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VOLUME CXIIL—NO. 8.
OF WAR ARE
Hellenic Squadron Sighted
Off Entrance to Straits;
Admiral in Command
Ascertains that Mines
Guarding Channel Are
Defective and May At
tempt to Force Passage;
T Great Naval Engagement
of Campaign Expected
LONDON IS MECCA
OF THE DIPLOMATS
When Delegates of Balkan
Kingdoms and Ottoman
Empire Meet in Historic
St. James Palace Ambas
sadors of the Great
World Powers Will Act
as Sort of Court of
Appeals to Watch, Ad
vise and Maybe Admonish
CORFU, Dee. 7«—The Ftrst regiment
of the Greek arm y landed today at
Santl Quaranta, on the coast of Eplrus,
opposite Corfu, under the protection of
the fleet. The Greek flag was hoisted.
The Turkish authorities submitted
vrithout resistance. The cruiser Mace
donia has captured an Italian, steamer
embarking Albanian Insurgents and
stores oft Avlona and has brought It
?EDIL BAHR. Dardanelles. Dec. 7.—
A Greek squadron composed of six war
ships was sighted at 3:30 o'clock this
* lernoon. -
The admiral in command of the Greek
fleet Is reported to have ascertained
that the mines guarding the entrance
to the Dardanelles are defective. An
attempt to force the passage of the
straits is probable. A test made by
the Turks with three of the mines dis
closed that the- land control had been
exhausted or tampered with.
The Greek navy apparently has ac
cepted the challenge hurled by the
Turks in the recent order to the sul
tan's warships to concentrate In the
Dardanelles. The approach of both
fleets to the historic straits Indicates
that the first important naval engage
ment of the Balkan war may be ex
pected In a short time,
A number of vessels of the Turkish
fleet are concentrated in the Darda
nelles ready for action, and the straits
are believed to be thickly strewn with
London Mecca of Diplomats
LONDON, Dec. 7.—The prospects for
a satisfactory and reasonably rapid set
tlßment of the Balkan war and of the
greater European interests hanging
upon it seem brighter tonight than at
any time since the allied armies took
the field against Turkey.
The envoys from the Balkan king
doms, Greece—if Greece decides to par
ticipate—and the Ottoman empire will
hold ths first meeting of the peace con
ference next Friday. At the same time
the ambassadors of the great powers
In London, charged with the task of
protecting the Interests of their coun
tries, will meet as a sort of court of
appeals to watch, advise and admonish
the peace delegates.
All Resources Strained
To reach even this complicated ar
:.rsgerqent has strained all the re
sources of European diplomacy. There
have been times in the last month when
even the consent of all the governments
to a friendly gathering appeared be
yond the range of possibility. Austria
yesterday consented to join the ambas
sadorial conference, and Germany,
which stood aside awaiting the de
cision of its ally, announced its acqui
escene today. This will be by far the
most important assembly of diplomats
since the Berlin conference of the j
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AGED MAN BURNED
TO DEA TH IN BED
Thomas Fitzgerald, Keeper of
Ingleside Coursing Park, Meets
End in Early Morning Fire
Thomas Fitzgerald. 85 years old.
the keeper for the Ingleside coursing
park at Ingleside, was burned to
death In a fire that destroyed his cot
tage shortly after midnight this
(feral d was found dead in his
bed *rl>en Rre department arrived
on ti lie was suffocated by
the i md liis bed took fire.
The aged man had lighted an oil
heat*r to keep warm and then had
fallen asleep. According to neighbors
the stove exploded.
ARTISTS AWARDED PRIZES
List of Winners In Fourth Exhibition
of American Painters
WASHINGTON. Deo. 7.—The list of!
awards for the fourth exhibition of
contemporary American oil paintings
at the Corcoran art gallery was made |
The W. A. Clark prizes were awarded !
First, $2,000 and the Corcoran gold '
medal, to Childe Hassam of New York ;
for his painting "The New York Win
Second. $1,500 and the Corcoran silver |
medal, to Daniel Garbex of Philadel-.j
phia for his painting "Wilderness."
Third, $1,000 and the Corcoran bronze
medal, to Gardner " Symons of New i
York for his painting "The Breaking
of the River Ice."
Fourth, $500 and the Corcoran hon
orable mention certificate, to Carl J.
Nordell of Boston for his painting
President Taft will attend a private
view of the exhibition on December 16.
