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for., xxxvi. MMBKR 121. PRICE: & c£B^?~' 40 CENTS SIGNATURES FOR MAYOR'S RECALL NUMBER 5000 COULD EASILY OBTAIN 15,000 NAMES IS BELIEF MUNICIPAL LEAGUE IS ELATED OVER ASSURED SUCCESS Pro-Harper Adherents Alleged to Be Continuing to Resort to Misrep resentation to Check Tide Against Them 11IVE thousand signatures of elect | ors, or more than half the number • /required, will be the record when the reports representing four and one half days of work by the canvassers with the recall petitions come in to the Municipal league campaign committee rooms this afternoon. "We ought to keep at it until we have 15,000 names instead of 8000," said Judge John D. Works. "We'll get them if you say so," said H. C. Witmer of the campaign commit tee. "They are coming in rapidly. The names we got are not from the most favorable to the recall exclusively, but represent the whole city on an average, thus making a fair estimate of public opinion." The manner in which signatures have been secured and the total obtained so Car breaks all records in securing names of voters to petitions. When the inde pendent county ticket was put up in 1906 nearly three weeks were necessary to obtain 3000 names, although there was practically no opposition to the ticket. Members of the Municipal league say they feel elated over the remarkable showing and take it as evidence of the degree to whkh public feeling is aroused. The number of names hasi made necessary an enlargement of the office force at campaign headquarters, which now includes fifteen persons. Names are being checked rapidly on the system established by J. P. Steele, and when the number of names desired is secured the greater part of the check ing also will be finished. In this way but little delay will be experienced be fore tho city clerk may have the peti-j tion«, and the system being carried out I al?o will make his work of certifying the petitions to the city council com paratively easy. Misrepresentation Alleged "The Harper adherents continue a campaign of misrepresentation." said a member of the league yesterday. "In today's Times," he continued, "the statement war published that the Sixth Ward Good Government club had de nounced the recall movement and had pledged the support of the club mem bers to Ma5 ror Harper. The Times said: 'Secretary Arthur Grosser yesterday re ported the resolutions that had been adopted by the club.' " This was news to Mr. Grosser, who denied he is secretary of the organiza- | Hon. He said he had not even heard of any meeting of the club.- Club mem-1 bers say no such official action was taken. "I saw the article in the Times," said M. M. Davidson, a prominent member of the club, 'and that was the first I had heard of the thing. If any meeting had been contemplated I am sure I would have heard of it. It is un doubtedly fictitious." "The signatures which will be af fixed to petitions in the Sixth ward will show the sentiment there regarding Mayor Harper. Four-fifths of the vot ers in that ward are in favor of recall ing him." The supporters cf Mayor Harper con tinue to manifest a glum silence when approached regarding his campaign. One or two jubilantly referred yester day to the slush fund which the ma chine is supposed to be ready to con tribute in favor of the mayor, but as heretofore, all the "bosom friends" quickly sidestep any publicity. BANK VAULT ROBBED OF $10,000 AT CARLTON-TEX. fandits Drill Safe and Blow- Open Doors with Nitroglycerine. Loot Secured All Cash EL PASO, Tex., Jan. 29.—The vault of the Carlton state bank, at Carlton, '-."ex., was blown up with dynamite by robbers last night, who escaped after taking all the money in sight. It is re ported they got away with $10,000. The vault was drilled and the big safe inside was blown open with nitro glycerine. The money taken was all in currency. The robbers worked without rousing any one, and the first information resi dents of the town had of the affair was when the wreckage of a portion of the front bank building was noticed. It is believed the robbery was the work of an organized gang that has been operating in the small towns of Texas of late. During the last two months nearly a score of robberies have occurred in Western Texas, but the Carlton haul is the biggest yet made. Gomez and Zayas Clash HAVANA, Jan. 29.—The relations be tween President Gomez and Vice Presi dent Zayas became seriously strained today over the appointment of a man to fill the post of chief of the secret po lice. The friction is so acute that it is rumored Senor Zayas has threatened to resign should President Gomez insist on the appointment of his nominee for the position. Merchant Robbed by Employe MOBILE, Ala., Jan. 29.