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President Roosevelt's Choice as His
Successor in the White House
Addresses Merchants'
Bjr Associated Press.
B.OSTON, Dec. 80.— Greeted with cheers
at "the neat president of the United
States." a topic which he carefully
avoided in his own remarks, however,
Secretary of War William H. Taft to
night delivered his first public speech
since his world-circling tour at the an
nual banquet of the Boston Merchants'
association at the Hotel Somerset.
The banquet closed a long and stren
uous day for the secretary of war, during
which he delivered a brief address before
400 ministers In the morning and attended
a reception and spoke before a gathering
of Jews of the city at the Elysium club
In the afternoon.
During his visit to Boston, which ends
tomorrow morning. Secretary Taft la the
guest of Samuel Carr, a Boston banker
and a relative of Mrs. Taft.
A more notable gathering of prominent
attd representative business men has sel
dom been seen ln Boston than that which
greeted the secretary tonight. In the ban
quet hall beautiful decorations adorned
♦he tables, which provided for the seating
of over 600 guests, while behind the
speaker's table were a great many Amer
ican flags.
As the secretary aroae to speak all the
gueats stood up with him and filled the
air with long continued cheers. Calls
for "three cheers for Secretary Taft, the
next president of the United States,"
were heartily acclaimed.
Secretary Taft spoke as follows:
"Gentlemen of the Merchants and Man
ufacturers' association of BoBton: I am
glad to be here. For more than two
ytar* I have been trying to accept your
kind invitation. I do not feel strange
ln this New England company. My
father wae born in Vermont, my mother
wa» born in Boston, my two grandfathers
were born in Men don, Worcester coun
ty, much of my boyhood waa spent in
Millbury and I was educated at Yale.
While I cannot claim to be one of you,
I like to boast that I have enjoyed the
good influence of the same traditions.
"I had expected to talk to you about
the Philippines tonight. That waa one
of the reasons why I accepted the in
vitation so lightly, as it is a subject easy
for me to talk about. It may be it Is
getting a little stale. For Instancu, I
have found that one of the best methods
of discouraging my friends, the corres
pondents of the press in Washington,
from pursuing embarrassing inquiries
Into other matters is to insist on
discussing with them for publication in
teresting phases of the Philippine situa
tion. They leave forthwith.
Of Interest to All
"But I had supposed that however dead
the islands may be aa a topic Inviting
discussion anil attracting attention else
where, one could rouse some excitement
over It. still ln Boston. I have been
warned, however, that here, too, there
were subjects more ausorbing, at least
for buslnesi men.
"So, when I was honored by an invi
tation for this morning to address the
ministers of Boston, whose profession
carries them naturally in a consideration
of other worlds, I said my say ln re
epect to the Philippines and the— to me
—very .-.bsorblng national problem, which
I hopo and believe we are working out
euccessfully. It follows that for this
company I must find another subject.
"During the last three months the
country has suffered from a severe mon
etary panic. Kven yet the clearing
house certificates linger in your bank
exchanges as emphatic evidence of Its
severity and of the extreme measures
which had to be taken to avoid greater
disaster. Doubtless many of my hear
ers have not yet recovered from the in
tense nervous strain and mental suffer
ing to which they have been subjected
eince the middle of October.
"The panic has been given a certain
political bearing and Importance. For
this reasorj I have selected for my topic
of tonight, "'the Panic of 1907; Its Causes,
Its Probable Effects and the Relation to
it of the Policies of the National Ad
"What Caused Panic"
"What did cause the panic? Writers
on financial subjects who have given
their lives and constant attention to
matters of this kind, who are able to In
stitute a comparison of the present panic
with previous panics and who are en
tirely familiar with the conditions pre
• •►■ding all of them, substantially agree
upon the cause.
"Panics ard industrial depressions are
the result of characteristics of human
nature, which manifest themselves in
business and elsowhere. The world gen
erally has a certain amount of loanable
capital for new enterprises or the en
largement of old ones. In periods of
prosperity, this capital with the instru
mentalities for enlarging It potentially
by credits Is put into new enterprises
which are profitable and the iacreaee in
free capital goes on almost in arithmet
ical progression. After a time, how
ever, expenses of operation and wages
increase and the profit from the new en
terprise grows smaller. Tho loanable
capital gradually change* Its form Into
investments less and less convertible.
