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VOLUME ('XL—NO. 133.
President Look Tin Eli Sus=
pected of Illicit Traffic in
State Pharmacy Board Confis*
cates 300 Tins Found in
Vault Doors Drilled and Opened
by Experts When Combina=
tion Is Withheld
THE eeisure of $21.^0 worth of
stamped opium yesterday after
noon, after a vault in the Broad
bomied warehouse, Battery
and Broadway, had been drilled
■Jid forced, is believed by agents of the
•tate board of pharmacy to establish
the fact that T.ook Tin E!i, president
of the Canton bank, has been engaged
in the opium traffic on an extensive
•rale for several years. While the con
fiscation opens the "way for prosecu
tions under the state poison law, t^e
egents of the board regard it of greater
Importance, inasmuch as it proves to
satisfaction that the Chinese bank
president and probably the institution
are members of the "opium ring."
This organization, which is said to
consist of wealthy Chinese, is reputed
to derive an immense revenue from
speculation in the contraband drug. F.
A. Foutherland, inspector for the phar
macy board, and Louis Zeh, secretary,
believe that the Canton bank was in
terested in the importation and distri
bution of the drug through its presi
dent. Look Tin EIL
Proof of Drug Deposit
"The bank no doubt interested itself
fn the business as a matter of specula
tion," said Southerland. "We have
proof that an average of 800 cases of
the drug owned by Look has been in
the warehouse vault from which we
made the seizure for several years.
-:e of this amount was
0, but it couid be disposed of
here at a profit of almost 900 per cent.
A rich revenue would thus be derived
by any person or bank engaged in the
traffic on such an immense scale."
Th» seizure was made yesterday by
Southerland and Zeh, representing the
state, as the result of the expiration
of the three year time limit granted
■ gc^4pT.rn?nt for the disposal of
opium in storage when the poison law
becar Since that date
thousands of dollars worth of opium
has been taken from the vault, accord
ing to Zeh and Southerland.
Search Warrant Served
trland, "probably because of Look
Tin Eli's absence in China, the 300 five
tael tins were overlooked. We knew
that there was opium in that vault,
and "were aware that possession of it
by any one was contrary to law, even
though it were held in a bonded ware
house. So we obtained a search war
rant and forced the vault."
The agents of the pharmacy board !
have been prevented during the last;
three years from seizing the opium
which they felt certain was in the
vault because of the law protecting
bonded warehouses from search by any
process of law. At the end of the three
year term it became unlawful for
opium to be held even in a bonded
Collector of Port Stratton yesterday
notified the pharmacy board agents
that he had determined to release the
United States from responsibility for
possession of the drug-. * Strenuous ef
forts were made by Attorney H. U.
Brandenstein, representing the Canton '
bank and President Look, .to prevent
the forcing of the vault. Judge Deasey,
who issued the search warrant, refused
to delay its service.
Steel Door Drilled
The agents of the board tried to
gain the consent of Louis James, man
ager of the warehouse, to open the
vault. Ke refused to disclose the com
bination, according to Sutherland- and
Zeh, and access was sained by drilling
through the steel doors.
The opium was consigned* to 11. G.
Playfair. a clerk in the Canadian Bank
of Commerce, and previous shipments
to' him of : large, quantities probably
were handled by President Look, ac
cording to Southerland and Zeh.
The vault was built especially for the
storage of opium, the agents say; and
if their information is correct, " has
housed more than $1,000,000 worth of
the drug. The vault of large dimen
sions was protected by a steel door of
two layers of half inch steel. Experts
from a safe and lock company took 30
minutes to drUl the door and force the
locks. , -'..%'
One of the directors t of-.the Canton
bank was present when , the safe was
forced, but made no .comment. Attor
ney Riordan represented the phar
The contraband opium *is in the cus
tody of the property clerk at the : hall
'• f justice. While prosecutions have not.
Sheen instituted*as a result of the seiz
ure. Inspector Sutherland said that
Look, thejowner of;the; rehouse arid
the consignee of.the drug:, might be
'charged, .with violation,. o£ I the poison
THE San Francisco CALL
Suction of Latest
Biggest Vessel a
Peril to Shipping
[Special Cable to The Call\
SOUTHAMPTON, Eng., April
10.—The new White Star liner
Titanic started on its maiden
voyage for New York today.
With 46,000 tons net register it
is the biggest vessel afloat. The
Titanic is 882 feet 6 inches long
and has a beam of 92 feet 6
inches. It can carry 3,50 ft pas
sengers and has a crew of 860.