It will be opened to the public the fol
lowing day and continue until January
MAN SHOT BY DIVORCEE
Lillian S. Haskell of Sacramento Kills
Frank I. Fischer
SACRAMENTO. Dec 7.—Frank I.
Fischer, a bar tender of this city, was.
shot and killed In a busy business
street of this city this afternoon by
his common law wife, Lillian B. Has
kell, niece of the wife of Superior
Judge L. TV. Fulkerton of Stanislaus
Mrs. Haskell was arrested, and at
the city jail she said that she and
Fischer had been living together as
man and wife for three years and that
she shot him because he left her and
refused to support, her. She has a
mother living in Turlock. She was di
vorced after being married to a man
named Haskell for 14 years.
Fischer was about 33 years old. He
has a mother, Mrs. Ella Fischer, who
lives in Santa Cruz. His sister, Mrs.
Marion Patten, resides at 1361 Q street,
BANKER TO TAKE BRIDE
Richard Schuster Will Marry Miss WH-
Lett Kershaw. Broadway Actress
Special Dispatch to The Call
NEW YORK, Dec. 7.—Richard Schus
ter, a member of the banking house of
Speyer & Co., will marry Miss Wlllett
Kershaw, an actress, within a few
days, and on December 19 they intend
to leave for a honeymoon trip through
Details of the wedding have not been
Schuster is prominent among bank
ers in Wall street and is credited with
being the possessor of a large for
Miss Kershaw has been prominent in
RICH STRIKE AT NOME
"Pay Streak" Four Feet Thick—lnter
est la Winter Camps Awakens
NOME, Alaska, Dec. 7.—Another rich
gold strike on the newly found con
tinuation of the third beach line has
been made on the Koffa claim. The
"pay streak" is 4 feet thick and runs
4 cents to the pan. Pay is running
better as the drifts are extended. The
Bay State group, where pay was struck
November 16, shows increasing results
and several claims are taking out big
dumps. The recent discoveries of gold
have awakened interest in the winter
camps, and the activity around Nome
looks like a revival of the early days
of the camp.
UPLAND MENACED BY FIRE
Aid From Ontario Saves Town From
UPLAND. Cal., Dec 7. — Flames.
fanned by a high wind, destroyed four
of the largest buildings in Upland
early today and caused damage esti
mated at nearly $100,000. The fire
started, it is believed, when the wind
swept electric power wires together.
The sparks set fire to a garage and a
large quantity of gasoline exploded,
spreading the fire to nearby buildings.
The entire city was in danger for two
hours, but the fire department, assisted
by apparatus from Ontario, extin
guished the flames gefore daylight.
AFRICAN FEVER IS FATAL
CHARLESTON. S. C. Dec. 7.—William
D. Crum, a negro. United States min
ister to Liberia, died here today from
African fever, contracted in Monrovia.
Crum's appointment as collector of port
here by President Roosevelt stirred
the south,to bitter protest. President
Taft deposed the negro after he had
served two terms as collector.
FIFTY-SIX PAGES-SAN FRANCISCO. SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 1912.-PAGES 17 TO 28
De Pasquali to Aid in Hammer Burning
Famous Songbird Wires, fc Tll Help Christmas Eve"
Sweet Singer's Graceful Message of Acceptance
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL San Francisco, Cal.
With the utmost pleasure I accept The Call's invitation to sing at the Lotta's
fountain celebration Christmas eve, and my heart and my voice will rejoice in any
service for your splendid city. BERNICE DE PASQUALI.
TAKE OVER U. R. R.
Calhoun Company With
$65,000,000 Capital to
. Stock of Lines
Special Dispatch to The Call
NEW YORK. Dec. 7.—The California
Railway and Power company was or
ganized today in Delaware to acquire
all bf the outstanding capital stock of
the United Railroads of San Francisco,
the San Francisco Electric railways, the
Sierra and San Francisco Power com
pany and the Coast .Valley Gas and
The new company has an authorized
capital of $50,000,000 common, $10,000,
--000 7 per cent cumulative preferred and
$5,000,000 prior preferred 7 per cent
cumulative stock. The common, of
which $40,000,000 is issued, and the pre
ferred, of which $6,874,400 is issued, is
owned by the United Railways Invest
Ladenburg. Thalraann & .Co., Bon-
Continned on Page 18, Column a
PASO ROBLES, Cal. t Dec. 7, 1912.
