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AT GAS SCANDAL
Objects to Reference to Boodle
and Denies That Company
Lively Tiit Occurs at Meeting of
< :... Supervisors Called to
The ghost of the gas company's past
stalked with heavy tread through the
rate -hearing conducted last night by
the board of supervisors. John A. Brit
ton, president of the corporation, de
nied with fine emphasis that the com
pany had ever paid a single .dollar to
corrupt the board of supervisors. The
grand jury reports, the confessions and
the oft repeated testimony to the con
trary, Britton waved away with his
declaration "I deny it."
The trouble came at the very outset
of the hearing. " Britton had taken the
stand to plead for a ?1 rate. He had
stated that the company had found
the So cent rate unprofitable, when Su
pervisor Murphy fnterrupted him to re
mark, "It is a notorious fact that you
people sought the !>5 cent rate."
Britton appeared somewhat startled
when Murphy resumed. "That was the
rate, the original fixing of which re
sulted in the indictment of the offi
cials of the company. The Gallagher
board was pledged to the 75 cent rate.
I think you will find these facts in the
grand jury testimony."
"We never sought the So cent rate,"
replied Britton. "I advised our people
to oppose it in court,"
Supervisor Connolly asked Britton if
he meant to deny that the supervisors
were corrupted in the matter.
"It is common knowledge and it is
also my belief," said Connolly, "that
the members received $750 apiece for
"I deny it," declared Britton. "I de
nied it before the grand jury. I deny
It once more. Moreover, the directors
of the gas company are not being tried
"It is merely a matter of memory.
Mr. Britton," remarked Murphy, "that
such payments were made."
"No such sum was ever paid out by
this company," replied Britton. V ' t "I
know of every cent paid out, and no
such sum ever went out from our com
"Why didn't you enjoin the rate at
that time?" inquired Murphy.
"That was a time," answered Brit
ton, "when the city was impoverished.
Jt was just after the disaster and we
didn't want to harass the people in
their trouble. They wanted to help
Members of the* board called Britton's
attention to the fact that it was known
that he had no part In the transaction,
but he continued to deny that it had
cvpr occurred. ;• .;';; -:
The grand jury record shows that
Abe Ruef confessed that he had re
ceived 500,000 from Frank Drum, one
of the directors of the company,, to
put through the S5 cent rate.
The usual " disagreement developed
ever the company's claim for depre
ciation. It asked nothing for fran
chise.- Britton admitted that some of
the consumers received gas at far less
thmi the ordinance rate of 85 cents. .
The year's operations showed a profit
of $476,508 on the year's business, but
this was turned into a loss of $46,741.85
afr%r bond interest and the sinking
fund had been provided for, according
to Britton's figures.
The company claims that the value
of its plant will reach $22,000,000. The
figures were incomplete, and at a meet
ing to be held later the facts will be
presented in greater deatol. Britton
objected to the tendency to sneer at
corporations and to regard : them as
naturally dishonest. -- • ZO.J& j
Charles G. Lyman, secretary of the
Metropolitan llprht and power company,
testified that his company would be
•willing to accept the ordinary rate.
He hoped for a $1 rate, he said. His
company has sold gas on a scale rang
ing from 75 cents to 65 cents. Here
after, he said, it would increase its
maximum to S5 cents.
The hearing will be resumed on
Wednesday evening, February 24.
TWO GISLS BTTHNED TO DEATHr-noches
ter. X. V-, Fob. 11. — Two girls were burned to
death and their mother was fatally Injured and
two otuor children of- the same family were
bsdlt hurt In « lire that destroyed the farm
dwelling of Albert Bcnuison near the Tillage
of Itexville today.
feg-c t v g t ttee) c c
faigh-drate €tof hiers
NO BRANCH STORES. NO AGENTS.
OUR- NEW SPRING AND SUMMER
COSTUMES ANO OVER GARMENTS
HAVE EXCLUSIVE PATTERNS
AND EXCLUSIVE FABRICS,
MADE BY EXCLUSIVE MAKERS,
THOSE WHO HAVE MASTERED
FINE' POINTS OF CLOTHES ART.,
YOU'LL PERCEIVE AT A GLANCE
"MERIT." YOU'LL APPRECIATE
GOOD IDEA TO SEE "OURS" FIRST
WITH THIS LABEL.
