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TRUST FISHERMEN DIVIDE ANOTHER CATCH
ACTING MAYOR KELLY BACKS THE FIGHT AGAINST THE OPPRESSORS OF THE POOR
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/ am recommending* as chairman of the supervisors finance committee, an increased appropriation for the
district attorney's office, so as to offer every facility for the prosecution of just such cases as this of the fish trust.
It is a public outrage thai a food we should have for the getting should by artificial means be made a table luxury.
While District Attorney Fickcrt has conferred with me previously on the subject, I am indebted to The
Call for light on the inside workings of the trust.
Trawling Tugs Return at Sundown and Divide the Day's
Haul Between Two Members of Fish Monopoly
Filbert street yesterday, the Western fish company's steamers Farragut and
Christopher Columbus" went through the heads at dawn and returned at
sundown to divide their catch with Paladini. \u25a0'>'-'•>\u25a0-<
This is an old trick of the two concerns, which dominate the fish trust
through their monopoly of deep sea fish. But it probably would not have
been attempted had not" the tug captains and fish bosses received instructions
from their masters before the news of the grand jury's investigation reached
the market district. "' . ;^;: : -
The catch was brought in by the Columbus, which discharged on the
Western's wharf 50 yards away from Paladini's. On the Western's wharf
stood stacks of boxes, of which nearly a half bore the name of A. Paladini.
By mutual arrangement, on days when the demand for fish at the trust's
prices is poor but one set of tugs fishes at a time. It saves expense and
limits the supply.
INDEPENDENTS ARE OUTFISHED
During the first half of 1909 the Western and Paladini boats were out
t.ach day, for in this period the Independent fish trawling company was
operating. Charles Whitlock, a witness found by The Call and now under
'Vjbpena by the grand jury, was, then engineer on Paladini's tug Henrietta.
Whitlock said yesterday that they were out early and late, making two and
three drags a day, until July 30 last. On that date the Independent company
failed because of ruinous underselling and boycotting tactics by the trust.
Immediately after this failure the two victorious companies fished on alter
nate days, unless fish was scarce. It is now known that this arrangement
was part of a conspiracy to keep up the price of fish.
The Western fish company, which buys fully half of the bay catch, is
represented on fishermen's wharf by S. Tarantino. Being the greatest single
buyer on the wharf. Tarantino is an active factor in fixing the prices received
by the boatmen.
While the price of fish is set by Nicolas Storlesi, their nominal repre
sentative, the men, after all. have to take what the wholesalers are pleased
to offer. And Tarantino never offers more than his friend Storlesi. The
two men never bid against each other.
SHARP AT HIS TRADE
Tarantino is a man of sharp eyes and ears and knows all the gossip of
the wharf. When fish is scarce he may buy all that conies his way, either
directly or through Storlesi, so long as he can name his own price. He
knows'whether a fisher sells to an independent. If he thinks the fisher needs
uisciplining, he waits until the catch is large and leaves the man to hunt his
own customers, if any are obtainable.
There are times that Tarantino is himself a fish seller. He brings unsold
carp and shad back from the Western market to sell as. bait to the crab men.
On one occasion recently he vowed vengeance on the crab fishers because
they refused to take a spoiled carp at 2 cents a pound when they could get
it cheaper from the carp boats direct.
Tarantino's more cheerful cry is often heard at the wharf when he has
squids to sell. These fish are caught in Monterey bay and shipped to the
Western. Xhey are esteemed by the Italians as a greater delicacy than
oysters. Their usual price is three pounds for 25 cents.
FISH TRUST AND GLUE WORKS CONNECTED
The connection between the trust and the glue works becomes apparent
when it is learned that William C. Weissich, president of the Western, is
also secretary of the X. L. O.
Originally, the X. L. O. was a soap factory. But during the summer
after the fire a merger was arranged between a soap works across the bay
and the X. L. 0., which thereupon became the new company's plant.
The wealthy San Francisco man who holds practically all of the stock
gave a share or two to Weissich two years ago and put .him at the head of
the concern. Weissich was formerly cashier for Tillmann & Bendel, and
had proved his cleverness in organizing and floating the Western fish com
pany. His attention is now given entirely to the X. L. 0., while the control
of the Western is left to Trapani.