Much of that which might be capital la
wasted in unwise enterprises or ln ex
travagance !r> living, in wars and abso
lute destruction 6f nroperty, until the
available free capital becomes well-nigh
exhau&tcd the world over and the
progress of new enterprises must await
the savings of more.
"Men continue to embark in new en
terprises, however, the capital falls them
and disaster comes.
"For eight or nine months past there
were many Indications that the loanable
rapital of the world was near exhaus
tion. This result wag brought about not
only by the enormous expansion of busi
ness plants and business Investment
which could not be readily converted,
but alio by the waste of capital In ex
travagance of living and by the Spanish
war, the Boer war, and thn Rutso-Jap
arese war, and ln such catastrophes as
Baltimore and Ban Francisco. It became
Impossible for the soundest railroads and
other enterprises to borrow money for
new construction or reconstruction. The
condition was not confined to this coun
try but extended the world over aijd was
made manifest In the countrlei of Europe
even before It was felt here.
Revelations of Irregularity
"Secondly, the conclusion cannot be
avoided that the revelations of Irregu
larity, breaches of trust, stock jobbing,
overissues of stock, violations of laws and
lack of rigid state or national super
vision in tne management of some of our
largest Insurance companies, railroad
companies, traction companies and finan
cial corporations shocked investors and
made them withhold what little loanable
capital remained available. Such dle
cloaures had much more eeffct probably
abroad than • they • had here, because hers
we were able to, make 'distinctions,'' while
there | tit a remote distance tlio I revela
tions created distrust In our! whole busi
ness fabric. ':.,.-":.■ '.■■■- - .*..'■ "..'.':
• "When, therefore, two or three Institu
tions.' • banks and trust ' companies sup
posed to . be~soll4l- were found •to have
capital 1 Impaired j by ; stock | Jobbing
of • their officers, the ' public was : easily
frrghtened * srhd the ' run upon ' the | banks
began. Th» ■ question ', then • became • not
one of loanable capital, but one of actual
money to be used In the transactions of
th« day— a very different question,. though
of course closely rein ted.
"It .'.would : seem that our' system of
currency Is not arranged so as to permot
its volume to be Increased temporarily
to counteract the sudden drain of money
by the hoarding In a panic. 'It Is probable
thta the stringency^ which reached Its
height on that dark day of October 24,
might In part have been alleviated hail
we had a currency which could automati
cally enlarge Itself to meet the tremen
dous demand of a day or a week or 'a
month while public confidence was being
restored. '. ■ • ■ ■ '. ' . ' .J , ■' ■ . -
"The national administration, together
with many of the large capitalists of
New York and elsewhere, put their
shoulders under tho load and by various
devices of an unusual character have
brought about the present condition of
gradually increasing confidence.
Injurious Consequences
"The Injurious consequences to follow
from this panic are not likely to be bo
long drawn out or to result ln such dis
astrous Industrial depression as the panic
of 1893 or the panic of 1873, and this for
the reason that the condition of the coun
try makes it so much easier to resume
business gradually, to accumulate capi
tal and then to renew the enterprises
which had to be abandoned for lack of It.
"In the first place, we have a solid
currency with no suggestion now of a
departure from the gold standard. In
1893 the pressure for free silver waa on
and the threat of national repudiation
had much to do with the delay ln the
return to prosperous times. Our govern
ment finances now are ln excellent con
dition and we have a larger surplus. Our
farming communities in the west today
are not under the weight of mortgeges
and of debt which distressed them In 1593
and 1873. They are prosperous and
"Again, the railroads, which make up
a large part of the wealth of this coun
try, are on a much more solid founda
tion than they were In 1893. Then many
of them had to be taken Into hands of
receivers and Immense amounts expended
by means of receivers' certificates dis
placing aj»d destroying the value of
vested securities in order to put roads
in a safe and income-earning condition.
The railroads today are in a better con
dition than they have ever been in their
history. Their gross receipts are larger
per capita of population than ever be
fore. But few of them have recently
been built into new territory in which
business has to be created by introduc
ing a new population."
