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NUMBER 147. JLltH^Jlj. 4tU l'ljl>ln PER MONTH
Fiscal Amendment Is Re
jected by Vote, 285
to 254
Ministry's Existence De
pends on Dealing with
House of Lords Veto
[Associated Press]
LONDON, Feb. 24.—The first trial of
strength in the new parliament
occurred tonight at a crowded
session of the house of commons, when
Austen Chamberlain's iisc»l amend
ment was rejected by a vote of 285
to 254.
Although victorious only by a nar
row majority, the government may re
gard the result as satisfactory, inas
much as there was no cross voting
and no evidence of any intention on
the part of the discontented groups to
overthrow the ministry.
All the Nationalists, O'Brlenlsts as
■well as Redmondites, abstained from
voting. The Laborites voted with the
government! and three Liberals ab
Division was taken amid a scene of
great excitement, and the figures as
announced, were received with tremen
dous opposition cheering.
The premier, having given notice he
would move Monday that government
business take precedence until March
24, the house adjourned.
The government's existence now will
depend on the production of a plan
satisfactory to the Nationalists and
Radicals for dealing in a drastic man
ner with the house of lords veto.
Freemans Journal of Dublin tomor
row will say: "It cannot be stated with
too much emphas-is that the Irish party
has not budged a hair's breadth from
the policy which John Redmond has
laid down. Unless the government
speedily produces a veto scheme and
presses It to an issue, the Irish party
will enter on a policy of vigorous op
position to the government with the re
sult that the ministry either will be
defeated in a few days or wifi be con
tented to eke out a contemptible ex
istence by the aid of Balfour's sup
Freemans Journal further explains
that it was not out of consideration
for the government that the National
ists abstained from voting, but be
cause they did not desire to commit
themselves to a tariff reform policy or
to take a step that would divert the
issue of the next elections from the
house of lords to the tariff.
Meetings of Liberal and Radical
groups.dally are sending deputations to
Premier Asquith, urging him to take a
strong line on the yeto question.
Bloody Conflicts Take Place, and Con.
stabulary Force Has Diffi.
culty Suppressing
P\RIS, Feb. 24. —A special dispatch
from Point-a-Pitrie says: "The strike
situation continue! serious. Rioting
and incendiarism ure rampant; plan
tations have been burned, telephones
cut and factories destroyed. Bloody
conflict! have taken place between the
strikers and the gendarmes in various
Darts of the island. The rioters can
not be repressed, as the entire con
stabulary force numbers only 140. A
factory inspector, who was stripped
and bound to a stake, was driven mad
by the tortures he endured.
"At St. Francois the manager of a
factory and two gendarmes were pur
sued by rioters and took refuge in the
building. In a desperate battle that
followed tho gendarmes were wounded,
three rioters were killed and many
were wounded. Several of the latter
draeced themselves into the sugar
cane and were burned to death, the
lire having been started by the Itrlk
er#! 'The consulates at Point-a-Pitrl are
cuarded by soldiers. The governor ad
mits he is unable to suppress tho
movement, which is now revolutionary.
The consuls have asked that an Eng
lish warship be sent, and people are
anxious that the United States send
aid to Point-a-Pitrie."
POINT-A-PITRK Guadalupe, Feb.
24 The governor today issued a
proclamation, appealing to the good
sense of the striking sugar cane cut
ters He said:
"Already blood has flowed. Cease
the fratricidal strife. I counsel you
to return to the fields and resume
your work in the grinding plants for
the reason that satisfaction has been
accorded you. I beg you not to com
promise your cause."
PARIS, Feb. 24.—Following a con
ference between Premier Briand und
M Trouillot, minister of colonies, to
day decided to immediately dispatch
the armored cruiser Victor Hugo with
marines to Guadalupe to restore order
among the sugar cane cutters on
utrike there. A message was also sent
to the governor of Matlnique instruct
ing him to send 100 soldiers to the
scene of the trouble.
TOULON, Feb. 24.—The French ar
mored cruiser Victor Hugo, with 120
infantrymen on board, will sail Sat
urday for Guadeloupe.
