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Dr. Abrams Home After Medical Triumph
Foreign Authorities Indorse New Discovery
DEAF EAR FOR
Doctor Explains His Spina , .
Treatment for Appendicitis
and Other Ailments
Members of Profession
Make Bitter Criticism
Here are some of the things
Dr. Albert Abrams , San Fran
cisco colleagues in the medical
profession had to say of his new
treatment for appendicitis when
they heard of it last Wednesday :
DR. THI'RLOW MILLER—"I
tliink it Ik a fake."
MR. ALANSOX WEEKS—"Pure
DR.G. F. BHACKETT—"A pre
DR. STANLEY STIIJLMAIV—
DR. J. WILSOX SHIELS—"Xot
founded o n scientific fact."
OH. WALLACE B. TERRY—"It
Khould be isrnorcrt."
DR. \. \V. MORTON—•'Aβ Iβ
DR. A. E. REMMEIi—"I don't
think there Iβ anything; in It."
F»H. CONRAD AVEILr—"I have
no faith in it."
OR. c. R. PIXKHAM — "It
striken me as a fad."
"To offer anything new in the med
ical profession is to be hounded to
death by one's colleagues."
"Did you ever see people throwing
i and stones at a tree that did not
"If these gentlemen had wailed until
they investigated and learned they
might have avoided being unethical."
"What estimate my colleagues here
make of .my discoveries, I care not."
"These gentlemen are not worth an
DR. ALBERT ABRAMS.
Dr. Albert Shrams has returned to
his home in this city, to face the critics
in his own profession who applied s>uch
term? as "fake," "pure bunk," "tommy
nil other epithets to his discov
eries in the treatment of appendicitis
and other dread ailments, which were
announced by him at thf> recent annual
convention in Chicago of the American
Association for the tfiudy of Spondy
Spondylotherapy is technically de
fined as the physio-therapy of the
spine, based on a study of clinical phys
iology. Reduced to language that the
average layman can understand, it is
the treatment of certain diseases by
stimulating certain nerves by mechan
Doctor Abrams has long been a nerve
specialist. He is a member of the
American Medical association, consult
ing physician to the Afount Zion and
French hospitals in this city, former
professor of pathology and director of
the medical clinic at Cooper Medical
college, an alumnus of Heidelberg uni
versity and known professionally
abroad as well as at home.
When he announced to the medical
v, orld a few days ago that by the
manipulation of certain nerve center?
in the human body hr- could relieve
ailments that the medical world up to
this time has held to be curable only
by the use of the knife, the profession
was in an uproar.
RIDICULE BY BROTHERS
Trading physicians of the conserva
tive school, with a unanimity quit*
characteristic of that school, used rude
language towatrd the doctor's theories,
which, In fact, the doctor has reduced
to actual practice. His discoveries were
abused and rii^euled.
Doctor Ahram? stands to his Runs.
He regards himself as but another of]
the long list of pleneew in science who ]
have been damned today to )-f> glorified j
W, He disdains to fire hack at
his rritic s. ;i!beit he mal:i-s some severe
comments on their attitii
"To offer anything new in th<> medi
cal profession is to he hounded to death]
by one's colleagues," said Dr. AbrameJ
"Semrnelweiss iir't taught, in Vienna,
that women could lM caved from child
bed ffvcr by nieie attention to cleanli
ness. He was so ostracised that he
died in an insane asylum. A century
they ervcted a monument to his
"That is the attitude of the medical
profession toward those who make
radical discoveries. There are number-
J,**;: » it. If these gentle
man ha i traited until they had in
vestigated and learned, they might
have avoided being unethical. lam not
Roinjsr to answer these gentlemen. They
are not worth answering. It is not my
desire to hit a member of my profes
sion But did you ever see people,
throwing sticks and stones at a tree
th-it did not bear fruit?
The trouble with some people is that
confuse spondylotherapy with
thy and cheiropractics. It has
to do with either. It is merely
the application to human beings of the
treatments that we have learned from
study of animals. Tt is treatment of j
certain disorders without vivisection.
