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IN BEACH CASE
Prosecuting Attorney Sur
prises Crowd by Entering
Vigorously Into Con
duct of Trial
JURY LIKELY TODAY
Physician Tells of Conversa
tion With Defendant After
(Special Plspstrb to Tbe Call)
AIKEN, S. C, Feb. 4.—With its case
practically completed, the prosecution
today surprised the crowd that packed
the court room to attend the trial of
Frederick O. Beach, a crowd that oc
cupied every available foot of floor
space and ben* forward, expectant,
eager, while the web of circumstantial
evidence woven by the prosecuting at
torneys «v unfolded.
Not only did the not fall
through nor break down but despite
his expression of lack of confidence in
liis ability to convict Beach made Sun
day, Prosecuting Attorney Gunter en
tered vigorously into the work that
lay before him and seeming to gain
confidence as he progressed, brought
ahout at the end of the first day a
decided modification of sentiment as
to the outcome of the trial.
lORMKR (HIKF ON STAND
The most dramatic moment of the
<\ny was just before adjournment, when
Sheriff Howard, who last year was
chief of the Aiken police, was asked
I'y the prosecutor if when he exam
ir.ed Mr. and Mrs. Beach after the at
ta> k Colonel Henderson was not "al
ready there and took charge of
tilings," and Howard replied straight
.l way ;
"V* s. after Colonel Henderson was
employed in the case by Beach he com
pletely ruined everything, and I sim
ply gave up trying , to find out anything
l>p<-ause T saw it was no use."
<v>lonel Henderson was on his feet in
a moment. Turning to Mr. Gunter, he
< ried out:
"That's impertinent and improper,
'No. it's not impertinent nor im
proper," retorted (luster. '"It's the
Among the members of the cottage
riilony in the courtroom today were
Mrs. C. Oliver Iselin. Mr. and Mrs. Jo
seph Harriman. Mr. and Mrs. Harry B.
tlollins Jr. of New York and J. B. Ly
ons of Allegheny, Pa.
Mrs. Beach came in smiling and Mr.
Beach had a cordial greeting for those
In the crowd he knew.
Mrs. Beach was calm, apparently tin
disturbed and certainly not ill. Dur
ing the day she took notes on the evi
dence against her husband. Beach ap
peared to be in good spirits. From
time to time he spoke to his wife. Mrs.
Hollins or some one behind him. Twen
ty minutes were consumed in obtain
ing a jury.
Hastings Wymaa Sr., testified that
after hearing the screams at the Beach
i ottage he ran out of his house, fol
l<.wed by his son and hastened to the
tteaeh home. Just in front of the house
he. said he heard Beach's voice asking
then] to come on, saying that his wife
had been stabbed.
PHYSICIAN DESCRIBES WOIND
Doctor Wyman described the wound,
which be said was made with a sharp
instrument, "an ordinary pocket knife."
Mrs. Beach's clothing, he said, was
bloody. Beach was in a red smoking
jacket and be noticed that there was
I'liHid on his chin and on his face.
In reply to a question, Doctor Wy
rnan said he saw no resentment in the
attitude of Beach toward his wife; that
in telling of wrtiat had happened she
made no charge.
"His treatment of her was what
might have been expected of any man
under the circumstances," he said.
Doctor Wyman Jr.. after corroborat
ing his father's testimony, said that
directly after th<- door slammed he
heard a loud banging on the door of
the. Beach room and a man crying,
"This Iβ Beach; l<»t me in."
!!»• was asked by the prosecutor:
"Could a man, between the time you
heard the screaming and the time you
heard the voice demanding admission,
run upstairs for his pistol, run down
again out of the house and into the
street in search of the assailant?"
The defense objected and was sus
"Did grbti ask Beach why he was
outside knocking on the door?"
"I didn't ask him until the next day.
He said he picked up his wife and
carried her in doors and then ran up
stairs, got his , pistol, came down again
and went out to chase the negro."
The prosecution gained little or noth
ing from the testimony of Pearl Hamp
ton, the negress, who was on the stand
for nearly an hour. Mrs. Beach to
morrow will take the stand to testify
it was a negro and not her husband
who slashed her throat at the .Beach
h.om« last February. Confidence was
expressed that the case would go to
the jury tomorrow.