—Hardaway Young, president of the Southern Hard ware and Supply company of this city, was held up today and made to write a check to the amount of $5600 by Floyd Lester, his bookkeeper. A woman fig ured in the case. She had the check cashed at the firms office. A posse of deputy sheriffs has Lester's house sur rounded. Pioneer Coloradoan Dies COLORADO SPRINGS. Colo., Tan. 29.—Sergeant Harry Hall, aged 64 yi ur?, one of the oldest residents of Colorado Springs and a pioneer in the service of the government in the Pike's Peak weather station, today fell dead at his home here, a victim of angina oectoris LOS ANGELES HERALD SHOW GIRL WHO IS SUED FOR A DIVORCE ■, ■ - ■ ■ M gj >K^p . jj^P^ fin Brl P«V* £& *P / ■ _ - x L *( **Jr ■ ■ *% i > r •/ SAYS MRS. STIRLING PURCHASED GUN TO SHOOT ARISTOCRAT More Scandal Provided for Scotch Society by Testimony of Witness in Sensational Divorce * Case EDINBURGH, Jan. 29.—Mrs. Atherton testified today in the cross suit for divorce filed by John Alexander Stir ling against his wife, who was Clara Elizabeth Taylor, an American show girl, and caused a sensation by the statement that Mrs. Stirling had once purchased a revolver and declared she would shoot Lord Northland, named as co-respondent by Mr. Stirling unless he married her. , "I am not going to be treated in the same way you have been,' Mrs. Ather ton declared Mrs. Stirling said to her. This was a reference to Captain Yarde-Buller, who refused to marry Mrs. Atherton after her divorce in which he was co-respondent. THE NEWS SUMMARY FORECAST For Los Angeles and vicinity: Fair Saturday; light north wind. Maxi mum temperature yesterday, 70 de grees: minimum, 49 degrees. LOCAL Signatures to petitions to recall Mayor Har per number 5000, and it is claimed 15.000 could be obtained easily. Court decides theater manager was kicked in an assault made on him, and so imposes sus pended sentence of thirty days In jail. Wife of one day's duration seeks to have hus band arrested for alleged assault with deadly weapon. Tricky machine tries big bluff by pretending to oppose all proposed amendments '• to city charter when in reality it is using all its me ; a gainst Nos. 2 and 4. Three cow punchers are arrested on charge of cruelty to animals, because of alleged ne glect to kill injured btock in cars, shipped from Arizona to Los Angeles. Aged clergyman attempts to board moving street car and several ribs are fractured. Stock raisers select members for executive committee by states for National Live Stock association. Divorce granted to unhappy wife who recites her woes on paper; neither of two principals to suit are at court. State senators promise to use influence and support bill prohibiting sale of liquor within four miles of acqueduct for Los Angeles' water supply. City auditor counts nearly $5,000,000 to verify amounts of city's money he should have on hand. * Youths will escape being sent to Whittier until law regulating juvenile offenders has been amended. Work of signing county bonds for good roads i.s nearly completed and cash will be turned over to board of supervisors. Lawson resigns as assistant secretary of Humane Animal league, but refuses to admit league's jurisdiction over dog pound and in tends to remain poundmaster. Woman's ability to pack many articles into small receptacles is clearly established, police justice declares. Social science Institute of W. C. T. U. closes its meeting and Dr. Locke in final ad dress gives pertinent facts about liquor traffic. "Loan sharks" arrange to raise $20,000 for "slush fund" to kill usury bill before state legislature. Believe woman has swindled many victims by obtaining money under false pretenses. Musician who was shot by holdup at Second and Bunker Hill avenue last Monday night Is dead. « EASTERN Terrific storms are reported in Colorado, Illi nois, Nebraska and other states; telegraph and train service tied and many homes wrecked by the- fury of winds. ' ■ . Success of device whose usefulness was dem onstrated in the saving of many lives in the recent wreck of the White Star liner Republic Indicates its great merit as a life saver. St. Paul, through a fire in a department store, is threatened with destruction of its business center. COAST Senator Caminetti at Sacramento charges that politicians have attempted to influence solons in their attitude on the anti-lobby bill. Earl Rogers and Heney clash during the trial, of Calhoun, president of the United Rail roads, for alleged bribery. Brother charges that Perm's conviction