Professor in Wilberforce University
Declares His Race Has Been
Wronged by White
By Associated Press.
CHICAGO, Dec. 30.— "There are a few
negro criminals by Instinct, but the over
whelming number are made criminals by
society," oald Prof. W. S. Scarborough
of Wilberforce university in an address
last night In Bethel African Methodist
Episcopal church on "Crime and the
f "Uur race is discriminated against and
our peop|e are forced out of the best
Industrial fields," he went on. "We are
burned at the stake, lynched and hunted,
and the negro would be more than an
angel to withstand such treatment as
that. Some of our enemies are in the
pulpits and ln high social and political
life. They should be put ln Jail until
they learn to keep the peace."
City Treasurer Hanc* Is in Sacra.
mento, Closing Negotiations with
State for Purchase of '
Big Block
Because neither the long distance
telephone nor the telegraph wires
brought news of the final closing of
the Owens river aqueduct bond deal
from Sacramento last night the city
council decided to hold a special ses
sion this morning to confirm the deal.
The state has taken $510,000 of the
first Issue of bonds and Treasurer
Ham is now at the state capital to
sign and deliver the documents.
The city must close its accounts with
the state by January 1 and Captain
Hance'a trip with the bonds saves the
city nearly $2000, which transferring
the city's Indebtedness to the state and
the return of the money would have
The aqueduct engineers want to use
the proceeds of the sale of bonds at
once, as salaries for November paid out"
of the bond pales must be met. This
amounts to $30,000 with the first pay
ment on the Ban Fernando reservoir
Instead of having J15.000 in the general
fund, the city is in debt J34.0U0 to that
Checking up of the appropriations by
the auditor's department reveals that the
lawmakers have been too lavleUr* with
their means.
The city Is Indebted J20.000 to the water
fund, as It borrowed to install new flro
hydrants in the business district.
As a result Councilman Blanchard may
yet lose the T43.000 sewer appropriation
for Boyle Heights, voted in Councilman
Wallace's absence, which has aroused
tho antagonism of the non-partisans.
Geologists in Session
By Associated Press.
ALBUQUERQUE, N. M., Dec. 30. -The
annual meeting of the Geological Society
of America convened hero today, with
about seventy-five delegates present, in
cluding the leading geologists In the
United States and Canada. The- follow
ing officers were elected. „ Samuel Galvln
of lowa City, la., president; George F.
Becker of Washington, D. C, first vine
president; A. Lawson of Berkeley, Cal.,
second vice president; Edmund Otis Ho
vey of New Yorn, secretary.
Pointed Paragraphs
Woman Who own cut glass shouldn't
throw stones.
Some men (o about looking for tempta
tion to yield to.
Frequently the spirit of anarchy comes
in pocket flasks.
Part of the fabulous; salaries some act
or* get Is real money.
Every dog has his day— with the ex
ception of the yellow cur.
It Isn't always easy for a female detec
tive to catch a husband.
Action of Nevada's Chief Executive
Will Result in Federal Troops
Being Retained for Three
By Associated Press.
CARSON, Nev., Dec. 30.— Governor
Sparks called a special session of the
legislature at 3 o'clock this afternoon.
Hundreds of telegrams have poured ln
since Saturday, nearly all asking that a
special session bo called.
The governor realizes that it will be
a difficult matter to pas» any law re
taining troops in Nevada, as the lower
house is conceded tj be in the bands of
the Labor party.
By calling the legislature Governor
Sparks takes the matter out of his hands
and places it with the people. The mine
owners' association has agreed that the
call for a special session Is a move In
tha right direction. The troops will re
main ln Goldfleld three weeks from last
Saturday, as President Roosevelt has
granted this stay pandlng the action of
the Nevada legislature.
Text of Bummons
Following Is the full text of the docu
"State of Nevada-- proclamation by the
"To the honorable, the' members of the
twenty' third session of the legislature
of the state of Nevada:
"Gentlemen— The constitution of the
state, article 4, section 9. provides that
tho governor may on extraordinary occa
sions convene the legislature by procla
mation and shall state to both houses
which organized the purpose for which
they have convened, and tho legislature
shall transact no legislative or executive
business except that for which they were
specially convened or such other legisla
tive business as th*e governor may call to
t. attention of the legislature while in
"Believing that an extraordinary occa
sion now exists, and which the legis
lature, being a co-ordinate branch of the
state government, is best prepared to
solve, it becomes my duty, Wy proclama
tion, to convene the legislature at Carson
City, Nev., on the 14th day of January,
A. D. 1908. This request has been made
by many citizens, the object being to ad
just by legislation if possiblo the con
troversy existing between tho miners and
mine owners at Goldfteld, this state. Such
legislation should be general ln character
and impartially applicable for the restor
ation and preservation of law and order.
