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SAN FRANTTSCO CAXJ*. Yt»U 115. SO. 20.
WOMAN JAILS PASSERBY AS S. P. BANDIT
N. F. Wilson, Oil Broker Missing; Wife Baffled
Her Husband Missing 3 Weeks
M RS. N. F.WILSON SAYS:
"I have no intention of seeking a divorce. I see no rea
son ■why any one should ask where my husband is. I can say
nothing. You must see my father."
CHINA READY TO
ADD TO FAIR FUND
China is prepared to Increase its
appropriation of $500,000 for partici
pation in the Panama-Pacific exposi
tion if such increase is deemed neces
sary, according to Ting Chi Cha,
« commissioner to the exposi
tion who arrived in San Francisco on
trie liner Persia this morning.
"I am prepared to commence my
endeavors at once." said Commissioner
Ting Of course, until I have made
my investigation I am not in a posi
tion to indicate in Just what form my
. ountry's exhibition will be given. I
may say, however, that it will be rep
resentative in every respect. If it is
found that the preaent appropriation
is insufficient more money will be
Commissioner Ting is a member of
the department of Industry and com
merce. He has been in this country
b-We since his Har-
THTHE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
—PHOTO BY MOtOl G. rtUMKM STTTDrOS
BONDS FOR BABY'S
"Baby bonds" as Christmas presents
for children are being sold rapidly by
City Treasurer McDougald. Of the
$663,000 of municipal railway bonds
placed on sale by McDougald for the
first time yesterday he has already
disposed of $107,500, and 15,000 of
these were in $100 denominations,
commonly called "baby bonds." Alto
gether $12,600 worth were of bonds
were sold this morning.
Many of the purchasers stated that
they were buying them as holiday
gifts for their children.
The securities were sold at a rate
of premium that nets the purchaser
on per cent instead of the 5 ocr cent
fac e value.
FOURTEEN PAGES—SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23, 1913 —PAGES 1 TO 8
MONEY BILL ON ITS WAY
Nicholas Field Wilson, for 12 years i
a leader in California promotion cir
cles and who dealt in millions, haa
dropped from sight. His wife, former
ly Helen Gray, now staying with her
parents, has not heard from him in
weeks. Her father. Henry Gray, Im
porter, has nt>t heard from hiro in
Wilson, who hat* i)Oast«d... that hl»
oil. la.nd and financial operations In
California have Involved more, than ;
$20,000,000. was the leader in the oil j
deal which Involved Rear Admiral
Robley l>. Evans, and. it is declared. |
hastened the sea fighter's death.
He married Helen Gray, friend of j
Hawaiian rdyalties and prominent in,
society, immediately after a divorce '
had been granted his first wife, ia
STARTED to AST 4 MONTHS AGO j
Four months ago Wilson started
M a trip east, going first to San ;
Diego and Los Angeles.
"1 have not heard from him in
ill—His" said Mr. Gray today. "1
know nothing of his business affairs,
or of what took him east.
"As far as 1 know, he was last
heard from in Kansas City. *
"My daughter has not heard from i
him for three weeks.
' She has been living with her j
mother und myself for four months, !
coming to us shortly after the birth !
of her child. She preferred to be
near her mother."
The Grays live at MM Green street. |
Asked if his daughter contemplated
a divorce, he scooted the idea. "They
have been happy together." he said.
Mrs. Wilson manifested great per
turbation whfn asked where her hus
In a trembling voice she said: "I
see no reason why any one should ask
that. 1 ran say nothing—you must
see my father. '
-\0 PLAXS FOR OIVORCK
She declared she had no intention
of seeking a divorce.
He wed the first Mrs. Wilson in
1899, when he waa 20 years old.
She obtained a divorce June 24,
1911, when she wenl to court at dawn,
in secret. News of this action was
made public a month later.
