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SUPREME COURT ANNULS PHONE RATE ORDER
Railroad Commission Powers
Limited by Decision Regu
lating Rates in Long Dis
The supreme court today cut down
the powers of the state railroad com
mission. In a decision filed at noon I
thr- state board is ordered to annul I
the demand made upon the Pacific
Telephone and Telegraph company
s• veral months ago to establish long
distance rates to Tehama, and con
necting with the bigger concern.
jjint Mrvice and intermediate con'
nectionji betwee.ii the independent
.\OT POI.K X I'IIWKR, ( OIRT
The order involves an exercise of j
the power of eminent domain, and
not of the police power," the decision j
The order provides no com-I
P.-rsati.,n for the taking of th* peti- j
i inner s property, and therefore is un-;
t t»utlnur<J on F'atf 2. Column
A B. Widney. former Los Angeles
realty broker, convicted of accepting
money from Noel Murphy, a woman
of the underworld, was today granted
probation when lie appeared before
Judge Dunne. For three years he
must report monthly to Probation Of
Widney, who had been four weeks
In jail — since his conviction — was
aided by letters rrom all over the
state in securing leniency.
Nichols told the court that he had
received scores of pleas on Widney's
behalf from bankers, professional
men and others, and recommended
probation. Assistant District Attorney
Berry, who prosecuted TVldney, ac
Judge Wldney of Los Angeles, the
convicted man's father, was in court.
Judge Dunne in passing sentence
eaid he took into consideration the
fact that N">>e] Murphy has been miss
insr. Widney's conviction. The
court said she had tried to compro
mise with the law.
Glove and Merchandise
Orders Issued *
See Regular Ad on Page 3
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
A mot lp Dim in many aria and more noenea. Panned by the national
board of censorship. Film by California Motion Picture corporation.
, The Hero sam Shortridge
The Index Finger. .Bj Itself °I£S
Act 1. Scene 1
Our hero enters, wearing a toga
and with the index ringer < oncealed
lin his right hand. All about him is
[the Great Listening Public; in fact,
| some of our best little listeners are
Our hero is surprised, really aston
i ished. He had not expected to be
| called upon for a speech and was to
tally unprepared, but—and here the
j index finger enters the plot—but—
J and with this second But the Great
; Listening Public is transtlxed upon
| the Impeccable Index Finger—but he
will speak a few words.
Our Hero's face is solemn. Xot a
hint Is given of what impends. Then
i suddenly and without warning from
j those lips come eloquence, wit. wis-
The index finger utterly annihilates
i the atmosphere, and on our Hero's
face comes a strange look. Can it
Ibe the beginning of a smile? An
swer: It can. and perchance it is.
! Read on if yov would know. It
; dawns upon the G. L P. that Our
I Hero is telling a funny story.
He gives the prelude, and the
! throng titters in expectation, while
I upon Our Hero's face that strange
j look deepens-, ami at once we rind it
not so strange. in fact, we knew
it all the time.
He approoaches the climax boldly,
| index finger now fu'ly warmed to its
i work and swinging downward to an
' awaiting palm.
There is a pause—a hush comes
! over the crowd, one moment of sus
i pense. and then-—finger, fist and palm
come together with a resounding
smack, the point—of the joke, not the
finger—bursts from Our Hero's lips.
; and the G. L. P. roars its laughter
j across the room like a South sea hur-
And Our Hero? He only smiled,
: but it was the Shortridge smile. The
| world was glad. The sun had risen!
NIECE OF JUDGE
Miss Anna M. Van Fleet, niece of
.Judge Van Fleet, and Fugene S.
Thorne, son of E. B. Thor ne. Oakland
realty millionaire, today secured a
license to marry in San Francisco.
According to announcement made
by their friends, the ceremony was
performed immediately, quietly.
The match is the outcome of a busi
ness romance. Recently the elder
Thorne turned his business, the Key
stone Land and Brokerage company,
over to his son. Three months ago
the latter was taken ill, suffering
from throat trouble.