was th 2 result of perjury; Perm was charged jointly with C. A. Benson with conspiracy to defraud the government of public lands. Ebb tide at Puget sound is said to be the str digest ever recorded. Alleged Bank Wrecker Taber declares he never was a citizen of Nevada during his hear ing in habeas corpus proceedings at San Diego. Officer fatally is shot by bandits in freight yard at Oakdale, Cal. Man who murdered wife and her mother at Stockton pays the penalty for his deed by be ing hanged at San Quentin. FOREIGN Reports from London indicate an earthquake o," violent proportions has devastated many towns on' the coast of Spain and thousands of lives are reported lost. ■■. . - President-elect Tart arrives at Panama and inspects canal. He is given great " ovation. SATURDAY MORNING, JANUARY 30, 1909. BILLS THREATEN HARBOR PLANS OF SAN PEDRO ■ ■ ■ «Ba^ * i|im LITTLE JOKERS INTRODUCED HAVE BAD EARMARKS JOSEPH H. CALL POINTS OUT DANGEROUS MEASURES Municipal Waterways Directors Pass Resolutions Condemning Leglela. tion Pending Before State Lawmakers [Special to The H raid. 1 SACRAMENTO, Jan. 29.—The action] of the assembly today in refusing j consideration to Senator Sanford's resolution asking congress to establish a federal line of steamers on the Pa cific coast to connect the Panama rail- j road with Los Angeles and other ports i at present without such service, is con- I sidered indication of the attitude the legislature will assume on proposals to permit traffic competition. Another scheme to defeat municipal harbor development at San Pedro is the bill of Senator Savage placing the har bor under the control of a political state harbor commission, in defiance of the expressed wishes of the people of Los Angeles and San Pedro. Wright's bill authorizing the leasing of the tidelands of San Pedro harbor for oyster culture has the earmarks of a plot to deprive the people of the right to harbor frontage. The bill apparently would permit an individual, posing as an oyster hunter, to prevent the future improvement for public use of those portions of the tidelands not already owned or held by railway interests. Joseph H. Call, president of the Municipal Waterways association, has discovered a batch of bills lately in troduced at Sacramento and relating to tidelands which he characterizes as vicious in the extreme. "If they pass their effect will be to sew up San Pedro harbor in spite of the tideland suits," said Mr. Call yesterday. "An other lot is projected to nullify or ob struct the consolidation efforts for bringing Los Angeles and the harbor cities together. All interested in the welfare of this section should watch such measures and vigorusly oppose them." Bills Thoroughly Examined Mr. Call communicated with the directors of the Municipal Waterways association yesterday afternoon and a special meeting was held at which the bills in question were thoroughly gone over. As a result of their considera tion the following resolution describ ing their purposes was adopted: "Resolved, That the following bills introduced in the legislature will have, the effect, if enacted, to obstruct the consolidation of Los Angeles with the harbor cities and the construction and maintenance of a municipally con trolled harbor: "First —Bills introduced by Senator Savage providing for a state harbor board appointed by the governor to control the outer and inner harbors of San Pedro and of channels and water ways connecting therewith to the line of high water mark and giving such harbor board exclusive control over wharves, docks, shipping, anchorage and navigation, known as senate bill Xo. 487 and senate bill Xo. 553. "Second —An act to license the use of unsold tidelands for oyster culture, introduced by Senator Wright, known as senate bill Xo. 469. "Third —An act to authorize the sale of those parts of the beds of navigable streams which have been abandoned for navigable pui poses by reason of new channels having been cut, known as assembly t bill Xo. 406. introduced by Mr. Johnson of Sacramento, which might be construed as covering cer tain of the tidelands in Wilmington bay within the limits of the towns of Long Beach and Wilmington. "Fourth —An act to restore to the public domain and sale all lands to which the patents shall have been an nulled, introduced by Mr. Rech, known as assembly bill Xo. 351, and which would be claimed to embrace tidelands. "Fifth —One or more bills introduced by Senator Savage to change the law with respect to the severance of terri« tory relating to annexation of territory and consolidation of cities so as to require a two-thirds vote instead of a majority