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M'MBEK 137. ITJXIKjIIt. PER MONTH 4U OJI«JN 1O
CHILI CAUSES
WIFE'S DEATH;
HUSBAND ILL
REAL ESTATE DEALER BUYS
CANNED CONDIMENT *
YOUNG DAUGHTER REFUSES TO
EAT RELISH
Physician Summoned by Woman, Who
Is Taken 111 After Man's Attack,
Is Unable to Save Her
Life
DEADLY poisonous germs lurked in
two cans of chili con came which
H. E. Bennett of the Bennett Real
Estate and Insurance company and his
wife ate for dinner Saturday evening,
and as a result Mrs. Bennett died after
four hours of awful agony and her
husband had but a slight chance for
recovery. At midnight doctors said
Bennett was out of danger.
When Bennett left his office late
Saturday afternoon he bought some
tamales and later he bought the chili
and used it as a dressing for the ta
males. Both Bennett and his wife are
extremely fond of the Spanish dish
and ate a hearty meal. Their 9-year
old daughter would not touch the chili.
After finishing their meal the Ben
netts began to feel ill. Bennett first
was stricken and suddenly fell to the
floor unconscious. Mrs. Bennett rushed
to the telephone and summoned Dr. A.
O. Pratt, who lives in the house next
to Bennett's. She quickly told him
the circumstances of her husband's,
sudden illness. Just as she placed the
receiver on the hook she was taken
with violent cramps and staggered
over to where her husband was lying
and fell also unconscious to the floor
beside hin.
Dr. Pratt arrived and found the hus~
band and wife in violent convulsions.
The little girl was kneeling beside her
parents and weeping hysterically and
it was with great difficulty he per
suaded her to leave them. •
Bennett Suffered Most
Bennett seemed to be suffering the
most and the physician, after giving
them both emetics, turned his atten
tion to the husband. In a short time
Bennett began to grow easier and the
doctor then b?gan to work with Mrs.
Bennett H*>r convulsions, however,
soon began to grow more violent, and
in spite of all the physician could do
she died at 11 o'clock, after suffering
almost four hours of excruciating pain.
Although Bennett was the first to
show symptoms of the poison he re
sponded more quickly to the treatment.
This was due to the fact he had eaten
loss of the mixture and had not as
similated so much of the poison as
his wife.
An examination of the chili left in j
the cans revealed millions of the germs .
by which ptomaine poisoning is caused. |
Bennett did not purchase the chili
at the place he bought the tamales.
He took the tamales home and as they
were about to begin the evening meal
Mrs. Bennett suggested it would add
to the flavor of the tamales to serve
them with a dressing of chili.
Goes After the Chili
Bennett got up from the table and
went to a store a short distance from
his home and bought the two cans in
which death in one of its most hor
rible, forms was concealed.
The little girl, although asked a num
ber of times by her parents to partake
of the dish refused to do so because
she said the condiment burned her
mouth. Her persistent refusal saved
her life.
Bennett is well known in real estate
circles. He came to Los Angeles som«
time ago from Texas and opened a&
office in the O. T. Johnson building.
The body of Mrs. Bennett was re
moved to the undertaking establish
ment of the Samson-Dexter company,
■where it will be held pending the con
dition of Mr. Bennett and advices from
Mrs. Bennett's home in Texas.
Bennett lives at 227 West Forty
fifth street.
APPROPRIATIONS TO
OCCUPY CONGRESS
Senate So Far Behind That Night
Sessions Will Be Necessary—Ob
jectionable Nominations
to Go Over
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14.—Congress
this week will give all possible at
tention to appropriation bills, as it has
become a pressing necessity that both
houses shall act promptly if the meas
ures are to become laws in the few
remaining days of the session.
The senate will take up the naval bill
on Monday and when that is disposed
of the postoffice bill will receive at
tention.
The senate is so far behind that
night sessions will be necessary. The
house is in better shape, but has little
time to spare.
Work on the Indian bill will be re
sumed on Monday. It will be followed
either by the consular and diplomatic
bill, or the fortification bill.
