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Honest George' Alexander Selected as Candidate for Mayor
TO BE AN ENEMY
OF LOS ANGELES
MAYOR VISITS SACRAMENTO IN
TRIES TO DEFEAT CONBOLIDA
TION BY COMPROMISE
Scheme Betrayed by Blunder of Dock
weiler —Legislative Delegations
Amazed at Daring Effort.
[Special to The Herald]
SACRAMENTO, Feb. 15.—That A. C.
Harper, mayor of Los Angeles,
came to the state capital for the
dual purpose of furthering his own
political interests in the recall election
and to aid the Southern Pacific ma
chine in its anti-consolidation fight,
was disclosed by the blundering utter
ances of Isidore Dockweiler this after
noon and by Harpers shameful plea
for a ruinous compromise.
Harper's meddlesome intervention
nearly resulted in the defeat of Mc-
Cartney's consolidation measure,
through a compromise amendment
which virtually would have afforded
the ends desired by the Southern Pa
Through the efforts of Leslie Hewitt,
E. D. Seward, Albert M. Norton and a
few other friends of Los Angeles and
San Pedro, who have been doing some
peal fighting, the senate was brought
to a point where the passage of the or
iginal McCartney bill was assured.
For some reason the members of the
Los Angeles delegation in the assembly
refused to lend a hand until this after
The votes of twenty-one senators had
positively been pledged until Saturday.
At least two other men were about
ready to vote against the railroad
measure advocated by Senator Savage,
and these doubtless would have aligned
themselves with the friends of McCart
ney, but by this time the vote was
Everything was moving smoothly
When Mayor Harper, accompanied by
fcidore Dockweiler, appeared upon the
Scene with much ostentation, and an-
Bounced himself to be the bearer of a
It is impossible to give a word pic
ture of the dismay which fairly over
whelmed the tireless but prospectively
successful workers in behalf of the
measure which means life or death to
Los Angeles. With the battle against
the railroad already won, the prepos
terous proposal of Harper that a com
promise should be offered almost
stunned the victors.
Harper came in bearing the message,
which naturally was regarded by some
as official in character by reason ot
the fact that it was presented by the
mayor of Los Angeles. The "message"
was to the effect that so long as Los
Angeles could not get a law permitting
consolidation by a majority vote, it
would be willing to meet the railroad
forces half way, compromising upon a
•2o per cent petition, a 55 per cent vote
and if the question was defeated it was
not to be raised again for two years.
Almost Defeats Bill
The moment this suggestion wasj
made several senators wlio had been I
convinced that the McCartney bill
should pass without amendment, but
who wanted to avoid unnecessary in
fraction of the ridiculous written law
of senatorial courtesy, thought they
saw a way out of the dilemma and at
once signified a willingness to support
the Harper "compromise"—and this in
face of the fact that they already were
pledged to the original bill.
"If Harper were In the pay of the
railroads he could not have given us a
harder blow," declared E. D. Seward.
At 3:30 o'clock p. m. a. conference
was held in Speaker Phil Stanton's
room, those present being Stanton,
Hewitt, Seward, Harper and Dock
Senator Savage was not invited, but
came without an invitation. Dock
weiler pleaded with the San Pedro sen
ator to agree to the mayor's proposi
Cat Drops from Bag
"Now, see here, senator," begged
Dockweiler, "you know Harper is in
the midst of the recall campaign and
it will be a tremendous help to him if
it be made known that he came up
here and succeeded in bringing about a
compromise of this character through
his own efforts."
And thus was the cat let out of the
bag. This slip on the part of the
usually smooth Dockweiler tells the
It was not Los Angeles that Harper
Fought to help, but it was his own po
Decides to Stand Pat
The Los Angeles delegation held a
caucus at 5 o'clock p. m. and it was
unanimously decided to stand by the I
original McCartney bill. Stanton hay- ]
ing emphatically declared in the ear-|
Her conference that the Los Angeles
members must stand by their conven
tion pledges, which committed them to
a majority vote.
Unless some senator absents himself
tomorrow or goes back on his solemn
pledge the senate will stand by the
people as against the Southern Pacific
railroad and its catspaws.