Miss Van Fleet was employed in the
offices as stenographer. The task of
keeping the business running fell to
her. The ability she displayed won
Thorne told the marriage license
clerk he was divorced.
Works Presents Bill
to Repeal the Hetch
Hetchy Water Grant
By A»joci*ted Presa.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20.—Declaring
that the Hetch Hetchy water grant to
the city of San Francisco was passed
' - hy the most Insidious lobby ever as
sembled In Washington," Senator
Works today introduced a bill to re
peal it. President Wilson signed the
bill making the grant only yesterday.
Henry T. Scott Due
To Arrive Here Today
Henry T. Scott, chairman of the
board of directors of the Pacific Tele
phone and Telegraph company, who
has been in New York on official busi
ness, is expected home today. Presi
dent McFarland probably will return
By Anociated Press.
CLINTON, la.. Dec. 20.—Congress
man L S. Pepper, convalescing from
a. prolonged attack of typhoid fever
fcere, ha* suffered a. relapse, fr -.
TWENTY PAGES— SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20, 1913—PAGES 1 TO 12
Wireless Saves Passengers
; But Alternative Ordinance
May Save Plan for City
Theater for S. F.
By a vote of 14 to 2, Mayor Rolph's j
! veto of the municipal opera house j
j ordinance was sustained by the board ;
|of supervisors today. This does not j
jmean, however, that the opera housel
is lost to the city, as several super
i visors favoring the bill voted for the
veto in order to clear the decks for
a new ordinance that will be intro
duced a week from Monday.
I The new bill, according to Super- j
; visor Payot, will meet the objections j
of the mayor and is agreeable to the j
FOURTEEN VOTE FOR M \ VOR
Those voting to sustain the mayor ;
were: Caglieri. A. J. Gallagher. |
George E. Gallagher. Giannini, Hay- i
den, Hilmer. Hocks. Koshland. Mauzy. j
McLeran, Murdoch. Murphy. Nolan am!
The three who voted against the
veto were Bancroft, Jennings and Mc- j
In voting against the bill Payot ex- '
plained that he wished to smooth the |
way for the proposed new measure
and that It was necessary to first get ,
the present ordinance out of the way. !
Paul Bancroft scored Payot and oth- I
crs for changing their minds. He,
declared the chances for securing the
opera house did not look bright, but
that he failed to And a single argu
ment advanced by Mayor Rolph that
was not advanced by Supervisor Gal
lagher and the La.bor council a year
ago. Supervisor McCarthy also took
exception to what he termed a change
of front of Payot and others declar
ing that consistency was a jewel ex
tremely rare in the board of super
MAY FSE EMINENT DOMAIN
City Attorney Long rendered an
opinion stating that the city would
have the right under the law of emi
nent domain to take over all the
property and special privileges of the
opera house, provided a slight amend
ment was made to the code.
Payot's new ordinance will remove
the objectionable features which pro
vide for a self-perpetuating board of
trustees and give the subscribers per
petual right to certain favored seats
and boxes. Payot has been in con
sultation with the donors and an-i ■
nounced today that the majority fa
vor his new plan.
The amendment of Supervisors
Hayden and Giannini provides that
the city can take over the control of
the opera house at any time by con
demnation, and also that the property
will revert to the city without any
incumbrances at the end of a period
of BO years. This amendment was re
ferred to committee.
The unused things you
have about the house—
old clothing, unused pieces
of furniture and numerous
other articles that can be
found in nearly every
household—can easily be
converted into cash if ad
vertised in the Miscellane
ous For Sale columns of
The Call-Post Classified
Section. Phone Kearny
86, Want Ad Depart
Provisional President's Terms
Refused by U. S., Is Report;
E LPASO, Tex., Dec. 20.—
Provisional President Huerta
has offered to resign on certain
conditions, according to inform
ation received today from au
thentic sources. His proposition
was made known to President
Wilson, but the American gov
ernment has refused his terms.
MEXICO CITY. Dec. 20.—The
labels have mot returned to the
vlclsUty o4 Tlnpli-o since their
retirement on December 14. Ev
erything la qnlet there today.