The senate has its hands full and
early attention will be given to the
Canadian boundary waterways treaty
and the Newfoundland treaty. The
Panama and Colombia treaties may not
be disposed of until after March 4.
The nominations to which there are
objections will go over, with the result
that the incoming president will have
an opportunity to fill the places with
men of his selection.
The house tomorrow will consider the
bill giving separate statehood to New
Mexico and Arizona and likely will
pass it.
Prospects for the bill in the senate
arc unfavorable.
The bill removing the constitutional
obstructions in the way of Senator
Knox becoming secretary of state like
ly will be favorably acted upon by the
house.
Prohibitive Decree Revoked
WILLEMSTAD, ("uracao, Feb. 14.—
Venezuela has revoked the decree pro
hibiting the traffic of small vessels be
tween Curacao and Venezeula.
LOS ANGELES HERALD
LATEST PORTRAIT
OF KING EDWARD
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VISIT IMPROVES
HEALTH OF KING
EDWARD OF ENGLAND RECOV
ERS FROM JLLNESS
Trip to Berlin and Conference with
Kaiser Appear to Have Invig
orated Great Britain's
Monarch
LONDON, Feb. 14.—King Edward's
journey to Berlin is declared to have
already made a new man of him, as
it is stated in official circles that the
I indisposition of which his highness
complained long before his visit to the
kaiser has entirely disappeared.
The king is receiving many congrat
ulations on the success of his visit to
Berlin.
The press of London concedes that
the relations between the two countries
now will be much closer as a result of
the conference of the rulers, and that
all reason for dissatisfaction has been
eliminated by the cordiality of the Ger
man reception to the British monarchy.
THE NEWS SUMMARY
FORECAST
For Los Angeles and vicinity: Fair
Monday; light west wind. Maximum
temperature yesterday, 65 degrees;
minimum, 47 degrees.
LOCAL
Successful pleasure trips in Ferris' balloons.
United States and American, made by seven
persons. Th« latter will make another trip to
day from I,us Nictos.
Settled conviction is expressed by citizens
generally that Mayor Harper's defeat is cer
tain. Nomination of successor awaited with
much interest.
Four fires keep department busy, but aggre
gate loss will not amount to more than $1050.
California Federation of Woman's clubs dis
tribute to poor families.
Voters of Tyis Angeles county urged by the
Municipal Waterways association to send in
their names jn Indorsement of McCartney har
bor ■ bill.
Chili con came, put up ;in cans, poisons
family, wife being dead and husband at point
of death.
Highwaymen hold up chauffeur at South
Pasadena and rob him, securing small change
only.
Newsboys effect capture of supposed burglar
who was seen emerging from Main street bicy
cle repaiur shop.
Boy killed by falling 600 feet at Mt. Wilson.
Another person falls 300 feet; not seriously
hurt.
COAST
■Assemblyman Drew, in sermon at Metho
dist church at Sacramento, warns public
against peril of Japanese influx and inter
marriage and bitterly denounces Monroe, doc
trine as most pernicious ever advocated.
French clergyman accused by two San
Francisco women of attempt to poison them.
Grove Johnson, to precipitate another fight
in state legislature by attempt to have Sun
day rest law enacted.
Former political boss. Walter Parker,
shorn of power, goes sadly about at Sacra
mento endeavoring to reinstate himself.
EASTERN"
National Civic federation appoints commit
tee to work for uniform laws in all states;
John Hays Hammond chairman.
Booker T. Washington declares crisis in
Liberia has become acute and says United
States is in duty bound to render immedi
ate assistance.
Congress to' devote most of session this
week to various appropriation measures.
Eligibility of Knox to serve in Taffs cab
inet, and rumors of Spooner being slated as
substitute, with speculation relative to com
mittee chairmanships soon to be vacant, con
stitute political gossip in Washington.
Wealthy American beauty of Philadelphia
to wed French count Tuesday.
Taft passes Sunday in Cincinnati and will
go to Washington today to straighten out
Knox tangle.
Gifford Pinchot defends position recently
taken relative to Dry Farming •congress.