Long Beach Interested
Just why Long Beach should be so
interested in the consolidation fight
has not heretofore been divulged. That'
town has been helping Savage and
Storer in their fight to amend the Mc
< artney-Leeds measure so that San
Pedro or any other city will have a
most difficult task if they ever unite
with the metropolis. Among the aids
of Senator Savage are Stephen G.
Long, city attorney of Long Beach,
and Dr. L. A. Perce of the same city.
These men are working hard to pre
vent the passage of a reasonable bill,
and Long stated today his reason was
he "wanted a two-thirds vote because
Tip was afraid his own city "would
want to consolidate, and he was op
posed to it."
On the other hand Assemblyman
Barndollar of Long Beach has come out
strong for a majority bill stating that
despite the fact the board of trustees
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LOS ANGELES HERALD
IS VICE PROTECTED
IN LOS ANGELES ? XXII
A Review of Mayor Harper's Communication to His
Morning Newspaper Organs Criticising
the Report of the Grand Jury
<; HEN a man with a normally developed moral nature reads the communication
of Mayor Harper published in the columns of his two morning newspaper
champions, he does not know whether to be more astonished or disgusted at
the absolute lack of moral perception and the pitifui want of appreciation of
the obligations and duties of his official position, which that production shows.
In his communication concerning the majority report of the Grand Jury, Mayor Har
"The verdict has been in my favor. NO SUCH OFFICIAL CONDUCT AS IS
CLAIMED BY THE RECALLERS HAS BEEN FOUND. The reasons for the re
call having failed, in anticipation of this news being given out to the public, these men,
actuated by malicious vindictiveness and WITHOUT REGARD TO THEIR OATHS
AS GRAND JURORS, took advantage of the fact that they were members of the Grand
Jury to prepare a document, which, as a document coming from a Grand Jury, had no
place and would not be permitted among the files of the Court."
Since the Mayor refers to the OATHS OF THE GRAND JURORS, it may be
worth while to inquire what, under the law and their oaths, is the duty of a Grand Juror?
Section 923 of the penal code of the State of California provides:
"The Grand Jury must inquire . . .into the wilful or^corrupt MISCONDUCT IN
OFFICE of public officers of every description within the county."
Manifestly, the duty to "inquire into the wilful and corrupt misconduct of public
officers" also carries with it not only the right but the obligation to report the result of
those inquiries where they result in something which it is of importance that the people
whom these officers serve should know.
Pursuing this duty, ten of the nineteen Grand Jurymen, in a majority report con
cerning the official misconduct of Mayor Harper, said:
"We find the Mayor and some members of the Police Commission have made fre
quent visits to houses of prostitution throughout the city, inspecting their condition and
ON ONE OCCASION WHICH APPEARS TO THE GRAND JURY TO HAVE
BEEN MORE IN THE NATURE OF AN ORGY THAN AN INSPECTION."
Upon that occurrence referred to as an orgy by that portion of the majority report
of the Grand Jury above quoted, the minority report simply proceeds to give the evi
dence in detail, as follows:
"That part of said report (the majority report) referring to the visit by the Mayor
and others to a certain house of prostitution and which is designated as being more of an
'orgy' than an official visit is misleading in not fully setting forth the facts. The evidence
showed that the visit was in no sense official but made at a late hour of the night in com
pany with Chief of Police Kern and some dozen or more young men of the city as an
aftermath of an entertainment which they had just left; that on this occasion members of
said Mayor's party purchased and drank liquors, caroused and danced with the women
inmates of said place, said women being but slightly % clad in indecent costume."
The word"orgy" used in the majority report above quoted can only mean
and stand for such "carousing *' as is shown to have occurred by the evidence
presented before the Grand Jury as detailed in the minority report.
Notwithstanding this fact, Mayor Harper has the unspeakable assurance to say in his
"In respect to that portion of the statement signed by these six Grand Jurors which
says that the Mayor, in company with Chief of Police Kern, purchased and drank liquors,
caroused and danced with evil women, and that said women were but slightly clad I wili
say that NO MAN AND NO PERSON TESTIFIED BEFORE THE GRAND JURY
THAT I WAS PRESENT AT AND WITNESSED ANY DANCING ANY DRINK
ING OF LIQUORS, ANY PURCHASE OF LIQUORS AT ANY EVIL HOUSE RE
FERRED TO IN THEIR STATEMENT, or that I consented to the same, OR THAT
I WITNESSED ANY INDECENCIES OF ANY KIND, or that there was any danc
ing in my presence by women clad in the manner indicated or in any other way."
