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voi. XXXVII. P1'1Y1?- A(\ n^YTQ BY CARRIER
MMBKII 111. XlXi-Kjlll. tV. KjlUlX X>3 I'ER MONTH
National Organizer Pratt
Accused of Conspiracy
to Incite Riot
100,000 Union Men Threat
en to Walk Out in
PHILADELPHIA. Feb. 21.—The po
lice at the city hall tonight refused to
reeogniie a discharge bnwd by .Magis
trate Gormnn for C. O. Pratt, before
whom friends of the strike leader had
entered ball in the Mim of *1000. Pratt
will be obliged to remain In a cell all
night. It Is reported warrants h»vo also
been issued for John M. Murphy, presi
dent of the Central Labor union, and
Peter Oriscom, head of the local car
menV union.
An attack was made late tonight on
Uie elevated railroad. . As the train ap
proached the Forty-slith street station.
in West Philadelphia, three bullets were
llred through the windows of the fore
most car. No one was Injured.
[Associated PressS
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21.—Police
officials took the initiative to
night in the war being waged be
tween the striking carmen and the of
ficials of the Philadelphia Rapid
Transit company when they arrested
Clarence O. Pratt, the national organ
izer of the Amalgamated Association
of Street and Electric Railway Em
ployes on a warrant charging him with
"conspiring to incite to riot."
The warrant was served on Pratt
Just after he had attended a mass
meeting of the union carmen. He
was locked up in the city hall and
held to await a hearing tomorrow
It is rumored that warrants have
been issued for other labor leaders as
B result of a conference late today be
tween District Attorney Rotan, Direc
tor of Public Safety Clay and Magis
trate Beaton.
The police force was augmented to
night by the swearing in for riot duty
of the state Fencibles—an independent
military organization of about 200
members. Plans are being discussed
tonight by the commanders of three
local regiments of the Pennsylvania
guard to mobilize their troops at a
minute's notice. The mayor has au
thority to call on those troops.
Governor Btuart and Adjutant Gen
eral Stewart are here tonight, and If
nececaary a call for outside troops
can be made any time, but this is not
Police Augmented
The regular force of 3500 police and
3000 specials was enlarged today by
swearing in 6G park guards and 500
city employes from other departments.
Five carloads of strike-breakers
reached here late today and were load
ed "ii trolley cars at the Pennsylvania
railroad station in West Philadelphia
and taken to car barns in that section.
A large squad of mounted police es
corted the cars and prevented a
threatened demonstration by a mob of
several thousand.
Trouble is expected to follow the use
of these men on the cars tomorrow.
Keports vary as to the number of
care in service today. Tho company
claimed 100 cars were in operation, but
the pickets watching the car barns re
ported only. Vli cars were in operation
and that nine crews of strikebreakers
who left the car barns this morning
had deserted.
Cars were withdrawn at 6 o'clock to
nlh'ht, the company stating it did not
desire to endanger the lives of its loyal
Rioting in tho very heart of the
business section of the city, the at
tempted burning of another car and
many potty attacks by sympathizers
led the police officials to enlarge their
force and consider calling out state
Arrest Causes Sensation
The arrest of Leader Pratt also
caused a sensation and resulted In re
newed rumors of a general sympathetic
strike of all tho 11)0,000 union men in
The first serious disturbance occurred
in tho center of tho city In front of
tho Reading station, within a stone's
throw of the central police station. As
a car was proceeding out Market
street a small boy Jerked the trolley
pole from tho win?, causing a block
ado of cars.
A pile of building material on the
street provided ammunition for the
lawless boy element, and soon the
standing cars were showered with
bricks. An attempt was made to ar
rest the leader of the boys, and this
was the signal for a violent outbreak.
In the meantime a wagon of an elec
tric company had been robbed of in
candescent lamp globes. They were
used also as missiles and exploded with
pistol-like reports.
Workmen on tho roofs of nearby
buildings joined in the bombardment.
The exploding globes startled the timid
and there was a mad rush for safety,
as the cry went up that dynamite was
being used to tear up the tracks.
After a battle of nearly an hour the
police drove back the rioters and tho
cars went on their way, with scarcely
a whole pane of glass In the long line.
One of the most serious outbreks oc
curred in the northeastern mill dis
trict, where all traffic was suspended
early in the day.
