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VOL. XXXIV. NO. 148.
H. C. PIERCE IS PURSUED BY NEMESIS Multi-Millionaire to Make Homo in New York John P. Gruet Seeking Vengeance Because He Lost Job St. Louis Man Also After Senator Bailey's Sealp — Interesting De. tails of Three.Cornered Fight Bppclal to The Herald. ST. LOUIS, Feb. 25.— Henry Clay Pierce, multi-millionaire chairman of the board of directors of tho Waters- Pierce Oil company, director in nu merous local corporations and financial Institutions, member of the exclusive Country, St. Louis and Noonday clubs and owner of a magnificent mansion in Vanderventer place, is no longer a resident of St. Louis. His permanent residence, according to his son. Clay A. Pierce, now presi dent of the Wuters-Pleree Oil company. In In New York. His home is at the Waldorf-Astoria. Pierco is virtually an exile from Missouri, notwithstanding that ho spent many yours of his life in St. Louis and here laid tho foundation of his present great fortune. There is in pursuit of Pierce a Nemesis— following him up with the rolentlpssness and swiftness characteristic of the ancient goddess of chastisement and vengeance. John P. Gruet, for sixteen years the trusted secretary of the Waters-Pierce OH company, tho chief lieutenant of Pierce in the development of the oil Industry in tho southwest, Is the Nem eßls of the aristocratic multi-mllllon oire. Gruet is directly responsible for praititnity nil or tho legul troubles In which Pierce is Involved, and his rev elations have drawn Into tho vortex of a legislative investigation a mem ber of the United States senate, whose business relations with Pierce ho has disclosed. Gruet Aided Hadley When Attorney General Hadley be gan his crusade in Missouri against the Waters-Pierce Oil company the Standard of Indiana and the Republic of Ohio, charging them with being in a combination in restraint of trade, Gruet was one of the first men to go to his assistance. He gave Hadley documents which enabled the attorney general to establish the fact that the Standard Oil company of New Jersey owned and controlled the three com panies which Hadley had assailed in the courts. These two documents also assisted the attorney general material ly In proving the combination In re straint of trnde— that is the division of territory anil the absoluto stifling of competition in the territory allotted to the respective subsidiary corpora tions of the Standard OH trust. When Hadley's case was proven Gruet's desire for vengeance had not been satiated. He knew the condi tions in Texas, and volunteered to furnish the attorney general of the Lime Star state with evidence upon which to base both criminal and civil action against Pierce and the Waters- Pierce Oil company. Ab the result of Gruet's disclosures in Texas the Waters-Pierce Oil company has been sued for penalties aggregating more than $!>, 000,000 and its right to do business in the state has been chal lenged; Pierco has been indicted for perjury, the basis of tho charge being that he made an aflldavit in 1900 to the effect that the Waters-Piercn Oil com pany was not owned or controlled i>y Iho Standard Oil trust or in any way connected with or reliiteil to It, and charges have boon preferred against Senator Joseph M. Bailey, which are now being Investigated by a committee of the Texas legislature, that he was hired by Pierce to have tho company reinstated In Texas after the license had been forfeited several years ago for vio lation of anti-trust laws. After Vengeance A requisition from Gov. Campbell of Texas, calling upon Gov. Folk to turn Pierce over to a Texas sheriff, is now under consideration In Jefferson City. Oov. Campbell, according to press dis patches, Is also seeking to learn wheth er Gov. Hughes of New York will honor a requisition for Pierce. Gruel is playing tho role of Nemesis to both Pierce and Bailey for the nako of vengeance — and because, too, of his i desire to help a prOMGUtlng OfnolsJ Of Texas earn thu big feel which hang upon the success of the pending suit against t! c Waters-Pierce Oil company. The prosecuting attorney, under Tex ih laws, who successfully prosecutes a corporation for violation of the .mtl trust laws, is entitled to 2f> per cent of the penalties collected as ids fees, if