.\= in the Olympic accident,
the terrific suction of the huge
ship displaced the water so vio
lently that shipping was im
periled. The American line
steamer New York, which was
lying alongside the Oceanic, was
dragged from her moorings by
the suction of the Titanio's triple
screws as it passed. Seven ropes
parted and the stefn of the New
York swung into midstream.
The passengers on the Titanic
include many society people,
among them Colonel John Jacob
Astor and Mrs. Astor.
TO LAND LOCATORS
E. F. Lynch and D. L. Moltz
Accused of Defrauding Pros*
Determined to drive out of business
men representing themselves as agents
of the United States land office and
who, it is alleged, are defrauding pros
pective settlers on government land,
F. C. Dezendorf, chief of the second
field division of the general land office,
with the co-operation of the United
States attorney's office and the head of
the land department at "Washington,
D. C, is directing a statewide investi
Affidavits have been made by several
persons charging D. L. Moltz of the local
firm of D. L. Moltz & Co., and E. F.
Lynch, manager of the Acme Land and !
Insurance company, with offices in the
Hearst building, with misrepresenting
the character of land on which the ap- I
plicants paid to be located.
Accused of Threats
Among those who charge Moltz and
Lynch with trickery is Anda N. Dllling- \
ham of 716 Washington street, Oakland, ;
who says in his affidavit that Moltz
threatened his life with a pistol because
he threatened to expose him if he didn't I
return the money Dillingham haul paid
Thomas Quinn of .3379 Sixteenth
street and Harvey N. Pearce of 609 ;
Kamm building also have made affi- j
davits charging Moltz and Lynch with j
questionable methods. They claim to
have been deceived as to the character
of the land. It is alleged that Moltz
and Lynch showed them smooth land
adapted to alfalfa and when they paid
their money the land allotted them
was in the mountains.
No Agent Appointed
Lynch has been admitted to practice
before the local land office, but, ac
cording to Chief Dezendorf, this does
not give him any right to represent
himself as an agent of the govern
ment. To make certain on this point
Chief Dezendorf wired to Washington
to ascertain if Lynch had been ap
pointed an agent of the land depart
ment. He was informed by return wire
that neither Lynch nor any individual
or firm every was appointed an agent j
to represent the federal government in I
such a capacity.
There is a local corporation with a
name similar to the company Lynch
claims to manage. This is the Acme
Land company and the attorney for the
company, H. IL McCloskey, has co-op
erated with Dezendorf in gathering evi
dence against Lynch.
"My attention," said Dezendorf es
terday, "has been called to advertise
ments of a company calling them
selves the 'Acme Land company* with
offices in the Hearst building, and of
which E. F. Lynch claims to be the
manager, wherein it is stated that the
company has been appointed an agent
by the United States land office, or the
department of interior, to represent
government properties and homesteads
and it is proposed by the company to
locate intended settlers and entrymen
on government land.
"I have received a number of com
plaints in regard to this company and
feel it my duty to notify the public that
the 'Acme I,and company' ha* not been
appointed an agent by the department
of int general land office
to locate settlers or prospective entry
men on st land. The gov
ernment does not appoint any company
or individual, as such an agent.
"Any one representing themselves as
being an agent appointed for such a
purpose is misleading the public and
falsely representing themselves as
This immediate action is being taken
by the government in view of the fact
■O.fioii acres is to be thrown open
to settlers next month in Mendocloo
and Humboldt counties-
SAX FRANCISCO. THURSDAY. APRIL 11. 1912.
CITY AND U.R.R.
IS IN PROSPECT
Mullally Opposes Only Two of
Supervisors' Proposals to
Geary Road Will Get Use o!
Tracks to Ferry; Exchange
of Transfers Refused
THE adjustment of all litigation
, between-the city and the United
Railroads -over the Geary street
railway, and arrangements for
' joint use of tracks in lower Market
street and Point LObos avenue prob
ably will be among the important re
sults of a ■ "get together" conference
held between I Thorn well Mullally and
the supervisors of the public utilities
: A number, of big propositions: were
presented by Mullally which promise to
I settle controversies and difficulties
] which have existed between the city
andthe United Railroads since the mu
nicipal road first whs proposed.
, Mullally's propositions for joint use
of tracks and dismissal of litigation
were made in response to suggestions
jof supervisors at previous meetings.