The new chin and cuff collar overcoat
Is at present the foremost fashion.
We're been baring a wonderful sale of them.
The production of good readr-made clotliea
was never acomplitfiPd bj "Price Wreckers."
nor commonplace clothiers. They handle clothes
that are intended for "Rnral District*."
The kind of clothes that we have in this shop
are metropolitan clothes, made for city folks.
Moss-covered styles are not - offered here.
Jtaetjstreet near J^arng
PRESIDENT PROCLAIMS HOLIDAY
WASHINGTON, Feb. 11.— By
joint resolution late today
congress made provision as
far as possible for the ob
servance of February fl2, 1909, the
centennial anniversary vof the birth
of Abraham Lincoln, as, a special
holiday, and authorized JJie president
to issue a proclamation making it
effective in the district of Columbia
A PROCLAMATION: Whereas, by joint resolution of congress, it is provided that the twelfth
day of February, 19Q9, . the same" being- the centennial anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, is
hereby made a special legal holiday in the district of Columbia and the .territories of the United States;
and •; .-; It ; : - ':"-.
Whereas, by the Said joint resolution, the president is authorized to issue a proclamation in accord
ance with the foregoing, setting apart the twelfth day of February, 1909, as a special legal holiday;
Now, therefore, I, Theodore Roosevelt, president of the United States of America, in virtue of the
authority conferred upon me by the said joint resolution, do hereby set apart the twelfth day of
February, 1909, as a special legal holiday.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be
affixed. Done at the city of Washington, this .eleventh day of February, 1 in the year of Our Lord
one thousand nine hundred and nine, and of the independence of the United States; the one hundred
and thirty-third. THEODORE ROOSEVELT. /
By Robert C. Bacon, secretary of state.
Centenary Exercises Conducted
at St. Mary's Presenta-'
, tion Academy
Lincoln centenary exercises were
held at St. Mary's presentation acad
emy, Franklin and Eddy streets, yes
terday afternoon. In the musical pro
gram a 'chorus of 175 children partlcl
plated. Rev. Father Prendergast, vicar
general, delivered the oration on the
life and character of Lincoln, after
ward complimenting the sisters on the
showing made by the scholars and the
children themselves on their enthusi
asm acd patriotism. The hall was dec
orated by the girls of the academic
classes, palms and . evergreens foqing
entwined with the national colors,
which also draped a life sized por
tiait of Lincoln.
Father Prendergast said that he had
carefully studied the administration of
Lincoln, who, he said, always acted
from the highest motives and for the
good of the great mass of the people.
The priest said that excepting .Wash
ington, Lincoln was undoubtedly the
greatest of Americans.
WISE A.\D COURAGEOUS
"He was great as a statesman and
great as a man, a noble man and great
in every respect," said Father Prender
grast. "To Washington we owe our
existence as a nation, and to Lincoln we
owe its perpetuation, for had it not
been for the wisdom and courage of
the great man that which Washing
ton had established would have been
An effective feature of the exercised
was \u25a0 the recitation, "The Virtues of
Lincoln," by "the second grammar
grade, each pupil reciting a verse, and,
at the closing words laying a crown
of roses at the feet of Lincoln. Miss
Clemence P.owe recited the Gettysburg :
address with fine effect, and was com
plimented by Father Prendergast. An
other splendid number was the recita-",
tion by the primary department, "Lin
coln's Name." in which each child held,
a gilt letter and lead a verse until'
the name of Lincoln was spelled out. \u25a0
TRIBUTE BY SEMORS
The opening address and the;!
"Tribute to Lincoln" by members of,
the senior academic classes reflected
great credit on scholars and teachers.
The following is the program in full:
Address. .Miss Beatrice Zinns
Recitation, "A Tribute to Lincoln"
Miss Mary Weddle
"Eagle Sons' ' Chorus
Recitation, "Lincoln's Name"
> Primary department
Recitation, "For My Country". ..Master Parker
Gettysburg Address Miss Clemence Rowe
Cornet fcolo, "American Airs". Miss Frances Foril
Recitation, "Hold the Fort".. Miss Lucille Tigne
Vocal duet, "O Merry Birds, Tell Us"
Concert recitation, "America. Aggregate of
Nations" .Academic classes
Recitation. "The Story of Fredricksburg" . .