DEBATE IS TONIGHT
V. M. (. \. nutl Twentieth Century
< lub TeaniH to Arjcue on New
City Hule Scheme
The commission form of government
will I* debated tonight by the Twen
tieth Century club and the San Fran
ciaco Y. M. C. A- The question is "Re
solved, that San Francisco should adopt
the commission plan of municipal gov
The Twentieth Century club, an or
ganization of young men devoted to the
.study of science, literature and de
bating, will be represented by C.
Rhodes, A. M. Micnelson and A. A. But
terworth, upholding the affirmative.
The Y. M. C. A. will be represented
i>y D. E. Tripp. J. L. Geilen and H. C.
Bocchio. The debate will take place at
i.he Y. M. C A. auditorium
CLEVELAND AFFAIR TODAY
Jse«'eptlon Aboard Mner on Eve of It*
Departure Around World
The Hamburg-American line issued
invitations yesterday for a reception
today on board the liner Cleveland,
vhich is lying at pier 19, foot of Union
.street. Admittance to the Hhip will be
by card. Refreshments will be served
« and the liner's band will entertain the
(♦guests with music. The ship will be
• i! to visitors from 1 o'clock until
o'clock p. in. The Cleveland, with
.".(iO passengers on board, will sail at 9
o'clock tomorrow morning on its re
turn trip around the world.
ACTORS WED IN
THIS CITY IN A
Mrs. Andrew Ba\)le\) Bennison, who
was Doris Frances Fuller.
Doris Fuller and Bayley
Bennison Surprise Their
OAKLAND, Feb. 4.—Eluding their
friends. Miss Doris Frances Fuller and
Andrew Bayley Bennison, former mem
bers of Ye Liberty theater stock com
pany, slipped quietly away to San Ra
fael this afternoon and were married.
The young people had been engaged
for two years, but a rumor some
months ago that the match had been
severed, followed by Bennison's depar
ture for Los Angeles, threw their ac
quaintances off the track.
Mr. Bennison is well known here.
Three months ago he became a mem
ber of the company in the Lyceum the
ater In I.os Angeles. lie returned to
San Francisco two weeks ago and has
been staying with his brother, Louis
Bennison, a member of the Alcazar
theater company. Miss Fuller gave up
her position this week.
The bride is 21 and Bennison is 27
years old. Miss Fuller has given up
the stage and will devote her time to
making a home for her actor husband.
It is understood that the couple will
make their in San Francisco and
that Bennison will shortly be seen in
stuck work ther^.
FOR BOYS IS FAVORED
California Club Adopts Res
Despite the determined and almost
militant opposition of the peace advo
cates in the California club, a resolu
tion advocating the introduction of ele
mentary military instruction in the
public schools of the state was adopted
by a considerable majority.
Mrs. Bernard Sinsheimer read a paper
in support of this plan, saying that
there was necessity for a strong peace
reserve and that it is better that this
should be well trained and In proper
trim for service should occasion •de
mand. It was also, she said, a valuable
means of obtaining for a boy that
training for promptness and obedience
which he so much needs, and it was a
valuable outlet for the energy of a boy
during the adolescent period.
After considerable discussion the
motion of indorsement was passed.
Professor Payson J. Treat of Stan
ford university then spoke on "The
Awakening of the Orient and Its Sig
nificance to San Francisco."
The speaker recently returned from a
stay of several months in the orient
and was able to speak as one having
authority. He said that the people of
Ran Francisco occupied front seats for
the drama of development In the far
east and by their more Intimate knowl
edge would be ,ible to profit more fully
in the advantage* to be gained there
He reviewed ROfttitttons in China and
said that the won'lnr there was not
that they had done so little, but so
One of the strongest influences in
new CHina he declared to be that of
WELL KNOWN LAWYER DIES
F. V. Mejpro Lone Identified With
F. V. Meyers, well known attorney
and former state labor commissioner,
died Monday at his home, 34 4 North
Willard street. lie was born in Stock
ton and was the son of former state
senator Samuel Meyers.
