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SLAYER OF 2 VANISHES FROM SIGHT
WITH START OF AN HOUR
COULSEN MAKES ESCAPE;
LEAVES NO TRAIL BEHIND
and started shooting." said the in
jured Mrs. Coulson to Eugene Reiss.
.■. clerk in the employ of Coulson. who
was permitted to interview the
woman at the central emergency hos
"He fired several shots. After I
was on the floor he came to me.
kissed me twice and said: 'For God's
sake, KatherLne. have I killed you?'
He then stood up and it seems to me
he fired again. I then crept out of
the garage and half crawled. half
walked down the street to where 11
■was found. 1 could not make an out- i
cry. my throat was full of blood." j
. After being shot Mrs. Coulson j
dragged herself more than half a
block to Market and Franklin streets.
OPPOSED HT'SBAXD'S AVISHES
Her path whs recorded in a stream
of blood, wbich blazed the trail
around the corner to where the bodies
lay, as clearly as if a direction sheet
Two women opposed the good ad-
Vice of their heisbands.
Mrs. Coulson, accompanied by Mrs.
< "■! list op her L.. Stafford, who lived at
the Ainslee apartments, 640 Turk
street, left for the beach at 5 oclock
yesterday aftarnoon. They were
called fc by s. car from the Atlas
garage, where Mrs. Coulson had a
Mrs. Stafford was taken into cus
tody this afternoon and is being held
in detinue as a. witness. She was re
leased this morning after telling her
Coulson had forbidden his wife
going out in the company of Mrs.
Stafford, and Stafford had Issued a
like order concerning Mrs. Coulson,
according to tine injured woman's
story. She said both she end Mrs.
Stafford were -well acquainted with
the beach resortjj and all of the down
town Ptops on the cocktail route.
Mrs, Stafford's husband is manager!
of the service department of the
Picrce-Arrow automobile agency and |
lives at the Ainslee apartments, 640
"TIFFORD t\OK.4\ LOCATED
The Stafford womaji was located at
the Claremont hotel. Thirty-fourth
avenue and Fulton street, by a police
man and taken to police headquarters
today. The two women told stories
that varied little as to details. Mrs.
Stafford said tHe two women went to
the hotel with Acker, but that Mrs.
Coulson refused to stay there. Mrs.
Coulsen's statement was to the effect
that Mrs. Stafford was too Intoxi
cated to go any farther. Mrs. Coul
son said that after she and Acker put
Mrs. Stafford away triey returned to
the beach and did some more touring
and then wound up at the Atlas gar-
Mrs. Coulson had left home pur
posely before her husband returned,
because she knew he would object to
her party with Mrs. Stafford.
Business associates of Coulson say
be started for his residence at 5:30
O'clock last night. He was seen en
tering the front door of the apart
ment building where he had lived for
the last fifteen months. After that
his movements are uncertain.
SLAYER WAITED FOR VICTIM
Indications are that he first traced
the machine in which his wife had
ridden away and then deliberately
loaded his weapon and entered upon
the long vigil, like a duck hunter in
a blind, waiting for his game to come
Kovack was an innocent bystander,
tie pushed open the sliding door
when <Acker tooted his horn and
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30 Montgomery St.
stopped to pass a word with the
chauffeur and the woman.
They sat down on the running
board of the machine.
Acker produced a bottle of beer and
Mrs. Coulson was the honored
guest, she drank first.
As Acker proffered the bottle to
Kovack. Mrs. Coulson's boisterous
laugh at her own wit was frozen.
Standing out sharply in the broad
doorway, revolver menacing the three,
stood the husband.
tOILSKN STARTS SHOOTING
The weapon spit fire.
The first bullet plunged into the
neck of the woman. The powder
burned her face.
Acker, straightening up in surprise,
received a slug of lead squarely in
the heart. He staggered into the
far corner of the room and died
within a few minutes.
