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The demand for The New Call's 6A. M. edition is increasing. It has been a winner from the start
YflKheat Temperntnre Yesterday, Bβ; TLowcet Friday
MKtat. 48. tor Details of the Wrether See Page 52.
The Clearings of the
SAX FRA>CISCO BANKS
for the week, January 2.'., were $48,205,366.52.
as against $45,607,495.32 for the same week last
year, an Increase of
VOLUME CXIIL—NO. 57.
BUTTLE TO POLICE
Desperado Supposed to Have
Stolen $5,500 Worth of
Jewels From S. N. Wood
Home Foils Attempt to
Capture Him in Act of Ob
taining Ransom for Booty
In Mrs. Greens Clothes and
Closely Followed by Other
Sleuths She Meets Mys
terious Stranger Twice—
Exchange of Shots Fol
lows and Thief Escapes
Dodging In the darkness a clererly
planned trap and disappearing: in the
park panhandle with a fusillade of
■hots from several detectives as a fare
well, th* eupposed burglar who stole
$5,500 of Jewelry from the S. N. Wood
home at 145S Page street on December
12, late last evening foiled attempts to
capture him in the act of receiving a
ransom for bis booty.
Following his dash for liberty, the
detectives who were waiting at va
rious points in Page, Oak and Grove
streets under cover to seise him, broke
Into the open and set out in hot pur
euit. From latest reports they ex
pected to overtake the man before day
The man demanded $1,000 ransom for
the jewelry and telephoned Friday to
the Wood home.
Mrs. D. 11. Green, Mr. Wood's daugh
ter, walked a circuitous route that
evening: with the money in her hand
bag. This first attempt came to noth
ing, as the burglar did not appear, and
It was repeated twice last evening , , the
man being seen on both occasions.
WOMAN* DETECTIVE PLAYS FART
Instead of Mrs. Green, a woman de
tective employed by the local branch of
the Burns Detective agency dressed
in Mrs. Green's clothes played the part,
followed by a man detective disguised
as a woman.
When accosted by the burglar the
first time, the woman said. that she
only had $500 and the man ran away.
The second time he met her at Cen
tral avenue and Oak street, and when
she told him she did not have the full
amount he dodged into a vacant house
on the southwest corner.
A detective dashed to tlr» rear door
to head him off. Instead of finding him,
he heard the burglar turn about and
run out the front door, heading to
ward the Panhandle, where the shots
■were fired at him by W. A. Mundell,
local manager of the Burns Detective
agency, Detective William Proll, and j
PHOXES TO WOOD HOME
On the first attempt to catch the
burglar Friday evening Mr. Mundell,
Detectives Proll and Riehl, and three
Burns men lined the route. After the
woraan had made the trip, the burglar
telephoned to the Wood home, saying
he did not see her.
Mrs. Green was to wear white flow
ers, and to have a white handkerchief
pinned on the bag which was to con
tain the $1,000 ransom, according to
the directions the men gave. Accord
ingly, the first trip was made last
night about 7 o'clock, over the route
named, from the Wood home in Page
•treet to Central avenue, over Cen
tral to Grove street, down Grove to
feaker street and back in Baker street
Page and thence to the home.
Because of the long route to be cov
ered the detectives expecting to re
main unseen, a man In woman's clothes
xras sent to follow the woman de
tective impersonating Mrs. Green. In
Grove street, between Central avenue
Continued on Page 18, Column 1
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Their Advertising Munagcr
RE4TI THE STORY TO
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THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
"The People's Newspaper ,1
LIVE HOPE LURES
MAID ONCE MORE
Miss Annie Sisson, Whose Ex
pectations Were Dashed Last
Summer, Starts Again
(Special Dispatch to The Call)
"WESTERLY, R. 1.. Jan. 25.—Miss
Annie Sisson, who answered a matri
monial advertisement last summer and
journeyed to Fresno, Cal., expecting to
be met by a wealthy miner, ranch and
hotel man, only to find a dishwasher in
a restaurant instead of the ideal of her >
dreanis, has started toward the Pacific
Her transportation and $10 was sent
to her just as it was before. "Hope" Is
the name of the man in this second
case, and Annie takes that as a good
augur j - .