The divorce, whose ground was de
sertion, followed a year of disagree
Before the final decree was issued
society waa surprised to hear that
Wilson's marriage to Miss Oray was
a probability. At that time Mrs.
Edith Jewell Mart in-Wilson declared
that it was their love which had
broken up her home.
She declahed they had met in 1908,
when the Wilsons returned from the
east, and a friendship had developed.
Miss Oray. who became Mrs. Wilson
last year, was before her marriage
widely known in the younger musical
set. and has since been a leader in
society. She Is a slender blonde. A
contralto, her musical ability attract
ed the attention of Princess Kawa
nanakoa when she visited Honolulu.
They became close friends.
Wilson's financial career has been
one of the most spectacular the Pa
cific coast has ever seen.
He has been prominent socially as
well and for a time was a member of
the Olympic and Southern clubs.
His operations as president of the
Lincoln Mortgage and Loan company
brought him Into public notice three
years ago. At that time he was pres
ident of the London Petroleum com
pany, director of the Illinois Crude
Oil company and director of the Yel
lowstone Oil company, none of which
is now listed In the telephone book.
It was in oil that he was most ac
tive, maintaining offices in this con
nection In Ran Francisco. Los An
geles, New York, Seattle and London.
He turned to oil deals immediately
on his arrival In California, for the
first time in 1901, when ha settled In
Eggs Accepted as
by 'Movie' Owners
FORT SMITH, Ark., Dec. 23.—
Kkkm have become mo Nearer
here that operator* of moi inn
picture abovra are accepting; one
ea;a; for adiuianlon of m child and
two rKK< for an adult. Kee* are
■ellioai at SO cent* a dozen.
I.OXDOX. Dfc. 23.— \rmrd v«ith
(•eneral ( arr«oia « Ibrrai to aluk
foreign ahlpa carryltiK munition*
of mar Intrntlnl for the provtelon
■ I K°vrniiMit of Oeueca! Hurria.
Mlgurl < u% arrublaa. formerly
Mrtlcas mtnlater to Huasia and
no Hronttdpailal ajtrut in London
of the Mexican romtltutlonalfat*.
Happarrd at the office of the aec
retary of I,lords' marine iaior-
H»«f agency this rvpalnc and for
mally depoaited the proauncla
mento of the Mexican conatttu
'it Aisocixted Fresi.
■I *SHI\*;TO\, I>ec. 2ft—Dip
lomatlc dlapatchea today report
that a forced loan of s.VMMKt Mex
ican currency haa been advanced
hy Spaniard* at Acapnleo to tbe
federal military commander.
EL PASO, Tex., Dec. 23 -Lvi Ter
azas Jr., imprisoned in Chihuahua by
"Pancho" Villa, lias been poisoned
md is slowly dying, according to per
sistent rumors coming from Chihua
hua, That the imprisoned man is
ritically ill is not denied, as such
reports have been confirmed by Villa
himself. They offer the belief that
de has been poisoned so that his death
will appear to have come about from
causes in nowise the fault of consti
3y AMooiated Pr«n.
VERA CRUZ. Dec. 22.— The straits
o Which the administration has been
■educed financially are Indicated by
he fact that President Huerta re
cently offered to sell an acre of na
lonal territory in Vera <'ruz fronting
>n the water to an official of a for
sign government. The official, who Is
ocated in this city, visited the na
tional capital, where the proposal was
submitted. The price is said to have
been attractive, but the offer was re
fused for fear of complications. Simi
lar attempts are reported to have
been made to dispose of national real
estate In Mexico City.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT LACKING
By Associated Praia.
MEXICO CITY, Dec. 23.—Feeble ef
forts have been made to arrange holi
day festivities in Mexico City this
Governor Corona of the federal dis
trict has enlisted a few of the city's
fashionable women to assist him in
holding a kermes in one of the pub
lic parks, but even this show of holi
day spirit is half apologetic, it being
announced that the proceeds are to go
toward buying clothing for the poor.
