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Trustees of Chico Normal School
Said to Have Disregarded
Serious Charges
State Executive Urges Change in
Presidency and Methods
at Institution
(Associated Press)
SACRAMENTO, Aug. 2.—Governor
Gillett today addressed a letter to
Florence O'Brien as secretary of the j
board of trustees of'the state normal
school at chico, scoring the board for
its action hi exonerating Dr. C. C. Van
L,lew, president of the school, of the
charges .of attempting to hug Miss
Ada Clark, a student at the school,
lie writes that the decision Is a sur
prise' to him and that it destroys the
usefulness of the school. : He declared ,
that It Is a warning to young women
attending the state schools that they I
must submit to any Indignity offered |
them by school professors or submit j
to insults by attorneys hired to clear
men of serious offenses.
The governor's letter follows:
"I must confess that I was quite I
surprised at the conclusion reached
by a majority of the board and I firm
ly believe that the decision rendered
by It will injure the standing of the
school and seriously affect Its future.
"For several years I understand
there had been ugly rumors concern
ing Dr. Van Llevv's conduct in the
school and affecting his moral stand
ing, and today those rumors are state
wide. My attention was first called
"to them after Miss Clark had first
n.ade her charges against him. After
that many complaints were made to
me concerning his conduct.
"In May, 1903, a private investiga
tion was made into Dr. Van Llew's
reputation for sobriety and morality
and the report of It Is now, and for a
long time has been on file ln the of
fict of the secretary of state and the
board of miners. This report is very
damaging to Dr. Van Llew.
"Again In the month of April, 1906,
the late E. B. Edson, then a member
of the boar . of trustees of said school,
serving with Trustee Cogglns and oth
ers, had, as I understand, William A.
Pl.ikerton of the Pinkerton detective
agency engaged to make an Investi
gation of the Chico Normal school and
the rumors connected therewith Con
cerning Dr. Van Llew.
"Mr. Plnkerton went to Chico In the
month of April, 1906, and remained
there mailing Investigations until the
day of the earthquake and fire In San
Francisco, when apparently because of
that great disaster be quit, as his last
dally report was made on that day. His
report, as far as it was made, has been
placed in his hands by the representa
tives of Mr. Edson, and it contains
matters derogatory to Mr. Van Llew.
. "I call the board's attention to these
two reports to show that In the past
Van I.lew's reputation for immorality
was being discussed sufficiently to
cause the same to be Investigated.
"In the 18th day of May of tills year
Dr. David Starr Jordan, president of
Lei and Stanford university, writing to
a public officer of this state concerning
Dr. Van Liew used the following lan
guage: ' It is a matter of common re
pute that the president of one of our
state normal schools Is what is com
monly called a Bohemian, using this
word in a distinctly bad sense. It Is
currently reported that he drinks whis
ky, and in more than a moderate 'de
gree. It is also reported that he Is
distinctly immoral in other regards. So
far as 1 am concerned, I have no direct
evidence and can call on no witnesses,
but I do know that the reputation of
the school men of this state is being
harmed by the retention of this man,
in view of the current talk in regard
to him."
"This is pretty strong language, com
ing from one of the great educators of
the world, and he speaks of reports con
cerning Dr. Van Liew that were cur
rent prior to the Clark charges having
been made. *.'■
"Reports are in my possession of
young ladies, other than Miss Clark, to
whom It Is claimed Van Llew had of
fered indignities, but it Is difficult to
make them appear In public and make
a statement after Miss Clark's experi
ence Many complaints have reached
me since the decision of the board, and
I give you one as an example: A prom
inent citizen of Santa Rosa, and at one
time a resident of Chico, sent me a
telegram, In which he said: 'A recent
four years' residence in Chico, where I
was in a position to know of Van
Llew's unquestionable bad moral repu
tation and influence, leads me to pro
tect against the reported action of the
normal trustees in- exonerating him.'
"Of course, It was left to the board
to pass upon the veracity of Ada Clark
and Dr. Van Liew, but notwithstand
ing its decision I believe the people of
the state, or a great majority of them,
will accept Miss Clark's statement of
what took place. .____._..
