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Savants from All Over the World
Will Be Here Next
Conference to Be Most Important
Astronomical Gathering Ever
Held in America
i oTHwNGIviEiUn from mi over the
j\ world, members of the Interna
-£*• tional v Association for Solar Re
search, will meet at the Mount Wilson
observatory next summer. to discuss
the results of recent studies of the
day star and to plan future observa
tions. The meeting will be the fourth
ever held by tho association, and the
second to be held in America. It will
bring here the most distinguished con
course of astronomers ever gathered
within the United States, and it will
be by far the most Important astro
nomical gathering of recent years.
The International association's first
congress was held in St. Louis in iaO4,
the second at Oxford in 1905 and the
third and last at the Observatory of
Meudon In 11107. The congress at
Mount Wilson will convent) August 29.
and will remain in session for several
days, if not weeks, no time limit hav
ing been set.
Formal invitations to the gathering
were sent out from the Mount Wilson
observatory several months ago, under
the authority of the International as
sociation's executive committee. Ke
sponses to these invitations have been
very generally favorable, and it is
already certain, say observatory of
ficials, that the meeting will prove the
most Important ever held in this
country. Nor is thu reason for this
far to seek. Tho Mount Wilson ob
servatory Is admittedly the best
equipped in the world for solar ob
servation. In Itself it la a strong at
traction for men who study the
Practically every university In the
United States will be represented at
the meeting, while delegates will also
be In attendance from all the im
portant universities and observatories
of the old world. Prominent among'
tho European savants who will come
here will be Professor Hartmann,
disector of the observatory at Got
tingen, Germany; l Jrofunsor Kayser of
Bonn and Sir David Gill, for many
years astronomer royal at the Cai>e
of Good Hope.
The problems to be discussed by
this congress are primarily Bolar prob
lems, which are, in reality, problems
of physics; and at Mount Wilson visit
ing astronomers will find an equip
ment as perfect as modern science can
make it to aid them In their research.
The observatory Itself, under the
direction of Prof. G. E. Hale, is, as
is well known, an annex of the Car
negie institute at Washington. Pro
fessor Hale, by the way, 13 now on
his way home from the east, where
he wont on business connected with j
the coming meeting.
The observatory Is about 2000 meters
above sea level. Arrived there, the
astronomer is at once on the earth
and in the sky. On one side he has
under his gaze terrestrial nature in its
most varied aspects—first, the moun
tain, then in the distance the immense
azure seu. extending as far as the eye
can reach, over all th« silent move
ment of the stars. Below him is tho
life of two cities—Pasadena and Los
Angeles—which seem at night to be a
group of stars glowing with a bright
light; above them the berene, tranquil
sublimity of the celestial world. At
that altitude the atmosphere is trans
parent, free from heavy vapors and
clouds of dust.
The - astronomers will find :on these
heights, dominating the fogs of the
plain, an establishment fitted with all
the desirable instruments for the spe
cial studies which are carried on there.
Among them are, notably, several large
reflectors. The most important of these
Instruments Is a horizontal telescope
of 60em. aperture ' and a focal length
of eighteen meters, due to the muni
ficence of a benefactress of science.
Miss Snow of Chicago. It receives the
rays . emitted by. the heavenly bodies
by means of a coelostat, composed of
two plane mirrors of 76cm. and 60cm.
diameter. A spectrograph of sm. 50cm.
focus .or : a spectroheliograph of . lin.
50cm. can be adapted to It. ■„"■•
•,. A, well known astronomer and writer
who Is i greatly interested in the con
gress said . yesterday: .
"The program of the approaching
session includes, naturally, the discus
sion of all the questions awakened by
the solar problem. Every manifesta
tion of terrestrial life derives its en
ergy from the sun. It is thus a mat
ter of urgent necessity to discover the
amount of such energy cast on the
earth at each instant by the radiant
king of the day sky. This amount was
at one time considered to be invariable,
and for that very reason it was des
ignated as the 'solar constant' —a term
which is incorrect, as the radiation
varies from year to year, even from
day to day, as Is shown by the per
petual changes In the aspect of the
sun's disk, the number and dimensions
of its spots, its faculae and its pro
tuberances. For more than a century
studies of this nature have been pur-
Hued by means of two instruments—
the actinometer and the pyrheliometer.