The installing of Weissich in the grease and glue works was not ac
complished without throwing out some of the old men, who are now ready
to tell what they know. Among other things, they will tell how the process
of making glue from fresh fish was developed through experiments at the
X. L. 0., and how soles came to give the best results. They will tell how
as much as 14 tons of fresh fish have been worked up into glue there in
OBJECTION TO PEDDLING FISH TO THE POOR
Dstrict Attorney Fickert believes it unwise at this time to reveal The
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have examined the fish on the trucks as it was taken to the works or after
it had fallen off the boxes on the road, who have loaded it at the markets
and dumped it at the works, who have taken it home" from the works and
A . J. W. Born, superintendent of the X. L. 0., admitted to the senate
committee, in testifying as to the state of the fish delivered there:
"At times some of it was good enough to eat." He said he had eaten, it
Bom's testimony on that occasion has since been more than corrob
orated as to the following points: He said he received during his two years
in the works quantities of fish varying from one to ten tons daily, and oftener
10 tons. The usual proportion of soles and flounders was two or three tons t
or at least 20 tons a month.
Weissich was forced at the inquiry to confirm Bom's statement as to the
purchase of fresh fish, which he tried <o excuse on the plea that it was
intended for drj-ing purposes. Yet when asked as to the price, he said
that he gave for "first class fish" from y2y 2 cent to 2y 2 cents a pound, adding,
"We couldn't possibly pay the retail price for fish.". But Weissich did not
want to peddle fish to the poor.
FISH USED FOR GLUE IS FIT FOR EATING
As to that which was worked into glue, he said:
"That is not exactly fresh fish. It is fish two or three days old. If
anybody wanted to eat it, it tasted all right, but it was waste fish."
';;.'\u25a0'-,?\u25a0 When asked whether fresh fish makes better glue, he answered: "Fresh
stock is better."
In fact, the new evidence obtained by The Call shows that fresh fish
is the only kind good for glue making. At times, when the downtown
market was overstocked because of the trust's excessive prices, fish was
taken to the X. L. O. direct from the Western's and Paladini's sheds at the
foot of Filbert street, just afc it came off the tugs. It was as fresh as could
be fouud on the counters at the Paladini and Western markets. The trucks,
moreover, regularly went to the Jackson. street wharf for salmon taken off
the river boats. Much of it" was heads and tails or spoiled fish which would
be later worked into fertilizer. But often it was sound salmon packed in ice,
and the boxes, ice and all, were driven directly to the glue works.
Every variety of food fish is received at the X. L. 0., depending on the
state of the downtown markets. In brief,' the evidence iii Fickert's hands
shows clearly that the X. L. 0., through its connection with the Western
company, is part of the general conspiracy to limit the amount of fish on, the
market by artificial means in order to profit by the artificial scarcity.
FISH TUGS FIND SOLES AND
SAND DABS WITHOUT ANY LIMIT
The soles and sand dabs eaten in San Francisco and exported from here
are caught by the Paladini and Western fish companies. Occasionally a
few soles are taken by the small fishers working outside the v heads, but
never enough to affect the market. Both fish are extremely popular, for
tenderloin of sole has long been a delicacy and sand dabs have the finest flavor
of the small seafish.
On account of their habit of living on the sea bottom, soles and sardines
require, as compared with bay boats, an expensive equipment in the catch
ing. But when this is provided their supply has practically no limit. Two
steamers are needed to make a haul, traveling some distance apart with the
net between them. The net touches along the bottom, generally about 200
feet under water, and a run is gathered in by machinery and the fish dumped
on the deck of one of the tugs.
While the bay men can not fish in rough water, the tugs are held back
only by storms. Soles and sand dabs run evenly at "all seasons and live at
depths undisturbed by the surface water. For these reasons the tugs are
always sure of their catch. It is seldom that one, drag does not .take in all
that the fish boss is instructed to return. But if it falls less another haul
will leave a surplus to be dumped overboard.
Experienced fishmen, who have been in the trade since the early; days;
say that the supply outside .the heads has scarcely been touched. The only
thing that cuts down the number of fish in the open sea, they say, -is the
destruction of their feeding grounds, for where one fish is caught in the
net thousands meet death by natural enemies.
TUG BOSSES DESTROY MANY YOUNG FISH
Both Paladini's and the Western's tug bosses recognize the supply as
I unlimited, since they destroy tons of the. young fish daily. Several hours
\u25ba pass before the assortment is- begun after a haul. The young, which might
have been saved by quick action, arc then shoveled overboard. The" bosses
* are careless, because they know that they can afford to be wasteful. Bay
- fishers, in their own interest, throw the undersized tack into the water
[ while alive.
The boats owned by Paladini are>»ihc U.; S. : : Grant, the "Henrietta ' and
U:RE SM FRANCISCO: OALL, SATURDAY, MAY 14, 19Jfc
JOHN A. KELLY, Acting MAYOR of San Francisco
t } ie nda - Tnc Western has the Farragut,, the Christopher Columbus and
the Pedro Costa. They run from 35 to 53 tons displacement and are docu
mented at the custom house. '.