Continued on I'age 10, t olamn 1
P.P.I.E. GETS THE
Secretary of War Approves Rec
ommendations Made by
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON, April 10.—A confer
ence was held at the war department
today at which Secretary Stimson and
General Wood met Representatives
Hay, Knowland. N'eedham and Stephens
and the representatives of the Panama-
Pacific exposition. They discussed Gen
eral Murray's recommendations for the
use of portions of the Presidio and
Fort Mason by the exposition com
These recommendations had been dis
approved in part under a misapprehen
sion regarding the drill ground. The
delegation gave assurances that the
exposition authorities would provide a
new drill ground on the flats near the
life saving station, and on this assur
ance Secretary Stimson directed that
General Murray's recommendation be
approved. Orders to that effect will be
The exposition will thus obtain the
drill grounds near Letterman hospital
as a site for foreign government build
Sudden Eruption Sweeps Away
Indian Villages, Creating
Reign of Terror
MOBILE, Ala., April 10.—Thousands
have been killed and whole Indian vil
lages swept away by the eruption of
Chiriqui peak, near Bocas del Toro,
Panama, according to a story of Cap
tain Olsvik of the United Fruit steamer
Fort Morgan, which arrived today.
Captain Olsvik says the eruption oc
curred April 5, early in the morning,
while the Fort Morgan was berthed
near Bocas del Torn, and that he wit
nessed flames shooting from the peak.
Reports of the large casualty list
were brought from the scene to Bocas
del Toro by refugees who escaped the
onrushing lava. He says he watched
the eruption April 5 until he put to sea.
Even far out on the gulf, Captain
Olsvik said, lie saw evidence of the
disturbed elements. The sea was af
fected in many places and the air was
filled with smoke and dust-
Captain Olsvik .«aid the the inhab
itants of Bocas df-l Toro were panic
stricken, believing that the place might
be overwehlmed with the lava that
was belching from the peak.
WOMAN SEEKS DFVORCE
Mrs. Ralpha Young's Charges
on Secret File
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SACRAMENTO, April 10.—Following
stories of family troubles which have
been circulated for several months,
Mr?. Ralpha Young, daughter of E. \V.
Hale, a local merchant and a leader in
Sacramento social circles, today filed
suit for divorce from Walter D. Young.
Young up to gpvpral months ago was
manager of Hale Brothers' store.
Young and his wife separated sev
eral months ago. she taking the two
children. It is understood that sensa
tional charges are made in the com
plaint, which is on secret file.
Many Flood Victims Are in Peril
River Torrent Threatens Dykes
A GLIMPSE OF THE GREAT FLOOD ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER.
The photograph gives a view of the inundation at Birds Point, opposite Cairo, 111. Many houses were carried away
at this place and hundreds of persons had to flee for their lives when the levee was broken by the swollen Mississippi-
WOMEN IN DEFEAT
PLAN FOR VICTORY
Chicago Suffragists Declare
That There Shall Be No Let
Up in Agitation
CHICAGO, April —Promoters of I
the woman's suffrage movement in j
Chicago who hoped at; yesterday's pri- i
maries to.prove that the men voters of }
this city were farer of * "votes for
women". - begun to consider ■ tonight j
what the prospects were. ■ *
It was discovered that not a Btagtfi
ward In the city voted in favor of the
;" "Suffrage has received" a setback so
far as any immediate prospects of get
ting it in ; Chicago are concerned," was
the general opinion of voters, but the
women were more hopeful, declaring It
their intention to keep up the agitation.
The vote of 135,410 against the prop
osition to let women vote with 71,354 in
favor of it was regarded as significant.
In the University of Chicago districts
the suffragists broke almost even, but
In some other places the vote against
them was two to one. In the ward that
embraces Hull house, of which Miss
Jane Addams, a leader of the suffra
gists, is the head resident, the vote was
2,495 against and 1,162 for.
HESKETHS TO MAKE
TRIP TO MONTANA
Husband of Former San Fran*
cisco Woman Coming to Iden*
tify Missing Relative
[Special Cable to The Call]
LONDON, April 10.—Lady Hesketh
has had so many disappointments that
I she dares not ttti sanguine, and can
only hope that her son has been found.
The New York agents of the Hesketh
family have been instructed to make an
investigation, and Captain Thomas Fer
mor Hesketh, who is on his ■way to
America with his wife, formerly Miss
Breckenridge of San Francisco, will go
out west for the purpose of identifying
the man believed to be Sir Thomas Hes
keth's second son.
NEW YORK. April 10.—Lady ITes
keth'a American agents are Redinglon
& Stillman. lawyers of Nn. IB William
street. Since last December they have
been investigating the disappearance of
j Frederick Fermor Hesketh. the lieuten
j ant. Leland S. Stillman of the firm has
been in direct charge of the search.