; . Miss Bernlee Spencer
Vocal solo, "My Own United States" ....
'...... Miss Cora Thorpe
Recitation, "The Virtues of Lincoln" .
Second grammar class
Piano solo, "Alice" Miss Carmen Ganuon
Recitation, "The Starry Flower of Liberty"
. , Elocution class
*'Star Spangled Banner" ..Chorus
! Remarks ..ReT. Father Prendergast
Wheeler Addresses Hebrews
President Benjamin Ide Wheeler
and Lucius L. Solomons were the ora
tors at the celebration of the Lincoln
centennial by the Young Men's Hebrew
association at the auditorium, 1970
Page street, last night when a varied
program was given. The hall was dec
orated with evergreens and the stage
draped, in silken flags. In spite of the
Inclemency of the weather . a large
number of people assembled to do
honor to the memory of the great man.
President Wheeler spoke of his own
recollection of the days of the war
and of the events preceding the as
sassination of President Lincoln while
the speaker was yet a boy. He talked
of the bitterness and hostility that ex
isted against the president in many
quarters, and equal loyalty in others,
and recalled- the tarring and feather
ing of an editor who had denounced
a regiment of volunteers. \u25a0
"There never was a man who suf
fered such excoriation as Lincoln,"
said Wheeler. "He was the target of
the most infamous remarks, yet he was
never bitter, for he understood that he
was misunderstood and knew that he
was doing his best for the good of
those who denounced him. '
"Lincoln, was a* plain man who un
derstood us all — had sympathy with all
men. He stands as an example of the
heights to which an American can rise.
"If he had been a cynic he would
not have been able to bind the na
tion and the people together as he (has
done, for it is not creed or blood, but
the common admission of the leader
ship of Lincoln and of his principles
that makes us all one people, and one
nation. It Is in his name that we are
a nation." : -
Lucius L. Solomons said that the ad
dress .at Gettysburg, which had been
written by Lincoln on a slip of paper
while on the train on his way to the
burial ground, is the longest epigram
and the shortest oration in literature,
and, -next to the declaration of inde
pendence, the greatest- public docu
ment. • Every element of greatness in
this man was as unconscious as the
heart of a child. He was thrilled with
Inspiration and had the power to cast
the spell upon others. His whole
thought was for the preservation of
the union. It 'was -not the question of
slavery of itself which brought on the
war, but Lincoln knew that -slavery
could not exist on a soil- which had
been consecrated to freedom and broth
Miss Raye E. Loventhal recited the
Gettysburg address and brief addresses
were made 'by Benjamin Sloss and Nor
man E." Eisner. The music was fur
nished "by the * Paclfic^Hebrew orphan
asylum band and "The Star Spangled
Banner" wan sung- by Miss Marlon Pe
ters. Following. ls the program in full:
Selection, Pacific Hebrew orphan ' asylum, burnt;
addrepg of welcome, Samuel - WelSßkopf. :' presi
dent V. . M. H. A.; Ronjr, "Star ' Spangled Ban
ner," Jliss Marion . Peters; - recitation, - *'Gett/s-'
THE SAJNT ffMaciiSCO , GALL; FRIDAY; FEBRUjMY/12; 1909.
and the territories of Alaska, Ari
zona, New Mexico and Hawaii. \
/In anticipation of the passage of
such aya v resolution after he had de
parted for Lincoln's \u25a0 birthplace"-" in
Kentucky, the president had pre
pared and signed a proclamation,
which was issued as soon as the
joint resolution had been signed by
the president of the senate and the
speaker of the house.
burs Address," Miss Raye E. Loventhal;-selec
tion. Lyric male quartet; oration, Lucius L.
Solomons; selection. Pacific Hebrew- orphan
asylum band; reminiscences, veterans G. A. R.;
"Abraham Lincoln, a Successful . Life," Norman
A. Eisner, airector Y. M. H. A.; "Our Y. M.
H. A.," Ben Schloss; "America," by audience.
St. Brigid's Ceremonies
Lincoln's centennial birthday anniver
sary was honored by the pupils of St.