Both firms operate two boats at a time, while the third is kept in
reserve. Those that go out leave before dawn, reurning about sundown,
when they u put in at their respective berths 'at the foot of Filbert street,
laladim has a shed on the bulkhead to tlie north of pier 21, and the Western
has one on jthe bulkhead to the south. The sheds are flush with the sidewalk
and have large doors for the entrance of wagons. The open spaces in" front
of the sheds are shut off from public view by high) close board fences that
project over the water, their exposed ends and tops being protected by barbed
wire. , -
BARRIERS AGAINST PUBLIC INSPECTION M
These barriers afford the trust valuable seclusion. Wanderers on the
wharf may see the soles and sand dabs scooped out of their bins with shovels,
the skate and big fish handled with spears and the filled baskets pulled to
the wharf by hand ropes. But there is much of interest they do not see.
For instance, since the X. L. O. was frightened by the senate committee
into cutting, down its supply, Paladini has used a more secretive way of
clearing his market of excess fresh fish. Late every afternoon an express
wagon is loaded with fish in boxes andsent from Paladini's market to the
wharf. The driver goes into the shed and lifts off the boxes! By morning
the boxes are empty, for in the late hours of the night the fish was placed on
the tug alongside and dumped out at sea. When no boats are going out,
unsold boxes arc dumped by, the watchman through a hole in the wharf.
Small boys from Telegraph hill, who fish for crabs there every evening, say
that Paladini's dock is the best crab point in the bay. The crabs are at
tracted there by the abundant food.
The Western still sends its excess fish to the glue factory,
•r ,. Tne trade agreement between Paladini and the Western is shown, even
if direct testimony were lacking, by the use of each other's boxes. There
are stacks of Western's boxes on Paladini's wharf and of Paladini's boxes
on the Western's wharf as the tugs unload. The catches are not. always
even. One set of tugs regularly turns to the north outside the heads, and
the other to the south. 'V
DIVISION OF CA TCHES MADE ON WHARF
One catch may be mostly of soles and the other of sand dabs. One catch
may take m large sized fish and the other small. But this inequality is
straightened out at the Filbert street wharf, where each company divides
with the other. . . . -. :' -,„
When Paladini and the Western put the Independent fish company out
of business last. July, through ruinous competition, the victors economized by
sending out their tugs alternate days. One day'Paladini's tugs would fish, the
next the Western's. But at the end of each day the catch would be appor
tioned between the two. Since the investigation by the senate committee
last. March, however, both companies have sent out their tugs daily. But
the division of the catch, still continues.
While the tugs now make: but one haul a day and place an arbitrary
limit on their load, they made three hauls a day and. brought in all the fish
they could take during the first six: months of last year. At that time
Paladini and the Western were competing with the unfortunate Independent
trawling company. -
Soles and sand dabs were sold during the competition by Paladiniand
the Western as low as 25 cents a box, with 80 pounds to a box. The very
week the Independent people went out of business the price jumped to its
present figures, which range from $3.20 to $5 a box, according to their size
and quaht}'. There are dealers who say that the price so jumped the day
following the Independent's failure, such was the indecent haste of the trust
to gouge the consumer. - . ' ' -
INDEPENDENTS TO MAKE ALL
FISH CHEAPER TO CONSUMER
With the prosecution of the fish trust comes the announcement of z. new
and independent company, prepared to engage in deep water trawling The
direct _result of this competition, its organizers promise, will be' a general
reduction in the price of fish. .'V
The new concern will be known as the Portola fishing company, managed
by Joseph Catania, for 40 years in the fish business in San Francisco and
an old enemy of the trust.
