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MARKET BASKET
USED TO CARRY
DYNAMITE ABOUT
Iron Worker Testifies That His
Work Did Not Please Sec
retary- Hockin
President Ryan, He Declares,
♦Showed Him Good Place
to Put "Shot"
[B\j„ Associate J Press]
INDIANAPOLIS. Nov. 15.—Carrying
dynamite about in a market basket
ay Edward F. Clark, an Iron
worker, testifying at the "d\namite
conspiracy trial" today, said he ar
ran? w up nonunion j<
k, an Official of a local union in
Clncin I guilty at the be
ginning of tne trial of the 45 men ac
cused of complicity with the McNa
mara brothers in the illegal transpor
tation of explosives.
In detailing his confession on the
s stand he told of personally
•ip: urj work on a railroad bridge
the Miami river in Dayton, May
•8, and of leaving behind an um
brella that bore his initials.
IMPLICATES IMOX OFFICIALS
Clark sai.l officials of the Interna
tional Association of Bridge and Strue
(ron Workers induced him to do
dynamiting. Once, he said, while in
•. irk in Cincinnati, President
. ML Ryan pointed to a railroad
across the Ohio river and said:
"'There would be a good place to put
a sly
Before that the witness said Herbert
P. Hockin, secretary of the union, ar
ranged to supply him with dynamite.
"We had had some correspondence
M Namara, in Indianapolis,
union conditions in Cincinnati,
when, in . -. Hjockin appeared
and told me he was going to spend
some money there," said Clark. "He
took me to Cumminsville. a suburb,
where he introduced me to Edward
Campbell, who was to supply dynamite.
Hockin said I was to receive $100 for
the Dayton job. I returned to the
place that night with a market basket.
Campbell gave me s°* half pound sticks
of dynamite. Hockin wanted me to
take William Bernhardt, a local official,
to Dayton, but I said I would do the
job alone.
GETS f77 FOR EXPLOSION
"The next day in Cincinnati Hockin
did not appear anxious to pay me the
$100. 'He had a newspaper account of
the explosion. Finally he gave me $97
on the street.
"When the question of blowing up
the Harrison avenue viaduct in Cin
cinnati came up Hockin said he was
not going to let me do it. as McNamara
and Ryan were not pleased with the
way i had done the Dayton job. I had
left behind an umbrella with my
initials on *it, he said, and-they were
likely to catch me.
"But he sent rue ell for
k it horn«
basket and the next day. packing it in
a telescope case, delivered it by ap
f, intment to Hockin and another man
at Fifth and Vine streets. That was
in August. 130S, and the explosion on
the Harrison avenue viaduct occurred,
August 6. Two more explosions, oc
curred in May, 19 f i9 ( and another in
August, all on the bridge which Ryan
had pointed out, but I did not do them."
CAMPBELL, BUYS DYNAMITE
Edward Campbell, mentioned by
Clark, testified that he formerly worked
;n a stone quarry and had been used
to buying dynamite. He said Hockin
arranged for him to drive out to a
powder magazine to buy the explosive
and had paid him for the livery hire.
On cross examination by attorneys
16 defense Clark admitted, that he
been convicted on numerous
jenied he ever had been
ed for highway robbery or had
union's funds.
Josepti B. Schafer of the Cincinnati
police department testified concerning
• to the home of J. J. McNamara's
mother the day" after McNamara's ar-
April 12, 191 J. He produced a
battery tester and flashlight which he
he found in McNamara's trunk.
Guided by Frank Eckhoff, a friend of
MeN&mata family, Schafer said he
found a place in the woodshed near the
McNamara home where nitroglycerin
had Iven buried.
ZUCK DIVORCE TO BE
TRIED IN SAN JOSE
Move of Wife's Guardian for
Venue Change Fails
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
JOSE. Nov. 15.—An attempt to
transfer I actios brought
unelia Clara Zuck by her
hy husband, Jam»a Ralph Zuck of
iperior court of San
Frarjciscq failed today when Judge
■. ds denied a change of venue
I by the wlfe*j guardian, F. J.
n>.-man.
k accused his wife of misconduct
Eugene Arthur Wychoff in San
Jrant-isco' and in their home.
A general denial wa3 entered by H.
