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roi,. xxxvil. NI'MIIKIt Mfl PRICE: no CENTS U H cVSSfS DEMOCRATS FACE BUT 1 CONTEST AT STATE PRIMARIES Official Printer Is the Only Posi tion for Which Race Seems Probable GENERAL COMMITTEE MEETS Arrange to Circulate Petitions of Condidates—Convention to be at Stockton [Associated Press] SAN FRANCISCO, May 23.—With i^j the exception of state printer there will be no contests for the Democratic state nominations at the August primary. This was the an nouncement made today at a mooting of the Democratic state central com mittee Which has perfected arrange ments to circulate the verification pe titions of the Democrats who expect to appear on the primary ballots. James CJilmartin and John Vaughan of Sun Francisco have announced their intention of running for the state printer nomination, but neither can didate has yet requested the commit tee to take charge of his petition, and before this Is done an effort will be made by the conference to persuade one of the candidates to withdraw. HI CANDIDATE SOUGHT No candidate has appeared for the office of surveyor general and the com mittee will make an effort to persuade Gilbert McM. Ross of San Francisco to enter the contest for this office. The committee will circulate the pe titions of the following candidates: Governor, Theodore A. Bell of San Francisco; lieutenant governor, Tim othy Spellacy of Los Angeles; associate judges of the supreme court, William P. Lawlor of San Francisco and Ben jamin F. Blodsoe of San Bernardino; clerk of the supreme court, H. A. Blanchard of Santa Clara county; sec retary of state, Simeon 3. Bay ley of Alameda county; superintendent of public Instruction, Thomas H. Klrke of Los Angeles. Stockton was selected as the meeting place of the state convention, which will meet September 5 to adopt a plat form and elect a new state central committee. JUDGE RAKER RESIGNS SAN FRANCISCO May 23— On ac count of his candidacy for congress from the-first district, Judge John B, Raker of Modoc county resigned his position as chairman of the Democratic state central committee, and R. E. DoWitt of Yreka was chosen to fill the vacancy. KING GEORGE PROMISES TO SAFEGUARD COLONISTS Issues Gracious Messages at Empire Day Celebration LONDON, May 23.—0n the occasion at the anniversary of Empire clay. King George has Issued two gracious mes k:ws to the colonies and India, some what similar In style to the messages addressed yesterday to the nation. In both, he refers to his previous tours through the respective dominions, promises to follow In his father's foot steps, to uphold constitutional govern ment, to safeguard the liberties of the colonial empire, and to devote himself to the well being of the Indian people. With reference to the rumors that it Is the intention of the queen mother, Alexandra, to reside in Denmark, a court circular announces that Alexan- dra will always look on England as her home. THREAT TO KILL, CHARGE AGAINST CHIEF PARRANT Night Police Sergeant at Ocean Park Is Accuser „ OCEAN PARK, May 23.—That Chief of Police John H. Parrant pressed a revolver to his head and threatened to kill him following an altercation in which the chief had "called him down," was the sensational charge made by Night Police Sergeant William Cav anaugh before the Ocean Park board of trustees tonight. The board convened to give Cavan aug'li a preliminary hearing or. charges of insubordination preferred by Chief Parrant. It was when the night ser geant was being examined that the charges were made. The board decided that the accusa tions were of so serious a nature that a rigid hearing will be given Cavan augh on Insubordination charges In or der that the allegations Involving the chief may be officially recorded. GEN. REYES EXECUTES A FLANK AROUND INSURGENTS NEW ORLEANS, May 23.—That Gen. Fernando Reyes, at the head of 1000 troops of the Madriz army, had arrived at Rama at the beginning of an engagement yesterday between the Estrada and Madriz forces in Nica ragua and had made a successful pass age around the Insurgent army was cabled to members of the Central American colony here tonight. ACCEPT HARRIMAN GIFT ALBANY, N. V.. May 23.