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AS LAD FOR TRIP TO FIND MOTHER YOUNG GIRL IS ARRESTED IN TROUSERS AND COAT CLIPPED OFF HAIR IN ROOM AT EASTLAKE PARK Police Find Youngster and Take Her to Station, and Father Later Returnp Her to Home Pining for the mother love that had been denied her since she was 5 years old, pretty Ruth Merrill, 15 years old, a pupil at thu Olive street high school, cut her long tresses of blonde hair, donned masculine attiro and started out in the world last night to earn money to pay her passage to Pair banks, Alaska, where her mother lives. Her attempts to mm eal her sex were futile and her thoughts of earn ing money to reach her mother rudely nhattered when she was taken to cen tral police headquarters lust, night by Detectives Murray and McCann, and after hearing her plaintivo story she was held until the arrival of her fa ther and taken to his home, 1216 West Forty-ninth street. That she had no young sisters or brothers, that her father, who is trav eling agent for the Caspar Lumber company, did not treat her with proper consideration and that for many months she has longed to see her mother, were the reasons she gave for her actions. She said that when she was 5 years old her mother obtained a divorce" from her father and later mar ried a man named jr. Maher, who Is interested In mining claims in Alaska. Visits Far Apart Twice only during the last ten years she has seen her mother, although they exchanged letters regularly, and linally she decided to reach her moth er, but the problem of obtaining money was tho stumbling block in her path of desire. She stated that her father would not give her the money, and she dared not ask him, for he would block her plans. Remembering that when a girl she of ten passed as a boy, she determined to adopt the masculine role, as she said •'boys could obtain work and more money than girls." Yesterday morning she started to carry out the plans, and without arous ing suspicion prepared for school as on every other day. She knew that her father kept some money in the house and when she had opportunity took $5 from his purse. ' Was a Play Actor Going to a costumer's shop, she rent ed a black suit of clothes on the pre text that she was to act as a boy in a. school drama. After buying a black, soft slouch hat and a boy's outside shirt, she went to Kastlake park. In one of the women's dressing rooms at the park she cut her hair short and dressed in the boy's clothes, putting her own wearing ap purel in the pasteboard box that the black suit had been kept in. Yesterday afternoon she returned to the downtown district and started look ing for a room, intending to begin this morning a search for employment. She engaged a room at 148 North Main street without causing suspicion as to her sex. Last night she was seen and recognized by a schoolmate. Although she stoutly denied her identity the youth notified police headquarters and Miss Merrill's trip to Alaska was post poned indefinitely. Was Strange Figure The girl, who Is slender and petite for her age, presented a strange appear ance as she sat in the detectives' office and told her story. She wore the slouch hat well down over her head to conceal her cropped head, and ad mitted that she acted in haste and made a poor job of trimming her hair. Although disappointed because her plans miscarried, Ruth told her story with frankness and admitted that she was actuated solely by a desire to be With her mother. "When I was 5 years old my mother and father separated," said Ruth, •and since that time I have seen my mother twice. Once I went to Alaska and visited her and again I was with her in Caspar, Mendocino county. Mother has written to mo several times to come to her and I tried to get the money but couldn't. When I was a little child father kept me dressed In overalls and had my hair cut short, and I was often taken for a boy, which was the reason that prompted me to play tho part again. Was Looking for a Job "I knew that a young girl couldn't make much money and that a boy could. I have driven horses many times and always rode a bicycle, so I thought I could get work as a de livery or messenger boy. I am sorry they found me out, for I have been lonesome." The girl dreaded the ordeal of meet ing her father, but more the fact that she would have to face her school mates with her hair cut. She stated that she would rather go to tho deten tion home than to return to her father. A. B. Merrill, tho father, was a sur prised person when he entered police headquarters last night to report tho disappearance of his daughter and learned that she was in custody. After a short talk she agreed to accompany him home and promised to give up the plan of running away. SAN BERNARDINO IS GIVEN GLIMPSE OF STELLAR BODY SAN BERNARDINO, Jan. 25.