Terrified, Kovack made a leap for
the office, probably intending to call
for help over the telephone. Another
shot and tho leaden messenger tore
through Kovack's right shoulder and
lodged in his breast.
He died half an hour later at the
central emergency hospital. He fell.
THE SAX FRANCISCO ( ALL, FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1913.
A.R. COULSON, HUNTED
HUSBAND, AND VIEW OF
AUTO AT DEATH SCENE
half Inside of the office, naif on the
cold cement of the storage floor.
Mrs. W. H. Curtis, who lives in the
Raymond apartments. heard three
shots fired. She opened her window.
Cnder the half light of the waning
moon «he saw a man who looked fa
miliar to her run down Fell street
woman Kot No bi,ekdin'«
The injured Mrs. Coulson walked to
the gore of Market and Franklin,
streets. Propped up against a lamp
post, faint and unrecognizable from
mingled powder burns and nlood, she
was found by William Scudder, a m*U
i arrier, who lives at 156 Hancock
street. He telephoned to the emer
hospital received was there had been
an automobile accident and the in
jured were at the Atlas garage.
The stewards rushed Kovack to
the hospital, but he whs beyond help.
He left a young widow and a baby 2
years old at the Hotel Fillmore.
Mrs. Coulson did the telephoning
to the Atlas garage for the machine
yesterday. It developed that she had
employed the Atlas people on a num
ber of occasions when she had a trip
Mrs. Curtis was questioned closely
about the appearance of the man she
saw fleeing the scene of the crime.
She is acquainted with Coulson. She
said the man she saw resembled Coul
son. The police say from her dis
tance under the moonlight it would
have been a hard matter to identify
ni"Ti:< ri\"K9 WANT tot i,son
Coulson, according to his business
associates, is a temperamental man,
who recently has grieved much over
what they say was his wife's loves
for the gay life and fast companions.
Coulson is as steady as a clock, a man
who does not drink nor have a single
bad habit, and la very Industrious.
His friends say he always could be
found at home In the evening. It Is
said he was seen entering the Ray
mond apartments at 6 o'clock last
night, but no one has seen him since
Detectives working on the case
jumped to the conclusion that Coul
son Is the man who can tell some
thing about-the case from the very
The case is unusual in that there
are no witnesses to the shooting save
Mrs. Coulson. and It is pointed out
there is little hope of a solution to
the mystery unless she becomes in
clined to talk more than she has.
Inasmuch as she is the wife of the
suspected man, she could not be
forced to testify against him.
Steward James O'Day accompanied
the ambulance when it picked Mrs.
Coulson up. She said she had been
held up. She gave her name as Cath
erine Gallagher. Then she became
sullen and refused to talk to anybody
about the trouble.
TRACKO BY BLOODY FOOTPRINTS
It was an easy matter to retrace
the footsteps of Mrs. Coulson after
leaving the garage, for every step
was a splotch of blood, a red ribbon
unwound to connect up the crime.
After visiting; the Ainslee apart
ments In Turk street the detectives
hastened to the Eagle. At the Eagle
the landlady gruffly informed the in
truders that she didn't want to have
anything more to do with the Staf
fords. She perhaps was peevish be
cause the policemen had routed her
out of bed. but. at any rate, she would
not say anything about the Staffords.
Mrs. Stafford had planned to leave
San Francisco for Buffalo. N. V.. to
day. She had her baggage all packed.
Stafford had made arrangements to
go as far as Sacramento with his
An hour elapsed between the shoot
ing and the time police officers were
detailed on the case.
It was fully IE minutes before the
first person entered the garage. .
When John Fagan, a chauffeur who
lives at 676 Waller street, drove in
through the open door from his
night's work, his headlights flashed
upon the inert heap in the office door.
He clamped his brakes down hard
and narrowly escaped running over
the body of Kovack.
Until five days ago the Staffords
lived at the Eagle apartments, 555
Mrs. Stafford told the police that
Mrs. Coulson was not in reality Mrs.
