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Man Who Assumed False Name When
!;He Enlisted Secures Proof of His
Identity and Forwards It
to Washington
PiThe strange story of a German who
joined the United States army to fight
the Indians over thirty years ago, and
who enlisted under an assumed name
because he Ignorantly supposed he
could be taken back to his native land
' and punished If the truth were known,
came to light in Los Angeles this week
when General S. B. M. Young gener
ously came'from Paso Robles, where
he was visiting with Rear Admiral
Robley D. Evans, to Identify Matthias
Betz, an aged resident of this city, who
for many years has been struggling to
prove his right to a pension from the
United States government.
The story of Beta's identification by
General Young, which was almost if
not quite positive, reads like a tale
from Kipling; but the principal actor
in the strange epilogue of the little
war drama, whose happenings and
character extend through over thirty
years of southwestern history, does
not realize the romantic features of
his ease, for he Is of that practical and
matter of fact disposition which takes
into appreciation only ' the serious
phases of his life, and who therefore
looks at the recent sequel as a mere
logical development linking the past
to the future and consequently per
mitting him to "draw his pension."
Betz had been trying to prove his
Identity for many years, but as there
• was only one man In the world by
whom he \ could hope to establish his
rights It appeared to be a losing strug
gle, and Betz had grown discouraged.
Several Los Angeles men interested
themselves In Betz's case, among them
Dr. J. A. Mead of 341% South Spring
street. When Dr. Mead was Informed
General Young was In Paso Robles
and that he was the only man by
whom Betz possibly could be Identified,
he arranged at once to bring about a
meeting to see If General Young could
help the veteran. Dr. Mead Is himself
a G. A. R. man, and the feeling of
comradeship alone prompted him.
Hastens to Comrade
When General Young was commu
nicated with ho generously agreed to
come to Los Angeles, and a meeting
■was arranged In the Hotel Alexandria.
General Young left Admiral Evans'
side and hurried to this city. In a
short time Betz was brought before
him In his apartments, and the Ger
man veteran soon found himself un
dergoing one of the most searching
examinations to which a pension seek
, er was ever subject.
The grilling continued for several
hours, and at its conclusion General
Young, In an official document to the
pension department, stated he thor
oughly believed the German had told
the truth, "as," he added, "no preten
der possibly could have foreseen my
questions so clearly or have answered
such specific Interrogations concern
ing details unrecorded in history so
accurately as did this German, Mat
thias Betz." . „. ■■-.-.t '-'■
Dr. Mead, referring to the meeting
and examination at the Alexandria,
I "There Is no doubt Betz was really
an Indian fighter and as he represent
ed himself, for otherwise he could not
have given such a veteran as General
Young so unquestionable an explana
tion. 7 7.7
7 Was Member of Eighth
"Betz enlisted in the Eighth United
States cavalry, TrooP B, under the
alias of August Denzel, believing that
as he was a native of Germany he
-would be punished by the kaiser if his
enlistment under the Stars and Stripes
was revealed. Betz joined the regi
ment May 20, 1868, at Fort Whipple,
Ariz., and was discharged at Fort
Stanton, N. M., August 18, 1871, with a
surgeon's certificate of disability. ■
"General Young during most of that
time was Captain of Troop X, Eighth
cavalry, stationed at Camp Toll Gate,
thirty miles from Fort Whipple, and
.both troops frequently were sent to
gether to quell the Indians, of which
Cochise then was the bloodthirsty
leader. '
"Captain H. B. Wade was in com
mand of Troop B, to which Betz be
longed, but part of the time Betz
served under Young's Immediate com
mand, although as a trooper there was
nothing .to Impress the fact particu
larly strong on the latter's memory.,
"In the examination General Young
asked Betz every conceivable ques
tion as to the engagements they had
participated In, their marches, course
of travel and also as to scores of in
cidents and tragedies enacted in those
two pioneer barrack towns of Arizona.
Betz replied slowly, thoughtfully and
with his eyes squinted, his head rest
ing in the palms of his hands, remtn
lscently. He seemed to be looking
. clear ; back down the vista of those
thirty years, focusing his gaze on eyery
detail brought to mind by General
Young's ; examination. ;jl
Answers Accurate
"While his answers sometimes were
given only after a long study, they in
variably were accurate, eliciting unob
served . admiration from General
Young, who at the close of the Inter
view shook hands . with Betz and
seemed as glad to meet him as though
he had been a long-lost brother.