BERNICE DE PASQUALI
STRAIN OF WRECK
Titanic Survivors Believe Their
Harrowing Experience Af
NEW YORK. Dec. 7.—Many Titanic
disaster survivors are agreed, accord
ing to one of them, that their harrow
ing experiences In that calamity will
have the effect of shortening their lives.
R. W. Daniels, a bond salesman, who
was one of the last men to leap from
the deck of the sinking steamer with
the late Colonel Archibald Grade, and
arrived on the Cedric today, had an en
gagement to dine with Colonel Oracle,
of whose death he was Ignorant until
informed by a newspaper man. Daniels
nearly collapsed when told that Colonel
Grade's funeral bad just been held.
"Alt the News All the Time"
OFFICIAL TO SEE
ALL NEWS ITEMS
University Tries to Muzzle
Press, but Call's Corre
spondence Not to Be
The Call will conttnne to print
the news of Stanford university,
and the copy will not be sub
mitted to tbe official censor. The
Call will be fair and Its news
accurate. But there aeems no
good reason why the fullest pub
licity should not be given to the
affairs of the great institution
or Its student body.
STANFORD UNIVERSITY. Dec. 7—
No more news from this institution
unless It shall first have passed through
th% nets and filters of the official censor.
Such is the decision promulgated to
day by the undergraduate body known
as the associated students, which,
when it sits jointly with the faculty.
Continued on Page 18, Column 3
''air; Frost In the morning; Light northeast Tr|n4
The total of exports from the port of San Fran
cisco for November shows almost
$2,<K 0,000 Increase Over Any Previous Month
Read The Call's classified "Ad" pages if you re
looking for BARGAINS.
To Be Stage
Soprano Gets Spirit
Of New, Greater
Plans grow apace for The Call's great
Christmas eve celebration at Lotta's
fountain, where the hammer of knock
ery—the symbol of malice and dissen
sion in civic life—is to be burned and
consumed on a funeral pyre kindled
by San Francisco's new enthusiasm.
Thursday Mayor Rolph wired his of
ficial sanction from Washington, de
flaring he would be early on the spot
to help light the fire. Mayor Rolph
wants to see that hammer go up In a
smoke that will be blown out to sea,
never to return.
Friday Captain Mitchell of the Na
tionals volunteered to use his com
mand to escort the symbolical hammer
through the streets to the pyre.
Last night the wire brought word
from Mme. Bernlce de Pasquall—the
De Pasquali, most famous coloratura
soprano in America —of the Metropoli
tan Opera company, New York, offer
ing her heart and voice to the great
business San Francisco will have on
foot that night.
De Pasquali American Singer
So there will be music, grand opera,
not the heavy Anvil chorus, but the
cheerful, happy songs of the great com
posers sung by the only American rival
of Sembrich and Tetrazzini. The An
vil chorus may be used as a dirge be
fore the faggots are lighted, but once
the mounting flames catch at the ham
mer it will be time for the music of
praise and thanksgiving.
Madame de Pasquali is an American
singer, gifted with a rare understand
ing of American people and their ways.
When she heard that San Francisco
leaned toward a newer, fresher, more
unified civic life, she realized what
The Call's Christmas eve party meant
to the cltj**
"I will help,** she cried, and In the
next moment wired from Paso Robles,
where she is spending the winter, her
Popular in San Francisco
As an operatic singer she compares
only with the great sopranos of Europe.
Last season, when Marcella Sembrich
said farewell to the stage, Mme. de
Pasquali was chosen to sing the roles
which this great artist had Interpreted
for a quarter of a century. Her voice
possesses rare beauty-of tone, and she
interprets her songs with great finesse
And she loves California. Singing In
San Francisco two years ago last Oc
tober, she was accorded a reception
that she has never forgotten. But It
will be as nothing to the way San
Francisco will take her to its Inmost
heart Christmas eve.
Burn the hammer of knockery?
"I will help," cries Mme. de Pasquali.
BERNHARDT IS GENEROUS
"The Divine Sarah" Will Make Maay
Christmas Presents This Year
Special Dispatch to The Call
CHICAGO, Dec. 7.—Mme. Sarah Bern
hardt plans to "do her Christmas shop
ping early" and says she will buy be
tween $4,000 and $5,000 worth of gifts
for European notables, Including ac
tors, playwrights, dukes and duchesses.
