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VOLUME (Will.—NO. 40.
WELLER ASKS ACCUSERS TO WAIT
GRAND JURY HUNT
IS DENIED JUDGE;
' REDDEST FLAYED
Body, Putting Matter Over
for One Month, Protests
Against Being Clearing
House for Rows
WOULD HALT RECALL
TILL AFTER INQUIRY
More Than Half of the Hun
dreds at Meeting Sign
Petition Despite Plea
Protests against making the grand
jury a clearing house for officials un
der fire and against using the body
for political purposes arose in the
grand jury worn last night when Fore
man Dumbrell admitted that, on Police
Judge Weller's request, he had asked
the leaders among the women engaged
in the recall flght to appear before tite
lurors and make their charges specific.
As a result, the women waited for
nearly three hours outside the door,
while recriminations and accusations
flew around the room and grand Jurors
denounced the policy of mixing in
At the end the matter was laid over
for four weeks, thus shelving it as far
as any benefit to Judge. Weller is con
i erned. The vote on this was 16 to 2.
Jurors O'Brien and Levy asking to be
excused from voting.
"A whitewash by the grand jury
right now would be worth at least
$2,000 to Judge Weller," said one mem
ber afterward. "But he can't get it
NOTIFIED BY DI'MBRELL
Mi;* h desire to have the women come
into the grand jury room and explain
esent proposed recall was man
ifested by Foreman Dumbrell and
Jurors O'Brien, Lew and Bert Kahn.
This aroused the debate and protest
against mixing in political questions,
and finally the question was pro
pounded, how did the women happen
ifady to appear, and who notified
"Why I did," said Dumbrell. "Judge
Weller saw me Sunday and asked me to
have the women appear and make the
harges specific, as nothing definite had
een held against him. I consented,
j_.d so told them to be here tonight so
"inttt wo could talk it over."
A storm of protest arose and acri
monious remarks passed freely.
Most of the jurors declared heatedly
that they did not want the women to
< ome in to discuss their political plans
and that the grand jury was no place
to settle such an affair.
MATTER PIT OVER FOUR WEEKS
Judge Weller had pleaded guilty to
reducing the bail of Hendricks, they
•aid, and if this charge were brought
(o their notice they would be Justified
in taking it up, but politics had no
business inside the grand Jury room.
A motion was- finally put denouncing
the policy of taking up such political
affairs. This brought on more talk
and amendments were liberally plas
tered on the original motion. When
the discussion quieted the motion was
amended to lay the matter over four
weeks, and was carried by 16 to 2.
JUDGE WELLER FACES
•J OCEANSIDE WOMAN
No culprit before a tribunal of Jus
tice ever underwent a more searching
rroas examination than that experi
enced by Police Judge Charles Weller
yesterday afternoon, when he appeared
before several hundred members and
guests of tbe Oceanside Woman's club
in St. Paul's Congregational church to
plead his case before the pioneers in
the movement to recall him.
He addressed an audience composed,
in the majority, of women. Many of
them represented other organizations
interested In civic betterment in
eral, and the case of Judge Weller in
particular. While no spirit of hostility
was evidenced, many of the listeners
betrayed an inclination to scoff at his
statements, making it necessary for
frequent raps of the chairman's gavel.
Speaker followed speaker, each one
presenting evidence, written and ver
bal, in support of their contention that
the jurist should be removed from the
bench, and the session closed with the
majority of those present placing their
signatures on a communication calling
for the issuance and signing of pe
titions demanding his recall.
NEW ORGANIZATION BORN
Incidentally there sprang into ex
istence an organization to be known
is the Woman's League of Justice.
which is to establish a mutual field
r>f endeavor between the older League
if Justice and the women of the dif
ferent associations In San Francisco.
It is planned to widen gradually the
scope of this organization It will
not be confined to women only.
Judge Weller was introduced by
"hairman Mrs. A. W. Best, wife of the
well known artist, and instructed to
lake the stand in his defense. Judge
Weller demurred and demanded that
he first be apprised of what he stood
In responding. Mrs. W. H. Campbell,
a club member, who is largely respon
sible for the present agitation, declared
that personal feelings or malice were
lacking absolutely in the matter and
that the women of San Francisco were
seeking to abolish that system in the
police courts whereby one jurist could
lower the bail imposed upon a prison
er by a fellow judge.