. "In one place Betz sprung a - sur
prise which for a moment his friends
feared would result In his undoing, but
the aged German's memory could not
have failed - him on this detail, for
surely It was one of the events of, a
lifetime. It came up when Betz cas
ually mentioned a time he had been
with Company B, at what was : then
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Wilmington, Los Angeles county, near
San Pedro.
"In those days Fort Wilmington was
a city of considerable size, filled up
mostly with adobe' buildings and
shacks, and, fortified with adobe bar
racks by the government. —
" 'So,' said General Young, looking
significantly around the table at other
members of the party, 'you were In
Wilmington, eh? How did you get to
Fort Whipple, Ariz.? It's nearly 800
miles away.' - ""•'j'-j
•' 'We walked it,' Betz replied, slow
ly, ■ squinting his eyes harder. 'We
walked lt—foot; by foot—foot by foot.'
"And General Young knew he had
told the truth. . "...
' Tells of March
"Betz then proceeded to recount in
detail all the terrible experiences met
with in that, 800 miles of marching
over the burning desert sands, among
the rattlesnakes, cactus and glla mon
sters. It was a march never to be for
gotten, and several of the company
dropped along the way.
"Betz- recalled every happening of
the Journey as clearly as though it
had been but yesterday."
At the conclusion of the examination
General Young signed a letter to the
pension department stating he . ■ was
convinced of Betz's Integrity, and the
document was signed "Lieut. Gen. S.
B. M. Young (retired), Capt. Com.
U. S. A., Troop X, Eighth U. S. Cay."
Famous Traveler Will Speak on Rome,
the . Eternal City, Sunday
Night in Symphony
7 ■\u-'-" Hall 7*£~7
Professor Baumgardt has just re
turned from a very successful tour
of the northern cities in California,
where he has delivered a series of lec
tures on European subjects, based up
on his travels abroad for the past four
seasons, and fully illustrated with a
beautiful series of colored views. Re
turning home he found many requests
for the repetition of his celebrated
travelogues, "Rome, the Eternal City,",
which was given at ' Simpson • Audi
torium last month to the delight of
a large audience. Since that time Pro
fessor Baumgardt has had developed
fifty views taken, this last year while
in Rome, adding them to. his already
very complete collection, and will pre
sent', them for the first time Sunday
evening In Symphony hall, in the
Blanchard building. '
In the days of her .greatest pride,
the Eternal City had some 2,000,000 in
habitants; today she does not claim
one-quarter of this number, but the
present is Just as interesting as the
past and her influence for good and
evil, although diminished, still proves
to the world that the old Latin stock
and , the Tiber is not dead. Mediaeval
Rome, with all Its dramatic incidents,
is brought fresh before the auditor by
a splendid series of pictures,' depicting
the costumes, art, sculpture and trage
dies of that period. The . Colosseum
of 2500 years ago Is now as much an
item of interest as 'in those terrible
historic days that have probably placed
the greatest blot on the centuries that
is yet known to history.
Professor Baumgardt has Incorporat
ed In his lecture material which covers
thirty centuries, and his talk on Rome
Is the most Interesting of all In his
well known series. "Rome the Eeter
nal City" Is indeed sublime in Its mem
ories and associations, and to those
who have not heard this - easy chair
Journey to the city which is the acme
of a sojourn in Europe, should, take
advantage" of '.tomorrow . night's talk.
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Bartender Who Refuses to Give Intoxi
cants to Drunken Man Has
,-;,' Narrow Escape from .
After a desperate struggle, in which
h i Inflicted a number of wounds upon
his • captors, Kay Imal, , a Japanese,
about 27 years of age,. after having
made an attempt on the life of James
Curran, a bartender at the ' California
saloon on Second, -street; near Broad
way, was overpowered by. F. C. Piers
of 1035i_ West• Eighteenth street, as
sisted by Curran, and held until Patrol
man Hagenbaugh arrived and took the
man to the central station.
I "I was sitting In a booth across from
the bar," said Piers, "when the Jap
anese entered. He walked unsteadily
and appeared to be under the influence
of liquor. He came where I was and
said: 'I am going to ask Jim for a
drink.',. L.told him I did not think lt
would do any g-ood,'. as he was In no
condition to drink anything more, and
I thought he would be refused.