—The nw comet, with its brilliant tail, first became visible in San Bernardino thin evening, and for v three-quarters of an hour or more hung above the. western horizon. It was first seen when the sky darkened after the setting of the. sun, and its brilliancy steadily in creased, finally dimming as it sank to the horizon at 7 o'clock. Clouds made the comet invisible last night. SUSPECT OUT ON BAIL ROSWELL, N. M., Jan. 25.—George Musgraves, who was captured at North Platte, Neb., on the charge of murdering George Parker here thir teen years ago, and has been in Jail here for several weeks, was admitted to bail today in the sum of $10,000. Tho bond was signed by twelve prominent citizens. TO PERMIT SMOKING ON CARS SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25.—0n the plea the working people .should be given a chance to smoke while riding to and from their work, Supervisor Hocks introduced yesterday a bill pro viding for the repeal of the ordinance making it a misdemeanor to smoke in side a street car or on the front plat form. SCHOOLGIRL WHO DONNED BOY'S CLOTHES FOR FLIGHT TO ALASKA RUTH MERRILL The accompanying flashlight photograph was taken by a Herald staff photographer a few moments after Miss Merrill was captured last night. ' THREE BIG FIRMS GO TO THE WALL COLUMBUS HOCKING CO. IN RE CEIVER'S HANDS Federal Judge Declares Corporation Insolvent—Suits and Attachments Threatened as Result of Re. cent Pool Disruption COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 25.—Re ceivers were appointed by Federal Judge J. E. Sater tonight for the three companies comprising the Columbus & Hocking Coal and Iron company. A. Lf. Thurman of Columbus and William A. Harbour of New York were named receivers for the Columbus & Hocking Coal and Iron company, A. T. Seymour of Columbus receiver for the Columbus & Hocking Clay Con struction company and F. N. Sinks of Columbus receiver for the Columbus & Hocking Brick Manufacturing com pany. Bonds were furnished and the receivers wil take charge at once. The appointments were made upon the application of Henry D. Hotchkiss of New York, receiver In bankruptcy for Lathrop, Haskins & Co. of New York, for the first named receivership. The Columbus & Hocking Coal and Iron company applied for receivers for the other two companies. The stock of these companies is held by the same interests that control the coal and iron company. In the applications it was represent ed to the court that the, companies were threatened with suits and at tachments; that if thes"e were pressed assets would be dissipated and credi tors would suffer. To preserve the as sets it was declared receivers were necessary. No allegations of in solvency were made. Attorneys said the troubles of the company were brought about by the failure last week, following a 60-polnt drop in the stock in the New York market of one of the creditors, Lathrop, Haskins & Co. The Columbus and Hocking Coal and Iron company mines and markets coal. It conducts no iron business. The construction company was formed to build the plants for the Columbus and Hocking Brick Manu facturing company. These companies are of comparatively recent origin. The brick company is just getting its products marketed. It has a capital of $1,000,000 and an equal amount of bond.s. The capital of the construction com pany Is $700,000. The Columbus & Hocking Coal and Iron company has a capital of $7,200,000, of which only $200,000 is paid stock. It has $7,000,000 bonds outstanding. H. S. Haskens of New York is presi dent of all three companies. PLEADS GUILTY TO BRAINSTORM BALTIMORE, Jan. 25.—Insanity of the "brainstorm" type was the defense advanced on behalf of Lieut. Adolpn Langhorst of the coast artillery, who was placed on trial before a court martial at Fort JleHcnry today and charged with neglect of duty and dis obedience of orders. "Guilty without criminal intent" was the plea he en tered. CHINESE INVADE MACAO PARIS, Jan. 25. —A special dispatch from Lisbon says the Chinese have invaded Macao and that a cruiser has been ordered there. The failure of the Chinese and Portuguese governments to come to an agreement on this dis puted territory had led to the antici pation of some definite action on the part of the Chinese at an early date. DESOLATE Lawyer ! to understand that your wife left your bed and board? ,'*** .',<..■ Uncle Ephralra—Not 'xactly, boss. She dun tuk mah Led an' bod along veil her.