The deceased attorney early identi
fied himself with railroading and for
many years was an engineer with the
Southern Pacific company. iAter he
was made chairman of the grievance
committee of the Brotherhood of
Locomotive engineers with jurisdiction
from Portland to New Orleans and as
far east as Ogden.
Governor Henry T. Gage appointed
him state labor commissioner and for
the last fifteen years of his life he
TUNNEL TAX CASE UP
Judge Cooper Repent* and <»ets Per
mission to Argrue Hucetlon
J. A. Cooper, former justice of the
court of appeals, yesterday obtained
from Judge Seawell an order setting
aside his ruling regarding the city's
demurrer to the sale of property by
the city for the Stockton street tunnel
tax. When Judge Seawell stated sev
eral days ago that he would sustain
the city's demurrer, Mr. Cooper said
that he would not amend his com
plaint. He repented of his haste and
obtained permission from the court to
argue the question, intimating that he
would not take an appeal.
DEFEAT FOR DIRECT LEGISLATION
TOPEKA, Kat, Feb. 4.—The initia
tive and referendum constitutional
amendment was defeated in the state
senate today. The measure was
passed last week by the housf Today's
defeat probably *'ill end efforts to
obtain the adoption of the amendment
at this session.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 1913.
OWN LIFE ENDED
BY 'LAURA, QUEEN
OF THE PLUNGERS'
Mrs. Woodruff, Nervy Gam
bler and Apartment House
Proprietor, Dies by Gas
Mr?. Laura Woodruff, known among
followers of the racing game in Pan
Francisco as "Laura, Queen of the
Plungers," facing financial disaster
and haunted with fear of mental col
lapse, ended her life by gas asphyxia
tion in the Woodruff apartments at
1224 Taylor Ftreet between S and 12
o'clock Monday night.
Mrs; Woodruff, who successfully
lived the dual life of gambler and ex
clusive apartment house proprietor,
earned the name of "Laura,' Queen of
the Plungers" by recklessly wagering
sums of money ranging from $500 to
$3,000 daily on the results of horse
races at Juarez and other racing cen
OFTEX WAGERED THOrSAXD*.
Recently she had lost thousands
of dollars on horses which had been
"touted" as winners. These heavy
losses preyed on the mind of Mrs.
Woodruff and, combined with routine
difficulties which she encountered as
manager of the Woodruff apartments,
caused her to slash her left wrist and
then turn on the gas in her apart
ments at the Woodruff Monday night.
Less than a month ago Mrs. Wood
ruff, who was a distinguished looking:
matron. 55 years old, figured in a raid,
made upon a poolroom conducted un
der the guise of a woman's tail<tring
establishment, near Fillmore street.
She escaped arrest, but It was learned
at that time that she was in the habit
of leaving a large bankroll in the
hands of the woman , who conducted the
place, and would often direct the plac
ing of her bets by telephone.
ADMIRED FOR HER "XERVF,"
Mrs. Woodruff was admired by her
gambling associates for what they
termed her "nerve," and among her
friends at the Woodruff apartments for
her sweet, even temperament—a tem
perament which often permitted others
to best her in business deals. Not long
ago "Laura, queen of the plunger;-,"
wagered $3,000 on the result of one
race at Juarez. When her choice v/as
numbered among the "also rans" she
coolly walked to the bookmaker and
laid a bet of $1,500 on the result of the
race following. Rarely did Mrs. Wood
ruff bet less than $500 on the tips
Mrs. Ella Ryan, one of Mrs. Wood
ruff's closest friends, was in ignorance
of her friend's dual life.
CLOSE FRIEND FIZZLED
Seen at the Woodruff apartments
yesterday, Mrs. Ryan said:
"I am totally in the dark as to why
Mrs. Woodruff took her life. She was
the dearest, sweetest woman I ever
met, and never had an enemy to my
knowledge. Last night she appeared
in the best of spirits, but said she was
tired because of the strenuous day she
had spent, due to people moving from
and into the apartments.
"Before retiring last night she came
into my apartment and asked me if I
would take a cup of tea with her.
When 1 told her I did not care for tea
she left me and went to her room*.
Later I knocked at her door, but
thought she was sleeping when I re
ceived no response. The lights in her
room were burning, but, knowing her
penchant for reading after retiring, I
thought nothing of it. When she did
not appear this morning to prepare
breakfast for Ralph Roberts, the care
taker, as was her custom, we became
ale.rmed and went to her apartment.