"Again, one of the most captivating
questions at the present time Is that
of the force of repulsion of the sun,
which gives birth to the tails of the
comets. Is it produced by the pressure
of light, according to the theory of
ArrheniuM, or is it of electric origin,
oathodle or other rays? In any case
it seems evident that electricity plays
it great rolo in this phenomenon, under
whatever form this activity may be
found to appear. The recent discovery
by Messrs. Hale and Deslandres of a
magnetic field in the whirlwind* of
the chroinonphen 1 X from thin point
of view, of the highest importance." |
Slayer of Eleanor Fieber Caught
by San Francisco Police
SAN FRANCISCO, . May I.—Driven
from his retreat, in tho canyons of the
Alameda county foothills, where lie
hag been' hiding for the last ninety
days, George Bessor, who shot and
killed Miss Eleanor Ftober. lio.h sweet
heart, oh. the night of January 29 in a
fit of Joalousy, came back Into the
city today to surrender himself to
Detective James Reagan, an acquaint
ance, and was captured by the police
before he could give himself up.
Bosßor telia a story of terrible hard
nil Ips endured while concealing himself
from the officers. Several times, haunt
ed by his conscience and a vision of
the pirl he had slain, Hessor had con
templated suicido.
Bessor, who Is a longshoreman, had
loved Miss Firber. Going to her home
<m tho night of January 29, ho found
her In the company of another man.
He fired two shots and Miss Fleber fell
dead. Bessor claims lie shot to kill
Miss Flpber's, companion and had no
tnougnt of harming tho girl.
Women and Children Hurled from
Car Which Goes over Preci
pice in Pasadena
PASADENA, May I.—The most re
markable, automobile accident in the
history of Southern California hap
pened here this afternoon. Mr. and
Mrs. F. E. Wolfarth, their two little
children and A. R. Tobey of Covina
were plunged over a precipice 200 feet,
the automobile falling on a huge pile
of rocks without injuring anyone In
the party.
The party was out joy-riding this
afternoon. Just as they were starting
down the Scoville hill In Pasadena
their touring car skidded at a sharp
turn In the road and plunged over
the almost perpendicular Incline. The
machine turned over several times,
striking right side up.
Wolfarth and Tobey were in the
front seats and stayed with the ma
chine. The women and children were
thrown out of the whirling car, but
escaped Injury.
The car is a complete wreck. The
members of the party walked a mile
and a half to the electric car and re
turned to their homes.
BUFFALO, N. V., May I.—Mary
Carroll was taken off a train here
while bound from Sacramento to New
York, where she was to sail on the
steamer Cedrlc for 1 Dublin, Ireland,
and died at a local hospital today.
In a shabby handbag was found a
letter of credit for $12,000 and $400 in
cash. The woman was about 60 years
I.os Angelea and vicinity—Cloudy Monitor,
probably showers In mountains; light south
west wind. Maximum temperature yesterday
64 degrees | minimum 54.
Wealthy woman charges Jack Golden,
actor, snatched her* purse, containing
$2100 In gold. PAGE 1
Beautiful young Hollywood matron. Jeal
ous of husband, uses cyanide of potas- -
stum with fatal effect. PAGE 1
Astronomers from all over the world will
meet at Mount Wilson observatory next
summer. . * , PAGE 1
Black robber runs amuck with knife,,
'and Chinese, Mexican and German are
held up. PAGE 2
Council discovers there will be no elec
tion In May. PAGE 3
Man's attempt' at suicide falls because
neck Is too tough for knife. . PAGE r 3
Clubwomen i start for Cincinnati conven- .
