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ON ANXIOUS SEAT JUDGE BORDWELL WITHHOLDS DECISION Takes Amendment to Liquor Ordl. nance Under Consideration and Qlvea No Promise of Quick Decision 1 was an uneasy day the councllmen and. i lie liquor dealers spent yesterday waiting for the decision which they hoped Judge BOTdWSII would hand down in the liquor amendment injunc tion case, but which failed to make Its appearance and may not bo given out before Saturday morning. From the beginning of tho case it has been a constant light on the part of the liquor dealers to got the case out of court and back Into tho hands of their own little councllmen whom they know and can trust to take care Of them. ■ . ; When tho officers of the Municipal league heard of the amendment which would give an almost unlimited power to the wholesale liquor dealers In tho downtown districts they promptly pre vented the passing of tho amendment by Injunction proceedings Instituted in the superior court. Tho restraining order prevented Mayor McAleer from passing upon tho amendment to the liquor ordinance un til such time its the court released the Injunction. The date set for the lionr- Ing of the injunction wan January 4. In tho fear that the case might ho held ovrr until tho now city officials would have a chnneo at it, tho liquor men began to squirm and finally man ngod to have tho hearing set for Jan uary 2. Taken Under Advisement Hut even that respite is falling of Its purpose. When the argument for the release of tho Injunction had boon com pleted by Attorneys Frank James, a police commissioner, and Tsadore Doek woiior, representative of the wholesale Liquor Dealers' association, Wednesday evening. Judge Bordwell stated thnt ho would dike the Question under ndvlse monl nnrl that the attorneys might file briofrt upon certain points of the law. fetterday was the time set for pre senting the brlofs and the attorneys! for the liquor interests were on hand •nrly with their papers so as to lose no time. Judgp Bordwell received the briefs but had an argument to hear In court which kopt him away from the liquor case during tho morning. Early in the afternoon the attorneys for the liquor Interests again appeared in court and wanted to know If the case wasn't about ready to be decided, so that tho present administration might get whack at settling It. They wore disappointed when Judge Bordwell state* that he would have to look up certain points of law in the law library, and that he didn't expect that ho would get through very soon, and that he didn't intend to return a ver dict until he was sure of the case. As a result the liquor interests are wonder ing when they will get a chance at the ordinance amendment. The ordinance was paßsecl aa an rniersreniy amendment, alleged to be for the safety, health, peace and pro tection of tho city, and that clause is considered ridiculous. Tf Judge Bordwell phould decide to mnke the Injunction permanent, then neither the present administration nor any other will have a chance at it, and tho old conditions regarding the re stricting of tho sale of liquors in the downtown districts will prevail. NEW BOARD LIKES CHIEF KERN'S WAY INVITES POLICE HEAD TO LEAD INSPECTION TRIP Former Councilman's Decisive Orders for Clean Streets and War on Fakers Makes a Hit The new police board is regarded by politicians as friendly to Chief Kern. He has "shown them." Such Is the consensus of comment of those who at the first joint meeting of the new and old police commissioners Wednesday night took careful note of all points of information. In the short time that tho former councilman has worn the chief's uni form he has shown a disposition to do things. He started with two reforms, and his orders are being carried out. The first waß designed to put a slop to the habit of porters of sweeping store accumulations of dust into the gutters at a time when the sidewalks were filled with pedestrians, and of teamsters to haul dirt and excavated material in wagons that have carelessly built boxes, permitting much of the loads to sift out on the streets. It was a blow for clean streets that, if enforced, will do much toward keeping the mud off Los Angeles thoroughfares. -The second of the Kern strokes was directed against the fakers who tell for tunes and separate weak-minded men and women from their dollars. Kern directed his men to "bring in" all of the gentry who could not display licenses. Special permits are not recog nized. Here the police power ends'. The activity of the police in these two lines of reform was tommented on favorably Wednesday night, though