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"HEARD AROUND THE HANGARS"
—IN —
.THE SUNDAY CALL TOMORROW .
VOLUME CIX.—NO. 38.
JUDGE SHIPS
A PUZZLING
QUESTION
Burnett Reintroduces Bill to
Add Four More Members to
San Francisco Bench
BAR ASSOCIATION IS
OPPOSED TO INCREASE
Gillett Refused to Sign Measure,
but Johnson May Take a
Different View
GOVERNOR'S TASK WOULD
NOT BE UNPLEASAN?
GEORGE A. VAN SMITH
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
CAM. HEADQUARTERS. SACRA
MENTO, Jan. 6—The Han Fran
cisco bar association consenting,
the city and county may receive an
addition of four members to Its su
perior bench of 12 Judges. The ver-
AJct of the bar association may not
b* the all determining- factor, but as
the bar association Is oposed to the
creation of four new superior judge
rhips San Francisco in all probability
will be compelled to worry along for
two years more with its present com
plement.
Senator Lester G. Burnett reintro
duced today his bill Increasing the
number of superior judges for San
Francisco from 12 to 16. The bill was
passed two years ago, but Governor
Gillett declined to sign it for reasons
entirely satisfactory to himself if un
satisfactory to the small army of appli
cants for the places and the quartet
of near lawyers Indorsed by the ma
chine bosses.
Pleasant Task for Johnson
Johnson docs not expect that he will
be compelled to dodge the embarrass
ments that confronted Oil let two years
agro. i The creation of four superior
bench places in San Francisco would
put in the hands of Johnson the moans
of -elevating- four lawyers of his own
habit of mind to the bench. That would
not be an unpleasant iask, but the re
sponsibility for such increase will be
placed on the bar association if it be
comes a reality in the next year.
The argument for the proposed in
crease is founded on the alleged ina
bility of the present corps of Judges
tO keep vp # the work of the courts,
much le?s catch up with calendars that
are said to be years behind.
If th- increase Is actually needed the
liar association should be best equipped
to inform the governor. Of course, if
the bar association should declare that
the four new judges were necessary and
the governor disagreed with it, there
would bo no new-judges by appoint
ment, but if the legislature and the bar
association should agree Johnson would
probably sign the bill and undertake to
select the Judges.
Democrats Are Busy
Thanks to the tact that the adminis
tration platform Mils have been low to
appear the "Johnny on the spot" legis
lator.* have bad a splendid opportunity
to beat the administration elect ' by
.slipping In bills of their own designed
to redeem the platform pledges.
Democratic Senators Sanford.-Camp- i
bell, Holohan and Camlnetti have come :
through on schedule time. Sanford has i
i his name on a proposed resolution di- '.
rected to congress, calling for a con- >
~atitutional convention charged with the '
submission of an amendment provid- 1
ing for the direct election of United
States senators.
Campbell Is the proud author of a
suffrage amendment and another pro
viding for the jointure of portions of
different counties In senatorial and as
sembly districts.
Hnlolian is to the fore again with his
bill for the removal of the party circle
from the official general election ballot.
Caminettl arrived promptly with his <
old bill, providing for placing the
names of partisan nominees for United
States senator on the official ballot and ;
■ making the winner of the free for all
contest the popular nominee, regardless ;
of partisan affiliations.
Held Puts a Few In
Industrious as were the democrats
they had nothing on Assemblyman '
Billy Held of Mendocino, who is again
in our midst after an absence of two >
years. ''Held'is one of the most promi
nent legislators California has ever
had. The party platform impressed
itself upon him. So deep was the Im- .
pression that he came through today
with measures designed. to redeem the
initiative referendum and recall, pledges
pt the platform. - Nor did he stop there.
Just to show the:people that, he was
not for delay he introduced a bill pro
viding for the amendment of the direct
primary law to conform to the 'state
wide plurality plan for the nomination
of United States senators provided In
the original bill. "...