Strike Breaker Seriously Injured
William Malonoy, said to be a strike
breaker from New York, sustained a
fractured skull, being hit with a brick
Dynamite caps were used by striko
sympathizers in many sections of the
city, but did not cause serious damage.
After stopping a car with one of
these explosives the mob started to set
the car on fire. A squad of police with
loaded revolvers dispersed the mob,
but not until Edward Morgan, conduc
tor, had been beaten severely.
Although 6000 persons were In the
crowd, only about five arrests were
Keeling the police were too sympa
thetic with the strikers and sympa-
Vaizert) In their home localities, the di-
I,'outlnucil uu rujfo , Two) •;
For Los Angeles and vicinity: Light
north winds, changing to south. Max),
mum temperature yesterday 57 de.
greee, minimum 46 degrees.
Mother of stolen babs *ues head of
maternity home. PACT] 5
Woman receives rent for houso she has
abandoned, Is testimony given In
suit. PAGE 6
Woman acred 73 tvants to sue man for
breach of promise. PAGE 1
Los Angeles will celebrate Washington's
birthday In gala 'style. PAGE 3
Clubman brooding over domestlo trouble
take.! his life. PAGB 3
Woman fearing loss of eyesight com
mits sulcldo In hotel. PAGB 3
Trolley linos are grilled for speeding;
Business men respond heartily to T.
M. C. A. plea to become members.
Government engineer completes surveys
of two Ttah rivers. PAGE S
Kohler street has mad wildcat hunt.
Former Governor Pardee declares he
will support Hiram Johnson at the
coming state election. PAGE) 8
3600 corporations fall to obey provis
ions of federal tax law; only seven
days open now. PAGE 8
Chaplin brothers sentenced to 9 months
In county jail and fine, of }1000 each,
for land frauds. PAOE 9
Pupils of West GlendaW school form an
aero club. ' PAGE) 9
H Leslie Harris, charged with rifling
t-afe, saya he only took his own 5
money. l AljB 5
Council bound to grant franchise for
street cars on Ann and Alpine- streets.
Washington's birthday exercises held at
Polytechnic. PAGE 3
Tickets all taken for annual dinner of
chamber of commerce. PAGE "
W N. Crandall awarded contract for
construction of county hlg-hway from
Toluca to Hollywood. PAGE 6
Secretary Fleming of the harbor com
mission discusses importance of »n'P
ping Industry to Los Angeles. PAGB< 9
Business men by tho score are Join-
Ing V. M. C. A. TAGB 8
Yuma homeaeekers fleeced by "lo
cators" is charge made by men in
line. PAGES 1-6
Editorial. letter Box. Hasktn letter. 4
1 A\J Cj 4
Officers nab fourteen Chinese that v, ere
being smuggled in from Mexico. PAOK 1
Mnrrlage licenses, births, deaths. PAOffl 14
News of the courts. PAGE 6
Municipal affairs. PAGE S
Markets and financial. I'AGIO 13
Society and music. PAGH U
Theaters and dramatic criticism. PAGH 16
Automobiles. PAGE 11
Sports. PAGE 10
Building psrcnlta PAGE 13
City brevities. PAGB f>
Classified advertising. PAGES 14-15
Women's clubs. PAGE 16
Shipping. PAGE 12
Citrus fruit report. , AOE 12
Swears bankers cheatert public; Clar
ence Hobnett turns atato's evidence
In land fraud trial at Boise, Idaho.