JAP AID FOR HIEBTA REPORTED
CHIHUAHUA, Mex., Dec. 23.—The
publication of a cable dispatch from
Tokyo that Japan would supply the
Huerta government with large quan
tities of arms and ammunition was
telegraphed to military headquarters
and caused a great deal of adverse
comment. Japanese residents of Chi
huahua may be made to feel the
weight of General Villa's displeasure
if It should prove that the information
HUERTA OBSERVES BIRTHDAY
By Aaaaeisted Bran.
MEXICO CITY. Dec. 23.—President
Huerta foday revived the old cus
tom of celebrating at the national
palace with great formality the an
niversary of the birth of the chief
executive. He was born December
23, 1854. These birthday celebrations
were an annual affair during the
regime of Porflrio Diaz.
CATHOLIC PAPER SUSPENDS
MEXICO CITY. Dec. 28.—La Nacion,
the daily newspaper published in the
interests of the Catholic party, sus
pended publication today at the sug
gestion of the Mexican government.
W ASHINGTON". Dec. 23.—The con
ference report on the administration
currency bill was approved by the
sen.-t *.c by a vote of 4.i to Is, As the
house already had approved it there
remained only the aignatute of the
vli-e president and the speaker to
! cr-japplete tie measure for President
; Wilson's signature".*
I The republicans and Senator Poin
j dexter, progressive, joined the demo-
I crats, voting for the bill In its final
j form. The -epublicans were Senators
i Jones. Xorris and Weeks.
A bill for the guarantee of bank
I deposits, a feature eliminated from
the bill,' Was introduced immediately
|by 9«nator Williams, democrat, and
j was sent to the banking committee.
j Where it will be taken up after the
j hoiida* recess.
SI'KIKGR SIGNS MEASURE
Immediately after its acceptance
J by the senate the bill was rushed back
'to the house, where Speaker Clark
; 6igned it at 2:50 p. tn.
"My allegation is that this bill has
been drawn in the interest of the
banks." Senator Brlstow charged
' when the debate opened in the upper
house, "that the senator from Okla
homa is largely interested In banking,
that the profits derived from this sys
tem by the banks he is interested In
will add directly to his personal for
tune and that he has voted to Increase
from 5 per cent to 6 per cent dividends
paid by the new regional banks on the
Stock held by member bairks."
FALSE REPLIES OWEN'
Owen retorted that Brlstow's
charges were "false and ridiculous."
Senator Owen said that 24 years
ago he had helped to organize a "TTttle
bank in Oklahoma," that he still
owned stock la the bank and "will
own it until I die."
Senator Townsend, republican, also
attacked the bill, saying:
"The masure shows the effect of
the views of that democratic leader
who is now the distinguished secret
tary of state, and those views, if
carried In a conclusion, would Inflate
both currency and credit to the
WILL SIGN* BILL AT «
Six o'clock tonight was the hour
set by White House officials for Presi
dent Wilson to sign the currency bill.
Five hours later the president plans
to leave for Pass Christian. Miss., for
a three weeks' vacation.
The president will sign the bill with
two gold pens and present one to
Senator Owen and the other to Rep
In the best sections and at
modern prices. If you are
going to move either into a
furnished room or house
keeping room, do not fail to
read the want ad column of
The Call-Post today. Here
you will find the very best
furnished rooms, housekeep
ing apartments and boarding
houses at prices you can af
ford to pay. Save time,
work, worry and money.
Billboard Trust Is
Next to Quit; Bows
To Wilson's Mandate
President's Invitation to Combines
to Be Good and Dissolve Is Ac
cepted by Concern
By Associated Press.
CHICAGO, Dec. 23.—The so called
bill posters' "trust" is negotiating
with the government to follow the ex
ample of the American Telephone and
Telegraph company and dissolve, it
was learned here today.
Suit against the alleged combination
was begun here recently, but the as
sociation is said to be willing to con
form to every wish of the government
without further procedure In court.