"Lady Heskeths feelings have been
so deeply harrowed by this long hunt
for her missing son,'" said Stillman to
The Call's correspondent tonight, "that
our instructions from her do not allow
us to enter into the history of the case.
We had been quietly pursuing our in
\'estigations over the whole of the
United States. For months we have
had reasons to believe that Hesketh
was in this country. Indeed, we had
one clew that seemed to lead to an
other part of Montana than Fromberg,
where Doctor Woodard told the World
he had seen and assisted a man answer
ing Hesketh's description.
"Immediately after seeing the ar
ticle in Tuesday's World we wired Doe.
tor Woodard. The description in tlw
World tallied exactly with that sent
to us by LAdy Hesketh. although the
picture left some little doubt as to
whether the man in Montana was -the
object of our search."
Levee Breaks in South;
In Flood Situation
In the lower 31 ississlppi! riveri
the : pine continue* below Helena.
1 There ; bun been a break la the
levee on the rights bank '■. of f the
AtHiafalavji river about five 1
mile* below Melville, La.,* and the:
town of Krotx Springs: and ;»'■>
lnrsre body, of agricultural; land in
Avollle* and St. l.andry parishes \
are threatened overflow. >■,
Reports from river town* In,■
Illinois and Missouri (bow a
mllKlitly improved • situation in
those dinerici*. ;;
MEMPHIS, Term.. April 10.—Flood
| conditions in the lower Mississippi val
j ley still are alarming. The work of
j rescuing hur "~eda of persons marooned
■ in the Arkansas lowlands and the task
' of strengthening the levees in prepar
) ing to resist the crest of the flood in
' Mississippi and Louisiana continues.
Greenville, Miss., is the conspicuous
point in the impressive flood picture.
For three days the river torrent has
threatened to break through * dykes
guarding the city, which is in the cen
ter of the world's richest cotton coun
Last nlerht it was felt the crisis had
come and when the thousands of bags
of sand which had been thrown into
the flood's maw by state convicts and
battalions of plantation workers held
off the current, a murmur of relief
went up from the delta.
Many river cities are beginning to
feel the effect of the flood on business.
Merchants receiving inquiries as to
the advisability of shipping in goods.
New Orleans and other cities have
protested against exaggerated reports
of damage, and Paducah, Ky., citizens
held an indignation meeting.
Cairo Resumes Trade
CAIRO, 111.. April 10.—Mayor Parsons
issued a proclamation today rescinding
one issued some time ago asking busi
ness men to close their stores and aid
in fighting the flood. It is expected
that all kinds of businesp will be re
sumed within two or three days. The
river stands at 53.8 feet and railroads
have been unable to resume traffic. The
patrol of levees will continue untfl the
water has subsided several feet.
Farrilies on House Tops
NEW MADRID, Mp., April 10. —The
river continues to fall slowly. Sixteen
families were found on house tops in
the neighborhood of Sugar Tree ridge
and Barnes ridge today. They had no
boats with which to »'S( apo and were
forced to sit on roofs until rescued.
| Several hundred head of cattle without
food were found on hills.
River Bursts Levee
BATON ROL'GE, La., April 10.—The
Atchafalaya river burst a levee a few
miles below Melville, on the west side
of the river, today, endangering a large
area of Avoyelles and St. Landry par
i ishes. Including the town of Krota
CAUSE OF FAILURE
Great Firm Could Not Survive
MILWATKEK. Wis., April 10.—The
romance of Evelyn Romadka of Chi
cago police fame and her negro "af
finity," whnm she aided, it was alleged,
in many Chicago burglaries, was the
indirect cause today of the failure of
the Romadka Brothers company, one of
the largest trunk and leather goods
bouses in America.
ACCUSED OF FRAUD
Titled European Society Favor
ite Arrested in Connection
With Earring Case
[Special Cable to The Call]
LONDON, April 10.—Count Festetics,
a young man of high lineage and popu
lar in London society, as well as on the
continent, was arrested today on requi
sition papers charging him with com
mitting a fraud in Belgium.
When arrested, he said: "Is it on ac
count of those earrings—that old case
of two years ago?"
Count Festetics was informed that
to the best knowledge of the London
police it was the same case. He de
clared he was innocent of any wrong.
Count Festetics recently was re
ported to- be engaged to marry Mrs.
Ava Willing Astor, but when ques
tioned about the report Mrs. Astor au
thorized an abjsolute denial.