"Under the constitution as above cited
the governor shall state to both houses
w .en organized 1 the purpose for which
they have been convened. When that
time arrives I will endeavor to outline
to you the necessary legislation required
and will give hearty co-operation in the
attempt to secure to every citizen of
Nevada his Just rights, freely to be
exercised under the laws.
"In witness whereof I have hereunto
set my hand and caused tho great seal
of the state to be affixed.
"Done at Carson City, state of Nevada,
this 30th day of December, A. D. 1907.
"Governor of Nevada.
(Attest) "W. G. DOUGLAS,
"Becretary of State."
Pool Room Owners Think Youths Past
Eighteen Should Be Admitted In
- Halls, but Statutes Say
Attorney Paul Schenck, representing
the pool room men, tried in vain to
induce the council yesterday to lower thef
age limit for young men who may fre
quent pool rooms from 21 to 18 years.
The state law makes 18 as the legal age
of discretion for young men in these
cases, but the council raised the limit
several years ago.
The law will be tested ln the courts
soon. Attorney Schenck declares.
Coroner R. S. Lanterman pleaded not
guilty yesterday to the charge of drunk
enness when arraigned in Police Justice
Fredenckson's court. The demurrer filed
by Attorney Earl Rogers was overruled
by the court.
The trtal was set for January 20 and
will bo tried before a Jury. Attorney
Rogers signified his intention of filing n
request for a writ of prohibition, which,
n granted, will take the case to a higher
La Flesla camp, Woodmen of the
World, had a Christmas tree celebration
last night at It 3 hall ln Mercantile place.
This camp has over 1300 members and
the affair was gotten up for the children
of members, of whom hundreds attended.
Aside from the tree and the gift dis
tribution a typical Christmas entertain
ment wan given an«l the good cheer dis
tributed will last those who enjoyed the
festival far into the new fear.
B. K. Peterson, a teamster living at 191
West Thirty-sixth street, was struck by
a street cur at Thirty-seventh and Main
streets last night and seriously injured.
Peterson was driving to his home. The
car approached from the rear and struck
the wagon, hurling the driver to the
ground. Peterson was taken to liis home,
where It was found he aad been seriously
bruised and suffered internal injuries.
Mrs. A. G. Park Dies
Mrs. Andrew G. Park died at her home,
1783 West Twenty-third street, late last
night. The body was taken to Pierce
Brothers' undertaking parlors. The
funeral will be held Wednesday morning
at ten o'clock at the West Adams Meth
odist church. Rev. McCllsh will officiate.
Robbed and Murdered
By Associated Fron. ■ ; -;'■■■ ■■;•■■. > ; ..■'■
■CHICAGO,' Deo. M.— Mystery surrounds
the death ! of George Wlldcrmouth, ' a. ' hay
and ) grain i dealer, at * Gary,' ■ Ind., whose
body I waa | found | between i the | tracks ; of
the v Pennsylvania { railroad f near ', Crown
Point i, yesterday. The " head ' was V com
pletely i severed ■< from ;. the ', body ; and j the
police ; believe that murder -■ and ' robbery
were committed on a traIn.'oMSIBHHSH
Pv Assoctater Tresu.
DENVER, Dec. 3n.-In tho trial of Fred
C. Bonflla, one of the proprietors of the
DflllVor Tost, on the charge of ansnuH
and battery upon Thomas M. Patterson,
principal owner of tho Rocky Mountain
News and the Ponv**r Times. Justice of
the Peace Carton decided after urgument
today to hear evidence ns to the truth
or falsity of the published charges which
Mr. Bonflls contends Justified the assault.