— I'lict. ; . LOS ANGELES HERALD: WKDXIOSIXW MORNING, JANUARY 26. 1910. RACES BIPLANE AGAINST DEATH (Contlnnrd from Pas* On) the land breeze that came in gusts throughout the morning should die down he would make another attempt to ny higher than any other aviator has flown, later In the day. He leaves here tomorrow for Los Angeles. PIONEER AIR PILOT SEES FIRST AEROPLANE FLIGHT Scientist Said to Be Man Who Made Aerial Navigation Possible May Sue Wright Brothers ' SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25.—A scien tist often called "the man who made aerial navigation possible" saw his first areoplane night yesterday. The scientist is Professor John S. Montgomery of Santa Clara college, whose experiments with Hying planes were successful In the '80s and who is reported to Intend to sue the Wrights for alleged infringements on his de vices. Yesterday he saw the ascent here of Louis Paulhan, whose Bleriot craft differs from that of Professor Mont gomery's In little save the addition of a gasoline tank. The addition of the tank and motor to Professor Montgomery's invention have made aviation possible, say his friends. Thirty years ago he showed it pos sible for a man to sustain himself in the air by n,lanes, when he Jumped from a mountain side near San Diego. Recently he has been at work on the secret of a bird's soaring and hopes he may add still more to the science. PAULHAN MAKES SHORT FLIGHT IN STIFF BREEZE SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 25.—After keeping a crowd of about 15,000 people waiting for three hours in the hopo that tho wind would decrease Lojls Paulhan, the Frencii aviator, made an elffht-mlle night in a stiff breeze at Tanforan late tliis afternoon. Paulhan made two short fliffhta across the field and then arising to an altitude of about 400 feet, his Far man biplane disappeared from view In the direction of the ocean and after circling over the hills for a few min utes ho returned and alighted in front of the grandstand. Ho was in the air about twelve lnlnut«». BALLOON TRIP FROM GERMANY ACROSS ATLANTIC IS PLANNED NEW YORK, J:in. 25.—A balloon trip across the Atlantic ocean will be M tempteil in May. New York and Berlin capitalists are behind the scheme, and the bit? dirigible for the purpose is now being constructed in Germany. The bis bag will carry 50,000 cubic feet of gas and will have two tifty horsepower motors. It Is planned the balloon .shall leave Berlin on May 18, with Vancouver, B. Q., as its ultimate destination. PLAN AEROPLANE RACE YUMA, Ariz., Jan. 2f>.—The local com mercial dub has adopted a resolution inaugurating a scheme for a transcon tinental aeroplane Ilisht in successive leaps from Galvestcm to Los Angeles or San Diego. The secretary of the club will immediately open communication wit lithe commercial bodies of the cities with the commercial bodies of the eitlei Dick Ferris will be requested to take charge of the enterprise. Tile matter also will be laid before the Sottthern Pacific officials, as co-operation from that body wili b <-essary to com pletely assure success. THIRD OF PARIS IS INUNDATED VAST PROPERTY LOSSES DUE TO DELUGE Many Cities Are Isolated —Fashionable Suburbs Threatened—Gendarmes and Soldiers Rescue Victims from the Floods (Continued from Puce One) with the prospect of the rise continu ing- The damage already done is incal culable. The industrial life of the city )s rapidly becoming: paralyzed. Only two sections of the subway railway are in operation, while three-fourths of the surface lines are tied up. Factories are shutting down because of the lack of power due to the electric plants be ing flooded. Half of the telephones in the city ar» out of commisison and telegraphs and railroads are demor alized. The disaster is due to the fact that the whole marvelous underground ar chitecture of the city, which is honey combed with labyrinths. Is filling up with water, causing the sewers to burst and the streets to cave in and threat ening the foundations of buildings. The scene in river front districts is appalling', The stream has brnken its barriers at several points and. is pour ing its yellow torrents into the sur rounding streets, converting them into veritable lakes. At any time it may be necessary to blow up the Alma bridge, where the water is but a few inches from the keystone of the arch, as a dam there might turn the course of the Seine in such a way as to flood several of the most fashionable sections of the city. Chemicals Explode A tremendous explosion' which awakened the stricken city at 5 o'clock led to the report that the Alma bridge had been blown up, but the