—Pour of the bills providing for the acceptance by the state of the gift of land and money from Mra. K. H. Harrlman and others to extend the Palisades park along the west bank of the Hudson river to Newburgh, passed the ssnate tonight. LOS ANGELES HERALD INDEX OF HERALD'S NEWS TODAY FORECAST I/)i Angeles and vicinity—Cloudy Tun dan light north wind, changing to south. Maximum temperature yesterday 70 de gree*) minimum, SI degrees. LOS ANGELES - . C. E. Fredericks, prominent business [' man. stricken by appendicitis and In critical condition. PAGE 5 Husband of Insane woman said to have divorced her on ground of desertion while she was In sanitarium. l-AUB I Ordinances calling for better paving by car companies. reported on favor ably by public works board. ■ PAOB 9 Homesick lad surrenders to George Junior Republic. : PAGE 9 etate engineers' exhibit and conven tion i.;yii't here. PAGE 9 Lincoln-Roosevelt league • standard bearers start on tour of southorn counties, an'i are enthusiastically re ceived. TAGS i Utilities board generous to a local cor poration. PAGE 8 State brings suit to collect J1.1.600 bonds put up for E. HI. Rowell, who Jumped ball. , PAGE 8 Bring client prepared to go to Jail for contempt, orders Judge. PAGE 8 N. Y. Presbytery faces charge of heresy. I'AGK 1 Dr. Hartley Is greeted by fifty Yale graduates at banauot In Hotel Alex andria. PAGE 3 Committee chosen to probe county high way scandal. PAGE 10 Robert Watchorn addresses ministers on "White Slave Traffic." PAGE 10 True citizens should all he In politics, Lorln A. Handily / tolls Federation^ club members. PAGE 10 Descendant of Persian kings a tales man In local courts. PAGE 10 Guffaws of man. sued for divorce, makes Judk'O frown. PAGE 10 Fosr obscures comet and ecllase from city gazers. PAGE 16 G. O. P. to throw over present guber natorial: candidates and boom Motley Flint. PAGE 13 Thirteen candidates In field for coun cil; mass meeting planned. PAGE 13 One of Wilson Quadruplets dies In the Children's hospital. PAGE 18 Society. PARE 12 Sports. PAGE 6 Markets and financial. PAGE 7 News of the courts. PAGE ' 8 Municipal affairs. PAGE 8 Mines and oil fields. PAGE) 11 Editorial and Letter Box. PAGE 12 City brevities. PAGE 13 In hotel corridor*. PAGE 13 Marriage licenses, births, deaths. PAGE 14 Classified advertising. PAGES 14-15 Citrus fruit report. PAGE 11 Tlulldlng permits. PAGE 11 Shipping. PAGE 11 Clubs. . . PAGE 5 Theaters. PAGE 5 SOUTH CALIFORNIA Husband Is held In Flrueroa death mystery at Santa Monica. PAGE 1 Frank nily enters plea of not guilty In Santa 1 Ana superior court to the charge of murdering wife. PAGE 14 Long Beach officials advised to "go slow" on Question of strand owner ship. ' PAGE 14 Pasadena board of ' trade decides against Indorsing financial status of Rapid Transit company. PAGE 14 Expected strife at Throop elections falls to materialize; students harmon ize. PAGE 14 COAST Tla Juana bunko gang captured by San Diego police. PAGE 1 Democratic state central committee , finds but one contest likely at the August primary- of the party. PAGE 1 Prisoner In Oakland jail commits sui cide by swallowing phosphorus match tips and needles. PAGE 2 Portland police arrest . three men for holdup of Seattle car May 12; claim one has confessed. PAGE 2 Police arrest negro sitting In park at Oakland, holding bomb. PAGE 2 EASTERN Judgment of 11,844,684 against Chi cago Railways company forces con cern Into receivership. PAGE 1 Employe pardoned from prison, whose conscience hurt him, testifies at sugar fraud trial in New York. PAGE 1 Railroads advance freight rates. PAGE 1 Taft's tariff plan knocked out by the house. PAGE 2 Senate votes to buy fifteen new war- . ' ships. PAGE 2 Government opens up new line of prose cution In District of Columbia bucket shop cases. ■ PAGE 3 Railroads entering Chicago may co operate on switching and save mil lions of dollars annually. ■ PAGE 3 Seyler, alleged slayer of girl at At lantic City. N. J.. on trial. : PAGE 3 FOREIGN ?;:'; Col. Roosevelt enjoys first- real rest and will remain silent greater part of stay In London. PAGE 2 UNCLE SAM TO FIND IF LUMBER TRUST EXISTS Department of Justice Takes Up Investigation of Alleged Control of Trade WASHINGTON, May 23.—The de partment of justice is investigating tho subject of the price of lumber in the United States with a view to deter mining whether or not the HO-ealled lumber trust may be reached by the Sherman anti-trust law on the ground that it is a combination in restraint of trade. For some time the officials have been in.iking carefully into charges that the so-called trust controlled the pric of lumber, and an agent has been at work gathering information for the use of the department. Every state, county and city, it is said, has its lumber or ganization which the officials declare they bejieve sets the price of the article as well as restricting the sale to par ticular Individuals. The so-called com bination, officials say, is one of the most formidable with which the de partment had to deal. The point If made that the inquiry now under way Is in line with the policy of the department of Justice* to Investigate and prosecute combinations alleged to be In restraint of trade, that enter into the high cost of living, with out waiting for the decision of the su preme court In the Standard OH and American Tobacco companies. TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 24, 1910. HUSBAND IS HELD IN DEATH MIYSTERY AT SANTA MONICA George Figueroa Awaits Inquest on the Body of His 19-Year- Old Bride SAYS HE DID NOT SLAY HER Police Baffled by Circumstance Surrounding Wife's Shooting in Summer Home fSpeclal to The Herald) Cj ANTA MONICA, May 23.