His objection being overruled Mr. Pat
ter»on nam*d two men who, ho said,
furnished the Information upon which
were based the articles in the News and
Times, in which it. was alleged that Mr.
Bonflls had attempted to blackmail the
promoters of the Colorado Industrial
Exposition company. Mr. Patterson was
the only witness today and the hearing
was adjourned until Thursday next.
Vaudeville Theaters Open, and Al
though Bills Are Slightly Modi
fied, They Are Presented
to Big Crowds
By Associate " Press.
NEW YORK, Dec. 30.— New York's
Sundays are beginning to resume their
usual tint, after three more or less
"blue Sabbaths." Proprietors of moving
picture shows, who had gone to the
trouble to secure injunctions against the
police, conducted their places of business
much as usual yesterday, except for the
fact that "barkers" were removed from
the sidewalk-
All the vaudeville theaters were open,
although th,e bills presented had been
considerably changed. In order to bring
them under a somewhat strained inter
pretation of the ruling allowing "sacred
or educational" entertainments.- There
were great crowds at the concerts at
two operas and tho uptown cafes and
restaurants were better patronized than
on the preceding two Sundays.
By Associated Press.
CHICAGO, Dec. 30.— The Sunday 6aloon
was Indorsed yesterdny at the Sunday
session of the National Ethical conven
tion. Enthusiastic applause from the
audience of social settlement workers
greeted the pronouncements in favor of
allowing the "poor man" to have "his
club"— the saloon— on Sunday, aS well
as tho other days of the week.
Dr. Emil G. Hlrsch of Chicago and
Prof. Nathaniel Schmidt of Cornell uni
versity were the speakers who had good
words to say for the operation of sa
loons on Sunday.
It was an ethical "necessity," not an
ethical ideal, that the Sunday saloon was
defended and favored by the delegates.
The speakers pointed out that those who
were advocating the suppression of the
Sunday saloon ln Chicago are unable to
offer anything to take Its place. Until
they can do 60, it was. argued, the Sun
day 6aloon should be tolerated if rot
upheld as ono of the necessities of mod
ern life in great cities.
By Associated Press.
DENVER, Dec. 30.— Gambling houses
which have been openly conducted In
Denver for' several years were closed
today on orders from Mayor Robert W.
Speer, following the publication of an
open letter to all district attorneys call-
Ing upon them to enforce the lawa and
announcing that if they failed in the
performance of their duties the attorney
general would act in their stead.
The midnight and Sunday saloon clos
ing laws, it is announced, will also be
enforced and prize fighting stopped ln
Colorado. Tickets were being Bold today
for the Carse-Brock contest, scheduled
for New Year's day at Petersburg, Just
beyond the city limits, but it is stated
It will be called oft if forbidden in the
By Associated Preu.
OMAHA, Dec. 30.— The Douglas county
district court this morning upheld ths-
Omaha "blue laws" as being entirely
constitutional and in future the Sunday
closing law will bo enforced strictly.
Complaints' have been iiied agalnKt more
than GOO individuals for working on dun
day. These warrants will be served at
once anil the cases brought in the mu
nicipal court.
By Associated Freas.
CHICAGO, Dec. 30.— Continued use of
the site of tho Iroquols theater disaster
for a playhouse was denounced as a
public scandal by speakers at the anni
versary meeting of tho Iroquols Memor
ial association yesterday.
It was announced that tho permanent
aim of the association will be the acquire
ment of tho theater and its site for the
purpose of dedicating thu premises to
some, other use, preferably that of an
emengency . ospltal.
Another announcement was the forth
coming erection of a monument on thu
grave ln Montroso cemetery of the wo
man who was the aole unidcntltleU victim
of the catastrophe.
The gathering, which was attended by
350 persons, was the fourth observance
of the day of the Iroquols tragedy, which
occurred four years ago this afternoon.
By Associated Press.
VALLBJO, Dec. 30.— Orders have been
received at Mare island navy yard to
place the cruiser South Dakota, recently
delivered by the Union iron works, in
commission January It. Capt. Charles
B. Fox will command her and the other
officers have) been assigned. The crew
1b being assembled.
The Sotith Dakota i» a first class
cruls.T and a sister ship to the Cali
fornia. Her displacement is 13,000 tons
and Indicated horse power of 23,000. She
will remain in Pacific waters for several
months and then go to the Asiatic
Falls Over Precipice
rP; Associate fr»ra.