nothing was said to Chief Kern and Oapt. Flammer, who were present at the meeting. The new board has two men ex perienced in police affairs in its make up. Commissioner Lewis has served on the board once, giving way when Mayor McAleer succeeded Mayor Snyder. Sheriff win White, the other member, lenows a thing or two about the conduct uf a department and has data from other cities which will be helpful to Mm. After the session Wednesday the commissioners, old and new, iuvitud Chief Kern to accompany them on a trip Qf Inspection and waited City hall until he changed his uniform for citUen's clothes. Under the regula tion* the chief cannot umoke or drink while on duty, and the thoughtful com missioners suggested that he put aside the blue cloth and gold braid so that they could all move about us plain cltl • , - ' If you 'want to «o east. C. Haydock. Affent Illinois Central R. it., 118 w. eth. KM you warn to go eaß , c Haydook. rent UllnoU Contral R. 8., 118 W. «th. AGED SOLDIER LOSES MONEY Matches Coins with Strangers and It Coats Him His Roll of Bills ,T., T. D. A dima wan arrested Wednesday night by Patrolman Frank Bartlett on a charge of operating a bunco game of coin tossing similar to "heads I win, tnlln you loose," In which James J. Jones, an aged soldier, wad the victim to the extent of losing $170 in the al leged swindle. Jones claims that ho wad Induced to piny the game with Adams and another man who Jinn not been found. The two men matched coins against Jones, and although It seemed to the Innocent old man that he had every advantage over his opponents In the game they under stood their profession well and it did not require a very long time before Jones was minus his roll of bills. Adams Is now languishing In Jail awaiting his preliminary examination ln police court on ii. charge of grand larceny. Tils pal Is being looked for. lt Is thought that the men are mem bers of the notorious "Poker" Davis gang, who have worked the same trick before. j ACCUSED ROBBER GAINS LIBERTY NOT GUILTY VERDICT CAUSES ASTONISHMENT Jury in Police Justice Court Acquits, Presumably Out of Sympathy, Despite Evidence of Re spectable Women In tho face of every evidence to the contrary, as sustained by tho testi mony of three women of unimpeach able honesty, a jury of twelve sup posedly Intelligent and capable men returned a verdict of "not guilty" yes terday afternoon in the case of James Hudson, court plaster peddler, who has gained much notoriety recently by al leged snatching of women's jewelry while trying to intimidate them into buying his wares by alleged vile and obscene language. The specific charge upon which he was tried yesterday was brought against him by Miss Hortense Jones of 330 West Thirtieth street, who de clares that Hudson went to her home on December 17 and while standing at the door endeavoring to induce her to make a purchase of court plaster, he suddenly snatched at a bracelet on her wrist with the obvious purpose of run ning off with it. When he found him self unable to release the bracelet from Miss Jones' arm, he fled for the street, but was pursued by a bulldog, which connected with the peddler's nether garments. Miss Jones, who is well known as a local artist, and her mother and a friend all testified that Hudson had acted according to Misa Jones' accu sations In the complaint, and stated that after leaving the Jones home Hud son had gone to a neighbor's house, where he used vile and abusive lan guage when the woman who lived there refused to open the door to talk with him. He is also accused of curs ing Miss Jones and her mother when they refused to buy his goods. Has a Bad Record Hudson is aaid to have been arrested many times In the past on similar charges as that preferred against him by Miss Jones, but through some tech nicality of law he has escaped pun ishment in each instance. The testimony and circumstances as brought out in yesterday's trial were all so unfavorable to the defendant, however, that It was thought impossi ble that the jury could bring other verdict than guilty, and no one ex hibited more surprise at the result than did Police Justice Austin, the magis trate before whom |he case" was heard. The attorney fort Hudson made use of his client's misfokune of having had his left hand manglld in an accident a few years ago, and played upon the sympathies of the jurymen in that way to the extent that they were Influenced to disregard all demands of justice in acquitting a man who the police de clare to be a positive menace to the women of Los Angeles. Hudson's testimony, which was all that was given in his behalf against that of three highly respected women to convict him, was so hesitating and contradictory that many expressed the opinion that he should be held on a charge of perjury. DECISION IN MINING CASE Property Valued at $20,000,000 Goes to E. A. Montgomery on Court Decision By Associated Press. SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 3.