"She had nothing to gain by doing
what she did. She had never had any
trouble with Dr. Van Llow or any
member of the faculty. She .had no
desire to leave school; she was anxious
to get an education, so that she might
herself become a teacher in our public
schools. Her past life had always been
pure and good;, she had always lived
in a country surrounded by Christian
influences; and she could have had no
bad motive whatever In making the
complaint that she made against the
president of the institution where she
was being educated. When she. came
from Van Llew's office shu was pale,
nervous and excited. Such is the testi
mony of Miss Lindley, a student of the
school, who met her in the hall. She
told Miss Lindley of what had just
happened and requested her to go Into
the school and get her books, as she
would never enter It again.
"Now, It is inconceivable to imagine
that this young girl should be such a
consummate actress; that without
cause or reason she could in a moment
become pale, very nervous and agi
tated, and In this condition pour into
the ears .of her friend a false story
of Improper advances Just made to
her by the president of the Institution
In which she was a pupil.
"Yet this Is just what Miss Lindley
testified to, and to clear Van Llew from
the charges the majority of the.trus
tees found that the young girls were
unworthy of belief and that Dr. Van
Llew, who had everything In his life at
stake, told the truth when he denied
It all, which as a matter of self
protection he had to.
"This decision of the trustees ha*
jerved notice upon all the young girls
Ittendlng our normal schools that no
natter what advances . are made to
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them or proposals offered, 'they are to
remain silent and make no complaint,
for if they do they will be ridiculed
by attorneys and disbelieved by the
trustees. _■ :
"Those who have been intrusted un
der the law with the management and
control of our normal schools cannot
afford to allow such a condition as now
exists to continue in the Chico nor
mal, The Integrity and good standing
of our schools come first.
"No one shall remain in our public
schools as president or teacher against
whose reputation for morality sus
picions rest. Certainly no man should
remain at the head of such an institu
tion whose reputation for morality Is
being assailed by a large number of our
best citizens, even If there are many, ,a
majority In fact, who speak well of
"A man whose standing 1s such that
causes Dr. Jordan to write to a public
officer of this state that 'the reputa
tion of the school men of the state is
being harmed by the retention of this
man, In view of the current talk of
him,' is not a suitable person to be at
the head of one of our Institutions for
the education of young ladles.
"At the hearing, it was claimed, I am
informed, that Dr. Van Llew was being
attacked for political reasons and by
those who were his enemies and who
wanted his office as president of the
school. Such is not the case. The
charges were made In the Interest of
the school and in the interests of the
young girls of Northern California, who
leave their homes to attend this school
that they may secure a diploma which
will enable them to teach in this state
and help educate our children.
"In my opinion, if the Chico normal
Is to be successful and have the con
fidence and support of the parents of
this state, there must be a change In
the presidency, and if such change Is
not made parents will be justified in
sending their daughters to other normal
schools In this state where the atmos
phere is better and where they will feel
safe In the belief that their daughters
are under the projection of both the
president and the board.
"If any member of the board of trus
tees of any normal school in this statee
feels that possible friendship for the
president is superior to the interests
which he should feel for the success
and -welfare of the school, then he
should resign his office, so that one
differently situated could be appointed.
"I trust that the board of trustees
will consider the suggestions herein
made and take such action as will bo
for the best interests' of the school and
to restore that confidence In it which
every school must have to be successful
and which the Chico normal Is now los
ing very fast.
"This letter is to be filed with the
papers of the board of trustees as a
public document.
Investigate Latest Thing in Viti :
cultural Pathology"
FRESNO, Aug. 2.—Vine paralysis is
the latest thing in vlticultural path
ology and it is being investigated by
Professor Bloletti of the state uni
-Horticultural Commissioner Schell
has received many reports of vineyards
blighting in spots and at his request
Professor Parker of Berkeley came
here to make an examination. He
pronounced the trouble due to vine
paralysis, and stated that the' disease
was prevalent throughout. the state.
He said It was a new disease and that
Its origin and method of treatment are
now being studied at Berkeley.
Commissioner Schell says that while
the paralysis will reduce the present
crop, he does not think It will perma
nently injure the vines.
