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NUMBER 808 ; 1 RICE '. 50 CENTS lin MONTH INSURGENTS MAKE ALMOST COMPLETE SWEEP IN KANSAS denomination of Governor Stubbs Seems Assured from the Incomplete Returns 'STAND PAT' CAMPBELL WINS Hopkins, Stubbs' Running Mate, Appears to Be Close to His Chief (Associated Press) TOPEKA, Kris., Aug. The visit of Speaker Cannon of the' house of rep resentatives to Kansas during tho re cent primary campaign utterly failed to stem tho Insurgent tide, if complete returns on today's primary election bear out returns received up to 1 o'clock this morning. The Indications are that Kansas will have six Insurgent congressmen In tho next congress Instead of two, as in the last session. There seems to ho no doubt of tho nomination of R. it. Reel, Insurgent, In the fifth district. This meant the defeat of W. A. Calderhead, called by Speaker Cannon "tho dean of tho Kan • sas delegation." Tho other regular whoso defeat la considered sure is J. M. Miller of tho Fourth district, who has apparently lost to his Insurgent opponent, Fred Jackson, by a big majority. T. A. McNeill is claiming victory ln the First district over 1). R. Anthony, and the Insurgents assort they have elected A. C. Mitchell In the Second district over C. F. Scott CASirBEIX KKXOMINATF.D The renomlnatlon of P. P. Campbell. standpatter, over Arthur Cranston is conceded. J. N. Dolley, chairman of the Repub lican state central committee, still claims Stubbs' nomination by 15,000. J. 1). Cramer, assistant manager of tho Wagstaff campaign, has dropped his claim of a majority from 15,000 to 2500. The principal names on the Demo cratic state ticket for tho November general election, nominated today, fol low: For Governor—George H. Hodges. For lieutenant governor Lot Ravens croft. For secretary of state— L. Taylor. ' » ' For state auditor—Jonathan S. Miller. For attorney general— F. Morrison. ' ' For treasurer —B. M. Drolling. For superintendent of instruction— D. M. Bowen. Fur superintendent of insurance Northrup Moore. For state printerF. W. Boyd. TOPEKA, Kas., Aug. 2.—At midnight indications pointed fo a decided insur gent gain In Kansas. Tho nomination of Governor \V. R. Stubbs, who linked his fortunes with those of the Insur gent candidates for congress, Is prac tically assured. Running close to him is It. J. Hopkins, insurgent candidate for lieutenant governor. The outcome ln the First congres sional district fight 13 still in doubt, with the friends of both Dr. Anthony, stand-patter, incumbent, and of T. A. McNeal, insurgent, claiming a ma jority. Practically no returns have come In from the Second district, the meager reports | placing C. A. Mitchell, insur gent, in the lead. In the Third district P. P. Campbell, Incumbent, Is running ahead of Arthur Cranston, Insurgent, and the Indica tions are that ho will be renominated. In the' Fourth the Insurgents have scored a decided victory by electing Fred Jackson and defeating J. M. Mil ler, stand-patter. In the Fifth claims are mado on very meager returns that R. R. Rees, insur gent, has defeated W. A. Calderhead, stand-patter, Incumbent. The outcome ln his district is still In doubt. In the sixth the result Is ln doubt. ' In the seventh E. 11. Madison, In surgent, Is nominated without opposi tion, and in the eighth Victor Murdock Is nominated, also Without opposition from the standpatters. C. H. Sesson was nominated for state treasurer without opposition, as was John S. Dawson for attorney general. GreAt interest was manifested throughout the country In the result' of the primary, which was the first real test between the Insurgent con gressmen and the standpatters. The regulars were attacked all along the line by Govern* r Stubbs, Senator Bris tow, Senator Cummins and Congress man Murdock. The fighting practical ly has been all on the Republican side, the Issues being the tariff, the rubber schedule of that law and Speaker Can non. . STUBBS REFUSES TO MAKE A STATEMENT LAWRENCE, Kas., Aug. 2.—Al though at 11:30 o'clock p. m. It ap peared that Stubbs hud defeated Wag staff for the Republican nomination for governor, Stubbs at his home here refused to make a statement regard ing the primary. "The returns are too meager," ho said. DEMOCRATS MAKE WARM BATTLE FOR CONGRESS Returns from 16 Missouri Dists. Indicate Probable Candidates ST. LOUIS, Aug. 3.