LEAVENWORTH. Kas.. Feb. 24.—
■phll Allen, Jr., former vice president
ft he First National bank of Mineral
Point Wls., arrived at the federal
prison here this afternoon under a ten
year sentence.
. ( i i
For Los Angeles and vicinity:
Cloudy Friday; probably showers;
moderate north winds, changing to
southwest. Maximum temperature
yesterday 64 degrees, minimum tem
perature 46 degrees.
Pennies offered for fare by woman
leads to conductor suing phyr.ician
for $20,000. PACK 9
Religion and Jail bar* considered as
crime deterrents In forgery case.
Fatal shooting of Daniel Todd at De
Turk ranch held to be. result of an
accident. PAGE 8
Roo&avelt auxiliary, Spanish War
veterans, gives delightfully appointed
military ball. PAGE 7
John Burton, arrested here by Chinese,
Is also wanted for burglary In Illi
nois. PAGE 9
Fourth divorce suit brings separation
to wealthy produce dealer. PAGE '•*
Two cities of San Dlceo and Oakland
Join movement for U. S. steamship
line. "PAGE 1
Yuma land line still patiently waiting
for Instructions from Washington.
Democrats of county will tomorrow
chose 110 delegates to state confer
ence. FACIE 9
Automobile accident trial delayed be
cause witness makes conflicting
statements. PAGE 6
A. D. Myers, who was sued for 1100.
--000 by woman, denied he promised to
marry her. PAGE 5
Charter board organizes and begins
work of drafting new rules for muni
cipality. PAGE 5
Fire Chief Lips is "spanked" twice In
a day by city officials. PAGE '■
Y. M. C. A. aviation meet brines the
membership close to 6000 mark. PAGE 6
More trouble for police purity squad
Is threatened by women arrested on
word of police spy. ' PAGE 9
Editorial, Letter box, Haskln'a letter.
Society and music PAGE 7
Marriage licenses, birth, deaths. PAGE 14
Municipal affairs. PAGE 5
News of the courts. PAGE 6
Mines and oil fields. PAGE 13
Markets and financial. PAGE IS
Theaters. PAGE 7
Building permits. PAGE 6
Citrus fruit report. PAGE 12
Shipping. PAGE ■ 6
Sports. PAGE 10
Automobiles. PAGE 11
City brevities. I'AUK i
Classified advertising. PAGES 11-15
State control of national resources op
posed by Orange county chambers, of
commerce. PAGE 14
Ocean Park Good Government league
adopts platform for spring campaign.
Ownership of Long Beach bank prop
erty Is In doubt as result of tax title
, case. PAGE 14
Two brothers meet after many years
as result of Yuma land, line. PAGE 14
Stewart Edward White of Santa Bar
bara to hunt big game In Africa.
San Bernardino blacksmith shop near
police station Is robbed. PAGE 11
Business men In Bakersfleld protest
against freight charges. PAGE 3
Gov. Glllett and Bishop Hughes of San
Francisco address Y. M. C. A. con-•
ventlon at Sacramento. PAGh, 8
Dr J R. Hull, charged .with being Impli
cated in murder of Prol. Vaughn.
Chicago woman hugs robber so tightly lat
ter throws git coat and escapes. PAGE 2
Bailey scores postal savings bank bill In
stirring speech In V. 8. Senate. PAGE 3
Helm of Kentucky opposes ship subsidies;
calls U. S. government huso pawn shop.
Delegate "W'lckersham pleads for revision of
Alaikan mining laws. PAGE 2
Undertaker discovers Rwope's coffin has
been tampered with and defendant Hyde's
counsel will make use of knowledge. PAGE 1
Fifteen Indictments will be handed in by
Nf\v Jersey, which has been Investigating
high cost of living. PAGB 1
Churchmen In Philadelphia request car com
pany to refer strike question to arbi
tration. . P.ViE 1
Vnlted States Rets part of earnings of
citizens and heavy fine In store for delin
quents. I'AOB 1
Gordon, leaving senate, bids colleagues
goodby In unique speech. PAGE 3
Chairman Conncrs.of N. T. state de
mocracy forced to yield to power of
Tammany Chief Murphy. PAGE 2
Packer Valentine too 111 to attend the
grand jury Investigation into the
methods of the su-called beef trust.