DEAF TO HIS CRITICS
"I did not say that you could cure all j
cases of appendicitis by this method T
have discovered. You can not cure it
If it has gone to an advanced stage, but
you can cure it thus if you get it In
its early stages. What estimate my
colleagues here make of my discoveries
I care not. The indorsement of such
bodies as the British Medical associa
tion, the president of which has pub
licly praised my methods; of the lead
ing medical journals, af the highest
medical authorities in this country and
abroad, is quite enough for me."
The doctor gave a description of his
processes'. He bases his treatment of
appendicitis, aneurisms of various kinds
and many baffling Mb on the applica
tion of mechanical remedies. The fea
tare of his treatment is the control of
the nerve that controls the muscles at
the seat of trouble. He exerts this con
trol by external pressure or manipu
lation of the proper spinal vertebra,
in the activity ot the muscle
that will give relief.
"Appendicitis," he said, "is the result
of the accumulation of germs in the
Dr. Albert Abrams, discoverer of new treatment, sketched by Call artist.
large intestine. The question is how
to clean out this large intestine. *
"Hitherto, the sigmoid flexure has
presented an obstacle to the successful
introduction of the cleansing tube: If
we -"an get past the sigmoid flexure we
can cleanse the intestine."
By his vertebral pressure on the
right nerve system, and the consequent
muscular activity within, Dr. Abrams
claims to have found the solution of
the problem presented by the sigmoid
flexure, and the means of cleansing the
large intestine. He holds that if this
be done in time, the patient will re
cover from appendicitis. .
'Not alone appendicitis, but many
other diseases," says Doctor Abrams,
"are due to nothing £ut the accumula
tion of septic matter in the large in
testine. If we can remove this we may
effect a cure. Aneurism is now curable
by the application of stimulation to
certain vertebrae of the spine. Next,
there is goitre, which may be similarly
remedied. The principle may be illus-
KINGS OF THE COTE
AND COOP TO VIE
Pigeons and Chickens Will Com=
pete for Honors at Alameda
OAKLAND, Nov. 19.—The combined
exhibition of the Alameda County Poul
try association and the California
Pigeon club will be held in Piedmont
pavilion November 2t> to December 1.
It will be one of the largest exhibitions
of fancy birds ever held on the Pacific
coast, the exhibits totaling more than
2,700. It will be also a well balanced
chow, no one variety standing out
prominently above the others.
Competition Is expected to be keen,
many of the birds having taken prizes
recently in other shows. The local
breeders will have their best fowls
on view in rivalry for honors.
A keen contest is expected between
the Buff Orpingtons and the White
Orpingtons. There will be champions
from the recent San Jose and Stock
ton exhibitions and from Madison
Square garden, Nfw York, and Chi
cago. Southern California will send
more than 200 specimens. Walter
Hogan's White Leghorns will be
brought from Petaluma.
The interior will be arranged in
single decks with wide aisles for the
convenience of exhibitors and visitors.
A restaurant will be in operation.
Judging will begfn November 25, but
the show will not be opened to the
public until the following day.
PHONE MERGER TANGLE
GOES OVER TO FRIDAY
Pacific Pleads Restraining Order
Costs $18,000 Monthly
Superior Judge Trabucco, sitting for
Superior Judge Lawlor yesterday
heard a motion made by counsel for
the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph
company to have a restraining order
granted against them last March dis
solved or modified In order that they
may disconnect or dismantle the appli
ances of the Home Telephone company
recently merged with that corpora
It was continued until Friday for
argument. The motion was based on
affidavits that while they have supplied
service over the Home automatic
phones, many subscribers have not paid
their bills. The Pacific company as
serts it is losing $18,000 a month on
F. P. Dunne of the Municipal Tele
phone and Anti-Merger league filed a
counter affidavit alleging that the de
fendants have delayed passing on the
list of telephone users who have given
removal notices by providing lists not
easily read. The Pacific company said
that the plaintiffs have passed on only
189 out of 4.06S subscribers.
THE BAX FRAXCTSCO CALL, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 1912. -
trated by the case of the man who
'sees stars' when he gets a blow on
the head. The explanation is that when
he is struck the blow hits the spot
that affects the optic nerve. Multi
tudes of diseases may now be cured
that were once thought curable rarely
if at all.'*
Doctor Abrams holds that spondylo
therapy "concerns itself only With the
excitation of the functional centers of
the spinal cord by different methods,
which may be executed and demon
strated with the same certainty in the
living subject as is done by the %'ivi
sectional experimentalist. - '
I>oetor Abrams proclaims his dis
coveries aloud, and the louder because
his colleagues in this city have dis
But what seems to annoy him most is
that the other doctors should have de
nounced his theories before they knew
what they were.
