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VOLUME CXHI.—NO*. 41.
LODGING HOUSE PROVES TO BE FIRE TRAP
Three Dead, Fifteen Are Injured
BLAMED FOR LOSS
Mrs. Katherine Goldstein
Braves Flames to Arouse
Guests of Burning
SAILORS VICTIMS OF
WATER FRONT FIRE
Detectives Find Faulty Elec
tric Feeders Caused Un
Defective wiring is the cause at
tributed to the conflagration of the
San Pedro and Maritime lodging house.
Howard. East and Steuart streets,
early yesterday morning, in which Din
Kathink, a sailor, Sergey Zilenoff and
an unidentified man lost their lives and
K> others were severely injured by
.lumping from the burning structure or
burned in making their escape.
Six weeks ago, according , to Peter
.Tenson, a candy maker who lodged In
the San Pedro, a slight blaze was
d l.y li.irl wiring, and yesterday
morning's casualties would heVe beejß
prevented had proper precautions been
t;i'-on at that time.
"I was ill in the San Pedro when the
Bret tire occurred," said Jensen at the
contra! rmergenc-y hospital yesterday,
"and did nr>t my room to inquire
vlin-p the blaze started, but I believe it
was in one of the rooms near the spot
■where the fire started yesterday morn
ing. Some one came and , inspected the
■wiring, which was found defective, but
it seems that the investigation was
only cursory. There were wires all
over the building and some of them
seemed entirely lacking in protection."
Throughout yesterday officials from
the fire patrol and the fire underwriters
went over the ruins looking for evi
dence pertaining to the origin of the
fire, but owing to the gutted condition
of the interior of the btrrned structures
were unable to arrive at an opinion.
Detectives McGrayan and Wren, who
were detailed to inquire into the cause
of the fire, however, reported that it
was due to defective wiring.
It was established beyond a reason
able doubt that one of the bodies found
in the ruins yesterday was that of Din
Kathink, a sailor. Kathink was as
signed to room No. 7. He wore a blue
sweater, which was found near the
body. The name. Din Kathink, also
■was found in a ring on his finger.
Sergey Zilenoff, the second man iden
tified, had been assigned to room No.
W>. Zilenoff was burned in his bed- Ap
parently he suffocated before he real
ized that a fire was raging about him.
The third victim of the fire was found
in the hallway. His remains were un
Although those vitally concerned in
the fire and its attendant situations
come from lowly stations In life, many
tales of their heroism were told yes
The only heroine of the casualty was
Mrs. Katherine Goldstein, a maid em
ployed in the San Pedro. Awakened
by the crackling flames, she forgot her
own danger and went from room to
room, pounding on the doors in an
offort to arouse the sleepers. The
smoke blinded and choked her; the
flames kissed her cheeks, but she did
AWAKES FIFTEEN LODGERS
Fully 15 lodgers were awakened by
Mrs. Goldstein before she blindly stag
gered toward the stairway. A volume
of flame checked her exit to the street.
IFt groping hands found a door.
•Opening this she staggered to a win
dow, the sash of whi<~h was up. Gath
ering her remaining strength, she
leaped through the window, landing in
a heap upon the sidewalk, 30 feet be
low. At the harbor emergency hos
pital she was treated for a sprained
Frank Fisher, a cook, who followed
Mrs. Goldstein through the window,
"Mrs. Goldstine could have escaped
« itbout a scratch had she thought of
» s i.r-t»ody but herself. I heard her calling
and pounding on doors long before any
one else In the hotel seemed to be
aware that there was a fire. She fell
to the floor just as I reached the window
from which I Jumped. • I assisted .her
to her feet and she asked me if every
body was aroused. When assured that
the fire was known by all she jumped.
I followed her."
Captain John Thompson, a seafaring
man, assisted in the rescue of about
10 lodgers. Tying a rope to his bed
stead he pulled the stampeding inmates
Into his room as they attempted to rush
past his door.
mtSM TO THE RESCIE
Patrolman J. D. Uayden. Thomas
Casey. H. N. O'Connor and M. J. Corri
dan added to the acts of heroism.