Brlgid's parochial school yesterday aft
ernoon with appropriate exercises. Sev
eral papers telling of the boyhood and
manhood days of the martyred presi
dent were read and the program was
enjoyed by a large number of the par
ents and relatives of the pupils. The
program included the " following num
bers: Address on the boyhood life of
Lincoln by Miss Agnes Jordan, address
on Lincoln \u25a0> in manhood by Miss Viola
Bast, vocal solos by Miss Violla Stiller,
recitations by Miss Florence McCaf
ferty, instrumental duets by the Misses
Agnes Jordan and Mary. Murphy and
readings by the Misses Stiller. Ward,
McCafferty, Figurado and Lolita Cos
tello. There were also several patriotic
songs by the entire school. .
Souvenirs to . Be Sold
Souvenirs of the centennial anniver
sary of the birth of President Lincoln
will be sold today by members of the
"Woman's Relief corps of the Grand
Army. The souvenir wlll.be a button
with a picture of the martred presi
dent and red. white and blue ribbons.
Members of the California and Nevada
department of the Woman's Relief
corps to the Grand Army .will be in
front of the ferry building and in
many other places in the city offering
these souvenir buttons for sale. The
money derived will be added to the
relief fund of the corps. Mrs. Irene
Foster, patriotic instructor of the de
partment of California and Nevada, has
charge of the souvenirs. Her assist
Mrs. Alary Irene Foster, Mrs. Flora
Bowley, Miss Raye Loventhal, Mrs.
Helen Hancock, Miss Emma Wheeler,
Mrs. Nellie Martin. Miss Lucy Wortman,
Mrs. Mary Simmons.
Lincoln School's Tribute
With 'impressive exercises the pupils
of the Lincoln evening school last night
honored the memory "of the noble
martyr from whom the school had
taken its name. Tributes to the deeds
of the great emancipator were spoken
and sung in the school's hall. The
music, was both patriotic and devo
tional. ; - •\. \u25a0 \u25a0 • »\u25a0\u25a0 ..
The program follows:
Remarks' by the prl^ipal. Prof. A. H. Mac- \
; Donald; song, *'My Own United States," entire
school; recitation. '"Lincoln's Favorite Poem,"
Miss Smith's class; hymn, "Battle Hymn of the
Republic," entire school; speech, "Abraham
Lincoln." Miss Oynon's class; hymn, "Nearer.
My God, to Thee," classes of Miss Harvey, and
Mrs. Greenan; extract from Lowell's ode. Miss
McDonald's class; "Lincoln," Wlnfleld Stracken;
contributions commemorative .of Lincoln, Mr.
Jordan's class; '.'Star Spangled' Banner," entire
school ; address by members of .. the G. A. R. ;
"America," school and audience. ' .
The musical program of the grammar
grades was under the supervision, of
.Miss Morgan. Mrs. Grennan supervised
'the musical program of the primary
grades. •. . •. i '•\u25a0'•'
.No Hojiday at Navy Yards
WASHINGTON. Feb. 11.—Disappoint
iment will be felt, among the employes
»at several of the navy yards through
out the country tomorrow, notably
those at Portsmouth, N. H.; Norfolk,
Charlestown, Pensacola and Mare
island, because 'Secretary Newberry,
while not believing that the intent of
congress and the president was to make
tihe holiday general, issued no special
orders to the commandants of the navy
yards regarding the observance of Lin
coln day, except to those specified by
opngress.: ; :
RELICS OF LINCOLN'S
TIME IN SANTA ROSA
Patriotic Exercises to "Be Held
in Schools and Pavilion
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SANTA ROSA, Feb. 11.— A number of
reflics connecting the present with Lin
coln's time are being brought to light
herel Major General D. W. C- Thomp
son,who at one time was in command
of the forces at the Presidio, but who
now Ib residing here in his old age, has
a flag which he says is the only staff
flae of- the civil war in this state now.
v RW\ r . Peter Colvin, pastor of the
Christian church.has a copy of the New
York Herald of April 15, 1864, giving
the account of the assassination of
LinboJn. \ .
A. R. "Waters has a picture of the
Llnooan home at Springfield, framed by
his father while a soldier, from a piece
of the gatepoat-of the fence surround
ing the home.. The frame was: made
with a pocket knife and a piece of
glass. \u25a0» . .