In view of the foregoing very comprehensive denial which reads as though it had been
planned by the Mayor's attorneys in the effort to assist their client to make out a case
before the people, let us quote again FROM THE MAJORITY REPORT of the Grand
Jury, as follows:
"We found in regard to the so-called red-light district as follows: When this Grand
Jury was jcalled there were about 100 houses of prostitution in Los Angeles city.
WE FURTHER FIND THAT THE LIQUOR ORDINANCES OF THE CITY
WERE OPENLY VIOLATED IN THESE HOUSES, WITH THE KNOWLEDGE
OF THE MAYOR AND PART OF THE COMMISSION AND THE HEADS OF
THE POLICE DEPARTMENT."
The foregoing, bear in mind, is from the majority report of the Grand Jury which
the Mayor says constitutes a vindication for him as to his conduct as the chief executive
of this city.
Turning to the minority report, of which he complains so bitterly, we find that re
port merely gives the details of the testimony upon which the foregoing finding of the
Grand Jury majority report was made, as follows:
t4That said report (the majority report) fails to set forth the facts
ascertained by the Grand Jury; that the Mayor and Chief of Police
Kern, in company with others on other occasions visited houses of
prostitution and members of the party bought and partook of liquors
If the Grand Jury did not have before it the testimony such as the minority report
above quoted says it had, then how was it possible for the MAJORITY REPORT.
which Mayor Harper relies so much upon as a vindication, to contain the finding above
quoted to the effect that "THE MAYOR AND PART OF HIS POLICE COMMTSSION
AND THE HEADS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT KNEW THAT THE LI
QUOR ORDINANCES WERE BEING OPENLY VIOLATED IN THOSE HOUSES."
In view of the findings of the majority report, supplemented by the detailed evidence
in the minority report, which logic and common sense tell us must have been before the
Grand Jury, is it not an evidence of supreme gall and assurance for Mayor Harper to say
that "no person testified before the Grand Jury that he was ever present and witnessed the
drinking or purchasing of liquors in any evil houses referred to in the minority report?"
That Mayor Harper, in the face of the findings of both the majority and the minority
reports, should dare to make such a denial, merely shows in what a low estimate he holds
the intelligence of the people of Los Angeles whose unworthy official representative
Mayor Harper also says:
"At the outset, I will say without fear of contradiction that I am credibly informed
that there was not a scintilla of evidence to justify, or upon which to base, the statements
of these six Grand Jurors conveyed to the public in their letter ever brought before
the Grand Jury, or in any manner in the regular course of its proceedings."
And yet, as is shown by the above quotations from the majority report of the Grand
Jury, the findings that the Mayor had guilty knowledge of "orgies" and the sale and
drinking of liquor in these places of evil resort are contained in the MAJORITY RE
PORT OF THE GRAND JURY, and the minority report upon these subjects merely
consists of details of testimony on which the majority report, containing the same findings
in substance, is based but "fails to give.
If Mayor Harper thinks that he is going to escape responsibility to the people of the
city of Los Angeles by such barefaced, unsupported and impudent denials as above
quoted of facts found to exist by every member of the Grand Jury who signed both the
majority and the minority reports, then he and his supporters are making a very grave
The Herald will have, in tomorrow's issue, something more to say regarding Mayor
Harper's communication. •
TUESDAY MORNING, FEBRUARY 16, 1909.
Chosen by Committee to
Succeed Arthur C. Harper
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DEALER ARRESTED ON
CHARGE OF FRAUD
L. E. JONES ACCUSED BY TWO
OF HIS CLIENTS
Purchasers of Property Allege They
Paid $3500 and Have Been
Unable to Get
L. E. Jones of the Jones & Ryder
Land company was arrested yesterday
afternoon on a charge of obtaining
money under false pretenses. He was
not taken to Justice Summerfleld's
court, from which the warrant was is
sued, as Deputy Constable Benjamin,
who made the arrest, returned from
Jones' office with $1500 in money to
guarantee the appearance of the pris
oner in court at 10 o'clock Saturday.