If. McPike, Mrs. Zuck's attorney. Re
plying to an amended complaint,
■ man, who in the meantime had
appointed Mrs. Zuck's guardian,
stated that his ward was incompetent,
that she was irresponsible ami that a
corhplr:- reconciliation had taken place
in San Francisco. It was also stated
Mrs. Zuck is being treated for
I <ty.
interlocutory decree of divorce
dge Gonbey to Sarah
■ from Elmer V. l>ay, together
with an order tf*r the custody of an
only child and $15 a month alimbny.
the action, but did not
appear wi wife interposed a de-
CHINA WILL DISCUSS
MONGOLIA WITH CZAR
Young Celestials Bitterly Oppose
Proposed New Treaty
KINO, Nov. if.. —Lv Cheng Hsiang,
. premier and minister of foreign
has been given again the port
• latt< i Lv Cheng
to Russia,
nee of the Rus
sian i i tt, considered
China intends to accept
ttion to discuss Mongolian
to substitute a new
ry for the Russo
n convention.
Public feeling is strongly anti-Rus
sian and man ms demanding.
t Mongolia
the provinces.
Inci pally young
Chin*
hi Kai retains con
trol of tl
. 1 o
There la only «»ne independent
newspaper i» San Francisco-—The
Wife Accuses Navy Dentist
Both Petition for a Divorce
Mrs. Genevieve Newbre, who charges husband, a dental surgeon in the
navy, with nonsupport and desertion, and her sister.
Geneyieve Newbre Alleges She Had to Pawn
Gems in Orient and Was Deserted
Charging that her husband, Lloyd I.
Newbre, dental surgeon aboard the
battleship South Dakota and at pres
ent attached at Mare island navy yard,
had ignored her while ill and failed
to support her, Mrs. Genevieve Newbre
of 264 A Carl street, yesterday obtained
from Judge John L. Childs an order di
recting her husband to pay her $50
temporary alimony. In addition the
court directed the navy man to pay
counsel fees of $50 and court costs of
the same amount to cover the wife's
expenses in her answer to his suit for
divorce on the ground of desertion.
Mrs. Newbre has filed a cross com
plaint charging desertion and non
support.
Mrs. Newbre asserted that her hus
band utterly ignored her while he was
BANKER IS RUINED
BY WIRE TAPPERS
Kirby's Wife Tells Dramatic
Story of How Institution
Was Wrecked
CHICAGO, Nov. 15.—Mrs. Margaret
L. Kirby, wife of the president of the
defunct Kirby Savings bank, in the j
federal court today related an involved
story of banking and gambling which
reached a point of dramatic intensity
late this afternoon when two suspected
swindlers, were brought before Mrs.
Kirby for identification.
The expected denoument failed when
Mrs. Kirby could not identify the two
men whom she had charged with
swindling her husband of J60.000
through the wire tapping scheme.
Throughout the day a crowd Jammed
Judge Landis' court to hear the
woman's confession, every sentence of
which further implicated her husband
in the failure of his private savings
bank. She said she trustingly made
bank deposits under fictitious names
under her husband's orders.
In simple narrative style she told of
wild night rides in taxicabs, when she
carried from $10,000 to $20,000 in a
small black handbag, hurrying to Kirby
that he might have more funds with
which to plunge on the fake wire tap
ping scheme.
Mrs, Kirby said she was almost pen
niless, having turned over even her
Jewelry to her mother to obtain money
with which to employ counsel.
APPEAL COURT UPHOLDS
LOCAL OPTION IN STATE
Jail Doors Open for "Dry" Ter-
ritory Violator
SACRAMENTO, Nov. 15.—The third
district court of appeal, in an opinion
handed down and written by Presiding
Justice Chipman, and in which Asso
ciate Justices E. C. Hart and A. G.
Burnett concur, upholds the state local
option law and liberates from jail a
prisoner on a written habeas corpus
who was sentenced on a charge of sell
ing liquor in "dry" territory in Stanis
laus county.
This was the case of Charles Zany,
near Modesto July 11 and con
victed under a county initiative ordi
nance, making it unlawful to sell
liquor.
The decision has the effect of in
validating all county initiative ordi
nances that conflict with the Wylie
local option law. .
Zany contended that, only incorpo
rated cities and towns in supervisorial
districts had the right to enact liquor
laws.