"Imal reeled over to the bar and the
bartender refused ,to ■ serve him. The
Japanese entered the booth next to
where I was sitting. I paid no atten
tion, to him, and was startled when I
heard. a clicking sound. I turned and
'saw ■ the" muzzle of a pistol .' resting
against the side of the booth and aimed
at Curran.
. "I sprang at the Japanese and after
a fight disarmed him. . Curran came to
my assistance, and we held the man a
prisoner until the officer arrived."
. Lieut. Murray at .the-central police
station received the telephone message
notifying him of the • trouble. He de
tailed- Patrolman Hagenbaugh to ar
rest the Japanese. •
• When searched at the station a Smith
& Wesson revolver and a number of
cartridges were found. I He was booked
on a charge of assault with a deadly
weapon, and later was arraigned • in
police court oh that charge. Owing to
the Inability to secure.. an interpreter
the trial was continued until 10 o'clock
Monday morning. - ;
J. C. Crouch Appears In Police Court
„■" to Answer Charge of Failure
toi Provide for Minor '■■:■'
J. C. Crouch, an attorney, whose of
fices . are In the Thorpe building, was
arraigned in police court yesterday on
a charge of failure to provide for a
minor child, and'his trial was set for
April 30.
, More -than a week ago the . attor
ney's ' wife called at the office of the
city.prosecuting attorney and declared
she had been ejected from her hus
band's offlrJe because she visited him
and asked that he provide money for
their 5-year-old daughter's , support.
The woman declared that her and her
husband had not been living together
for several years. She has been obliged
to support j herself and daughter.
i. O. O. F. '
All Odd Fellows and Rebekahs will
meet at I. O. O. F. temple, 820% South
Main street, Sunday, April 26, at 9:30
a. m. and go to Brother , Knighten's
church, Union and Court streets, and
listen to an Odd Fellows' sermon.
Yours very truly. A. C. HESTER.
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Dance all Friday nlhgt at the Re
dondo pavilion and be prepared to see
the great fleet in Its maneuvers early
Saturday, morning
City Marshal Searching for Witnesses
to Get Facts In Strange Drown.
, ing In Wednesday Night's
Redondo harbor furnished a tragedy
of the sea in the strange drowning
of Sergeant Joseph Jenkins of the ma
rine corps attached to the battleship
All day yesterday grappling crews
were searching for the body near the
pier, but, Judging by other drownings
in that vicinity, it may be three or
four days before the body will be
washed ashore, and then probably near
Hermosa beach.
A dozen variations of how Jenkins
met his death were current yesterday
among sailors and civilians at Redondo,
and City Marshal Lee Stanchfield of
Redondo was busy looking for B. F.
Hamilton of 306 Beach row, Redondo,
and P. Bertramson of rural' delivery
No. 9, box 61, Los Angeles, who are
Bald to have witnessed the drowning.
The most common version of the
drowning is that Jenkins rushed out
on the pier about 8 o'clock Wednesday
night anxious to get aboard ship be
fore his shore leave had expired. A
ship's launch was near about to make
off for the battleship. The sea was
high and Jenkins got into an alter
cation with one of the boat crew about
getting aboard. They rolled on the
pier after exchanging blows, some say,
and In some way Jenkins went over
board. V-V
Whethter a fight occurred or wheth
er the man stepped overboard acci
dentally or while exhilarated by drink
may never be known, and there are
conflicting details. .
It Is agreed by all who heard the
stories that Jenkins refused to seize
a life preserver thrown to him, and
fought two sailors [who Jumped into
the turbulent sea to help him. Mar
shal Stanchfield confirms this feature.
Last night it.was rumored that the
unfortunate man had pawned his watch
for $5 during the day, which also adds
mystery to the occurrence.
Jenkins was an eastern man, highly
Regarded by his; comrades, and if ne
meant to swim out to ship, as some
allege, he foolishly risked his life. Dur
ing the evening signals had been sent
ashore telling men on shore leave that
they need not venture to reach the
ship In the storm and giving them lib
erty in Los Angeles till yesterday
Paper Filed in Federal Circuit Court
Tells of Woman Claiming She
Trusted Friend in
Misplaced confidence is the keynote
of a bill of complaint filed in the fed
eral circuit court yesterday entitled
Caroline E. Manning vs. Ellas B. De
La Matyr and the Sprague Meter com
pany. v ,
Mrs. Manning of Detroit, Mich.,
claims that De La Matyr of Los An
geles was a great friend of both her
and her husband— that latter now dead
—when they lived in Alameda, Cal., In
1887. De La Matyr, as physician, at
tended Manning, who was honorably
discharged from the American army In
1885 and who was suffering from In
juries received while in service.