Magonn, In speech at Boston, says
U. S. should depose all despots. PAdE 8
Jan.ineso press takes war talk with the
I'nitcd State* seriously; Secretary Knox
says friendliest relations exist. PACE, 3
Viscount Sono opposes annexation of Korea
by Japan; says revolt would ensue. PAUE 3
German government not to lend Its moral
support to American machinery exhibi
tion. PAaa i
French senators dispute In committee
and duel Is fought as result; one is
slightly Injured. I AL.E 3
Crl*la In Thibet puzzles British par
liament; no information of what
caused trouble having been received
Government wins by narrow margin In
first test vote In new English Par
llament. ™M 1
Russia offers alternative railroad plan
following announcement that Eng
land and U. B. would finance the
Manchurian line. PAGE 16
Geologist Ralph Arnold begins work on
wattr case In Coallnga. PAGE 13
Eastern oil men will drill at Vallcjo. PAGE 13
Standard Oil depresses price of oil and ac
tion taken by Pennsylvania producers may^
react upon trust. PAGE 13
Twin lost mine Is found by Nacazarl
prospector In Sonora. PAGE 13
Jeffrira starts light training for his
[\«ht with Johnson by dolne road
work. PAOa 10
Younfc woman who is to marry Wolgast
is daughter of widow proprietor of
cafe at Venl.i-. PAGB 16
Players Henderson and Sheehan are
refused reinstatement at meeting of
National Basetiull commission. PAOB 1U
Cloudlllht wins handicap feature at
Emeryville; long shots win majority
of all events. PAUB 10
Abe Attell whlpn Frankie Nell In a
short bout In New York that proves
•low and uninteresting. PAGE 10
Imperial Government Not
to Morally Support
Interests See in Venture
Danger to Home
[Associated Press)
BERLIN, Feb. 24.—The statement of
Herr Delbrueck, minister of in
terior, in the relchstag, the gov- I
ernmtnt hud not given and would not!
give material or moral rapport to the I
American exhibition of machinery in '
this city next summer Ims caused
astonishment on the part of the pro
moters of the exposition.
The promoters are Gorman capital
ists, such as Isadjrc Loewe of the
Mauser ritle Manufactory and Ludwig
Loewe of the machine tool works, who
obtained before approaching Americans
on the subject what they thought was
the moral support or the Imperial gov
ernment. When Baron Yon Branden
stein went to the United States as the
representative of the exposition man
agement one of the attaches of the
German embassy at Washington, Baron
Hartmann yon Rlchthofen, was as
signed to accompany him to New York
and assist him In his mission. They
visited prominent New Yorkers, and it
was understood that the idea of the
foreign office was to help the enterprise
as far as possible morally without com
mitting the government to official or
financial .obligations.
Many distinguished Americans who
signed* the appeal \to American indus
tries for participation in the exposition
did so under the impression that this
German enterprise was supported
morally by the German government.
Prince Henry of Prussia is chairman
of the German reception committee,
and among those associated with him
are Grand Duke Adolph Frederick of
Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Prince Hatz
feldt and Prince Henickel Donners
Since the exposition was launched
some of the . machinery interests of
Germany have appeared to think that
i there was danger ahead for the Ger
man industry. Various newspapers,
especially the Rheniseh Westphaelische
Zeitung, published at Essen, have op
posed the American exhibit. Apparent
ly It was the recognition of these ob
jections that led Minister Delbrueck to
make the declaration on behalf of the
He was speaking yesterday as the
representative of the chancellor, and
doubt Is expressed whether he knew
that the government had actually given
Its moral support to the enterprise. It
also has been understood here that the
appointment of commissioners by the
department of commerce and labor of
the United States was due to the desire
of the American government to aid an
undertaking already strongly supported
by the German government.
New Jersey Jury After Long Investi
gation Takes Action Against
Packing Interests Maintain,
ing Storage Plants
[Associated Pressl
NEW YORK, Feb. 24.—After weeks
of investigation by a, (rand jury in
Hudson county, New Jersey, indica
tions tonight are that fifteen Indict
ment! Will be handed up tomorrow
against the packing interests main
taining cold storage plants in Jeney
Just who will be named as Individ
ual directors or officer! it is impos
sible* to ascertain, but it is known
definitely that Indictment! have been
prepared which will charge conspiracy
in restraint of trade under the New-
Jersey laws.