CITRUS FRUIT GROWERS
BEGIN TA.7IFF CAMPAIGN
SAN BERNARDINO. Nov.
fight of the citrus fruit to
retain the present tariff under the
forthcoming democrat'c administration
started today.
The Chamber of Commerce of San
Bernardino county and the democratic
county executive committee tele
graphed an invitation to each congress
man elect of the state to attend a con
ference here the latter part of this
month to meet the leading fruit grow
ers of southern California.
It is planned to take the congress
men on an automobile tour of the fruit
districts of Los Angeles, Riverside, San
Diego, Orange and San Bernardino
counties.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1912.
with the battleship fleet in Asiatic
waters. She fell ill and was compelled
to pawn diamonds and to seek the
aid of her siste . Mrs. M. C. Perl, with
whom she is living, and who accom
panied her to court yesterday. The
wife's attorney asked an order to com
pel Newhrf to redeem the diamonds
from pawn, but the court was unable
to comply, merely remarking that "as
a man of honor" Newbre should see
that his wife did not lose her Jewels.
The attorney for Newbre expressed the
belief that the husband would redeem
the pledges. The Newbres were mar
ried in 1906 and Newbre says that his
wife deserted him in 1911. She al
leges that he deserted her at that
time. The wife asks $150 alimony,
claiming that her husband's income is
$500 a month.
FEDERALS FLEE
ACROSS BORDER
Several of Band Routed by Mexi
can Rebels Arrested by
American Troops
EL. PASO, Tex., Nov. 15.—Four Mex
ican federal soldiers are held by United
States troops at Hachita, N. M., sub
ject to orders from the war depart
ment, says a report received today by
General E. Z. Steever at Fort Blis-s.
They fled across tho river after their
fellows were routed by a band of rebels
at Colonia Fernandez, just below the
New Mexico line.
The refugees, who crossed into the
United States with their rifles, report
that a small detachment of federals
met a band of rebels under Colonel
Inez Salazar and after a sharp skirm
ish the government troops were dis
persed.
Rebels 1 today became so bold as to
smuggle several boxes of ammunition
into Juarez, the border town threat
ened by attack. The cases were dis
covered by federal troops concealed in
a wagon of hay on the public plaza.
The secret service has advices that un
armed rebels recently have been cross
ing from El Paso to the Mexican town.
The reported arrest at Albuquerque
of Jose Cordova, secretary-general to
the revolution, is denied by General E.
Z. Steever, although the report is con
firmed officially by General Trucy Au
bert in Juarez.
Marshal Denies Arrest
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M., Nov. 15.—
That Jose Cordova, secretary general
of the revolution, has been arrested
here is denied by the United States
marshal. Cordova has been in town
several days.
Report on Casualties
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15.—Twenty
three persons at least #ere killed or
badly wounded on the American side
of the Mexican boundary last year by
bullets fired during the fighting be
tween the rebels and government forces
under Madero.
This fact was developed by the
special army board, headed by Colonel
Francis Kern.an, which has just re
turned to Washington from an inspec
tion trip to El Paso Tex., and Douglas,
Ariz., where most of the trouble oc
curred.
The board is satisfied that other per
sons, many of them Mexicans, received
lesser injuries.
RANDLE TO DIRECT BIG
RECLAMATION PROJECT
Engineer Resigns Position With
City of Sacramento
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SACRAMENTO, Nov. 15.—George N.
Randle, city engineer and superin
tendent of streets for several
tendered nls resignation to the city
commission this afternoon, effective
November 18.
Randle will become engineer in
charge of surveys for the Chicago
syndicate, which closed the deal yester
day for the 60,000 acres still unre
claimed in Sutter basjn. He will out
line the system of irrigation and make
the surveys for levees.
Randle's salary as city engineer was
$5,300 a year. The reclamation project
is a $5,000,000 scheme.
The C«H Is now nn absolutely in
dependent newspaper. Try it out
and see.
HUNDREDS OF
ARMY OFFICERS
TO BE SHIFTED
In Order to Comply With New
Law 570 Reassignments
Must Be Made
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15.—The most
extensive shift in the assignment of
army officers in the history of the
service will have taken place before
December 15, as a result of the pro
vision in the new army bill requiring
that no officer shall be absent from
his line command for a longer period
than two years in every six years. In
order to adjust the assignments to
comply with this section 570 officers
will be transferred within the next
month.