De La Matyr was trusted implicitly,
and his plea that Mrs. Manning mort
gage some property at Alameda to loan
him $1500 to apply on patents on petro
leum burners of which he was exclu
sive owner in California and Oregon
was granted. De La Matyr, she affirms,
promised that this loan would be paid
back richly. She mortgaged her home.
She also alleges that a neighbor, Mrs.
Harmar, was promised $50 by De La
Matyr If she would help induce Mrs.
Manning to make the loan and mort
gage her property, arguing that De La
Matyr would give her husband a lucra
tive position in connection with the
company in charge of the patents.
Borrower Asks for Time
The bill further alleges that De La
Matyr sold his quarter interest in ttfese
patents after that to the Wadman
Stove and Plumbing company.
Meantime Mrs. Manning sold two lots
of her property to pay Interest on the
mortgage and thus save her home. De
Lt Matyr, she affirms, continued to ask
her to have patience, -that he would
soon be a millionaire and repay her the
loan of $1500.
In 1904 she removed to Detroit, Mich.,
where she has since lived. In 1905 her
husband died In Florida.
Her son. Harry S. Kellogg, located
De La Matyr In Los Angeles January
17. 1908. .' \
The bill affirms, that De La Matyr has
no patent rights, these being vested In
the Residual Oil Burner and Fuel com
pany of Cleveland, 0., while his only
Interest in the patents is 'the right to
sell them in the states west of the
Small payments were made to her by
De La Matyr on account of the trust,
she affirms, the last being in Decem
ber, 1905. - • ' /
The bill also states that he has made
three patents In gas .. meters, which
rlrhts . have been conveyed to the
Sprague Meter company of Bridgeport,
Mrs. Manning asks that a writ of
subpoena be granted - against De La
Matyr and the Sprague Meter company
to appear and answer jto the bill of
complaint without oath; that it be de
creed by the court that De La Matyr
render a true account of his trustee
ship and pay her what sum seems due
her on that account, etc.- ; ..;. ;
M. Fein, an alleged eastern pick
pocket who was arrested at • San Pe
dro several days ago 'by Detectives
Murray and McNamarra, charged with
having, robbed William Manning, „ a
boxing instructor, of $120 In money and
diamonds worth $500, was arraigned in
police court yesterday on a charge of
grand larceny and his preliminary:ex
amination was set, for April 25. "His
ball was fixed at $2000.
Race No. I—Starting 10:30. 2-cylinder runabouts, free for all, carry
ing two people. Prize Cup from fleet committee. ,
Race No. 2—2-cylinder touring cars, carrying four people. Prize—Elks
challenge cup.
Race No. 3.-cylinder, 20 to 40 horse power, free for all, carrying two
people. Prize—Challenge cup from Long Beach chamber of commerce.
Race No. 4—Free for all, touring car, carrying two people. Prize
Long Beach auto dealers' cup.
Race No. s—Speedsters, free for all. Prize—Mission stein donated by
Beet committee.
Race No. 6—Motorcycle sweepstakes. Prize —
Rules governing automobile races:
Winners of challenge cups must defend on sand at Long Beach when
There must be two or more starters In every race.
No machine will be allowed to Win more than one cup.
All stock cars' mufflers off, if so desired. No strlnplng allowed.
10:30 a. m.—High school grounds between two nines from battleships.
Prize —Purse.
One mile and one-half, two heats out of three. Cup presented by J. H.
Munholland. Entries open until time of starting.
- 11:30 a. m.—Novel ocean race between torpedo bicycles. Prize—
ESfiirles, Torpedo Bryden and Torpedo Murphy.
1:00 p. m.—Sailors' sports on the beach, east of American avenue.
Tug of war; prize, purse. Sack race; prize, purse. 100-yard dash; prize,
purse. Hurdle race; prize, purse. Three-legged race; prize, purse.
1:00 p. m.—Nine-mile yacht race, arbitrary handicap, for cup pre
sented by Long Beach fleet committee.