tion tomorrow, •.-' • • . PAGE 8
Police records show heavy decrease In
. number of arrests. PAGE 12
Wed on light wager, husband desert* his
chorus girl bride. . PAGE i
Books prove Dan Cupid Is loafer. PAGE , 3
Editorial and letter box. PAGE 4
City brevities. PAGE 6
Hotel notes and personals. PAGE 6
Sporting. . , . .;. ,;, PAGES 8, 7
Classified advertising. . PAGES 10, 11
Shipping. , ,' , - - T ■ PAGE 9
Mines and mining. J PAGE 9
School superintendents to urge laws pen
sioning teachers and providing free ■
transportation for children to and from , ;
distant schools, . ■-„ PAGE 2
Santa Vc orders key tappers on San .
. Bernardino division to use phones In
dispatching- trains. PAGE 10
Pasadena" building * permits for April .
show growth of.Crown City. PAGE 10
Long Beach Infant will occupy chair
made In 1750. ■;,..- . ' - .PAGE 10
Amusements at Venice do regular sum
mer business., , ''. I PAGE 10
Five duck death as auto loops the loop
•, In • Pasadena, ' ' / \ " PAGES 1
Roosevelt called lnsulter of pope by arch
• bishop of Boston. • PAGE 1
President Taffs pet measures all In dif
ficulty and • many congressmen prepare
| to leave Washington. PAGE i
Land work fat» s la believed;* toss-up.
Undertaker declares that his profession Is
a gay and happy one. , , PAGE 1
Ward, noted sculptor, dies In New - York
at age, of «0. . PAGE 1
President Taft will attoYid ceremonies in
Fittsburg, and then—to the., ball game.
Fiendish, tortures being practiced ■In
Managua. PAGE 3
Japan puts screws on foreign land holders.
Roosevelt,^ guest at Dutch tulip show,
"backs » up" on the "strenuous ' life."
,' PAGE 3
'Leave Me Alone,' Tells Physi
cian, Then Takes Cyanide
of Potassium
Mrs. Ella Durant, Popular in Hol
lywood Society, Proves
Love by Death
JtSALOUS because of what she be
lleved to be her husband's atten
tions to other women in the Hotel
Hollywood, where they were guests,
beautiful Mrs. Blla. H. Uurant, wife
of Li. H. Durant. n prominent real es
tate dealer of Hollywood, committed
suicide some time Saturday night by
taking cyanide, of potassium following
a bitter quarrel with her husband.
Her body, cold in death and stretched
on the floor of her bedroom in the
hotel, was found yesterday morning
by Dr. C. G. Purnell, her brother-in
law, a prominent physician living at
426 Gardner avenue. Particles of the
deadly drug with which she had wel
comed death were strewn on a tray
on her dresser.
The Durants were married ten years
ago. They own a beautiful home In
Hollywood. Part of their married* life
was parsed happily until Mrs. Durant
began to believe her husband preferred
the society of other women. Bitter
quarrels followed, and several times
separation was imminent, but always
reconciliations were effecetd. Recently
the woman is said to have been fall-
Ing In health as a result of worry.
Clerks at the Hotel Hollywood said
yesterday that Mrs. Durant kept a
light burning for her husband when he
stayed out late. Gossip at the hotel
has hud it for some time that the two
were unhappy and might separate.
Shortly after the quarrel Saturday
night. Durant notified Dr. Purnell of
the affair, and left for Los Angeles,
saying he would pass the night with a
Dr. Purnell Immediately visited Mrs.
Durant at the hotel and found her in
a highly nervous state of mind. She
paced the floor continually, and despite
tha physician's earnest request that
she pass the night with his wife, the
distracted woman refused, saying.
"There Is a time when every man or
woman should be alone."
The physician attached no particular
importance to her remark, and left her
with the assurance that he would re
turn In the morningl. That was the
last he saw of her alive.
Early yesterday morning he hurried
to the hotel and went to her apart
ments. Receiving no answer to his
knock, he became alarmed and broke
open the door. The body of Mrs. Du
rant was lying on the floor. She had
been dead many hours.