Rushing into the burning buildings,
they carried, dragged and in other ways
assisted halfsuffocated inniates to
pls<ces of safety.
( Vg Battalion Chief J. Britt of Engine
F2. J M. Mallory of Engine 14, ,\,
O'Keefe of Engine 14, J. J. M< Elroy of
Kngine 14 and William Shaughnessy of
truck 2, were among the rescuers.
Battalion Chief Britt and five men,
while fighting the flames on the
Howard street side, were blown
through a wall and into the street 30
feet below by an explosion of trns.
Knne of the men was seriously injured.
Olaf Elison, second mate of the fish
ing schooner, Star of Finland, was
badly injured about the bead and
.shoulders by jumping from a window
to the sidewalk. He said that all ave
nues of escope were shut off by the
flames when he was awakened by an
explosion. He was burned about the
face in an attempt to leave the build
ing by an East street exit.
Damage to the buildings is estimated
4 at $50,000, and to stock in the stores
1 adjoining and under the hotel at $6,000.
At the inquest over the remains of
the dead, which will be held today.
Coroner Leland will call several <ity
officials as witnesses for the purpose
ol inquiring into the condition of cer
Fire ravaged San Pedro and Maritime lodging houses, where three men were burned to death..showing exterior
damage to buildings. The portraits are those of Mrs. Katherine Goldstein, the heroine of the conflagration, who
gave first aid to the injured, and Olaf Elison, second mate of the Star of Finland, who escaped death by jumping
from a second story window.
Those Claimed by Flames
Names of Persons Injured
m> KATHIXK, sailor, age 45. ;
WILLIAM SHAUGHNESSY, lire- •
man, truck 2i concussion of the f
brain, sprained back and knee,
lacerated scalp and possible in- j
ternal injuries. i
KATHERINE GOLDSTEIN, maid •
at liotcl; sprained left ankle; ?
suffering from shock. ?
BATTALION CHIEF J. B. BRITT. j
engine 2; burns and injured I
1 , . JENSEN, sailor: badly burned 1
hands and scalp wounds. ?
HAL R.AISON, sprained right i
W. IIOLWAIS, injury to skull, •
lacerations and burns.
OLAF ELISON, burns, injured |
spine and sprained ankle. i
FUANK FISHER, badly burned i
about hands and arms. ij
CARL SCHLOBIES, burns about '
face and contusion of left j
J. J. McELROY, fireman, truck 2; .
smoke asphyxia, |
J. >V. MALLORY, fireman, engine •
14; smoke asphyxia. ?
A. ohKKFi:, fireman, engine 14; \
gas and smoke asphyxia. '
JOSEPH HEFERNON, fireman; j
smoke asphyxia. j
CAPTAIN JOHN THOMPSON,
Meafaring man; burns and in- ]
juries to hands from sliding '
down rope from window. ,
GIS PETERSON, badly burned <
about face. '
tain buildings that have been reported
unsafe, and to ascertain if possible who
is , at fault for yesterday morning's
NEW OFFICERS ELECTED
Protective nnd Relief Society Holds It*
At the annual meeting of the Pan
Francisco Ladies' Protection and Relief
society. 1200 Franklin street, yesterday
afternoon, officers were elected as fol
President of board of managers. Miss
A. W. Beaver: first vice president. Miss
Kate F. Hufninson; second vice presi
dent. Mrs. .1. H. Deering: third vice
president, Mrs. George P. Thurston:
corresponding secretary. Miss Margaret
Foster; treasurer, Mrs. Mansfield
Lovell; secretary, Mrs. Paul Austin.
Other members of the board of man
Mrs. p. AvenalS. Miss , Clionita
Borol. Miss Alice Brown. Mrs. R. B.
Cornwall, Miss Sarah Collier, Mrs. Tim-
Othy Hopkins, Mrs. J. H. Humphreys,
Mrs. Hugo 1). Keil. Mrs. Horatio P.