2:00 p. m.—Football game by two elevens from battleships on high
school grounds. Prize Purse.
2:30 p. m.—Grand concert in the Auditorium by' Long Beach municipal
band. ■ *•
3:00 p. m.—One mile rowing race between crews of the battleships
Georgia, Rhode Island, Virginia and New Jersey. Prize Solid silver cup,
presented by Hotel Virginia.
3:30 p. m. —Schooner-rigged race from crews of battleships Georgia,
Rhode Island, Virginia and New Jersey. Prize—Solid sliver cup, presented
by Long Beach bath house.
4:30 p. m— Balloon race between four balloons named respectively,
Georgia, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Virginia.
4:30 p. m.—Drill by marines from four battleships on Ocean avenue.
Prize —Solid silver cup from fleet committee.
10:00 a. m. to 4:00 p. m.—Warships open to visitors.
4:30 p. m.—Admiral's salute of seventeen guns upon the arrival of
admiral and staff; automobile ride around the city to admiral and officers.
7:30 p. m.—Grand concert In Auditorium by Long Beach municipal
band, followed by ball to sailor boys at 8:30 p. m.
8:00 p. m.—Reception to admiral and staff at Hotel Virginia.
8:30 p. m.Officers' ball at Hotel Virginia.
8:30 p. Grand display of fireworks from floats In ocean opposite
Hotel Virginia and American avenue.
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p. m.—Warships open to visitors.
10:00 a.m. Rifle shoot, Redondo vs. squadron team.
2:30 p.m. Concert Schoeneman-Blanchard at Athletic field.
3:00 p.m.— and athletic sports on Athletic field.
8:00 p.m.—Dancing at pavilion.
8:30 p.m.—Battleship illumination and searchlight-drill and fireworks.
9-00 p.m.—Ball to officer* of fleet at Hotel Redondo.
Mayors of Santa Monica and Ocean Park have declared this a civic
holiday. >'|-JiM-*Bi|t_*"* >*P|**fi--l
10: no a.m. to 4:00 p. m.—Warships open to visitors.
10:00 a.m.—Gondola trips for the officers over the Venice canals.
11:00a.m. —Athletic sports for the sailors on the Midway, with cash
prizes. , ,
2:00 p.m.—Baseball game at cricket grounds.
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p. m.—lnformal reception at the California Military
academy, Santa Monica, by the ladles of the Santa Monica bay committee.
Punch served and open house will be kept.
In the evening a grand ball at the Venice dancing pavilion, given in
honor of the sailors and marines. •
A general Illumination and a gorgeous display of fireworks will be sent
off from the Venice breakwater at 8 p. m. sharp. - v-. - ■' ■>..'•■
Senior Chaplain of Fleet Officiates at
the Funeral Service Held for
Young Sailor at Bresee
"We, the members of the jury, find
the deceased, Frans Berne Johansson,
came to his death beneath a train of
the Santa Fe Railroad company under
the First street viaduct. From the evi
dence submitted we find the deceased
was either under a freight car of said
train when it started, or stumbled and
fell under, and, being on a private
right of way, we hereby find no'blame
chargeable to the crew of said train."
The foregoing was the verdict re
turned by the coroner's jury at the
Inquest held yesterday morning at the
undertaking parlors of Bresee Bros,
over the body of Frans Johansson,
aged 31, a sallmaker's mate of the
battleship New Jersey, who died early
Tuesday morning when he was fright
fully mangled by a Santa Fe train.
The funeral ceremonies were con
ducted by Chaplain Charlton, senior
chaplain of the fleet, at Bresee Bros.'
chapel. The Methodist Episcopal serv
ice was used.
An escort of sailors accompanied the
body to the grave In Rosedale ceme
tery. After the services there had been
concluded a firing squad fired three
volleys across the grave, and "taps"
was sounded by the bugler.
Wife of Well Known Los Angeles Man
Passes Away at Good Samaritan
Hospital—ls Survived by
Two Sons
Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Ja
coby, wife of Nathan Jacoby, will he
held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from
the family residence, 789 South Hope
street, Dr. S. Hecht to officiate.
Although Mrs. Jacoby had been ill
some time, her death early yesterday
morning at the Good Samaritan hospi
tal came as a sad shock to her many
friends. Mr. Jacoby is president of the
firm of Jacoby Bros., and Is one of the
prominent merchants.
