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CAIJ. AM> POST. VOL. »4. NO. 144
SAN ntAKCtBOO (ALL. VOL. 11.. NO. 1.1.
JOHNSON SAYS HE WANTS NO OFFICE IN 1914
Million in Fuel Fraud Says Sullivan
Sensational testimony of her hus
band's visits to hotels -with "a little
girl in blue" won an absolute divorce
in New York today for Mrs. John
Iyegget Pulus, daughter of United
States Supreme Court Justice Mc-
Kens* of San Francisco, whose wed
ding to the San Francisco society belle
was attended by President Roosevelt
and al! of Washington's fashionables,
had been shadowed by detectives for
Adam S. Haubt, one of the sleuths,
declared that he followed Pultz to
the Hotel Normandie in New York,
saw him meet the mysterious girl and
register as "J. L. Price and wife."
Luther Baumgarten, formerly bell
boy in the hotel, but now a student
at Howard university, testified that
on the same night Pultz registered he
took up to his apartments several
rounds of highballs. Baumgarten
said that he had seen Mrs. Price at
the hotel before, but he did not re
member that she had even Bent her
The marriage of the couple In
Washington, D. C, February 2S, 1906,
was a notable event. Colonel Theo
dore Roosevelt, then president; Mrs.
Roosevelt, Vice President Fairbanks
am] Mrs. Fairbanks, Mr. JusHerand,
French ambassador: Admiral Dewey
and all members of the supreme court
rind their wives were present.
Fultz is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John
T. I'ultz of G2» Madison avenue and
is prominent in New York and New-
Mis, i'ultz since starting the divorce
action has been at the home of her
father in Washington, D. C.
Aerial Ferry Planned
To Vallejo From S. F.
VALLEJO, Dec. 15.—lonn L. Lekas,
;> .-a'i Kraticisro aviator, is here mak
ing preparations to put on a flying
oal service between this city and San
I'ranclsco. Tlie yard officers are also
greatly Interested In the scheme, as
it will give them a 30 minute service
• tween Mare island and tlie exposl
tion city. A Curtlss flying boat will
be used in the service
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
BY REBATES, CHARGE
BY U.S. PROSECUTOR
Government Paid for 15,087
Tons Never Received, Says
Matt I, Sullivan
Figures taken from the books of
! the Western Fuel company were cited
today by Matt L Sullivan, special gov
i ernment prosecutor, to .show that the
'company had made nearly $1.00,000 by
j fraudulent methods. Sullivan's start
i ling charge was made in the opening
for' the prosecution in the
famous fraud trials before Judge Doo
i ling today.
Sullivan said that within a period
jof 10 years the Western Fuel company J
HALF MILLION IN DRAWBACKS
That the Pacific Mail company was j
paid "drawba. k" duties on 22.436 tons
jof coal that it was not entitled to was
I another of SuHivan's charges.
These two items, according to Sulli
j van. amounted to $500,000, according
to the current prices of coal at. the
On coal delivered to the United
] States transports betyeen January,
1904, and December, 1912, the govern
ment paid for 10,087 tons, costing ap
proximately $50,000. which lt did not
receive, said Sullivan.
says rA(.i\Ki:ns WKaUB p\ii>
"For a great many years," Sulli
van said, "every vessel entering the
port belonging to the Japanese steam
ship company Toyo Kisen Kaisha has
been coaled by the Western Fuel com-
I pany. In every instance the Western
Fuel company has paid the engineers
of the vessels a big amount of money,
generally five cents per ton, for all
coal taken aboard.
"This has been the Invariable prac
tice of the company for a long period
of years, and was practiced for tlie
FOURTEEN PAGES—SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, DECEMBER 15, 1913
HOW FRAUDS OCCURRED
U. S. Attorney Allegations
INCOMING coal steamers
between 196 and 1912 short
"Overruns," or coal' deliv
ered to vessels in excess of
that charged to barges, Which
did the 10ading—33,223 tons.
"Drawback" duties, paid by
government to Pacific Mail on
coal on which there should
have been no "drawback"—
Coal disposed of in excess of
amount accounted for, if
weights are correct—6l.96s
Coal government was
charged for for transports,
w.'nch was not delivered—
Average price of coal during
period from January 1, 1904, to
February 1, 1912—57.
Estimate cost figure for coal
purpose of preventing a discovery of
the fraud being perpetrated."
NO 1)1 TV PAIS IN CA9M
Sullivan said he would prove that
monthly statements were sent to the
accused directors showing the profit
made in "overages," the coal sent to
ships on which no duty was paid.