Livermore. Miss Alicia Mosgrove, Mrs.
J. Le Roy Nickel. Miss C. Louise Smith,
Mrs. Russell Selfridge, Mrs. J. R. Sims,
Miss Katherine Spiers, Miss Kate Stone,
Mrs. A. P. Talbot.
Trustees—Charles R. Bishop, Horace
Davis, J. S. Hutchinson, Hugo D. Kei!, j
George A. Newhall.
COMMITTEES AT ODDS
SACRAMENTO. Jan. 9.—Committees
from San Francisco and this city could
reach no agreement as to the state
buildings to be erected in each city
at the conference held this afternoon.
They reached a deadlock over the ques
tion of the number of state offices San
' Francisco Is entitled to. The bay com
mittee insisted that matter could be
settled later, but the Sacramentans
would not give in and threatened to
put the whole matter to the vote of the
j state. The meeting broke up with
j out a decision being reached. City At
i torney Percy Long will remain here
to attempt a settlement. Supervisors
Bancroft and Gallagher and Long rep
resented San Francisco.
EAGLES INSTALL OFFICERS
Installation of officers of San Fran
cisco aerie No. 5, Fraternal Order of
Eagles, will take place this evening at
275 Golden Gate avenue. Theodore A.
Bell will preside. The Installing officers
Frank H. Kerrigan as grand worthy
conductor, George H. Cabanlss, Charles
E. A. Creighton, Thomas F. Graham, M.
J. Hynes. Ed P. Mogan, H. L Mulcrevy,
John I. Nolan, James M. Troutt. John J.
Van Nostrand, James F. Cheetham, Jo
seph J. Cueack, Albert S. Samuels, War
ren Shannon, John T. Williams.
The committee of arrangements is
made up of John M. Newbert, James M.
Dhue. Charles L. Ludwig, William P.
McCabe and Syl A. Newman.
PEOWLEK PUT TO FLIGHT-When John Fee
npy, living et 329 Austin avorme. rptnro'-d
hoe* early yfstrrdsr morning, he discovered
aprowier in the kitchen. Feeney ran after
the man, who Jumped through aa opea win
dow and made Uia cseaoc.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
SAN FRANCISCO. FRIDAY, JANUARY 10, 1913.
BOND FOR CLANCY
Amount Pledged More Than
thy Not on List
S'ftres of labor union men offered to
pledge their homes and personal prop
erty before United States Commissioner
Krull yesterday for the relfa.se of
Eugene A. Clancy from the federal pen
itentiary at Leavenwdrth. Of the many
who appeared only 14 afforded
the distinction of furnishing security
for the release of their associate. There
were a few in this list not directly
and actively identified with union labor,
but whose sympathy with the cause
prompted them to lend financial assist
The total sum to be raised was $120,
--000, or twice the cash amount fixed by
the trial court. The difference of $60.
--000 was made necessary, as real es
tate and personal property was pledged
as scourity instead of cash. All told
$122,050. or $2,050 more than was neces
sary, was offered. The bond raised is
not necessarily final, but tentative, and
must meet with the final approval of
the Indianapolis federal judge.
Hc< ARTHY NOT OX LIST
The qualifications of the individual
bondsmen were ascertained by United
States Attorney John L. McNab. P. H.
McCarthy, president of the Building
Trades' council, said tbat he would
pledge $10,000, but his name does not
appear on the final list. He stated to
Attorney McNab that Olaf Tveitmoes
bonds were being raised in Los An
In amount the list was headed by
McClelland Gilmore of 1730 Howard
street, who pledged $40,000. James IT.
Barry, editor of the Star, pledged $3,250
and his wife offered to pledge a like
amount, but it was not found neces
sary. A. G. Gllson of 3875 Nineteenth
street, assistant secretary of the Build
ing Trades council, is down for $5,000.
■ and Charles A. Nelson of 1590 Under
wood avenue, business agent for the
Building Trades council, for $7,500.
