AS LAD FOR TRIP
TO FIND MOTHER
YOUNG GIRL IS ARRESTED IN
TROUSERS AND COAT
CLIPPED OFF HAIR IN ROOM AT
Police Find Youngster and Take Her
to Station, and Father Later
Returnp Her to
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
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
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
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
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
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
SCHOOLGIRL WHO DONNED BOY'S
CLOTHES FOR FLIGHT TO ALASKA
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
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
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.
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.
(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
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
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
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
VAST PROPERTY LOSSES DUE
Many Cities Are Isolated —Fashionable
and Soldiers Rescue Victims
from the Floods
(Continued from Puce One)
with the prospect of the rise continu
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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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
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V shirred effects; high or low collars; fashioned f marked SI ™. special w7l/ Ju\
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II By "^^ making for $14.
It lasts but a few days longer.
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their resting places, are floating down
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
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."
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
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
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
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
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
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
Floods now have broken out in the
south, the rivers Gers, Charente, Adour
and Dordogne having overflowed their
Fierce storms are raging along the
coast, filling the ports with shipping in
At Conflans fourteen houses have
callapsed. The Aube canal has burst,
flooding St. Just and several other vil
DEER BREAKS INTO BANK
LANDING IN MONEY DRAWER
Buck Cashes in, Paying for Its Temer.
ity with Its Life
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
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
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,
Bishop Nichols Says Church Plans
Lack Spiritual Momentum, So
They Keep Close to the
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
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
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
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.
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