"I «Hm not afraid of the trust," said Catania, "and am ready to "fight it
to a finish. I am making the people's fight.' If the people: do^ not stand by
me, it will mean that they are not iiv earnest about ; wantihg cheaper fish --'
Besides Catania Brothers, the Channel tug : company and Charles C
Lightner have entered into the struggle. The Channel company is owner
of the tug Annie and Lightner of the.tug Blanco, which Will drag '-the nets
tor, sand dabs and soles, the fish heretofore monopolized by Paladini and the
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deep sea fishing will begin June 1. Meantime the new company
which incorporated April 4, will be making arrangements for handling its
The trust has no partisans except its leaders. The smaller men have
long been looking for an opportunity to break loose, hoping to make up in
volume of business what they would losethrough a reduction in prices They
also hope to buy imported.fish, such as halibut, cheaperthan they are forced
to pay Paladini and the Western. The fishermen at the Taylor street wharf
eel bitterly toward_the trust, which \ grabs off what they, believe should be
their own profits The Italian quarter: at large is resentful because of the
extortionate retail prices. Aivd . the Italians are great fish eaters
The antagonism in and out of the combination has been the'wMtn^t
in the wholesalersVconspiracy. It irresponsible fr^!hf|Siali
now put into the hands of the grand jui^r. uaice
v J he > cling a f ainst tfcej™ 5 * is shown itra petition prepared last month
by 30 retailers and presented to the trust.,: In it they asked to be given fish
on the same terms as enjoyed by the fruit stores, which are now SiSIS
to.retunrto the wholesalers on Saturday all k§W^^uß^ll
Friday As the fruitmen enjoy a steady trade of their own through the week
h.e fish retailers thought that they should not be discriminated \glln7t on
the best fish. day m the week. -\u25a0- :- 6 , on
The reception given the retailers by the trust is charaefpn^t^ ti
were asked, to meet Trapani athis offic/on the afternoo^of Apri 18 ™he
men came, and found no arrangements made to meet them Eve iTranJni
was out. :.- ' vv - w J-iapani
BY RAILWAY POLICE
Kidelon of Southern Pacific Is
an Officer of Association
LOS ANGELES, May 13.—Chat
tanooga was selected today as r the 1911
meeting place of the 'International as
sociation of railway special agents and
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\u25a0 H. ,H. Germain of the Santa Fe- was
re-elected president:, W. C. Pannell/
Chesapeake steamship company, Balti
more, was elected secretary and treas- 1
urer; JJ J. Landers, New \*ork : Central,
first vice . president;, 'J. P.':;Kidelon,
Southern Pacific, second vicepresident;
S. H. Schlapbach, Georgia Central, third
vice president. " " ,
The governing, board will be named
by President Germain, later." . " .'.
The delegates picnicked at Catalina
HIGH SCHOOL TEAMS
WILL CLASH IN DEBATE
Oakland and Berkeley Contest
Promises to Be Interesting :
OAKLAND, May 13.— -The .thirteenth
annual; debate between -teams^repre
senting the Oakland and! Berkeley high
schools i will take ; place ! Saturday ; even-
Ing, May -'2l, at tne.newlauditorlum of
the Berkeley high school. , '
The question for- debate -Is: I'.'Re
solved^ that the; United States -should
enter into a , defnsive alliance" with
Great; Britain."; ;: '-^^'- " : -.-: - -\ ;
The affirmative will be i upheld -byi the
Berkeley ; team, /consisting j of / students
Aubrey, Drury, : Percy] Near, arid .'Joseph'
Sturgis. Oakland, installing, the; hega-^
tlve; side of ; the ": question,^wlll^ be rep
resented by^studuehts; Harry ; Creech *
Harold : Blote - and ? Byron'; McFadyen j v \u25a0
BESSER ; HELD ' * FOR '\u25a0;. TRIAI^-G corse : rßesser
\u25a0 wat> f held - for , trial \u25a0 l*-fore ' the \u25a0- superior '\u25a0 court
by ' Police Judge > Deasy t yeaterda.v «. for * killing
,' Kl8lnor(i , Flpber, -< i'the belle of \u25a0" Butchertown,".
J -in ;lier home i\\ • Iloro . strpctr on . .Innunrv :29. v *- .
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One thing The Call clears up is the mistaken idea among certain classes of people that the Italians atlarge
'are responsible for the high price of fish. The facts;show that they are first among the suferers. Their fishermen
are ground down and the poor of the Italian quarter deprived of their staple food in order to enrich, the /en?.
The prosecutors of the fight Jo break this illegal combination of wholesalers may depend on my support and
GUILTY PLEA MADE -
TO REDUCED CHARGE
Petty^ Larceny Substituted for
Grand in Conley Case
uel's- court this morning and was sell
' e t ncg;.to:.ix months in^he cI^US
At the time of Conley's arrest, evidence
Scie^t F ? d agall i St IhlmI hlm - but wls no?