Major General Leonard A. Wood,
chief of staff, has worked for several
months readjusting the assignments so
that the department will strictly com
ply with the law in this respect. Under
the interpretation of the law by the
judge advocate "general it was found
that there was no alternative but to
order the transfers.
A STANDING GRIEVANCE
While the law is unquestionably re
garded by many of the officers person
ally affected as working a hardship
upon them and an injustice to the serv
ice, it will remove a grievance
of many years among department, post
and regimental commanders. Many of
the grizzled critics of bureau influence
and war department favoritism will
chuckle in glee.
A good story, which was told for
the first time in Washington today,
cornea out of the west, illustrating the
extent to which "leaves" and "d*
tached for special duty" were some
times carried under the old regime.
Colonel Cornelius Gardener, com
manding the Sixteenth United States
infantry at San Francisco, was a few
years ago In temporary command of
"the largest post in the United States
service. Fort William McKinley, just
after the accident that, placed on the
retired list General Win held Scott
F.ricerlfv, who came to his star after a
brilliant career almost wnolly with the
Seventh regiment.
NOTED AS DISt IPLINARIAN
Colonel Gardener is particularly noted
as a disciplinarian. He found many
organizations shockingly short of
senior officers. In the case of one bat
tery of artillery a "shavetail" repre
sented the closest approach to "straps,"
Colonel Gardener made a report in
which he drew attention to this state
of affairs, asking if, in the opinion of
the chief of staff, a second lieutenant
was able to command a battery. The
report went through regular milltary
channels. reaching the estado mayor,
Manila, next day, where Major General
John F. Weston, afterward in command
at San Francisco, was G. O. C. of the
department of Tucson. To Major Gen
eral Wood, now chief of the general
staff, "Jack" Weston sent on the report
with this indorsement:
"If a doctor can command a division,
a grocer a department, and a junior
captain be eligible for promotion to
brigadier general. I See/ no reason Why
the second lieutenant should not give a
good account of his battery."
FISHERIES TREATY
HAS BEEN RATIFIED
North American Controversy
With England Is Settled
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15.—Secretary
Knox and Ambassador Bryce today ex
changed ratifications of the treaty
signed July 7 last, providing for an
adjournment between Great Britain and
the United States of the north Atlantic
fisheries controversy. The convention
already has been approved by the sen
ate. In substance it prescribes the
boundary waters, and provides a com
mission to pass upon the reasonable
ness of local and Canadian and New
foundland fisheries regulations.
One of the questions settled by the
fisheries' treaties was that neither
Great Britain nor its colonies may im
pose regulations on American fisher
men, exercising their treaty rights in
the territorial waters of Newfound
land or Canada, unles such regula
tions are held to be reasonable by an
impartial tribunal. In case of dispute
neither Great Britain nor the United
States can be sole Judge of the regula
tions.
The fishermen will know before the
beginning of each season just what
regulations will be in force that sea
son, thus putting to an end the former
practice on the Newfoundland coast
of imposing regulations on short notice
or without ?ny notice. The results
secured sustain the chief contentions
of the United States in the arbitra
tion.
LONGWORTH, LOSING BY
97 VOTES, SPENT $1,500
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15.—-Representa
tive Longworth of Ohio, who was de
feated for re-election by 97 votes, spent
$1,500 in his campaign, according to
his report, received today by the clerk
of the house. His opponent, Stanley
E. Bowdle, reported he spent $857.
EXTRA!!
Special Purchase
Staple suitings, suitable for all
the year round wear.
WADE TO ORDER
$25t0530
Take advantage of this special
offer, as these suitings can not be
duplicated at the prices.
Now on Display in
Our Window
Made by Union Tailors in our
own shop. Best linings and
interlinings.
Make One of These Your
Thanksgiving Suit
Overcoats* to
Order $30 to $50
KELLEBER & BROWNE
THE IRISH TAILORS
TtO Market. 33 Geary.
GIRLS RESCUED
WITH FIVE MEN
FROM DARK PIT
Mine Explosion Entombs Seven
Persons in Shaft for Four
teen Hours
FRISCO, Utah. Nov. 15.—Two young
girls and five men were lifted one by
one from the cage at the mouth of
the Horn Silver mine at 1 o'clock this
afternoon, while 60 miners from near
and far and men, women and children
of the little town of Frisco cheered'
and' sobbed with joy. For 14 hours
the seven had been held prisoners 300
feet below the surface of the ground,
while the rescuing miners toiled in
15 minute shifts to clear away the
mass of earth and timbers that barred
the way to light and air and life.