^Enough returns had been received at a late hour this morning from all but two of the sixteen congressional districts ln Missouri to Indicate who are most likely to be the Republican and Democratic nominees at I lie November election. In the Eleventh (St. Louis) district Congressman Patrick F. Gill la leading by a very small margin for the Demo cratic nomination, Daniel F. Machan • (Continued on Page Pour! LOS ANGELES HERALD INSURGENT LEADER WHO LED FORCES TO VICTORY IN KANSAS Jtffy'* Wmm*mmm&-m^,' '2xMr ■ J^''•''' tm*mlmmmammßm*%''' ' *aWWI m___ \ HOW REGULARS AND INSURGENTS FARED Kansas Governor Stubbs" (Insurgent), nominated over it. .1. Hopkins (stand pat). Returns Indicate that insurgent candidates have defeated tho incum bent "stand pat" congressmen for nom ination in first, second, fourth, fifth and possibly sixth districts. K. 11. Madison and Victor Jliirdoek, Insurgents, were nominated without opposition In the seventh and eighth districts. Congress man Campbell) regular, probably renomi nated In third district. Oklahoma Three regular congress men nominated. Missouri—One stand pat congressman defeated by Insurgent; one regular con gressman renominated and one, district in doubt. No ICepuhlirun contest ln many districts. ' INDEX OF HERALD'S NEWS TODAY FORECAST For Los Angeles and vicinity— Wed nesday; moderate temperature; light south wind. Maximum temperature yesterday, 71) degrees; minimum, 60. LOS ANGELES ; [ Board of supervisors continues hearing on rates of bail Rafael ranch water, case. PAGE) 6 Highway commission suggests change in harbor boulovard construction; complete In 1911. PAOB 9 Cars will resume service on Improved An gel's Flight railway today. PAOB 4 Railroad and clt» rushing work on Buena • Vista street bridge. PAGB 8 Mrs. Brunner granted $3000 by court to live on until October 4. PAGB 8 Two railways before city council on franchise charges. PAGE 8 City council plans to rent Phillips block on Spring street as city ball an nex. PAOB 8 Residents ask removal of Anderson street garbage station. PAGB 8 Two employes of lighting companies arrested to test seven cent light rate ordinance. PAGE 1 Marriage licenses, births, deaths, classl iiod advertising. PAGES 14-15 Woman delegate to National Fraternal congress to boost Los Angeles. PAGE 6 Society. PAGE 6 Shipping. , PAGE 6 Citrus fruit report.» .. , PAGE 7 Sports. PAGES 10-11 Editorial and Letter Box. . PAGE 12 Theaters. PAGE 3 SOUTH CALIFORNIA Jury renders verdict of not guilty In case of Frank F. Skelly. charged with wife mur der. PAGE 1 Hon finds mother and his brother by report of fire. PAOT 1 Christian church delegates raise WHO In few minutes at Long Beach for students* aid. ' • PAGE 14 Pasadena council shelves revised offer of service by Southern California Edison company. , PAGE 14 COAST Governor Gillett scores Chlco normal board for exonerating accused president, Dr. ' C. C. Van Llow. PAGB 3 U. S. Senate Committee to Investigate Procedure for l'errln case. < PAGE D San Francisco police probe death of two in bay. PAGE 5 EASTERN Revenue cutter Perry wrecked on coast of Alaska. PAGE 6 Miners discuss formation of new labor union of national scope. ' . PAGE 16 Returns from Kansas primaries show al most complete sweep for Republican In surgents. , PAOB 1 Illinois tax reform league claims Chi" cagoans have dodged 115,000,000 taxes. PAGB I Party leaders may force president to throw Secretary Ballinger overboard ' to preserve harmony. PAGE 9 Roosevelt visits Pennsylvania coal minors to see how workers live. PAGE 16 FOREIGN Commissioner of labor King brings end to Grand Trunk strike. PAGE X WEDNESDAY MORNING, AUGUST 3, 1910. LONDON FRIENDS RAISE FUND FOR CRIPPEN DEFENSE Solicitor Sends Cablegram Asking Dentist to Not Resist Extradition LAWYER'S EXPENSES ARE PAID Authorities Fail to Learn Identity of Those Proffering Aid to Prisoner (Associated Press) QUEBEC, Aug. 2.