— Mines valued by the owners at over $20,000,000 in the Bullfrog district of Nevada were awarded to E. A. Montgomery by Judge Sewell today against the claims of C. B. Flemmlng, who had sued for a half in terest because of a disputed grubstake agreement. It is now stated that the properties will be transferred to Charles M. Schwab, the steel king, who has awaited a verdict clearing the titles be fore closing the deal. The mines are known as the Shoshone group, the In dian Johnny, the Polaris and the Beatty Townslte group. Tho decision of Judge Sewell was based upon a question of fact, namely, whether the original agreement exist ing between Klemming and Montgom ery in July, 1901, was in existence when tho latter discovered and located tho contested claims In the fall of 190-J. Klemmlng, a mining man of Los An geles, claimed that the agreement still hold, while Montgomery proved that liv had received no aid from lilh partner except in the summer of 1901, when they shared the expenses of a prospect ing trip made by Montgomery in Death Valley. W. S. KINGSBURY IS WATCHED Assietant City Engineer Is Honored by His Office Asso ciates W. S. Klngsbury, assistant city en gineer, who will leave for Sacramento, today to take up his work as state surveyor general, was presented with a costly gold watch by his associates In the city's engineering department. Near the close of the working day the men gathered In the front office and to the surprise of Klngabury the gift was bestowed. City Engineer Homer Hamlln, as spokesman, tendered the token, calling attention to Mr. Kingnbury's faithful service, and the recipient responded brielly but feelingly. Tin- watch is of the finest make and appropriately engraved. « H. M. Taylor, chief draughtsman, be comes assiatant city engineer next week. Everything you want you will flnd la the classified pag«— modem encyclo pedia. On* cent » word. LOS ANGELES HERALD: FRIDAY MORNING, JANUARY 4, 1907. LANDSLIDE FOR HOLMBY POULTRY LETTS' BIRDS GET SCORES OF PRIZES Eighty-eight Ribbons and Cups Are Awarded Magnificent Display— One Cockerel Beats Famous Imported Bird To the casual visitor at tho Chutes park poultry show it would seem as If Arthur Letts' Holmby farm birds had taken almoßt every ribbon and cup In sight. Such, however, Is not the case. His birds captured only eight-eight prizes. Thirty first prizes, twenty seconds, thirteen thirds, seven fourths and three fifths give proof of tho high breed of birds entered from the Holmby farm. Besides the blue, red and white ribbons with which the birds' pens are now adorned, tho proud owner has to his credit fifteen silver cups. As the own er's exhibit Wai the largest of any In the show— 2oo birds having been en tered—the feathered nrlstroerats sue ceeded In bringing* homo the largest number of prizes ever awarded to any one competitor on tho coast. Tho two finest birds or Mr. Lotts' en tries are a buff Orpington cook and a black Orpington cockerel. Kneh of these birds Is valued nbove the $800 mark. Cockerel Wins High Honors The cockerel won tho blue ribbon In his clrbs, taking It ovor tho. head of an Kngllsh bird which took the honors at the Crystal Palace show in London. Will Purdy, Mr. Letts' manager of the Holmhy ranch, is dee-lighted. Tn fact, ho linos not believe thut any bird can surpass the famous young cockerel. His enthusiasm has communicated it self to A. W. Stewart of this city with the result that Mr. Stewart is ready to wager $1000 that the Letts bird can outclass Barry Owens' famous Import ed $760 fowl. In ease Mr. Owens ac cepts the ehfillege, the birds will be taken to Chicago within the next two weeks, where the best experts in the country will bo called upon to decide as to their respective merits. In point of percentage, the entries of O. S. Hoffman of San Jacinto are even more wonderful. His seventeen birds took seventeen prizes, among them three special prizes and the silver cup offered by the National Buff Wyundotle club for the finest display of these birds. His first prize for the best cockerel is disputed by T. T. Gardner of Gardenn., who has filed a protest against the decision placing his bird second. All the awards of ribbons and cups have now been made. LIBRARIANS ARE COMING HERE Will Be Entertained by Chamber