The socalled administration bills have
J>een slow to put In an appearance. Sen
ator C. W. Bell of Pasadena presented
Cuutluued OB Vase 2, Column 3
THE San Francisco CALL
NATION'S LEADERS
AT SENATOR'S BIER
Simple Prayer Is Funeral Serv
ice for Stephen B. Elkins
in Washington Home
WASHINGTON. Jan. 6.—A simple
prayer constituted the funeral services
over the body of Senator Stephen B.
Elkins of West Virginia at his late
home here.
President Taft, Vice President Sher
man. Chief Justice WHlte, members of
the cabinet and supreme court, as well
as members of the diplomatic corps,
senate and house, gathered at the El
kins home this afternoon and listened
to an Impressive prayer by Rev. Dr.
Wallace Radcliffe, preparatory to the
removal of the body to Elkins, W. Va.,
where final services will be held to
morrow morning.
Seven cars composed the funeral
train which departed tonight, two of
which were reserved for the Elkins
family and the rest for the congres
sional committees and other friends.
Secretary of War Dickinson issued a
general order that flags at all mili
tary posts throughout the country be
displayed at half staff tomorrow out of
respect for Senator Elkins, who was
secretary of war during President Har
rison's administration.
Son May Succeed Elkins
CHARLESTON, W. Va.. Jan. 6 —
David Elkins. son of the late Senator
Stephen B. Elkins. may be the suc
cessor of his father for a briaf period,
if Governor Glasscock determines to
make an appointment pending an elec
tion by the incoming democratic legis
lature.
Petitions have been put in circula
tion in many counties asking the gov
ernor to appoint young Elkins.
The number of candidates for the
democratic caucus nomination for sena
tor was increased to seven, when the
name of Judge John H. Holt of Htint
ington was added tills evening.
109 ENGINES ORDERED
BY HARRIMAN SYSTEM
Price Will Be Nearly Four Mil
lion Dollars
PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 6.—Announce
ment was made here today that a con
tract for 109 engines has been awarded
the Baldwin locomotive works of this
city by the Harriman railroad system
and that the price Is between $3,500,000
and $4,000,000. The contract calls for
the delivery of the engines during the
spring and summer of this yea.-.
WIFE OF SANTA CLARA
TOWN TREASURER DEAD
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SANTA CLARA. Jan. 6.—Mrs. Refugio
Fatjo. wife of Town Treasurer A. V.
Fatjo. died last night at her home. She
was a native of Monterey, and was in
her seventieth year. Seven children,
beside her husband, survive her.
HONDURAS, FLAT BROKE,
WOULD REVENUES SOAK
Debt of Over $1,Q00,000 May Be Paid by Bankers
With External Revenue Put Up As Security
NEW YORK. Jan. 6.—lt was said to
day in reliable quarters that the, nego
tiations by the commissioner appointed
by the Honduran government and New
York bankers for refunding the Hon
ilura.li indebtedness are still pending
and that the mafn feature of these
negotiations is a loan to be secured by
the customs receipts of Honduras, which
are to be collected under a treaty to be
arranged with the United States.
The details would seem to contem
plate the appointment of an American
customs officer to see that the customs
receipts are collected and dispensed in
accordance with the proposed treaty.
No confirmation can be obtained, how
ever, of reports that this will amount
to an American protectorate, although
It is so Interpreted in some quarters.
The Honduran external debt was con
tracted about 40 years ago. and con
DEFENSE OF PHILIPPINES DEPENDS
ON NATIVE TROOPS, SAYS GENERAL
WASHINGTON", .Tan. I.—Should an
emergency arise in the Philippines, the
United States would have to depend
upon native troops for defense of the
Islands, and the Filipino would be
found a loyal soldier, according to the
annual report of Brigadier General
John G. Pershtng, commander of the
department of Mindanao
"The difficulty and expense of main
taining a large, force of American
troops here for defense against foreign
invasion is evident," says General
Pershlng, "but that we should have a
SENATE WANTS TO KNOW HOW MANY
VOTES NECESSARY TO UNSEAT LORIMER
WASHINGTON, Jan., 6.—Whether it
would require a two-thirds vote or only
a majority of the senate to unseat
Lorimer as a senator from Illinois is a
question that has arisen In the contest
about to be waged.