We detected the odor of gas and forced
our way into the rooms."
FIND BELONGINGS UNTOUCHED
Mrs. Woodruff was found lying on
her bed with her left wrist cut in two
places, wrapped in a towel. Gas was
escaping from three open burners on
the kitchen range and all windows in
the apartment were closed. An open
razor was found on a shelf In the bath
room, and a blood soaked towel was
found on the floor.
Detectives Wren and Harrison, who
were assigned to the case, made a thor
ough investigation of the apartment and
found everything, including a small sum
of money and jewels belonging to Mrs.
Several years ago Mrs. Woodruff was
employed as a nurse at the Home for
Feeble Minded at Eldridge. While
there she amassed a small fortune by
savings and investments. A few years
ago she came to San Francisco and
leased the Woodruff apartments. She
made a friend of each of he? guests
and practiced the golden rule in her
FEARED LOSS OF MIND
To her gambling associates she often
confided, recently, that she feared she
was losing her mind, and spoke of her
Recently she was troubled with neu
ralgia, for which she was treated by Dr.
Madeline Johns, on whose life an at
tempt was made by a maniac Monday.
Robert McClure, a retired capitalist
of Los Angeles, father of Mrs. Wood
ruff, was notified of his daughter's death
yesterday and will arrive here today to
make arrangements for the burial. Be
sides the father Mrs. Woodruff leaves
two brothers and two sisters to mourn
FORTUNE FAVORS SILENT
Canadian Speculator Said to Have Made
$7,000,000 Mum on Strike
Among the passengers who arrived ;
here yesterday on the liner Mongolia
was D. P. R. Isenberg, who is reputed
to have cleaned up a large fortune in
Canadian coal lands. Isenberg l smiles
and does not contradict the story of his
good fortune as told by his fellow
passengers. It is a short story and,
from a financial point of view, a sweet i
one. Isenberg not long ago, so tlie
story goes, bought a large area of
land in western Canada for about
$100,000. He is said to have sold it to
a British syndicate for 57,000,000, part
of which he received in cash and the
balance In stock of the company or
ganized to work the rich coal deposits
discovered on the land after it be
DR. WORCESTER DYING
San Francisco Pastor Coming From
South to Be at Home at End
(Special Dispatch to TUe Call)
SANTA BARBARA. Feb. 4.—Rev.
Joseph Worcester, pastor of the Sec
ond New Jerusalem Swedenborgian '
church of San Francisco, who has been
at a Santa Barbara sanatorium for the
last four months suffering from an
anaemic condition of the blood, was
taken to his northern home today in a
special car. It is said the minister was
at the point of death and he wanted to
be home when the end came. Doctor |
Worcester Is a worker among , orphans
and young men released from the jails.
His home is at 1030 Vallejo street, San
FOR THIS THERESA
Comely Young Matron Doesrit
Believe in Kissing £i*en Par
ents, Husband and Children
BALTIMORE, Feb. 4.—"1 don't be
lieve wives jtfiould kiss their husbands;
I don't believe anybody ought to kiss."'
This was the reply Mrs. Theresa K.
Deems, "2 years eld and comely, made
today when asked in court if she did
not want to kiss her husband and
Then Judge Ambler paroled George
W. Deems, who had been arraigned on
a chare of nonsupport.
Mrs. Deems said afterward that she
had never been kissed, not even by her
parents, -and that she would not kiss
her child, whom she loved "more than
her own life," because she did not be
lieve in kissing.
CONCERT SINGERS ADD
TO CLAIM FOR HONORS
Mme. Rider-Kelsey and
Once again last night at the Scot
tish Kite auditorium, Corinne I'lider-
Kelsey and (Maude Cunningham
strengthened their claitn to be known
as America's foremost concert singers.
Their artistry is superb and grows with
acquaintance. I>ast night's audience
was small, yet it showed quite an im
provement over the tragic attendance
Th« very excellent program started
with a charming Mozart duet, "Crudel!