Judgment In the amount demanded by the prosecuting atorney of Travis coun ty Is allowed by the court the proHecut tniT officer Would receive about $1,250,000 In fees. Gruet with Standard Oil John Penlsttm Qruet, the Nemesis of Pierce, is 57 years old and is a native of New Jersey. After being educated In the public and high schools of New ark he went to New York and became a Wall street broker in the Gold Room and Stock exchange in 1886. Hi 008 tlnued In the brokerage business until 1886, when he went to the Standard Oil company aa an auditor, remaining there four years. In 18t>0 he came to St. Louis as audit or and director of the Waters oil company, was afterward mv.de sco- i( uiilluueU ou I'M* « Tw«.) Los Angeles Herald. rKIUt: I IVr Month i 00 LtNTS DECLARES COLLINS A PHYSICAL WRECK AND SEEKS RELEASE N y Associated Prcn, ♦ SAN FJIANOIHCO, Feb. 2ii.— • 4 " George D. Collins, the lawyer who ♦ 4 » rm recently convicted nt perjury + 4 * growing out of a bigamy charge, ♦ ♦ today petitioned the superior court ♦ ♦ for admittance to ball pending his ♦ 4 * appeal! nnd In support of his petl- ♦ 4 * tlon placed on iiie stand two phy- ♦ 4 * slclans Who testified that Collins 4* ♦ Is i physical wreck and should not <• 4 14 1 bo subjected to further Imprison- ♦ 4 * ment. ♦ + In his petition Collins denounced 4* ♦ the Jail In Which he Is confined as + 4 * "no place for the Incarceration of 4» 4 * human beings." 4* 4 * ' Assistant District Attorney Cook 4* ♦ vigorously opposed the application ♦ + for ball. 4* 4 * Ho was granted until Thursday 4* 4 * to have Collins examined by other • 4 * physicians, 4> ♦ 4* ENGINEERS HAVE DARING SCHEME Seek Franchise to Build Railroad to Top of High Mountain at an Expense of 10,000,000 Francs 3y Associated Press. GKNEVA, Feb. 25.— A daring en gineering scheme is attracting much uttentlon hero. Two engineers, well known for their work In building mountain roads, have applied to tho federal council to grant them a fran chise for the construction of a railway from Zermatt to the top of the Matter horn. The scheme consists of two sec tions, the first a cog and ratchet track from the Vlege-Zermatt depot to the Lao Nolr (2508 metres^, tunneling through the Hoernll peak. The second section comprises two funlculairoß from the refuge station to the summit '6052 metres), the latter be ing constructed in a tunnel with a gradient of 85 to 90 per cent. The whole system is to be worked electrically and the promoters propose to construct buildings at the summit sufficient to accommodate a certain number of visitors, Including, If feas ible, a compressed air room for per sons who suffer mountain sickness. It is estimated that It will require four years to construct the railroad and will cost ten million francs. The Jour ney from Zermatt to the summit will require one hour and fifty minutes ami will cost fifty francs. At present the ascent takes twenty-four hours and the chnrgos for guides amount to 18 francs. Alpinists are bitterly opposing the scheme on the ground that It would make one of the finest and most diffi cult peaks in Switzerland accessible to every Cook's tourist and the Frlbourg and Berne sections of the Alpine club have already Issued appeals for public support to oppose its consummation. IMPETUS FOR SHIP SUBSIDY Final Action to Be Taken on Measure Before Adjournment — Report on the Indian Bill Adopted By Associated Press. WASHINGTON, Feb. 25.— Ship sub sidy secured a marked impetus today in the house, which just before adjourn ment adopted a rule that will probably insure the passage by the house of the Littuuer substitute for the senate bill and result before the final adjournment in positive legislation. The rule was reported by Mr. Dalzell in the shape of a resolution providing that the compromise bill shall be con sidered with debate limited to five hours, and that the final vote shall be taken not later than next Friday after noon at 3 o'clock. The rule was adopted by a vote of 158 to 122, twenty-four Republicans voting with the Democrats in opposition to the, rule. The rule was agreed upon unex pectedly by the rules committee at a meeting held after the visit of Secretary Hoot to the capitol, and it was very generally understood that the adminis tration was responsible for the commit tee's action. The conference report on the Indian appropriation bill was adopted, as was the conference report on the bill provid ing for the allotment and distribution of Indian tribal funds. STEAMSHIP MILWAUKEE HAS WARLIKE APPEARANCE By Associated Press. VALLEJO, C*l, Feb. 25.