— Dr. Hawley H. Crlppen has friends In London who be lieve he did not slay his wife, Hello Elmore, and they are| willing to pay for a lawyer Jo defend him when he is tried there for murder. He received proof of this tonight when his jailer handed him tho following cablegrafti from a London solicitor: "Dr. H. H. Crlppen, care Inspector Dew, Quebec: Your friends deslro me to defend you and will pay all neces sary expenses. Will undertake your defense, but you must promise to keep absolute silence and answer no ques tions, and do not resist extradition. Reply confirming, as a good deal must be done at once. Arthur Newton." This unexpected message brought to the accused dentist the first gleam of hope since his arrest. Whether Crippen has accepted the proposed assistance could not be learned tonight. Tho identity of the friends who volunteered their funds ln his behalf could not be ascertained, and nothing Is known here about the solicitor who signed the telegram. Judging from his behavior since he was arrested, tho pale little prisoner on Quebec Heights did not need the warn ing to remain silent. A single mono syllable negative to his jailer's Inquiry whether he wished to give out any public statement was the only messago that came from him today. Reading In his cell or silently pacing the corridor where he Is allowed to exercise for part of the day, Crippen shows a desire for little except to be let alone. LONDON, Aug. 2.—Arthur Newton, the London solicitor, who has cabled Dr. Crlppen his willingness to under take Crlppen'B defense. Is a criminal advocate who has been connected with many, cases of a sensational character. RECENT ORDEAL EXHAUSTS CRIPPEN AND MISS LENEVE Pair Face Monotonous 2 Weeks' Wait Before Law Acts QUEBEC, Aug. 2.— Crippen and Miss Leneve, the two prisoners who have focused the eyes of the world on this old French city on the St. Law rence, slept last night the sleep of complete exhaustion, following the or deal of the preceding hours. Crippen and the girl now face two weeks or more of monotonous waiting. There will be no more legal proceedings in the case until August __>, when they will have another purely formal ap pearance in court to give them a last opportunity of demanding a writ of habeas corpus or any other legal relief to which they may feel entitled. . ' Unless they change their expressed Intention, neither will apply for writs or Interfere in any way with the meth ods adopted by the police to get them back to England. So far as the province of Quebec Is concerned, legal proceedings aro prac tically closed. The official documents regarding the arrest of the couple and their interrogation by Judges Langeller and Anglers of the court of special ses sions were forwarded last night to Ot tawa for the signature of the governor general. v GIRL LESS FORLORN The color is beginning to return to Miss Leueve's cheeks, and this morning the matron at the Jail hospital said she looked a triile less forlorn than when she was taken there yesterday after noon from the house of Chief of Detect ives McCarthy. Miss Leneve, who left the Montrose in garments loaned to her by the ship's, stewardess, was today supplied with a neat white dress, which added to the improvement in her ap pearance. Crippen, taciturn and seeming to a considerable extent to have recovered his composure, has volunteered noth ing since ids arraignment yesterday which might help the police in solving the mystery surrounding the disap pearance of his wife. The detectives would like to gather from the accused some additional evi dence, but unless present signs fail they will receive no help in this lino from Dr. Crippen. . • "Crippen is no fool," said Inspector Dew, .and no one questioned his opinion. POLICE METHODS SUBTLE Accordingly, It Is generally believed that tho police are resting their hopes on Miss Lenevo. If she does not possess the key to the mystery they think she" can at least aid them mater ially In a reconstruction of the cir cumstances leading up to the disap pearance of Belle Elmore. It Is known that Mrs. Crlppen was juealous of her husband's typist and the police have no doubt that Miss Leneve was aware of this jealousy. They will not use any "third degree methods in interviewing Miss Leneve, but more subtle inll_u_»uces already are at work. The girl prisoner Is being treated with the greatest consider ation. She showed the effect of this today, appearing to be much better in body and mind than on yesterday, when, following the collapse after her arrest she was considered too ill to appear in court. Miss Leneve has mver been placed (Continued on Pace lour) STRIKE ON -GRAND TRUNK IS ENDED BY COMMISSIONER Trainmen Granted Increase of 18' Per Cent from May 13, 1910 MEN WILL RETURN TO WORK Thirty Per Cent Raise to Go Into Effect on First Day of 1912 (Associated Press) OTTAWA, (int., Aug. 2.