Count Festetics was arraigned in
court and allowed to furnish bail—a
surety of $20,000 from a bonding com
pany and his own surety for $30,000.
DIES ON STEAMER
Represented Himself as Son of
Proprietor of Santa Fe
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
NEW YORK, April 10.—A man of
fine appearance who went under the
name of Barton J. Harvey, posing as
the son of the Harvey who founded the
system of hotels and cafes on the Atchi
son, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad sys
tem, died In his stateroom on board the
Olympic east of Sandy Hook this morn
He was "Bud" Hauser, a notorious
gambler and all around crook and con
fidencS man with a criminal record, it
was said tonight by those who knew
him well and had seen him often.
The Olympic's officers denied a report
that the man had "welched" on a $50
gambling bet and died as the result of
a beating. The Olympic's surgeon said
that Harvey, as he was known aboard
the steamer, died of heart disease fol
lowing alcoholic poisoning.
Colonel P. B. Moore, a real estate
dealer of Springfield, Mass., says:
"Harvey gave me his card. It reads
'Pasadena Country club.' I'll tell his
folks all I know. He was either a rel
ative of the Harveys of the Santa Fe
system or a bunco man."
ACCUSED OF THEFT
Alleged Kleptomaniac Arrested
at Santa Cruz
SANTA! CRUZ, April 10—Lyman |
CovelJ, claiming to be the scion of a'
wealthy family of Philadelphia, was ar- !
rested today for an alleged theft com- j
. mitted in a hotel.
He was fashionably dressed, affected j
a monocle and, it is alleged, purloined
articles without regard to their use
fulness, his loot consisting, in part, of
The prisoner's parents telegraphed
! that they believed him to be suffering
from mental disorder.
Covell is being? held for examination.
YJE^T^Q^^jM^st temperature, 50;
FQ^S&l^nFoß TODAY — Showers; con
tinued cool; brisk southwest winds. ..
" For Details of the Weather See Page 13
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
Rochester Republican Conven
tion Declares for Renomi*
nation of President
DELEGATION IS URGED
v TO VOTE TO THAT END
Root, Chief Champion of Plat
form, Sharply Attacks Re
call of Judges
"EARNEST, SOBER PLEA,"
SAYS WILLIAM BARNES
ROCHESTER, N. V.. April 10.—
The republican party of New
York state in convention here
today declared for the renotni
nation of President Taft and adopted
a resolution urging the state's delega
tion to the national convention to vote
to that end.
The Taft presidential plank found
an opponent only in City Controller
William O. Prendergast of New York, a
Roosevelt delegate, who made a vigor
ous speech against the platform and
declared that President Taft could not
be re-elected. The platform was
adopted viva voce, with only a few dis
senting votes from the 1,015 delegates.
Root Is Chief Champion
United States Senator Root, one of
the "big four" selected to go to Chi
cago, was the chief champion of the
platform, and delivered a speech in
which he made a vigorous defense of
the American judicial system and a
sharp attack on the recall of judges.
Today's session was given over en
tirely to speeches on the platform by
Senator Root, James W. Wadsworth,
former speaker of the assembly;
Prendergast and Job 'Hedges of New
After the vote on the platform and
the selection of delegates at large and
their alternates the convention ad
No Mistake in Meaning
State Chairman William Barnes Jr.
tonight authorized this statement:
"There should be no mistake in the
minds of republicans and of the elec
torate as a whole as to the meaning of
the convention which adjourned today.
"It was an earnest, sober appeal to
j the electorate that its will should be
expressed through mental conference
and deliberate judgment rather than
through histrionic and ambitious decla
"The platform endeavored to show
the consistency and continuity of the
development of American ideas and
their formulation into law in an or
derly rather than a disorderly manner.
Won Through Sobriety
"The achievements of the republican
party have all been won through so-
I briety and an appeal to reason rather
than to prejudice. That party would be
false to its entire internal -quality and
must change its physiognomy If it of
fers to the people vain hopes and
dreams instead of substance.
"The convention Itself reflected the
character of the platform In the dignity
of its proceedings and the deliberation
which characterized eachfuccessiv© act
that it performed."'
GUARDSMEN iMUST TAKE
UP BRONCO BUSTING
Adjutant Genera! Tells Cavalry
men He's From Missouri
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SACRAMENTO, April 10.—Before the
members of Troop B, cavalry, of Sac
ramento can convince Adjutant Gen
eral Forbes that they know anything
about riding horses they will have to
do some bronco busting that he haa
mapped out for them. The adjutant
general will buy 10 California broncos
and will require the troopers to break
these for cavalry purposes.
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