The inquiry at Jersey Oity has been
the most important In the east Blnce
public opinion demanded legal steps to
lighten the burden of the tost of liv
ing The great storehouses there hold
the' food supplies upon which New
York and its suburbs draw, and New
York and New Jersey have been co
operating in the investigation A
grand jury in New York county is to
begin an investigation in a few days.
Plants under investigation are op
erated by the National Packing com
pany, Nelson Morris & Co., Swift &
Co and Armour & Co.
Pierre Garven, public prosecutor of
Hudson county, conducted the inves
tigation, but recently he has been
balked in his attempts to obtain the
books of the National Packing com
n-inv The prosecutor threatens to ob
tain a court writ to get possession,
and, failing in this, to take steps to
revoke the packing company s char
tCThere was circulated today a story
that men from Chicago had attempted
to bribe Mr. Garven to call a halt in
the investigation. While the prose
cutor declined either to can ,m or
deny the report it was said that he
intimated that some sort of advances
had been made to him, details of
which he declined to discuss.
ST LOUIS, Feb. M.—BlfbUen sticks
of'dynamite, said to have been brought
here from Leavenworth, Washington
county by W. W. Lowe and George
Ebeling, are In the DOMeMlon of local
inspectors. Lowe and Ebeling are huld
on charge* of robbing the mails in a
Missouri Pacific train holdup last
month. A woman who owns the house
where Lowe and Ebellns Uv«d toll
the police the men brought the explo
sive to her home two years ago.
No i Immediate Reply to
Question Given by Qua
ker City Company
Boys Soap Track and Hurl
Brick and Stone, But
Traffic Continues
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.—The presi
dent today directed th« United States
attorney nt Philadelphia be ordered to
Bee that mall ngencles are not inter
fered with (lining the strike, to ram
the arrest and exert every effort to se
cure the conviction uf any one attempt
ing to interfere with the mall in any
way. and to see that the government*
contract with the Philadelphia Rapid
Tilllihil company Is carried out.
[Associated Press]
PHILADELPHIA. Feb. 24.—Surface
cars were operated on the princi
pal streets of Philadelphia until
midnight, for the first time since the
beginning of the present strike- against
the Rapid Transit company.
Guarded by members of the state
police, the cars continued to run, even
through the turbulent mill districts of
Kensington and Frankford.
Although the company reported that
eighty-lour cars had been stoned to-
day, no disturbance whs permitted to
reach serious proportions. All out
break! were quickly quelled by the po
lice, and not a riot call was sent in.
According to the compan. 's figures,
744 ears were in operation and sixty
six continued to run until midnight.
Increased Mi-vice is promised by the
company, which announces that 4UO
new men, many formerly in the em
ploy of the company, were hired today
and will take out cars tomorrow.
Officials of the company refused to
comment on the request irom the com
mittee of churchmen that the griev
ances of the strikers be submitted to
arbitration. The request will be re
ferred to the directors of the company.
This proposal for arbitration, made
by representatives of twenty-six reli
gious denominations, including the
leading clergymen in the city, has been
approved by the strikers, who suggest,
however, that one of the seven mem
bers on the proposed board of arbitra
tion be a representative of organized
Number of Arrests Reduced
Only one-tlirrt as many arrests were
made by the police today as yesterday,
when seventv-eiLht persons were taken
into custody. Among those arrested
was the son of v constable in the of
fice of the committing magistrate. Ho
confessed he was a member of a band
of youths who manufactur-d a quan
tity of explosive caps and then drew
lots to see who should place them on
the tracks. He drew the fateful straw
and was arrested when placing the ex
plosives on the tracks.
A new and dangerous method of
showing their antipathy to the com
pany was adopted by crowds of boys in
the uptown district late this afternoon,
when soap was used on the rails.
For fifteen minutes bricks and stones
and other missiles wore thrown into
one car, breakin; windows and throw
ing the passengers into a panic.