sufficient to convict; him of a^ grand
lluf T char * c - -When the charge o f
guUty Bl thls morni "S Conley pleaded
\u0084 AND WOMAN IS BURNED
sJ/aLAMEDa; May 'l3— Mrs. Margaret
'JJi^wiX &: smal^talloring sho^at
hurn.Tt^' avenue . fatally
»fi t v s evenln « when gasoline with"
.exploded ; : by a; •\u25a0: lighted •\u25a0•; lamp: -> The
woman, her garments aflame, screamed
for aid and JosephMazzlnl and another
man-ran inside.to;her help. :', They beat
out the fire, with: their. rcoats,; but not
before Mrs. Humphreys v^was ~ badly
burned on the . hands, - shoulders arfd
face. She is ; at ; the ; Cross hos
pltalwith Dr. J. Ri ley attending. \u25a0 V,
CAN AL TO JOIN TOKYO^ "
AND PORT OF YOKOHAMA
>; The construction of a canal for pur
poses of goods traffic^; between Yoko
hama i and- Tokyo s is '[ the \ latest project
in , financial ; circles. '\u25a0\u25a0: The> chief -' pro
so - fari as Vcan be) gathered, Ithe'idea is
;to»digtthe canal c alongf thehine>of 'the
.Seacoast;';-" \ v^yv : ; : . *\u25a0'\u25a0•? -\u25a0 "- y : - ;.<., -,:-; ;i; i \u25a0 •,•
Important Witness in the Flan»
nery Trial Evades Service
of a Subpena
Continued From Pace One
Hotel Marin. A close guard was maln T
tamed over the jurors at the hotel last
night and will be continued over Sun
The spectacle of 12 men, constitut
ing a jury, marching through the
B * r ? ets under the guidance of deputy
sheriffs, is unusual in San Rafael,;al
though It was a common sight in San
Francisco during the trial of the graft
cases. Just why it was deemed neces
sary in the Flannery case was a matter
upon which District Attorney Boyd re
mained as mute as Judge Lennon him
self, but several incidents are supposed
to have contributed to the decision of
the court to order the surveillance.
"Gumshoe" Tactics Suspected
The presence of a number of gun
fighters and detectives in San Rafael
ever since the^ beginning of the em
panelment of the jury, aroused a tinge
of suspicion that "gumshoe" tactics
were being employed in the case. An
insurance agent who had been inter
viewing several jurors 1 and who took a
number of them to lunch on Thursday,
wa,s>- ordered by Sheriff Taylor and Dis
trict Attorney Boyld to keep away
from San Rafael, despite his statement
that his conversations had related
strictly to Insurance matters. Other
men were ; seen to be closely watching
the jurors during the noon adjournment
yesterday and among the newcomers
in court, during the day was Isaac
Cohn, a man said to have been em
ployed >s a detective in the Ruef and
Calhoun trials in San -Francisco.
• All thes_e things have tended to cre
ate an atmosphere of uneasiness, i and
are supposed to have been responsible
for Judge Lennon's decision. Whether
any reports of jury tampering had to
do with the activity of Sheriff Taylor
and -District' Attorney Boyd In San
Francisco,, however, . was . a matter
which neither would discuss. ,
Where Is Bassity?
Jerome Bassity, the San Francisco
dive keeper and politician, who is
wanted by the prosecution as a. wit
ness, is said to -have disappeared. It
was stated yesterday that a subpena
had been issued for him several days
ago, but; that he had not been at his
home for the • lastrfew days and could
not be found In any part of the city.
In preparation for a defense, which
probably will include an attempt to
show that a conspiracy against Flan
nery was formed between Fremont Ol
der, editor of the Bulletin, arid Joe
Abbott, the prosecution's star witness,
subpenas have been secured for Older,
Isidor Jacobs, who has taken an active
interest In ,the case, and for John -Mc't
Carthy and Harry Wilbur, detectives
who have been almost constantly with
Abbott since he gave his testimony
before the grand jury. . f
The various developments yesterday,
including the activities of the county
officials, the locking up of the. jury, the
several postponements of tlie trial and
the rumors of new evidence and of in
terference with the Jury was summed
up *-by Flannery's chief attorney,
George A. Knight, in the remark that
the prosecution's case had "blown up."
District Attorney Boyd, however, de
clared that all that had occurred with
in the last 24 hours had made the case
"stronger than ever."
Flahnery Deposits $5,000
In*"accordance with the order made by
the court Thursday afternoon, Flannery
deposited $5,000 in cash with the clerk
of. the court 'before the calling of the
case yesterday morning. . When court
opened. he was again surrounded by the
five members of his counsel, while Jo
seph Coffey, an attorney connected with
the United Railroads in this city, sat at
his side. Coffey has been • present In
court,* paying close attention to the pro
ceedings ever since the case began, but
said yesterday that his only interest in
the trial was due to his personal friend
ship; for Flannery.
During the examination of Robert
Wood,- the first witness. Attorneys
George A.\Knight and.E. IB. Martinelli
or Flannery's ; counsel . were reprimand
ed by the, court .for haying taken up a
position. too close to the lury box. Boyd
.first "called 'attention to the fact that
they- had moved; their chairs directly
against the rail of the jury-box, within
two or three feet of some o f the jurors,
and were, conversing inwhispers. . , ;.
