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HALT. AND POST. VOL M. NO. 15TI.
RAM FRANCISCO nAT J: VOL. m. NO. 22.
BOSTICK KILLED FRIEND TO SAVE HIMSELF
POLICE HUNT GRAY DEATH CAR
CHRISTMAS JOY REIGNS IN
HOMES OF SAN FRANCISCO
little ones of
This is little
25 LUMBER CO.'S
By A»*oci«ted Pre§*.
Twenty-five rutnbeY ■companies were
ned ;i n aggregate of $436,000 and
I from Missouri by the supreme
court of the Btate as the result of
anti-trust proceedings which have
ftleren of the companies are ousted
entirely. Judgment against the 13
ethers was suspended on the condi
tion that tlie tines pc paid within 30
da; b. failure to pay withfh that time
will make the ouster In their cases
aio'j *bsoiui« .
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
Chiming Bells and-Surpliced Choirs Usher In Great HoHday
to City Beside Gate to Western Sea
'"hristmas joy reigns today in homes
and churches and both the religious
. and the secular significance of tlie
['festival are being manifested with
| deepest feeling.
Greetings and good wishes are
heard on every hand; out from every
: window gleams the gay brilliance of
. ChviMmas trees wreaths and festoons
of spicy greens, scarlet holly or toyon
berries; throngs are tilling tlie chuircfc
|es for every service.
Following the heavy rain which
conttntjpd through most of the night
the morning broke clear and sharp.
The sun came out early and gave
promise of a bright, cheery Christmas.
The streets began to fill with people
and the Yulettde spirit was prevalent
everywhere. Women in their holiday
FOURTEEN PAGES—SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1913 —PAGES 1 TO 8
It is here to
millinery added to the festiveness of
Never haw there been more general
religious observance than today in
all churches of all faiths. Special
sermons, special music, special deco
rations and more than that, special
congregations are making Christmas,
Iftin. as one of particular appreciation
of tlie origin of the day.
HIIiH M\SS FOR NIGHT WOHKBHS.
Fir.st of the services of the day was
! the mass celebrated at St. Patrick's
church, at Mission and Third streets,
at 2 o'clock for the benefit of the
night workers of the ViMrtft'y and
which is always so well .attended that
the capacity of the church is taxed.
Midnight services were held in
chapels of the Roman' Catholic
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Woman, Aged 100 Years,
Plans Trip to Europe
By Aaaociated Preag.
PHII.AI'KI.I'H IA. Dec. 25.— Many
| persons prominent in social and edu
j cational circles of this and other
i states yesterday attended the r,ecep
' tion given hy Mrs. Abigail F. Miller
;at her home in Germantown to cele
■ brate her 100 th birthday anni
\ versary. Mrs. Miller plans a trip
i abroad shortly.
EL. PASO. Dec. 25 - General Villa
plans to fight his way to Mexico City
through a sea of blood. "No quarter
and annihilation of all federals" is
to be the campaign slogan.
The next big battle will be fought
at Ojinaga. Five thousand constitu
tionalist cavalry and 10 field pieces
are speeding to the border city on a
special train to attack the federal
commands of General Castro, Paseual
Orozco and others.
Villa will Join the constitutionalist
army before it reaches Ojinaga and
personally direct the attack.
"I want you to fight your hardest
and remain on the field of battle un
til the entire federal force is ex
terminated,"' said Villa to his men.
"If T want you to continue
fighting. Don't surrender. Fight to
FIGHTI\<. \T TOKKFON
MKXH'O CITY. Dec. 25.—Reports of
heavy fighting at Torreon were re
ceived here today and grave fear is
felt among federal officials that the
rebels may have, captured the city.
Attempts made to mount heavy guns
at Punta Piaxtla resulted in the kill
ing of marines on the gunboat Tam
A battle has been raging two days
at Conception Delero. The latest re
ports stated that several thousand
men are engaged.
A freight train was dynamited by
rehcis-at San Duis Potosi and the crew
killed. The rebels fired the train.
To realize more revenue the gov
ernment today sold gambling conces
sions in the federal district for 50.000
pesos a month.