Miss Sisson Is of age, her mother
says, and so is free to go and come
when she pleases. When she talked
of going west again little attention
wf.d paid to her, but It has become
known that she slipped off on a morn
BABY IS DELIVERED AS
PARCEL POST PACKAGE
Grandma Receives Visitor. Postage oa
Whom Is 15 Cents and
BATAVIA, Ohio, Jan. 25.—Vernon O.
Lyttle, mail carrier on rural route No.
5 out of this place. Is the first man
to accept and deliver under parcel post
conditions a live baby. The baby, a
boy weighing 10% pounds, just within
the 11 pound weight limit, is the child
of Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Beagle of near
Glen Estc. The "package" was well
wrapped and ready for "mailing ,, when
the carrier got it today for delivery
to Mrs. Louis Beagle, who lives about
a mile from the baby's home. Th*
postage was 15 pounds and the "par
cel" was insured for foO.
IS TO TAKE A WIFE
One of Richest Members of Multimil
lionaire Family Will Wed Daughter
of London Financier
(Special Cable to The Call)
LONDON, Jan. 25.—Baron James
Rothschild, familiarly known as "Jim
mie," one of the richest members of
the multimillionaire family, is to marry
Mies Daley Pinto, daughter of a city
financier of moderate wealth, but be
longing to the Bephardlm. or Jewish
aristocracy, who settled principally in
Spain and Portugal. Baron James is
about SO years old, and has the repu
tation of being one of the most dar
ing and, as a rule, successful gamblers
in Euprope, but he also gives close at
tention to business.
EIGHT AMERICANS ARE
KILLED IN JOLO FIGHT
Tito Lieutenants Among Dead; Seven
teen Wounded In Battle Betrreea
Igorottes and Chastising Force
fSr*»Hal ni*oateh to The CWtl
MANILA, Jan. 25. —The captain of a
transport sends a report by wireless
that Captain McXally, two lieutenants
and six privates have been killed and
17 men wounded in a fight with the
Igrottes in Jolo. There have been
several rows with these Igorottes in
the last few weeks and forces of con
stabulary and regulars have been sent
against them. This is the most serious
affray that has yet been reported.
HAIR BARBER SHOP FUSE
Proprietor** Heart Falla When Baal-
neM Goea Up In Smoke
(Special Dispatch to Tbe Call)
RED BLUFF, Jan. 25.—Fire starting
in a pile of hair destroyed a Red Bluff
barber shop and did damage amounting
to several thousand dollars to an ad
joining tailor shop and cigar store to
day. W. Renfro, proprietor of the
barber chop, Is suffering? a eevere
stroke of heart failure as the result.
A volunteer fireman fell through a sky
light fighting the flames, but was un
SIR ARTHUR BILLIARDIST
Noted Author Enters Amateur Cham
(Special Cable to The Call)
LONDON, Jan. 25. —Sir Arthur Conan
Doyle has entered for the amateur bil
liard championship of Great Britain,
and, although this is his first appear
ance in a public competition, he is be
lieved to stand a good chance of -win
ning. Sir Arthur is an all around
sportsman—a good cricketer, an ex
pert skater and tobogganer and a first
class oarsman and golfer.
ACCUSED OF TAX FRAUD
Mr*. Oesterreloh, Formerly of Tacoma*
Arreeted in Berlin
(Special Cable to The Call)
BERLIN, Jan. 25.—air*. Oesterreich,
widow of a German-American citizen of
Tacoma, is in jail on the charge of de
frauding the imperial Inheritance tax
authorities. Her arrest followed the
action of a lawyer in denouncing his
own client after a dispute over his fee.
PARISIANS FEAR A FLOOD
Seine «!•«» to 'Within Six Feet of
PARIS, Jan. 23.—The rising of the
Seine to within six feet of the flood
marks of 1910 has. , caused great un
j easiness throughout the low lying dis
tricts of Paris. Rain has been falling
intermittently for a week and still
FIFTY-SIX PA«ES_RAN FRANOISOO. SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 1913—PAGES 17 TO 26
SOLVE THE WATER PROBLEM NOW
PATIENT San Francisco asks for water—and gets what? Nothing to thi3 day but lawsuits, negotiations,
deadlocks, experts' reports, expense piled on expense. The latest thing handed out to the public is styled
an "impasse." It is a fine word, but there Is no water in it. The meaning of it is that we have sat down
again with Spring Valley and got up again with th 6 usual result—no agreement, no promise or prospect of any
thing but more lawsuits.