Perche Finora ,, from the opera "The
Marriage of tPigaro," done in most
charming manner by Mme. Rider-KH
.«<■>• and Mr. Cunningham, and imme
diately bringing singers and audience
into accord until the balance of the
evening seemed like a family party.
Cunningham's voice was heard at its
best in Beethoven's "In Questa Tomba."
which he sang in a most delightful
manner. In fact, with every song Cun
ningham added laurels to his already
long list of vocal conquests.
Corinne Rider-Kelsey's- interpreta
tion of her group of English songs
showed the real beauty In the composi
tions. Bemberg's "Chant Venetian"
was given with a scholarly rendering
and in the beautiful song "Mando
line" of Debussy, Mme. Kider-Kelsey
seemed to reach the zenith of her
charm. The Paladilho duet, "Au Bord
de l'Eau," brought forth an encore and
the singers were recalled many times
at the conclusion of their concert.
Last night's concert will be the last
given by these artists this season.
TRAIN ROBBER INDICTED
William I.ounsberry ( iiafcusrs l<>
Stealing $1,3*5 Fran Mail Car
"William L.ounsberry, serving a two
and one-half yt-ars in the federal pen
itentiary at Xjfeavenworth for train
robbery, was indicted here yesterday
for a shnilar offense by the federal
grand jury. ■ "While in Leavenworth
Southern Paclflo train No. 16 near
L«ounsberry confessed that lie robbed
Redding last year. He was a pas
senger on the train and made his way
from the sleeper to Uh? mail car, where
he covered three mail i lerks with a
pistol, secured $1,385 and then made
his way back to his sleeper undis
covered. He was caught by a train
conductor in the east while executing
the same kind of a robbery. When
released he will be brought here for
TO KALON HOLDS MEETING
Weller Recall nnd Illustrated Lecture
Are Principal Feature*
To Kalon held its regular meeting
yesterday afternoon hearing first an
address from Twain Michelson on the
matter of the Weller recall, after
which Mrs. Rose V. S. Berry spoke on
"The Art of the Early Renaissance."
illustrating it most interestingly with
stereopticon views. A musical pro
gram of decided merit was given by
Miss Virginia Cleary, vocalist. Miss
Alice Dolan acting as her accompan
ist, and violin solos by Charles 11.
U.S. CIVIL SERVICE TESTS
The United States Civil service com
mission soon will hold these examina
Junior topographer (male), geologic
al survey, salary $720 to $1,200 per an
Topographic aid, temporary (male),
geological survey, salary $40 to $75 per
Photographer for plant specimens
(male), bureau of plant industry, sal
ary $720 to $840 per annum.
Geologic aid and assistant geologist
(male), geological survey, salary $60
per month to $1,500 per annum.
Fourth class postmaster, Vista
Grande, Cal. Applicants must live
within the territory supplied by the
Still a Chance
To Get Your SUIT or OVERCOAT
Made to Order at a Saving
of from 15 to 20%
The great success of our annual
sale encourages us to continue
giving these remarkable values
for a short time longer. Take
advantage of these reductions,
while the sale continues, as many
of the suitings may be worn the
This sale is different, because
the reduction's are bona fide and
every suit Is made in our own
shop by our own force of union
tailors, who are paid by the week
—no piece work. Order yours
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THE IRISH TAILORS,
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CHAMBER LEADERS FORM
New Adjunct to Keep in
Close Touch With Trade
and Boost Business
Fifty members of the Chamber of
] Commerce, representing as many lines
of retail business, met yesterday after- I
noon in the assembly room of the
Chamber of Commerce and organized.
what will be known as the "retail trade j
committee" of the, organization Frank ]
I. Turner presided as temporary chair
The idea of the committee is to ob
tain knowledge of ail things connected
with the retail trade of San Francisco
and to be in a position to take effective
R. F. Sehlesinger, William Woodhead
and Colonel George H. Pippy were en
thusiastic in speaking for the new
movement, and representatives of the i
Chinese and Japanese merchants were
[ advocates of a plan to have their
trades made distinctive, features, but
adjuncts of the main committee.
The following program was unani
I—That the representatives present
be polled as to their willingness to
serve temporarily, or at least until
permanent representatives on the com
mittee should be appointed from the
various lines of trade.
