess "the property at \u25a0$ 175,000,000 -in-'*
stead ; of : : $1,066,000,vas has .been- the
custom for years,"*; and that 'the, railroad'
company must 'pay taxes; into .the state'
U-easuryi- I . amounting -. : to, $4,000.000 ; j in'
ro'uridingu'res: -: ; ' ;'\u25a0\u25a0"•>.-'": :\u25a0"..• - .<>;
,The-SouthGrn,'.PaciflctiS',a Kentucky
corporation; .; y-'f 1 }* Z , its - .. h . on ? e '. onlce • at'
BeVchimont; a; suburb \u25a0 of ': Louisville/ and
1 1 1 o \u25a0 c a s V can * r jot Ibe ; taken to; the <- s u -_
premeVcouVtfof •the^Unitedi States. 1 \u0084
-' The 1 ' attorneys' for;;the'j.company;con
tend that «. as , the '- road has . no ; track ; in
|^ti^ky>-i the" : assessment \u25a0 should^ be'
n'omlnal?/*arid . in that way have :- pre-"
vented the.assessment of the intangible
property^ at" its .;.real"yahio^ for ; ."years.'
I«jaffl^i«?l*y^s^i*i^H|i>^^|court:
the . decision \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0•/will^drive ; the 'Southern
Paciflo. from* Kentucky, \u25a0 • ;^.
FOUR KILLED AT
EMPEROR'S JUBILEE
.:\u25a0 ,\u25a0;.\u25a0\u25a0 -- \u25a0-\u25a0 . -\u25a0;•/ \u25a0; \u25a0 - \u25a0 • • - \u25a0\u25a0 .
Panic Occurs -Before Hofbun;
. \u25a0;.'• ;Whiie; Austrian Ruler C^le=
Long Reign
• VIENNA," . Dec. i I.— Four 'persons - were
killed, 40^seriously .'injured "and more
thati lOO'-Avcre slightly /hurt at \\ the
celebration ;; of -Emperor, Joseph's; dia
mond-jiibileo;- tonight. •" At- one time-; a
p'anioroccurred'; directly *in;front- of the
Hofburgv-^where; the .crbwds^converged
from{ three directions. . ' . • . *
.", Thefcity ,wasjilluminated;today**on;a
scale f of; unprecedented'; brilliancy. : -;The
outer \ gate Vof.*; the'" Hof burg 1 , '-the Tresi^'
dence of, the .Austrian* princes ; since the
thirteenth. century,. bore" a. huge illurrii
riatedi»"device- ..of,l.the/; imperial - crown
fronted ;by columns JO rfeet; high, which
wereVcoveredr with "thousands" .-of * elec
tric;bulbs and. surmounted by-gasTnam
beaus.*>..'".. .' •', ' ' ' \u25a0 "=* ' .- '
emperor "announced I ' a' -partial
amnesty ; and high- decora
tlo'ns\on . Baron'- von fArenthal.f the {for
eign c minister, ; and- the
rian Vambassadors r abroad//p • :'. ; ; Ji T,.: .-.
,-.-> . The ? emperor.*, was I^ deeply 4 by.
theYunfortunate resultjof ; the;day^
joicings^ 'It^is*^\u25a0JfsJtimate'd-7/th"aty;there
"were[\fullyVyl. 500,000;;- people7;inv ; fthe*
streets. ;; ; .'\u25a0..'.\u25a0:,'\u25a0'.'.]' '.-•:'•.--.>..-"•>.• •-•\u25a0 '.'•< -- < ~ V 'V
general. t h rou gho u t * V t he'-^pr o*v i lie i a 1
towns..;/-.. ..... .'./J:...i' ~ : . ; :'l •\u25a0'/'_ \u25a0' - : '
ferom o r r o w' a j Gaze l l e \ w i l l : ,\ n a m e s 3, 4 0 0
person's;ln- all \u25a0'claasesiwho! win i receive
ti ties.'* f decorations" 1 ; and .: promotions^ in
hww.ol'iheijubilei.- \u25a0' . • -;\u25a0;
t . .*\." -..:*•• .. - -i > -.' .v : \u25a0 •' \u25a0-\u25a0 : ' \u25a0•\u25a0\u25a0•\u25a0. \u25a0\u25a0 • •-.-.-«
\u25a0 {•': : A .LTHOUGH \u25a0-.more than 24 hours .nave passed since Chief of Police' -.