It Is about time for San Francisco to quit being patient. Ever since Spring Valley got control of the city's
water supply it has had a strangle hold on San Francisco. We have not, had the sense to buy it off nor the
strength to pry it off. Every day the corporate grip grows stronger and tighter. Each day that this condition
endures deepens and darkens the reproach to us, makes our situation the more shameful.
"Shameful" is the right word. Shame that burns and bites, clings to the flesh of a city that docs some things
so well and other things so ill.
Shame on a city that can meet with matchless grit and pluck a disaster that was almost annihilation, and yet
can not get itself a water supply—that can not loose the clutch of a single corporation, and relatively not a big
corporation at that.
We can find the courage, the credit, the cash to rebuild our wonderful city upon its ruins; but we can not
find the nerve and the brains to stop a subtler and deadlier kind of ruin. We can repair a loss of half a billion
dollars; but we can not buy us or make us a water system at a tenth that cost.
Splendid San Francisco, that built a new city in three years! Pitiable San Francisco that can not get itself
a water suppy of its own in 25 years!
Now, whether or not San Francisco is patient or impatient, The Call is do#e with that virtue. We shall
henceforth talk straight and hit hard for the emancipation of San Francisco from a species of bondage worse
than any it ever endured—for its freedom from a blighting, stifling curse.
Old Man Spring Valley must climb off the bent back of San Francisco and let it straighten up and march
That job—the lifting of such an incubus from such a municipality—ought not to be left to any newspaper, but
this newspaper is tired of waiting for it to be done. From now on it is our job. And it will not be approached
with gloved hands or a restrained pen.
The Call will name names and tell facts—will do anything and everything needful to spoil this "impasse" and
put it out of business, to compel and quicken a settlement of the water question.
In the past politics has been done with the water question. If anybody, official or citizen, tries that again and
can be caught at it, The Call promises to turn the spotlight on him and his works, no matter who or what he
Nor can Spring VaJley or anybody connected with that corporation expect to go the way of greed and exploita
tion as to the city and escape exposure and criticism.
Necessarily this water question is public business and must be conducted for the city by its public officers.
But The Call can see to it that they transact the business—and it will.
The city does not want any more explanations; it does not want any more lawsuits. Water is what it wants
and will have—its own water supply.
The cry Is for water now, not three or five or ten years from now. The demand is for water for all the city,
not for some of it. Every citizen who owns or can build a house within the city limits is entitled to have run
ning therein the water to supply the needs of his family or his tenants.
Upon Spring Valley rests the obligation to furnish that service. That is the prime consideration in return
for which it enjoys a monopoly of the water business on this peninsula.
But Spring Valley does not discharge the obligation; it does not deliver the consideration for its privilege.
•Sitting back behind all manner of legal process, it refuses to make any extensions unless it is permitted to
collect a higher rate —and already this is one of the nation's highest rate cities as to water.
Again and again in the last quarter of a century the city has tried to free itself from the water conditions that
have been a drag upon its growth, but always feebly. After a dozen years of litigation over rates it has
nothing to show for Us pains but an enormous bill of costs and a ruling of court, whereby the difference be
tween the rate demanded by the company and that fixed under the law is "impounded." More than a million
and a quarter is locked up in that way. Much good the "impounding" does the people who pay the rates!
Once, twenty-five years ago, we could have bought all that Spring Valley had and was for $14,000,000. Again,
three years ago this month, we had the chance to buy it, lock, stock and barrel, for $35,000,000. But we went at
it, as usual, half-heartedly, and failed to get it by a handful of votes. Half-heartedly? Judge about that from
the fact'that only 33,000 votes were cast in all. a
Now Spring Valley is up close to the $40,000,000 mark. No citizen needs a slate and pencil to cipher out
what the price will be if we let it have its own way with Uβ for another.' three years.