ME\ AXD MONEY LIST
W Following is the complete list and
the amounts: A. G. Gilsoh. Nine
teenth street, $5,000; Janus H. Barry,
editor of the Star. $.1,250: Charles A.
Nelson. 1590 Underwood avenue, $7,500;
' John Halloran. 262 Seventh avenue,
I $11,300; Peter P. McDonough, 2906 Bush
street, $7,000; Thomas McDonough, 700
Kearny street. $7,000; Charles Meinert,
2407 Twenty-third street, $5,000; J. A.
Lloyd, 469 IJose street, Oakland, $5,000;
B. Katschinski. Granada hotel, $4,000;
Michael Shea, 4119 Seventeenth street.
$10,000; McClelland Gilmore. 1730 How
ard street, $40,000; M. J. Hession, 1764
Mission street $10,000; Louis Wolff, 442
Fifth avenue, $3,500. and John F. Burns,
I 115 Hoffman avenue, $4,000. Total,
IN HAWAII COURT
John D. and Adolph to Share
Estate; Brothers Now Can
Reopen Entire Litigation
Sharply criticising the findings of
the suprPine court of California, Judge
Cooper, presiding judge in the first cir
cuit court of the United States, sitting
in Honolulu, yesterday reversed the
decision of the California tribunal,
making it possible for Jonn D. Spreck
els and his brother, Adolph Spreckels,
to reopen the famous Spreckels will
case, involving $9,187,612, which has
been in the. courts p}nc« 1908.
Judge Cooper held tr>at John D. and
Adolph, the plaintiffs, are entitled to
one-fifth of the property involved.
Hawaiian property involved directly
amounts to approximately f 500.000.
Suit was brought in the Hawaiian
courts August r>, 1912, under instruc
tions from John D. and Adolph Spreclt
els to protect their interests in a sale
then pending there of property left by
their father, the late Claus Spreckels.
A deal tlien almost completed was
Although the decision applies only to
Hawaiian property, the court being a
federal tribunal, appeal only can be
taken to Uie United States supreme
court. This ultimate court would be
unlikely to review the California su
preme court in matters of state law,
but in arriving at its own finding it
must interpret, the will, and if its in
terpretation differs from that of the
California court there would be a pos
sibility of reopening the case here.
APPEAL EXPECTED AT OTJTSET
It was taken for granted when the
suit was filed in Hawaii that which
ever side won an appeal would be
The first news of the opinion
rendered by Judge Cooper wag re
ceived in this city when Morrison,
Dunne & Brobeck, local attorneys for
John D. and Adolph Spreckels, received
the following cablegram from At
torneys Prosser. Anderson & Marx,
their Ho-nolulu agents:
"Circuit court decision rendered to
day in our favor holds Spreckels trust
Invalid. Gives our clients full share
in Hawaiian property, including
Attorney W. I. Brobeck, speaking of
Judge Cooper's decision, said:
"Subsequent to the decision of the
supreme court of this state declaring:
the trust clauses of the Spreckels will
valid so far as they affect property in
California, an attempt was made on
the part of Rudolph and Glaus A.
Spreckels and Mrs. Emma Ferris to
make transfer of properties in Hawaii
valued at about $500,000.
FURTHER APPEAL, LIKELY
"The ruling of the California supreme
court was not controlling in Hawaii,
and an action was brought there to
determine the validity of the trust pro
visions according to the provisions of
the courts of Hawaii.
"This has resulted in a decision con
trary to that rendered by the supreme
court of this state, holding the trust
clauses void. This ruling is consistent
with the ruling of Judge J. V. Coffey
and rejects the view that, notwith
standing the express terms of the will
directing that the estate go to desig
nated trustees, it was not the Intention
of the testator to place the property in
a trust, but to give it to his children
without any trust limitations.
"It is not possible to say what action
will be taken by those who are relying
upon the validity of the trust, but it
may be assumed that the matter ulti
mately will reach the supreme court
of the United States. ,,
ALL ALONG LINE
Manufacturers and Unions!