vote, as now provided, and intended to obstruct the annexation to (Continued on Page Ten) Sunken Ship Republic; Submarine Bell, Its Inventor and Captains Who Figured in Wreck YOUTHS TO ESCAPE WHITTIER UNTIL LAW HAS BEEN AMENDED Court Announces That Under Present Statute He Believes Juveniles Are Being Deprived of Their Rights No more juvenile offenders against the law will be sent to Whittier state school by Judge Wilbur until the legis lature amends the present juvenile law. This decision was announced by Judge Wilbur in open court yesterday, and a youth charged with violating- the law was returned to the detention home, to remain until the law is changed or he is discharged because no provision has been made for his punishment. Judge Wilbur bases his action on a decision of the supreme court, 134 Ca!., which has recently been called to his attention. "It is a cardinal principle of English jurisprudence," says this de cision, "that if any judgment can be pronounced against a person there must have been a trial of the issue on which the judgment is given," and under present procedure it is the opinion of Judge Wilbur that in the cases of persons charged with offenses and sent to Whittier there have been no hear ings and they have been deprived of their liberty without due process of law. An amendment to the law as it now stands is contained in the juvenile court bill now pending in the legislature and prepared several weeks ago by Judge Wilbur at the instance of the juvenile commission. This bill, it is expected, will receive favorable action in a short time and before Judge Wilbur's deter mination not to send any more of fenders to Whittier has the effect of crowding the detention home. Doctor Shot by Woman ASTORIA, Ore., Jan. 29.—Dr. Fred Peacock of Cathlemet, Wash., was shot and seriously wounded this afternoon by Mrs. Madeline Longtaine, mother of a young girl who recently died at : . Mary's hospital in this city under tragic circumstances. Mrs. Longtaine fired five shots from behind at the physician and twt) of the bullets struck him. He was brought to this city to night in a launch and taken to the hospital, where the bullets were re moved. SUCCESS OF L... USED ON REPUBLIC STARTLES SCIENCE Vessels of the Future to Be Equipped with Wonderful Invention Which Signaled Sinking of Big Liner NEW YORK, Jan. 29.—The effective wor.. of Marconi, Gray and Mun dy's submarine bell and wireless warning inventions, which more than proved their marvelous features when put to a first real test in the collision between the palatial liner Republic and the steamship Florida, off Nantucket last week, has become the sole topic of scientists throughout the world, but es pecially in New York, where many shipping and electrical interests are closely watching the work of the great inventor. Marconi realizes the dream of his life has come true. But greater than this is the sudden realization that has come to the great transatlantic steamship in terests—the realization that wireless telegraphy will be a dominant factor in the future activities of the sea. The submarine bell and wireless tel egraphy equipments of the $1,500,000 steamship Republic undoubtedly saved the lives of hundreds of its passengers. The test of the innovation would have been as successful if twenty in stead of two ships w^ere involved, and this unquestionable success of the in vention means that it must become a permanent part of future ocean traffic. Science robbed the sea of an army of victhns and averted what might have been one of the most appalling ocean disasters in history when the wireless telegraph and the submarine bell sys tem brought prompt aid to the White Star liner Republic and the Florida af ter that collision" off Nantucket. In a few seconds after the Florida crashed into the Republic in the thick fog fully twenty steamships, revenue cutters and signal stations caught the Republic's wireless distress signal flashed in the code letters "C. D. Q." The Lorraine and the Baltic also caught the helpless steamer's subma rine bell signals. Flashing the reply that they were coming to the aid of the Republic and the Florida, the two big liners began steering for the scene of the disaster, using the submarine bells as a means of ascertaining the direction of the ill fated ships. Meanwhile several revenue cutters, having received the wireless signal, hastened to the aid of the Republic and transferred her passengers to the Flor ida. A. J. Mundy conceived the idea of the submarine bell, but died before the in vention was complete. Prof. Elisha Gray developed it. The effective work of the wireiess and