Fortunately we have now, and for the first time, a ncnpolitical government, a business government, a govern
ment that deserves and enjoys general public confidence. That government is in the seats of authority more
by reason of its pledge on the water question than from any other cause.
Mayor Rolph put the pledge and purpose of his administration plainly when he said in his Inaugural address:
Our city is, to Its standing reproach, one of the few large municipalities not owning: and operating Its
own water service. Public health, on* of the greatest concerns of municipal government, directly rests
upon a supply of pure and abundant water. A city can not provide its inhabitants with healthful con
ditions without all the water supply and service being under Its exclusive control. To the extent that
a municipality is dependent in this .essential, it is Incapable of performing its chief duty. This con
dition should be immediately remedied.
The date of that address was January 8, 1912. The condition is still to be remedied; the reproach still stands.
In common with the whole city The Call has full confidence in Mayor Rolph and his colleagues, but it is bound
to say to them that they will be judged hereafter not by what they have tried to do, no matter how they tried,
but by what they have done.
They have worked hard, and they must work harder. No business before them is so important as the water
business. Nothing, not even the lack of transportation, so holds back the city's development; nothing else is
so harmful in keeping away home seekers and*keeping down enterprise.
It is a long way and a long time from here to the Sierra, or to any other new source. The mayor and his asso
ciates must smash through this "impasse" and bring Spring Valley to terms. It can be done—must be done.
No individual, no corporation, can withstand the pressure of a united eentiment of the community upon which
he or it lives, if that sentiment calls for only what is right, fair and lawful. No government need fear to do
any right and lawful thing with ita whole community standing solidly behind it.
Just as a beginning of its campaign for the settlement of the water question, The Call advises the mayor
and his fellow officers that they would better do all the public's business hereafter in public. Let them get
together again with Spring Valley's representatives with the door unlocked and the light turned on.
TURKEY TROT, BUNNY HUG
AND CHICKEN FLIP SHOCK
ALPINE HOTEL KEEPERS
Notices Prominently Posted
Forbid Rag Dances Im
ported From America
(Special Cable to The Call)
GENEVA, Switzerland, Jan. 25.—
Modern dances from America, includ
ing the turkey trot, the bunny hug,
the chicken flip, the grapevine and the
tango have invaded the Alps and have
given rise to comment not always
They have not been welcomed, how
ever, by a majority of the tourists,
many of whom have protested against
their being allowed at inns and hotels,
which cater largely to transient trade.
Aβ a result of these protests and
others received from native guests,
various Alpine hotels have posted In
their salons notices forbidding such
STAY SINGLE, COMMAND
Telephone Girls In Rome Fall on Evil
(Spc«lal Cable to The Call)
ROME, Jan. 25.—More than a year
ago an edict was issued forbidding
telephone girls to marry before com
pleting their-twenty-eight year. This
was followed recently by an order to
exclude married women In the future
from admission to the telephone ex
changes and to impose a vow of cel
ibacy on those still eingle. Meetings
have been held to protest against the
PAID MERRY GALL
BY LILY LANGTRY
"Jersey Lily," at Point of
Pencil, Tells The Call of
Visit and Those of
Keeping at bay for three-quarters of
an hour, with an uninterrupted flow of
historical reminiscences, a desperate
interviewer, bent on learning her life's
secret, Mrs. Lily Langtry (Lady de
Bathe) finally admitted at the point of
a pencil that .her only system for
keeping young was to keep clean and
avoid messes and sweets when eating.
The "Jersey Lily." who will appear
at the Orpheura theater today, is stay-
Ing at the St. Francis, and last night
was recovering from a long motor
trip, over what she termed "wobbly"
roads, to see Joaquin Miller.
Mrs. Langtry apologized, when she
might have boasted, for a "fatigue,"
or perhaps she said it was a tea robe.
At any rate when she walked it floated
out like the peak sail of a racing yacht
Besides this It was given a semblance
of reality by means of a couple of lines
of ellk rose* placed where button* are
ordinarily found on a man's coat. In
addition she wore a string of pearls
long enough to have ransomed a king.
MILLER "MARVELOUS MAN*
'•Joaquin Miller Iβ a marvelous man."
she said. "I remember years ago.
when I first came to London as a bride.