"Counsel .should' not sit. where they
"are,"- declared "Judge v Lennon when
Boyd commented upon the fact. /'Some
of these whispers may | be , overheard." ,1
that /.counsel should take their
•places at' the counsel table."*.
SWINDLED OUT OP fBOO
Robert Wood went into, the details
of the manner, in which" he -. was swin
dled out .-; of ?800 in the \u25a0 fake* Sausallto
poolrom/'i He -\u25a0; told., of having, become
acquainted with ;one. of the "steerers"
In San. Francisco : and of how , he was
induced go 'totSausallto, * lured Into
the bogus gambling joint land there
encourageJito; write a worthless check
<and : later.; to ; mortgage his .'property to
raise the $$00 out* of which he was
swindled.' • . - ;\u25a0\u25a0
Knight's cross examination of ; Wood
was w brief.; He said ; that -he . believed
the story Hold '\u25a0: by -the .witness to be
true and 1 contented-, himself with a few
questions;^ ;The; ; i only -other, j witness
examined ; was ; Edward \u25a0. At.-Franquelin,
manager, -'lot 'itheiMaririf county.. 4 district
of ,the and ; telegraph
cornpany.rwhd, said ; that he, had? vislteJ
the", fake poolroom In . Sausalito after
the irald^ upon; it,^had examined -the
telephone ? instruments \u0084w hich:?i t: : con
tained J and : hade found that c they were
bogus 'Instruments, not connected out
side i the building. ;; .-; •- .\u25a0;- .;-;-•
.rr There -wiir ; be no session vof the trial
today, •-' but .Judge V Lennon "announced
that.^in tor Jer ;to - save <ithey jury .from
any longer confinement ;thari,necessary,
-he -'would hold.; night., sessions next
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POLICE SEARCH ' FOR WOMAN— The wife of
- Dr.t J.\W.l Likens, 1 10C0 Devlsadero street - lost
«•: sable neckpiece rained : at • $100 at Turk '\u25a0 and
:•'; Dertsadero streets Thursday: afternoon.^ A man
:". : was. seen' to t pick it up when | a woman stepped
-forward and claimed.lt; /The police are search
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ON THE WARPATH
Assault Woman and Babes, Fire
Buildings and Drive Off
Horses and Cattle
EAST LAS VEGAS, N. M., May 13.—
An uprising of serious proportions has
broken out among the Taos Pueblo In
dians at their t illage 70 miles north
west of here, and tonight troops are
being hurried by v special train from
Santa Fe to check a possible massacre
of white ranchers.
The Indians have cut all telephone
and telegraph wires from Taos, but re
ports received here indicate that the
depredations so far have been confined
to an attack on the wife and children
of L. S. Meyers, a homesteader, and the
cutting 6f fences and looting of horses
and cattle. "
\u25a0PIFTV MEN SEXT
Further attacks are expected, 1 and
Judge John R. McFie, conducting court
at Taos, telegraphed an urgent demand
for troops to Governor Mills before
the. lines were cut. The governor im
mediately ordered. Bo men of companies
D and F, New Mexico national guard,
to Taos. The militiamen, will arrive at
Taos tomorrow forenoon. General
Brooke, in command of the national
guard, has also ordered Company C of
Santa Fe to'be in readiness to march at
a moment's notice. Company H is the
crack organization of the New Mexico
The telegram received by Governor
Mills this afternoon said that 50 picked
Taos braves, under the leadership of a
young chief, had raided the valley,
driving off horses and cattle and set
ting fire to many buildings. Mrs. L. B.
Myers, wife of a settler, and her
babies, were assaulted and left for
dead. Settlers who attempted to re
sist the Indians were driven away.
MUST MARCH 30 MILES
\u25a0The troops niust march 30 miles
from Servlletta, the nearest station of
the Denver and Rio Grande, to reach
the village. The settlers are arming
and only the prompt arrival . of the
troops can avert bloodshed.
It -is feared by the settlers the San
Juan and other Indians of that section
will join the Taos braves and that a
general warfare may result.