— The United Sate:, Hteam.sliip Milwaukee has been taken out of dock. Tho main battery of the vessel, consisting' of fourteen six inch guns, was installed aboard the vessel wiille In the dock, so tha f she now has her complete batteries. With her large number of guns aboard i lie Milwaukee presents a. warlike ap pearanoe and will be one' of the finest of the modern cruisers to bo added to the PaolflO Meet. FORTIFIED TOWN IN HONDURAS CAPTURED Hy Associated li . MANAGUA, Nicaragua, Feb. 25. — San Marcos de Colon, a well iortined town in Honduras, which was defended by Solomon Or donez, the Honduran minister of war, at the head of a strong army, was captured by Nicaraguan forces at 4 o'clock this afternoon. Give Cold Wave Warning WASHINGTON, Feb. iiß. — Cold wave warnings have been issued for North Dakotu. Smith liakoui, Western Minne sota ami Wyoming. TUESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 2fi, 1907. CHEER IDEA OF DIVIDING CALIFORNIA Development Society Indorses Plan at Banquet Two Hundred Enthuse and Only One Signi fies Disapproval California Advertisers Eat Dinner Provided by Loomis Brothers and Talk of Welfare of the State Ono hundred and forty-nine out of 150 representative citizens of Southern Cali fornia lust night long and vociferously cheered the sentiment In favor of divid ing California. One representative citizen out of the assembly of 150 hissed the proposition. The solitary hiss momentarily stopped the cheers and handclapplng denoting upproval of the idea of separating Southern California from the northern district, but the cheering then waa re sumed and the hiss was drowned by the vigorous signs of approval. It was probably the most hearty demonstration of Indorsement of any popular movement ever inaugurated, and it was more remarkable from the fact that the subject was sprung in a totally unexpected manner. The occasion was the complimentary banquet tendered the Development So ciety of California by Loomis Bros., proprietors of the Hotel Angolus. Sprung by Toastmaster The banquet was given in the interest of publicity of Southern California and of good roads on the coast In general and in this section of the state In par ticular, and the subject of division of the state was far from the minds of the great assemblage of representative citi zens gathered from Los Angeles, Pasa dena, Long: Beach, San Pedro and other nearby cities, although the question had been under incidental discussion during 1 the progress of the dinner, but the very mention of the idea by Thomas E. Gib bon, the chairman and toastmaster, acted as a torch applied to a box of tinder. The effect was instantaneous. First there was a vigorous shout of approval, then a pause, and then followed vigor ous and long-continued hand-clapping. Toastmastur Gibbon apparently was astounded by the demonstration which his remarks produced, but soon a smile played across his features, which even the solitary hiss was unable to efface. After cheering which lasted fully a minute, Mr. Gibbon proceeded with his opening remarks, but throughout the remainder of the evening topic which was uppermost in the minds of the guests was the creation of the state of Southern California. Men of Prominence Present The banquet was given in the banquet hall of the Hotel Angelus. and it began promptly at 8 p. m. For an hour previ ous to the timo for discussing the care fully prepared menu the Messrs Loomis, assisted by a committee headed by W. Scott Smith, manager of- the Develop ment Society of California, welcomed the guests. Following is the list of those Invited, who, with few exceptions, attended: E. H. Bagley, Dr. John Willis Baer, William L. Brent, A. J. Bertonneau, W. R. Bacon, James V. Baldwin, A. L. Bur- I bank, W. A. Barker, A. C. Balch, W. H. Baldridge, N. W. Blanchard, sr., Fred H. Bixby, Harry Chandler, C. A. Can-! Held, Percy Clark, George i. Cochran, George W. Chrisman, John Chanslor, James A. Drifflll, Charles H. Drake, Ed ward L. Doheny, C. <'. Desmond, O. V. Baton, j. M. Elliott, Thomas