The prosecutor also declared that
the books of the company show a
record of years of gifts of coal and
money to officers and employes of the
Pacific Mail company, customs office
Continued on Page 2, Column 4
JOKES ANGER WILSON
President Will Attach Signa
ture to Measure Today
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—There will
be do ceremony la connection with
the signing; of tbe Hetch Hetchy
measure by President Wilson.
James D. Phelan told White House
official* today that he would leave (or
home tomorrow in order to spend
Christmas. Having positive assur
ances tbat the president will sign the
measure, Pbelan Is content with that
and will no* remain lon jeer in Wash
ington to witness the actunl nfllxlng
of the president"* signature.
President Wilson Is expected to
sign the Hetch Hetchy bill either to
day or tomorrow. Mayor Rolph ad
vised Secretary HaJney by wire this
morning that he intends to leave
Washington for this city Tuesday. It
Is intimated in the mayor's telegram
that the president is prepared to ap
prove the grant to the city without
The fact that Rolph has made all
preparations to leave tomorrow is re
garded here as conclusive proof that
Wilson will act no later, than Tuesday.
When the bill was passed by the
senate the mayor stated he would not
leave Washington until it was signed
by the president.
City Engineer O'Shaughnessy is now
on his way home, and should arrive
here tomorrow to immediately begin
the organization of the engineering
force, which is to take charge of the
City Railroad Bonds
Are Declared Legal
Dillon, Thompson & Clay, the New
York attorneys who pass upon the
legality of all municipal bond issues,
telegraphed the board of supervisors
today that the J3.500.000 municipal
railway bonds voted at the recent
election are* valid. A petition signed
by 500 residents of Oceanslde was
filed with the supervisors this morn
ing urging that the Geary street road
be extended from its terminal of
Fulton street along Forty-eighth ave
nue to Sloat boulevard.
Burned to Death in
Hay Filled Boxcar
John Elrlch, a tramp from Idaho, is
dead today because he sought a soft
Early this morning a box car loaded
with hay was burned in the yards of
the Ocean Shore railroad at Twelfth
and Mission streets. When tlv» blaze
was extinguished, Eirich, still living,
was found in the hay. He died soon
after arriving at the central emer
He waa identified by a notebook.
Especially w hen
they're taken in ex
change for The Call-
Post. Many of our
make profits of one
and two dollars a
day for a couple of
hours' pleasant work.
Ask The Call-Post
ment all about it.
Profits to Boys
Coed Locked Up by
Stern Parents and
Wedding Plan Foiled
Fair Bride-to-Be Released to Take
College Examination With
"No Marriage" Fiat
A double wedding was spoiled and
Miss Ruby Sherfey, a pretty coed, was
kept prisoner in her parents' Berke
ley home two nights an da day, be
cause she didn't t.»• 11 them she was to
be one of the brides, They freed her
today that she might finish her exam
inations at the I'niverslty of Cali
fornia, but only after she had prom
ised not to wed without their con
Miss Sherfey is 19 and lives at 21215
Fulton street, Berkeley. She was
to have married James E. Jewell, 21,
who lives in Stewart street, near
Telegraph avenue, Berkeley.
At the same time Karl F. Henrich
of 222~ Union street, Berkeley, em
ployed by the Western Pacific In tho
San Francisco clerical freight force,
and Miss Clara Baskervllle Dungan
of Alameda were going to be mar
Tho two couples secured thel rli
censes in San Francisco Saturday.
They had expected to be married
Sunday But then James Sherfey and
his wife found out about lt and said
It was while the Sherfeys lived at
Henrich s home, two years ago when
the yc:"iie from Colfax, Wash., that
Hemic, nrst met Miss Sherfey.
Jev ell had known her when they
went to high school together in Col
Miss Sherfey's parents did not know
he was near Berkeley till they found
out about the marriage licence.
Sheriff Eggers Is
Sleepy and Peeved
Three starving cats got Sheriff Egg
ers out of bed at 4 o'clock this morn
ing. Now the cats are filled, but the
sheriff Is sleepy and somewhat peeved.
Recently the Guintinl hotel. Davis
and Clark streets, was closed by the
sheriff on a court order, the proprietor
having gone "broke." •
This morning Policeman 11. C. Mal
len, patroling his beat, heard yowl-
Ings from inside the building. He in
vestigated and through the window
saw three cats that had not been fed
for three days.
The heart of the officer was touched
and he went to the telephone and
called Sheriff Eggers from his bed.
Eggers was sleepy and. at that hour
of the morning, not particularly in
terested In cats. But he had to listen.
The result was that the sheriff
rushed a deputy down to Davis and
Clark streets to unlock the sheriff's
lock and feed the cats.
Throngs Struggle for
Glimpse of "Mona Lisa"
By Associated Press.