Two daughters of Mine Foreman Roy
Alexander, Daisy and Hazel, aged 16
and 19 years; David Banks, Arnold
Robinson, James Riley, John White and
a Greek miner whose name is not
known, were on the 300 foot level
of the mine at 10 o'clock last night,
some of the miners at work, the girls
and two of the young men looking
on. when there was a tremor of the
earth, then a blast of wind that snuffed
every candle, followed by another roar
and quake and finally a stillness that
made the dark more terrible.
Riley, a shift boss, relit his candle,
hurried the party back into the drift
beyond the danger of further caves and
picked his way toward the shaft where
the 6lide had taken place. Finding
the compressed air pipes still in po
sition, he tapped a signal to the men
on top and a little later was able to
make his voice heard through the pipe
line.
The message of cheer came faintly
Twglvg Reasons Why
YOU should Buy NOW in
StFr^ncis^odd
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1 <K» IMPROVEMENTS IBy>= '
Reasons No. 5 to & will appear in next week's papers.
St Francis Wood will have the highest class of street improvements ever offered to San
Francisco lot buyers. Olmsted Brothers of Brookline, Mass., have brought thirty years' ex
perience, gained in as many cities, to the design of this work. Never before in California
have permanency, convenience and beauty of street improvement been so well combined as in
St Francis Wood.
Streets will be paved with concrete base and roughened asphaltic surface that gives footing to horses
and traction to motors. Sidewalks of concrete beautifully patterned with brick are now being laid.
Thousand's of feet of heavily armored curb are already constructed.
Sewers and gas and water mains will be laid in sidewalk areas and private easements so that the
pavements need never be torn up.
Electric wires will be placed in conduits, eliminating hideous poles from streets.
Beautiful gasoliers will furnish ample street light; frequent hydrants will minimize fire risk.
Wide, highly-cultivated parking spaces will transform the barrenness of most San Francisco streets
into the beautiy of a private garden—
AND ALL THESE IMPROVEMENTS WITHOUT ONE CENT OF BURDEN
UPON THE LOT OWNER.
With the installation of each of these highest class improvements* the value of lots in
St Francis Wood will rise.
Therefore buy now in St Francis Wood.
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UU-J LOCATION ,1 i «- (gffiTRANBFORTATKy«) J
St Francis Wood is but three and one-half With the completion of the Twin Peaks Tunnel,
miles from the Civic Center of San Francisco. It St Francis Wood will be less than twenty minutes
is at the exact center of what is to be San Fran- by fast electric train from the business center of
Cisco's finest residence section—the Merced Dis- San Francisco. The western portal of the tunnel
trict. Is but a block from the property—the first stop west
From the main entrance of St Francis Wood fire of the tunnel will be made at its main entrance,
of San Francisco's principal boulevards — Sloat, Two car line*, now pass this main entrance—
Corbett, Dewey. Junipero Serra and Ocean—radiate the Ingleside (No. 12), serving the Mission and
in as many directions.* wholesale district; the Ellis (No. 20), serving the
St Francis Wood Is in Sutro Forest on a gentle, Western Addition and the shopping and theater
sunny, sheltered elope, overlooking Lake Merced district.
and the Pacific, and midway between Park and Beginning January let, the Ellis cars will run
Beach. from Fourth and Market without change to St
It occupies an Ideal suburban location near the Francis Wood on a ten-minute headway.
business heart of a great and growing city and Today—good car service—low prices.
iirect line of its
srowth. ii. i , i ~i m Tomorrow — improved
nel will double—the ~» Soon—unequaled elec
growth of San Francisco fl/MRi! SJLm*i QM (( »- " triC tr3ln service—fast '
Therefore buy now in PRcmlcri Therefore hoy now in
St Francis Wood. ' = * St Francis Wood.
i The restrictions that govern St Francis Wood j 1
q C f f C protect both home buyers and investors against p a i j
D.V street \*JiT unpleasant surroundings and property deprecia- *->V /MltomODlle
tion - Go by automobile
(No O, »0) and transfer They stand between the purchaser and the nui- through Golden Gate
at '20th' avenue and sances—-stables, laundries, undertaking establish- Park along -the South
Tinr-nin to a car that ments —that ruin neighborhoods and reduce values. _ . ~„..