Mrs. Jacoby was 49 years of age and
was a native of Strasburg, Germany.
She came to San Francisco with her
parents when a child, and In 1882 came
to Los Angeles.
Although Mrs. Jacoby was a member
of the Friday Morning club, she took
little Interest in social affairs but was
devoted to her family. Beside her hus
band she Is survived by two sons,
Morris N. and Grover Jacoby, and one
daughter, Miss Rita Jacoby.
Following the funeral service inter
ment will be made In the Home of
Peace cemetery, c ."•;-•'.'•;
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Sunday Kli'unloni
1 Th; Southern Pacific sells ticket* at halt
rates to a:, points east as far as Beaumont
and return, good only on Sunday, also on Santa
Ana branch Fare to Riverside and Redlanda
and return. "Thiough the Orange Grove*."
12.(6 Beaumont, $2.45, and others. Informa
tion at city ticket office, 600 South Spring
■treat, corner Sixth, or Arcade station. .
Freight Traffic to Jawbone Canyon on
Owens Aqueduct Route Will
Be Handled Before
Though official announcement has
just come from San Francisco that
the Southern Pacific officials will build
a railroad from Mojave to Keeler on
the shores of Owens lake, construc
tion Is already well under way.
In fact, the Jawbone canyon section
will be ready to operate perhaps late
in May.' - ,--, . ■
In the Jawbone section much of the
difficult engineering and syphon laying
for the Los Angeles-Owens river aque
duct will be done at great cost and
a railroad will simplify tho problem
greatly. ,
There Is a narrow gauge road now
In operation from Keeler, Cal., to Reno,
Nev., which. does a heavy traffic In
the Nevada and California mining dis
tricts. This will be made standard
gauge, as It cannot accommodate all
the freight offered, and sometimes
weeks and months are consumed in
getting consignments from San Fran
cisco and Los Angeles to interior
points, especially in the upper Owens
The board of public works recently
awarded the bid for hauling Owens
aqueduct.freight to the Southern Pa
cific company with the understanding
that a new branch line would be built
immediately into the new territory.
Eventually this road will be used as
a cutoff for freight to and from San
Beginning this afternoon and holding
over Sunday, the Pacific Coast New
Church association will hold its annual
meeting In the New Jerusalem church,
515 East Ninth street.
Rev. B. Edmlston, president of the
association, of Riverside will deliver
the annual address this evening.
Tomorrow morning and afternoon
business Sessions will be held. At 11
a. m. Rev. William de Ronden-Pos of
San Francisco will preach. Rev. T. S.
David of San Diego will preach at 7:30
p. m.
Rev. John F. Potts of Philadelphia
will preach the Sunday sermons. "■; -.i
The association will give a banquet
at the Rosslyn hotel tomorrow evening
at 5 o'clock.
Dr. Robert Mclntyre, pastor of the
First Methodist church, left yesterday
morning for Chicago on church busi
ness. ■ Dr. Mclntyre left a week earlier
than - the California delegation to the
general conference, having been called
by business. He Is the chairman of the
delegation. He Is one of the prominent
ministers in Methodism generally se
lected as a probable recipient of the
honor of being made a member of the
bishopric. -He will return' June 12.
During the absence of Dr. Mclntyre
Chaplain Orville J. Nave will preach at
the First Methodist church.
Attorney for Young Woman Places
Important Evidence Before Jury.
Two Fellow Pupils of
Girl Named
Three persons, according to Attorney
E. Judson Brown, who himself took
the witness stand yesterday afternoon
to testify in behalf of his client, Ruby
Casselman, were in his opinion Impli
cated in the work of forging and pass
ing the checks placed in evidence in the
young woman's trial now on in the
superior court.
Brown's statements while on tho
stand and his questioning of witnesses
following his testimony were probably
the most sensational features of the
trial, and although his implied asser
tions were denied, there is no gainsay
ing that a doubt was aroused in the
minds of many that some, at least, of
the charges against Miss Casselman
could be maintained.
The three persons referred to by
Brown are J. W. Belding, who says he
conducts a railway and telegraph col
lege; Mabel Wilson, who lived for
seme weeks at the home of Miss Cas
selman's foster parents, but who la now
In Nebraska, and Eva Thorne, at one
time a student at the telegraph school.
"I wish to state," said Brown, "that
a comparison of the handwriting of J.