. Lincoln day will be generally ob
served In Sonoma county. During the
forenoon patriotic exercises will be
held In all the public schools. Business
will be> suspended during the afternoon
in this city and a mass meeting will be
held at the Pavilion. Rev. William Ra
der, pastor of the Calvary Presbyterian
church, San Francisco, will be the
TAKAHIRA TO SPEAK
XT LINCOLN BANQUET
Japanese Ambassador Accedes
to Request of President '
PEORIA, 111.," Feb. 11.— Peoria will
celebrate the. Lincoln centenary :~to
morrmv., night with a banquet. : Baron
Takahdra, ; Japanese ambassador to the
United States, will be among- the prin
cipal-speakers. Owing- to the anti-
Japaneoe feeling- in' California Ambas
sador Takahlra a -few days ago felt
disposed to cancel his engagement, and
it was only through an earnest request
of President Roosevelt, that he finally
consented to attend.' :
Celebrations in Gotham
NEW; yORK, : Feb. ill:— Tonight saw
the beglrtning/oMhe greatest memorial
celebration '. ever •'< planned : for;; a great
man Avfhen Lincoln meetings were held
at the Broadway ; ; tabernacle in Trinity
school lajid 'at the Jewish -theological
seminary. -'Senator .\u25a0•.W.-^E.' Borah' and
Congressman. J." V., Olcottv were among
the speakers. \u25a0 \u25a0 The centennial oo s Lin
coln's birth will be"; celebrated Mn this
city* tomorrow.! in: nearly: 1,000 halls
churches, schools and it heaters.' . '
Piles ; Cured :In; 6 ; to; 14 s Days
Pazo Ointment is guaranteed to cure any case
of - Itching,; Blind, 3 Bleeding ior * Protruding Pile*
la. 6 to ' 14 (days or, money refunded. -; CDc. • -.-
' While this proclamation" applies
only to the district of Columbia and
the territories, 4 the states .of Colo
rado, Connecticut, Delaware. Illinois,
Kansas, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jer
sey, New York, North Dakota, Penn
sylvania, .Washington and Wyoming
have by legislation made Lincoln's
birthday a legal : holiday '
' Following 1 Is the president's Lin
coln day proclamation:-
THIS HOW HE SAW
LINCOLN SHOT DOWN
Man Who Was Present at His-
toric Assassination Relates
Story for The Call
Continued From Page 1
dramatic pose, flourishing aloft a dag
ger. In a voice shrill with tense ex
citement he cried:'
"'Sic semper tyrannls!'
"Before the meaning of that Virginia
motto, had, penetrated our stunned
minds the man had reached the other
side of the stage, where he paused
again. Once more he struck the dra
matic pose, and this time he shouted:
" 'The south is avenged!'
"In an instant the full Import of his
words struck every one in the theater.
We knew that Abraham Lincoln had
been shot :
"I rose from my seat and dashed
for the president's box. Two men
were holding up the president's bleed
ing head and lifting him out of the
low, red plush rocker he occupied. Mrs.
Lincoln was standing back against the
wall wringing her hands and crying,
'"Oh, my God! My God! He's 'dead,
he's dead, he's dead.'
'; "'No! No! It can not -be! He's only
stunned; he'll recover all right,' I said
to the suffering woman, leading her to
a seat, which she refused to occupy. '
• "'Oh, no; he's dead r he's dead,' she
"Just then some one called out ; to
the awed house:
'"Is there a surgeon in the theater?'
"'I ani a burgeon,' said some one,
and on the shoulders of a score of men
the doctor was lifted Into the box from
the body of the" theater in the same
way that Booth had fled.
" 'Has any one a knife?* asked the
surgeon as soon as he was in the
Offers His Knife
'"Here is mine/,' I said, offering him
one. He took it and immediately
slashed loose the president's clothes
around the throat and passed his hand
over the prostrate body looking for a
body wound. Then he reached up to
the head and found a great, gaping
hole just behind and above the left ear.
"'Here's the wound.'; he said.
"Just then Miss Laura Keene came
into the box. She was dressed in a
beautiful silken, gown.
'"Oh, he's not dead. He can not be
dead!' she cried to Mrs Lincoln, but
the faithful wife did not even look at
"The actress then bent down and
took Mr. Lincoln's head in her lap.