—Persist- ontly asserting that he did not fire the shot that resulted In the death today of his 19-year-old wife, George Fiprueroa, husband of the pret ty young: woman who was mysteriously shot last night, awaits the result of the coroner's Inqwst tomorrow morn- Ing-. To Chief of Polire Barretto today Flffueroa said that his wife must have fired the shot herself while ho was outside the house. Jack Surber, companion of Figueroa, raptured at IjOr Anp-eles today, where he had prone Immediately following the shooting, was returned here, but was not placed under arrest, as the po lice obtained his promise that he would^ attend the inquest, which will be held at 10:30 o'clock at the Klrkelie morgue at Ocean Park. Surber said he left the scene before the shot was fired. rkvoi.vkr DHDmnm The revolver used, a 38-ealiber weap on, was Identified today by the dead woman's brother, A. D. Pugsley of t,os Angeles, as belonging to him, was found on the floor on the opposite side of the room from where Mrs. Fig ueroa's body was found by the po lice. Pugsley was unable to account for the gun's presence there. The bullet took a downward course through Mrs. Figueroa's brain, enter ing above the right ear and coming out at tha base of the skull. The police have so far been unable to unearth a motive either for suicide or murder. Although it Is said that the couple were quarreling shortly be fore the shot wai heard, no one has been found who heard what passed be tween them. It Is known that Ficrueroa was ex tremely Jealous of his wife, which fact may be brought Into prominence when the evidence is heard. The little summer house where the shooting took place stands among the flowers and vines In the front yard of the house occupied by Mrs. R. D. Sam man, aunt of Figueroa, nt 250S Pouth Fourth street. It Is of octagonal shape, made of lattice work and lined with canvas. It is not more than four teen feet in diameter and was furn ished with a bed nnd commode. The buildini? is fully fifty feet from the Sammnn dwelling nnd Is almost hidden by vines and shrubbery. LIVBtD IN SUMMER HOVSK This house, according to neighbors, is only occupied in the summer and was placed at the disposal of Figueroa and his bride when they came here following their wedding four weeks aero. According to "Doc" Taylor, real estate man and friend of the family, who resides on Fourth street. Figueroa and his wife, then Miss Sarah Pugsley of 1F516 Husted street, Los Angeles, eloped to Santa Ana. where they were married April 2R, without the knowl edge of their relatives and friends. They resided in the Samman yard for two weeks, then went to Los Angeles for a visit with relatives. They re turner! here last Saturday and again ensconced themselves in the summer house. Taylor snys Figueroa, his wife and Surber, who claims to have met the •vvomnn then for the first time, passed Sunday in the beach. In the evening Taylor says that the men showed signs of having been drinking. This state ment was corroborated tonight hy J. Marchant, clerk at Reed's drug store, who talked with Figueroa and Surhrr at the store less than four hours previ ous to the tragedy. "OFF WATETC WAGON" Marchant said Figueroa came In the store Sunday afternoon and asked for a drink of wnter, declaring that he hnrl "been on the water wagon for two months." Later In the night, when re minded by Marchnnt what he said about the "water wagon," Figueroa sheepishly admitted that he had "fallen off." Although she at first refused to make n stntement. declaring that she w.is "not at home." Mrs. Samman said today that she heard the voices of Figueroa find his wife after thov had retired for the nigbt. and thought that they were quarreling, but she could not be positive of this. The voices were henrd shortly before she heard the shot fired. Taylor was among the first to has ten to the scene when he heard the shot. He said today that more thnn half an hour after the arrival of the police. Figueroa approached him from out of the darkness and said: "Well, here I am. nnc. T suppose they have been looking for me." gave set.f i:r Figuerm gave himself up to the police then, inquiring If his wife was dead. Surlier had fled, fearing he might be charged with the crime. According to Taylor, Fifcueroa came hers two months ago from Coallnga. He is an oil driller by trade and his home is said to bo at Santa Maria. Figueroa met Miss Pugsley about a ye'ir ago. Mrs. FigiiPToa was an unusunlly at tractive girl, being a decided blonde. She was known here, having visited the beach frequently. She was a sis ter of A. D. Pugsley, proprietor of the Eiysian Spring Water company. TO ASK DISSOLUTION OF NATIONAL PACKING CO. NEW YORK, May 23.