REVIEWS CASE AT LENGTH
Mrs. Campbell then reviewed the
matter in which she and her asso
ciates have interested themselves,
starting with their visit to Judge Wel
ler's court in the Interest of Marie
Bruhn, the alleged 16 year old victim
of Albert Hendricks, to find that the
accused had taken advantage of a bail
reduction ordered by Judge Welter and
fled. He still is at liberty.
"Judge Weller knew of tbe enormity
of the crime charged against lien-'.
drkks," she said. "He claims now that
in reducing the bail originally fixed by
Scene at the arraignment of Judge Charles Weller at the mass meeting held in St. Paul's Presbyterian church at Forty-seventh avenue and Kirkham street, in the Sunset
district. Judge Weller, indicated by a star on the shoulder, is seated in the foreground, listening to the denunciations. The group (lower left) shows women signing
the recall petition. They are (left to right) : Mrs. A. W. Boston, Mrs. A. W. Best, Mrs. Otto Fulmore and Mrs. Margaret Campbell. The woman in speaking
attitude is Miss Ollie Munson.
Judge Shortall he followed the pre- j
vailing system in effect so long in the j
police courts. This is not a personal J
matter. Our sole object is to protect j
young girls from those who prey upon j
their youth, ignorance or poverty."
Mrs. Campbell cited several cases J
where bail fixed by another judge had |
been reduced by Judge Weller, one I
instance bringing a curt denial from '
C.ETTINC; AtO_l AINTED
'T have received communications
from individuals and organizations
approving of the recall of Judge
Weller," continued Mrs. Campbell.
"One of them comes from British
Columbia. I'm getting acquainted with
Judge Weller," she concluded, grimly.
Judge Weller then faced the audi
"l am accused of having reduced the
bail fixed by another judge. Let me
tell you who I am."
With this introduction Judge Weller
eutlined his early history, embracing
the declaration that different blood isei
atives had served in the war with
Mexico, as governor of the state and
as United States senator, and conclud
ing with the announcement that he had
held many positions of trust, including
six years on the bench.
"Yes, I did reduce the hail fixed by
another magistrate. But In doing so I
but followed a system which has been
in tprem from time immemorial," he
said. "One judge can reduce the bail
or bond imposed by another. In this
particular instance I had been In
formed by Hendrbks' attorney that the
bail imposed by Judge Shortall was ex
orbitant and that $1,000 cash would
be just as effective I also was.told
that Hendricks was married, had a
child, and In addition would be obliged
to remain in town to see to his busi
ness interests. Until it is shown that
the tv>rd of an attorney is of no value
a judge is justified in accepting that
attorney's statements for the truth.
Bail of $1,000 cash is a large sum. It
is beyond the reach of most persons."
"Supposing," he continued, "one of
you had a brother or relative in Jail,
with bail fixed at $1,000. How many of
ygp could rustle out and get the amount?
\%T.at would you'do?" He paused tor a
reply. It came from several sections.
"LET HIM STAY IN JAIL"
"I wouldn't care," "Let him stay in
jail" and others of a like nature were
"It already has been agreed among
the police judges of San Francisco that
bail fixed by one can not be reduced by
another," added Judge Weller.
Advancing to the front of the plat
form, ho 3ald:
"Hold your action in abeyance until
the findings of the grand jury are made.
Is it fair to make me the scapegoat for
a procedure in practice in the police
Cries of "No!" were heard on all sides.
"I have tried. 60,000 cases since sitting
on the bench," he resumed, "and when a
man handles that number of cases he is
apt to Incur the displeasure of many.
1 always have been guided by the best
of motives with an eye to the protection
of the weak and ignorant. Ido not ask
for mercy or charity," he ended, "but,
in th£ name of God. give me Justice."
W.AtS NAMES" MADE PUBLIC
II« a,so expressed displeasure that]
the names of those who had written to
Mrs. Campbell congratulating her on
the recall movement had not been made
public. He received considerable sup
port in this attitude.
Attorney Twain Michelson, formerly'
SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY,' JANUARY 15, 1913.
remark.-- with a carefully compiled list j
of dates and bail sums gleaned from j
the court records of Judge Weller.