• PAGE 2
Relief home at Los Angeles Is voted an
' appropriation. , FAGE 3
Seattle police claim unidentified man -
was killed by fellow criminal over a
division of spoils. PAGE 2
Captain of the steamer Homer, worried by
two accidonts to vessel, says he will re
sign. ' r PAGES
Father of Paymaster George P. Auld ex-
Dlalns rcaaon for reopening court mar
tial. PAGE 8
Jackson Goraua, famous Now York club
man and husband of former ■ Aimce
Crocker, dies suddenly. PAQH) 1
Striko Leader Pratt arrested in
Philadelphia accused of conspiracy to
incite riot. PAGE 1
U. S. supreme court deeiden railroads
must pay tax on gross earnings In
state of Minnesota. PAGE 5
Noted actor. Clay Clement, dies In
Kansas City after few hours of ill
.ness. , PAGE 2
North nakotnn who claims portion of
estate is either Impostor or lons lost
son. PAGE 2
Wlckersham before senate committee;
Cummins questions attorney general
on bill. I'AGB 16
Interstate court plan Is approved by
commissioners at Washington. PAGE 16
Coal carrying railroad!* accused of con
spiracy to. stifle, trade In the anthra
cite nelds of Pennsylvania. I'AGE 1
Scandal in New York* growing; su
preme court seats sold at auction,
says Conners. PAGE 1
King Mwaid in speech from throne pre-
FajfPS certain fall of house of lords. FAGK 16
Kaisfr BWItM President Wheeler of Uni
versity of California to accompany him
on trip to North sea. PAGE 8
German physician charged with trylnff to
polton King Menellk ejected from Abys
sinia. PAGE 8
French contention In regard to dis
crimination In tariff rates downed by
figures. PAGE 16
Powers refuse to act as advisers to
China. I'A'IE 16
Monte Attnll and Franklo f?onlcy In fine
condition for their 45-round battle at
Yernon this afternoon. PAGfi 10
Bnttllng N«*lson is a 10 to 7 favnrlte
over Ad Wolgast for their chnmpion
shlp oonteat at Richmond today. I'AOE 10
Jim Jeffries arrivea home and an
nounces no change in his ulanfl for
ft t lire. PAGE 10
BALTIMORE, Feb. 21.—President
Garretson of the Order of Railroad
Conductors and President Lee of the
Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen to
day affirmed the correctness of a New
York dispatch and contradicted the
statements of the railroad officials
contained in a dispatch from Montreal
regarding revision of wages on the
Canadian lines.
Speaking for both organizations, Mr.
Ijee declared that efforts had been
made to obtain satisfactory wage con
cessions from the Canadian Pacific,
from the Grand Trunk and from the
Toronto, HamlHon \- Buffalo, but
these attempts had failed. Ho said
tin; trainmen on these roads through
out their entire length were being
polled on the question of a strike. The
negotiations, he said, fell through
about February 11. Tho vote is re
turnable February U8 and will bo can
vassed at Toronto
Stifling Trade in Anthra
cite Fields of Pennsyl
vania Is Charge
Seven Companies Alleged
to Have Combined to
Kill Competition
rAsnoelated Press]
PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 21.—Stand
ing in the United States circuit
court five hours today, James C.
McTieynolds, special assistant to the
attorney general, unfolded the alleged
iniquities of the so-called anthracite
coal trust, and charged that seven of
tho nine coal-carrying railroads enter
ing tho hard coal ftY-lds of Pennsyl
vania are in & conspiracy to stifle
On behalf of the government he
asked the court to issue an injunction
to break up the alleged monopolistic
control of coal and also pleaded that
some of the acquisition by railroads of
stock in competing roads be declared
in violation of the Sherman anti-trust
Mr. Mcßeynolds laid great stress on
the part the Temple Iron company
has played in the joal fields, declaring
that its organization clearly showed a
conspiracy among the coal roads to
control the anthracite trade to tide
water at New York.
When independent mining companies,
tiring. of high freight rates, proposed
building an independent railroad to
New York, government counsel said,
the Temple Iron company, a small
concern with a limitless charter in
Pennsylvania, was purchased by the
anthracite coal-carrying roads, they
taking stock in proportion to the quan
tity of coal handled by them. The
Tempre company, in turn, acquired the
largest of the independent mines, and
the proposed railroad to tidewater
never was built. This act, Mr. Mc-
Reynolds said, was one step in tha
alleged scheme to stifle interstate com
merce In the coal trade.
He also told of the acquisition by
the Reading company, a holding con
cern, of the Reading railway and of
the Reading Coal and Iron company,
and of the acquisition by the Reading
company of the Jersey Central, a com
peting line to New Yark harbor, which
in turn owned the Lehlgh and Wilkes
barre Coal company. This Reading-
Jersey Central combination, he said,
owned 63 per cent of the unmined coal
in the anthracite regions, and Its for
mation was another step in the con
Mr. Mcßeynolda will conclude his ar
gument tomorrow.
Chairman of State Democratic Com.
mottee Hints That He Will
Tells How Much Judge
chip Brought
[Assoclated Press]
NEW YORK, Feb. 21.—William J.
