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YEGGMEN TUNNEL INTO BANK; SECURE $3,700
Flames Sweeping Montreal During Water Famine
R. R. BOARD FIXES SEA RATE
Supreme Court Confirms the
Between State Ports
The state railroad commission won
tdcfaty its te6t case in the supreme
court on which hinged the right of
thf- commission to regulate the rates
Of steamship lines doing business be
tween different ports' of this state.
The big feature of the supreme
court decision, which was rendered
against the Wilmington Transporta
company, is that the power of
a i ommission covers vessels which
leave the Jurisdiction of the state and
go to high sea in passing from port
•. The court held that this did
lot constitute foreign commerce.
This decision removes injunctions
~ eh steamship companies have had
in iorce since 18S3 to prevent com
missions from regulating the rates of
•amship lines doing business be
i ' "en ports in the same state.
■ourt says that no foreign com
merce takes place -unless a vessel
touches at a foreign port or ex
-■■s passengers or freight with
* foreign vessel on the high seas.
The Wilmington company runs a
: ihips beween San Pedro and
r:, on Catalina island. Both
are in California, but the corn
argued that because it ships
t to the high seas without the
i iSOlttion of the state, the railroad
■ imission had no control.
The decision was written by Justice
Vr.g-elotti and concurred in by Jus
ices Henshaw and Melvin.
The ruling will bring all California
oast ships under the Jurisdiction of
Rain Will Continue
Tomorrow, Willson Says
'! he rain that started this morn
ng will last all day and night and |
all day tomorrow, according to
Forecaster Willson. Today it will |
be confined to the northern part of ]
I -.- state, but tomorrow it will be,
all over California.
The rain, the forecaster says, will
M accompanied by high winds. At
o'clock this morning a 40 mile
gale was blowing at Point Reyes.
Southeast storm signals are displayed
all the way north to Eureka.
To Be Opened by Sister
Br Associated Press.
ROME, Dec. 29.—The removal of
the seals' from the residence of the
late Cardinal Rampolla was requested
today by his sister. Baroness Caro
lina Rampolla-Passana. She pre
sented to the court the late prelate's
Testament, dated 1889, according to
which she is the only heir, her
brother having died in the meantime.
If no opposition Is raised by inter
r ■ d parties, the removal of the seals
pri lably will take place tomorrow.
Insert a small Want Ad
.n the lost and found col
umns of The Call-Post
Want Ad Section. The
large circulation of this pa
per makes you sure to find
it. Phone Kearny 86, Want
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
Mother Ends Her Life
Because Daughter Fled
To Spread Socialism
Oakland Parent, Despondent Over
Woman's Disappearance, Com
Despondent over the disappearance
of her daughter, Mrs. Louis Carstens,
a sacialist leader, Mrs. Annette Chal
mers, a widow in comfortable cir
cumstances, committed suicide last
night in her apartments at 4046 Pied
mont avenue, Oakland, by inhaling
Mrs. Carsten left her home several
months ago to preach socialism. She
was heard of in Stockton selling so
cialist literature. Her husband fol
lowed her through the state, gaining
information of her activities, but al
ways a day behind.
Mrs. Chalmers formerly liver in
Marshville and has two sons in the
east who are said to be wealthy. She
was 57 years old.
Goes on 1914 Ballot
By Ai*ociat*d Pre«s.
SACRAMENTO. Deo. 29.—With the
filing today of petitions from 10 coun
ties, aggregating 25,693 names, the
proposed law providing for total pro
hibition in the state of California will
go on -the general electio nballot in
Aged Woman Victim of
Auto Dies From Injury
Mrs. W. T. Smith, an elderly woman
jof Oakland, who November 8 was run
jdown by an automobile driven by Don-
I aid Prendeille, died tills morning ot
j her injuries. The chauffeur was ar
i rested on a charge of manslaughter.
PrendeiUe faces a second charge for
the running down of George Atherton,
an elderly man of 757 Fourth street,
, Saturday night. The driver is em-
I ployed by A Schleuter.
Wilson on Birthday
PASS CHRISTIAN. Miss.. Dec. 29.—
Congratulations poured in upon Pres
ident Wilson yesterday in observance
of his fifty-eighth birthday.
From George V of England came
the following dispatch:
• I wish to offer you my Blncere
congratulations on the anniversary of
your birthday and trust that your
health has not suffered from your ar
duous duties of the year."