—* The strike of conductors, trainmen and yard men, which began on the Grand .Trunk and the Central Vermont systems on July 18, was officially called off tonight. Under the terms of the agreement, signed by President Hayes for the railroad and all the union officials, the men will receive, dating back to May 13 this year, an average of approxi mately 18 per cent, and beginning Jan uary 1, 1910, a rate of wages slightly below the Eastern association schedule, for which they struck, but an advance in many instances of ovor 30 per cent. Much credit for the successful out come of tho peace negotiations is given to W. L. Mackenzie King, min ister of labor, who has persisted in his efforts to bring the men together de spite discouraging setbacks. In the case of the Central Vermont, the same settlement applied with the exception that the standardization to be applied on July 1, 1912, is to be that of tho Rutland railway, a road in the same territory, and not that of the Canadian Pacific, which will only apply to the Grand Trunk system. President Garretson of the conduc tors and President Lea of the train men both, declare they are satisfied with the terms of the settlement. OFFICIAL MEETS DEATH IN AUTOMOBILE WRECK The District Attorney of Nevada County Killed; 3 Hurt GRASS VALLEY, Aug. 2.—Hurled over an embankment out of his auto- mobile. in which he and three others had been riding, and pinioned under the weight of the machine in the hol low thirty feet below, District Attorney Thomas S. Ford of Nevada county was instantly killed late this afternoon about a mile from here. a- A. J. Donzel of San Francisco, form erly president of the California Fire works company, was thrown clear of the wreckage, but struck the ground with such force that he sustained In juries which may prove fatal. His nose was broken and he la bleeding internally. Samuel Colt, mining engineer at the Norambagua mine, who was driving the car, and r.obert S. Smith, the chauffeur, who was temporarily acting as Colt's instructor in his first lesson in driving, escaped with only minor injuries. Ford was entertaining Colt and Don zel In his new machine, which ar rived from San Francisco last Sunday. On the return trip to Grass Valley Colt asked to be allowed to run the car and, with Ford's permission, Smith agreed to assist Colt in handling the wheel and brakes. , The machine was coasting on the brink of an embankment when Colt turned to the right to permit the pass age of a horse and buggy. When the rig had passed Colt, instead of turn ing to the left again, pressed the wheel over the right and in an instant the machine had plunged over the bank. FORMER JUDGE, 80 YEARS OLD, WEDS STENOGRAPHER Santa Cruz Capitalist Marries a Woman 25 Years of Age SANTA CRUZ, Aug. 2— Surprising all of his friends and relatives, Judge J. 11. Logan, the man who founded the town of Brookdale and who is now rounding out his eightieth year, was secretly married yesterday to Miss M. E. t'ouson, a stenographer, who lias still to celebrate her twenty-fifth birthday anniversary. The marriage ceremony was per formed in the home of the bride's par ents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Couson of Brookdale. Judge Logan was at one time presid ing judge in the local superior court. Besides other interests he holds the presidency of the Pitt River Power company a»id is prominently interest ed in local affairs. WILL ASK REGULAR ARMY TO FIGHT FIRE Montana Forest Supervisor Will Make Request BUTTE, Mont., Aug. District For est Supervisor Mason, whose headquar ters is at Anaconda, stated today that he would suggest to the forest author ities that an appeal be made at once to the war department to assign regular troops to fight the forest fires In Mon tana and Idaho, which are rapidly get ting beyond control. It Is understood there is no existing provision for such use of the army, but It is believed tho secretary of war might order out. the troops In view of the emergency. It Is almost Impossible to secure sufficient citizens to fill the ranks of the scores of companies of the state militia now engaged in combat inir the flames alone the Idaho line. i Two Men Sent to Jail as Preliminary to Fight on Light Rate Ordinance lir ■■'■' : 111111 V *ri^lW^-: Mi^^m \\m*mm\\m!iWam^ S&mmW&M •*->*>" >v <J> ™ l£oi ft S^^^^ •!i ___________» 4H& ■ £ jt^SSHB: 'VS^^^F \*\\\\m**\\\ ■ - ___^^^^^J A '^*\WwVyl s~ '«' '*n3&^r) -fni.'