Coulson, as Coulson and she had never
been married. She said Mrs. Coul
son's right name was Walton and that
she has a husband living In Philadel-
SAYS SHE IS LBGAIi WIFE
Questioned about the fact later.
Mrs. Coulson insisted she is the law
ful wife of Coulson. Her first hus
band's name was Walton, she said,
but explained she had'received a di
vorce from him Bix years ago.
Mr*. Stafford said also Mrs. Coulson
had been afraid of Coulson for a long
time and that he had "beaten her up"
on several occasions.
The night clerk at the Raymond
apartments said a few nights ago
Mrs. Coulson had asked to be given
an apartment separate from that
usually occupied by herself and her
husband, and, commenting on the sit
uation, Mrs. Coulson said: "I'm afraid
of that man; some day he is going to
do me up."
It is understood Coulson has met
with business reverses in the last few
months. Usually he had a large
amount of money, but is sai<| to have
been fearful of having his store sold
out from upnder him within the last
BERKELEY PASTOR WILL
FILL EASTERN PULPIT
The resignation of Rev. Harry I
Miles, pastor of the First Congrega
tional church of Berkeley, has been
submitted and acoapted and a com
mittee appointed to secure a new
pastor. Rev. Dr. Mtlea, who has been
pastor of the church for five years. !
will go east within a month to take j
the pulpit of the Dwight place i
church. New Haven, a call he has
beep considering some time. I
WOMAN, VICTIM OF JOY
RIDE, IN HOSPITAL TELLS
OF FATAL TRIP IN AUTO
l »>ntinued From I'ase 1
extremely hazy on account of her
drinking: so carelessly.
There is nothing of immorality
to be gathered from her recital
save drunkenness. The chauf
feur. •"Billy,'' who was an ac
quaintance of the Stafford woman,
was acting in his official capacity,
which seemed to embrace, in ad
dition to driving the taxicab, the
office of taking care of his fares
as they became more intoxicated
and dancing with them turn and
turn about at the beach resorts.
When Mrs. Stafford became to
tally incapacitated for further
travel up and down the beach,
he and Mrs. Coulson persuaded
her to go to bed at some "hotel"
there. Then the latter two con
tinued the party without her un
til he brought Mrs. Coulson in to
DEsrnißES START OF TRIP
"It all began yesterday after
noon about 1 o'clock." said Mrs.
Coulson, as she tried to twist her
self into a position on her pillow
that might case her pain from the
wound. "Mrs. Stafford came up to
see me. and shu had been drink
ing. She had been drinking
steady since Saturday, and she
wanted more beer as soon as she
got to my house. We had some,
and then she said she wanted to
go town to get her money."
Mrs. Coulson was vague about
the money for a few minutes,
then remembered that Mrs. Staf
ford had been a stenographer in
the employ of the Niagara Insur
ance company, but because of her
inability to attend to work since
last Saturday had lost her posi
Thirty-seven dollars was due
her. and when this was collected
supplied the funds for the pur
chase of a kimono at a down
town shop, and for the night on
PICKS FAVORITE ( Mil Xi i:i it
it had been necessary to get a
taxicab to go down town, as Mrs.
Stafford was not sober enough to
walk. She had called up the gar
age and requested that Ackers
taxi be sent to her, as he had
taken her out once before, she
said, and "knew how to take care
When they went back to the
Coulson home after the trip down
town. Mrs. Stafford said she was
too nervous to keep quiet. She
felt that she needed a trip to the
beach. There were one or two
stops on the way lor more drinks
and the beach was readied about
"We just went to all the places
and had more drinks. We danced,
too," and Mrs. Coulson smiled a
little as at a cheerful remem
DANCED OM.V WITH BILI,\
"We didn't join any other men,
though," she continued. "It was
Billy who danced with us. We
don't ever have anything to do
with men. Mrs. Stafford and I:
we just drink." she added. "Our
husbands had told us both we
shouldn't go together because we
'I guess we always had too
good times together. Mrs Staf
ford, she doesn't drink all the
time: only, when she gets started
she keeps it up for a while. I
can't hardly ever drink any be
cause of my husband; he won't
Later in the night Mrs. Coulson
went back to see if Mrs. Stafford
was able to get up, and finding
thta she was not, she started to
go to bed herself. Fear of her
husband made her change her
mind, however, and Insist upon
returning fo town.