The answer rests upon whether the
opposition to Lorimcr seeks to connect
him with any corrupt practices or
merely attempts to show that he was
SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY, JANUARY 7, 1911.
CHIEF SEYMOUR
URGES SPEED IN
POLICE COURTS
Judges Promise More Expedi
tion in Trials After Talk
on Dilatory Tactics
District Attorney Fickert Asked
to Advocate Severe Sen*
tences to Diminish Crime
Openly charging an agravating lax
ity on.the part of the police courts in
disposing- of the cases called before
them. Chief of Police Seymour called
Police Judges Charles Weller, E. P.
Shortall and- Daniel Deasy before him
yesterday afternoon and firmly re
quested that a change be made in the
conditions that permit the dilatory
tactics practiced in the operation of. the
judicial system.
The only reason that Police Judge
Charles Con lan was not present at the
session in the chiefs office was the fact
that he was ill at his home. ; His court
was included; in Chief Seymour's ar
raignment.
"Without mincing words. Chief Sey
mour made it plain to the police magis
trates that whenever there has been a
prevalence of crime in this city it has
been partly because of the leniency of
the courts in granting unnecessary
continuances in the cases of defendants
charged with offenses. He also told
them that he believed too much clem
ency was shown'hardened criminals
guilty of vicious crimes when they
stood before the superior court for
sentence.'
Promise of More Speed
Seymour directed the - force of ■'. his ■
suggestions toward correction of the
conduct of the police courts and the in
terview closed ' with a promise from
the police judges who attended that
they would handle matters more ex- >
peditiously in the future.
Then Seymour sent for District At
torney Charles M. Fickert and dis
cussed the matter with him. He asked
Fickert to.use his influence to secure
early trials of criminal.cases in order
that tha,. court .^calendars -r..
cleared for the .presentation of the evi
dence and the judgment ■of , the de-1
fendants by juries. The chief also im- j
pressed upon the district attorney the j
value of heavy sentences in aggravated i
cases as warnings ,to men implicated
in burglaries and robberies that in this
Continued on Pwge 1\ Col. 5
sists of four loans made between 1867
and is:n. The principal amounts to
£5.305.570.
Payment of interest began to fall off
soon after the debts were incurred, and
interest payments stopped entirely after
-1872. The aggregate of unpaid interest j
up to July, 190 D, was estimated at
$17,071,940. This made the total in
debtedness for principal and unpaid in
terest, £22,470,510," or about J109.647.255.
Uncle Sam Watching
WASHINGTON, Jan. B.—ln order to
avoid any possibility of the interven
tion of European powers In the affairs
of Honduras, in contravention of the
Monroe doctrine.' the United States gov
ernment Is' endeavoring to straighten
out the tangled financial affairs of that
country. There is no present intention.
,it is said in the state department, of
establishing., a financial protectorate
over Honduras.
force ready for 'such e.mergency needs
no discussion. Should the emergency
arise, we would have to depend upon
native troops. •
"The authorized strength and or
ganization of native scouts should bo
utilized a* a nucleus to train a native
army for this purpose. It would be an
easy matter to inaugurate a scheme,
embracing two years' service with the
colors and a longer period with the re
serve 4 that would provide within a few
years an adequate and reliable force
for defense."
the beneficiary of corruption for which
he was not responsible.
Senators who have made close studies
of election contest cases seem to agree
that if the resolution to unseat Lorl
mer should contend that he was prin
cipally involved in tin- bribery charges
that have been Investigated, the only
course would be to vote on the ques
tion of expulsion, to carry which two
thirds of th<» senate would have to be
recorded In the affirmative
MONEY TALKS
IN FIGHT FOR
WORLD'S FAIR
New Orleans Is Unable to Get
Around That $17,500,000
California Raised
Administration's Attitude Is
Shown in Plans for Mare
Island Improvement
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON. Jan. 6.—The expo
sition fight is livening up on both sides.
The Caiifornians were disappointed to
night over the nonarrival of Acting
President Hale, who was delayed by
storms in the middle west. ,
V W. Scott Jr. returned from New
York and conferred with Leon Sloss
and members of the congressional dele
gation.
The plans formulated by Theodore A.