FLORENCE, Italy, Dec. 15—So
great is the crowd of people striving
to obtain a view of De Vinci's paint
ing, "Mona Lisa," that the authori
ties have been obliged to remove
many of the busts and statues from
the Ufflzl gallery to prevent them
from being overturned and broken in
the struggle to get near the picture.
Resentment is vigorously expressed
In many quarters at the action of the
Italian government in returning the
picture to France.
Medal Awarded S. P.
As U.S.'s Safest Road
For carrying more than one billion
and a quarter passengers an average
distance of oe mile durig the last
year without the loss of a single life
through accident, the Southern Pacific
company has ben awarded the Harri
man memorial medal through the
American Museum of Safety. The
competition was extended to all the
steam roads throughout America. By
the award the Southern Pacific com
pany is named ihe safest road on
which to navel In the United States.
John W. Preston New
U. S. District Attorney
WASHINGTON, Dee. 1 V—-President
Wllsbtl tO<day nominated John W.
Preston of Ukiah for United States
district attorney for the northern dis
trict of California.
Reprimands Suggested for
Men Who Staged Satires
on Philippine Policy
By Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 15.—President
Wilson todny ordered an investiga
tion by the war and riavy depart
ments of tbe snttres on the admlii
istrntlon's Philippine policy which
featured the annunl banquet last
Tlmrsdny of the Order of Carnbao, an
organization of army and navy offi
ttrs who served In the Islands.
President Wilson suggested to Sec
retaries Garrison nnd Daniels repri
mands for tboac responsible.
Secretaries Daniels and Garrison
conferred early today and called for
a statement of explanation from Rear
Admiral Howard and Quartermaster
General Aleshire, tlie highest ranking
officers at the dinner.
Secretary Daniels at the same time
suggested to Admiral Hyward that he
decline the presidency o£ the orde*
tn whii h he was elected last Thurs
day, and informed Ifim that the song,
"Damn. Damn, Damn, the Insurrec
tion," which was sung at the banquet,
should nevtr be sang again under -he
present administration with officers
of the navy present.
The president expressed his inten
tion to members of his cabinet after
he had read published accounts of the
banquet. He felt particularly dis
pleased over the travesty on the ad
ministration's peace policy and criti
cisms aimed at Sacretary Bryan, when
three six feot models of battleships,
borne by concealed boys, were carried
i;ilo the banquet room. In the muzzle
of the guns were stuck nosegays, and
the ml|k white dove was perched on
each fighting top. They were named
"V. S. S. Fellowship." "U. S. S.
Friendship" and s. S. Piffle." An
other satire was a moving picture
film of a three year pursuit of a Fili
pino colonel, who time and again had
escaped capture and hardly had been
apprehended when he was made gov
ernor of a province.
The performance, according to ad
vance statements given out by the
Carabao society, was designed to show
the "lack oi sympathy for recent de
velopments and tendencies in the
SONG OFFENDS DANIELS
President Wilson himself was not
satirized by the diners, but he made
it plain to his associates that he felt
keenly the burlesques on members of
his cabinet. Secretary Daniels and"
Secretary Garrison shared the presi
dent's feeling in the matter. Mr.
Daniels said the song, "Damn, Damn,
Damn the Insurrectos" was particu
larly offensive lo him.
Tin' opinion of the president and
members of his cabinet is that satires
cat] not be objected to when
from persons outside the govern
ment, but to permit to go unnoticed
the criticisms of officials of the army
and navy is likely to be misinter
preted abroad as a severe breach of
PROBE PROVES BOMB SHELL
The news of the proposed investiga
tion fell like a bomb shell in army
and navy circles. There were hun
dreds of officers present. Rear Ad
miral Howard told Mr. Daniels today
that they had sung the "Damn, Damn.
Damn, the Insurrestos" for 13 years
and had not met witn any objection.
Mr. Daniels was inclined to take
into consideration that the function
was intended as one of Jollity and .
good natured fun, but was amazed
that copies of tlie songs, with de
scriptions of the travesties, were
fjiven out in advance and no effort
was made to keep the affair a private
Secretaries Daniels, Redfleld and
Postmaster General Burleson and
Justices Vande\enter and McKenna of
the Tnited States supreme court were
among the guests. Major General
Wood «UU not attend.
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No Sleep Strike.
Sylvia Pankhurst starts new
protest by refusing to sleep.
No Drink Strike.
Suffragettes protest aganist
imprisonment by refusing to
Suffragettes refuse to eat,
as protest against arrest.
Suffragettes keep night hid
eous by outcries in jail.
Sylvia Pankhurst Adopts No
Food, No Drink and No
Rest; Policy in Jail
By Associated Prejs.