"Tt is something new; that is all,"
says Doctor Abrams.
Section of Northern District
Elects Officers; Next Ses
sion at Tahoe
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
CHICO. Nov. 19.—With the selection
of Lake Tahoe as the next meeting
place and election of Dr. Dan Moulton
of Chico as president, the State Medical
society, northern district, completed its
annual convention in this city tonight.
The other officers elected are:
First vice president. Ci. H. Fay, Anbnrn: «ee
nr\i\ vii-p presiilfiit. I>r. Ctwrles Jonos, Sm-ra
iiii»nt<>: third vlcp president. Dr. T. I. IVory.
Yubn city: sorrHary. Dr. Fred <Jnndnim. Sacra
nipnto: trf-;«surrr. Dr. (>. Sninshury, Thlco.
The delegates were met at all trains
this morning by members of the Butte
county society. At noon a banquet was
held in a local hotel, at which an ad
dress of welcome was delivered by
Mayor Robbie. To this Dr. R. A. Peers
of Col fas responded.
Dt*. «T. Parkinson of Sarrampnto
health standpoint, and Doctor Snow
of the state board of education talked
on health insurance acts. Doctor Mnul
ton of Ohicro discussed the serum the
ory. The following doctors also took
part in the convention proggram:
Jan. H. Parkinson. W. V. Snow, George Spen
rpv. K. BrijCKs, CbttifM .fonos, \V. F. HftDna nil
Of Saermnontn: Q. 11. Kay of Auburn. F. U
Ilornp of NewcaStlp, C. A. Bell of AiwWeon.
A >r. Holnholt of Stockton, H. A. of
Oolfex. K. E. BPPrlrtir ami (J. BbrtKht. both of
San Franelaeo. and Ells Oatfhell. P. r<. Hamil
ton. Pea Moulton, C. I*. Rrownlng. 0. St*n<«-
You cannot afford to
do without it %♦ glass
before breakfast clears
the head and tones up the
Natural Laxative j
Quickly Relieves:— Bgg
Stomach Disorders, K^^S
WIN A "STRIKE"
California Growers Score Ad=
vaetage When New York
Brokers Cease Gauging
TjOS ANGELES, Nov. 19.—8y siding
with the fruit buyers in New York in
their "strike" against what were de
clared to be excessive charges by
brokers for delivery of purchases, the
orange growers of California scored
a distinct advantage today, ending the
strike and obtaining for the buyers a
lower rate for delivery.
The California Fruit Growers' ex
change received aJtelegram this morn
ing from New York saying that the
"strike" had ended in a complete vic
tory for the Fruit Buyers' association
and that the receiving brokers were
delivering fruit to the buyers at a rate
from 1 to 2 cents per box lower than
GROWERS WILL PROFIT
"The lowering of the delivery rate
has resulted in a distinct advantage
to the growers of California," said G.
Harold Powell, secretary and manager
of the Fruit Growers' exchange, who
said the fruit grower of California had
been striving for 15 years to obtain
a reduction in the charge for delivery.
The trouble reached a crisis yester
day when auctioneers on the New York
piers failed to receive a single bid for
any part of a fruit shipment, consist
ing of 150 cars, mostly oranges.
The buyers, according to Powell, ob
jected to paying a delivery charge that
amounted to 5 cents and sometimes
more per box. They refused to bid on
any fruit, and even when the auc
tioneers asked for 1 cent per box for
fruit that ordinarily brought $4 per
box, there were no responses.
BUYERS WIN VICTORY
The fruit growers here' threw the
weight of their influence on the side of
the buyers and were informed that a
reduction would be made. This was
followed by the calling off of the
"The buyers won," said Powell. "The
receivers of the fruit now are deliver
ing the fruit to buyers at a rate
averaging about 3 % cents per box and
the victory of the buyers is a great
help to the growers here in California."