—Application to the courts of New Jersey for the dissolution of the National Packing company will be the next move by Prosecutor Oarven of Hudson county in bis war "ii the so-called meat trust. Tho company was indicted in Hud son county last February. Mr. Gar ven announced today he would apply for its dissolution on Juno 7. Calls Opponents of Ship Subsidy 'Ignorant Asses' Witness at House Investigation Laconically Explains a Torrid Screed WASHINGTON, May 23.—"An igno rant ass, an unprincipled demagogue or the paid hireling of baleful influence," is the way William H. Hackney of Wlnfleld, Kas., who testified today be fore the house ship subsidy investigat ing committee, characterized "every man in these United States who op poses the principle of ship subsidy." The statement was made in a pamph let on the rise and fall of the merchant marine which Hackney wrote and cir culated and sent to members of con gress, newspapers and others, "to jerk tSICSI IGO.~C m."iv act tlicii* i.O tinUifciUMi as he expressed it today. "Can you think of anything else such a man might be called?" sarcastically asked Representative Garrett of Ten- nessee. "That's a stinger I put in to chal lenge public attention to the situation," replied the witness. TIA JUANA BUNKO GANG IS CAPTURED San Diego Police, on Tip from Alabama Chief, Round Up Swindlers [Associated Press] SAN DIEGO, May 23.—For years a igang of bunko men has been operating at Tla Juana, just below the Mexican line, victimizing tourists who visit that quaint little settlement. The swindlers are known as the Russell gang. A few days ago Chief of Police Wil son received a letter from Birming ham, Ala., announcing that John Rus sell and Thomas Johnson, alleged bunko men, were en route to San Diego for their annual harvest at Tia Juana. The chief at once notified his men to be on the lookout for bunko steer ers and as soon as It was definitely es tablished that they were at work to arrest them. The chief sent detectives across the line to Tla Juana and they found the bunko In full • blast. Johnson was easily located in this city. His part was to board the "Seeing Mexico" automobile, take his place with the rest of the passengers, get acquainted with them and, finding a likely victim, show him Tia Juana sights. Johnson was arrested today. Laicr in the day Bill Squires, alias Gingham, another alleged member of the gang, was arrested. FASTS 8 DAYS, LOSES 16 POUNDS; HE FEELS BETTER N. Y. Doctor Thinks Eyesight Is Clearer—Hair Turning Dark NEW YORK, May 23.—After a fast of eight days Dr. Gustave A. Gayer finds himself sixteen pounds lighter, but stronger, he says, clearer in mind and with better memory and eyesight. He will consult an oculist lor "an opin ion on the improvement in his eye- sight. The doctor sleeps outdoors and drinks water freely. His hair has stopped falling out and he thinks it is turning darker. Throughout the test the doctor has continued his daily exercise and his lectures. He began the fast to study the influence of auto-suggestion on the body and is so pleased with the results that he says now he will prolong his fast to fifty days instead of the thirty first planned. Physicians will watch him for any dangerous impairment of vitality, and should such be noted the fast will be dlscontinuod. WIND AND HAIL CAUSE DESTRUCTION IN TEXAS Strip a Mile Wide, Six Miles Long, Is Devastated DALLAS, Texas, May 23.—Reports from last night's storms in Texas indi cate a loss running into thousands of dollars resulting from wind and hail. In Grayson county, near Sherman, a strip a mile wide and six miles long was devastated. There the storm de stroyed all crops and damaged many nouues. In Lamar county a number of dwell ing* were wrecked. A residence was destroyed and all growing crops in two square miles beaten into the earth at Dorchester, Grayson county. Near Rosebud the crop and property loss is $20,000. In Falls county a bridge across the Brazos river, costing $50,000, was washed away. Heavy crop damage is reported from the Red river valley. RISKS LIFE FOR SAKE OF HUNGRY FAMILY; PERISHES HUNTINGTON, Ark., May 23.