Christmas Money for
Employes of City
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Pot "ip iirst time In the history
of the city, municipal employes paid
by tlie day have received their
before Christmas. More than $52,000
was paid to the per diem employes,
among them being- men in the sewer
repair, street repair and street clean
ing departments, the municipal rail
way employes and certain of the park
Struck down by the big gray tour- 1
Ing car that darted out of the dark
ness, at the corner of Fourth and '•
Market streets, early this morning,
and left crushed, bleeding and un
conscious in tlie street by the brutal I
driver. John W. M> Hermott, a clerk. \
residing at 505 Cole street, died at
the central emergency hospital a few
The only clew the police have to the
speed mad man who killed McDer- !
mott is that the automobile was gray j
with red trimmings. They are search- i
ing garages and other places in the !
city for such a car. j
The crime adds another, to the long j
list of those committed in this city '
by automobile drivers who have left I
their victims dead or dying in the
streets while they sped on to coward
ly safety. Tlie man who killed Mc-
Dermott never slackened speed for an
instant, sounded no warning of his '
rushing approach and never hesitated .
after his car had hurled the man j
dying to the ground. His companion
offered no protest that any one could
hear to the desertion of the helpless
STRICK WITHOIT WAKMM;
MoDermott was standing at the i
northeast corner of Fourth and Mar- !
kct street, at 1:55 o'clock, waiting:
for a streetcar. As a Haight car ap- |
proached. he left the sidewalk with i
the intention of boarding it. .lust as
reached the middle of the street, the I
iiutomohile rushed out of the dark
ness and struck him. His clothing '
became entangled in the machine and j
he was dragged several hundred feet.
Then a sudden swelrve of the car I
hurled him into the gutter while the
automobile rushed on.
Bystanders who saw tlie crime ran
after the machine to try to get its
number, but were unable to do so.
though they were able to give a fairly
good description of it.
POUCB INSPKCT HHOKP.N iITO
A gray automobile with a broken
fender on tlie left side was brought
into the Pacific garage. Polk street
and Pacific avenue, at 2:15 o'clock this
morning and left for repairs by a man
who refused to say how the danige
The car bears the registration num
ber of 10232, which, under the state
license, is owned by Ray Knight of
Stockton. It is a National make and
is painted gray, hut is minus tlie red
stripe which the police are looking
Detective William King, with the
aid of a microscope, is inspecting the
vehicle to see if it has blood marks
McDermott Is survived hy four
brothers and three sisters. He was
15 years old. For the last 30 years he
had been connected with the clerical
department of the Wells Fargo Ne
vada National bank.
Research Ship Lost,
But Crew Is Saved
By Associated Press.
ST. THOMAS. Danish West Indies.
Dee. 25. -The Danish research ship
Margrethe. which had been on a sur
veying expedition in the West Indies
for many months, lies a total wreck
on the Anegada reef, the most north
ern of tlie Virgin islands. British West
Indict Captain Hansen and,the crew
were rescued and arrived here today.
Every advertisement in
the Classified Section of
the Call-Post offers an
opportunity. Read these
ads every day. They
contain interesting and
valuable news to every
reader of N this paper.
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Reward Starts Row
Policeman Wants Share
THE aaestioa of who will *et
the reward for the capture
of Job a Boatlck, th* train
bandit, or of how the reward ta
ta be split, If If la split, la oae
that haa aot yet beea settled
aad probably will aot be settled
without recourse to the eonrt".
Policeman T. J. I waned, who
made th« art oal arrest after
Arthur Coiea aad hia wife had
told him that Bostick waa the
baadlt, la prepared to aght for
a share of the *7,000.
The Soathera Pacific olllcial.
are sot prepared to say what
will be doae la the matter.
TO BE FIRST
By Aaaociated Pre»e.
NEW YORK. Deo. 2s.—Panama ad
vlcee published here say Colonel
George W. Goethals. chairman and
chief engineer of the Isthmian Canal
commission, lias cabled to President
Wilson an invitation to spend part
of his Christinas vacation in Panama
and be tlie first to sail through the
• Until a reply to this invitation is
received, no further thought will be
given to the question as to which
vessel shall make the passage first.
The United states special service
steamer Buffalo could make the trip.
WILSON |N PASS CHRISTIAN
By Aaaociated Praia.
PASB CHRISTIAN. Miss.. Dec. 25.—
President Wilson's Christmas day was
spent here in tlie restful quiet of a
spacious cottage fronting the waters
Ol the gulf of Mexico. The president
and members of his family occupied
themselves getting settled in the
house, where they will live for next
Olympic Club Swimmer
Woman From Fire
Sleeping soundly while her home
in Kentfield was burning down over
her head. Mrs. Henry Hart, wife of a
I San Quentin was rescued from
! deatli early today by Sidney Cavil,
swimming instructor of the Olympic
! club, who broke down the front door
of the house and carried tlie uncon
| scions woman to safety.
i Cavil, who lives close to the Hart
home, was awakened by the .'rack
ling of flames. He rushed to the
place and called to Mrs. Hart. Re
ceiving no answer. Cavil smashed in
the front door and discovered the
woman in her bed.
He picked up the form of the he
numbed woman in his arms only to
discover that escape by the front and
rear doors was cut off. He finally
found a window and carried her to
Mrs. Hart was unhurt except for
shock caused hy fright. Her husband,
who was out all night searching for
two escaped convicts, knew nothing
of the fire until five hours later.
The home was destroyed.