Urge Present Tariff on
IMPORTER IN HOT
DEBATE WITH PAYNE
New Yorker Asserts "Exor
bitant Tax" Is Decreasing
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9.—"1 would like
to see a competitive tariff all along
the line," announced Chairman Under
wood of the ways and means committee
at the final hearing today on the earth
enware and glassware schedule.
Underwood had been hearing argu
ments aimed at obtaining a lowering
of the tariff of 55 and 60 per cent to
30 and 3. r > per cent ad valorem on china,
earthenware, porcelain, stone and
crockery ware, Including clock cases,
statues, steins, lamps and a host of
similar articles taxed at the higher rate
in sections 94 and 95 of schedule "B"
of the Payne-Aldrich tariff law.
"It looks to me," Underwood con
tinued, "as if schedules 93 and 94 are
more competitive than most of the
paragraphs we have to deal with. That
is my judgment subject to reservation
if any information is brought out that
might develop to the contrary."
M. P. Pitcairn of New York, repre
senting the importers, presented radi
cally divergent views. His protest
against the "exorbitance of the pres
ent tariff" on English and other earth
enware led to sharp interchanges with
Representatives Payne and Longworth.
Pitcairn declared that earthenware
importations steadily were decreasing
and cited what he said were actual
transactions. Payne attacked this, say
ing that if the statements were true
the importers would go out of busi
ness in 30 days.
Pitcairn said if Payne doubted these
statements he could produce the en
tries in the records of the treasury de
partment. Payne answered that even
the treasury department could not
Representatives of the American
manufacturers urged retention of pres
J. W. N'ponan of Cleveland, represent
ing an association of window glass
workers, pleaded for retention of the
present tariff. He told of conditions
among the foreign window prlass-work
ers and said protection should be a
little more representative of the differ
ence in the cost of labor, as wages for
American workmen still were low
He promised, if the tariff were made
sufficient to enable tne workers to
maintain their organization, that they
would look after the wage question.
FREE KODAKS IRGED
"W. O. and G. C/CJennert of New Yprfc
charged that a photographic trust ex
ists in this country ana that seven
eighths of the business In every branch
of the industry was controlled by the
Eastman Kodak company.
He said putting cameras on the free
list would be a benefit to everybody.
Arthur W. Sewell of Philadelphia,
representing the Barber Asphalt com
pany, asked that the duty on asphalt
The committee will take up tomorrow
tlie metal schedule, hearing reports of
the iron and steel interests.
FOURTEEN MORE ADDED
TO LIST OF ATTORNEYS
Written TCxnmlnntlonM Supplement Oral
Questions for First Time In
Apellate Court Qulk
Fourteen applicants have been ad
mitted to practice as attorneys in Cali
fornia following the semiannual bar
examinations conducted this week by
Justices T. J. Lennon, S. P. Hall and F.
11. Kerrigan of the district court of
appeal. For the first time in the his r
tory of this district, so far as the ap
pellate court is concerned, part of the
examination was given in writing in
addition to the usual oral test.
Among those admitted were Tyler T.
Henshaw, son of Justice of the Supreme
Court W. G. Henshaw; William S.
Wells Jr.. soft of Superior Judge W. R
Wells of Alameda county; Mark
Thompson, chief clerk of Wells, Fargo
& Co.; Frederick X. Littleton, exam
iner of the United States naturalization
bureau; Don O. Brillhart, principal of
the Martinez high school, and Frank T.
Deaey, cousin of Police Judge Daniel
Others were Carlo S. Morbio, George
K. Price, Clfcirles E. Hughes, Ambrose
F. C. Kberhard, Frank N. Ilickman, C.
W. Rogers, Charles Kasch and Joseph
TRUST COMPANY WANTS
Ward of Concern Living: In Germany
Han Been Declared of Unsound
Mind by Authorities
Petition for letters of guardianship
for the California estate of Julie Grln
baum was tiled yesterday in the super
rior court by the Mercantile Trust com
pany. Mrs. Grinbaum now lives in
Baden Baden. Germany, where she re
moved after the death here of her hus
band, M. S. Grinbaum, a wealthy Island
trader, who left a fortune of $223,000.