It Is said the older men of the vil
lage are opposed to the uprising, but
the young braves took matters into
their own- hands and went on the war
The uprising of. the Pueblos, who for
years have been a peaceful and law
abiding people, is believed to have been
caused by the punishment of Pueblos
by. the territorial authorities. For
years the Pueblos have governed them
selves, electing -their own chiefs and
village councilors, who tried and pun
ished malefactors of the tribe without
recourse or appeal to the territorial
authorities. Some months ago an In
dian of the Isleta Pueblo who had been
imprisoned by the village authorities
appealed to the territorial courts and
the chief councilors of the villagers
were put In jail. Since that time the
Indians have been unruly, and It is
believed the present outbreak is -the
result of fear by the Pueblos they
would lose their much prized Independ
ence and the Inability of the elders to
control the young bucks who believed
the authority of the village councilors
was on the wane. •
CENSUS AROUSES DISCONTENT
For several weeks ranchers near Taos
have found their fences cut and their
stock missing, but the discontent of the
Indians culminated yesterday in the at
tack on the Meyers household.
The taking of the census is also be
lieved to have caused much unrest
among the Indians. v/hen the enum
erators reached Santo Domingo and San
Dia pueblos, they were refused all in
formation concerning members of the
tribe and were threatened with vio
lence. It '/was only after they had
threatened to call troops and former
Governer Curry had gone personally to
the chiefs and reassured them about
the purpose of the census that the In
dians were persuaded to answer the
questions. Several eastern artists are
believed to be in the Taos country
making sketches of Indian life.' Taos
is the oldest and most picturesque of
the Pueblos. _.
Two Companies Sent
ALBUQUERQUE, May 13. — Governor
Mills dispatched two companies of state
troops, with field equipment, and mem
bers of the territorial mounted police
Jor the scene of the Indian uprising at
Taos, -N. - M.. on a special train over
the Denverand Rio Grande at midnight.
The troops ".have orders | from the ad
jutant general j to " protect I settlers and
bring in warring; Indians. The Indians
gave settlers notice that unless they
left the valley by daylight they would
be killed. The troops expect to be In
the field before daylight. -I
TO HOLD CELEBRATIONS
Holy Ghost Festivals Planned in
HAYWARD, May 13.— Commencing
tomorrow night .with .a' parade, a "dis
play of fireworks and a ball, the an-,
ual, three days' Holy Ghost celebration
will be held in this city by.the Portu
guese societies. Sunday morning the
crown will be scorted to All Saints'
church,, where a . high , -mass -will, be
celebrated , : by Rev. Father J. Vilado
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A band concert will be given and
refreshments : served' Sunday afternoon
and * a "dramatic and musical - program
will,, be presented ' Sunday, evening In
the] Portuguese hall. A: three" act com
edy.iwill'.b^ produced by j. F. 1 Brandon.
Ri T. Lewis, F. C. Serpa, A. Nunes, J.
R." . Coelho, ':. J.;" J. Soares,":: M^ M.- Massa.
MISB : E Nunes and "Miss- M. Smith. A
dance ' Monday afternoon will close the
celebration.- ;"_' '
• similar celebration : will be held at
San= lieandro. ; \The , crown .will; be car
riedjto Ichurch 'Sunday 'by Miss 'Jose
phine'L»ebon, n while the Misses Mary
Garcia, :: X Fields, May Garcia and N.
Lorenzo ; will act *as "rod J carriers. A
barbecue, will be^hcra Sunday; afternoon.
: A week -from ; tomorrow;, "the ; <.Holy
Ghost celebration .wllllbe held in Pleas
anton7^ ; Preparations' to t'entertain 3,000
visitors are. being made. '. .
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MILL GRINDS OUT
Operators JVleet With Opposition
From Federal Prosecutor as
Perpetrators of Frauds
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
CHICAGO. May 13.— Decrees in va
rious branches of medicine and arts
have been obtainable in Chicago until
today for prices ransrinsr from $8 to
$40 each. These decrees have been re
tailed about the country in a promis
cuous way for the last six months or
longer and many so called physicians
are practicing medicine with no other
The arrest of the secretary of. the
"Chicago medical university" ana two
others associated with htm in the
"Crescent medical university"- yester
day put a sudden stop to the g?rlndinsr
of the "diploma mill." Both institu
tions are located In rooms 33 and S3
Dexter building:, S4 Adams street. The
men arrested are Alexander Chittick.
M. D.. 1546 Wteland street; J. Nelson
Barnes. 2729 Wabash avenue, and N\
O. Bourque. Warner hotel. r,"T.
- The evidence upon which the arrests
were made by the federal authorities
was obtained by Dr. James A. Eeran.
secretary of the state board of health,
through a young- woman correspondent
of the Chicago medical university and
the Crescent medical university.
Doctor Egan placed the evidence in
the hands of District Attorney Sims
and the arrests were made on federal
warrants charging the three men with
fraudulent use of the mails. They were
taken before United Stateß Commis
sioner Foote and their cases set for
hearing May 23. Chittlck's bail was
Placed at $3,000. Bourque's at $2 oo^
and Barnes' at $300. All furnished
bonds and were released.