Market Resumes Activity
NEW YORK, Nov. l9._The dispute
over cartage rates between California
fruit brokers and the New York Fruit
Buyers' association, which threatened
to create a shortage of California fruits
in the east, was settled today and the
auction sales that dispose of from 100
to 200 carloads of fruit a day, were
resumed. The buyers objected to a
recent increase of about 33 1-;? por cent
in cartage charges and yesterday re
fused to bid on 150 carloads of oranges,
grapes and pears offered by the local
receivers for the California Fruit
Growers' exchange and others..
WIRED TO MAKE SURE
Idaho Governor Takes No
Chances on Appointee
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19.—Determined
to take no chances of oeing late, the
governor of Idaho today telegraphed
the credentials of the states new sena
tor, Kirtland I. Perky, to the secretary
of the senate.
This is the first time this method of
Introducing a senator has been used.
Perky will occupy the seat of the late
Senator Heyburn until the state legis
lature elects his successor.
The credentials of Perky will have
to be supplemented in the regular way.
BY REBELS IS DEAD
EL PAKO, Nov. 19.—John Brooks, a
former Texas state ranger, died today
at his contracting camp at Colonia
Chuichupa, southwest of Juarez, from
wounds received in a tight with Mex
ican rebels. On Sunday Enrique Por
tilla, a rebel leader, whom federal
troops have been pursuing, demanded
money of Brooks. Brooks fired, killing
Portilla and wounding two of his fol
lowers, and received wounds in return
which proved fatal.
On the Contra Costa Peninsula
Opposite the Golden Gate ;
IT AS just voted $1,170,000 in Bonds ]
~ j to construct a big, new Harbor ]
in conjunction with the United \
States Government. t \
With this Harbor, her great Manu- ;
facturing Plants, Transcontinental Rail- ;
roads, Cheap Electrical Powec and Fuel ]
Oil, and Low Taxes, -she ]
Will Become One of the Largest Manu- ]
facturing Seaports in the Country :
Richmond Industrial Commission
TRADE NEEDS NO
NEW RUSSIA PACT
Other Treaties Are Expected to
Supply Agreement Which
Expires January 1
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19.—The rela
tions to be maintained between the
United States and Russia, after the ex
isting treaty becomes inoperative Jan
uary 1, were discussed today between
President Taft and the Rusgan am
bassador, George Bakhmeteff.
The announcement of an agreement
upon a continuance of trade relations
is expected before January 1.
The ostensible reason for the am
bassador's call at the White >House was
to re-establish social relations inter
rupted by the summer vacation, to
which color was lent by the fact that
the ambassadress, Mme. Bakhmeteff,
accompanied her husband, paying a
visit to the President and Mrs. Taft.
The close study of existing laws and
treaties—for there are other conven
tions between America and Russia than
the treaty of trade and commerce of
1832, already denounced —being made at
the state department and in the Rus
sian embassy here is already beginning
to bear fruit. Probably wjthout any
official action on the part of either
government existing treaty relations
The only point in doubt 1$ whether,
to prevent the imposition of the maxi
mum Russian duties after January 1
on American products, it will be neces
sary for Russia -to issue an order in
council suspending the application of
the law. There is reason to believe
that these maximum duties may not
become effective except by decree,
which will be withheld.
In that case it will only be necessary
to give notice to the business interests
of both countries that trade relations
may continue indefinitely on the exist
ing basis, without change of tariff
EXECUTION OF FATHER
AND SON POSTPONED
Latter Appeals on Ground of
Twice in Jeopardy
RICHMOND, Va., 'Nov. 19.—The date
for the execution of Bioyd Allen and
his son, Claude S. Allen, for participa
tion in the Hillsville courthouse mur
ders, was postponed today by Gover
nor Mann, from November 22 to De
The respite was granted so that
Claude Allen might take an appeal to
the United States supreme court on the
constitutional ground that his life
twice had been placed in jeopardy.
Floyd Allen was sentenced to death
for the killing of Commonwealth At
torney Foster. Claude first was sen
tenced to 15 years for shooting . Judge
Massie, but on a second trial, was sen
tenced to death for the murder of At
Trial of Leader Closes
WYTHEVILLE, Va., Nov. 19.—Hear
ing of testimony in the trial for mur
der of Sidna Allen, leader of the Allen
mountain clan that shot officials of the
Hillsville court in March, closed today.