|r ->i^\ \Villjam L ;Biggy was. last seen alive /.the. facts.; surrounding "nis^ '.'•
( \u25a0: . - :•_- drowning are still veiled in the deepest mystery. v : \u0084'
i : i . A careful consideration. of all the facts known to the pubiic ieads to- the •
conclusion that :Biggy lost; his life through an accident. The suicide \u25a0\u25a0.theory^H
j. is held by some, -.but i the circamstances which s.urround his dlsappearancer '*
• -give little- support to such a belief. The of ;hxs taking- off, ibo^eyer,:;'
!is only .a matter of conjecture, with a wide; range of; possibility.: ;^ ' ; :;;V \u25a0' ' :
I police .commission were held yesterday, but little •" \u25a0'.
• was; done toward throwing 'any real light on the nTatteo- Police Commit. .
. sioner. rA7 pi' Ctfif er "president of the • board, 1 was unanimously chosen acting *
' chief of .police at>the first of these meetings, which convened shortly before '*•
] 6 o'clpdjk in. the and'hedirected that depositions -be taken covering;' ' '\u25a0
! -the hours immediately: preceding and following Biggy's- disappeiranceV: These .- "
I 'depositions// however,- were of ' "the rmost formal character and threw; 'little; "
j light on 'the mystery. *', ' • ' \u25a0 - . . \u25a0• : ; '\u25a0\u25a0 .
I BIGGY?S TRIP KEY TO SITUATION
;.V -.': The' real interest centered, in the \u25a0 business which took Biggy across the...
' bay to' visit .Commissioner Keil, because of the light it.might tbrovvc as : to ;\u25a0 '
: 'the chief's iistat.e of mind and the matters which were: occupying his^ attention/ .
i ;Keil's, statement, as. given out," however, is of the most meager character^- .' .
j covering only the physical details: of the visit, raalcing a reference to Bigjjyjs'"/
worry over the public attitude toward him and remaihing; absolutely". silent *
as to the : real purpose of • the trip. ; It is, Jo fact, this reticence on .the part .•;
. of Keil that 4 gives practically, the only support to; the suicide theory; and if '
is v felt" that; a^rank, statement would i do much toward ! clearing the doubt anil., * .
: clinch -the altogether reasonable and probable ; theory of accident.-; •
KEIL SILENT. ON INTERVIEW * . '
. ;. That, Biggy's interyiew with Keil , was of paramount importance in- con-.'
nectjon with Uiis sudden death ': could (not have; escaped actiag Chief of Police
:' Cutler* and 'Comniissioners Leggett arid Sweigert. ' Yet. 'absolutely/no." effort*"
;• ivas'Jmade at any: of-'the .meetings of the cpmraissiqa to -elicit'-' from Kefl a *
| comprehensive' -account "of iwhat' passed .between the chief and' Mmsej't In V.t
i fact,vwhen-.Commissioner ' Keil "announced-, to the other commissioners 'that 'if '\u25a0
! -anyVrtewspaperman. asked ; him ;for \u25a0 any information.;, not .contained, in-" his '
i depositiori'-he .would reply that it was none of his business,-, the commissioners .
' made.:no comment," - ;. ;. ; ; - :;':;•.'.' ,'\u25a0]. . .;. •/'' \u25a0\u25a0•'• ; V : ' ' '*••'
-J 'Neither -acting Chief/of -Police Cutler . nor Commissfoner^ •• teggett : and
Swcigert attempted at any time during the; day. to . ascertain jwhy Biggy *
' called, upon ,-Keil "or'wHat' matters connected with the .pOHcerdepartmcnj; were * .