LONDON,. Aug. The American
ambassador, 1 Whltelaw Reid, and the
Chilean minister, Senor Gana, pre
sented today to the British foreign of
fice their respective cases on the Alsop
claim which has been submitted to
King George as arbitrator. The claim
Is based on large sums of money "ad
vanced to the Bolivian government in
1874, In exchange for valuable conces
sions, the government contracting to
return part of the loan from customs
receipts at the part of Arica. ,
The Theaters
One of the most entertaining vaude
ville bills seen in many weeks is be
ing presented at the Los Angeles the
ater this week. Every turn on the
bill is clever and above the average in
worth. Manager Bovyer Is to be con
gratulated upon the worth of the bill,
for he Is giving his patrons their
moneys worth.
Heading the bill Is Phil Staats, an
elephantine comedian and musical
joker. Mr. Staats' monologue affects
the risibilities of all, and his planolo
gue Is decidedly out of the ordinary.
He carries on a conversation which he
Illustrates with bits of well known
popular music In such a way as to con
vey exact meaning. As he says him
self, fat men are always happy-go
lucky.- He proves his remarks by his
Whenever the constant or casual
theatergoer picks up a program and
finds thereon the legend that a cer
tain woman is a "phenomenal bari
tone" or that a certain man Is "the
world's greatest female impersonator,
with a marvelous range of voice," he
Immediately expects to see a mon
strosity. Such a mental attitude Is
assumed and maintained from the mo
ment Miss Emelie Benner, baritone,
is announced. And the attitude is dis
pelled only after she makes her ap
pearance. Miss Benner Is charmingly
sweet and pretty, and though her sing
ing voice Is pitched so low as to be
considered of the mannish baritone
quality, she is a most engaging young
woman and not a monstrosity. Miss
Banner's act is one which excites won
der and elicits much applause, for it Is
artistic In every detail.
Betsy Bacon and her company pre
sent a-dramatic sketch entitled "De
borah's Wedding Day," an incident of
the Civil War. The sketch pleases im
mensely. McMahon's "Watermelon
Girls" do a tabloid minstrel show, a
song and dance act ending with the
girls seated in a huge melon. The
turn is a novel one. Strength Brothers
do not belle their names. They pre
sent one of the worthiest exhibitions of
brain, brawn and daring seen in many
weeks at the Los Angeles. Complet
ing the bill are Williams Brothers,
son and dance artists, and new mov
ing pictures.
"Bankers' Troubles" are laid bare
this week by Alphln and Fargo's com
edians at the Olympic, who, as high
f lnancles out-Morgan Rockefeller.
The combination of a Hebrew, an Irish
man and a German forming a co-part
nership is funny under any circum
stances, but when they unite to run a
banking business they are side-split
ting. Jules Mendel, Al Franks and
Monte Carter are excruciating In their
respective characters, and their antics
were generously appreciated by the au
diences which pack the Olympic.
The musical numbers are most tune
ful and very prettily mounted, espe
cially the Japanese number, written
by Charles Alphln, and sung by Jean
Hathaway. Rosabelle Cohan in a dainty
little soubrette part makes a charm
ing' picture. _a^a
NEW YORK, Aug. 2.—"lt may be
unseemly for me to engage with Mr.
Roosevelt In a controversy Involving
a question of veracity. That which
I wrote, of course, is true," said Col
onel Harvey at his home at Deal Lake,
N. J., last night. " ' -•
Colonel Harvey referred to Colonel
Roosevelt's flat denial of an article
written by the former in which he
said: • , ■'"
"But recently Roosevelt, the man,
declared that if a national election
were to be held next November he un
doubtedly would, be the Republican
candidate and would win."
twenty-second United States Infantry,
which arrived here Sunday on the
transport Buford after two years' serv
ice .at Alaskan posts, will leave this
afternoon for Fort Sam Houston,
Texas. The regiment is commanded
by Colonel Alfred Reynolds.