One killed, eight hurt in wreck near
Omaha.
lowans to honor memory of General James
B. Weaver today.
Central and middle west in grip of terrific
blizzard, which kills many cattle.blows down
a church', kills several persons and injures
many.
Daniel Frohman and his wife. Margaret
Illington, noted actress, separated; husband
issues statement denying scandal is involved;
wife is in Oakland, reported contemplates
marrying again when divorced.
FOREIGN
King Edward's health much improved by
visit 'to Berlin.
Turkey's premier forced to resign; new
cabinet appointed and crisis said to be over.
Fifty-two bodies recovered from wreck of
Penguin off New Zealand.
King Alfonso visits King Manuel and dis
cusses latter's probable marriage to Princess
Beatrice. '
United States gunboat Scorpion forced to
undergo repairs 'at Naples.
MONDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 15, 1909.
HURLED TO HIS
DOOM FROM TOP
OF MT. WILSON
LOS ANGELES YOUTH FALLS
SIX HUNDRED FEET
FRIEND FORTUNATELY ESCAPES
WITH SLIGHT INJURIES
Rescue Party with Ropes Saves One
and Recovers with Much Diffi
culty the Body of John
Freitas
JOHN FREITAS. IT years of age, 01
1720 Naud street was killed and
Joseph Schultz, 19 years of age, of
226 Leßoy street was injured in a wild
plunge from the top of Mount Wilson
trail, north of the observatory, at 7:20
o'clock yesterday morning.
Freitas slipped on the ice-crusted
snow and rolled down the side of the
mountain a distance of 600 feet, his
body catapulting from point to point
until it landed against some trees,
which checked its further fall.
In running to a point where he
thought he could climb down the side
of the mountain to his friend's assist
ance, young Schultz slipped on the
snow and slid down the side of the
mountain 300 feet into a bunch of scrub
oak. He had a marvelous escape, sus
taining only slight injury.
Raymond Lennon, 17 years of age, of
109 Ann street, the only other member
of the party, ran to the hotel and noti
fied the men there of the accident. A
rescue party armed with ropes at oneo
went to the scene and took Schultz
from his dangerous position. Then a
number of men were lowered down the
side of the mountain and found the
body of Freitas.
Coroner Calvin Hartwell was notified
of the accident and went to the scene,
where he held an inquest, a verdict of
accidental death being returned. The
men in the coroner's party experienced
the greatest difficulty in getting the
body from the position it had lodged in,
and it was past midnight before the re
mains were brought into Pasadena.
This morning ihe tfody will be brought
to this city and taken to Pierce Bros.'
morgue.
Only Three Start
Schultz, Freitas and Lennon. with a
number of other boys, arranged a week
ago to make the ascent of the Mount
Wilson trail yesterday morning. All
the boys, with the exception of the
three named, failed to keep the ap
pointment to leave on the 11:30 o'clock
car Saturday night. The three who
went took their luncheon with them
and a camera to take pictures from the
top of the mountain.
When the. party arrived at the foot
of the trail they proceeded leisurely to
ward the top. arriving at the observa
tory at 6:30 o'clock.
They went to a point several hundred
yards to the north of the observatory
and mad.c a small fire of twigs and bits
of dead tree branches, on which they
heated a can of coffee, eating at the
same time a number of sandwiches.
Immediately after their breakfast,
and while Schultz was stamping out
the remains of the little fire, he heard
Lennon scream. Turning, he saw Fre
itas sliding, face downward, on the
snow. Schultz was on the top of a little
knoll on which he and Lennon had been
looking out over the canyon of the
West Fork.
They saw Freitas' body strike a pro
jecting rock and shoot out into the
open, falling head first to another pro
jection thirty feet below. Freilas
landed on this snow and ice-covererl
rock on his head and shoulders, and his
death must have been instantaneous.
From this point the body fell and
rolled from point to point until it dis
appeared from their sight. 300 feet be
low. Schultz and Lennon then turned
and ran back in the direction of the
observatory, intending to try and make
their way down the side of the moun
tain at a point where there seemed to
be a natural and easy trail in the direc
tion in which their friend had fallen.