Barley, James A. Foshay, Charles FranklHli, George Flint, W. L. Gentle, William M. Garland. Edward Grove, Edward R. ' Graham, A. M. Goodhuo, Arthur R. I Briggs, Rev. R. J. Burdette, Hancock Banning. W. H. Butters, George H. : Bixby, Frank Burns, \v. C, Bartb, Dana Burks, F. J. Carlyle, .Samuel Clover, i.i '. M. Coolidge, C. C. Chapman, E. C. Die ter, t. i>. Duqfue, w. j. Doran, F. H. Downs, Thomas D. Ellis, Edwin T. Earl, J. A. Fitch, H. W, Frank, Fred W. Flint, L. C. Gates, Thomas Gibbon, W. li. Green, J. A, Graves, Col. \V. 1,. Green, Fred A. Hines, J. M. Hale, P. E. Hatch, Dr. John It. Hnyties, Thomas Hughes, J. H. Holmes, R. H. Howell, A. C. Harper, \V. I. HollingHWorth, J. B. Heartwell, Geo. L. Hazzard, Marco H. Hellinan, Moses Hamburger, M. C, Rotating*, w. J. Home, Roy Jones, n. T. Johnson, 11. Jevne, A. P, Johnson, A. D. G. Kerrell, Abbot Klnney, H. W. Keller. W. G. Kerckhoff, Joseph i ). Koepflt, H. H. Laverty, Rev. Baker P. Lee, John Llewellyn, W. W. Lowe, H. 1. Lowenihul, Curl Leonhardt, D. M. Llnnard, B. H. Labee, J. H. Mulhoiinnrf, William Mead, Frank Miller, Rev. Robert Mclntyre, W. W. Mines, James McMiillen, James McFadden. Joseph F. Maier, jr., J. E. Mclntyre, Frank Mo- Cutcheon. J. McMillan, Hon. J. W. Mc- Klnley, George Marston, J. O. MeCa ment, P. M. Myers, Leonard Merrill, J. A. Miller, W. C. Patterson, George C. Perkins. W. R. Powell. John H. F. Peck, iW. S. Porter, F. A. Powell, George C. Peckham, Dr. L. A. Peice. E. D. i Roberts, Kues Randolph, George N. I Reynolds, David Rortck, W. B. Red burn, Seward A. Simons, Frank 11. Short, Robert Shiftman, C. E. Slosson, Gen. M. M. Sherman, M. P. Snyder, Frank Shaw, P. A. Stanton, J. H. Strine, Frank Strong, J. F. Sartorl, F. Q. Story, Stephen Townsend, E. C Thomas, Hon. N. W. Thompson W. J. Washburn, L. J. Wilde, M. E. Wood, Dr. L. A. Wright, H. J. Woollacott, Morris H. Wilson, ti uuiiuu.d (in I'j.jjt; Tmi.i YOUTH SHOOTS BOY WHO REFUSED TO DANCE FOR HIM r Associated Press. HACRAMENTO, Feb. 2B.— H"- ' muse, hi would not (inner nt iii" ' command Leonard Waters, 12 • yenri old, shot and seriously ' wounded \\;i I r ri Kiriloll^, JO years • old, today while hunting near ' Washington, Yolo county, opposite ■ this city. ■ Three shots were fired by Waters ■ from a ':■ i allbre rifle, the third ' taking effect. The bullet entered the left shoul der and striking the big bone, glanced Into the body, lodging In the left lung. The wound may prove fatal. Several youngsters went across the river to hunt birds. This was tame sport, and Waters conceived the Idea of making young Hlmons dance, and when the latter refused began to shoot. PRETTY WOMAN UNDER ARREST Former Stenographer Is Charged with Forgery of Check Which Sue. cessfully Passes Through Bank Mrs. Hazel Rodgers, former steno grapher for Dr. T. P. Harold, was placed under arrest on the charge of forgery yesterday and Is being held at the city Jail while officers are looking for her husband. Joseph M. Rodgers. The woman is accused of assisting her husband to cash a forged check on the California Savings bank, made payable to Mrs. T. P. Harold and signed with the name of John E. Brink, the local restaurant keeper. According to the police Mrs. Rodgers, who Is a handsome woman, became familiar with Dr. Harold's business methods while she Was employed by him. Last week she Is said to have stolen a check of the State Bank and Trust company. This check was filled out for $120. The cashier of the California Savings bank was telephoned and a woman who said she was Mrs. Harold In formed him that she had sent over a check for that sum and asking him to cash it. Soon a tall well-dressed man presented the check and it was cashed. Later it was found the check was a forgery and Mrs. Rodgers was arrested. It is claimed she was the woman who telephoned the cashier. i Her husband is thought to have learned of Mrs. Rodgers' arreat and left the city. WOMAN ARRESTED ON THEFT CHARGE Is Accused of Stealing $2000 Worth of Jewelry and Checks from Room of a Man She Had Massaged Mrs. Ella Cavnaugh, a pretty dark eyed woman about 25 years of age, was arrested by Detectives Hosick and Zeigler last night, charged with steal ing more than $2000 worth of jewels and securities from the room of J. C. Smith, 322 South Spring