Connors, chairman of the Democratic
state committee, fighting for hie po
litical lire against those who are try
ing to oust him as chairman, an
nounced tonight he stands ready to
testify at Albany at the proposed in
vestigation of the charge* that places
on the supreme court bench of the
state, have been "auctioned off" in
Greater New York.
Conners heard privately tonight that
such an investigation would be de
manded. Almost simultaneously came
an announcement from Albany that
resolutions to this effect had boon in
Before hearing the resolutions had
been formally introduced, Conners
commented with satisfaction on his
private message that such action
would be taken.
Ready to Testify
"Good," said he, as he read the tele
gram. "If they want me on the stand
I'll be there. I'll tell 'em what I be
lleve and " after a pause, "perhaps
what I know."
"What price was asked for a Judge?"
Mr. Conners was asked.
"Some of them came pretty high,"
he said. "That will all come out if
they appoint a legislative committee
and put the judges and their friends
on the stand —I'll tell them whom to |
Conners was cheerful tonight. "Last!
night," ho said, "I hoped I was going
to win; tonight I believe I am going
to win."
Tho prospect of scandals in his own |
party, the recent visit of President
Taft to confer on the situation with
the Republican party brought on by
the Conger-Allds bribery charges, and i
the hot fight that waits the state
chairman at Albany next Thursday |
seemed rather to whet hifl appetite.
Likes to Fight
"I'm not in politics for my liveli
hood, like some of these fellows," he
said. "The world does not owe me a
living. To tell you the truth, I like
An amplified description of the move
ment against -him, as Conners Bees it,
"What Murphy is trying now." lie
said, "has never been tried before in
the history of politics, and the people
up state are not going to stand for it.
They're trying to TammanylEe the
state. I notice this Democratic league
shows a fondness for direct primaries
up state, but they don't see any de
sire for direct primaries down here.
Maybe it might interfere with the
business of auctioneering.
"Now, I'm for direct primaries all
over the state, and what's more, I'll
say that tho up state Democrats are
behind Governor Hughes in that wish."
■» ■ »
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21.—President (
Taft will leave Washington tomorrow
for New York, where in the evening
he will be the principal speaker at
the Washington's birthday banquet of
the New Jersey Society of the Cincin- i
natl at the l'laza hotel.
Committee of Three Which Will Lead the
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Thomas Montez Arrested on Charge
of Attempting to Bring in
Orientals from
Fourteen Chinese, rudely awakened
from their repose In a sealed box car
of the Southern Pacific railway at
River station late Sunday night, are
confined in the county Jail charged
with being smuggled into the United
States from across the Mexican border
The apprehension of the celestials,
which was effected by Los Angeles im
migration Inspectors, was kept secret
until last night, when Thomas A.
Montez, said by the police to be an
old offender in smuggling Chinese into
the United States, was arrested and
locked up at central police headquar
ters. •
The word that a wholesale attempt
to smuggle Chinese into the United
States was received from an immigra
tion Inspector of Yuma, Ariz., and
plans were made to stop the train as
it pasted through Los Angeles.
That the work might be done quietly
and without arousing suspicion, the
through freight bouhd for San Fran
cisco was stopped at River station
where a number of immigration offl
ceis and attaches of the sheriff's office
were in waiting. After searching, a
sealed box car, labeled "From Mem
phis, Term.. to San Francisco," was
located and an odor of opium per
meated the atmosphere.
The lock was broken, and huddled
on top of a number of barrel staves
fourteen Chinese were found.
\t the point of revolvers, they were
ordered to leave the ear, were hand
cuffed two together and taken to the
county jail.
In the sealed car five five-gallon
cans of water were found, and bread,
rice and enough edibles to have kept
the prisoners from starvation tor
many days.
The immigration officers, under lead
of Inspector W. A. Hutchins, then pro
ceeded to look up the two men sup
posed to have been responsible for the
attempted smuggling, and who are
well known to every immigration in
spector in the west.
The rwiult was the arrest last night
of Montez, who was caught nt the
Santa Fe station by Inspector Hutch
ins and Patrolman Johnson as he was
waiting to board a train for El Paso.
Montez «vas Indignant •at his arrest
and stoutly denied he had anything to
do with conducting the "private excur
sion" of the Chinese from El Paso. He
stated he was on his way to look up
record! concerning the itrrest of his
brother who was sent to San Quentm
six years ago from that city, charged
with killing a man.