Several months ago she was declared
to be unsound of mind by the German
authorities. All her relatives are In
Germany and flnly w small portion of
her estate is in this city.
CHINESE PAYS HIS WAY
Wong Sam, a Chinese ordered de
ported for being In the United States
illegally, declined to accept any of the
hospitality of Uncle Sam yesterday
when he appeared before United States
Commissioner Francis Krull. Wong
Insisted on paying for the passage to
China, of himself and bride, having
been married but a short time, and re
turning all the costs of fees to the
United States marshal's office that had
been paid out on account of his arrest.
CHINESE BEING TRIED
Gin Tock and Tom Pike, charged
with conspiring to land Chinese In the
United States from Knsenada, Mex.,
had their preliminary hearing y.ester
day before United States Commissioner
Francis Krull, who took the case un
der consideration at the close of the
SAN JOSE BALKS
OVER NUMBER 13
Various Citizens v Are Uniting
in Signing Petition to Head
Off Dire Hoodoo on Street
(Special Dispatch to The CeH>
SAX JOSK. Jan. 9. —Ttie action of the
city council in renaming the streets
■ east of First running north and south
and substituting: numerals from 1 to
35 has resulted in a stlu*tinn which re
veals an almost lner*dib|r belief in the
superstition ■ popularly .Vs-<'ia?e.l with
thf number ■Jγ,.
People on th» now t •>;»•;,- -nr ;, <» ♦γ-eet
are unitlnsr i,n a <"• r tif mayor
and council to dr.op tlie numefal nnd
substitute "Oakland li(,mlev:ir«i" nn a
n&nie. Some are even Uireatening to
eel) tweir property ati'l sipck i*feidei ccc
|elsewhere unless the rity fathers ac
cede to their request.
In the meantime the mayor and
council, undecided, have delayed deal
ing , with the controversy.
Swffin Markmnrn Have No Expenee
Money to Speurf. but Americana
Jnj- That They Have
WABHINOTON, Jan. 9.— National
Rifle association officials today ex
pressed surprise at the decision of the
Swiss rlfiVmen not to pnrticinate In
the association's meet at Cffaip P*rry
beenuee no expense provision Ihs been
made. They explained that tl c *■>-.
j penses of al! foreign riflemen would be
j paid from the time they reached Kew
York or other American torts until
after the contests. $$8,500 having been
i provided for this purpose.
The national board for the promotion
of rifle practice at its ann-.tl meeting
at the war department today com
pleted arrangements for the rifle com
petitions, beginning at Camp Perry
August 25, between teams from all
branches of the United States army and
navy and the%various state militias.
These matches will precede the Inter-
I national contests.
REORGANIZE BIG MILLS
Port BJakeley ("oinpan.r (hangm Name
nml Flint Incorporation Paporn
Reorganization of the Port BlakeJey
Mills company, which has been going
on for several months, resulted yester
day in the. granting by Judge Graham
of a petition for change of name to
Blakeley Mill eomporation and the fil
ing of articles of Incorporation the
Port Blakeley Mill company with v
capital stock of $3,000,000.
The incorporators are: D. E, Skinner
of Seattle, W. J. Hotchkiss, C. A. Hohr
hardt. W. E. Creed and J. M. HoJ.cb.klse,
all of Berkeley.
The. capital stock is divided into :]O.
--000 shares at $100 a share and each di
rector subscribed for 100 shares, total
ing $50,000. The new corpora tion !s
formed for the purpose of handling , the
affairs of the old company, which con
trolled the second largest timber in
terests in the state of Washington.
SALVATIONISTS TO MEET
Prominent ' Staff Officers Will AddronN
Northern California lonjtrrim
Commissioner Thomas Estlll of Chi
cago, territorial leader of t!ie Salvation
Army throughout the west, will open
the northern California congress this
evening at the hall of the Salvationists,
in Golden Gate avenue near FHlmofe
street. He will be assisted in address
ing the meeting by Colonel and Mrs.