U. S. Army to Grow
Own Forage in islands
By A»»*ci»t*d Prets.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 29.—The army
promises to be relieved of heavy ex
pense in transporting hay from the
Pacific coast to the Philippines owing
to the successful experiments of Brig
adier General John J. Pershing in rais
ing "guinea grass" In Mindanao. Gen
eral Pershing has 40 acres under cul
tivation in "guinea grass," which costs
6.2 cents per hundred weight, as
against 25 cents charged by contract
ors, and It is proposed to start the
cultivation of this grass in other
parts of the Philippines.
Trunk Murder Mystery
Puzzled N. Y. Police
By Associated Press.
NEW YORK, Dec. 29. —A trunk con
taining the body of a man. who had
been bound hand and foot and mur
dered, was dumped out o fa push cart
in the. heart of the east side today
and left in the gutter. The body was
Earl Rogers' Sister
Files Divorce Suit
LOS ANGELES, Dec 29 —The sec
ond matrimonial storm In the family
of Earl Rogers, noted criminal law
yer, came today, when Mrs. Madge
Rogers Thompson, youngest sister of
the attorney, filed suit for divorce
against Tnomas Henry Thompson on
the ground of desertion.
THIEF SMASHES DOORS
WITH AX: GETS $140 LOOT
After stealing an ax from the cellar
of A. Apel. 3870 Grove street, Oak
land, last night, a thief smashed the
doors of his home and stole $140 in
FOURTHEN PAGES—SAN FRANCISCO, MONDAY, DECEMBER 29, 1913 —PAGES 1 TO 8
TO PROBE KILLING OF CONVICT
PROVES AN HEIR OF RICHES
vas shot and
S. F. MADE TRADE
The department of commerce at
Washington has decided on San
Francisco as one of the trade centers
in which to establish a bureau for
the giving out of information of for
eign commerce, by means of which
the government will seek to bring
American business men into closer
touch with markets abroad and thus
help to build up foreign trade. Other
bureau centers decided on are New
York, Chicago and New Orleans.
The order was made by Secretary
Redfleld of the department of com
Officials at the Chamber of Com
merce today said the bureau would be
of great benefit to business men and
merchants. In it will be kept as a
reference library, open to the public,
information on all kinds of businesses
and statistics covering every trade
business in the world, including retail
prices, quantities sold, custom dis
tricts, trade regulations and all other
information which a business man
might want and which he could use to
aid him in his affairs.
$7,336.80 in Fund
For Gaynor Monument
By Associated Press.
NEW YORK, Dec. 29.—Mayor Kline
announced today that $7,336.80 has
been given to the Mayor Gaynor
Memorial association toward a monu
ment to the late mayor. »
Mother of Edward Hughes Re
tains Attorney to investigate
Shooting by S, F, Deputy
Edward Hughes, alias David E. Al
lison, killed by Deputy Sheriff Fred
erick H. Classen near Auburn Satur
day, was revealed today as the scape
grace son of a rich Spokane family.
,Hls wealthy mother and brother have
started an investigation into his
death, retaining Attorney John A.
liogan of San Francisco to probe the
Hughes, unarmed but belligerent,
was shot on the way to his sweet
heart's home. He resisted arrest,
declaring he would not be brought
back alive to the San Francisco coun
ty jail, from which he escaped Christ
At the same time that Hughes was
shown to be the black sheep of a
rich family, there were bared details
of the love story. The girl is Miss
Valeric Warfield, daughter of a well
to do rancher near Auburn.
WILL GO TO AUBURN
Hogan was retained by telegraph
by Hughes' mother, Mrs. Alice
Hughes of Spokane, and his brother,
William E. Hughes. He will go to
Hogan today wired the district at
torney of Placer county that Hughes'
family demanded an Investigation. He
wißted the coroner to delay the in
quest. The latter replied that it was
held Saturday, within a few hours of
Classen had been spnt to Aubuin
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AND GEMS HERE
Mrs. Clara Baldwin Stocker and her
diamonds, her maids and her husband
arrived this morning In her private
car "California" to partake of San
Francisco's New Year cheer. In a
big touring car the party went to the
Meanwhile Stocker wanders about
the lobby of the hotel. He never goes
far away from the suite on the sev
enth floor. Why? Because he Is
really afraid to. He says so him
self. He is fearful lest some bold
bandit knocks him down and takes
that great sparkling diamond that he
wears on his little finger.