Mont,/, said he had never been en
ffaged in the Chinese smuggling busi
ness and declared his arrest an out-
Inipector Hutchins said that accord
! ing to information received at the local
! immigration office, Montgz and a com
panion, whose arrest is expected at
any time, made the plan to land the
: Chinese in San Francisco, having re
ceived $250 for each celestial, or JSuOO
for the carload.
He said that Montez and his asso
ciate whose name is known, but not
divulged were seen and recognized at
Yuma by an immigration officer. The
men were acting suspiciously about the
i Southern Pacific tracks find paying
particular attention to the sealed ear
tagged "From Memphis to San * ran-
It is believed the Chinese were placed
aboard the car at Xl Paso, and when
i released Sunday night showed the ef
fects of their cramped positions during
the long journey.
Police In Denver 'Discover Series of
Caves Where Boys Feast on
Stolen Poultry
DENVER, Feb. 21.—Denver police!
this afternoon discovered a system of
caves extending under almost half of
a vacant block that had been the ren
dezvous, as they believe, of a large
gang of boys of dime-novel ambitions.
The discovery followed the loss by
residents of the neighborhood of poul
try and other property. In the cave
were found evidences"that the boys
had been feeding on roast chicken. The
police assert that many of the boys in
the gang belong to well-to-do families
in the neighborhood. No arrests were
Mrs. Eiberson Believes Thompson Did
Not Intend to Marry Her and
She Wants All of His
When Mrs. Angeline Elberson, 73
years of age, and William K. Thomp
son, 60, halted at the entrance to the
court house Saturday afternoon only
to find the doors locked on account of
the usual half holiday, a condition was
brought about that may lead to the
filing of a suit for breach of promise
and a demand by the woman for all
the money that has been saved by the
man during several years as proprietor
of a fruit stand.
Mrs. Elberson believed Thompson
knew the marriage license bureau was
closed and told him so, nnd that his
failure in making an earlier visit to
Cupid's domain was in line with
previous trilling on his part.
The woman submitted her complaint
to an attorney yesterday. She met
Thompson three weeks ago at the lat
ter's fruit stand at Ninth and San
Pedro. They met again two days
later and Thompson asked her hand
in marriage.
"I demurred, as a woman should,"
said Mrs. Elberson, "but he was in
sistent. Even when I suggested a
marriage with my daughter, who is
about his own age, he declined, saying
he would have nothing to do with
giddy girls. A few days later he
came to my house as a boarder, but
he hasn't paid his board. Besides he
used to entice my hens into his room
and keep them there until they laid
eggs. And that was three weeks ago
when eggs were nearly fifty cents a
Finally, said Mrs. Elberson, when
patience ceased to be a virtue she de
manded a marriage ceremony or the
opportunity to hang out the sign
"Room for Rent." Thompson post
poned the application for a license un
til Saturday afternoon and was round
ly berated by his companion when she
found the doors barred. Thompson,
she said, has since closed his little
store and disappeared, in order, she
believes, to avoid service of the threat
ened breach of promise suit.
Daughter of New York Millionaire Al.
lowed to Resume Name of
Former Husband
NKW YORK, Feb. 21.—What is pre
sumably the last chapter in the marital
difficulties of Mrs. Frances Burke-
Rochc-B.it.myi was written today by
Justice McCall when he signed the
final decree of divorce separating the
society matron from hrr last husband,
Aurel Batonyi.
.Mrs. Burke-Roche-Batonyl is per
mitted to ussurae her former name, the
Batortyi portion thereby being dropped
if she should so desire. Mr. Batonyi
is forbidden to remarry.
Mrs. Burke-Roche, daughter of the
millionaire horseman and banker,
Frank Work, married Batonyi in 1905.
She sued for a divorce, charging her
husband with improper conduct and a
jury a lew months ago found in lior
LONDON, l'>b. 21.—The engagement
is announced "f Miss Mildred Carter,
daughter of John Hldgely Tarter, for
merly lirst secretary of the American
embassy here and now minister to
Roumanla, to Viscount Acheson, for
merly a lieutenant in the Coldstream
guards and a veteran of the South
African war.
Miss Carter is one of the most popu
lar Americans in London society. She
remained In London after the depart
ure of her father for Bucharest. Vis
count Acheson is the eldest son of the
fourth earl of Gosford. He was born
in 1877.