EGG THROWERS ARE
Chapell Released and Merrill
Given Six Months
OAKLAND, May 13.— Roy Chapell and
Kay Merrill, two West Oakland youths
who were arrested several days ago for
throwing ancient eggs at the merry
makers participating In the Fruitvafe
carnival, appeared in Judge Samuel's
court this morning to answer a char-e
of disturbing the peace. Chapell was
released because of insufficient evidence
while Merrill was found guilty and'
given to the custody of the probation
officer pending a report on the cor
rect disposition of the. case. Through
their aversion to notoriety, those whose
clothes had been ruined by the eggs
were not inclined to testify, and re
fused to give their names to avoid be
ALLENDALE HOME IS
DESTROYED BY FIRE
Lamp Ignites Kitchen Curtains
of Holmes Residence
OAKLAND. May 13.— A fire caused by
a lamp being placed too near the win
dow curtain in the kitchen destroyed
the home of M. J. Holmes. 4120 Lorenzo
avenue, Allendale, at 11:30 o'clock this
Miss Jesse Holmes, the IS year old
daughter, was using a lamp to heat
curling irons and placed it on the win
dow silL The curtain was Ignited anJ
the flames spread rapidly.
Holmes, who Is a carpenter, was sick
In bed at the time. The loss Is estima
ted at more than $1,000.
GIRLS' CLUB INVITES
MANY TO FIRST BALL
OAKLAND. May 13.— More than 100
invitations have been issued by the
Jovialltes, a club of some 30 girls for
their first annual ball at the Home 'club
Joseph Lacey, Robert Shannon and
John Carey will be the floor managers
and Mrs. R. Williams. Mrs. M. O'Neii'
Mrs. L. McCaul and Mrs. R. Anderson
will be the patronesses.
Miss Paula Anderson of the club en
tertained the members this evening at
her Alameda home.
Consul General John' Edward Jones
of Winnipeg forwards details of an
agricultural motor competition to be
held at the Winnipeg agricultural ex
hibition July 11 to 23. 1910. A fee of
$5 is charged for each entry, and the
prizes will be gold, silver and bronze
medals. • • _.
I Patents for Calif ornians !
[Special Dupatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON. May 12.— Patents
have been issued to California Invent
ors as follows:
John M. BaJlhaebe of San Francisco, b««aje
Mil©. -A. Baker of Los Angeles, automobile
transfer turntable. - - i-
Arthur B*»atty , of . Aausa, pen holder.
Robert H. Brotrn of Los Angeles, how.
Edward G. Bules of San Diego* blower for
rocking chtlrs. i
Chriittlan S. Christensen of Palo Alto, •iDbon
Ererett 31. Coffin of Oakland, electric switch
Charles A. Cunningham of Chlco. deeoj.
Peter B. DooahQe of Oakland, tire sleeve fast
coins apparatus. '\u25a0\u25a0'\u25a0-"
Seyd Harens of Oakland, rubber heel.
Edward J. J. Judge of 3«n Francisco, wash
ing Vegetables and partially cooking the »a roe
Guy L. Kennedy of San Frand^o. combined
»tufno* box, -gasket Tarre and. spring.
; James M. LeaTer Jr. of Sooora. gauze. -
O«»t B. Lyoo of Marteopa and w. H.'Youn~
of -'Modesto,, .Ufa preserver and rMminins ni£
Lonl* May of San Francisco, p-ncil holder -
•Dennis JV*. Mclaughlin of Berkeley, reYersln*
Wlnton G. Middletoo of Oakland, line casting
machine. "--.-•-, • .
Robert If. Nisbett of San Francteco, railway
: car:- \u25a0• \u25a0,-.'.«.— r. -.-.-; -.. - \u25a0\u25a0 . .
J. L. .Park of Sacramento, store burner "
Anders Poaten of Berkeley, . centrifugal ' ma
cl»ln« for ptirifrlntr liqutd.o. b * ™«
Marlon O. Randolph of San Francisco, mllfc
bottle holder and lock. .
Theodore -A. v Rapp of Los Angeles, eyeglass
count lnsr. \u25a0 .
Florence P. . Schroeder of Berkeley. Taemua
; supporting deylce. , \ °
* , Agostlno Tosco ,-of San Francisco, hand • sol
dering machine.. , ...
Q e ?. nlnß:s vv * n _M»ter of Paso Robles. draft
Kdward ; Vanonl of Loyalton. doter stoop.
John E. W Uliam* of Ceres, * cosmoscope.