She will not do her own shopping, but
will leave the purchase of gifts to her
companion, Mile. Saylor.
"There is Rostand," the French ac
tress said reflectively, "and Hugos, too.
And the Duke but I won't mention
his name. He wouldn't be surprised.
I must not forget little Sarah Gross,
my son Maurice's child. She was named
after me, you know. And there Is M.
Plron, the old doorkeeper at the Thea
ter Bernhardt in Paris. There are so
many more, but I must not name them."
The companion of the actress has al
ready begun the Christmas shopping.
FIVE MIDLION IN STREET
Only Sleepy Policeman. Guards Coin
Transfer In Salt Lake City
SALT LAKE CITT, Dec 7.—Thou
sands of persons passed $5,000,000 in
the street today and not a penny was
taken. The native honesty of the
populace was'fortified In this instance
by a steel safe weighing several tons
In which the wealth of a local bank
was transported from its old quarters
to a new skyscraper building on the
opposite side of the street. A single
policeman looked on idly at the trans
fer, which consumed about two hours.
BURNS BURNS BIG BARN
Napa Patlent'a Mania Has Incendiary
Tendency at Midnight
Special Dispatch to The Call
NAPA, Dec. 7.—James Burns, a pa
tient at Napa state hospital, set a straw
barn on fire at midnight last night.
The barn and its contents were de
stroyed by flames and five horses were
killed. Burns had escaped from the
main building at 10:4 i o'clock, and, re
turning at midnight, set fire to the
barn. -The loss was $6,200. Burns was
committed from San Francisco in 1910, i
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
MAY AID THE
Probability Is Strong That
Richest Woman in World
and Her Son Will Heavily
Back W. K. Cole, Promi
nent California Financier,
in String of Banks
Stretching From Rich
mond to Vallejo, in
Which He Is Interested
HINT COMES FROM
RECENT TRIP EAST
Reputed as Extremely In
accessible Aged New
Yorker Warmly Receives
Westerner and Gives Him
Insight Into Shrewdness
Which Has Made It Pos
sible for Her to Amass
Riches Estimated at Much
More Than $50,000,000
A five hour business interview with
Mrs. Hetty Green, known as the
wealthiest woman In the United States.
was the experience of W. K. Cole, one
of the founders of the Anglo-Califor
nia Trust company, now the principal
owner of tha Commercial Bank of Val
lejo and also a heavy stock holder in
a number of banks on the east side
of the bay, on a recent trip east
It is believed that Mrs. Green and ■
her son will back Cole in a string of
banks between .Richmond and Vallejo
in which he is at present interested.
It was announced yesterday that he
had bought a large block of stock In
the Bank of Richmond. Other institu
tions with which he is connected are
the First National Bank of Martinez,
the Bank t)f Pinole and the San Ramon
Valley Bank of Walnut Creek.
Financiers Are Surprised
Mrs. Green and her son have the
reputation among many New York
bankers of being extremely inac
cessible persons, and many financiers
expressed surprise that Cole was
able to see her.
"I knew who she was the minute I
saw her when I entered the outer of
fice of the Westminster company, the
operating concern under which she
and her son, Colonel Green, carry on
their operations," said Cole yester
day. "She is an extremety bright and
observing person, and very nice per
"She talked business affairs, and
was evidently in very close touch with
securities of all kinds, the stock and
bond market and business enterprises
of all kinds. Her office is a well fur
nished room, but Is not showy.
"When I first entered the room she
apologized for a cap she wore over
her ears, explaining that she had
caught cold when out sutomobillng
with her son."
Doesn't Like Automobiles
Mrs. Green told Cole that her son
Insisted on taking her everywhere in a
"And I don't like automobiles partic
ularly," she added.
Some time ago she was known widely
as being Interested in Chemical Na
tional bank of New York. Now she
will have nothing to do with ths In
stitution, and the reason was a dispute
with the manager of the safe deposit
department over a safe deposit bill of
$500, according to the story shs told
Costs Bank Huge Deposit
"They wanted to charge me $500
which I did not think I ought to pay."
she said. "I objected, but they insisted,
and so I left them."
Her withdrawal consisted In writing
out a check on the spot for $780,000,
her entire account, and depositing it In
another bank. Since the death of Rus
sell Sage she has become noted as the
financier who has the most ready cash
IM FOR. 1913 M
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