—Hop ing to win a purse of $4 with which to buy groceries for his hungry wife and five .small children, J. L. Osborne, a miner here, today agreed to leap from a 50-foot bridge into Cherokee creek and then swim 150 yards. * Osborne made the leap, and thereby lost tha money and his life. Ho landed safely in the water, but when near his goal his body was caught In a whirl pool and he was drowned. Osborne's widow jjot the purse. JUDGMENT FORCES CHICAGO RAILWAYS TO RECEIVERSHIP Stock of Big Corporation Drops When a Decision Exposes Weak Assets IS UNABLE TO PAY $1,344,684 Company May Be Liable for Five Millions More if Judge's Findings Stand [Associated Press] CHICAGO, May 23.—The receivership into which the Chicago Railways company was thrown today sent its most active stock, sefties 2 partici pating certificates, off an extreme nine points in the local exchange with only a slight recovery. This stock partici pates only after the payment of bond interest and dividends on certificates of series one, but the earnings of the company recently were believed to In dicate an early dividend on series two. Thousands of shares were unloaded when news of the receivership became known in La Balle street. The appointment of the receivers, John M. Roach, president of the com pany, and Henry A. Blair, a heavy stockholder, was precipitated by the fact that the company had neither suf ficient assets to pay a judgment of $1,344,684 rendered against it by Judge Ball in the superior court last week, nor to provide a sufficient bond to se cure a stay of execution by means of an appeal. There was only one way out —a re ceivership—and this action, described as a "mere legal move for friendly con servation," was taken suddenly and se cretly. By this arrangement it will be pos sible to protect the company while Judge Ball's decision is carried to the state supreme court. Judge Ball held that the Chicago Railways company, in taking over the old Union Traction company, promoted by the late Charles T. Yerkes, assumed responsibility for the bonds of the financially shattered Consolidated Traction company. The judgment awarded by Judge Ball and entered today was in favor of the litigating bondholders of the latter company. EFFECTS OF RECEIVERSHIP Should this decision be upheld it opens the way for additional judgments of a similar nature aggregating about $5,000,000. Other effects of the receiver ship may be summarized: First —The city's interest under the reorganization ordinance of three years ago, whereby the municipality received fifty-five per cent" of the net profits of the company, Is fully protected. Second—The physical improvements, to which millions already have boon devoted, will go forward under the di rection of the board of supervising en gineers. Third—Consolidation of the proper ties of the Chicago Railways company and of the Consolidated Traction com pany, providing Judge Ball is sus tained by the upper court. It is said the bonds of the Chicago Railways company are not affected either by the receivership or the judg ment, as they constitute a prior Hen on the $50,000,000 assets of company. The friendly offices of the Westing house Electric and Manufacturing company \Vere called upon to secure the receivership. The petition was filed by Charles P. Cotton, jr., of New York representing the Wes^inghouse company. His bill set up that the local company owes a bill of $69,000 to the electric concern which it cannot pay because of the judgment secured against it. The bill declares that the local com pany's assets are at present so en cumbered by mortgages and trust deeds that it cannot raise money enough to perfect an appeal from/ Judge Ball's decision. The proceedings, which took place before Judge Peter S. Grosscup in the United States circuit court, lasted but a few minutes. FRENCH COUNTS FIGHT THIRD DUEL; BOTH HIT Bullet Glances Off One's Pistol. Other's Thigh Pierced PARIS, May 23.—Count Ismael rle Lesseps and Count Juat de Poligny fought their third duel today, and this time each received a bullet wound. At the second exchange De Lesseps' phot struck the barrel of De Poligny's pistol, and, riecocheting, caused a flesh wound in the latter's arm. At the same moment De Lesseps fell, shot through the thigh. He was removed to a hospital, where it wus found that the ball had just missed the femoral artery. The wound is not fatal. De Lesaeps is a son of Count Fer dinand de Lesseps and an officer of a cavalry regiment. Some weeks ago he quarreled with De Foligny at the cir cus and blows were exchanged. POSTER PRINTERS PUT BAN ON ABBREVIATED ATTIRE Tights and Short Skirts Must Go from Billboards CINCINNATI, May 23.