of Commerce Committee While in Los Angeles The Southern California Librarians' annual association meeting which is now being held at Redlands will offer more attractions to its members than a mere convention. Saturday morning the librarians will go to Pasadena, where they will be the guests of the board of trade at a recep tion to be tendered them. In the afternoon the delegates will come to Los Angeles. Presdient Wash burn of the chamber of commerce has appointed a committee consisting of A. W. Skinner, G. G. Johnson and W. L. Cleveland to provide for their enter tainment while they are in the Angel City. GAS INSPECTOR DEFIES COUNCIL SAYS FIGHT IS ON MAYOR, NOT ON HIM State Law Protects Him and His Attorney Will Do the Rest. Meanwhile He Draws Pay Gas and Gas Meter Inspector Cabell Read Is not losing sleep over the ac tion of the council Wednesday in re solving to demand the return of all city paraphernalia stored in his office and the decision to get a new tenant for the inspector's office held by the city under a lease and from which he has been legislated. Read says it is a fight on the mayor — not on him — and he can afford to stand back and enjoy the fun. "My salary Is paid till the end of the month," said former Inspector Read, "and I can hustle for a new $125 a month job any time. "It is not I. but the mayor, whom they are aiming at. The bunch in the council that cannot control Mayor Mc- Aleer, but yields allegiance to the gal company, used me as a target. I am not worried. "The state law provides that my of fice shall stay and the new council, composed as it will be of business men, will sink personalities for public inter est. The plea that my fees did not amount to as much as tho mainten ance expenses is tommyrot. The very fact that there is a city Inspector to keep check on the gas companies is a deterrent that works for good for tho consumers. "I keep an ollice, on Hill street in or der to be able to get gas from both the Los Angeles and the Lowe com panies In order to test the products of both at all hours. Their pipes go Into my office, where 1 "keep my testing ap paratus. "The standard of gas required now Is so low that It Is not worth while to at tempt any trickery and as long as it is so low the companies will comply with the law. The thing for the city to do is to make the standard higher tn heating power. My last annual re port explains why." Inspector Read says he will not take any legal steps for a day or two until he Hints out where he "Is ut." Directors and Officers Elected The annual meeting of the stockhold ers of the ],os Angeles Abstract and Tins', company was held Thursday. Di rectors elected were: M. N. Avery, George 1. Cochran. I* J. Selby, M. I. Bnyder, Boyle Workman, W. V. Cullun der, t.. U. Burck, Gall U. Johnson. O. J. Wlgdal, Milbank Johnson, Alex Culver, 0. L. Crenshaw,, Frank It. Strong, W. 11. Obear. R. J. Waters. ■■■. - Tlio directory elected officers as fol lows: President, Gall B. Johnson; vice president, Lawrence 1). liurck; secretary and manager, L. J. Sefby, " STATEMENT OF THE CONDITION OF Tin: Equitable Savings Bank NORTHEAST COMtm FIRST AMI (9PUINU HTHI3KT9 JANUARY 1, 190T ASSETS LIABILITIES '•""•"■ $842,820.01 Capital , .$ no.nnn.nn Bond* 142,427.04 Surplus 34,507.34 Ilnnk PremUeM 220,54(1.5a i DepoKlt* , 1,348,205.03 Safe deposit vaults, Imnk vault* nml fixtures 20,816,0-t 1 Cnuli and due from bunks , 20r,,(i5 1 ' ' ■ . $1,432,893.31 $1,432,893.31 DETAILED STATEMENT OF ASSETS bonds LOANS Descrlntlon. Pur Value Cost. No. Pfr cent of Vnluc Lonned. Atnt. T.oitnnl. Security. United States ....$ (10,000.00 « 51,7N1.2.*> 14S. Not rxorrdlmc .1:1 1-3 per rent. . .*15(1,:»«7.r,0 $ 811,150.00 City of Monrovia 7,800.00 H,l!i2.:;a 8a - Over 33 1-3 per «-en«, not cxcepil- Inur 40 per itiil 174,2*0.00 l,"i(l 040 00 City of Simla Barbara 10,2.*0.00 K1..VM.17 200. over 40 P <r crnt, not ■».rr,n,,- Oily of Snn lllcko 21.000.011 22.000..-.0 - ln ROc per rent 472,7!»5.1l (MM.000.00 ' 6. Over BO per rent, not exceeding City of ■•■ill urn 2,000.00 2,003.00 j 55 percent 0,375.00 17,175.00 Cnlmeiißn School nintrlrt 23,000.00 2.',0dh.30 .„- ' — —^— ______ i.a Verne School Dl.trlct 2,000.00 2,030.10 **• »842,820.01 .2,270,205.00 Cuenmongn School District 2,000.00 2,035.70 yn . t, o ,.«tio B of Loan.. Amt. Loaned. seimrltir Monetn School Dlxtrk-t , 1,000.00 1,014.30, 480. l.on \nu -lr< Coiinty $771,570.01 .* I ,I»SH.7<ir,.OO Corcoran School DlMrlct 0,000.00 • 0,840.00 | £ J^'Ko'co'u'n?