The court"recessed to consider instruc
tions to the jury.
There Iβ only one independent
nenapaper In San Francisco—The
SAILOR OF THE NAVY
SLAIN IN SHANGHAI
Shipwright While Ashore Killed
by Foreign Jackie
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19. —Nathan E.
"Willis, a shipwright, who enlisted in
the navy from Central City, Neb., was
killed ashore in Shanghai yesterday by
a foreign man-of-war's man, accord
ing to a cablegram to the navy depart
ment today from Admiral Nicholson,
commander in chief of the Asiatic fleet.
The killing is under investigation by
a board composed of American and for
eign naval officers.
SENATOR WARBEtf SAFE—Cheyenne. Wyo..
Nov. 10.—Latp returns from Wyoming counties
jriTe th<> republicans control of each house and
a majority of eight on joint ballot in the
twelfth legislature. This moans Senator War
ron's re-election as United States senator.
Exposition Traffic Is
Stirring Up Railroad
[Special Dispatch to The Call}
NEW YORK, Nov. 19.—1n ex
pectation of an increase in pas
senger traffic at the time of the
Panama-Pacific exposition. the
Denver <& TUo Grande railroad
will betrlu work Immediately on
a double track detour line be
tween Tucker and Soldier Sum
mit, I'tah. The present road be
tween the two points in seven
miles U>nK with of grade of 221
feet to the mile. When the n*J*v
line is completed next Hummer
the distance will be 15 miles, bnt
the grade will be reduced by half
aud the curvature streatly les
sened. It was announced also
that the road would soon be
electrified between Salt Lake
City and Helper, a distance of
UK miles. These improvements
will help in hnndliiijt the In
creased traffic due to the opening
of the Western Pacific railway
and the increasing flow of coal
from the I'tah mines to the Ne
vada nnd the Montana smelters.
FOR WATER POWER
Secretary of Interior Warns
Corporations That They Must
Treat Consumers Fairly
WASHINGTON, Nov. 19.—Secretary
of the Interior Fisher today flatly told
water power corporations holding li
cense that they would be forced to
grant reasonable rates to consumers
regardless of ancient contract rights
to the contrary.
This announcement, affecting many
large interests in the western states,
was made at the hearing on the regu
lations soon to govern water power in
the public domain of California.
The regulations probably will be in
force with only minor modifications
suggested at the hearing and with the
view to close co-operation between the
federal and state authorities of Cali
Secretary Fisher said that under the
regulations companies, which, upon
having their rates pronounced unreas
onable by state authorities, resort to
jockeying and delays in the courts,
will have their licenses revoked.
"After the state authorities," he said,
"have decided it and the matter has
gone clear through the state supreme
court, then if you insist on your right
of going into the federal courts with
a bill of equity claiming confiscation,
the interior department will revoke
your license. You say the matter of
rates ought to be regulated by the
state: very well, we will go the whole
route with you."
President Eshleman of the Cali
fornia Railway commission, the public
utilities board, expressed accord with
the department's policy, adding that he
did not care to have his commission
a mere "moot court."
BOUNDARY LINE DAM
OPPOSED BY CANADA
WASHINGTON, 1\ T oy. 19.—Through C.
IJ. Doherty, attorney general, the
! Canadian government today filed ob
jections before the international joint
commission to the proposed construc
tion of an international dam at Kettle
falls, the outlet of Rainy lake, on the
Minnesota-Manitoba boundary. The
1 Canadian government protested that I
i the dam would affect the levels of the j
Lake of the Woods, which are now a j
subject of arbitration between the two
DOUBLE CRIME AVENGED
BY SECOND LYNCHING
JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 19.—The
second lynching aimed to avenge the
murder of James Berges and his grand
daughter, Mary Stevenson, last week,
near Mclntosh, was revealed today,
when the body of John Archer, a negro,
was found hanging to a tree near the
scene of the crime. Archer is alleged
to have helped to plan the double mur
der committed by Preech Neile, who
was lynched a few hours afterward.