Telegraphic communication I*
open between Timplcn and the
W ASHINGTON. Dee. 20.—AVIre
lea from ftear Admiral Fletcher
at Tamplco received here today
read: "Situation unchanged. Ches
ter, Suffolk arrived from Vera
By Associated Fresa.
It A V TORENA. Sonora, Mcx , Dec.
If.—Deserters to the number of 500
from ttie federal garrison at Guaymas,
a few miles to the south of the in
surgent camp here, were arriving to
Already 11 officers have surrendered.
Among them was Major B. Flgueroa, a
member of the staff of General Pedro
Jjeda, federal commandant at Guay
The enlisted men appeared in
groups of five and ten, dust covered
md suffering from hunger and thirst.
The federal officers here say that
man., arc wandering from ranch to
ranch or have become lost in the
"DEATH FOR HIERTA"—ZAPATA
By Associated Press.
MEXICO CITY. Dec. 20. —"The
traitors Huerta and Blanquet, after
a very short process, will be publicly
degraded and hanged from the bal
conies of the national palace as a
warning to all. The rest of the
labinot will he shot after being
Such is the sentence passed on the
executive and his official family by
Kmillano Zapata In a circular dated
Alllpa Alta, December 16, which ap
peared in the capital today. It was
•addressed to the inhabitants of the
City of Mexico. Zapata adds:
"At a war council It was resolved
to take the city by fire and sword on
a day which, for the better success of
the assault, la to be unknown until
the moment the fight begins.
'The lives and interests of foreign
ers' will be respected if they remain
"All officers and chlefs\of the so
called federal army will be shot with
"All executions will be public in the
Plaza de la Constitution (in front of
Carried Into Court,
Aged Woman Wins Suit
Carried into court ( by her son,
Ralph, Mrs. Yetta Ashef, a paralyzed
woman of 80. today won a suit against
her daughter. Mrs. Tilly Litzensteln,
before Judge Waste In Oakland. The
daughter lost by default.
Mrs. Asher sued to recover prop
erty worth $2,500 at Sixth and Fallon
streets, Oakland, deeded to Mrs. JAt
zensteln last August.
"I'll Leave U. S. Next
NEW YORK, Dec. 20. — Former
President Zelaya of Nicaragua now
says he will probably leave the coun
try Wednesday. He is going to Spain,
PAUL ARMSTRONG IS
ACTRESS IS BRIDE
Mrs. Paul Armstrong, wife of playwright, known
to stage fame as Miss Katherine Calvert.
By Associated Press.
SE W YORK
De.. I'O.—P a v I
wright, and Miss
a Baltimore act-
ress, were married
New Haven, Conn.,
according to ad
■v ices received here
today. The mar-
i iage was not un
expected b» the
friends of the
couple, though no
ever been form
is well known in
San Franc is* o,
both through the
production of hia plays and through
having visited* tiie city a Utile more
than a year ago.
He is best known as the author of
"Alias Jlmmte Valentine," which has
been produced here several times, as
has also "Saloniy Jane," another of
his plays. He was formerly a news
paper man, who as "Right Cross"
made a name for himself as a sports
writer. His versatility is shown by
the varying character of his plays,
Which include, besides those already
mentioned, "The Heir to the Hoorah."
"Going Some." "The Escape," "A Ro
mance of th* t'nderwori.i" and "The
Deep Purple," the latter piay having
been written in collaboration with
Armstrong's first wife, Rolla Abel
Armstrong, brought suit for divorce
In the New York supreme court in Oc
tober of last year on the grounds of
cruelty and infidelity. The divorce was
granted. His first marriage took place
in London. June 24. 1899.
I An Important balance sheet, has been
j 'ost from the records of the Western
! Fuel company, and both the officers
of the concern and the government
prosecutors. Matt I. Sullivan and
Theodore Roche, are searching the
records to find the coveted page.
The sheet missing is for 1906, and
records all the details of the com
pany's business for that year, as well
as showing the amount of coal on
hand at the beginning of the year.