, discussed.at. their meeting. :. ' Their Jack bf curiosity is" bound to'crpate unfa-*
' vorable criticism," and so-is the curtain of secrecy which- Cutler ordered drawn
over' the ;; police* investigation" of. -'the' chiefs death. 5 •.''."".-' . : ••
: * In'the public'dijcussion of^Biggy's'tragic ending. there were two theories '
; pfopoundejd^the theory of suicide 'and ; the; theory 'of accidental droj>-ning. • '.
\ BIGGY ' M^i^£Z>^F . :> T / ; : \ / .
: :\u25a0' r ln support-of^^thc " "suicide ; theory.lt was advanced that Biggy was known
i to'be '.worrying. over the, concerted. attacks upon his competency. as a police %
official. :The fact that' the Citizens' \u25a0 Leagu- of ' Justice .w-as about* to, file
. cliarges';against "him, and the 'further Jact. tha.t Monday a-'. committee from
; the' Good- 'Goyernmjcnt'Jeague'.ka^jmet*iaybr--.T.aylor at luncheon to present
I a;petition\practicaliy^asking;for:tHe^ adduced as.argu
ments pointing to 1 the '-plausibility of this 'self-destruction theory.
Ay.But intimate' friends: of Biggy refused to' countena.nce this theory for^a
moment. : The character, of >the chief, they argued, w'ould 'not square with
that explanation' of his death. ; His religious convictions, his personal istub
bornncss,Vnis £ «disposition-. to -.fightihis battle out, all pointed away .;. from
suicide, . in : the v opinion \u25a0 of • his: intimates. l
J';AsideJf roiiv these it was pointed out thatVßiggy had made
absolutely ho preparations .for self-destruction arid that he had remarked on
the ; necessity -=returning' to';SanT Francisco when 'Commissioner Keil vrged
;' 7 The theory, ,'of accidental * death; received the approval . of the 1 police,
commission arid wasTforrnall> ; 'propbundcd*in the letter which they addressed
ito ?M ayor;Tay lor after tt'aking^the;deposition3 of all those . who had to do
withWhechief Jn'-his; last hours. - '
"1n, .-connection ..with •.\u25a0..Biggj','s. J accidental drowning was discussed the
painful andrdelicate- topic, as-to whether the chief was^ or "was not under the
\u25a0influence.of /"liq uor, when' theMaunch left; Belvedere. .This, question .was
bVuite'd •yesterday ,-by'many- who' had been familiar * with- the chief's recent
actions..^ >Z . "\u25a0 ; , \u25a0-VjV.V*-'^^'
*•'. Biggy \was : certainly riot - v under Wie .influence of liquor when he boarded
the.-Patrol-.bound.'for 'Belvedere. "His actions up to that time havc;been
very ..circumstantially 'accounted' fpr. / " . '
; Chief Biggy; left ihisjofiice^iri jHallof Justice shortly after 4 o'clock
?iri' the- afternoon."'- At ; 4:30 o'clock" he entered; the St. Francis hotel and
remained-^ tn^ was one of a
group. that : x cliatted with -the chief arid found : him in his usual humor. At
: *6 ""o'clock"; Biggy.; strolled 'into, the!. Richelieu saloon, at Market and Geary
streetsiian'd Harry ,Flanrier>% the'rprpprietor, in "conversation for, a
, few' : minutes.' r/ ". v ,. _. - \u25a0 . :' . ." '
•; ; He . drank i" a^ glass. "of .mineral-, water and went out. .On the . sidewalk \
outside he greeted. Thomas >J.'- .Walsh, former registrar^ Jacob Meyer, an
PEIGE FIVE AGENTS:
BIGGY'S END
YET VEILED
IN MYSTERY
Facts Surrounding Drowning of
Police Head Point to Acct« %
dental Death
Keirs Silence ßegarding Busi-
ness of Dead OfficiaFs Trip
' ; Causes Suspicion . .
Failure to- Explain Reasons for .
flurried Night Visit Only Sup» .
port Suicide Theory
Commissioners Make No Effort
to Learn What Passed at In
terview at Belvedere
Board Holds Early Morning
Meeting and Appoints Cut*
ler Acting Chief

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