Schultz Also Falls
Hardly had Schultz run fifty feet
when he slipped on the crusted snow
and fell headlong down the side of the
slope. He struck a tree only a few
feet below the top. and his body car
omed thence to another twenty feet
away, and from that to a third one fifty
feet below and a little to one side.
From there he rolled over and over
rlnwn the side of the mountain until
his body was caught and held by the
scrub oak 300 feet below the top.
Of his experience in falling Schultz
remembers little. He cannot recall
having struck any of the trees in his
fall, and although he heard Lennon
scream several times, he remembered
nothing else until he found himself
wedged between two small oak trees.
Again he heard Lennon scream, and
then he pulled himself to his feet by
the branches of the small tree and held
on to keep from falling farther.
His body was sore from bruise?, and
blood was trickling into his eyes from
a gash in his scalp above his temple.
Schultz brushed the blood from his
eyes and started on his hands and
knees to drag himself to the top of the
mountain, clutching first one bit of
shrub and then another to pull himself
up. He had got nearly half way up
when Lennon, who meanwhile had run
to the hotel, came back with a crowd
of men with ropes. They megaphoned
to him to stay where he was and they
would lower a rope to him.
Long Rope Used
In a few moments a big rope was let
down and by this he pulled himself to
the top. The party then went to the
point- where Freitas had fallen. A rope
600 feet long was tied to a tree and
three men started down the ice-clad
mountain side to find the body of the
missing boy.
Nearly at the end of the rope and
lodged against some small trees the
body was found. It was discovered
that his neck was broken, probably by
the force of the impact when he fell the
fifty feet from one rock to another near
the top.
This information was conveyed back
to the waiting party at the top, and
Lennon and Schultz were taken to the
hotel where the laceration in the boy's
head was temporarily bound up and he
was told to get it attended to at once
by a physician. He and Lennon took
the first car from the foot of the moun
tain and came into Los Angeles, arriv
ing at the receiving hospital shortly be
fore 4 o'clock.
Young Schultz by that time had re
covered from the shock of his fall and
felt no ill effects. The wound on his
head was found to be a one-inch gash,
which had severed a small artery.
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Senator Knox and One of Men in Lead to
Supplant Him for Cabinet Position
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RECOVER MANY
WRECK VICTIMS
FIFTY-TWO BODIES TAKEN OFF
STEAMER PENGUIN
Many Acts of Heroism Performed
During Last Moments of the
Tragedy Near Cape
Terarwhiti
IBy Associated Pre?s.]
WELLINGTON, X. Z., Feb. 14.—
Fifty-two bodies have been recovered
from the wrecked steamer Penguin of
the Union Steamship company, which
went on the rocks Friday night off Cape
Terawhiti.
Six of those aboard the Penguin are!
unaccounted for.
In all the passengers and crew nuin- j
bered 10th The ship struck about 10
o'clock at night, but the captain re
mained on the bridge and after his
vessel slid into deep wafer was able to
steer her closer into shore.
The seas were running high and the
small boats and rafts which were
hastily launched could not withstand |
the waves.
The boats and rafts were overturned,,
hut while the boats practically sank,
the rafts righted themselves a number
of times.
dfany acts of heroism were per
formed, some of the stronger of those
struggling in the water helping the
weaker to regain the frail crafts.
After several hours of buffeting, the
majority of the survivors on the rafts
reached the shore, demonstrating that
rafts are more serviceable than boats
in a heavy sea close to a rocky shore.
One raft with ten men aboard thrice
capsized when but a short distance
from the land, but all scrambled back
and were ultimately cast upon the
cliff and were saved.
Four boats came ashore some hours j
later and all were badly crushed.
Congress Eulogizes Dead
WASHINGTON. Feb. 14.—The mem
bers of congress who died during the
first session of the present congress
were eulogized in a special session of
the house of representatives today.
They were Senator William Pinkney
Whyte of Maryland, who died March
17; Representative William H. Parker
of South Dakota, who died on April 7
last. Fifteen addresses were delivered.