Dr. Purnell would say little yester
day about the suicide. It was ru
mored earlier In the day that he had
bitterly accused Durant of being the
cause of his sister-in-law's death, but
later he refused to confirm this.
A diligent search has been Instituted
for Durant, but up to a late hour the
man had not been found. The couple
lived In Hollyood ten years.
Hospital Attaches Say She Will
Never Regain Consciousness
Hovering between life and death,
Etta Lumsden, the 14-year-old girl who
was brutally assaulted Thursday night
in the rear of her home, 1039 East For
ty-flfth street, by Frank H. Allen, re
mains in an unconscious condition at
the Good Samaritan hospital.
The attaches of the hospital hold out
but little hope for the recovery of the
girl, and firmly believe she will not re
gain consciousness and that all that
will be ever known of the criminal at
tack has been told by the self-confessed
perpetrator of the crime, Allen.
At 1 o'clock this morning the girl
was still alive, but nurses at the Good
Samaritan hospital^ stated her death
might occur at any moment.
FRESNO, May I.—Whtpple S. Hall,
the aviator, was Injured this afternoon
when his Curtiss biplane crashed
against the fence at the fair grounds,
where Hall was giving .a public, ex
hibition. The machine was leaving the
ground when it suddenly swerved, the
driver losing control. He was hurled
headforemost against the fence. His
face was severely cut and his back
injured so that he was unable to walk.
Mrs. Hall and daughter witnessed
the accident. Hall, who is a son of
Judge Hall of the appellate court
bench, had been making trial flights
for some weeks at Mendota, in this
SAN FRANCISCO, May l.^-The big
gest tree of the Sequoia grove at Mulr
wood, the beautiful natural park of
Marin county, naa dedicated to Glf
ford Pinchot today..
The ceremony was conducted under
the auspices of tho Sierra club, the
Outdoor Walking and Nature organi
zation. Prof. Alexander J. McAdle and
former Governor Dr. George C. Pardee
were the principal speakers.
SEATTLE, May I.—Although 10,000
names were added to the census rolls
yesterday and today the result of the
enumeration when completed is ex
pected to be a bitter disappointment,
the total recorded population being es
timated at only 235,000, as against 300,
--000 in estimates made before the count
waa begun.
Refuses to Run in 1912; Favors
Loeb for Governor of
New York
Theodore Roosevelt, according
to a local paper this morning, has
written a letter to President Taft
indorsing the Taft administration.
The letter also states he will not
be a candidate for the presidency
in 1912, or for any other office in
the interim. It is said that
Roosevelt wants William Loeb,
jr., for governor of New York.
Maker of Greatest Equestrian
Statues in World Succumbs
to Long Illness
NEW TDRK. MaJ" I.—Jchn Quincy
Adams Ward, one of America's great
est sculptors, died today at his home
here in his 80th year. He had been ill
three months.
Mr. Ward produced the equestrian
statue of Washington In Union square.
Among his »ther well known works
are equestrian statues of Sheridan and
Hancock in Philadelphia and in New
York city the statues of the Indian
hunter, the Pilgrim, Shakespeare, all
In Central park; Henry AVard Beecher
In Borough Hall park, Brooklyn; also
statues of Commodore Perry at New
port, R. 1., and Israel Putnam at Hart
ford, Conn.
Shortly before his death he completed
a statue of Hancock for the Smith
memorial In Philadelphia.
Daniel C. French, a pupil of Ward's,
in paying tribute to his genius tonight,
recalled how Edwin Booth, the great
tragedian, posed for the Shakespeare
statue and gave helpful suggestions
for arranging the folds of the cloak.
"But his greatest work," said Mr.
French, "a work which St. Gaudens
pronounced the finest equestrian statue
In the world, is the statue of Gen.
Thomas In Washington. There the
horse is a real horse In every detail.
Mr. Ward knew horses and loved
KINGSTON, Jamaica, May I.—Nord
Alexis, former president of Hayti, died
here today. His death followed a brief
Illness. His health, however, had been
completely broken by the experiences
of the last year and a half, after he
was deposed and sent Into exile. He
was a refugee here since the revolution
of 1908 and possessed considerable
property In Kingston.