Some one passed her a glass of water
and this she tried to force between his
lips, but she found that the teeth had
set, while the body was gradually
stiffening. Gently she released the dy
ing man and laid his head back on the
floor. •\u25a0 ,
. "Then she stood up, her arms around
Mrs. Lincoln. I shall. never forget that
scene so long as I , livej It -is indelibly
stamped on my memory. There was the
actress, her silken* gown stained with
blood, there the choking wife who
knew that her husband was . past recall
and bowed In .the. misery of her first
grief; there the: prostrate victim of an
assassin's bullet, and there the rest of
us in the box J stupidly unable to do
anything and hardly comprehending
the horror of the crime.
"But finally men. came and carried
him ; away from the theater to a house
across the street in Tenth street.
Dumbly I followed. the party out of the
playhouse and "Into the. street.: I sat
down on a doorstep,; and,- I am not
ashamed of it— l had a good cry. The
awf ulness jof the tragedy fairly over
whelmed me. .
\u25a0.; "I started to go home, and 'then found
that I. had lost my latchkey. -
Mob Around Theater
Going back to the theater to find it I
discovered a' huge mob jammed about
the doors, but I ; made jmy .way inside.
The lights had been turned down, dim
and In, the fatal box where Lincoln had
been 'shot I "could hardly see. But in
feeling about the floor. with my foot for
the latchkey I struck^ something hard
and heavy. 1 picked it up and realized
that I had the pistol Booth had used \u25a0to
kill ; Lincoln^ : f I turned . it "over ito the
police and was > told r to appear! in '-police
court ' next;; morning to identify the
weapon, . which : I;did. j. • ; , ; j1 "
. "The next morning .the ; day dawned
gray "and cloudy. The streets were
thronged with - people. ; The night ! be
fore there : had been; all kinds, of wild
rumors on the" street; some going so
far as to: say that '-the*. whole cabinet
had been assassinated. cSome^ were then
for going up toUhe sold Capital prison
where . the ; confederate 'prisoners .^were
confined and burning It to 7 the ground
with all- in- It.* -In- the morning, how
ever, the ; feeling! had*' quieted.": k
;/;;"It was duringUhe- forenoon ; that ; the
news =of " -.the" president's; death .spread
throughout. the'city.iNp' one knew^what
colored fwomahV-tookkthe^flfst^ outward
action." She draped her. house : In ; mourn
ing. • ; Within van* hour ;- hundreds VI of
houses /were sbeing, draped; and through
out J. the /city [every I; house v was 'loaded
with : the ;' people's f- mute I token £of \woe
until.the.supplyoflblackiclcjh ran out
and i more seoul5 could tibeVshipped*.' In v. from!
York.'/ :. •- — \u25a0 -—
H. S. Bates Reports in Details
on His Negotiations in
Opportunity for Building Up
Business Between Coast and
the Gulf Ports r I
Continued From Page 1
rate of $5.85, which its share would be."
After enumerating a number of spe
cial charges for stevedoring, the use of
electric cranes, and pier tolls, that must
be met, Bates continues: _ \u25a0 •
"In considering the advisability of
establishing a, Pacific line, I am con
vinced that we must look to some other
source of income than the business to
New York, using this latter as the
backbone of the business and the local
business to assure full cargoes at a
rate of^freight which will not have to
be divided with the Panama railroad.
"In the New York-San Francisco
trade the new line will be thrown Im
mediately. Into direct competition with
existing: -lines, all of which are in a
position to protect themselves in their
trade and in such a way as to make
the competition of the independent line
shortlived, without income from a trade
in which the present lines are not In
"In this connection it is my opinion
that a lucrative business could be built
up- between Pacific coast ports and
Galveston, New Orleans, Mobile and
other gulf and south Atlantic ports.
Vast quantities of California products
are shipped to these, points, and I
think that a satisfactory connection
could be made with one of the several
steamship lines now, operating on the
Atlantic coast to feed a large terri
tory through these ports, which would
afford shippers lower rates than those
current and also give to the new line
an income over and above that de
rived from the New York-San Fran
cisco business. In addition to this gulf
business there is the . possibility of
freighting supplies to the canal zone."