Sharp, provincial officers; Brigadier and
Mrs. Marcussen. socla! secretaries;
Brigadier and Mrs. George Wood, gen
eral secretaries; Major G. Reid, in
charge of the San Francisco social in
stitution: Major John Willis, in charge
of the Sacramento social work, and
other staff and field officers. The meet
ings Saturday, Sunday, Monday and
Tuesday will be held in Oakland.
BILL FOR CITRUS FROST
Raker Offers Meamire Giving $100,000
to Investigate Prevention
WASHINGTON, Jan. 9.—Representa
tive Raker of California today intro
duced a Mil to appropriate $100,000 to
investigate and perfect a system of
frost prevention in the citrus and de
ciduous regions of the T'nited States.
CAP AND HKI.3.S JOCKS
Reviving dances that were favorites
in the good old days of long ago wh«»n
the matrons of today were rollicking;
school girls, Cap and Belli entertained
with their annual Christmas jinks :\*
tiieir clubrooms in Gouarh street yes
The b<mrd of school directors visitf , '!
the club whik- tho jinks were at thei ,
height, and were invited to partake of
the dainty refreshments provided.
Mrs. E. P. TJeald, assisted by .'.lrs. 8.
P. Samuels, Mrs. M. O. Ogden. Mrs. K.
W. Colburn and Miss A. Pugan, Blade
arrangements for and directed the
EXAMINATION FOR ( LERKS
The examination for the general
clerk class was announced last evening:
by the civil service commission for
February 1, at 1:30 p. m., in the Mis
sion high school bulging at Eighteenth
and Dolores streets. Haste will be
made to prepare the list of eligibles
by March 1, in order that all special
deputies in the assessor's office may be
«rivil service appointees. According to
the city attorney, none on the list of
ordinary clerks is eligible for such po
RENOUNCES HER RANK FOR FILE
VIENNA, Austria, Jan. 9.—The Arch
duchess Eleonore, eldest daughter of
Archduke Karl Stephan, by her mar
riage today to an Austrian naval offi
cer, Lieutenant yon Kloss, renounced
all the dignities and privileges con
nected with her rank. The youthful
archduchess was first obliged to ob
tain the consent of the Emperor Fran
cis Joseph and of her parents.
AVOMAV EMBEZZLES $3,000
VANCOUVER, B. C, Jan. 9.--Miss
Florence I. Parker, former bookkeeper
in the office of the secretary of the
Vancouver school board, confessed to
day to the embezzlement of more than
$3,000 of the public funds. Miss Parker
had been in the employ of the school
board for 10 years.
CASH OR JAIL, FOR MAX AND WIFE
CHICAGO. Jan. 9.—Dr. William T.
Kirby, owner of the defunct Kirby Sav
ings' bank, and his wife, Mrs. Marga
ret L.. Kirby. were ordered sent to jail
today by United States District Judge
Landis on a contempt charge until they
turn over $30,000 said to be missing
from the assets of the bank.
The annual banquet of the Ameri
can-Irish Historical society, giwn by
the California chapter of that organi
zation, will take place at the Bellevue
hotel tomorrow evening , .
PAGES 9 TO 16
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
All Precedent Broken When
Californian's Plea Holds
WIRELESS A TRIAL
Yankee Firm's Victory Is
Already Felt in Trade
(Sp»"!fil Plupatrb to The Cell)
LONDON, Jan. 9.—After consultation
petween Sir Albert Spicer, chairman of
the select committee of the tiouse of
commons investigating the *Mareonl
wireless agreement, and Influential
members of the Aequith ministry, a de
cision has been arrived at paving the
way for the nullification of the contract
signed by the postmaster general.
An enterprising Californlan, in the
course of a couple of weeks spent in
London, has succeeded in doing some
thing never before accomplished by any
civilian or non-Britisher. "vHthout
even the formality of a request or a
petition to parliament he has caused
the leader of the house of commons to
dtcree the smashing of all precedents
and permanent officials to forget the
very exsitence of red tape.