.n. ....I — i ' T. B. GOODRICH Engineers Conquering the Colorado; Imperial Valley Is Safe from Drouth EL CENTRO, Cal., August 2.—lmperial valley water condi tions are becoming better hourly. The pile tresttle for a temporary dam across the Colorado river a.t the intake is now three-fifths of the way across the river and will be completed by Friday, when engineers will start the dumping of material against the piles. There has been an increase of 262 feet of water in the intake since yesterday. When work began the intake was receiving 700 feet and now about 1000 feet is received. The river shows a slight rise, with more reports coming. Two shifts are working twelve hours each on the dam and three shifts are working eight hours each on dredging the intake. The prospects are gpod for a continued increase in the flow until the intake carries the normal amount of water. Engineer Ockerson, designated by President Taft to have charge of the government work on the Colorado, has arrived and is making plans. The people in the section affected by the work are jubilant and all fears for the future of the valley are rapidly being stilled. En gineer Ockerson is confident that he will soon have the situation well in hand. .""vr- _• UNITED BY FIRE AFTER 30 YEARS Brother Meets Brother and His Mother Who Lived Only . Thirty Miles Away SAN BERNARDINO, Aug. After living for thirty years in Ignorance of the whereabouts of his family, Harry B. Thomas, for twenty years a resi dent of Rlalto, has found hi% mother and brother at Ferris, less than thirty miles from his, home. The reuniting of mother, son and brother who had lived for a score of years within a.-few miles of each other without knowing it resulted from the fire that destroyed the home of George Baum of Penis. In his boyhood days Thomas changed his name from Baum, when he ran away from home, and when he read in a Los Angeles paper the account of the lire he secured the first intimation that his brother lived enly a few miles away. Thomas went to Ferris and found not only his brother but his mother. Tomorrow the two families will join in a formal reunion, to be celebrated at the Thomas home in Rialto. When a boy Thomas ran away from home, his parents living at that time on a farm in Canada. Several years later he returned but found that his family had moved. He searched sev eral cities in Canada for ins relatives but could find no trace of them. In later years lie married and moved to California, settling in Rlalto. His brother had come to California before Thomas left home and changed his name, but he was never able to find trace Of him and supposed him dead until, he read of his home being de stroyed by lire. Thomas' family and moth i" also came to California, join ing their son at Perris fifteen years ago, In 1905 his father Mcd, but his mother, SO years old, Is alive. BOARD MAY ORDER THREE CRUISERS DISCARDED Admiral Schley's Flagship Among Those to Be Inspected PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 2.—A naval board, headed by Bear Admiral Thomas, began today the task at the local navy yard of passing on the fate of three cruisers which but a few years ago were the undisputed leaders in their classes. Tho vessels are the armored cruiser Brooklyn and the protected cruisers Columbia and Minneapolis, built as the commerce destroyers of the navy. The three cost more than $8,500,000, ex clusive of armament. The Columbia and Minneapolis, in the opinion of tho yard officials, are most In danger of being consigned to the Junk pile. The Brooklyn, Admiral Schley's flag ship in the Spanish-American war, and the vessel which played a very actlvu part at the battle of Santiago, is In better shape and Is more likely to he ordered overhauled and modernized. CTV/1T l,"i __P_AT>T___7C . DAILY *c. ON TRAINS Be. ftilNLirljl-i Hil LJilO. SUNDAYS So. OX TRAINS 