W. Belding and the check made paya
ble to Stella Greiten, the LUlle B.
Sharpe check and the Katherine Ward
check leads me to believe they were
written by Belding." /
Two checks presented at the People's
store, one of which was cashed, and
four checks purporting to be signed by
H. W. Martin, foster father of the de
fendant, were in Brown's opinion writ
ten by Mabel Wilson. -. v- :
Says Plan Was Made
As Indicated by the attorney's ques
tions, Eva Thorne was the accomplice
of Balding and the woman who passed
checks at his Instigation. The roll call
book of the telegraph school was also
placed in evidence, showing that Miss
Casselman was marked as absent on
the morning of December 11, the date'
on which the Ward check was cashed,
and this, according to Brown, was but
a part of the plan to throw suspicion
upon his client and away from the per
sons really guilty of the crime.
Belding, according to other witnesses, 9
needed money about that time, and
Mrs. Julia Davis testified he had told
her he was compelled to have $5000 by
the end of the month. Negotiations, It
was said, were pending between Bel
ding and the Davis family for a pur
chase of an interest in the college for
$500, and Belding admitted that Miss
Casselman had paid him $50 as j part j
■ payment on a like sum In order that
' she might become one of the proprietors
' of the school.
Girl Paid Him Money
Belding was on the stand during the
late afternoon. He said he transferred
his telegraph school from Santa Ana to
Los Angeles and had formerly been at
the head of a similar school In Dcs
Moines. He apparently took umbrage
at each question propounded to him by
Brown, glaring at the attorney and
leaning forward as though about to I
pounce upon him. Belding said Miss
Casselman paid him a total of $25 and
still owed him $40, his charge for a six
months' tuition being $65.
"Did you ever pay her for teaching?"
asked Brown.
"I never paid her a cent in my life
for nothing—now you've got it," replied X
Belding, fiercely.
Belding said he missed Miss Cassel
man from the school room about \ 3
o'clock on the afternoon of December.
31, the day on which she was arrested, i
but denied that he had sent her to the
bank with the Blanchard check on that
day. He said he had told some of the
pupils In the school they could place;,
their purses In his desk for safe keep- I
ing, and admitted receiving newspaper
clippings telling the story of the de
fendant's previous troubles and her
probationary sentence.
Denies Statements
"Didn't you mark her absent on the
morning of December 11 and tell Eva
Thorne to go to the bank In the fore
noon, so the book would show Miss
Casselman was not present In school If
an investigation was made?" asked the
attorney. Belding denied this.
Miss Casselman finished her testimo
ny yesterday forenoon. The district at
torney brought out the fact that the
young woman had purchased a sewing ,
machine and furnished a room In the
Don Fallis home, near that of her fos
ter parents, but Mrs. Martin, her foster
mother, testified she had full knowl
edge of these transactions and helped
her daughter to pay the installments on
the goods. Fallis said he sold the goods
in October, last year, in order that he
might be reimbursed for articles taken
from his home by Miss Casselman.
Mrs. Fallis said the defendant had
scrubbed, washed and ironed for her, ,
but had been paid for this work, and
she denied with asperity that Miss Cas-1
selman made the waist she was then
Both Fallis and his wife also said
Mrs. Martin, the young woman's moth
er, told them she had "lied once to keep
Ruby from the penitentiary, but would
never do it again."
H. M. Martin was shown four checks
bearing his name, three of which he de
clared he had never signed. Brown
said a comparison of the three checks
with the handwriting of a letter writ
ten by Mabel Martin led him to believe
she was the person who wrote them,
and Martin said his check book was
easy of access to Miss Wilson, who was S
frequently alone in his home. Martin
said he stood the loss on the checks be-'
lieving his adopted daughter was the
guilty party. '
A half dozen witnesses yet remain to
give testimony on behalf of the defend-1
ant, and the case Is expected to go to
the jury by noon tod _ay *
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Awarded Heavy Damages
By Associated Pre**.
NEW YORK. April 23.—Thurlow
Weed Barnes, who sued the American
Development company and the mem-.
bers of the Chinese railway syndicate
to recover $900,000 which he said was
due to him for obtaining certain con-'
cessions for the syndicate from the
Chinese government through Wu Ting'
Fang, its minister at Washington, has 1
obtained a judgment for ■ $398,481
against the company.
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