Arraignment was continued to that
time on request of Le Compte Davis,
The complaint on which Jones was
arrested was filed in the justice court
by Asa Keyes, deputy district attorney,
at an early hour yesterday. The persons
making the charge against the real es
tate man are Max Stern and wife, 1926
West Twenty-second street, who say
they paid Jones $3500 about two years
ago for the property where they now
live, but have as yet received no title.
In an affidavit filed in the district
attorney's office, Mr. and Mrs. Stern
say they called at the Jones & Ryder
company's office on Third street in
January, 1907, in response to an ad
vertisement. "Jones told us he was
building a house at 1926 West Twenty
second street," they aver, "and he would
sell us the house and lot for $3500. He
claimed to be the lawful owner of the
property and we paid him $1600 as first
payment February 6, 1907. On Febru
ary 27 we paid the balance, $1900, and
received a receipt, representing that
the property was without incum
Jones, they say, failed to deliver the
title and later the Patton <£: Davis Lum
ber company filed suit against them
for material used in constructing the
house. It is also claimed by the Sterns
that Jones was merely acting as agent
for the Spring Street company when
he sold the house and lot, and that
this company has not received the
money paid to Jones for the property.
A half dozen letters, containing com
plaints from other persons against
Jones are in the possesion of Mr.
Keyes, while in several other instances,
it is said, settlements have been made
with customers before criminal pro
ceedings could be instituted. Many
complaints concerning the firm have
been made to the Realty board, which,
it is expected, will be represented when
the proceeding instituted yesterday
comes to trial.
Investigation by men under S. L.
Browne, head of the criminal bureau,
also leads the district attorney's office
to believe that Jones is the entire land
company and that no such person as
Ryder has any connection with the con
OLDEST MAN IN THE
WORLD OBSERVES HIS
* GUADALAJARA, Mex., Feb. 15. *
* Jose Guadelupe Alcalda. be- *
* lieved to be the oldest, man in the *
* world, has Just celebrated his 139 th ♦
* birthday. " *
* Alcalda was born in th.is city *
* forty years before Mexico became *
4* a republic and has therefore lived ♦
*in three centuries. . . 4*
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OAXI VXA-.XJ KJ\jr J_CiO. ON TRAINS, 5 CENTS
300 PERSONS DIE
IN BLAZE CAUSED
BY PICTURE FILM
THEATER FIRE IN S/SXICO IS
FATAL TO MANY
Wooden Structure Packed with People,
Including Americans, When Ex.
plosion Causes Panic—Ter
rible Scene Enacted
MEXICO CITY, Feb. 15.—Two hun
dred and fifty or three hundred persons
were burned to death and many were
injured in a fire which destroyed the
Flores theater in the city of Acapulco
The news of the disaster reached
here this evening, telegraphic com
munication with Acapulco having been
destroyed last night and today owing
to the fact that the telegraph office
adjoining the theater was burned and
all wires put out of commission.
The Flores theater -was a wooden
structure, and last night more than
1000 people crowded into it to witness
a special performance given In honor
of Governor Damian Flores of the
state of Guerrero.
One of the numbers on the program
consisted of a series of moving pic
tures. While the operator was exhibit
ing these a film caught fire and a blaze
was quickly communicated to some
bunting which was being used for deco
In an incredibly short time the flames
spread to all parts of the structure.
There were but three narrow exits to
the theater and the panic stricken
audience rushed to them, many per
sons falling, to be crushed to death,
their bodies choking the way to escape
The screams of those imprisoned were
terrifying. Owing to the rapidity with
which the fire spread and its intense
heat it was impossible to attempt res
cue work, and those imprisoned were
literally roasted alive, as the fire
burned with little smoke and few were
The efforts of the fire department
were confined to attempting 1 to save
the adjoining buildings and the firemen
succeeded so well tha,t the property
loss was small.
The telegraph office, postoffice and
customs house were damaged, but all
of the government records and regis
tered mail were saved.
Today pitiful scenes of grief were
witnessed on the streets of the city.
Men, women and children wandered
about hunting for relatives or friends.
Many of the dead are from the first
families of the state, the affair at the
theater being a social event of con
siderable importance and calling out
the wealthiest and oldest families for
miles around. In some instances whole
families were wiped out.
The municipal officials today had
large trenches dug and into these the
bodies were laid. Identification has
been impossible, most of the bodies
being burned to a crisp.