I met him at a dinner at the house of
pmtißaed, on Fare IS, Colamm 4
"An Independent Newspaper ,,
SICKLES SITS AMONG
WAR RELICS AWAITING
ARREST FOR SHORTAGE
Warrant Out and Unless
-General Produces $23,746
He Must Go to Jail
• SpeHal Dispatch to The C»ll)
NEW YORK, Jan. 25.—General Dan
iel E. Sickles sat amid the war relics
in his Fifth avenue home tonight ex
pecting momentary arrest In a suit
brought by the state to recover $23,746,
for which he has failed to account, it
is charged, as chairman of the New
York monuments commission.
Within his call were his son, Staun
ton Sickles, and an aged negro re
The order for the veteran's arrest,
Just Issued today by Supreme Court
Justice Rudd In Albany, and a copy
of the complaint was placed in Sheriff
Harburgrer's hands by Deputy Attorney
Sheriff Harburger said he would give
the documents to hla lawyer to de
termine whether they are properly
drawn. This, be thought, would give
the general respite from arrest until
Monday. The order can not be legally
served on Sunday.
Unless General Sickles is prepared to
furnish at once a $30,000 bond, Sheriff
Harburger said, he will have to go to
Ludlow street jail until the money is
forthcoming. There was no inkling
tonight as to who, If any one, would
come to the veteran* aid.
Fair; lifcht nofthwent wind.
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For Continuation of These Advertisement
See Classified Pages.
Mrs. Pat Campbell
With Her Illness
Mrs. Patrick Campbell, T»ho is re
covering slcxvly after almost fatal at
tack of blood poisoning.
Sickness Following Painful
Auto Accident Has Been
Difficult to Combat
(Special Cable to Tfce Cain
LONDON, Jan. 25.—Mrs. Patrick
Campbell, who has been suffering from
blood poisoning for more than six
months, underwent a severe operation
recently, from the effects of which she
Is recovering slowly.
Mrs. Campbell's illness was caused by
shock and injuries sustained In an
automobile accident and she has at
tacks of profound depression. She lives
at 32 Kensington square and for weeks
at a time refuses to see any of her nu
She always has been a very active,
energetic woman who loved her work,
and she feels her enforced idleness
more than anything else.
ATTEMPT MADE TO ROB
SAN FRANCISCO EXPRESS
Train frssbw Into Tien Thrown Across
Tracks Xear Oregon City, Four
Cars Are Derailed
OREGON" CITY. Ore., Jan. 25.—An
unsuccessful attempt to derail and rob
the southbound San Francisco Express
of the Southern Pacific was made here
tonight, as , the train was approaching
A pile of ties was thrown across the
tracks at Sixteenth street and Rail
road avenue, Just within a few rods of
the trestle across Abernathy creek.
The train crashed into the ties at a
good speed, but only four of the cars
were derailed. They were replaced
In quick time.
SOCIETY IN INFANT GARB
Secretary of Navy Gives Fancy Oreu
Ball for Daughters
(SpPcJal Dispatch to The Call)
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25.—The secre
tary of the navy and Mrs. Meyer gave
a fancy dress dance tonight for their
daughters, the Misses Meyer, to which
a large representation of the younger
set was invited. The guests all went
dressed as infants and children, many
of them wearing their costumes to the
dinner parties which preceded the
JURORS ROUTED BY RATS
Rodent* Swarm Over Quarter* in
(Special Dispatch to The Call)
WILKESBARRE. Pa., Jan. 25.—Jurors
who were locked up In a murder case
and who have been compelled to pass
the nights in Luzerne county's $2,000,
--000 courthouse complained that rats
swarmed over their sleeping quarters.
They declared that at night dozens of
rodents "as large as cats" ran over the
beds and forced the jurors to hide
under the* bedclothes.
SNOWSLIDE KILLS MAN
Rotary Plow Enjarine , .* Boiler Explode*
■When Avalanche Strike*
WENATCHEE, Wash., Jan. 25.—One
man was killed and another was in
jured by being burned when a snow
slide struck a Great Northern rotary
snow plow and engine of a relief train
three miles west of Leavenworth this
afternoon. Joe Tierenn was killed and
Engineer Edwards was injured w-hen
the boiler exploded after being struck
by the slide.