100, K& '*P^ \\Ul\___\ Mm mWl^^imm^^^ ''' ■" \ ! SASrUET, C. HAVER JURY PRONOUNCES SKELLY GUILTLESS Renders a Verdict Clearing Man Charged with Murder of Wife at Westminster SANTA ANA, Aug. "Not guilty" was the verdict rendered this afternoon at 4:20 o'clock by the jury In the case of Frank F. Skelly, charged with the murder of his wife, Ethel Skelly, on the morning of May 6, at Westminster. Following Judge West's instructions, the jury left the court room at 2:40 p. m„ and was one hour and forty min utes in deciding the verdict. When the words "Not guilty" were uttered in the court room on the return of the jury there followed a tumultuous scene, the friends of the accused man showing their happiness by cheers and wild ap plause. All eyes were turned on Skelly and the aged mother with pale, worn face, who has so valiantly and tenderly championed her son. They were In each other's arms, she weeping wildly for joy, while Skelly himself was not tearless. The case has been a notable one from the very magnitude of the crime al leged, which involved a fiendishness on the part of the accused man which was almost beyond conception. Skelly was charged with having deluged his wife, Ethel Lewis Skelly, with gasoline, and of igniting the inflammable gasoline with intent to commit murder. The charge was based on the frenzied ac cusation of the dying woman, who de clared that her husband had murdered her. The charges of the wife, specific ally declaring that he threw the gaso line on her to murder her, were not made public until several days after the burning occurred and after Mrs. Skelly's death. The trial began on Monday, July 18' and was unique in having an alternate or thirteenth juror sworn In to act as substitute in any default by sickness or other mishap of any of tho regular jurors. D. T. Moore of Orange was the alternate juror, and he listened to all the evidence throughout the trial. He was discharged when the regular jury was locked up to consider a verdict. ARGUES FOR DEFENSE The argument of R. Y. Williams for the defense closed yesterday's session, leaving the forenoon of today free for an Impassioned address to the jury by his associate, Clyde Bishop of Santa Ana, formerly assemblyman from Or ange county. Bishop pleaded for Skel ly's life to be spared that ho might rear his children and cherish his gray haired mother, who devotedly stood by her accused son all through the trial. So deeply affected by the words of tho attorney was Mrs. Bradley, the mother of Skelly, that she sobbed aloud and threw herself in the arms of her son. Skelly was touched with emotion, and the jurors were visibly affected, as were many in the crowded court room. Bishop contended that Skelly's ac tions following the burning were those of an Innocent man, fighting to save his wife from the flames and retraining from arguing with the suffering and crazed woman when she accused him of i having murdered her. He declared the Insurance policy containing the clause, by which Skelly became a beneficiary If his wife died In a burning building was made years ago. and furnished no motive; that the relations of Mr. and Mrs. Skelly were happy, and that bkel- (Continued oa Vase Two) ■;, A LEGAL LIGHT RATE WAR OPENS WITH EMPLOYES'ARREST Lighting Corporations Send At torney to State Supreme Court for Habeas Corpus WILL 'TEST CITY ORDINANCE Seven-Cent Rate and Charge for Recarbonizing Are the Points of Attack In order that habeas corpus proceed ings may bo Instituted In the supreme court of the stale for the purpose of attacking tho constitutionality of tho new light rate ordinance which be came effective July 1, an employe of the Southern California Edison com pany and another of tho Pacific Light and Power company were Incarcerated in tho city jail yesterday for alleged violations of the ordinance, in default of $200 bail. P. 11. Goodrich, a collector for the Pacific Light and Power company, is accused of charging customers of the company lor the recarbonlzlng of In candescent lamps, in strict violation of the ordinance. The charge against Samuel C. Haver, collector for tho Southern California Edison company, is that he has been making customers of the company pay for electricity at the old rate of 9 cents a kilowatt hour, instead of at tho rate