"Billy brought me down In the
taxi," she said, "but I don't re
member anything much until 1
saw the Masonic temple. Then I
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1 said, 'That's right where I live,'
but Billy, he took me into the
garage to have another bottle of
beer. Everything was closed, but
Billy knew where to get it. The
man that took care of the garage
was in there, and we offered him
a drink. I hear that both the
boys *were shot."
"AIN'T IT AH I'l 1.. STAFFI"
Later Mrs. Stafford appeared
and they greeted each other with
the comradeship of common woe.
"Oh, Staff, Staff, Staff, ain't it
awful?" said Mrs. Coulson.
The other woman, older by many
years than her wounded friend,
grasped her hands and said. "Don't
worry, dearie, you are going to get
well and it's all going to be all
In a few minutes she said, "Did you
know both the boys were dead?"
'Oh. no," and Mrs. Coulson started
up in bed. fell back with a cry of
pain, sobbed hysterically, wrung her
hands and seemed on the verge of a
When she was quited she said, "And
they never did anything."
"No," said Mrs. Stafford, "that's the
wav and if ever there was a prince
( care of me last night and brought
me back safe to town, too. Say.
was he married?"
<A\T BKI.IKVK Boys DEAD
The erroneous assurance that
neither of the two men was
married seemed to be a decided
balm to her. but ever and anon
she would say:
"They cant be dead, those
boys— why, they never did a
Mrs. Stafford was loud in her
belief that Coulson was not the
man who did the shooting.
"He wasn't that kind, even if
you didn't tell him you were
going out, and besides, how would
he kno wwhere you were? It
couldn't have been him."
"We live right near the garage,
you know." insisted the other. "If
he was looking for me he might
have found out." •
Mrs. Stafford said she had never
had any trouble with her husband
except about drinking. She had
been unable to communicate with
him this morning, although she
had telepphoned to his offlce.
"He had just stepped out for a
little while," she said. "He'll be
back pretty soon, and I'll get him
Mrs. Coulson said that she had
lived in San Francisco for six
years, but this was only her sec
ond trip to the beach. She was
formerly married to H man named
Walton, and lived near Philadel
She divorced him and when in Kan
sas City met Coulson and married him
there six years ago.
She is a comely woman with pretty,
dark curling hair, rather regular fea
tures and peculiar topaz yellow eyes.
In one of which the pupil is mis
placed, being almost at the lower
outer edge of the iris.
In the cot next to Mrs. Coulson lay
an elderly woman with a broken arm.
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"Shot, Then Kissed Me'
Wounded Wife's Story
6i\ KR ' ACKER and 1 were sittin 8 in the g ara g e when my hus
yl band entered and started shooting. He fired several shots.
After I was on the floor he came to me, kissed me twice and
said: 'For God's sake, Katherine, have I killed you?' He then stood
up, and it seems to me he fired again. I then crept out of the garage
and half crawled, half walked down the street to where I was found.
I could not make an outcry, my throat was full of blood."—State
ment by Mrs. Coulson.
She listened intently to the other's
recital and at the close nodded her
head sadly and said:
"'Tis a terrible thins, the drink.
All this trouble comin' from it.
Sure, I'd not be here myself but
for it. One or two yesterday
afternoon, then trying to get a
streetcar, and you see this arm—
no good at all for a month. 'Tis
a bad thing, the drink."
And the two women turned to
her and said, sadly, as with one
accord, "It sure is.''
GET $1,500,000 FOR
F.M. SMITH LAND
Properties of F. M. Smith's Realty
syndicate valued at more than $1,500.