Based on comparative cases, declared
Michelson. Judge Weller, of all the I
police judges, extended the most
leniency to those attacking young j
girls, or who were concerned in cases !
involving young girls, or statutory I
crimes. He read a list showing where i
on certain dates certain men, accused
of statutory "ffonses, had been released
by Judge V.'eiior on bail as low as $60,
"1 have made a careful search of j
the records," said Michelson. "and there'
are many apparent discrepancies be-}
tween what Judge Weller lias just said '
and those notations. I disagree with j
him that $1,000 in a case like Hen-j
drldtjf Is exorbitant. It is not up to'
the grand jury to clear him of these
charges, it Is up to the women of San
Francisco. In cases emhodying as
saults, or attempted assaults, upon
young girls, bail ranging from $50 to a
few hundred has been, granted. Why
have those who offended property
rights had their bail placed at a higher
figure than the statutory crimes?"
Michelson's address Was character
ized by a bluntness, directness and
coherency of speech, which, coupled
with his figures, won expressions of
approval from his audience.
When Charles Montgomery of the
California, prison commission made his
opening statement there was a stir
of -uneasiness in the audience which
became marked when he declared that
he had the highest opinion of Judge
Weller and that the women were go
ing about the matter In the wrong
way. * Things ca_ne to a climax when
he admonished • his hearers to go be
fore the legislature with a measure
which would abolish the "system" in
force with police judges.
Cries of "that's right," "get off the
stand," and "throw him out" assailed
him on all sides.
"If you are up here to defend Judge
Weller," suggested Mrs. Campbell, ad
vancing to the platform, "why, hire
your own hall." Montgomery's reply
was drowned in a gale of laughter.
Miss lhiima Shattuck furnished an
illuminating side light on the alleged
maladministration prevailing in Wel
ler's court. She said:
"CASE Ol' LABOR LOST"
"I am supporting two little girls who
complained to me about the actions of
a man. When I went to court 1 was
Informed by s person in the court that
it would be a case of labor lost, as the
case would be dismissed. I don't call
"Were Roing to recall Weller," an
nounced Miss Mary Fairbrother. "I
have no feeling against him, but it Is
time that the affairs of police courts
and their shortcomings be looked into
by the public and such action taken as
will put a stop to them."
Miss Oille Munson. clubwoman and
t-ocial worker, told the gathering of the
fight which, she said was, and should
flght for moral decency, as the men
showed little inclination to take-up the
fight. In closing she invited all club
members to unite with the League of
Justice in an organization to be known
as the Woman's League of Justice. This
body will wage an unceasing battle
against prevailing evils.
Under the impetus of letters, state
ments, statistics and the. experiences of
those who hive looked into the matter
fully, it required but the invitation of
Mrs. Camßbell to close the meeting with
the majority of those present signing
the communication calling for the issu
ance and signing of petitions demand
ing the recall of Police Judge Weller.
POLICE GET NEW BOOKS
Street defining Campaign Necessitates
study of Law by Patrolmen
To advance the campaign for clean
streets a pocket edition containing the
salient points of eight ordinances has
been issued by the supervisors' street
committee. Chief of Police White has
ordered the booklets distributed among
the officers with special instructions
to enforce the regulations, which set
forth the rules governing the throw
ing of fruit parings on the pavement,
ha ii! ing of sand, transportation of
refuse, washing of streets and side
walks, distribution ef handbills, wash
ing of vehicles or animals and the plac
ing of building materials.
STANFORD LOSES OVER
100 FOR WINTER TERM
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Despite Decline In Registration Full
Limit of Five Hundred Women
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Jan. 14.—
During the first week of instruction
the total number of students to regis
ter in the university was 1,540, as com
pared with 1.666 last semester and 1.550
of the spring semester last year. The
total registration for the entire year
is 1,772. as compared with 1,77- for the
like period last year. The hi!. limit
of 500 women is maintained again this
Asleep With Acid Bottle
Teamster Badly Burned
OAKLAND, Jan. 14.— inlwiinitb
\h bottle of muriatic add in hfit
i-loihint. John McAuliflTe, a team
ster living; In Emeryville, was
badly burned toady when the vial
warn crushed. The add flowed on
lilk Mlde, Inflicting a serious burn
covering half tbe body. McAullfTe
did not awake until he had ag-
Kravated the burn with his finger
tips, and he is now in danger of
erysipelas. He was given treat
ment at the reeelvinsf hospital by
Steward Cone and is now nnder
the care of a physician. MeAuliffe
had used the acid In cleaning..
BAPTISTS MEET IN SOUTH
Pomona Convention Starts "With Four
Hundred Delegate* Present ,
POMONA, Jan. 14.—The annual meet
ing of the Southern California Baptist
convention opened here today. with
President Mattison B Jones of Los An
geles presiding and about 400 delegates
present. Among the speakers are Rev.