A detail of police gave chase to the
rioters who lied. Soon afterward the
same crowd souped a down grade, and
the next car slid down the slippery
rails, but came to a halt before crash
ing into the preceding car. Ihe mob
was driven away.
Plans for the proposed sympathetic
strike have been deferred for the pres
ent. The striking car men at their
meeting today requested that the gen
eral strike be held in f.beyance. As a
result the Central Labor union and the
Allied Building Trades council decided
tonight to postpone further action un
til Sunday. .
Flans for crippling U>e service of the
company by a strike of the power
hnuso employes were discussed at a
meet in- of the Stationary Engineers
and Firemen's union today. These men
were in session until after midnight.
Powerhouses Guarded
Uepotts that powerhouses of the
company would be attacked resulted in
detailing the state fencibles to guard
these structures.
Orders thai they were nnt to lire hair
ing been withdrawn, these young sol
diers say they will redeem themselves
from their recent inglorious fiasco
The company posted a notice in each
of its nineteen barns today that all em
ployes who ha.ye remained loyal to the
company, anil who may become inca
pacitated by injuries in strike disorders,
will be cared for the rest of their lives.
At the offices of the company there
was a. long line of unemployed men
seeking places as conductors and mo
tormen. The. company is advertising
for "000 men. It Is offering 22Vi cents
an hour, with a guarantee oi an early
increase. The company states that it
ureters Philadelphians seeking employ
ment, and does not desire to engage
men who will work only during the
strike. Many in the long line of men
were engaged.
Many boy rioters arrested in the last
few days were taken into the juvenile
court today. They were for the most
Dart a penitent lot, and a majority paid
dearly for the fun they thought they
were having in attacking cars. All
promised to be good, but promises had
So weight with the court, and tines
varying from $S to $20 were inflicted.
Some of the boys will stay thirty days
in the house of detention and others
until the strike Is over.
There has been no interference with
the transportation of the malls over the
lines of the transit company. So far as
renorted, there have been only two in
stances of blocking the cars carrying
mails between the sub-stations in the
city. t t t
ST. PAUL, Feb. 24.—President L. W.
Hill today announced the appointment
of Richard J. Jackson as general coun
sel of the Great Northern to succeed
\V X Begg, resigned. The appoint
ment of Mr. Jackson, formerly chair
man of the Chicago, Hock Island &
Pacific railway, will become effective
March 10. \\
V. ftfrny' *w" ' ■ >>?..;:■>*> JIB
Local Office Crowded with Represent.
atlves of Concerns Seeking
to Comply with
the Law
WASHINGTON, Feb. 24.—One of the
busiest men in Washington these days
Is Royall E. Cabell, commissioner of
Internal revenue, upon whom falls the
duty, according to the new tariff law,
of collecting from the corporations of
the country the tax Imposed by that
The information required by the
terms of the law from the corporations
must be filed with the commissioner
on or before March 1.
Every corporation that falls to have
its report, properly made out. in the
hands of the collector of internal rev
enue by that time for transmission to
the commissioner makes itself liable
to a fine, of not less than $1000 and pos
sibly $10,000.
Very many of the returns are being
received as the time limit draws near.
There Is a great deal of work about
the collection and examination and re
cording of the returns.
The law provides that every corpo
rrtion shall pay a tax of 1 per cent
upon its entire net income over and
above $5000.
In enacting the law congress appro
priated $100,000 for its enforcement.
Local Office Busy
The offices of Claude I. Parker, In
ternal revenue collector, are crowded
with officers of corporations, big and
little, who are hastening to file their
reports before March 1. One thousand
reports have reached the collector this
week, although 2'ooo remain to be
filed. Collector Parker reports, how
ever, that the corporations have de
layed their business with the govern
ment so long It will be impossible to
file the reports that are still out in the
short time that remains.
Siipt. Park 3of Harriman Line Testifies
at Hearing on Government's
Suit to Stop Merger
NEW YORK, Feb. 24.—Testimony
showing why the Southern Pacific had
lengthened its freight train schedules
was piled up today at the hearing in
the government's suit to dissolve the
Union Pacific-Southern Pacific merger.
Superintendent Wm. L. Park of the
Union Pacific sketched the history of
the famous "Nellie Bly" special freight
which was put on by the Union Pacific
in its war with the Oregon short line,
making the run on passenger train
schedule between Council Bluffs and
Ogden in thirty-two hours.