MORRISTOWN, N. J.. May I.—Mrs.
Richard A. McCurdy,-widow of the late
president of the Mutual Life Insur
ance company, died at her home here
today. She was 72 years of age and
was married to Mr. McCurdy flfty
two years ago. Two children, Robert,
and Mrs. Louis A. Thebaudaux, sur
miral Philip H. Hitchborn, U.S.N., who
was chief constructor of the naA'y,
died tonight after a long illness. He
was 71 years old.
Efforts to Right Craft Exhaust
Strength of Pair
their strength after a half hour strug
gle to support themselves on the bot
tom of an overturned fishing smack
which had capsized with them in the
bay, off Fort Point, Mrs. Louise
Schaadt, 22 years old, and John Gabb,
43, sank and were drowned.
Russell M. Schaada, husband of the
young woman, who was one of the
party In the boat, made every effort
to save his wife's life and it was only
through the prompt arrival of the life
saving crew that he was taken from
the water just as he was sinking.
The accident occurred as the party
was returning from a Ashing expedi
tion. As the entrance to the bay was
being made, the smack shipped her
rudder and the boat was adrift in the
strong current on a flood tide. In try-
Ing to right the craft, the men brought
it about suddenly and a large wave
turned it turtle.
Schaadt's attempt to place his wife
upon the bottom of the boat turned H
over In the water three different times,
and In righting the skiff the energy of
tbe men was exhausted.
A flre which started at 1:30 o'clock
this morning destroyed the Montana
cafe, a one-story structure at 217-219
--221 West Fourth street. The blaze
originated In Flsch's curio store, which
was ruined. For a time the flames
threatened to do serious damage In the
downtown section, but prompt action
by the flre department prevented the
spread of the flames. At 2 o'clock this
morning the flre was under control.
PURSE AND $2100,
Leading Man at Local Theater Is
Locked Up, Accused of
Grand Larceny
Police Bombarded with Shake
spearean Lines When They
Arrest Jack Golden
ACCUSED of snatching a purse con
taining $2100 in golj from an aged
woman In her apartments at the
Alexandria hotel within sight and sound
of hundreds of guests and attendants
Saturday. Jack Golden, actor, who
played Mace Greenleaf's part in "Frcm
Frou" at the Nielsen theater last
week, was arrested with his wife
by Detective Carroll yesterday shortly
after they had purchased tickets
to Chicago from the agent at the
Arcade depot. Two thousand dollars
was found pinned inside the woman's
waist. Golden told the police that
Sheridan was his right name, and that
years ago he had figured prominently
In the ring under the name of Jack
Donovan. He was charged with grand
Mrs. S. A. Brooks, an aged and
wealthy widow, prominent in philan
thropic work, staying at the Alexan
dria hotel, Is the woman who notified
the police that she had been robbed
by Golden, or Sheridan.
The actor and his wife created a
scene at the police station shortly after
their arrival. Golden ran his hands
through his hair, and in denunciation
of the detectives quoted lines from
Shakespeare, while his wife, a comely
and buxom blonde, fainted and recov
ered at Intervals. The couple had no
money outside of the sum they admit
having taken from the Santa Barbara
woman. Golden recently played on the
Pantagls circuit in a one-act comedy
called "Professional Jealousy," and
has appeared at the Princess theater,
Sa.i Francisco, In prominent roles. He
has been on the stage seventeen years.
Golden does not deny having taken
thij money, but claims it was a loan
and says he slipped a receipt under
Mrs. Brooks' door. The alleged theft
took place late Saturday night after
Golden and his wife had made a propo
sition to the widow that she finance
them to the extent of the money in
volved in opening a moving picture
show In Sacramento.