Without this record one group of ftg
| ures important to the government's
I case can not be verified.
HAD SHEET IX FIRST WORK
David C. Norcross, secretary of the
: company, said today he has not seen
, the paper since the books were sent
to W. H. Tidwell, special treasury
agent, several months ago. He did
not know whether the lost balance
sheet was in the documents sent to
the federal grand Jury upon the recent
court order. The government had the
sheet during its preliminary work.
Prosecutors Roche and Sullivan are
at a lass to account for the disap
pearance of the papers.
ALWAYS (> 1' AKDEII, SAYS ROCHE
"When those documents have not
been In the courtroom, they have been
Tinder lock and guard constantly." said
Tidwell, who worked up the cus
toms fraud case against the eight in
dicted officials of the coal company,
will continue his testimony Monday.
I Son Francisco'vS
Fir«t Oreat Dal^y 1
PRICE TWO CENTS
REDWOOD CITY, Dec. 20. —William
M. Newhall, uncle of George A. New-
hall and W. Mayo Newhall. San Fran
cisco capitalists and Hillsborough
clubmen, was fatally injured today by
a freight train. While crossing the
tracks at Redwood City in a buggy he
tried to avoid one train and was
struck by another.
Newhall, a retired San Mateo county
merchant, was in moderate circum
stances, though his family's wealth is
Both his legs were crushed and at
Hullng's hospital Dr. J. T,. Ross am
putated the right one Immediately.
On' account of Newhall's age. 78. little
hope for his recovery was held out.
Is Called by Death
Following an operation for appen
dicitis, John O. Harron, Bohemian
clubman, died last night at the Hahne
mann hospital. He was taken ill on
Wednesday and operated on the same
day. Harron was (54 years old and a
native of Sacramento. He was for
some years connected with the T'arke
& Lacy Machinery company and after
ward founded the firm of Harron,
Rickard & McCone, of which he re
mained the senior partner untii his
S. 0. S. Cry Brings Help \r r
Arctic Night and Many Are
Transferred to Rescu
S. O. 8. signals thrown into th»
arctic nlglit over Queen Charlotts
sound saved the crew and passengers
of the steamer Jeanie, bound from
Skagway to Seattle, which went
ashore on Calvert Island and is being
pounded to pieces by the heavy seas.
The British steamer Ksteran. hearing
the faint click of the radiograms from
the Jeanie, immediately hastened to
the assistance of the imperiled ship
and reached the Jeanie in time to
take off all members of the craw and
The Esteran is standing by the
wrecked steamer, which is being rap-
Idly pounderl to piece*, in the hope .if
saving the gold bullion on board and
some of the cargo. A brief wireless
from the Esteran told of the rescue.
The Jeanie is one of the famous
hoodoo ships of the Pacific. Six years
ago it ran into the steamer Pix in
Puget sound and caused a sea tragedy
in which 50 or 60 people were
Formerly the Jeanie was a whaler,
and while in the whaling business
had a collision with another ship in
which lives were lost. During its
whaling career it had a mutiny
aboard, and has been In repeated and
various sea escapades. It was con
verted to a coast trading vessel after,
ward and is now completing Its hoo
doo career by hanging its hulk on the
San Franciscan to
Be Consul in France
President Wilson today sent to tha
senate the nomination of Clarence
Carrigan of this city for the consul
ship of Grenoble, France. Carrigan is
the brother of Andrew Carrigran, a
member of the firm of Dunham, Car
rigan & Hayden. He has been in the
diplomatic service for several years,
his first post having been at S. Johns,
N. B. Recently lie has occupied the
position of vice consul at Lyons,
Dr. Currie Picked for
Snow's Job on Board
Dr. Donald H. Currie of the United
States public health service, located in
San Francisco, was appointed by
Governor Johnson today to till the
vacancy caused by the resignation of
Dr. W. F. Snow, member and secre
tary of the state board of health.
He probably also wil 1 be elected
Doctor Currie has spent much time
diagnosing plague infection from