—"The ab breviated skirts and tights must go from the billboards. We'll go further than that. We will not print anything which a reputable newspaper or maga zine would reject." This was the declaration here today at Clarence E. Runey, secretary of the International Poster Printers' as sociation of the United States and Canada. He made it just before dele gates to the fourth annual convention of the association gathered in their annual session. CT\ Tr"T "I? POPFTTQ* DAlt,Y*c. OX TRAINS Be. Oll> Lirl^ili VJJ. 1 -CjO . SUNDAY 80. OK TRAINS TRUST MAGNATE ON TRIAL FOR FRAUDS IN SUGAR IMPORTS CHARLES R. HEIKE PRESBYTERY FACES CHARGE OF HERESY Church Assembly Decides to Put N. Y. Branch on Trial in 'Preachers' Case [Associated Press] ATLANTIC CITY, N. J.. May 23.— The decision to try the New York presbytery on charges of heresy be cause of the granting to Messrs. Black, Steon and Finch preaching or ders after the young men had refused to accept in lull the beliefs of the ihurch was announced by the judicial committee of the Presbyterian assem bly today. The committee, headed by the Rev. E. D. Warfleld, president of Lafayette college, presented a report in which it declared the belief "that the minor ity members of the New York presby tery ha«l established a prima facie case of heresy and the matter has been referred to the judicial committee of the assembly, which will hear wit nesses and report its findings for final action by the assembly." W. F. Landon of California, W. K. Spencer of Michigan, Jesse C. Bruce of Pennsylvania, Charles Thompson of Minnesota and J. Y. Hamilton of Illi nois were elected members of the ju dicial committee to take the place of members whose terms expired with the present meeNng. Nothing has yet come from the com mittee on bills and overtures to which has been referred the resolution op posing the holding of the Jeffries- Johnson fight on Independence day. The general assembly Is expected to go on record in opposition to the tight, but in what way has not yet, it is said, been definitely decided. BIG GRAIN MERCHANTS IN HANDS OF BANK OFFICIALS By Manipulation of Bills of Lading $800,000 Borrowed ALBANY, N. V., May 23.—The firm of Durant & Elmore, grain merchants, with offices in Albany, Chicago, Buf falo and Boston, is practically in the hands of the officials of the National Commercial and First National banks of this city, who are creditors to the extent of nearly $500,000. By the manipulation of bills of lad ing, Oliver is said to have been able to borrow hundreds of thousands of dollars from banks in' Albany and other cities. It is understood, however, that the firm has outstanding paper aggregat ing between $500,000 and $800,000, but just what proportion of it is secured probably will not be known for sev eral days. Just where the money went has not been told, but it is said the firm was dealing heavily in grain. K. A. Durant of Albany is president of the firm; Edward W. Elmore, vice president; Gibson Oliver, treasurer, and William S. Dyer, secretary. The company is capitalized at $750,000. UNGALLANT JURY GOES BACK ON HETTY GREEN Men She Praised Answer with a Verdict Against Her NEW YORK, May 23.—"Jurymen have always been good to me; I have never lost a case," remarked Mrs. Hetty Green today as she smilingly expressed her satisfaction witli the jury selected to try the case of a sate deposit company against her for $550. Yet after a brief trial the jury brought in a verdict against Mrs. Green for the full amount claimed by the safe deposit company—ssso, with $19 interest. The company sued to re cover for five years' storage of books and records of the estate of her father, Edward Mott Robinson. BRITISH STEAMER KILBURN ASHORE AND FULL OF WATER SAN FRANCISCO, May 23.—Ac cording to a dispatch received by the Merchants' exchange from London to day, the British steamer Kilburn, which sailed from Newcastle, Aus tralia, May 11, for Guaymas, is ashoro and full of water In latitude 17, south, longitude 177, west. The report says the chances of get ting the Kilburn off are extremely doubtful. Assistance has been sent from Duval, » CENTS CONSCIENCE HURT; SPITZER TESTIFIES OF SUGAR FRAUDS Taft Secretly Pardons Former Employe of Trust to Appear Against Heike PRODUCT IS UNDERWEIGHED Testimony of Witness Does Not Connect Defendant magnate Directly with Conspiracy [Associated Press! NEW YORK, May 23.