Carter 11. Jones. Seattle; Rev. A. W.
Rider. Onkland: Rev. W. H. Geistweit,
San Diego. and Rev. C. A. "Woody,
And Now Comes the Clearing Out of
All Women's Suits
Every Winter Suit for Women and Misses
Has Been Priced to Close at Only
Your Choice of Any Suit in Stock Re
j gardless of How Costly It Might Have Been
at Fourteen Dollars
This tells our story, for there are few in San Francisco who
I are not cognizant of the high-grade suits The Emporium
carries, and to place one price, and such a low one, indis
criminately, on every suit, should be the signal for immedi
ate attention to look if not to buy. Both plain and fancy
models for women of all sizes and ages. Bargains abound.
Sale Opens 9 o'clock, Wednesday Morning. Second Floor
GETS JOHN'S BANK
Fireman Held as Smuggler Sur
renders When "Copij.s."
Beams on Him
Tt was proven yesterday in the
United States district court that it
takes a woman to get a man's bank
Not much interest had been taken in
John Chupin, a marine fireman accused
of smuggling opium and working for a
$10 a month wage, until it was learned
that his bankbook showed several
thousand dollars on deposit. The
bankbook produced, as if like magic,
many attorneys and surety representa
Chupin should not -languish in jail.
True, nothing could bS done for the
prisoner until lie signed over his bank
book to his legal representative.* Right
there John balked.
And there the case remained until
Mrs. Hortense S. Gardner, styled "no
tary-copyist" on her mauve business
card, with baroque pearl earrings, a'
chinchilla muff and a chic French hat.
appeared on the scene as th% official
representative of a surety company.
PAGES 9 TO 16
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
NINE NEW NAMES
ADDED TO ROSTER
No Opposition Is Manifested
to Ticket at Chamber
Directors Take Places of
Men Who Declined
Xine new names were added to the
directorate of the Chamber of Com
merce at the annual election held yes
terday. There was no opposition to the
ticket in the field, the recommendations
of the nominating committee receiving
the unanimous choice of the member
The nine new members, who take the
place of an equal number of directors
who were not candidates are:
R. T. Bentley. F. J. Koster. B. V.
Srhlesinger, A. E. Anderson, E. R. I»i
--mond, C. H. Workman, Miles Blandish,
Tonstant Meese and Thomas Alton.
The re-eW-teri members are John S,
Drum. C. Ty Mcintosh, William T. Bes
non. M. 11. Esberg. C. F. Michaels, Jo
seph Sloss, \v. M. Alexander, Paul T.
Carroll, George c. Boardman. William
Matson, W. N. Moore and F. A. Somers.
The judges of the election were E. T.
B. Mills. L, A. Kelley and J. H. Noise
The clerks were Charle« R. Beltler an.l
Miss N. B. Robertson. The members of
the nominating committee James
McNab, chairman; Eugene .1. Bates,
Robert H. Swayne, James J. Pagan, J.
O. Harron, E. R. Lilienthal and Mar
SEUMAS MacMANUS TO
SPEAK IN THIS CITY
Noted Author of Irish Stories Accepts
Invitation Tendered Him by
Seumas MaeManus, the noted Irish
author, has accepted an invitation ten
dered by the Recreation league of Sa:>
Francisco to speak before the Pacific
Coast Playground and Recreation con
gress. which will be held here r.e\:
month. A telegram to this effect w* i
received from Mr. MaeManus last night.
Great plans are in progress for the
congress and the entertainment of its
Other speakers of note will be K. }'.
de Groot. secretary of the Chicago
Playground and Recreation league, >>
Kdward Stitt. assistant superintendent
of schopls of New York city and super
intendent of evening recreation ren
ters in the public schools, and Mies
Elizabeth Burchenal. expert in physi
cal training for girls and folk dancing
in the public schools of New York city.
PETITIONS IN RANKRI PT( V
The following petitions in bank
ruptcy were filed yesterday in the
United States district court: A. John
Haywood, a musician, Oakland, liabili
ties $426.95. no assets, Charles H. l.ane.
an electrician. Oakland, liabilities
$846.53, no assets.
She just beamed a' smile with her great
brown eyes at John and he handed over
John will be released on a $1,500
bond at 10 o'clock this morning by
United States Commissioner Francis