But Mrs. Stocker says she feels per
fectly safe and j«erfectly comfort
able in San Francisco. She says 4 that
Arcadia—that's her home town—ls
much too primitive and quiet for a
New Year celebration.
U. S. Consul Out $250
Surety Given for Widow
LONDON. Dec. 29. —The surety of
$250 given by the American consul
general In London was forfeited to
day when Mrs. .Sheridan Pitt Read,
widow of a former American consul
at Tientsin, failed to appear at the
police court to answer the charge
of obtaining credit on false pretenses.
The charge arose oat of a bill for
$10 presented by a London hotel.
BIG CITY IS
Supply Mains Broken; Explo
sive Last Resort to Halt
MONTREAL, Que.. Dec. 29.—Fire
started here this afternoon In a block
of stores and houses at St. Hubert
and Ontario streets. On account of
the water famine the fire department
was unable to check it.
At 2:30 o'clock 20 buildings had
been destroyed and the firemen were
preparing to use dynamite.
The water famine |hat has prevailed
here since the breaking of a main
several days ago compelled the fire
men to fight the blaze with only one
stream and their chemical extin
In half an hour the Are had swept
through a block. All the "apparatus
in the city was summoned and every
chemical extinguisher available was
placed in the hands of firemen.
KXPLOSIO.V* IV PROGRKSS
From the block where It etarted
the lire leaped across the street to a
large automobile garage, where a se
ries or gasoline explosions threw jets
of tlame in all directions.
At thU point Thief Trerablay heid
v consultation with hi» lieutenants
and decided to use dynamite.
A mile of hose finally was stretched
to the St. Lawrence river and saved
the city. The fire caused ff.00.000
damage before it was checked.
"Investment" of Fire
Chief Proves a Bride
Friends of Fire Chit-f Steinmetz of
Alameda, who have looked* at his
ih'W cottage that he said he was
building for an investment in Webb
avenue, were surprised to learn that
the "Investment" was Miss Lillie
Lewis, who this morning became his
bride in San Jose.
Chief steinmetz, accompanied by
his bride to be anC tier mother, Mrs.
Sarah Lewis. 1316 itetest street, Ala
meda, motored to San Jose for the
ceremony. Stelnrnetz has been a
member of the Alameda fire depart
ment for 1- years, having worked his
way up from the ranks.
To Tax Means Trouble
By Associated Press.
WASHINGTON, Dee. -9. — Women
who follow the advice of Dr. Anna
Howard Shaw, president of the Na
tional Woman's Suffrage association,
to offer "passive resistance" to the
mi onve tax law. lay themselves open
to serious trouble with the govern
ment, in the opinion of offlt ials of the
Treasury officials point out that a
fine of $-'0 to $1,000 is provided, and
declare they propose to enforce the
Lane Plans to Halt
Speculation in Radium
WASHINGTON. Dec. 29 —Secretai y
Lane proposes to withdraw all lands
of the public domain suspected of con
taining radium, but these precious
deposits may be obtained for the gen
eral good and not become the subject
of private speculation. Lane outlined
his plan today In a letter to Chair
man Foster of the house mines com
14 Hurt, 1 Killed, in
L. A. Motor Accidents
LOS ANGELES. Dec. 29.—Fourteen
persons were in hospitals today suf
fering injuries Incurred in a series of
automobile and motorcycle accidents.
One cost the life of Florence Parsons,
fi years old. Mrs. Charles Hamburg
of Whlttier was probably fatally In
Flames Sweep City and
Thousands Are Homeless
By Associated Press.
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain, Dec. 29.—
A fire which threatened to wipe out
most of the city started at midnight
in the tenement house district and
still was raging unchecked ;tt noon.
Thousands of the inhabitants spent
the morning in the streets.
First Great DaHy
Founded. — 185Q
price one GEsnT
. SAYS BISHOP
"Dissolvent of Morality"
BAR LE DUC, France, Dec
29.—The bishop of Ver
dun today issued a pastoral
letter forbidding the dancing
of the tango in his diocese.
"The tango is intensely dan
gerous," he says. "It is one of
the greatest dissolvents of the
morality of France."
Father Aids in Fight to Save
"Bostick" From Gallows
LOS ANGKLES, Dec. 2».—Mrs.