Bell will be laid before President Hale
tomorrow and if approved the fight
will g» forward .to the committee on
industrial arts and expositions, which
will begin hearings Tuesday. Bell
left. this' morning for Columbus, where
he will deliver a speech at Governor
Harmon's Jackson day' dinner." The
eastern papers are printing much about
the exposition, most 'of it favorable to
San Francisco. The emphasized fact
that Californians have raised $17,500,000
and are not begging a dollar of govern
ment money is winning favor through
the country. The New Orleans people
tight shy of the financial argument and
do not deny that they are asking gov
ernment aid. They lay stress on
"accessibility."
Former Congressman Charles B. Lan
dis of Indiana is quoted in the "Wash
ington papers«as follows: \
"This country has been expositioned
to death, and I do not think congress
will give a dollar to another exposition.
If any city wants an exposition let It
pay for it. If San Francisco Insists on
holding an exposition all right, but
congress has spent 125,000,000 that way,
an.l I know congressmen will not favor
any .more money." '„..,..'■ ;
To .!.njnn'Vß J^la!*jQ^W^.i>.:), ksx
A strong indication of the minis
tration's attitude toward . San Fran
cisco as a naval base Is shown by the
discussion in the cabinet today of the
plan to make Mare island navy yard
accessible to battleships of. the largest
size. .Secretary Dickinson Was Author
ized to forward to congress An estimate
for $150,000 to be used, hi drddglng
Pinole shoals in San Pablo bay Jnjorder
to permit large vesseTi^to go to Mare
island.
Secretary Meyer will join the secre
tary of war in urging congress to make
this appropriation.
Deeper waterways in San Pablo bay
will make Mare island the rendezvous
for battleships as well as smaller naval
vessels, pending the establishment of a
modern battleship repair station and
docks on deep water in San Francisco
bay.
Secretary Meyer is going ahead with
that plan, and in due time congress will
be asked to appropriate money for the
purchase of a 1 site. The Panama-Pacific
exposition mangers will use the action
of the cabinet as evidence v of "the
strategic importance of San Francisco
and its capacity to harbor the world's
fleets.
U.S. TO SPEND $510,000
TO OPEN PINOLE SHOALS
Secretary Meyer Also Will Ask
$900,000 for Mare Island
WASHINGTON, Jan. 6.—ln order to
open the Pinole shoals in San Pablo
bay*, which obstruct the entrance to
the Mare Island navy yard, congress
will be asked by the war department
to' appropriate $510,000.;
Secretary Dickinson today announced
that the army engineers had arrived at
this estimate.
When Secretary'Meyer appears next
week, before the house committee on
naval affairs he will! request an appro
priation of $900,000 to clear away the
mud from the Mare island navy yard
and to erect jetties.
ROBIN INDICTED ON
EIGHT MORE COUNTS
Banker Charged With Theft of
$207,000
NEW YORK, Jan. fi.—Eight new in
dictments, one of them superseding the
original, were found today against Jo
seph G. Robin, the banker and pro
moter.
Two more of his companies fell foul
of the law. this time represented by
the public service commission, which
will order an inquiry into their books.
The indictments charge the theft of
funds aggregating $207,000 from the
Washington savings bank.
WRESTLER ARRESTED
AS MAYBRAY SWINDLER
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.. Jan. 6.—
Thomas Davles was arrested here last
night as a member of the James C.
Maybray gang, sr> ntembqra of which
were indicted two years ago at Council
Bluffs, la., charged with swindling.
Davles Is a wrestler, and his picture
advertising a wrestling match led to
hla arresfc
FOURTH MAIL POUCH STOLEN
TOTAL OF LOOT NOW $60,000
Four railway mail clerks, from whom sacl(s of registered matter were
stolen on ferry boats
HEARST BEATEN IN SUIT
OVER FATAL EXPLOSION
Court Holds That City May Recover Amount Paid for
Death Caused by Election Night Fireworks
[Special Dispatch lo The Call]
..NEW YORK, Jan. William R.