NEW YORK, Feb. 21.—An Injunc
tion was granted in the supreme court
today restraining Mrs. Grace Herbert
Guggenheim Wahl. the divorced wife
of William Guggenheim, from bring
ing further proceedings in Illinois to
contest the validity of her divorce.
The Injunction was granted on appli
cation of the present Mrs. Guggen
ijeirn. ; . .
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Acute TonsUitie Causes Death of Hus
band of Former Aimee
, Crocker of San Fran.
[Special to The Herald.]
NEW YORK, Feb. 21.—Jackson
Goraud, husband of the former Miss
Aimee Crocker of San Francisco, the
atrical "first nighter," clubman and
man about town, died suddenly today.
As husband of the beautiful Mrs.
Henry Gillig, who before her marriage
was Miss Crocker, daughter of the late
E. B. Crocker of San Francisco, and
aided by unlimited wealth, Goraud be
came one of the leading figures in the
fashionable set of New York.
The entertainments at the Goraud
home attracted international attention
because of the lavish display and
unique character of the festivities.
Goraud's death was caused by an
acute attack of tonsilitis, followed by
blood poisoning.
; t rs. Goraud was the widow of
the former commodore of the Larch
mont club, when Goraud married her.
Coroner's Jury Brings in Verdict That
Is Impersonal—One More
Militia Company at
Riot Scene
CAIRO, 111., Feb. 21.—N0 individual
deputy sheriff was named in the verdict
of the coroner's jury that investigated
the death of Alexander Hallldaj', who
was killed in the mob that was seeking
the life of John Pratt, tho negro purse
snatcber, Thursday night.
The verdict was returned tonight. It
found that Halllday came to his death
by a gunshot wound caused by a weap
on in the hands of one of Sheriff Nellis'
deputies, tired from a north window In
the court house.
The happening! of the day did not
tend to allay excitement of the eiliznis
of Cairo. The arrival of company H of
Shelbyville made the number of militia
men on duty here about 350.
Because of the great excitement pre
vailing here, and to lessen the danger
of further violence, Circuit Judge ltut
ler adjourned court for two weeks.
The grand jury probably will be dis
solved today. J. \V. Wenger, the fore
man, will ask to be discharged becauso
his wife is a cuusin of Alexander Halll
day, killed in the attack on the Jail.
Sheriff Nellis also aßked that the jury
be discharged, on the allegation that at
least one member was present in the
crowd during tlie attack on the jail.
The hunt for the supposed cnnft.d. r
ate of John Pratt, ihe. negro purse
snatcher whose rubbery of two women
precipitated the present ruce trouble,
was continued today.
Federal Judges Decide That, as Ro.
sario Company Could Give No
Title, He Was Exempted
SAN FHANCISCO, Feb. 21.—Declar
ing that no court of equity would en
force the specific performance of the
contract, tha United Bt&tea circuit
court of appeals today reversed the de
cision of the circuit court which award
ed $100,000 damages to the ltosario
Mining and Milling company for the
failure of F. W. Clark and his asso
ciates to pay $400,000 for the Kosario
mine in Chihuahua, Mex.
The court In its decision said the
mining company could not establish
a clear title to the mine and that Chirk
could not be mulcted for his failure
to take up the option.
PAHIS, Feb. 21.—Charles W. Fi-ed
erick Hoson de Talleyrand-Peiigord,
fourth duke of Talleyrand and father
of Prince de Bagan, who married the
Countess de Castellane, formerly Anna
Gould, died here today. With Ills death
Prince De Sagan succeeds to the. titles
of Duke de Talleyrand and Herzog Zu
£agan and becomes a sereno highness.
Famous 'Line' Decides to
Fight Order Given
by Ballinger
Ticket Said to Have Been
Held by Capt. Dixon
Is Destroyed
THAT certain real estate men In LO9
Angeles who are not overscrupu
lous planned and executed a coup
in which several seekers after farms
in the Yuma allotment, residents of Los
Angeles, were deftly, if not neatly, de
frauded of amounts of money ranging
from $30 to $50. possibly more, is tba
belief of many of the men and women
who have determined pluckily to keep
their line intact despite the ruling- of
Secretary of the Interior Ballinger that
the line and the police card numbers
will not be recognized.