ELKS FROM SALT LAKE
ATTEND BULL FIGHT AT
TIA JUANA, MEXICO
s.VN IHEUO, Feb. 14.—Salt rake ■•
members of the Klks, with their fani- ♦
IHm, making a party of about 'JOfl, are ♦
in thi^. city. Some came la*t night, ••>
but the greater number arrived today. <♦
Tia .luana and the sports in the hull ♦
ring there were lheir objective, and A
most of the visitors braved the shallow A
ford of the swollen Tia Juana river to &
reach tiie little Mexican settlement and A
behold a real hull flght.
>l«»t of the visitors will return to <•,
l.o* Angeles by late train early tomor- ■♦>
row.
MANY ASPIRE TO
COMMITTEESHIPS
DESIRABLE PLACES ARE SOON
TO BE FILLED
Death and Retirement Create Import.
ant Vacancies—Various Senior
Members in Line for
Chairmanships
[By Associated Press.]
WASHINGTON, Feb. 14.—Many de
sirable committee places are to be
tilled in the senate when the Sixty-first
congress assembles.
Including 'the successor to Senator
Knox there will be thirteen new sen
ators.
But it is not settled that Senator
j Knox will become eligible for the ap-
I pointment to the cabinet. The minor-
I ity report submitted by the senate com
. mittee yesterday indicates that the
amendment will be bitterly fought, and
prospects of its defeat today were said
to be far brighter than yesterday.
If the constitutional point which has
been raised at Washington bars Senator
Knox from accepting the portfolio of
state in the Taft cabinet, it is believed
that former Senator John C. Spooner
| of Wisconsin will be secretary of state.
In January, 1907, Senator Knox voted
on.the bill to increase the salary of the
secretary of state, and the constitution
provides that no senator or congress
man shall be appointed to any federal
office which shall have been created or
the pay raised within the time for
which the member was elected.
It has frequently been reported in
Washington that Mr. Taft considered
appointing Mr. Spooner and that the
latter was not inclined to again enter
official life. Now, however, friends of
the former senator believe he will ac
cept, providing Mr. Knox is disquali
fied by the constitution.
The committee places of Senator Alli
son of lowa also remain to be filled.
The vacancy as chairman of the com
mittee on appropriations, caused by the
death of Mr. Allison, will be filled by
Senator Hale, whose retirement as
chairman of the committee on naval
affairs will cause the promotion of
Senator Perkins to that place.
The retirement of Mr. Hemenway,
Republican, and Mr. Teller, Democrat,
will make vacancies in the committee
on appropriations.
Mr. Wetmore of Rhode Island, Dolli
ver of lowa and Nelson of Minnesota
are all looked upon as candidates to
succeed Mr. Hemenway. but the strong
sentiment among western senators for
a geographical distribution of such
places will probably result in the ap
pointment of a western senator.
The most important committee dur
ing the extra session will be that on
finance, which will be charged with
considering the tariff bill when It comes
from the house. Vacancies were made
in this committee by the retirement of
Senators Teller, Hansbrough and Platt,
and by the death of Mr. Allison.
Senator Gallinger has declined an ap
pointment ota finance, and the vacancies
may be filled by Senators Lodge, Car
ter and Nelson, although McCumber
and Ctapp. are also possibilities. Sen
ator Teller's place may be given to
Senator Clay of Georgia.
Will Not Deter Him
Lack of unanimity of congress in re
moving the disability, however, will not
alone be sufficient to deter Senator
Knox from accepting.
Senator Knox. who is quoted as con
fiding to some of his friends that he
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MAYOR'S RECALL
IS A CERTAINTY
HARPER'S DEFEAT CONCEDED
EVEN BY HIS FRIENDS
Election /or Successor to Executive
Will Come in March—City Clerk
Says Petition Is Sufficiently
Signed
Everywhere in Los Angeles the set
tled conviction is apparent that Mayor
Harper's recall is a certainty. This
idea is expressed in all sections of the
city and by many classes of people,
some of whom are not opposed to the
mayor, but they nevertheless admit his
defeat. The main interest now has
passed to the • nomination of the man
to take- his : place. .' A general feeling
"exTStirrftffrtn?*' fifteen men wh^m Judge
Works has named under instructions
from the citizens' meeting will obtain
the consent of a man certain to fill the
office acceptably and to meet the de
mand of the people for a clean admin
istration.