Hearst may be called upon to pay into
the city treasury the amounts of the
judgments paid by the city to persons
injured ', or "the' lielrs- of tho,,. persons
Uil'lifl, by an explosion of fireworks in
Madtson j square on ejection night, No
vember, 1302. '
Tlm».appellate division of the supreme
court today ordered "a new trial of the
suit brought by the city against Hearst
BIG FIRE MAY DEVASTATE GOTHAM,
SAYS INSURANCE COMPANY PRESIDENT
NEW YORK, Jan. «.—The Merritt
joint legislative committee of inquiry
adjourned sine die today, still with no
word from the missing city chamber
lain, Charles H. Hyde.
The closing hours of the session wera
given today to fire insurance. Harold
Herrick, president of the Niagara tire
insurance company, told the committee
that New York might yet see such a
fire as devastated San Francisco.
"A holocaust in New York," he said,
"is quite within the bounds of possi
bility. We have an excellent fire de
partment and an efficient chief, and
CONTINENTAL BILL FOR $8 FOUND IN
BIBLE AFTER 100 YEARS' CONCEALMENT
[specw/ Dispatch to The Call]
Lot AJJGELES, Jan. fi.—An $8 bill
of Continental currency was found to
day in an old bible by Claude 1. Parker,
United States internal revenue collector
for this district.
The bjll is numbered 7808 and bears
the date of May 9, 1776. It is about
half the size of an ordinary bank
note, and on one aide is printed the
following:
"Eight dollars. Printed by Hall &
Sellers, 1776."
ACTORS FORM TRUST TO EQUALIZE
PROFITS AND ENFORCE UNION RULES
[Special Dispatch lo The Call]
NEW YORK, Jan. B.—The "actors
trust" came into being today and here
after the productions of Shakespeare,
as well as those of modern playwrights,
will be subject to union rules. Miss
Kathryn Kiddcr, Mi&s Mabel Moore.
Wilfred Buckland, Edward Emery and
several others have joined the organi
zation. It will be known as the Lyceum
Players.
ELKINS' DEATH MAY HAVE REMOVED
OBSTACLE TO DAUGHTER'S MARRIAGE
[Special Cable lo The Call]
PARIS. Jan. 6.—The Paris papers
were, nearly uanimous this morning in
reporting that it was Senator Eikins
who opposed the match between his
daughter and the duke of the Abrujtzi,
resulting in the breaking of the en
gagement.
It the belief of these journals, now
that the senator is deud, that no ob-
[ THE WEATHER
YESTERDAY—-Hjgheir iempe&tutc, 72;
lorvoit Tharsda^ night; 51.
FORECAST FOR TODAY—Fair: not 'so
Tvarni; cloudiness at night; light north wind,
I changing to Vest. , ■;;.■
•to^ recover the amount of a judgment
the city paid to the widow of Dennis
Shea, one of the men killed by' the
explosion. ' ...
„". In the*' tower courts' tbt .complaint, of
■ til %f! tr ( aga | [\\f: ty U<ia r R,t yy as•l is m |s^s^.,
but" the i "appellate division, Justice
Dowling- dissenting',; lield • that \ Hearst,
as president of the Xatlonal Associa
tion of Democratic clubs, the organiza
tion that had charge. of ;the'display, of
fireworks, might be held liable.
thus far they have jumped on every
fire and put it out; but no lire depart
ment ever extinguished such a con
flagration once it got under way. It
only ceased when it reached a natural
obstacle
"If New York ever has a fire like San
Francis <>. (;<,<] help us.. There would
no) l» a solvent company left in the
world. No one could compute the bil
lions of loss."
Hurried cheap construction by spec
ulators and poorly, installed heating
plants, said Rerriok, were responsible
for a third of ;ill lires and a greater
share of their spread.
..•On- the other side" Is a design, which
has been almost effaced; by 'time, and
the following -Inscription: • . ',*
"This bill entitles the bearer to re
ceive eight Spanish milled dollars,; or
their value thereof In gold or silver,
according. to a 'resolution' 'of congress
passed at Philadelphia, May 9, 1776."
Parker believes'the 1 bill was placed
in the ♦ Bible by his grandfather' and
has been there for more than 100: years.
The purpose of the organization is
to separate the acting portion of tho
play business from the box office end.