mm direct to St They bar the spite fence and the shack, the fiat Drh-e t0 19th avenue,
Francis Wood. On and tne apartment house, the corner grocery and thence over this aye-
Pundav our automo- the saloon. . nue to Sloat Boule
biles meet cars at They guarantee wide lots—none less than fifty yard- a short turn to
20th avenue and Un- feet; freedom from crowding, ample garden space .. . ,
coin way. at front and sides, light, sunshine, air—houses of the east » dn<i you are
If more convenient, pleasing design and minimum cost. at St Francis Wood,
take Ingleside car There are but a few hundred restriction-pro- Automobiles are op
(No. 12) on Mission tected residence lots in all San Francisco. Those prated rtailv from our
street, which runs di- most carefully and scientifically protected are in eraiea aauy irom our
rect to St trancis g t Francis Wood. offices. We shall be
W After Jan. Ist. Ellis- As the value of this protection is demonstrated I{ a Francis ak wood U If
street cars will run prices will increase to twice—THREE TIMES— desired an automobile
to St Francis Wood nrasent nrices • will call at your home
without change on a i"«~ f by appo i n tment.
ten-minnte headway, j Therefore boy now in St Francis Wood. !
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Illinois Is Hot After
New Legislative Acts
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
AURORA, 111., Nov. 15.—En
franchlsement of women In Illi
nois Trill be demanded of the
legislature by the women's clubs.
Other bills which the legislative
committee will pnsh at Spring
field when the legislature meets
Include an act for the Immediate
registration of all births and
deaths as a means of lessening
the death rate of 'nfants; a
minimum wage commission; au
thority for cities to acquire,
equip and conduct playgrounds;
authority for expenditure of
funds for a farm colony for epi
leptics t one rest day In seven;
and higher educational require
ments for children leavtng school
and taking working classes.
to the surface, but it brought relief
to the anxious crowd which had begun
to gather.
News of the disaster spread through
out the region and the miners hurried
from every direction to offer aid. In
a very few minutes the work now
completed was under way and it con
tinued uninterruptedly until the picks
and shovels pierced the masses of earth
sealing the mouth of the drift and a
safe exit was made for the marooned
party.
Early in the morning apprehension
was caused by a report that other
miners were entombed in the lower
levels of the mine, but a roll call ac
counted for every employe save those
on the 300 foot level.
"For the Bigger, Better San Fran
cisco" is the pledge and aim of
The Call.
ILLUSTRATED LECTXTRE—An illustrated lec
ture on the Panama canal, given by a repre
sentative of the exposition company, will be
one of the feature* of the entertainment to be
given next Tuesday evening. NoTPtnl>er 19, by
the Daughters of California Pioneers in Pioneer
hall. Musical numbers will be furnished by
Mrs. Frances Hamilton, the talented singer,
and K. Lewys. concert pianist.
IMMENSE VALUE
IS INVOLVED IN
OIL LAND SUIT
Title to $500,000,000 Tracts
Awaits Federal Supreme
Court Decision
WASHINGTON, Nov. 15.—Title to
western oil lands valued at the stu
pendous figure of $500,000,000 is said
to depend upon the outcome of the
legal controversy which opened in ear
nest today before the supreme court of
the United States. Edmund Burke filed
before the court his printed argument
in favor of a claim to a portion of the
land in controversy, scathingly ar
raigning the Southern Pacific Railroad
company, also fighting for the prop
erty. The case will be argued orally
January 6.
The land in controversy in this par
ticular case is in the oil fields of
southern California. The Southern Pa
cific claims it under the land grant
act and interior department patents
which contained the provision, "ex
cluding and excepting all mineral lands,
should any such be found in the tract."
According to the brief filed today
the interpretation of exception would
determine the Southern Pacific's claim
to oil land worth more than the entire
railroad itself.
The brief charges the railroad with
attempting to control the mineral de
velopment of California through dum
my corporations, and suggests that if it
would stop this it would have more
time to devote to the carrying of pas
sengers and freight, "just as it has
greatly enhanced its value since the
few years it was relieved of the po
litical control of California."
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