OAKLAND, Dec. 80.— The body of a
man supposed to be E. Burwell, a car
penter of this city, we found last night
1. the Piedmont hills. It Is the theory
of the deputy coroner that the man, who
ever he was, met death ln a fall from
the precipice. There were no signs of
violence on the body.
Rev. J. K. Cooke, Who Left New York
with Floretta Whaley, Deserting
His Wife, Tells of Struggle
to Make Living
By Associated Press.
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30.— 1n a
pouring rain before daybreak this
morning the Reverend Jere Knode
Cooko. formerly pastor of the fashion
able St. George church at Hempstead,
L. 1., and Floretta Whaley, the 17
year-old heiress, with whom he oloped
eight months ago, deserting a wife to
whom he had been married for nine
years, and creating a sensation in
church and society, stole away from
the little flat which they had occupied
at 1199 Green street in this city, where
they were discovered yesterday living
under the name of Mr. and Mrs. Gerald
As they made their way in tho cold,
driving rain in the gray dawn of the
morning tho girl clasped to her breast
a baby boy born to tho "couple two
months ago.
They drew the blinds, bolted the rear
entrance and locked tho front door,
leaving behind in the snug but modest
little flnt ov<?r!ook!ne the hoy and the
mountains beyond, which had been
their home for several months, all they
had managed through rigid economy to
save for their worldly comfort during
tha eight months that search has been
made for them throughout the country.
Whither they went has not yet been
ascertained. Tho police decjare that
no request has-been made to them to
apprehend the couple and that no ef
fort ia being made to locate or detain
Had Lived in Los Angeles
The discovery of Cooke and the girl
with whom he had fled was made
through Captain Cleary of the Morse
patrol agency, who met tho couple
when they arrived here last June from
Los Anpreles. When the girl's picture
was published last night in connec
tion with a dispatch from -Louisiana
stating that Cooke had deserted Flor
etta Wfialey and "given her away" to
a family there who were educating her,
Cleary immediately recognized tho pic
ture as that of tho young woman whom
he had met as Mrs. Balcom.
Yesterday afternoon a representative
from a local paper called at the house
of the unfrocked minister and his com
panion, where they had lived quietly
tinder their assumed names. Cooke, a
Tale graduate, worked at painting- and
decorating, and when hard pinched for
work did any manual labor that he
could get. The only notice ever taknn
of the couple by neighbors and those
who lived In the same building wa* to
comment upon their apparent happi
ness and the devotion of Balcom to
the girlish mother ajid the baby boy.
Balcom or Cooke admitted his iden
tity, but sent the fragile mother and
the baby into another room, asking the
reporter to lower his tone that she
might not learn of the discovery of
their identity.
"My God, what an awakening from
our happiness," exclaimed he, and then
burst out passionately. "Look here,
give me a chance to got away.
"You are human. Just as human as I
am. I don't mind Sing Sing or hell,
but it is she. The child was born two
months ago, and this will kill thn
Pacing back and forth the unfrocked
minister poured forth the story of hlsj
life and his elopement with pretty
ITloretta Whaley.
"Preached It Himself
"What's the use?" he said. "The in
exorable law will be — must be — main
tained. I have preached It myself 80
often that I ought to know.
"Faith — there's nothing will paint a
black sheep white. But look here, lis
ten to my sld«. For ton years I have
kept silent. For tho last eight months
I have borne without a murmur all the
abuse, tho vilest lies that yellow Jour
nalism could conjure, and now I will
speak. Listen and then Judste, Judge
whether I am as blsr a scoundrel as the
public has been led to believe I am."
Cooke then told of the death of his
father when he was 5 years old. his adop
tion by an uncle, the learning: of the
trade of paper hanging and decorating,
which has enabled him to make his living
here; how he worked his way through
Yale and finally entered the ministry.
He touched upon his marriage and un
happy married life, declared that hjs wife
admitted to him that she had married
him for no other reason than that it
would prove a convenient stepping stone
for her social ambitions, but added that
it "would be caddish to dilate upon my
marital troubles."