Superintendent Park said he rode
several times on this train and con
sidered its speed unsafe. The train
was withdrawn.
Increasing traffic on the Union Pa
cific gradually demoralized train
schedules, Mr. Park testified, the cli
max being reached during the fall and
winter following the San Francisco
fire. The congestion forced a general
slowing up of running time.
ANDES, Chile, Feb. 24.—William J.
Bryan, Mrs. Hryan and their daugh
ter" arrived today from Santiago and
crossed the mountains into Argentlnia
on their way to Buenos Ayres.
Undertaker Makes Discovery When
Body Exhumed but Declares
Cover Was Fastened
[Associated Press]
KANSAS CITY, Feb. 24—The testi
mony of R. B. Mitchell, an undertak
er's assistant, who said today that sev
eral screws in the lid of Col. Thomas
H. Swope's coffin were loose when the
body was removed for an autopsy, is
regarded as highly important by attor
neys for Dr. B. C. Hyde.
While Dr. Hyde's attorneys will not
state positively that they will claim the
body was tampered with after It was
placed In the vault, they admit they
will make use of Mitchell's statement.
Mitchell's testimony was taken today
by Dr. Hyde's attorneys in connection
with the slander suit brought by the
physician against John G. Paxton, an
executor of the Swope estate.
After Mitchell had testified, C. A.
Lyon, another assistant undertaker,
told about fastening the lid of the
coffin following the funeral.
"When we closed the coffin we took
particular care to see that it was sealed
tightly," he said. "I know from per
sonal knowledge that the screw was
put in as tightly as possible."
In accordance with an agreement of
the interested attorneys the prelimin
ary hearing of Dr. B. C. Hyde, charged
with the murder of Col. T. H. Swope,
was continued until March 4, when
called before a justice of the peace at
Independence, Mo., today .
Dr. Hyde's bond of $50,000 was re
It Is not yet known whether Dr.
Hyde will consent to appear before the
grand jury.
Railroad Employe Swept from Top of
Car by Frozen Ropes of a
Safety Device
PITTSBURG, Feb. 24.—"Te11-tales,"
the little ropes that dangle over rail
road tracks at bridge approaches and
tunnel mouths to warn brakemen of
impending danger, failed In their mis
sion on the Monongahela division of
the Pennsylvania railroad when, frozen
into stalactites of ice, they hurled
Brakeman Robert Meyers from a car
roof. As a result he is in a hospital
in a dying condition.
NEW YORK, Feb. 24.—Since United
States Judge Ray of the Northern dis
trict of New York last week sentenced
to long terms in the federal prison at
Atlanta "Lupe the Wolf" and seven
other notorious counterfeiters and al
leged "Black Handers," he has re
ceived a threatening letter from the
Black Hand, the exact nature of which
could not be learned. Postofflce in
spectors will endeavor to trace the
PARIS, Feb. 24. —Charles W. Fair
banks will remain here until Monday,
when he will go to London. A number
of affairs In his honor have been ar
ranged. He has accepted invitations
to visit the French senate and cham
ber of deputies. Mr. Fairbanks de
clined to comment on the political sit
uation in the United States or discuss
further the unpleasant Incident in
Rome. I
Oakland and San Diego
Urge Necessity of Fed
eral Service
Government Owned Ships
Only Remedy for Con
ditions on Coast
TWO NEW and Important namea
have been added to the long list
of powerful organizations on tha
Pacific coast which are boosting Los
Angeles' plan for a federal steamship
line. Dispatches. received here yes
terday state that the chamber of
commerce of Oakland has adopted res
olutions urging all civic and commer
cial bodies on the coast to appeal to
congress for relief from the present
traffic conditions—obtainable only,
through federal service.
Secretary A. P. Fleming of the Los
Angeles harbor commission announced,
yesterday that San Diego, which until
recently opposed the plan for a gov
ernment-owned steamship line for the
relief of the Pacific coast and Panama
traffic, is now vigorously boosting tha
project, and has gone on record at
Washington in favor of the adoption,
of such means as will speedily over
come the effects of the gross discrimi
nation of the railroads, which has
worked to the injury of California's in
dustrial life for many years.