Golden had known Mrs. Brooks sev
eral weeks, having heard of her chari
table acts. As he and his wife were
hard up, he visited her daily with
money-making propositions, until the
moving picture show appealed to her
and she finally Rgreed to loan him the
money, with the consideration that he
give her a proper receipt and sign a
contact agreeing to her terms. Golden
called at her apartments for the money,
which she offered him in the form of
a check. He objected to indorsing the
paper and requested to have the money
turned over to him in cash.
Mrs. Brooks cashed the check and
returned to the room in the hotel with
the $2100 in gold in her purse. "Where
is tie contract?" she asked him.
Golden, according to her statements,
paid no attention to her remark, but
rudely snatched the purse from her
grasp and fled from the room with
his wife. Stunned, the old lady sank
into a chair and did not recover suf
ficiently to notify the police until an
hour had slipped by.
In the meantime Golden had pur
chased his wife several bits of finery,
paid his hotel bill at the Sherman
hotel, Fourth and Spring streets, and,
according to the police, was making
a hasty getaway to Chicago when
they caught him.
"This is merely a mistake In what
Mrs. Brooks cails a contract," said
Golden in his cell at the city prison
yesterday. "I am an actor. I admit
I took the money, but I needed it. We
have had a -hard season and hardly
any salary. I have played the roles
of Hamlet and Othello, and have made
good In the best companies playing
out of New York."
Golden, when interviewed by news
paper men, spoke glowingly of his
accomplishments on the stage and in
the prize ring. He showed them scars
on his hands and face and neck, which
he said he received while fighting
when a younger man through the
east and in England. The sporting
annuals, however, fail to mention him.
Mrs. Golden is almost prostrate at
the city jail. Her one thought seems
to be for her two children In Chicago.
"We've had a hard season," she
said. "Poor pay, sometimes none. I
wunt to see my babies if I get out
of here. We did not intend to rob
Mrs. Brooks. We wanted to see the
babies first and then start in on the
moving picture business."
Mrs. Brooks, after arranging for the
prosecution, will leave for her home
In Santa Barbara.
(Special to The Herald.)
CHICAGO, May I.—Gloom pervades
the "redlight" districts of Chicago.
Liquor, roysterlng crowds and music
have been eliminated. A rigid police
order forbidding the sale or use of
intoxicating liquors In any resorts be
came a stern reality at midnight and
Chief Steward says it is a permanent
reform. Fully 2000 keepers of disor
derly resorts are hit by the order and
many of them will be forced to close,
as their chief revenue came from fancy
prices they obtained for drinks.
NEW YORK, May I.—W. R. Hearst
has brought suit against the New York
Times, charging libel because that
paper published a speech made by
Mayor (laynor several niKhts ago in
which Hearst was accused of forgery
and falsifying a public dicutnent.
<"JT\ TPT "F C( )PF • dart 2«. on TRAINS s«.
O±l> l*lj-Ej VjUliCiO. MONDAY 80. ONTHAINS 10r.
Want Product Sold Here Sent Out
in Plain Boxes
(S.iectal to The Hcral.l.)
STOCKTON, May I.—Discovery of
thousand! ot fruit boxes with the
words "Cherries shipped from Los An
geles" printed on them in large letters
has caused much excitement and not
a little discussion among fruit men.
For weeks agents have been going
amonp; the cherry growers and offering
good prices fur the crop, and when sale
was mads contracts were immediately
executed which bound the onhardists
to turn over the crop as fast as ripe.
They did not iisk any questions. Now
they have discovered that most of the
fruit will bo packed in boxes labeled
"Shipped from Los Angeles," and they
are undecided ;i to what action should
!"■ taken. Many prominent men de
( lare that a meeting should be held
and the shippoi s forced either to use a
plain box or one with another label on
it. Some action may be taken this
week at a meeting.
Called Insulter of Pope and His
'Square Deal' Doctrine Held
up to Ridicule
LOWELL, Mass., May I.—Theodore
Roosevelt's action in nri meeting Pope
Pius on the occasion of the former
I resident's recent visit to Rome was
called insulting and a violation of
Mr. Roosevelt's principle of a "square
dial" by the Most Rev. William H.