"Then I awoke to love and everything
else was worthless. /
"You know the end. On the one hand
was a loveless life with honor and posi
tion and wealth arid on the other love
and poverty. I chosa the latter."
He pointed to the scantily furnjphed
Chose Poverty
"I don't praise myself for the step I
took. It was weakness, It was unmanly,
but I am only human, and as I am to be
Judged by humans It is but right that
they should know that I tave up all, all,
that I had sought for and won. And
now all that I ask is that this may con
tinue. I am doing a man's work; I have
sinned, but I have suffered. Now I beg
the world to let me alone with my wife
and child. I cap live tho life of a good
citizen. They say I am a good decorator.
I was kept at work long after uhe other
men were let go during tho financial
stringency. I ask tj.e world to let me
be a painter, nothing more— to do a man's
work and enjoy the average sorrows and
happiness of the average man."
Tne only Identification established so
far as Gerald Balcom as the Rev. Jere
Knode Cooke was his own admission.
Balcom, or Cooke, pleaded hard to be
given three days' grace ln which to again
conceal himself and his young companion
and their baby. He said he was afflict
ed with heart failure and several times
was on the verge of collapsing during
the interview.
Faints in Car
Upon promise that the girl would not
l)c apprised of the fnct that their Identity
had been discovered Cooko accompanied
the reporter to a newspaper office to bo
sketched. On the way downtown no
fainted ln the street car.
Cooke's neighbors speak In tho high
est terms of the couple, some of them
declaring that they never saw so de
voted a husband as Balcom and that he
seemed to fairly idolize the young mother.
Mrs. S. M. Miles, who lives in an ad
joining apartment, stated today that 6h«
•aw cooke and his companion, or Mr.
and Mrs. Balcom, as she knows them,
leave their flat in the early dawn this
morning to go out Into the storm. The
nan had a few pieces of baggage and
tho girl, closely wrapped and bundled
to protect it from tho cold wind and
rain, carried her baby.
Will AsV Hl* Arrest
M INEqT.A. L. I>. Dec' SO.-Dlstrict At
torney Coles pi: .1 today that 'he "has re
ceived ,no ■ official Information Hint Jera
Knode Cookeand^Florctta Whaley have
been found In . Han Francisco. .- As i soon
as he did so," Mr. Coles said, he would
request the San Francisco anthorltl?*
to arrest Coo* ). on. a warrant that was
lssued soon after . • his disappearance.
Cooke Is charged- with abduction.
Mrs. VTTialey, grandmother of Florntta
Whaley, said she had heard tho gin
had been found and that she would wel
come the girl If »he would return to her
home. If necessary, ..trs. Whaley said,
■he would send money for her grand
dr-.ughter to return.
Only Beven Cases Reported In San
Francisco During the Month of
December — Dr. Blue Well'
Satisfied with Results
By Associated Press.
BAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 30.— With onlj.
seven cases of plague reported during the
month of December and but thrco cases
remaining under treatment at the Isola
tion hospital, bubonic plague in San Fran
cisco is almost eradicated as a result of
the vigorous sanitary campaign conducted
during the past four months by tha
United States Marine hospital service,
under tho direction of Dr. Rupert Blue
and with the co-operation of the local
health authorities.
Dr. Blue's staff cohsistß of Dr. W. C.
Rucker, his executive officer, and four
teen medical officers from tho Marine
hospital service.
Over $200,000 has been expended ln a
campaign of sanitation, and the monthly
payroll tit present Is about $43,000, in
which the federal government is paying
three-fourths. It is estimated that 130,
00 rats have been destroyed during the
past four months; 35,642 rats were brought
to tho laboratory of the health depart
ment. Of this number 11.391 were exam
ined by bacteriologists for plague and 10G
found to be Infected.
"The situation has greatly improved,"
said Dr. Blue today. "Our campalgi.
against rats and fleas^whlch Is the mode
of transmission for the plague, has been
effective, despite the apathetic attitude of
the people of San Francisco, some of
whom havo been Inclined to hostility to
w rd us for the work that we are doing
for tholr benefit.
"While few cases of plague have oc
curred this month, rat plague has been
considerably on the increase. This, I at
tribute to driving the rata to closer quar
ters and more cor/gestei centers as a re
sult of our campaign, and the severe
weather during this month.