LONDON', Dec. 15.—Miss Sylvia
Pankhurst. the militant suffragette
agitator, since her arrest on Decem
ber 10 has adopted the more drastic
method of adding a "no sleep" strike
to her "hunger and thirst strike" in
order to force the prison -authorities
to release her. She accomplished this
by walking continually. Her condi
tion Is already serious and her friends
expect her release shortly.
In the meantime the militants con
tinue their violent tactics. The arson
squad last night burned down an
empty mansion near Bristol. Another
party broke every window in the
Richmond police station.
The suffragette arson squad today
set fire to a lumber yard at Devonport
and destroyed property worth more
Miss Zelie Emerson, the American
suffragette, was arraigned at the po
lice court today. The police testified
that Miss Emerson had smashed a
policeman's helmet with the pole of
a banner she was carrying. The mag
istrate remanded her for a week on
Occasional "Jag" Good
For System, Asserts
Noted Medical Man
PITTSBURG, Dec. 15.—An occa
sional "jag" is of benefit to the sys
tem of some persons, according to
Dr. Carl H. Homberg. The doctor
has among his patients railroad pres
idents and other men who often work
under nervous strain.
"This must not be taken as advice
if you are opposed to liquor, and lt
can not apply to all kinds of people,"
he said. "But I have found in my
experience with certain kinds of men,
professional mostly, that an evening's
relaxation In the company of good
liquor and reasonable men has been
of benefit to their bodies and has re
lieved them of strain. But it must
not become a spree or that foe to
human progress, the 'hangover,' will
Girl Frightens Thug
With Police Whistle
Through her quick wit in using a
handy police whistle Miss Rosetta
Stokes, a pretty young clerk, pre
vented the looting of her home by a
second story man last night. Miss
Stokes was about to retire when she
heard some one at the front door,
and on looking out of the window
saw a masked man on the porch be
low. Miss Stokes seized a police
whistle and scared him away.
Arson Fiends Start
Two Fires in Mill
Two fires of incendiary origin were
started early this morning in the
molding rack of the Empire planing
mill, 744 Bryant street. William In
gram, night watchman, discovered the
work of the arson fiends and extin
guished tlie flames with buckets of
water. Balling rope saturated with
kerosene was used by the incendiary.
The police are working on the case.
"I do not care to run for any of
fice in 1914."
This flat statement was Governor
Johnson's first reply to the commit
tee appointed Saturday afternoon by
the executive committee of the pro
gressive partx to wait upon the gov
ernor and urge him to announce him
self a candidate for nomination as
United States senator. Pressed to re
consider, the governor promised a
final statement within the next few
C. H. Bentley, chairman of the com
mittee which called upon the gov
ernor yesterday, said today:
"When we met Governor Johnson
he at first positively declined to con
sider any office for next year. He
said he felt he could do as much good
for the new party without holding an
office. The committee was surprised
at the statement.
I'RGED TO RECONSIDER
"The committee when it recovered
urged him to reconsider his stand.
The members explained to him that
they believed it was absolutely to the
best interest of the party that he let
his name be put forward as a can
didate for the United States senator
ship. Finally Governor Johnson prom
ised to give the matter further con
"He said he would devote serious
thought to the question and that he
WAuld give us a definite answer at
an early date. He did not say just
when he would be ready to make
known his decision.
ONLY CANDIDATE MENTIONED
"We did not argue harmony as the
cause for the governor to enter the
campaign of 1914. We did not men
tion the names of any other candi
dates nor did Governor Johnson. We
simply endeavored to point out to
him that his candidacy would be a
factor that would assure victory for
the progressive party next year."
Besides Bentley the members of the
committee were Charles S. Wheeler.
Colonel Harris Weinstock, C. C.
Young and T. C. Hocking.
GOOD CHANCE FOR ESHLEMAN
If Johnson sticks to his determina
tion to stay out of the race, Francis
J. Heney and Chester Rowell of
Fresno are expected to enter the lists
for senator, thus leaving a clear field
to John Eshleman, chairman of the
railroad commission, who is the slated
candidate for governor. Eshleman re
fused to comment on the governor's
statement. He declared that he will
not speak out until Johnson is finally
in or out.
There have been whisperings that
his health will not stand a severe
campaign and that he, too, will refuse
to run. Eshleman's present position
pays nearly as much as elfher the
senatorship or the gubernatorial
chair. His term expires before 1914,
and a reappointment would make the
position secure four years more.
One things seems certain —Heney is
a candidate, whether he has the sup
port of the progressives or not. He
so declared himself yesterday.
Barge Goes Ashore
Near Yaquina Bay
The barge Frederick, in tow from
Suislaw for Yaquina, is ashore near
Yaquina bay, according to a message
received from the north today by the
Merchants' exchange. The barge is
owned by the Tidewater Mill com
pany of Suislaw.
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