O'Connell, archbishop of Boston, at
a public meeting of the American
Federation of Cathoiic societies of the
diocese in this city Today.
John Callan O'Loughlin, former as
sistant secretary of state, who con
ducted the negotiations between Mr.
Roosevelt and the Vatican was severe
ly castigated by the archbishop.
The archbishop's general subject was
"Loyalty." In bringing up the Vatican
incident he said:
"You who talk so much about the
square deal, Mr. Roosevelt, you could
at least have waited until you came
to Rome and informed yourself well
of the position of this institution, and
having rone so, if you really meant the
square deal, which men now begin to
doubt, you would have said. 'No, holy
father, I come to you, I stand for
honor and reverence and the right, and
I cannot as an honest man in any way
participate or have anything to do
with the institution."
"Mr. Rooßevelt, do you really love
us? If so. you have shown your affec
tion for us in a very strange way. The
Vatican knew perfectly well that its
action would- be misrepresented. The
cardinal secretary of state, Merry del
Val, knew perfectly that at once there
would be oceans of vilification heaped
against him and Mr. Roosevelt allowed
him to take the blame.
"In the case of John Callan O'Lough
lin. Who is he? He says he is a Cath
olic and he boasts of it and in the
same breath he cables all over the
world that the head of his church is
wrong and Mr. Roosevelt is the great
est thing in creation. That is the sort
of a Catholic we are ashamed of. He
will live to see the day that he will
regret those words."
Chicago Educators Plan to Add to
Her Distinctions
(Special to The Herald.)
CHICAGO, May I.—Plans to make
Mrs. KUa Flagg Young, the first woman
superintendent of schools in the United
States and head of the second largest
school system, president of the Na
tional Educational association, are be
ing laid by Chicago educators who will
attend the annual meeting of the or
ganization In Boston from July 2 to
July 8.
If they are successful, as they do
not hesitate to a-ssert they will be, Mrs.
Young will have another "first woman"
distinction. She will be the first wom
an among a long line of illustrious
educators to hold the important posi
tion of head of the great educational
association, which draws members
from every big city In the country
and which presents at its annual meet
ings the most advanced educational
KANSAS CITY, May I.—Severe rain
and wind storms reaching almost to
tornado proportions at some points are
reported from towns in eastern and
central Kansas and western Missouri
What is described as a small tor
nado swept over Emporia, cutting oft
all wire service. The extent of the
damage in that section Is not known.
A little before midnight a violent rain
and electric storm struck Kansas City.
The cupola of the city hall was struck
by lightning, although no great dam
age was done.
SAN DIEGO, May 1. — William
Gardiner committed suicide at his
home on B street tonight by placing the
muzzle of a shotgun to his mouth and
pulling the trigger with his toe. Neigh
bors attracted by the report of the
shot found Gardiner dead and his head
nearly torn off. He was a single man,
67 years old and a member of San
Diego Carpenters' union.
EL. PASO, Tex., May I.—One man
was fatally shot, another fatally
stabbed and a score wounded at a
Mexican ball a preliminary to tlif;
Clnoo de Mayo festivities—at 3 o'clock
this morning.
Councilman Declares Close In
spection of Project Shows
Great Achievements
City's Commissary Department
All Right, but Other Boarding
Places Poorer
UT CANNOT speak too highly of the
I work of those in charge of our
■*- great municipal engineering prob
lem, the Owens rivGr aqueduct," said
Councilman Botkouski last night. "A
careful examination of the work on
every division of the line failed to
show a single instance of careless or
slighted workmanship or poor con
Tired out from the hardships of a
four days' automobile trip across 250
miles of desert and mountains, cov
ered with alkali and baked to a rich
brown by the desert winds, the council
manic investigating committee re
turned last night from the tour com
menced last Tuesday evening, ready
for a prolonged session with a good
feather bed, but thoroughly satisfied
with conditions found on the great
water line.