/ "I:::":: '. "S "feSS Newport Deaeh School District 4,000.00 4,040.80 | 1. Orange County 8,500.00 25,000.00 Total 8135,050.00 $142,427.04 i 406. „ $842,820.61 *2,270.205.00 Every loan held by this bank is properly and sufficiently Secured by first mortgage on real estate. Valuations aro very generally below the soiling value. No money. is loaned on personal security. No loans are made to any officer, director or employe on any security whatever, neither are they personally-Interested, directly or Indirectly, In any loan made or security purchased. Under the law the directors are trustees for the depositors, and as such will gladly furnish Information to them at any time con- cerning the Investment of their funds. We encourage small savings accounts, as well as the larger deposits, for permanent Investment. Interest compounded seml- annually. INTEREST ALLOWED ON DEPOSITS 4 PER CENT ON TERM DEPOSITS 3 PER CENT ON ORDINARY DEPOSITS For the accommodation of those who have money temporarily Idle, but which may be needed at any time, WE ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF DEPOSIT : mum. 3 PER CENT INTEREST FOR TIME ACTUALLY DEPOSITED, with a stipulation that thirty days 1 notice may bo required before payment. It is the custom, however, to pay these on presentation. Deposits in Savings Banks Are Exempt from Taxation The right, uniformly reserved by savings banks, to require notice before any sum may bo withdrawn, Is not ordinarily enforced, but as a general rule depositors are permitted to make withdrawals at will. . OUR NEW SAFE DEPOSIT VAULTS AFFORD EVERY MODERN SAFEGUARD FOR THE SAFE-KEEPING OF VALUABLES OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS W. J. WASIIBURN, President. ■ G. E. BITTINGER, Vice President First National Bank. WILLIS H. BOOTH, Vice President. JOSEPH SCOTT, Attorney at Law. P. F. JOHNSON, Caahler. J. O. KOEPFLI (Bishop & Co.), Director First National Bank. FRANK P. FLINT, President Metropolitan Bank and Trust . ■ C. S. BRADFORD, Stockwell & Bradford. Company. R. T. JONES, Assistant Cashier. STUDENTS WILL PRESENT PLAY Members of the Polytechnic Dramatic Society to Produce "Twelfth Night" as Number in En tertainment Course The members of the Polytechnic Dra matic society are about to render the school play which will constitute the nfth event of the entertainment course given by the board of control of the Polytechnic high school. The society gave a number of try out plays before the school, which met with great success, and from them characters were chosen to form the big play. Much of the success of the try outs is due to the competent and effi cient efforts of the society's president, Houston L. Walsh. Miss Kate Smith, head of the English department of Polytechnic, had charge of the selection of the play, and in her effort to give the society a high, clas sical and literary selection, containing plenty of good character work for the students, decided upon "Twelfth Night, or What You Will." At first It was doubted whether or not the ability of the students would allow them to cope with such a difficult production. A fair trial, however, firmly established an opinion in the mind of the coach. Miss Butt of the Cumnoek School of Expression, who for some time was a prominent member in Otis Skinner's theatrical company and who has had three years' experience of stage life, was selected as coach for the society. She was much surprised at the talent she found in several members of the school, and she states that though the play is difficult it will undoubtedly be a splendid success and fine entertainer in every way. A set of costumes will be rented for the play by the board of control, and with some additions to the school's present supply of scenes and stage set tings, the play will be produced In regular theater style. The power for the electric lights will be supplied by the school's own plant, and all wood work, fixings, settings of scenes and general managing will be In the hands of the students, making the play a school play in every senoe of the word. The members of the east selected i>y Miss Butt have been rehearsing at the school during tho Christmas vacation, and it is expected the play will be Staffed as early as January 25, 1907. Mis.