LLOYD CASE TAKEN
UP BY GRAND JURY
Cecil Nicholson Tells o! Giving
State Witness $20 of
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 19.—The Lloyd
case, which caused the dismissal yes
terday of two city officials, who were
involved in an alleged attempt to dis
credit a state witness in the trial of
Guy Eddie, the suspended city prose
cutor, who is charged with an offense
against a young woman, was taken up
today by the county grand jury.
The principal witnesses were "Jack"
Arlington and Cecil Nicholson, the man
who paid Fred W. Lloyd, the former
special policeman, a gold piece which
had previously been marked by detect
ives working under the direction of
George B. Anderson, former secretary
to Mayor Alexander. These two were
apprehended yesterday at Santa Bar
bara, where they were found under
assumed names and brought to appear
before the grand jury.
In his story to the district attorney
Nicholson said that he had given Lloyd
$20 of marked money, at the instance
of "friends of Guy Eddie" and that he
was promised more if he succeeded in
besmirching Lloyd's reputation as a
witness against Eddie.
"Jack" Arlington, a friend of (Nichol
son, followed the latter on the stand.
"Queenie Mack," the actress wife of
Nicholson, who told the district attor
ney that she had seen her husband dis
play $200, which he said was given to
him by friends of Eddie, was not called,
the Jury adjourning after hearing Ar
lington's story until Thursday morn
"The Paper of Authority" In San
Francisco and California Is The
UNIVERSITY TO EXTEND
ITS STUDY OF FORESTRY
Experimental Station in Govern
ment Tract to Be Established
SEATTLE, Nov. 19.— Negotiations
are nearly complete between the col
lege of forestry of the University of
Washington and the United States for
est service for use by the university
of 1,500 acres of land in the Snoqual
mie national forest for the establish
ment of a forestry experiment station.
The proposed station will be located in
Snohomish county near the Darrington
branch of the Northern Pacific. Thf
land comprising the tract is in such a
stage of development that experiments
of many kinds can b>e conducted.
NEW YORK WILL HAVE
LARGEST MAIL TUBES
They Are Designed to Expedite
NEW YORK, Nov. 19.—The largest
mail tubes in the world are to he in
stalled between the Grand Central and
the Pennsylvania railroad stations
here. The tubes will be at least 24
inches in diameter and may reach 30
inches. They will be built to carry
mail bags so that the rehandling of
mail will not be necessary.
It tends to keep baby's skin dear
and healthy, prevents minor erup
tions, and establishes a permanent
condition of skin and hair health.
Assisted by Cuticura Ointment it is
unrivaled in the treatment of ec
zemas, rashes and other itching,
burning infantile eruptions so often
the cause of baby's fretfulness and
Cuticura Soap and Ointment Bold throughout tfce
world. Liberal sample of each mailed free, with 32-p.
book. Address "Cutlcura," Dept. lIP, Boetoo.
men shave in comfort with CutS
cura Boap Shaving Stick. Liberal sample free.
Cold Weather Helps
for Hair and Skin
The "free" alkali in shampoos will
cause hair to grow dull and lifeless,
split at ends and fall out, and until
hurtful soaps or mixtures are discon
tinued, there can be no relief. A very
fine shampoo mixture can be made
by dissolving , a teaspoonful canthrox
;In a cup of hot water. This should
be poured on the head slowly and
rubbed up well and it will create an
abundance of white, creamy lather.
After a canthrox shampoo the hair
dries evenly and quickly, while the
scalp is left clean, pliant and healthy.
It is not necessary to shampoo every
I week when canthrox is employed, be
cause its effects are quick and lasting.
Continued using of canthrox insures a
clean, healthy scalp and an abundance
of rich, glossy, attractive hair, easy to
Ido up and of an evenness in color.
Men have always been attracted and
I held by woman's beauty. To get rid of
a shiny, greasy, muddy look to the
skin, go to the drug store and get four
ounces of spurmax, dissolve it in one
half pint witch hazel (or hot water),
and add two teaspbonfuls glycerine.
Apply this to the face, neck and arms,
rubbing gently until dry. It will clear
up and whiten the skin and give to It
that charm of youthful freshness so
much envied by all women. This lo
tion does not show or rub off like
powder and is much better. It is
splendid for removing freckles, pimples
and saliowness of the skin.
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