"Tho work of sanitation will continue
unabated for some time yet and I shall
not bo wholly satisfied with my work
until months pass without a single caso
being reported."
Dr. Blue said he would probably remain
ln San Francisco until after next summer.
The total number of cases reported to
date is 136; deaths, 73; cured, 60; remaining
under treatment, 3; suspected cases, IS.
(Continued from Paare One.)
was also employed in the store at that
time, and the detectives aro confident
they were together in the affair.
Farnsworth is married and is the father
<fcf an cighteen-months-old baby. Ills
wife was absent from homo last night
and knew nothing of her husband's
Glad Case Is Cleared
"I am glad the men responsible for the
theft have been captured," said Mr. Bul
lock last night, "and I have nothing
but praise for those who handled tho case
and the methods they followed.
"The loss of the coin caused us some
worry, as wo felt sure after it was missed
that there was some employe who was
untrustworthy. Now the matter haa been
cleared up we are more than satisfied."
Tho detectives have been unable to ac
count for any of the money which Is
still missing, with the exception of $50
which Mosley paid on furniture. All the
men claim they returned all the cash
they had.
Prominent Coloradoans Who Had
Been Facli 3 r-rosecution Will
Ercape— Grand Jury's
Work in Vain
By Associated Press.
DENVER, Dec. 30.— Judge n. E. Lewis
of the federal court today quashed all
Indictments and sustained all the de
murrers in coal land fraud cases, there
by releasing about fifty prominent de
fendants from prosecution.
Recently he quashed tho indictment for
alleged timber frauds and today's action
brings to naught the work of the special
grand jury called last May.
Among the defendants who escaped
prosecution are: S. W. Keltel and about
fourteen others of St. Louis, comprising
tho Yampa Coal company; Robert For
rester, Salt Lake City; Charles E. Hurr,
Benjamin F. Freeman and George Coe
Franklin of Durango, Colo.
The government 'attorneys gave notice
that they will take the cases to the
United States court of appeals.
By Associated Press.
LEW YORK. Dec. SO.— The Municipal
Art society of New York is about to
begin a campaign to spread its ideas
throughout the country. The society
■tands ready to give all assistance ln its
power to any city that desires to form a
society with the object of beautifying
Cities, and announces that arrangements
have been made to send lecturers who
will deliver ij.ustrated lectures on muni
cipal art ln America and abroad where
ever they are wanted.
The society will also send out litera
ture on the beautlflcatlon of cities and
will attempt to interest local boards of
trade and like organizations throughout
t>i i country.
By Associated Prese.
SAN SRANCISCO, Dec. 30.— William
Myere, who conducts a restaurant at 1761
Mission street, was attacked by a des
perate thug who entered his establish
ment early this morning. The robber
felled the unarmed restaurant man with
a blow from a -lackjack, rifled the cash
register, securing something like $10 in
cash, and then, leaving his victim lying
unconscious on the floor, locked the door
and made his escape.
Tram Octobtr to May, Colds are the most fre
quent cam* of headache. Laxative Bromo Qui
nine removes cause. E. W. Grove on box 360.
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: ■■'. Notice of Shareholders' Meeting '•*■** ' '
The regular annual - meeting » of ■■ the : >
shareholders : of - the ' National , Bank i of a
Commerce In Los Angeles, for the elec-
tion of directors and for the transaction'
i of such other business as may come bo-
fore the | meeting, will be . held at its H
banking office In the city of Los An- ■
geles, county of L.03 Angeles, state; of „
California; on Tuesday, the 14th day of
January, . 1908, "at 3 o'clock p. m. - .-- *» iv .;'
Polls will be open from 10 o'clock a,
m . until 4 o'clock p. m.' of : that day.:' i
'j By. order of the board 'of directors. \ A" .-'..
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Shareholders' Meeting t; W ii?S &»
Notice Is hereby given that the regu- .
lar annual meeting of the shareholders
of the Los Angeles Information Bureau t*
will be ■ held :at t Its j offices, -.631 Spring %\
street, Los Angeles, Cal., on January 6,
1 908, at )10 ; o'clock ' a. m.'±-t~< -.. > ■ * :.•«>•» ,-•'. '■
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