ACCUSED OF FRATRICIDE
William Wilson Alleged to Hare Fired
Shot That landed Brother* Life
(Special Dispatch to Tbe Call)
REDWOOD CITY, Jan. 25.—William
Wilson, a resident of Redwood City for
25 years old, has been charged with the
murder of his brother in a lonely cabin
in the mountains near Santa Barbara-
Wilson and his brother were living to
gether when, one morning three months
ago, the latter was found dead with a
bullet wound in the head.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
IN BATTLE IS
While Balkan Plenipoten
tiaries Await Instructions
From Home Governments,
With Every Indication
That Allies Will Concen
trate With Greece on
Smashing Adrianople and
Tchatalja, Comes Report
That Hostilities Have
Again Been Resumed
HELLENIC ARMY IS
HEMMING IN JANINA
Plan of Campaign on Re
sumption of General Hos
tilities Includes Capture of
Moslem Fortifications in
Dardanelles, Enabling the
Fleet to Enter the Sea of
Marmora, Engage Islam's
Ships in Battle and to
Threaten Sublime Porte
VIENNA, Jan. 25.— Turkey re
opened hostilities along the Tchatalja
'dine at 9 o'clock this morning, accord
ing to an urgent message from Con'
slanlmoplc hy n>ay of Trieste.
CONSTANTINOPLE, Jan. 25—There
warn a Revere earthquake nhock Iβ the
Turkish capital at an early hour thin
morning- No loan of life bad been re
ported up to noon.
LONDON. Jan. 25.—80 th the ambas
sadors and the Balkan plenipotenti
aries held meetings today , * and dis
cussed academically the Balkan situa
tion and the occurrences in Constanti
nople. The plenipotentiaries are
awaiting , instructions.
As yet the Servians and Montene
grins have not received their govern
ments' full powers, -which Doctor
Daneff and Premier Veniselos already
possess, to break the negotiations. M.
Novakovitch has proposed to make the
Turks understand that the war indem
nity asked by the allies -will be in
creased proportionately to the delay in
FAITHFUL TO PROMISE
It is expected that by Sunday all the
allies will have received authorization
from their respective governments to
end the negotiations on their own ini
tiative, but, faithful to the promise
made to the ambassadors, they will not
use this prerogative until the reply to
the powers' note has been received from
the new Turkish government.
The Greeks, meanwhile, are pushing
their military operations In Epirus.
The army there, numbering 50,000. is
advancing against Janine in a semicir
cle. The Greeks have been fighting
for five days consecutively. The siege
is most difficult, owing to the moun
tainous nature of the district and the
narrow passes, which are strongly for
tified. The operations have been made
still more difficult by stormy weather.
AGREE ON OFFENSIVE PLAN
If the war 13 resumed in the next
week the allies have agreed that the
offensive shall be taken by the com
bined Bulgarian, Greek and Servian
forces against both Adrianople and
Tchatalja. The Servians will detach
some of their troops to help the Monte
negrins take Scutari.
A, Greek project is under examina
tion aiming to land troops in the gulf
of Saros and occupy the Galllpoiis
peninsula. This would give to the al
lies control of the Turkish fortifica
tions in the Dardanelles, enabling the
Greek fleet to enter the sea of Marmora
and threaten Constantinople.
All this and similar projects are
subordinate to the decision of the pow
ers and events in Constantinople, where
many consider a military counter revo
lution is inevitable within a short time.
HAVE ONLY WAITED
What the allies desire is not to be
accused of having precipitated matters.
Their terms were presented at the sit
ting of the peace conference on Decem
ber 23, and the Turkish delegates asked
time for their consideration. Since
then the allies have not changed their
terms. They simply have been waiting.
But patience has a limit, they &ay, like
the resources of their countries, which
are heavily taxed by Turkish procrasti
nation. When all means are exhausted
for a peaceful settlement, the allies de
clare, the war will be resumed and in
exorably conducted. Doctor Daneff,
head of the Bulgarian delegation, said
"The best proof of our magnanimity
toward Turkey is that we still are here,
while events in Constantinople are ,aa