City Clerk Lelande will complete his
verification of the recall petitions to
day, or at least get so far that but lit
tle work will remain to be done before
the council meets tomorrow. With
verification of a sufficient number of
the signatures of qualified electors,
which the city clerk says is now cer
tain, the calling of an election to vote
on the recall is mandatory on the
council.
The date for the election will prob
ably be /set some day near March 23.
No action or petition is necessary to
place Mayor Harper's name on the
ballot
If Mayor Harper does not wish to go
through the recall election he must de
cline in writing in a letter addressed
to the city council and his declination
must state generally the reasons why
he refuses to permit his name to be
voted on. In that case the only can
didates to be voted for would be those
nominated by petition, as in the case
of the man to be selected at the meet
ing Wednesday evening. It is said that
some of the mayor's closest friends
have urged him to withdraw his name
as the most satisfactory way out of
what a morning- pro-vice paper has
termed "a nasty mess from any point
of view." The mayor has considered
the matter, but so far has not made
public his own opinion.
A member of the City club who is
interested in the success of the recall
movement in extending its influence
into the future for years to come has
studied particularly the extent of the
feeling in favor of supplanting Mayor
Harper.
People's Temper Remarkable
"There is a remarkable decisiveness
about the temper of the people," he said
yesterday. "The remarkable thing
about this movement is the judicial
way in which it has been carried for
ward and the similar attitude toward
it on the part of the average voter.
There is nothing frothy or bubbling
about this campaign; it has the spirit
of determination, but with this goes
that quiet method that indicates the
man who knows what he is going about
and who intends to accomplish it.
"This is so evident that I believe this
desire to have the city made and kept
decent will weave itself into the his
tory of Los Angeles from now on. You
see it evidenced so frequently that I
am convinced . the citizens will not be
satisfied with any but the best admin
istration of their affairs. I have nor
ticed this thought several times when
overhearing the conversation of men
who favor the degenerate system of
living—gamblers and others. I sat next
to two of this gentry in a restaurant
last night, and their views struck me
as rather illuminating.
" 'Believe me, this mayor gag is get
ting fierce,' said one whom I have seen
selling racetrack sheets on Main street.
'What's biting of this town, anyhow?'
" 'It's getting on the blink, there's no
doubt about it,' his companion, an older
man, said. 'I guess the mayor is done
for, from what they tell me. There's
too many guys coming out here with a
small roll which they throw into a.
house and leave enough to enjoy the
climate on. They never stay downtown
after 11 o'clock, u'nd they sure put the
storm signals out for a wide open town.
The city was getting to be run right,
but the games soing' on this winter
won't be here when the next rainy sea
son starts. If they keep on they won't
have any rainy season, they'll have the
place so dry It's surely on its way.
find I'd hate to put any coin into any
sort of a; scheme just now even if I had
all kinds of a pull.'* * '
9cEXTS
GROVE JOHNSON
PLANS TO START
ANOTHER FIGHT
HOT BATTLE IN LEGISLATURE
DUE THIS WEEK
SUNDAY REST BILL TO COME UP
FOR ADOPTION
Amendments by Selected Committee
Eliminate All Provisions Except
That Closing Saloons—Other
Measures Pending
[By Associated Press.]
SACRAMENTO, Feb. 14.—Grove L.
Johnson of Sacramento will hold
the center of the stage again in
the assembly during the coming week,
when his constitutional amendment
making Sunday a day of rest comes
up for final consideration.
It is predicted there will be an un
usually interesting debate upon the
subject and the parliamentary proceed
ings will be complicated owing to the
present status of the measure.