-i Uutli Miller is doing splendid credit to the difficult part of Viola. Her voice is exceptionally clear and strong, and she is also a good alto singer. Kveiet Oharlton is a typical Malvo lio. He displays good talent in his part both comic and otherwise. He is very graceful and exceedingly natural, Miss Marie Laux, in the part of Maria, wjll undoubtedly be a strong backbone to the play. Her part is very difficult, but at the rehearsals she handles It with tho quickness and ease of a professional actress, she will add a great deal to the life of the play, and her support 18 extremely Important. Arthur Coover, an Sir Toby Belch and Houston Walsh as Sir Andrew Ague . h.ek work well together in the plot against Malvolio. Coover acts the tipsy knight In a wuy that one might believe he was quite accustomed to be in a state of unstable equilibrium. He is rather stout and looks his part to perfection. The graceful part of Olivia is bandied with success by Mlsa Addle Judy, and Clarence Jay takes the part of the duke. The other characters need conslder able coaching, though they all do well, but from the fine and talented showing made by the leading characters there is no doubt that the play will be a suc cess. Miss Butt has rearranged several of the scenes and one. or two have been entirely removed to make the situation more appropriate to the good though limited conditions of the school. Principal Francis and the officers of the society have done a great deal to encourage the young people. The offi cers of the society have been present at all rehearsals to render their assistance to the coach, and they take an active interest in the work. Their names are as follows: President, Houston Ij. Walsh; vice president, Victor W. Kil lick; secretary, Miss Cary Fisher; as sistant secretary, Miss Marie Laux; electrician, Elmer C. Richardson. EXCURSIONISTS WILL SAIL IN FEBRUARY ALL READY FOR HAWAIIAN TRIP Chamber of Commerce Sends Out Postal Cards to Members, Giving Data of Proposed Junket to Hono lulu — Three Hundred May Go Plans for the chamber of commerce Hawaiian excursion are rapidly taking shape and the committee having the affair in charge is now ready for excur sionists. A descriptive postal card has been mailed to all members of tho chamber, describing at length the cost, time of departure and other particu lars. A return card is attached, on which members are requested to sign their names and tho number of tickets they desire. The postal card reads: Ho for Honolulu! From San Pedro The chamber of commerce is arrang ing an excursion to the islands of Ha waii, and asks if you, your family or your friends desire to take advantage of the most enjoyable excursion ever arranged for the entertainment of the members of the chamber. The date of the excursion is February The number of people required to guarantee the excursion is 200; the limit, 300. The capacity of the ship is 500, First come, first served. The rate, $lt>o round trip from San Pedro l<> Honolulu and HilO, including meals and berth for twenty-five days. Side Irips on shore extra. This rate Includes board on the vessel while in port. Entertainment will be furnished by the residents of Honolulu, an enjoyable time aboard the vessel, and a picnic every hour while on land. join the crowd and celebrate the event of sailing on the first vessel for Honolulu "Hi of San Pedro harbor. An immediate reply is requested, and uiiisi be ill our hands l>y January 10 on return postal. The boat will not be crowded. No one will be permitted to be sick. R. ii. iikkron. Chairman. frank WiaoiNS, Secretary. INCORPORATIONS lUef Lumber company- Directors: Hans ii'ef, Julius (i. uief, Catharina Kiel', Helena F. Kief, M. a Bshman. Capital stock $ r >o,uuo, or whiota $20,000 has been subscribed' Homestead Live stock company. Pi reotors: W. C, Price, RL C. Prloe, v. <i. Lawrence, O. Morgan, Lawrence Holmes. Capital stock $75,000, of which $5 has been subscribed. Hillside. Construction company. Dl rectors: J. O. Hiatt, Win. M. matt, 8. O. Mills, Edward M. Selby. Capital stock »25,000, of which $600 has been subscribed. BREATHING GAS ALMOST FATAL Man Is Rescued from Bedroom Filled with Fumes Just in Time to Save Him from As phyxiation \Almost dead from Inhaling gas which escaped in his room from a defective gas jet, George Thome, a machinist em ployed at night at the Southern Pacific shops, was found In bed at his room, 722 Lamar street, yesterday morning. He was taken to the receiving hospital, where he was soon revived by stimu lants, but the police surgeons stated that if Thorne had remained in the gas filled room fifteen minutes longer his life would have paid the penalty. There was no indication of attempted suicide about the man's near asphyxia tion, as he was taking his usual day sleep and had left the gas burning to heat the room. During the morning the flow of gas became so weak that the flame was extinguished and a little later the pressure became full, filling the room with the deadly fumes. Thorne was found by other roomers In the house, who detected the odor of the escaping gas and traced it to Thome's room. Tt