—Oliver Spitz er, a man whoso conscience hurt him, came back to Now York to rlfiy like a specter from the grave, and with a pardon from the president in his pocket, gave testimony at the trial of Charles R. Helke, secretary-treas urer of tho American Sugar Refining company, who, with five subordinates, is charged with conspiracy to defraud the government in underweights of sugar imports. Spitzer, as superintendent of the company's Williamsburg (Brooklyn) docks, got two years in the Atlanta prison for his participation, in tho frauds, but ho was quietly pardoned by the president last Thursday after having served three months and hav ing made a full confession, from now on will aid the government in its at tempt to convict his former associ ates. Spitzer's story on the stand today did not directly connect Heike with the frauds, but his confession resulted in ono new arrest tonight, James O. Brzfzinski, formerly an employe of tho treasury department, and now a pri vate detective, was locked in the Tombs, charged with perjury. Spitzer confessed lie attempted to bribe Hrzezinski to conceal the frauds and the latter is alleged to have denied this before a federal grand jury. TEI-LS AMAZING STORY Spitzer told an amazing story on the stand today under direct examina tion, and hurried from the court to the federal grand jury room. This led to the rumor that his full confes&'on would result in another batch of In dictments. He was not cross-examined by the defense, because of the peculiar situation created by his sudden ap pearance as a government witness. Spitzer went back to the years 1R!)4 and 1895 when, he said, an investiga tion he made developed tho fact that the checkers were affecting the weights on raw sugar by placing small bags of lead on the beams of the scales, causing the recorded weights to drop below the actual nfton as much as forty pounds on each draft. In addition, Spitzer said, it was also the practice to stuff paper underneath the floors of the scales for the same purpose. He said that when Deputy Surveyor of Customs Vail took office these devices were abandoned and the use of the steel corset spring was be gun and continued. NEW DEVELOPMENT APPEARS Spitzer's testimony regarding tha weight-lessening device of the paper underneath the scale was a new de velopment. Heike listened to Spitzer's testimony with tense interest. Spitzer talked freely about the frauds by which the government was robbed of milions of dollars. He said the use of the steel springs was stopped after the sugar trust had paid the rebate to the government as a result of the federal suit. "Did you arrange a system of signal lights in the scale house?" suddenly asked the prosecution. "Yes, sir," replied Spitzer, who thea related that the signals were used to warn the weighers of any sudden dan ger. "How were the lights worked?" "By a switch in my office," replied, Spitzer, who said that the switch was turned whenever a government official was seen to approach. Two of the defense'B lawyers had previously appeared for Spitzer when he was defendant, and for ethical reasons could not examine him. The court ruled they must agree on someone to examine him Wednesday. No promise of pardon brought about Spitzer's confession, say the federal authorities. His conscience merely hurt him, it was explained, but realiz ing the importance of his testimony and the legal obstacles likely to bar it were he a convict, the government re stored him to citizenship. When convicted in February last, Spitzer declared the sugar trust had made him the scapegoat. "It hounded and ruined me after I had served faithfully for twenty-nino years," he said then. Today, he told how,' for years, he had assisted in the alleged frauds. Allen E. Hawxhurst, an employe of the sugar trust for eighteen years as an assistant cashier under Bender nagle. corroborated Spitzer by testify ing Gerbacht ordered various raises in the pay of the government checkers. It had been testified earlier in the trial that the government checkers got $3 extra per week, over and above tho sum noted on the pay envelope. Ben dernagle sometimes ordered the ad vances, testified the witness. This, too, was in corroboration of Spltzer's testi mony. INFORMATION OF PARDON DENIED AT WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON, May 23.—At the White House today it was said theru was no statement to be made as to tho pardon of Oliver Spitzer. The only information obtainable at the department of justice regarding- tho Spitzer pardon was contained In the following statement made by Attorney General Wickersham: "Oliver Spitzor, a convicted dock superintendent of the American Sugar Refining company, was granted an un conditional pardon by President Taft a day or two ago, on the recommenda tion of Henry Ij. Stimson, special as sistant to the, attorney general, for the purpose of qualifying him to testify on behalf of the government in tho pending prosecution in New York against C. R. Heike, Ernest Ger bracht and others."