of 7 cents. EMPLOYES SURRENDER The complaints against the employes were formally filed in Police Judge Rose's court yesterday morning, but no warrants for the arrest of the de fendants were Issued. Goodrich and Haver surrendered themselves to the authorities in the morning and at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon appeared in court for their arraignment on the charges. Attorneys Thomas A. Sanson and Harry J. Bauer represented the array of legal talent that has been retained by the lighting corporations to fight the ordinance. The complaints were formally read by Judge Rose and tho defendants were Informed of their rights under the laws of this state. "If tlie court please, the defendants at this time would like to ask the court for time in which to enter their pleas to the charges against them," said At torney Sanson after the complaint had been read. There was a whispered conference between the attorneys for. the defense and City Prosecutor Eddie, and after a few minutes the court was taken into the conference. The defend ants were finally given until August 10 at 10 o'clock to enter their pleas and bail was fixed at $200 in each case. "But, If the court please," said San son, "that Is really more than the de fendants can give." "You have my sympathy," dryly ob served the court, and Haver and Good rich were beckoned into the prisoners* docket by the court bailiff as prisoners of the law in behalf of their employers, so that the latter might wage a court battle against the reduction of lighting rates. MEN LOCKED UP The men were soon taken to the desk sergeant's office, where they were booked and searched as common pris oners. Although the "test case", pris oners were mercilessly teased by court attaches and newspapermen, they took all the banter In the best of good humor and did not appear disturbed at having to occupy cells in the city bastile over night In the interest of their corporations. Attorney Herbert J. Goudge, coun sel for the Pacific Light & Power com pany, left Los Angeles last night on the Owl train for San Francisco, where he will go before the state supreme court this morning and apply for a writ of habeas corpus for the release of the prisoners. Although it is not customary to apply In the highest court' of the state for the writ, the companies are taking this means of bringing the validity of the ordinance to a speedy issue. The writ may be I issued today and a date set for the arguments. . *[: ;_■ ?■£ ■" The two lighting companies hold that the city council has not power to reg ulate the rates charged patrons. They further assert that the percentage of their earnings will be greatly in duced If the new rates are sustained. THE COMPAIN'TS The complaint filed against the Pa cific company alleges that 20 cents was charged Guy K. Woodward, pro prietor of the Woodward hotel, at 421 West Eighth street, for the recarl I izing of several incandescent lamps. The complaint against the Edison company alleges that nine cents per kilowatt hour was charged the Jew elry firm of Donovan & Semans, 253 South Spring street, for electricity, when the ordinance stipulates a seven cent rate. The Edison company, It Is under stood, will fight the section of the or dinance reducing the rate and the other company will fight that portion relating to the non-charging for the re carbonizing of globes. Judge William A. Cheney, counsel tor the Los Angeles Gas & Electric corporation; H. H. Trowbridge, coun sel for the Southern California Edison company, the law firm of O'Melveny, Stevens and MUliken and Herbert J. Goudge have been ietalned as coun sel to represent the lighting corpora tions in their fight against the ordi nance, which they declare la invalid and unconstitutional. * PRESIDENT APPROVES DISMISSAL OF CAPTAiN WASHINGTON, Aug. 2.—President Taft has approved the court-martial finding sentencing to dismissal Captain Robert H. Peck, Twenty-fourth In fantry, recently tried In the depart ment of the east and found guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, disrespectful behavior tow ard his commanding officer, and con duct to tho prejudice of good order and military discipline. His dismissal will take place Thursday of this week. Captain Peck was graduated from West Point in 1809.