Sir Albert Splcer's recommendation
that an Interim report be presented
postponing the ratification of the Mar
coni contract until the British govern
ment can pass directly upon the advan
tage of the Poulsen system, is regarded
as a sleeping victory for the California
wireless ' pioneer, Beach Thompson,
president of the Federal Telegraph
company of California.
No secret is made of the fact th;it
it was Thompson's own testimony given
to the committee on the invitation of
the chairman that changed the attitude
o< , the committee toward the spokesmen
fe# ti:e Marconi company. The minis
ters are willing to give the Poulsen
wireless system, rs improved by the
California Wireless company, an oppor
tunity of proving that it can do in
England and between Britain and the
British colonies and the rest of the
world what it has already done across
the American continent and between
Ban Francisco and Honolulu.
This action has nlready strengthened
considerably 1 the prestige of Americana
proAottng great enterprises in con
NEW LIFE FOR REDWOOD
Addition Ir> Asfeevto* Faotory Ordered
and Tno Drah Pending for En
larging; the Payroll*
(Sproial Dlspatr-h to Tb% Cott)
REDWOOD CITT. Jan. 9.—The as
bestos factory south of this city, which
has been in operation for the last few
weeks, has proved so successful that
the plant is to be enlarged. Contracts
have been awarded for a three story
concrete building to cost $75,000, and
the entire plant when completed will
represent an investment of $1,000,000.
Three hundred men will be employed.
The chemist in charge of the labo
ratory at the factory has been experi
menting in the manufacture of asbes
tos by a new process that is intended
to cheapen the cost of production. A
sample was shipped east recently and
word has been received that an analy
■ifl showed it to be up to standard.
The Redwood City Board of Trade
and the city trustees have received in
quiries from others who wish to locate
factories near the asbestos plant and
deals are pending that will add two
more manufacturing concerns to the
southern district of the city.
TEXTBOOKS FOR SCHOOLS
State Superintendent to Start Ship
ment About February 1
SACRAMENTO, .Tan. 9.—State Super
intendent of Public Instruction Hyatt
sent out notices today informing school
authorities that b« hopes to begin
shipment of state textbooks to teachers
by freight about February 1, according
to the provisions of emergency bills
vvlii'li \yill be introduced in the legis
lature. The books will b*» sent in care
of district clerks and secretaries of
city boards of education.
INLAND BEACON LIGHT
Arc Lamp in Modesto Will Serve Stnn
iMlaiM Valley Folk
(Sppoial I)i«patch to Tbe Call)
MODESTO. Jan. 9.—At the meeting
of the Modesto city council 4ast even
ing it was decided to install a higfi
power arc light on the 150 foot tower
being erected at one of the local pump
ing stations, the light to serve as a
beacon for the surrounding country.
Owing to the levelness of the valley it
is expected the light will be visible
throughout the greater portion of
SEEK EQUAL PRIVILEGES
Students Desire Adjustment Relative
to Tbeir Law Graduates
(Special DlsnatAi to The Call)
SAN JOSE, Jan. 9.—A bill, as an
amendment to section 2808 of the
code of civil procedure, placing grad
uates of the department of juriepru
dence at Santa Clara college on a plane
with the law graduates of other Cali
fornia universities and thus relieving
them of the necessity of undergoing
bar examinations for their licenses,
will probably be introduced during the
3 TRAINMEN ARE LAID OFF
Disobedience of Order*, Causing rot-
Union. Prompts Their Suspension
MARTINEZ, Jan. 9.—Engineer Wil
liam Webb, Conductor Bert Rutley and
Brakeman Frank Carter of Santa Fβ
overland train Xo. 16, which met in
headon collision with Stockton local
Xo. 41 at Luzon. December 16, were to?
( ]iv dismissed from the corapanys
service for a period of one year. Tlie
trainman admitted at the investigation
that they had disobeyed their orders
to meet the local at Luzon, which *c-.
tion wais resgonsible for the wreck.