P. 0. Driver in Clash
With Traffic Police
The United States mail and Traffic
Policeman H. W. Levy, at Geary and
Market htreets, clashed this morning.
As a result postmaster Fay will be
called upon to settle a dispute.
Charles Joseph, driver for the post
offlce, had his mail truck standing
near the Geary curb blocking traffic.
Levy directed liim to move it. Josephs
refused. Inviting the officer to arrest
him if he dared. The officer didn't,
but will report the matter to the
Joy Ride in Rolph Auto
Costs Chauffeur's Home
Too many joy rides in Mayor
liolph's automobile cost Francis V.
I-ee hi.s home today. l.cc was for
merly tile mayor's chauffeur and is
now a police patrol chauffeur. The
wife. Gertrude A. Lee. who obtained
a divorce, said he was seen at night
in the car with Mrs. Sophie Bielen
herg Webber of 11 Academy street.
She also charged cruelty.
Lad Playing Tag Is
Hit by Automobile
Playing tag near his home. JfiL'T
Telegraph avenue, Berkeley. this
morning, Robert Belle-Oudry. 14 year
old son of E. Belle-Oudry, president
of the French Chamber of Commerce
of Oakland, was struck by an auto
mobile driven by Charles Bennett, IS
Rio Vista. He received abrasions of
On Indian Commission
By AMOoiated Pren.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 23.—President
Wilson today signed the commission
of Isidore B. Dockweiler, an attorney
of Los Angeles, to be a member of the
board of Indian commissioners. Dock
weiler was recommended for the
place by Secretary Lane.
Miss Zelie Emerson
Released in London
By Associated Pratt.
LONDON. Dec. 23.—The police mag
istrate today dismissed the charges
of assaulting the police brought
against Miss Zelie Emerson, the
American suffragette, in connection
with a disturbance laat week.
Dreams He Has Million
Dollars, Breaks Leg
Dozing in his chair near the fire,
Jose Rose, a bar tender, 404 Market
street, Oakland, dreamed he had
$1,000,000 this morning. He reached
out to seixe the bag of gold, when
the chair slipped and he fell, break
ing his left leg.
China Wants Foreign
Troops to Be Withdrawn
Br Associated Preaa.
PEKING. Dec. l'3—The Chinese
government today cabled to its rep
resentatives abroad to urge the pow
ers to agree to Russia's proposal that
all foreign troops should be with
drawn from the province of Chl-li.
Candy for Chriatmaa—All the faTortte aa
aortmant* raadr packed and wrapped at Gea.
Haas A Soot' four storea. 770 Market. 2H Mar
ket. Fillmore and Ellis, Polk and Sutter.—Ad-
Hotel s»w»tnnrt», ppjrm r\vri? r , T?"KFP
Trtia* and boat*. sc. X t\.±V/i!i Hi Kj3li2% ±
Here Are Betting Odds:
Yes: li—No: 1
IF you're a sport and want
to bet on the weather you
can wager one and a half to
one that Christmas day will be
clear and sunshiny. Accord
ing to the records at the
United States weather bureau
it has rained on Christmas day
only 10 times during the last
25 years. Here are the official
IBM I ■I* ; ISiMI-raln i IiMM-ratn
1889-ralu j 1897-clear i H*o6-clear
I i 1 fMMt rain
JMMt-clrar; 189K-clear j
1801-raln I 1899-clcar | l&OH-clear
IKJ)2-ruln 1 1900-clear \ 1009-raia
IK»3-raln | ihoi-clear HMO-clear
IMH-.lf«r lltoz-clrar 1911-clear
!595-clear lOOS-clear 1912-clear
Forecaster Willson says that
you can't tell anything about
averages and he says that his
instruments inform him that
Christmas day, 1913, will prob
ably be unsettled. So there
John Bostick was arrested today as the bandit who on December I
held up a Southern Pacific passenger train near Los Angeles and killed
Traveling Passenger Agent Montague. Bostick's arrest was due to the
keen eyes and fresh memory of a woman, Mrs. Arthur E. Colen, who>
assisted her husband in trapping the alleged bandit.