SEOUL, Aug. 2.—Cruisers Charleston
and New Orleans, under command of
Rear Admiral John Hubbard, • arrived
at Chemulpo today. The admiral and
his staff were entertained at the Amer
ican consulate at Seoul tonight. -
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Secretary Declares Attack Made
by Unscrupulous Men
CHICAGO, Aug. 2— Secretary Bal
linger today denied that his con
ference yesterday with Senator Crane
at Minneapolis related to or would be
followed by his resignation. He said
the matter discussed was not even of
direct interest to him. He denounced
his foes in strong language and said
he intended to ignore them entirely.
His denial was issued after reading the
dispatches from Beverly, Mass., which
Indicated that Senator -Crane's mis
sion to the west was to carry the hint
that Mr v Balllnger would aid the party
in forthcoming elections by withdraw
ing at this time.
"There's no resignation on the card,
I can tell you," was Mr. Ballinger's
reply to this. Continuing, he said:
"I simply am on my way to the coast
for a little rest. Some of them want to
make my 'rest' permanent, but it will
not be so as long as President Taft Is
satisfied. I met Crane yesterday morn
ing through no arrangement of mine,
and the matter we discussed—
of course—was nothing which interest
ed me directly at all. Mr. Crane wished
Don't miss seeing beautiful Hollywood Park Terrace, the most heautiful and sightly subdivision ever offered to the investor or
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A MONARCH OF YE OLDEN TIMES a T t a^DKjuN dCTrol Cany° n car' get °ff
SABER-TOOTH TIGER, from skeletons found in Brea Pool, two miles . r^
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to consult me on the matter, and
came to where I was, that's all. There
is nothing mysterious about it. I guess
he is gone back east now.
"All this vicious attack by un
scrupulous men, backed by newspapers
with even less scruples, goes off me
like water off a duck's back. That
never will induce me to resign."
NEW TORK, Aug. 2.— cost Fran
cis Maher Just $100 yesterday to save
a man from drowning. Maher, wh6
is a chauffeur employed by the city,
was standing at the water front when
he heard a call of "man overboard."
While a hundred onlookers cried for
help Maher jumped in and soon had
the drowning man safe.
When the excitement was over and
after the rescued man had disappeared
Maher found his wallet was missing.
His hip pocket had been picked.
SEATTLE, Aug. 2.—The French
cruiser Montcalm, flagship of Admiral
de Castries, arrived in port last night
from the Orient via Honolulu. Of
ficial receptions will be held today.
The Montcalm will remain her* un
til August 10, when she will sail for
San Francisco to go Into dry dock.
Officers Closely Guard Prisoner
for Fear of Suicide
charge of Captain of Detectives J. P.
Carney, through whose efforts he was
run to earth, Joseph Wendling, ac
cused of the murder of Alma Kellner
of Louisville, Ky., left today for the
scene of the crime for which he will
be tried.
It is believed here by the detectives
who have assisted in the chase for and
arrest of Wendllng that Carney will
take extraordinary precautions to
guard his prisoner after he reaches the
border of Kentucky, as it is reported
that the feeling there runs high against
the accused man.
Notwithstanding his cheerful air,
Wendllng has been guarded closely In
his cell for fear that he might at
tempt suicide. Wendling before his de
parture was measured by the local
identification bureau. Wendllng reiter
ated his desire to return to Kentucky
ITHACA, N. V., Aug. 2.—Mrs. Doug
las Boardman, widow of Judge Board-
man, for whom the Cornell college of
law building was named, is dead at her
home here, aged 86 years. She was
born in Duchess county. Mr. Board
man presented an extensive law li
brary to Cornell. -
SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 2.—A lab
! oratory analysis conducted by the city
health department has revealed, it is
stated, an injurious aniline dye in ice
cream cornucopias sold in large quan
tities by confectionery stores and street
hawkers here.
Greek and Japanese cone factories,
alleged to be using the compound in
their output, were notified yesterday
by the city to discontinue the color
ing process. •
Many cases of infantile sickness, it
is said, have been traced directly to the
confection. Recei.tly cones were pur
chased by city Inspectors in five dif
ferent factories and the tests were
made under the supervision of City
Chemist Bothe. According to the de
partment's report, dye extracted from
the cones readily colored wool and
other materials. ..,'•___. ii „L
Dr W. A. McNutt, jr., is the health
officer in charge of the investigation.
Prosecution on charges of violating the
state pure food law is said to be
planned. .

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