- —That representatives present sig
nify their willingness to help organize
their different lines, where there was
no organization at present.
3—That a committee be appointed to
search out those lines not yet repre
sented and get them into the movement.
The roll was called and every dele
gate declared himself ready for service.
The following , committee was ap
pointed by the chair: William Wood
head, George D. Chase, Jesse Andrews,
M. Marx, J. R. McDonald, Frank Robb,
Wanford G. LeWald.
AGREEMENT FOR CITY
OPERA HOUSE FILED
Contract Rrtneen Municipality and San
Francisco Musical Association Is
The contract between the city and
the San Francisco Musical association
providing for the erection, management
and control of the municipal opera
house on civic center land was filed for
record yesterday with Recorder God
chaux, it having been approved by the
board of supervisors and Mayor Rolph
By the terms of the agreement the
management of the $1,000,000 temple
of music will be vested in a board of
15 directors, nine representing the mu
sical association and the others as fol
lows: The mayor, president of the
board of education, a supervisor, a
• itizen appointed by the mayor and
two college professors, one of Stan
ford and one of California.
Suit to restrain the city from enter
ing into the agreement was filed in
the superior court yesterday by
George C. W. Egan, through his
attorney, H. S. Young. The com
plaint recites that ordinance 2,15:5
passed by the supervisors on February
} is illegal. It was stated that the
suit was a friendly test of the powers
of the municipality and the validity of
FIGHT SEEN BY MAYOR
Three Men Arrested Participated In
I.n>l Sunday's Battle
Tn the arrest of James Carroll. James
O'Kane and Edward Agenti by Detect
ives Michael Burke and John Dolan
last night, came tlio solution of the
cause of the tight Mayor Rolph wit
nessed from his automobile last Sun
day night at Twenty-seventh and
Valencia streets. When Mayor Rolph
saw the fight, which seemed to him to
be. a gang of men attacking a man
carrying a baby and another man. he
got out of his machine and telephoned
the police. After two days investigat
ing three of the assailants were ar
rested and the man with the baby,
Daniel Kennedy of 41 Homestead
street, and his companion, Morris Hoer,
were located. The men arrested claim
it was a drunken row.
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Goes to Sleep All Right
Awakens an Insane Man
RICHMOND, Feb. 4.— W. Jack
eon, a Kwltehman employed by
«tao Santa Fe livery, at 121 Flret
utreet, retired Monday evening
apparently m wane man. AVhen be
nas jivmkene«l thin morning by
his wife be neither recognised
her, knew y> hn or where he was
and nan violently innane. He was
removed to Mart hie* thie after
noon, where he will be examined.
Hlm condition, htn wife Maid, the
belleven to be dne io an injury to
hi* head incurred about three
year* ago In n railroad accident.
Since that time, she Maid, he has
Buffered at various titnew halluci
nationM. partial lo*n of Might and
losm of memory.
WEDDED TO GIVE HOME
TO SISTER'S CHILDREN
Mrs. Bessie Spence Wants
Marriage Annuled on
Ground of Fraud
That she married her dead sister's
husband to keep their children from an
orphanage is the allegation of Mrs.
Bessie Spence in a suit for annulment
of marriage filed against William If-
Strohmeier. a Sonoma county farmer, In
the superior court yesterday.
Mrs. Spence alleges that Strohmeier
procured a marriage license without
her consent and told her that his seven
children would be forced to go to an
orphan asylum unless she became his
wife. She yielded to the superior will
power of Strohmeier, she says, and was
married to him at Bodega in May, 191-,
but left him after the ceremony and
since has lived in San Francisco.
She asks annulment, alleging fraud
Edna Booth, known in the theatrical
profession as Edna Josselyn Clyde, ap
pearing at the Alcazar theater, was
I granted $2."» a month temporary ali
mony pending the hearing of a suit for
divorce tiled against her by Raymond A.
Booth, alleging cruelty. Mrs. Booth
has answered with a similar charge.
Interlocutory decrees of divorce were
granted to the following:
By Judge Van Nostrand—Lura from
Kurt Schmidt, desertion; Catherine
from Ignatius Delehanty, cruelty.
The following complaints were filed.
Mary A. against Joseph A. Daneri, de
sertion; Mildred B. against Harry G.