Telegrams sent to the American con
sult at Acapulco by the Associated
Press asking for the names of the
American dead have not been
Acapulco, or» the west coast of the
state of Guerrero, is one of three im
portant ports of the Pacific coast of
Mexico. Nearly all the steamer lines
make it a port of call, and the harbor
is accounted the best In Mexico.
SAN JQ'i'u n,f 9' 15.—An excursion
of Seattle^ 1 »v,f F °Doen in the interests
of the AfasKa^uL^&'Pacific expo i* n
will arrive in this city on February 24
and remain here twelve hours. From
here they will proceed south.
HERO OF BOND
EIGHT NAMED TO
FORMER SUPERVISOR CHOSEN
BY RECALL FORCES
RECENT OPPONENT OF "SOLID
THREE" FOR MAYOR
Official Whose Battle for Right Saved
County Thousands of Dollars Is
Choice of Citizens'
UmHE committee has held a
1 meeting and has decided
-■- on a candidate. He is
George Alexander, and he has
In the foregoing statement
made last night, W. D. Stephens,
chairman of the committee ap
pointed by Judge John D. Works,
who, as chairman of the citizens'
meeting, chose fifteen men to .
name a candidate to oppose A. C.
Harper in the recall election, an
nounced the choice of "Honest
George Alexander as the stand
ard bearer of the people.
Members of the committee and
men prominent in the recall
movement received the news with
elation, declaring that in the
choice of "Honest George" Alex
ander the committee had select
ed a man whose known integrity,
zeal for the public welfare, op
position to all forms of graft, and
statewide reputation for his ad
vocacy of , clean government,
would sweep him into office by
an overwhelming majority.
Mr. Stephens last night ex
pressed himself as highly pleased
with the choice and declared Mr.
Alexander would wi£ and win so
decisively that the opposition
would be put to rout. Mr. Alex
ander, when asked last night for a
statement, said he preferred to
wut a day or so before making!
any formal declaration. i (
* li was the general impression
about town last night among
those who had heard the news,
that if Mr. Alexander had done
nothing else in his entire official
career than defeat the "secret
deal" whereby the good roads
bonds were to have been disposed
of for a song, that alone would in
sure his election. But that,
coupled witH his years of service
on behalf of the public, in which
he has stood invariably for good
government — city, county, state
and national — was conceded al
most universally as making him
one of the strongest men in the
city to name as candidate at this
time, when the safety of the $25,
--000,000 Owens river aqueduct
fund is at stake.
Various Names Discussed
The nominating committee met yes
terday and atter a general discussion
of names decided on that of Mr. Alex
ander as its choice. After the commit
tee had reported to Judge Works,
chairman of the citizens' meeting
called to nominate a candidate, the se
lection was announced publicly.
The following men comprised the
WILLIAM D. STEPHENS.
HENRY T. LEE.
H. W. FRANIC.
J. M. ELLIOTT.
R. H. NORTON.
G. M. GIFFEN.
W. R. BURKE.
PARLEY M. JOHNSON.
PAUL R. MABURY.
M. F. BETKOUSKI.
A. M. DUNN.
S. C. GRAHAM.
"I stand responsible for the truth of
the facts set forth in the minority
report," said Wesley Clark yesterday.
"If they are not true Mr. Harper has
his remedy against me."
Mr. Clark made the statement yes
terday in response to a call from the
mayor for names of witnesses who
gave testimony before the grand jury
substantiating the minority statement.
The mayor's method of dodging a
straightforward reply caused consider
able amusement among business men,
since he Is supposed* to have retained
two well known lawyers who could
have told him that a member of the
grand jury could not divulge the names
of any witnesses who appeared before
Replies to Harper
In reference to Mayor Harper's re
quest Mr. Clark said yesterday:
"I will not Be drawn into a news
paper controversy with Mr. Harper.
Besides, it would require too much
space to answer all of the loose charges
contained in his last published state
"I will say, however, that I have
never had any personal feeling against
Mr. Harper, and in signing the minority
report my co-signers and myself were
actuated solely by a wish to do that
which we believed to be our duty as
"I will say, further, that when the
mayor demands that we give the names
of the witnesses who testified to the
facts set forth In the minority report
he, or at least his attorneys, who
doubtless wrote that statement, must
know that a grand juror cannot divulge
the name of any witness who has tes- '
tified to any fact before that body.
"As much as I would like to give th«
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