The San Diego chamber of com
merce has instructed the Los Angeles
harbor commission to represent it in
promoting the project at Washington.
This is an important advantage, for it
places San Diego in Hne with every
other port on the Pacific coast, south
of Seattle, in favor of the federal
steamship plan.
San Francisco, San Dirgo, and one
or two northern port cities formerly
objected to the plan for reasons which.
they afterward learned were erroneous,
and as a result the entire Pacific coast
may now be said to have come to the
aid of the undertaking launched by
Senator Frank P. Flint and emanat
ing from the people of Los Angeles.
Railroad Discrimination
Like San Francisco, the city of San
Diego is convinced the only salvation,
of Southern California is in the fed
eral steamship project. The railroads
have grossly discriminated against Los
Angeles and San Diego, and otherwise
have proved inadequate to handle our
vast citrus and other outputs.
"I brought this fact forcibly horn»
to San Diego," said Mr. Fleming,
"when in citing the report of Special
Commissioner J. L. Bristow, appointed
by Roosevelt to investigate the con
ditions of Pacific coast ports in con
nection with the Panama railroad. I
called the attention of the city to the.
fact that the loss of one item of ship
ping nlone, consisting of 99,888 balea
of cotton, received at San Diego ia
two years prior to the discriminatory
combine of the railroads, should exem
plify its need of a federal steamship
line, for the loss of that cotton to San
Diego meant also a financial loss of
many thousands of dollars.
"Commissioner Bristow, in his re
port, said the combination of the rail
roads closed the port of San Diego to
all foreign trade except Baja Califor
nia and Mexico, jus;, as it closed the
port of Los Angeles practically to tha
'•Before the railroads entered into
the agreement whereby the vast vol
ume of business that should come by
water and could be carried thus at
comparatively low rates and with nu
merous advantages not to be had in
railway transportation, the traffic of
the Atlantic and Pacific coasts and of:
all Europe and the Orient, logically
oceanic traffic, was monopolized by the
railroads, who acquired immense
profits by transporting it via the inter
ior—an absurd and costly method.
"The commerce of South and Cen
tral America, Panama and Mexico, to
whose first handling Los Angeles and
San Diego are entitled by virtue of
pvery known fact, was given to San.
"No wonder San Francisco had been,
able so rapidly to rehabilitate from Its
fire and earthquake.
"San Diego, which handled $2,258,000
worth of cotton in two years before
the combine, surrendered this and all
the other traffic it had handled by rail
from the Mississippi valley. And San,
Francisco got it.
Los Angeles Suffers
"Los Angeles, to whose port millions
of dollars of the world's commerce
was and still is directed, also suffered.
Commerce that should have come to
our harbor, came by a ridiculous
round-about way over deserts and
mountains, to the railway yards of
San Francisco, thence to Los Angeles.
And the people of Los Angeles have
paid out millions of dollars for thosu
extra miles of unsatisfactory railway
transportation, while our harbor haa
been shorn of ships and deprived of
its sustaining patronage.
"And while San Francisco has bene
fited by this unjust treatment of the
southwest, she has awakened to the
fact that Bhe also loses far more than
she gains by the monopolistic methods
of the Pacific Mail Steamship cpm
pany, and that If she would command
further commerce, commensurate with
her harbor and facilities, she must
promote the federal steamship project.
"Let the railroads of the interior
handle the freight of the interior, but
let the ships of the sea handle the
commerce of the sea, and let them
stop at all important ports, just as
trains must stop at all important cit
ies This done, the volume of com
merce that will pass through western
ports, and into western channels will
prove sufficient to develop all of tha
great natural harbors of the west, and
the east will no longer prosper at the
cost of the west.
"The people must realize the tremen
dous importance of the great work un
derta'cen by the Los Angeles harbor
commission, and when they do it will
not take us long to get relief."
CHICAGO, Feb. 24. —John Lawler,
street car conductor, was killed, Mo
torman John Corcoran probably fa
tally Injured and fifteen passengers
severely hurt here today In a collision
of a street car and a Chicago, Mil
waukee & St. Paul passenger train.

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