--000 have been sold by the Borax
King's trustees as the first step in
clearing up the tangled affairs of the j
financier. Three large parcels of land
near Piedmont, comprising 1.000 acres,
have been disposed of, and the 10
story Syndicate building in Broadway
near Fourteenth street, Oakland, has
been put on the market.
All the properties are the private
holdings of Smitb. but have an indi
rect connection with the United Prop
erties tangle. The Dingee property
of 600 acres lying back of the Pied
mont hills was sold recently to Louis
Titus and associates for a figure said
to be close to $1,000,000. It is one of
the most valuable of the undeveloped
residence sites in the east bay cities.
The trustees have sold to Wickham j
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in Piedmont, and the third piece sold
was Villa Nova tract adjoining Pied- !
mont park. The purchaser is John i
H. Spring, a realty operator.
Mrs. Perkins, Wife of
Commodore, Is Dead
Mrs. Flla Graves Perkins, wife of
Commodore Charles Perkins, V. S. N.,
retired, died yesterday at her home,
2251 Telegraph avenue, Berkeley,
after an illness of several weeks.
She was the daughter of the late
Judge Graves of Maryland. Commo
dore Perkins was commandant of the
Yerba Buena island training school
for three years, beginning this service
Mrs. Perkins wa s one of the or
ganizers of the Army and Navy club
and prominent in women's organiza
tions. One son. Julian Perkins, sur
The funeral will be held privately
LODGER LET FLIES IN;
LANDLORD USES PISTOL
"He left the windows open and files
' That's the excuse Thomas Clune.
lodging house keeper, gave this morn
ing in the city prison for shooting at
Joe Furdier, a departing lodger. (.Tune
was angry because Furdier was mov
ing from his house at 2604 dough
street last night. He shot at Furdier
as the lodger left. Patrolman Alex
ander McDaniel saw the shooting and
arrested Chine for assault to commit
IS LOST BY
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elaborate argument that the assembly
had no jurisdiction at an extraordi
nary session to prefer charges of im
peachment against the governor, be
cause it was an extraordinary session.
While the preparations were being
made for the senate's work the
keeper of the Albany county peniten
tiary this morning opened its hos
pitable doors to receive James C. Gar
rison, a New York newspaper man,
and one of Governor Sulzer's most
trusted lieutenants, who was ad
judged in contempt of the assembly
at a session that lsated until 2:30 this
Garrison's offense was in the fact
that he made a statement that Tam
many had found It necessary to buy
enough votes to pass the Sulzer im
peachment articles, and then declined
to tell the judiciary committee the
names and facts connected with his
The governor's friends prepared
early to take Garrison from jail upon
a writ of habeas corpus, and a writ
was drawn while Garrison was re
ceiving courtesy that a kindly Jailer
might shower upon a distinguished
Chief Judge Cullen led his black
robed assistants into the senate at
10:05 o'clock. There were many ab
sentees in the seriate list when Clerk
McCabe called the roll.
"The first business before the
court," said the chief judge, "is the
reception of the representation of the
committee on rules." Rules were
adopted without a roll call. Then the
court plunged into its opening tight
over the right of Senators Wagner,
Fiawley, Ramsperger and San ncr
At the outset Chief Judge Cullen
warned Judge D. Cady Herrick, who
arose to present the challenges of
the respondent, that the one question
to be determined was:
QI KSTIOV OF ( Htl I.KXiK
Has the defendant the right to
make the challenge at all?
Judge Herrick read his attack upon
the senators rapidly. In a word, the
challenges were: Against Wagner—
that he was Interested because he
would succeed to the office of lieuten
ant governor in case the impeach
ment was sustained.
Against Frawley, Ramsperger and
Sanner —That they were prosecutors
in the case and had already formed
and expressed their judgment.
Those who scanned the galleries as
Judge Herrick proceeded were sur
prised to find them only half filled.
There were exactly 74 persons in the
east gallery.nearly all of whom were
women. The west gallery brought
the total of admitted spectators to 225.