Drives Burning Auto
To Save His Home
His automobile draped in flames, N.
a cement contractor of
Oakland, drove it. rfom his garage in
tlie rear of his home at 879 Thirty
seventh street, saving his house from
destruction, but sustaining severe
burns about the face, feet and body,
which necessitated his removel to the
receiving hispital this morning.
Tlie machint caught fire while L,ind
strom was attempting to fill the gaso
line tank in a dark garage by the
light of a lamp. Sparks were commu
nicated to the gasoline, which was
j spilled over the machine. Realizing
j that his home was in danger, Lind
jslrom cranked his blazing car. jumped
on the seat and drove it at high speed
a block from the house before he was
overcome by his burns.
Woman Sleep Walker
Falls From Third Floor
Walking in her sleep. Mrs. Edna
Swanson, living at the Sherwood ho
tel. 362 Ninth street, fell out of a
third story window early today and
miraculously escaped death. She was
picked up by a passerby suffering
with ■ fracture of the knee cap and
Founded, — 1856
"I Did Richmond Job"
1 Did El Monte Job"
"Yes, I Shot Montague"
"Guess About San Jose"
i Did nt Kill Driscoir
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25.—Why John Bostick |
killed H. E. Montague was told today by Detective j
Bowler of the Southern Pacific. He said: 1
"Bostick was employed as brakeman on South- j
era Pacific freight trains and was a friend of Mori- j
"When Montague entered the Pullman car '
Bostick knew he had been recognized. We believe )
he shot Montague so no one could tell who he was. f
Bostick returned to his work the following morning
on a train between Los Angeles and Pasadena."
IN SOUTHERN JAIL
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 25.—John Bostick, the confessed train
bandit and murderer, in a state of almost total collapse, arrived
here from San Francisco at 11 o'clock this morning in custody of
Sheriff William A. Hammel. As he was whirled away in an autn
t<> the county jail, he was greeted by a great crowd.
At the jail was Krakeman F. G. Robbins. whose watch played
an important part in the capture of the bandit. Robbins immedi
ately identified Bostick as the holdup.
A turkey dinner had been provided for the prisoners, but
Bostwick. haggard and near collapse, could not eat. He then made
a complete confession and was led to a cell.
Here is the bandit's own story of his crimes:
"1 am going to take my punishment, whether it be the scatrold
or life imprisonment, because I have made a failure of both the
straight and crooked phases of my life.
"I made a failure of my life in legitimate channels. I have
made worse than a failure of the crooked game.. I am through with
both. The future lies with the courts. lam ready to take the pun
ishment that will be meted out to me.
"Yes. I held up and robbed the Sunset express near El Monte.
I killed Montague on that train, butT didn't mean to. I also held
up and robbed the California mail near Oakland, but I did these
things because I could not make a proper living by legitimate
means. . . ; .
"I haven't been in a holdup since I killed Montague.
"They lie when they say I killed Edward Driscoll in San
Francisco on Saturday night. I was not near the Driscoll house.
"You can guess about the San Jose job, which was the day
before I turned the Richmond trick.
"They don't seem to have the goods on me in that San Josei
FAILURE IN BOTH LIVES
"No one is to blame but myself. No one was in these crimes'
with me. Who am I? Never mind. My people are respectable
and I wouldn't have them know what I have done for worlds! I'm
just John Bostick. failure in both kinds of life, the straight and
"I was down so far that before I attempted the Sunset express holdup
I pawned my overcoat. 1 got $2 on it. Bitter in heart I went to Pomona,
bought a ticket for Los Angeles and broke the barrier between the straight
life and the crooked.
"Don't think that this was easy. Even after I was on the train I
hesitated. It was not until the train was far down the line that I entered
the last Pullman car, pulled my gun and began my new life—a crook.
"I went through the car. I had hoped to have gotten away without
trouble. And I reached the rear end of that car safely.
"DIDN'T MEAN TO KILL MONTAGUE"
"Then Montague came. I pointed my gun at him and told him to
throw up his hands. He struggled with me. In the excitement I pulled
the trigger. 1 didn't mean to do it, but I did. 1 didn't know 1 had killed
"T leaped from the train and walked. I walked all the way to a plac»
called Oneonta Park. All the way I was haunted with thought-, of pursuit
of the crime 1 had committed, of the man I had shot, and I felt the conse
quences, r .
"1 took a car at Oneonta Park and came to Los Angeles. I went to my
room and tried to sleep. It was bad that first night. Next morning I read
of my act in the newspaper-. I learned for the first time I had killed Mon
tague. I was overcome with grief and remorse.
"One of my lirst acts the day after the robbery was to pawn the
diamond I took from one of the rings; and I also sold my blue serge suit.
The streets seemed filled with people who looked at me suspiciously. The
place was getting too warm for me, I thought; so that night I went to
"Thoughts of Montague, of bis widow and two little children took