was necessary to break in the door, and the man was carried to the open air. POLICE CAPTURE SWINDLER Man Who Collects Money for Bogus Christmas Packages Taken Into Custody Albert Talbert, alleged confidence man, was arrested In the lobby of the Angelus hotel yesterday by Patrolman O. T. Walker, on a charge that he is the man guilty of swindling many people out of small amounts of money by making the pretense that he was the representative of an eastern pack age forwarding company. He would visit people in hotels, according to the allegation, and tell them that his Office held a holiday package addressed to them, which could not be delivered Until a sum of several dollars was paid in advance for delivery fee. Miss A. Brown, employed In the manicuring parlors of tho Hollenbeck hotel, was swindled out of $5.60 by the man's representations, ami at tho time he was arrested yesterday be was ill the act of trying to obtain $6.40 from tho Angelus hotel clerk on the same proposition. BURGLARS ROB ARMS STORE Enter Building During Horn When Electric Lights Are Extinguished and Steal $15 When the electric tights went out Thursday morning, remaining extin guished for an hour, burglars took ad« vantage of toe darkness and entered the store of the Southern California Arms company at 118 West Third street, believing they would not be detected by patrolmen on the street. The burglars secured US trout the cash register, which was broken open, thirteen pearl handled knives and a :;j caliher revolver. Detectives have been assigned to search for the miscreants, but no trace of them has yet b. en dis o\ ered Everything you want you will find In the classified page— a modern encyclo pedia. Oho cent a word. 5 HELD ON FORGERY CHARGE Young Man Is Accused of Signing Con- tractor's Name to Bad Checks On a charge of forging the name of C. Leonardt, building contractor, to sixteen checks aggregating a sum of over $20, Roy Latham, who was ar rested on the count several weeks ago, was held over to the superior court yesterday in Justice Rose's court on $l. r >oo bonds. Latham is considered one of the best forgery catches ever made by the local police. His daring in defying the po lice by continuing to forge the name of the same man while detectives were on his trail was particularly unusual. CONSOLIDATION PETITIONS CIRCULATED IN SAN PEDRO BUSINESS MEN WANT TO JOIN LOS ANGELES Efforts Being Made to Insure the De. feat of the Freeholders' Charter to Be Voted Upon by Citizens of the Harbor City Next Monday In San Pedro yesterday a number of the business men of the harbor city began the circulation of petitions to the town trustees asking for the call- Ing of a special election on the propo sition to consolidate with Los Angeles. These petitions are being circulated at this time in hope that it will have the effect of insuring the defeat of tho freeholders' charter, which the citizens of San Pedro will vote upon next Mon day. Should this charter be adopted It will render impossible the consolidation of San Pedro with Los Angeles for at least two years, or until the proposed constitutional amendment is passed by the legislature and adopted by the vot ers of California at the general election to be held in November, 1908. lf, on the other hand, the charter is defeated, petitions asking for a special election to decide upon consolidation with San Pedro will be circulated In Los Angeles, and the election will be held within sixty days thereafter. • « » . ■ '. TRUCK DRIVER IS RECKLESS Overturns Man's Buggy and Drives Away with Insolent Laugh — Is Not Identified A light buggy being driven by Ed ward Phillips, a salesman for Kahn, Beck A Co., was overturned near First and Main streets yesterday morning by a heavy wagon loaded with gravel, I'hillips was thrown into tho gutter, and his buggy was badly scratched. The driver Of the gravel wagon, whose name could not be learned, drove off with an insolent laugh, never troub ling BO much as to look back upon the victim of his rank carelessness. Phil lips escaped injury, further than a niire-soakcd suit of clothes and Slight bruises. OBJECT TO "DEAD" DERRICKS A determined protest against civic eyesores is being made by residents on Bunker Hill avenue and nearby resi dents and property owners. Yesterday a protest was filed with the city clerk asking that all oil dii ricks not in use in their vicinity be re moved at once. Delegations have frequently appeared at the city hall on this subject, and with the new council In session next week it is thought some action will be taken against the unsightly rterrlcka over oil wolla which are "dead,"