Frank, desertion; Minnie P. against
Patrick J. Quinn, cruelty; Hugh against
Maud Lionsdtile. desertion; Alice H.
against F.mil M. Loeffler. desertion;
Nellie against Isaac Blumberg, deser
tion; Selma against George Moore, de
HAMMOND DENIES CHARGE
Defendant In Lumber T,ea«p Aver* He
Knew JVothlng of Timber ( uttiitK
A. B. Hammond, on trial in the
United States district court on a
charge of cutting timber valued at
$211,000 from government land in Mon
tana, was under cross examination yes
terday by Special Assistant Attorney
General Frank Hall. The* deTettdant
maintained that he was chiefly inter
ested while in Montana in building
various branch railroad lines for the
Northern Pacific, and acted as man
ager and director of the operations of
the Montana Improvement company
and the Missoula Mercantile company.
He denied any connection with the
Bonita and Bonjier mills. Oscar J.
Keynolds, George B. Archibald and J.
T. Pardee, mining engineers and min
eral land experts, were called in re
buttal by the prosecution to prove that
the land cut over was of a nonmineral
DR. JOHNS IS RESTING EASILY
Dr. Madeline Johns, who was at
tacked in her office Monday by Herman
H. (lutschick, a porter who had gone
insane, was reported resting easily
last night at the SI. Francis hospital.
where she was taken after the maniac
had slashed her throat.
TO BE ADJUSTED
BY LAW, PERHAPS
Railroad Commission Work
ing in Harmony With
to Such Result
OF CASE TO BE MADE
Experts Will Delve Into the
Matter for Purpose of
The supervisors" telephone rates com
mittee and the state railroad commis
sion have joined hands to make ■
thorough investigation of the affairs
of the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph
company for the purpose of flxtnj?
rates for the next fiscal year. An In
quiry will be made into the company , !
earnings to determine the extent of ttm
gross business and whether or not
reduction is possible.
It also is proposed to ascertain what
rtepfl are necessary to make a com
plete readjustment of local rates that
might be incorporated in a permanent
telephone rate ordinance.
Chairman Fred L- Hilmer announced,
yesterday that the inquiry will be con
ducted by experts, and that an ex
haustive study of the subject will be
COXFKRENCE HELD YESTERDAY
A conference was held between the
railroad commission and Supervisors
Hilmer. Hayden, Koshland and Mauzy.
The commissioners assured the super
visors they would give them all avail
James T. Shaw of the commission was
requested to make a report to the com
mittee based on data acquired by the
commission on its statewide investiga
tion, and to answer the following ques
To determine whether or not the
present earnings of the Pacific Tele
phone and Telegraph company in the
city of San Francisco will permit of
any reduction in grose revenue to be
arrived at by a readjustment of San
If a reduction is reasonably possible
on the basis of the present earnings of
the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph
company how much reduction In the
total gross receipts can reasonably be
Over what rates ought this reduction
Is a physical valuation essential to
What steps are essential to a final
and complete readjustment of San Fran
cisco rates that might be'lncorporated
in a permanent telephone rate order?
PURCHASES REDUCE EARNINGS
Prescott H. Coolidge, general com
mercial superintendent for the tele
phone company, testified in regard to
the purchase of the automatic Bell
Telephone company, stating that t!u
purchase price had been added to the
expenses of the Pacific for the
year. He said $80,000 had been lost by
the Pacific in subscriptions for the
the automatic phones, which ha<l
brought down the gross earning 1>7.000
for the year. According to Superin
tendent Coolidge. the wages of the
operators had recently been increased,
work lightened and several hundred
additional operators employed.
Long conversations held by women
visiting over the lines was designated
by Superintendent Coolidge as one of
the greatest abuses of the service with
which the telephone company, had t"
contend. He said the company had not
attempted to put a time limit on con
versations, because it would mean a
world of protests and trouble, and a t
this time did not feel in a position to
invite, more trouble.
Y'uea Travel I-ecture —I. IT. Morse, a
travel lecturer, will speak at the
Young- Women*! Christian association,
T>49 O'Farrell street, Friday night.
"India and the Cradle of Civilization ,
is his theme.