Two weeks ago. after a stormy meet
ing, the committee on constitutional
amendments decided to report it out
with a recommendation that it be not
adopted, whereupon Johnson sent in a
minority report recommending its
adoption without amendment. But it
was then amended by a select com
mittee, eliminating all of the provisions
except that which proposed to close the
saloons on Sunday.
The sponsor for the measure will
make an effort to have the minority
report adopted on the ground that no
harm could be done by submitting the
question to a vote of the people. It
will be i special order of business for
Thursday.
The Leavitt-Stanton banking bill,
which was drawn by a joint committee
appointed at the last session of the
legislature, also will be called up as
a special order of business on that day
The bill, which establishes a state
department of banking with a super
intendent at a .salary of $10,000 a year
and an assistant at $5000, and which is
designed to protect depositors in the
event of failures, passed the senate on
February S, was transmitted at once
to the assembly and referred to the
committee on banks and banking.
Recommend Adoption
That body recommended it do pass
and it was made a special order for
Wednesday.
Three times since then action upon
it has been postponed, considerable op^
position arising on last Friday when
it was called up for consideration.
R. L. Beardslee of Stockton, speaker
at the last session and who appointed
Philip A. Stanton of Los Angeles, the
present speaker, on the joint committee,
raised the question of the kind of se
curities to be qivon by riep'>;ji!.
and sfr. St&nton was compelled to take
thejioor in defense of the bill.
4«?mblyman Johnson of Sacramento
also*»objected to several minor pro
visions of a legal character and the
matter will be threshed out in debate
Thursday.
In the senate there are several special
orders for Tuesday. The motion by
Senator Wolfe to reconsider the vote
by which the so-called tuberculosis bill
was passed, probably will be the sub
ject of a long' debate, with Senator
Wolfe leading the fight against the bill.
Senator Willis' motion to reconsider
the vote by which a constitutional
amendment was adopted increasing
the powers of county boards of equali
zation is also expected to take up some
time in discussion.
Another important measure to bo
called up is that by Senator Stetson
of Oakland to reconsider the vote by
which the senate passed Assemblyman
Johnson's bill providing for the regis
tration of the purchasers of guns, pis
tols and other firearms and the punish
ment of dealers neglecting to register
such purchasers.
Governor Gillett pi-obably will sign
the Walker-Otis anti-race track gam
bling bill tomorrow or Tuesday.
NIAGARA FROZEN UP
ON AMERICAN SIDE
Two Men Walk on Congealed Water
from Prospect Point to Bath
Island —Third Time
in History
NIAGARA FALLS. N. V., Feb. 14.—
Only a tiny rivulet, not deep or swift
enough to carry a pulp log over the
brink, is flowing over the American
side of Niagara Falls. A strong north
east wind, which has blown since Fri
day, has held back the water and al
lowed the ice to gain a foothold.
Two employes of the American res
ervation walked from Prospect Point
nearly to Bath island this morning.
A great wall of ice runs from the
head of Goat island to the American
mainland, through which only tiny
streams are able to trickle.
This wall has even encroached on
the Canadian channel, extending out
some 200 feet beyond the Third Sister
island, greatly diminishing- the flow
over the Horseshoe.
Only the very apex of the Canadian
falls is left, and that is robbed of half
of its flow.
The gorge below is choken and the
rapids have lost their fury, while the
whirlpool is barely in motion.
This is only the third time that this
combination of wind and Ice has thus
affected the falls since the white man
came here. The other occasions Avere
on March 29. 1848. and March 22, 1903.
Escapes by Lightning
SPRINGFIELD, 111.. Feb. 14.—A flash
of lightning- put out the lights in the
jail here last night, and Oscar Rowe
escaped through the prison door into
the basement, making his way to free
dom through a coal chute. Rowe was
awaiting trial in the criminal court on
a charge of burglary.
U. S. S. Brutus Damaged
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao, Feb. 14.—
The United States collier Brutus, which
was due here this morning- from Colon
with coal for the warships, had not
arrived at a late hour this afternoon.
It is understood the Brutus has met
with accident, the nature of which has
not been made public.

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