Ship Direct to Panama
The report then calls attention to
the. possibilities of building up a trade
for California supplies on the isthmus.
Bates reports that California products
are shipped across the. continent and
go to Panama from New York. This
condition applies to both fruit 'and
vegetables. To carry these to Panama
by water would require a refrigerating
plant on at least one vessel which
The report suggests further that
lower classes of freight, such as lum
ber, could be transported.
In : concluding Bates calls attention
to the dangers of competitive or spe
cially low rates/inaugurated by exist
ing lines merely for the purpose of
driving the proposed service from the
sea, : He points out that it will be
necessary to stand by ah Independent
service, if it is once inaugurated.
During the next few days the local
shippers will discuss the matter and
if they agree to the terms proposed
the service will be established.
MARE ISLAND NAVY YARD
WILL REPAIR CRUISERS
Many Vessels of Pacific Fleet
to Be Overhauled
VALLEJO, Feb. 11. — In accordance
\u25a0with orders received today at Mare Isl
and navy yard, the Pacific fleet will be
distributed for repairs upon Its arrival
from target practice at Magdalena bay.
The cruisers West Virginia, Maryland,
South Dakota > and California and all
tugs and colliers will be assigned to
Mare island. The cruisers Colorado,
Washington, Tennessee, and Pennsyl
vania will proceed to the navy yard at
In addition to an extensive overhaul-
Ing, the cruisers assigned to the Mare
island yard will have installed the new
system of fire control already In place
on the: West Virginia.
The tugs Fortune and Navajo are
ordered to proceed south in time to
participate In the spring target practice
at Magdalena bay. They will arrive at
their destination on March 15, and will
thereafter be employed in setting out
targets. Under the orders from the
navy department all vessels included In
the three torpedo boat flotillas, now at
Mare island, will proceed to Magdalena
bay about the middle of March. The de
stroyer Perry, which made the. record
in target: practice last year. Is now in
drydock "and work on the others Is
being rushed. -uv: ;
TO FORCE HARRIMAN— SaIem, Ore. Feb. 11.
Admittedly for the purpose of giving the people
of this state a club \u25a0with which to try to force
E. II. : Harriman to build railroads in I Oregon,
two measures are before the Oregon : legislature.
One provides that the state can go into the rail
road business and the other creates a. highway
NOTED ARCHITECT DEAD— N>w York. Feb.
ll.— Russell Sturjris. the architect and writer
on * architectural subjects, - died today in« this
city, aged 72. . ;
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Ernest August Deni&e,
Veteran of. Givil War
COL. E. A. DENICKE
CALLED BY DEATH
Distinguished Civil War Veteran
and San Franciscan Dies
\u2666 in Switzerland
Word was received in San Francisco
yesterday, of the death of Ernst August
Denicke in Geneva, ' Switzerland. Den-
Icke served with distinction in many
notable battles of the civil war, and
at the close of the long struggle he
was brevetted major for bravery in the
field. Coming from Hanover, Germany,
with his parents, in IS4O, the family
settled in New York and lived there
until the outbreak \of the civil war.
Every member of Denicke's family^
which included several sons of Dr.
Denicke, answered President Lincoln's
call for troops.
When the fleet under Farragut passed
the forts at Mobile Denicke served as
volunteer signal officer on board of the
Brooklyn, the first vessel in line, and
received Farragut's famous message,
"Damn the torpedoes; go ahead."
Denicke came to San Francisco in
1867 and lived here for more than 40
years. For some years he was in the
local custom house and from 1870 to
18S0 he was in the cigar manufactur
ing business with his brother. In ISSO
he purchased the Fredericksburg brew
ery in San Jose, which he sold in 1830
to the syndicate. He then retired from
all active business, save for his in
terest in the various Industrial and
financial corporations with which he
was connected. For many years he
was president of the Central Trust Com
pany of California, and for five years
president of the Mechanics* Institute of
Art. He was also for many years 4
regent of the Universfty of California.
Colonel Denicke took a prominent
part in the national guard of the state
for a great many years, and organized,
the signal corps of the second brigade.
He was also a member of the original
nonpartlsan convention. He was mar
ried in 1871 to Ida Scheunemann Pott,
who survives him with three children-
Frederick A. and Ernest H. Denicke
and Mrs. A. O. Leuschner, wife of Pro
fessor Leuschner of Berkeley.