Leaving Los Angeles Tuesday even
ing at 9 o'clock the party traveled to
Olancho, the northernmost division
point, at the south end of Owens lake,
which was reached Wednesday after
noon. From this point north the water
flows in an uncovered ditch, for twenty
miles cement lined, about twenty feet
wide and eleven deep, and for sixty
miles north an open canal about thirty
feet wide and seven feet deep,
Olancho is the most southern point
at which water fs taken into the aque
duct. The canal is here fed from the
streams which flow down from the
melting snows on the slope of the
Sierra Nevada range, twenty-five or
thirty creeks of clear, cold water en
tering it, while it has been proved to
the satisfaction of the engineers that
sufficient water to keep the conduit '
full at all seasons of the year can be
developed from artesian wells along
the line of this ditch. The party found
work at full blast late at night on this
stretch of the work, the steam shovels
and dredgers operating at full capacity
under electric lights from the power
plant at Cottonwood creek.
Thursday morning the party em
barked in autos and started north
along- the line. "Right here is where
I wish to correct a misstatement often
made regarding the water which will
be carried by the aqueduct," said Mr.
Betkouski. "It has been said that
water being taken in as far south as
Olancho could not fail to be impreg
nated with alkali and soda, such as
fills Owens lake, in which no life exists,
when as a matter of fact the ditch
running north from Olancho is fifty
ffft above the level of the lake and
river, and receives no water except
from the fresh creeks which flow direct
from the melting snows in the moun
"The city owns 80,000 acres of land
adjacent to Owens river, but for fifty
miles north of the lake no water is
taken from the river. For fifty miles
along the open ditch artesian wells to
the number of six or seven to the mile
can be drilled, which will flow about
fifty inches each. This alone, regard
less of the creeks flowing into the
canal, would furnish sufficient water
to keep the canal full at all times of
the year.
"At Cottonwood creek we found the
power plant, which furnishes electricity
for all the machinery as far south as
the Mojave cement mill, to be in fine
shape. The creek never runs less than
1100 inches, which is sufficient to de
velop 2000-horse power, and In connec
tion with the division creek plant,
which develops about 800-horse power,
furnishes power and lights for t
air compressors in the tunnel < nrk,
the concrete mixers, tunnel rai) i
dredgers and machine shops a
south as the Mojave cement mill. From
there on the line is paralleled by the
Kdison company's line, which Is tapped
wherever we need it."
Thursday night was spent at Halwee,
ten miles south of Olancho. A natural
depression at Haiwee is being improved
to make one of the three large reser
voirs which will serve to regulate the
flow in the aqueduct, and from Halwee
to Los Angeles the water will flow en
tirely in covered, cement-lined conduits
or cement-lined tunnels.
Leaving Halwee Friday morning, the
party traveled through the Little Lake
country, next to the Jawbone district,
the most mountainous and difficult of
construction on the entire line. In spit«
of the solid granite hills the conduit
is being; built in practically a straight
line, tunnels piercing one rocky spur
after another, while high on the moun
tain sides steam shovels are at work
gouging the conduit way between the
tunnel mouths. Work in this district
has been hampered by the lack of rail
way facilities and men, but wit'i the
completion of the tunnels farther south
the forces will be concentrated and the
work rushed through.
"At each division point we found :i
complete headquarters established "
said Mr. Betkouski, "connected by I
phone with every camp on the enii.
line. As soon as we reached a camp
Mr. Lippincott would go to the Ft
and get into touch with all of hi*
superintendents. Within half an hour
after the Newhall tunnel had been
pierced through tho news was known
at every camp.
"South of the Little Lake division ia
the Grapevine division, mueli similar
to the Little Lake district, with many
tunnels. In the Freeman and Red
Rock division, next south, the line,
after running through long tunnels,
reaches the more level desert, where
the water flows through a cement cov
ered conduit, never open. (
"Next south is the Jawbone division,
the hardest to construct on the entire
lino. But in spite "f the fart that thn
city had to build roads costing $50,000
in order to reach thU country we will
save, by building under our own en-
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