The players themselves will each draw
a certain percentage of the box office
receipts, no matter whether they are
cast for a minor part or the leading
role.
They will appear in any "open door"
theater.
sta.V to the royal romance exists and
that Abruzzl will renew his suit.
Tfee Call's mi-respondent was in-
I some time ago by a personal
frifiitl of the king of Italy that every
objection to tin marriage which had
existed ai. the court had been over
come. It was solely a question of the
wish of Katherinp Klklns, and her par
ents may have influenced her decision.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
REGISTERED
MATTER IS
STOLEN
Ferry Boat Robbers Capture
Valuable Packages While
Guards Are Watching
j BAG DISAPPEARS FROM
CENTER OF BIG TRUCK
Thief Eludes Observation and
Escapes Without Leaving
Clew to Identity
LOSS ONLY DISCOVERED
ON MAKING LAST COUNT
GUARDED by a railway mail clerk
and two postoffice inspectors
with special instructions to ex
ercise the greatest vigilance, a fourth
bag of registered mail was stolen
Thursday night while in transit across
the bay on the ferry steamer Newark.
Three previous thefts, covering the
period from December 2.j to December
29, had stirred the entire "Icwti] post
office department to its foundation.
The Thursday night robbery threw the
whole force into turmoil. Extraordi
nary efforts were put forth to effect
an immediate capture, bat the culprit
&J aVAI at large.
The latest coup .' of the mysterious
thief will swell bis loot to well* nigh
$60,000. It .was executed under cir
cumstances that stamp - it as an
astounding performance.
\ Officials Are Baffled
The mail clerk and the two inspec
tors can, merely shake their heads by
way of explanation. At the main post
office at Seventh and Mission streets
there are only conjectures to account
for the baffling series of robberies.
The pouch that disappeared Thurs
day night contained 23 packages of
first and second class matter. 1$ was
directed to the cities of the northwest.
The bag was in charge of a. S. Ward
of the railway mail department. He
had gathered his shipment at Mission
and Seventh streets and was about to
leave for the ferry to connect with
the Shasta Limited when summoned
by A. p. Stephens, superintendent of the
railway lhaU.service.
Mail Clerk Was Warned
-.Now." said Stephens, "I "want you to
guard this mail as you never-guarded
anything in your life. We have lost
three registered bags in a little more.
than a week. They have all been stolen
on the ferry boat during the trip to the
Oakland mole. . I want this thing to
stop. Now, see to it that you get these
safely, across. I am detailing two in
spectors to go with you to be : on ' the
watchout."
"They" won't pet .anything from me.'
relied Ward. "You can lay your bets on
that."
Ward and the two «in spec tors rode on
the mail wagon to the ferry, where they
gathered up more letters, including a
registered*" pouch. They wheeled', the
load i onto.the Newark, leaving the slip
at 7:40 in the evening. Count had tal
lied and every bag was in its place.
Registered Sack Missed
The truck bearing the sacks of mail
was moved to the -front of the steamer
and Ward and his two: guards \ took up
positions about the behiele. Ward stood
beside the mall, his arm stretched across
the bags;.. The two inspectors remained
near by, their keen eyes riveted on. the
load. •
„ The boat was eroded. with passen
gers. They walked to .^nd fro on the '
lower deck, passing close to the mail
pouches, ; but the clerk and the . two
guards watched with unwavering eye
The • registered package obtained at
! the ferry had not been thrown loosely
on the top of the stack. It* had been
carefully secreted in the center as a
measure of precaution.,
When the boat reached the Oakland
side ' the truck was .run- across the
gangplank to the mia Icar of the wait
ing Shasta limited. Bag after bag : was
transferred to the train and checked as
it was'handed.over.; As the tally■',was
completed, the clerk and the two in-;
spectors observed to their utter amaze-
I ment that '. they were one bag short.
' The . registered pouch from the ferry
was missing.
Ferry Passengers Searched ;.-.
• They ; telephoned back ;to the main of-,
fice at Seventh and Mission street. Just
-40 minutes after, he ( had issued his
i warning to Ward, . Superintendent

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