street, early yesterday morning, Smith reported to the police yester day that he had been robbed of a dia mond ring valued at $500, a watch and chain valued at $410 and $1600 in checks. He told the officers he had stopped pay ment on the checks and that it was probable the thief could be arrested when an effort 'was made to cash, them. Detectives were detailed on the ease and it was learned that a woman, said to be Mrs. Cavnaugh, had been In Smith's room tho previous night and p,ave him a massage and alcohol bath. Officers at once Instituted search for this woman with the result she was round last nisht on South Spring street. She was taken to the police station, where she was closely questioned. Mrs. Cavnaugh is suid to have admitted that she was present in Smith's room, but denied taking the jewels. Shu was locked up in suspicion. Smith is an oil well owner and is visiting In Los Angeles from Pennsyl vania, where he is said to be prominent in political affairs. It was at first reported that porch climbers had stolen the valuables and Smith was quoted as saying lie bad been awakened by a man leaving tho room. ENTIRE TRAIN SAID TO BE IN FLAMES By Associated PrSU ATLANTA, Ga., Feb. 25.— 1t is reported that a passenger train on the Georgia Southern & Florida railroad has been over turned south of Unadilla and is in flames. Unadilla is forty miles south of Macon. BANDITS MAKE BIG HAUL IN MEXICO By Associated Press. EL PASO, Tex., Feb. 25.— BancTrrt raided the halclendas of Jesse gaienj in the state of Durango, Mexico, Sunday night. After making prisoners of Salenz and hit) Bervanta, thu banditti rubbed his safe of $7000 in gold and gathered up many thousands of dollars' worth of jewelry and plate, destroying all they could not carry off. Officers are searching the mountain* for the robbers. RAILROAD MAGNATE TESTIFIES E. H. HARRIMAN VIGOROUS FIGHT TO SAVE THE CAPITAL By Associated Press. SACRAMENTO, Feb. 25.—Sacramen to tonight made a vigorous fight before the joint legislative committees on pub lic buildings and grounds against the removal of the capital to Berkeley. Fol lowing the legislature's visit to the university town last Saturday to view the proposed new site, tho Berkeley ad vocates were quick to take advantage of the good impression made and were l»usy today urging the passage of the bill introduced last week. Louis Titus of Berkeley and the Ala meda county delegation in the legis lature went before the joint committees at a meeting tonight, which lasted until midnight. Sacramento, thoroughly aroused to the danger of losing the capital, was also well represented to combat the arguments of the Berkeley enthusiasts. Titus denied the statement that real estate speculation was the motive that actuated and started the movement. He dwelt on the beauties of the site, the advantages of the location, tho greater convenience to state officers and the greater number of people who would be benefited if the seat of state govern ment was located in Berkeley. Terms It Economy Mr. Titus thought it would be econ omy to stop repairs on the eapltol build ing and Issue bonds for a new building. He set at rest the reports that Berkeley would offer a million dollars besides tho site by stating that the university town would not offer any money as a bonus. He was followed by Senator Lukens, who made a strong argument for Berke ley, and Judge William H. Waste, who explained the legal procedure neces sary. All the speakers urged that the matter be submitted to the people. Mayor Beard of Sacramento vigorous ly opposed the removal, nnd former Lieutenant Governor Anderson de nounced the men alleged to be behind the movement and read a letter from the state university alumni protesting against tho removal. United States District Attorney Rob ert Devlin deplored that certain real es tate men had prompted the move and would plunge the state millions of dol lars in debt to carry out their designs." The Rerkeloy advocates made a spirited defense of the movement and indig nantly denied that it waa in the interest of a real estate syndicate. WILL SELECT NEW SITE FOR STATE PRISON By Associated Press. PHOENIX, Ariz., Feb. 25.