The story of "How we were stung"
Is not discussed publicly by those wbu
assert they were among those who went
from Los Angeles to Yuma to Inspect
the acreage which they hoped somu
day to call home.
No, indeed. They are afraid that
their chances for winning one of the
forty-acre parcels of land might be
Jeopardized were they to admit to the
public that they had paid alleged "lo
cators" a stipulated amount of money
to assist them in winning a home and
a ranch. However, alleged dupes talk
of the affair to those who came to Loa
Angeles to stand In line, and through
these the rumor took the form of goa
sip. Yesterday the report was con
firmed by one man who admitted he
had paid money to a "locator," believing
that the scheme as described to him.
was legitimate, and not only admis
sible, but was a practical solution of
the problem of a sure pathway to one
of the land allotments. He intimated
there were others In the line who
might, if they dared, relate similar
Easy to Get Fees
The scheme held out »as, so the
story goes, to bait thr homeseeker
by telling the person, man or woman,
that the "locator" had inside informa
tion concerning the Yuma allotment,
and that after the land had been In
spected arrangemerts would be made
to rent or lease rooms in the Chamber
of Commerce building, adjoining those
occupied by the United States land
office, the better to enable their clients
to form in line at the door the moment
a signal waa given. There being no
known ruling against such a plan, the
"locator" had little or no difficulty in
obtaining advance fees. >
While the party of homeseekers in
question was at Yuma one of the "lo
cators" or a representative rushed into
a saloon where a number of Los An
geles citizens were discussing the land
they had that day Investigated. He
thrust a slip of white paper into the
hands of one of the homeseekers, say
ing, "Here's a message I Just received
from the boss." The message, type
written, was intended to be construed
as a bona fide telegram. However,
it contained no date mark, place of
sending or receiving and no signature.
What it contained in the reading
was, in substance, this:
"Impossible to rent, lease or occupy
rooms in tha Chamber of Commerce
building. Line is forming in street,
where priority will count."
Needless to say, the Los Angeien
crowd of home seekers interested In
this particular "locator's" scheme took
the first train steaming toward this
city. They arrived here in t'me to
find places awaiting them in the lino
well along in the first forty or fifty;
persons who had remained in Los An
Had Heard of Plan
Those who discussed this yesterday
did not hesitate to express the opin
ion that the "locator" know he could
not successfully fulfill his promise to
his clients to safeguard their interests
by placing thorn in rooms near tha
land office where they could bo among
the first in line. Others declared tha
belief that it was this that caused
Secretary of the Interior Balllnger to
order a different way of disposing ot
the Yuma allotment. Register Buren
of the Los Angeles branch of the land
department admitted he had heard ot
a plan to rent rooms adjoining his of
fice by homeseekers or speculators,
but he said he did not know their Iden
"I had heard of the scheme," said
the register, "but such a thing would
not be permitted, as it would work a
hardship on those who would be
crowded out, and when I learned that
the agent of the building would not
rent rooms for these purposes I was
The scene yesterday at 31S West Sec
ond street, where the 159 men and
women who formed a waiting line on,
South Broadway February 17 have de
termined to remain until March 10, if
necessary, to preserve what they be
lieve to bo their rights as "first com.',
first served," resembled an army
camp of "rookies" more than anything
else. Every earmark of camp life ex
cept the tent and the camp fire was
there. Men paced restlessly, halting
now and then to watch a number of
men playing cards on an upturned
cracker box. The women—there are a
dozen or more in line —taking chances
with their stronger competitors, lolled
back in comfortable porch (hairs, read
novels, periodicals or the newspapers,
or else sat in :i group and described the
kind of a home they planned to build
on their "forty."
Here and there a gray beard was ob
«erved in the motley but patient
crowd. Chewing on a toothpick, tug
ging at a pipe or puffing a cigar, tha
older men appeared philosophers. It
was among these —men of calm mind,
but determined mien—that the discus
sion first arose to carry their fight for
the forty-acre parcels to the United
States courtß, if need be, to protect
their rights.
Don Orrill, well known in Los An
geles real estate circles, who has an
office with his son, Ade Orrill, in tho
Merchants Trust building, is the chair
man of the "the first-come members ot
the prospective Yuma project colony,"
was one of these. Orrill is a fighter,
and looks it. He is No. 2 in the line.
'Continued! on I Fafo i Sisj

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