the submarine bells in the Republic disaster must immor talize the names of Marconi, Mundy and Gray. Besides this fact, there were real heroes developed In that collision. Few men have shown truer bravery or dis -1 iayed more coolness in a sea disaster than did Captain Sealby of the Repub lic when hi? ship was sinking after the collision. He caused the distress signal to be flashed by wireless to all vessels in the neighborhood, giving them his exact bearings, and then coolly set about transferring the 460 passengers to the crippled Florida, which stood by. Captain Sealby stuck t o his ship until the last minute and was rescued last of all by the crew of the revenue cutter Gresham. Captain Ransom of the Bal tic went to the Republic's aid and took the passengers of both ships to New York. SIJNGL-fc] COPIES* »*"•*• 2c; SUNDAY. 5c •OJ_L! V^X--Li V^V^X XX^k3 . OX TRAINS, 5 CENTS LOAN SHARKS' MEAN TO KILL USURY BILL BY SPENDING MONEY Find Necessary to Bury Measure Be. fore Legislature This Yea" Is $20,000, Although $6000 Was Enough Before The bill before the legislature two years ago to suppress usurious methods by money lenders who deal in chattel and salary loans was killed, it is stat ed by men who were directly interested, through the contribution by money lenders at San Francisco and Los An geles of an '"undertakers" fund" of $6000 to bury it. A similar bill is before the present legislature, and money lenders in Los Angeles have been approached this week with the suggestion that they contribute to a killing fund, this time to be $20,000. The names of subscribers to the $6000 fund of two years ago, with the exact amount contributed by each and a statement of the manner in which the "slush fund" was collected, have been placed in the hands of the authorities Interested in passing the bill against loan shark methods. The people's lob by is in possession of this information. A secret service man is in Los Ange les gathering data regarding the collec tion of the $20,000 in connection with the pending bill, and if it fails to pass loan sharks and legislators alike will be asked some troublesome questions. "If the bill dies an autopsy will be held, and all of the sharks who paid tribute and part of the legislature will be requested to attend," said a man who is conversant with these facts yes terday. "The bill was killed two years ago, and a copy of the prescription is tnj the hands of the druggist for use this year. It happens the office boy who worked for the druggist two years ago was discharged, but while holding down the job he copied the prescription in full, with a list of the men who con tributed the ingredients. He gave it to men who have both eyes on the present bill, and it certainly will be used in public if the bill expires this time. "Two years ago the bill was held up leng enough to allow solicitors to make a canvass of the larger cities of the state, who suggested each shark donate as much as he could afford for the. ex press purpose of killing the bill. This time instead of $6000 it is $20,000. "In California there are no laws to regulate loan sharks at present. There should be for the protection of wage workers and salaried men. "A new phase in connection with the working of loan offices is a chain of offices, apparently separate, tjyt in re ality under one ownership, by which the client is bandied forward and charged a big fee for 'making out pa pers,' in addition to the 5 or 10 per cent a month. One man may thus be passed along three or four times and soaked an additional amount each time until the money sharks take all he is capable of paying." Boy Bandits Captured SAN DIEGO, Jan. 29.—A telephone message from Oceanside says Jesse Taylor and Frank McDermott. both aged 15, the two boy bandits who es caped from Whittier reformatory Janu ary 22, have been captured there. Tay lor was sent up from Los Angeles and McDermott from Oakland. After es caping they robbed many stores and dwellings, were arrested and placed in jail at Fullerton. escaping later and continued their robberies until appre hended at, Oceanside. t^ CENTS REPORT COAST OF SPAIN SWEPT BY QUAKE AND WAVE HUNDREDS SAID TO HAVE BEEN KILLED TOWN OF ROMARA ALSC MAY HAVE BEEN DEVASTATED Alarming Rumors i:i Londo- That Barcelona Has Been Submerged. Paris Not Informed and Doubts Story [By Associated Press. 1 LONDON, Jan. 29.