— Governor Klbbey today signed a Mil creating a commission <>r five me ibers to select a new site for the territorial prison. The present site at Tuma Is undeslr« ;ii>ie because of remote Location from most of tlie territory, excessively hut summer climate and because there are no natural resources on which prisoners may be employed adv.in tageously. The prison greatly needs repairs, and i is believed II would be better to ap» prnprlate more money and build a new one. Yuma people heretofore opposing the project are now largely favoring it. ALLEGED REVOLUTIONIST MAKES GOOD HIS ESCAPE By Associated Press, EL paso. Keb. la,— Antonio Vlllarlel, tbl alleged .Mexican revolutionist was turned ov*r to the Immigration authorl> ties today Cor deportation to Mexico. While being taken toward the Mex ican line he tried to bribe Tony Sierra, tiit« Immigration inspector, to allow him to escape Sierra refused and Villariel suddenly darted around v corner, making good his escape. * MURDERER MEETS FATE IN ELECTRIC CHAIR By Associated Press. OSSINING. N. V., Feb. 25.— George Granger, aged 28, was put to death in the electric chair at Sing Sing prison today. His crime was the murder of a farm er, Charles Lutz, in Duchess county, in 1905. The electric current was applied three times before ho was declared dead. ADAMS' LAWYER MAKES NEW MOVE By Associated press. WALLACE, Idaho, Feb. 25.— 0n the resumption of the Adams trial this afternoon and immediately before the jury had taken places in the court room. Mr. E. F. Richardson moved that the jury bo instructed to return a ver dict for the defendant for the follow ing reasons: "First, because the testimony rela tive to the death of Fred Tyler is not sufficient to establish for the considera tion of the jury ttiat Fred Tyler, as a matter of fact is dead, and second, for the reason though it should be suffi cient to establish that Fred Tyler came to his death by reason of the commis sion of a felony upon his person in his lifetime, and third, for the reason that, the evidence clearly demonstrates that the so-called confession or confessions of Steve Adams, the defendant in this case, were of such character and given under such circumstances that they were the result of fear and hope in stilled into his mind by the person or persons securing the confession." Motion Is Denied The motion was denied and an ex ception asked for and allowed. Clarence S. Darrow then made the opening address in behalf of the de fense, the jury having been called into tho room. He gave a sketch of Adams' life and his connection with the West ern Federation, describing conditions in Marble Creek and the advent of claim Jumpers. He showed how they located and placed a cabin on the claim owned by Slmpklns and how they stayed there until August 7, when Adams attended a birthday party at Mason's cabin on August 7, and how Adams changed his name to Steve Dlxsoa until he thought all Marble Creek trouble had blown over. Darrow detailed all of Adams' move ments In the Marble Creek district up to August 8, when he left by boat for Spokane. He returned to St. Joe about August 17 and stayed with Glover un til about August 20. FALLS ONE HUNDRED FEET TO HIS DEATH By Associated Press. PHOENIX, Ariz., Feb. 25.— Harry Cross, a cable rigger aged 34, of De troit, Mich., an employe of the re clamation service, fell 100 feet from a cable this afternoon i.nd was Instantly killed. Tho accident occurred twenty flve miles east of Thoenlx. (toss was engaged In equipping a cable thrown across Salt river at point Of construction of the diversion dam, the government project auxiliary to Roosevelt storagJ dam further up tho river. Cross lost hold and struck the hard river bottom on his head. BURGLARS MAKE SMALL HAULS AND GET AWAY Dy Associated Press. STOCKTON, Fob. 25.— There were three burglaries in this city last night, evidently committed by the same men. The Stockton Implement company's place of business was entered through a rear window, which tho robbers smashed, and $f> was tnkeu from tho cash register. The RuhWQoodell hardware store was entered In the same way and $t> taken from the cash register. At the Troy laundry entrance was effected through a window which had been left unlocked. An inner drawer or an open safe was pried open and $1-25 taken. The police have no clue to the perpetrators. HORSES AND STAGE GO INTO THE RIVER By Associated Press. EUREKA. Cal., Feb. 25.