Lola Startler, wife of a San Pedro
butcker, waa revealed this after
noon an the a affinity of John Boa
tick, the Southern Paciile train
bandit. Menteneed to be hanffrd.
It waa learned here that the
woman la now in San KrueUrw
and In suing; for divorce.
By Associated Prats.
LOS ANGELES. Dec. 29.—Ralph Fa
rias, confessed Southern Pacific train
bandit and slayer of Horace E. Mon
tague, has started a fight for life.
Behind an attempt to set aside the
death sentence, started today, is the
father of the young train robber, who
has retained an attorney to try to se
cure a trial and a less drastic sen
Alleged failure of the district attor
ney and Gavin Craig of the su
perior court to express the "degree"
of the murder of Horace E. Montague,
traveling passenger agent of the
Southern Pacific, is the technical error
by which the father of Farias and his
attorney hope to invalidate the sen
tence of death.
Should the trial be granted, a new
plea of not guilty will be entered.
REWARD STII.I. TANGLED
The disposition of the $7,000 of
fered In rewards for the arrest of the
El Monte and Richmond train rob
bers by the Southern Pacific company,
today remained no nearer solution
than when It first shaped itself as a
Mrs. Arthur E. Colen, who. with her
husband recognized Farris, alias
Bostick, in Mission street, and trailed
him till they could summon the police,
declared today they rad made no
plans for securing the reward.
Patrolman T. J. Connell. the arrest
ing officer, is determined to get at
least a share of the money.
The Southern Pacific officials are
inclined to let the police determine to
whom It belongs.
New York Ex-Controller
In Bank Periurv Net
NEW YORK, Dec. 29.—Edward M.
Grout, former controller of New York
city, was Indicted today on a charge
of having made a false report on re
sources of the Union bank of Brook
lyn, of which he was president.
James P. Ashley, cashier, also was in
An Educational Treat
You Are Invited to Attend the
Free Cooking School
Beginning Monday, January sth
At Hale's Pompeian Court
KATE B. VAUGHN
In Personal Charge
Doors Open 1:30 Lecture Demonstration 2:30
Interesting Menu Prepared, Explained and Served
Drive Tunnel Under First Na
tional Bank in Oroville and
Escape With Total
Yeggmen dug a tunnel 150 feet lenj[
under the First National bank of Oro
▼ille. chiseled through two feet ©I
solid masonry into the vault, robbed
the trays of $3,700 In silver and es*
caped. The robbery was discovered
After spending weeks digging tD
reach the plunder the robbers tore
out the wall and finished their •work
some time between the closing hour
of the bank Saturday afternoon and
the opening hour today.
News of the robbery reached Salt
Francisco tbrongh "W. W. Gingleaj
cashier of the First National bank*
who notified the offices of the CtLXU
fornia Bankers' association so th«
organization could take up the bunt
for the criminals.
The Bankers' association posted a
reward of $100 for the apprehension
of each man concerned in the rob*
bery, and dispatched Burns detec
tives to Oroville to aid the city an!
The skill with which the tunnel was
run to the bank vault and the finished
method of work indicated the work oi
skilled cracksmen. For some reason
the robbers were not able to use their
nitroglycerin on the coin safe inside
The money the men secured waa di
vided as follows: Two hundred dollars
in silver dollars, $1,2u0 in silver quar
ters and $2,300 in half dollars. It
weighed 142 pounds and was not
The building under Which the long
tunnel was d.ug is a lodge hall and
generally is unoccupied during the
The tools used in digging were left
at the work.
There is a lodging house adjacent
to the lodge hall. Detectives believe
the robbers lived at this lodging
house and worked in the tunnel at
How much time was required to
dig the tunnel is a question.
Officers estimate the chiseling of
the brick wall and the drilling of the
vault was the work of a dozen hours.
Alleged White Slaver
Contractors and builders, one a mil
lionaire, appeared this morning in
Judge Dawlor's court as character
witnesses for Walter M. Rogers, a
foreman, accused by the police of
white slaving. Miss Hazel Roberts
is the witness against him.
Rogers is accused of living off the
earnings of the Roberts woman. H.
Sly, a millionaire, who owns apart
ment houses everywhere In the city:
Arthur Barr, E. U Melsburg and J.
Fontelss, all former employers, testi
fied that he was known to them, as
an honest, upright and good foreman.