—A special dis patch received here from San Se bastian, Spain, says a terrible earthquake has devastated several towns and villages in south and south eastern Spain. A tidal wave practically submerged the ecast near Barcelona and a great landslide at Ceuta buried the village of Romara and several hundred inhab itants. A dispatch from Tarrass ways that Barcelona has been overwhelmed by a tidal wave. The loss of liie is U n- KIIOW I). Subterranean roars preceded the tidal wave, causing a fearful panic on the promenades and in the building of the city. News from .Malaga says that many houses were damaged in the town of Totana and several villages in the pro vince of Aurcia. Barcelona, the second largest city in Spain, was built on the Mediterranean coast in the shape of a half moon be tween the mouths of the Llobregat and the Besos. It is divided into an up per and a lower town and contains more than a half million inhabitants From the middle ages it has been prominent as a commercial center and has long- been known for its pictur esque beauty. The harbor is an important one in Mediterranean commerce and had an em ranee 300 yards wide. The manufactures are easily the must important in Spain and it is a large exporting port. Barcelona has been long known as a center of bloodshed, its strategic im portance bringing it into importance from the ninth century. In the last and present centuries it has been re garded as the center of anarchistic movements in Spain. In 1812 yellow fever was responsible for the death of 40,000 persons in Barcelona. Paris Receives No News PAIJIS, Jan. 30. —No news has been received here of the disastrous earth quake and tidal wave in Spain. The only report of a seismic disturbance iv that country was that at Malaga early Friday morning, from which no dam* '> age resulted. Neither the newspapers nor the Ha vas agency has received any news of the reported earthquake and tidal wave in Spain beyond the Associated Press dispatch of yesterday concerning the disturbance at Malaga. The reports of further shocks are probably based on this. Romara, the village mentioned as Leing buried, in special dispatches to London, is not in Spain but in Africa, fifty miles north of ceuta. Recorded in Rome ROME, Jan. 29.—A slight earthquake si lock was felt today at Siena and neighboring villages. The disturbance was particularly felt at Catano, where the 1500 refugees living in huts at the foot of Mount Catano were thrown into a panic. No damage resulted from thy shock. No Official Advices WASHINGTON, Jan. 29.—N0 ofneit! advices have been received at the Span ish legation here in regard to the earthquake in Southeastern Spain. Taft Travels Over Panama PANAMA, Jan. 29.—President-elect Taft today made his trip across the isthmus and everywhere was greeted with marked demonstrations of good will. With his party Mr. Taft landed this morning at Colon and proceeded by special train to Culebra. whore to night he is quartered at the residence of Lieut. Col. Goethals. chairman of the j Panama c;innl commission. The recep tion by the Panama officials both at Colon and Culebra was cordial. Sutro Tunnel Cleared VIRGINIA CITY, New. Jan. 29.—The conditions resulting from the fire in the Sutro tunnel are greatly improved to day. The pumping plants now are run ning steadily and the air circulating freely. The management of the mines states that there are no signs of fire anywhere in the workings. A* force of men hns been put to work wetting down the smouldering- timbers, and it is ex pected that the work of repairing the tunnel will soon begin. Many Resign from Office HAVANA. Jan. 29.—This afternoon Jose Jeres, the chief of police, tendered his resignation in response to a de mand of the secret? v of government. Nicolas Alberdi, • explained that Ricardo Arnauto i " seen named as his successor by IV -lent Gomez for political reasons. , most the entire force of the secret Service tonight re signed, declining to serve under Ar nauto. Engineer Drowned SANTA CRUZ, Jan. 29.—Ross Makin, an engineer on a construction train on the Ocean Shore road, was drowned a few miles north of Santa Cruz today. While his train was being unloaded, Makin stepped clown from his engine to gather some mussels on the shore. He was leaning over a rock T^hen a large wave suddenly dashed over him .• nd washed him into the sea. Get Franking Privilege WASHINGTON, Jan. 29.—Frances Folsom Cleveland, widow of the late President Cleveland, and Mary Lord Harrison, widow of the late President Harrison, were today granted the franking privilege for life by the pro visions of a house bill passed by" the senate. Jury Yet Incomplete NASHVILLE. Term., Jan. 29.—1n the Cooper trial the examination of the second panel of jurors began today. Twenty- men were called before one attempted to qual fy. ' This man was W. J. Stringfellovv an aged farmer. The state challenged him peremptorily.