— Word has just been received here of the loss of a stage and four valuable horses at Newman's bluff, a point on the Eu reka-Wlllits road, two miles south of Dyerville. While rounding a landslide on its route the stage was precipitated Into the river. The driver ami hi.s OOtlipanlon •■• «i,ned. Seven pouches at United Btatea matl wore lost in the Eel river. PRICE: SINGLE COPY 5 CENTS HARRIMAN CLOSES UP LIKE CLAM Refuses to Tell Any More Than He Has To Head of Union Pacific Is Asked Many Leading Questions Interstate Commerce Commission Hears Only a Partial Recital of Railway Magnate's Finan cial Operations By Associated Press. NEW YORK, Feb. 25.— H. Harri man, head of the Union Pacific system, spent today In a recital of portions of intimato history of the financial opera tions of himself and his assistants be fore the Interstate commerce commis sion, which in behalf of the United States government is investigating con solidations and combinations of car riers, relations between carriers and community of Interest therein, their rates, facilities and practices. Special counsel for the government made particular attack on tho reorgani zation and financing of the Chicago & Alton railroad by tho Harrlman sys tem and their action, which, -with a challenge by counsel for the railroads of the right of the interstate commerce commission to inquire into the private transactions of an individual, consti tuted the two chief events of the day's proceedings. Won't Tell Secrets Mr. Harriman declined to tell what proportion of the preferred stock of the Alton sold to the Union Pacific be longed to him individually, and the way was paved for taking the question Into the federal courts. The point raised in volves a material limitation on the In quisitorial power of the commission and is of serious importance to the whole question of interstate incorporation in vestigation. An effort was made to show that there had been an enormous inflation of the stock securities and liabilities of the Alton and that tho Harriman syndicate had taken unfair profits by declaring a dividend of 30 per cent from the pro ceeds of the first sale of the bonds, amounting to $10,000,000; that the syn dicate had sold itself the bonds at an unreasonably low figure, only to resell the bonds at enormous profits; that the Harriman syndicate had in the Alton capitalized the loss of former stock holders In the road and the money which had been spent by the old man agement for betterments over a period of ten years and already charged to operating expenses; that the books of the company had been doctored, and that for an increase of the stock and liabilities from about $40,000,000 to $116, 00,000 there was nothing to show ex cept the expenditure of $22,000,000 in improvements on the property. Denies All Charges Mr. Harriman's testimony was a de nial of all the charges. He made an (Continued on I'igr Two.) THE DAY'S NEWS FORECAST For Southern California: Showers Tuesday; fresh south wind. Maxi mum temperature in Los Angeles yesterday, 64 degrees; minimum, 53 degrees. I— Cheer Idea of dividing California. 2 — Mrs. Thaw will now be excused. 3 — Trotter tells story of life. 4 — Dramatic news. s—Frenzied5 — Frenzied patient tries to murder. 6— Editorial. 7 — City news. B—Sports.8 — Sports. 9 — Plans high school for girls. 10 — Classified advertisements. 1— Markets. 12 — Ralhoad news. LOCAL Development society banqueters cheer idea of state separation. Woman in arrested charged with rob bing man of (2000 worth of jewelry and checks. Warrant Is Issued for oil queen and she will be arrested today, Hospital patient m delirium tries to murder. Woman takes advantage of conflicting laws, ' Anton BOSOId is sentenced to peniten tiary for life. COAST Bacramento legislators declare proposed removal of capital is scheme to bou(n real estate. Both hoi ■■ swamped with bills at the eleventh hour. Stage and horses go over cliff Into Eel river. EASTERN Two dead and two dying as a result of tragedy at Denver. Arizona man fell* 100 feet to his death. United States treasury at Chicago Is robbed of |^'00,000. Mrs. Thaw to complete testimony on stand today. i:. ii. n.ii i mi. hi refuses to tell railroad secrets to Interstate commerce commis sion, tire train in Georgia reported to b«j in flames.