Bostick was captured at Twentieth and Mission streets after Colon
had telephoned for aid. A $7,000 reward is offered for the capture of
Though denying his guilt, when searched at the city prison there
ivjj found on him a gold watch, identified as that taken from Brakemtrr
Robinson in the holdup.
WOMAN IDENTIFIES BOSTICK
Colon and his bride were passengers on the train when it was held
up. He is a Southern Pacific engineer, now living at 3607 Twenty-third
While on the street today he and his wife were passed by Bostick.
The Colens were struck by the passerby's resemblance to the train bandit.
Mrs Colen. who had stood within a few feet of the unmasked robber on
the train, immediately declared to her husband that Bostick was the culprit.
They turned unostentatiously and followed Bostick. who went into a
poolroom opposite the store of Scheppler & Son at 2392 Mission street.
Colen and his wife went into the jewelry store, where Colen telephoned
to the police.
WATCHES SUSPECT IN STORE
His wife kept guard from in front of the store watching Bostick's
movements in the poolroom. Just before the arrival of the police she
was relieved from this post by an employe of the store and hastened to
While Bostick was oblivious of danger in the poolroom the patrol
wagon drew up opposite. Colen quickly outlined the situation to Patrol
man T. F. Connell. Bostick submitted to arrest without giving tight. He
was taken to the city prison and held in detinue. Captain of Detectives
Mooney there declared that the case was in the hands of the Southern
Pacific police, who had an operative, W. J. Mullen, on the scene almost
as soon as the prisoner arrived at the hall of justice.
PAWNTICKETS ON SUSPECT
Bostick was put in a large eel! with other prisoners after the tell
tale watch had been identified.
In addition to the watch, there were found on him pawntickets.
One of these was for a loose diamond. Colen declared to the police
that h ewas confident this diamond was taken from his bride's en
gagement ring, which was part of the loot secured by the bandit
Mrs. Colen was formerly Miss Minnie McXulty of San Francisco.
Bostock took his arrest with the utmost coolness, his only manifes
tation of emotion being surliness.
Questioned by the detectives, he persisted in denyingf his guilt and
attempted to give an account of his movements for the last five years.
TRIPPED BY QUESTIONS
Although giving no signs of being rattled; he was tripped up in
the examination in giving his present address and that of the house he
occupied up to a month ago. He said he now lived at 2732 Mission
street. He said that up to a month ago he occupied a cottage alone
at 2732 Thirty-third avenue, which h edescribed as being at the corner
of California street. He repeated these numbers several times, but
finally said that he understood the address to be 27 to 32 Thirty-third
It was not until it came to photo
graphing him that Bostrick showed
recalcitrancy. He held his hat in
his mouth and made grimaces, stead
fastly refusing to alio whimself to
be photographed by individuals. This
was before any attempt was made to
photograph him officially.
The prisoner said he came to San
Francisco five years ago from Chi
sago, where he now has his only re
latives, aunts and cousins. He said
his father and mother are dead.
TRACES HIS MOVEMENTS
"I have not been, .outside of San
Francisco in two yea?rs," he said em
phatically. "When I first came to
San Francisco I got a Job at the Union
Iron works. About three years ago I
worked in Los Angeles for the South
ern Pacific company, and later I
worked for a couple of months in
Oakland at McNane garage.
"For three months [L have been
working as a machinist in the South
ern Pacific roundhouse shop in
From the beginning of his exam
ination Bostick laid great stress on
the fact that he had been employed
there for some time. He admitted,
however, that there had been some
days on which lie had not been work
Bostick was well dressed, wearing
San Francisco Bride and Hus*
band Trail Murderer Sus
pect in Mission; Prisoner
Denies His Guiit
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