explosion proved to have occurred in a chemieU factory at Ivy-sur-Seine, eight miles above. It is presumed that the water surrounding the factory came in con tact with chemicals. During the night the subway stations at the Orleans terminal and at Quai d'Orsay were flooded and closed, and the sinking of the Rue de Potieres let the water through into the Rue de Lille and the Rue de I'TTniversite, streets in which live many of the old aristocracy. The Vogierard district near the Bouci cault hospital also is inundated. At noon Paris was the center of an area of low pressure and bitter cold, Rain and sleet were falling through out the flooded regions, adding to the suffering of the. poor and homeless. The price of bread and other food has Increased in consequence of the fact that communication with the prov inces is crippled. No trains from the south are coming beyond Choisy le Roi. The depleted supply of drinking water has caused the greatest alarm. With the rise of the flood but a few inches higher the pumping stations still in operation must stop and Paris, in the midst of a miniature ocean, will be without water. Suburbs in Distress The situation in between twenty and thirty suburban towns about the city is worse than In the capital itself. At Charenton, when- the swollen river Marno enters the Seine, an area of 200 square miles has been flooded. The submerged district in cludes Alfortville and ivry-sur-Seine, with a total population of 50,000. At this point the soldiers and fire men are doing heroic work In rescu ing families In boats and pontoons. At Alfortville tin- cemetery has lieen washed out and caskets, lifted from A TF/iir/ of Pretty Silk Petticoats $4.95 $4.95 A SHIPMENT of I,ea«tl- /hfceMk JjvL jMSbtS^ F^Ttfonalfy ICq^ iLong and Short Kimonos -aO§L and House Jackets £\ g^c fMsm Of Warm Fleeced Materials % P fill P^^ In Persian and Japanese Effects -"^ ipjU'V^^^SC \TARIOUS pleasing styles in loose, belted and ) n_i_ tv . „- mA_ * a fWtttJ^rliiyrHr V shirred effects; high or low collars; fashioned f marked SI ™. special w7l/ Ju\ from crepe and kimono flannel in extremely pret- \ today d *1M; Speclal MPV © ty patterns. t?.' ; * \, * /• I H pink and gray In flowered effects; •■•JflJ^ ©fejU® gjW<!# Rj<Hsl&Fo#iß ! sr^ cut long- and full and finished with «,Tenimi „_.,,„„,„ 2> satin bands. " 337-9 SOUTH BROADWAY MS If you are wise you will lose no Hmii iiiH time in taking a? vantage °f the I II By "^^ making for $14. It lasts but a few days longer. II tikmm il Bring a sample of any $30 or i I 1111 l I $35 suit you can find and I will I HB^^^^^^hJ SUIT FRFFr. OP«" Evenings-Take Elevator H R^?^"~~ J ■ ■ BBjii|i]|j«By H|jCffly ■ ■ s ■ If the Customer don't Wt'tß W MB t pay the High Street I TJ M Mm Rents, Who Does? Hf pJ MM Sfl^ t SI r WAR I V their resting places, are floating down stream. From Ateil to St. Germain the low er portions of all the riverside town are deeply beneath the waters and soldiers are forcing the residents to leave their homes. The domestic sup ply of water at several towns has been cut off. The animals of the zoological gar dens, which were In danger of drown ing, have been removed to higher grounds. Relief is being organized on a large scale. Appeals for funds is sued by the Red Cross and other so oleties are met with generous re sponses. Kdmond Rostand has offered to give the receipts, which are expected to be enormous, from, the first night's pre sentation of his play, "Chanticleer." Epidemic Feared Physicians fear an epidemic when the flood subsides, as the overflowing sewers are likely to contaminate the drinking water, and rats, driven out of their underground homes, are in vading residences. The report that the Eiffel tower should be perpendicular when undis turbed is erroneous. It is explained that the tower was built with a water base and its support supplied with a hydraulic lifting apparatus which works automatically. Before noon the police compelled the evacuation of the Hotel Palais d'Orsay, near the Quai d'Orsay, and the surrounding houses. The palace of the Legion of Honor is menaced and an accumulation of driftwood above the isle of St. Louis threatens to sweep away the barrier of piles and the Pont dcs Arts. News from the provinces shows that there is a general improvement in the flood situation this afternoon, except in the east and at the affluents of the Seine and Meuse. Water laps the quays at the Place de la Concorde and the Corns la Reine. Telegraphic eominuncatlon in the south of France is rapidly going to pieces. Traffic between the Pont dcs Arts and Pont Neuf is suspended. The arch way of the submerged