SNELL VALLEY LAND >;
LEASED TO OIL MAN
Drilling Operations Will Be. Be
UKIAH, Feb. 11.— D. C. Dye. a prom
inent oil well operator of Texas,
today closed the last of a series of
leases Involving something more than
4,000 acres of land in Snell valley near
Hopland. Mendocino county, and will
commence active drilling operations at
once. As this is the first time develop
ments for oil will have been made in
this section considerable excitement
has been occasioned by the prospect
and its outcome will be awaited with
much interest. The indications are said
to be of the best and cover a large
area. The properties have been thor
oughly prospected and the negotiations
for the leases cover a period of several
The deal includes the valuable
ranches of E. Dooley. J. B. Benson. H.
L. Burrington, Sam Duncan, W. Peters,
J C. Bledsoe, H. Barker, J. B. Mc-
Cutcheonand R. McGarvey.
Under the terms of most of the
leases operations must be commenced
on wells on each ranch within the next
15 months, though in certain leases the
time mentioned Is much less. The Mc-
Garvey lease requires that drilling
shall be started at a point 300 yards
from the railroad depot at Hopland
within the next 40 days.
Dye left for the east yesterday to
secure additional- drilling outfits.
FOR SEATING KNOX
Secretary of Treasury Under
Grant Appointed and Relieved
Under Same Circumstances
Increase of Salary Was Re
pealed to Let Lot M. Morrill
Into the Cabinet
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON. Feb. 11.— A precedent
has been discovered which seems to
remove all questions of the legality
and propriety of appointing Senator
Knox secretary of state at the old sal
ary, notwithstanding the fact that the
emolument of that office ha 3 been In
creased during his term.
Lot M. Morrlll of Maine was elected
to the senate in IS7I. resigning in July,
, 1876, to become secretary of the treas
ury under" Grant, although congress tn
1873 had enacted the notorious "salary
grab," in which the salary of the sec
retary of the treasury had been raised
from JS.OOO to 510.000.
Congress repealed part of the act in
January, 1574. Including the Increased
salaries to cabinet officers, restoring "*
them to $3,000. Thus. If congress should
restore the old salary of secretary of
state the case of Morrill Is on all fours
with that of Knox. No protest was
made against Morrlll and he served as
secretary of the treasury until March
Discovery of this precedent tonight
did not remove the disposition of repre
sentatives to object to the legislation
removing the inellgiblllty of Senator
Knox. President elect Taft has been
advised of the discovery of the prece
EXPLODE BOMBS IN
STOCKTON HIGH SCHOOL
Board of Education Will Disci-
pline Unruly Students
STOCKTON*. Feb. 11.— At a special
meeting at the Stockton high school
today the board of education offered
a reward of $30 for the detection and
conviction either before the police court
or before the board of ther pupils who
were responsible for numerous wanton
acts recently committed by a dis
gruntled element of students.
Recently a series of bomb firing was
indulged in which endangered the lives
of fellow students. Following this a
scurrilous circular was posted through
out the city attacking Principal Wootten
of the high school because of his efforts
to maintain a proper standard ol disci
pline In that institution.
The resolution adopted by the board
commends the principal for his activi
ties against the unruly students and
praises Professor Wootten for the high
standard of scholarship throughout the
LOS GATOS PREPARING
LIBERTY BELL RECEPTION
California Town Has Descendant
of Maker of Historic Chime
LOS GATOS. Feb. 11.— Interest con-^
tlnues to grow in the floral carniva/
and feast of lanterns. Word has been
received that the commissioner of the
Liberty bell at Philadelphia will start
the bell on its journey to the west about
the middle of April and that th» first
stop In California will be Los Gatos on
May day. It may not be generally
known that Los Gatos has a direct de
scendant of the maker of the bell.
Prof. Silas Wentworth of Los Gatos
is a descendant of the maker, George
Wentworth of London. Eng. The
bell was recast twice in Philadelphia
and the words "Proclaim liberty
throughout the land, unto all the In
habitants thereof" (Lev. xxv:10) were
inscribed on it. The G. A. R. post hero
will act as sruard of honor during the
visit of the Liberty bell.
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