tunnel between the Quai d'Orsay and the Austerlltz stations threatens to fall. A three story building on the Quai de la Rai see has collapsed. One River Falling The river Tonal is now falling and the authorities hop* its high mark has been reached. The rising water is rapidly getting the better of the pumps in the mnln power house of the subway and but a single line of road is now In operation. A great fissure has been opened in the ground, cutting off the light supply it,,im the Plai ede C ltchy and the neigh boring streets. Last night the elec- triclty failed at the residence of the American embassy and Mr. Bacon and the family were obliged to depend on candles. Communication from the provinces indicate that the waters are falling, but from all directions some pitiful stories of suffering and narrow escapes from death which attend the work of rescue. Melun is in darkness, Verdon-s-le Doubs partially flooded, Verdun is sub merged and Chambery Is threatened. The entire region of Epernay is cov ered with water. Many isolated fami lies in the country districts have been rescued after days without food. A boatload of life-savers was caught in the mad current of the river Marne and all were drownpd. The Renauld fac tory below Paris has been abandoned, throwing 2500 men out of work. Several aeroplane shops on the banks of the Seine where machines were be ing built for use at the meeting at lliliopolis, Egypt, have been destroyed. The upper waters of the Loire are rising rapidly, threatening new dis aster. Floods now have broken out in the south, the rivers Gers, Charente, Adour and Dordogne having overflowed their bunks. Fierce storms are raging along the coast, filling the ports with shipping in distress. At Conflans fourteen houses have callapsed. The Aube canal has burst, flooding St. Just and several other vil lages. DEER BREAKS INTO BANK LANDING IN MONEY DRAWER Buck Cashes in, Paying for Its Temer. ity with Its Life Blood WARS, Mau,, Jan. 25.—A buck deer which broke into the Ware National bank in daylight and with human in telligence made straight for the money drawers paid for its temerity with its life. The Hne of customers before the teller's window made a mad rush for the doors when the deer crashed through a heavy plate glass window and hurdled a high desk and the steel grating behind which the bank force was at work. Its forefeet caught in the money drawers, scattering the cash. Taken to a livery stable, the deer died shortly afterward and the meat was distributed among the towns people, i One of the frightened bank patrons ran breathless to the police station, and Chief Buckley responded with a motley array of volunteers armed with revolvers, shotguns and pitchforks, fearing- robbers. 3 EPISCOPALIANS HOLD ANNUAL CONVENTION Bishop Nichols Says Church Plans Lack Spiritual Momentum, So They Keep Close to the Ground SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 23.—"W« must frankly admit that a good many of our religious and church plans of progress have little or no spiritual mo mentum about them at all, and so keep close to the ground," declared Bishop William Ford Nichols during the course of his address today before the sixtieth convention of the California di ocese of the Episcopal church. Thirty-nve parishes are represented at the convention and fifty-four cler gymen are in attendance. Besides Hishop Nichols there are Bishop Wil liam MoielanU o£ Sacramento, Bishop J. H. Johnson of Los Angeles and Bishop Patridge of Kyoto, Japan, par ticipating in the proceedings. Lieut. Gov. William R. Porter was present today. The convention is being held In St. John's church. Reports of the various committees were heard during the day, and addresses were delivered by Mrs. G. H. Kellogg, president of the House of Church Women of the Episcopal di ocese; Rev. E. L. Parsons, Rev. La throp and Rev. A. B. Shields of Boston, who spoke on "The Emanuel Move ment." In the House of Church Women the rules were suspended and Mrs. Kel logg was re-elected president. Nomi nations for officers in the diocese were mado today and the election will be held tomorrow. ARTESIAN WATER FLOW DEVELOPED IN HEART OF IMPERIAL VALLEY lldl.TVll.l.K. Jan. 33.—Tha flnt ar tesian water ever struck in the Imperial valley wan reached in tbe Hollvllle muni cipal well today at a depth of 863 feet. Water of fine quality is now flowing ten inchen above the 2-Inch rasing. Tbe resident* are enthusiastic, as this gives assurance of an ampin supply of good water for the new municipal sys tem. Heretofore ail water used In the Imperial valley haa come through open canals from the Colorado river.