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Candidate Asserts Official Has Been Guilty
of Grave Misconduct in County
Position of Authority
Opening of Campaign for Good Govern
ment Organization Is Enlivened by
Thunderclap of Denunciation
Charges Made Against Fredericks
That he compounded a felony, failed to Investigate or prose
cute, and profited thereby.
That the district attorney is subservient to Walter Parker and
the Southern Pacific political machine.
That instead of prosecuting those involved in the riverbed steal
the district attorney later employed a member of <ho council that
voted for the franchise.
That at the time of the investigation of the Harper-Kern
scandal the district attorney could not have done better service for
the accused had he been their own attorney.
In brief, the charges relate the connection of the district at
torney with Boss Parker, the riverbed scandal, the attempt of
Parker to bribe City Clerk Lelande in the Hotel Alexandria, the
daily visits of Parker to the temple of "justice," the suppression
of all investigation of the crimes in connection with that scandal,
the partnership of the authorities with vice whereby fallen women
were taxed for tribute, the pressure exerted on grand juries, the
use of the district attorney's power as a shield for felons, the
whitewash report secured from a packed grand jury for the county
attorney, and finally the betrayal of confiding clients.
IN one of the most sensational arraignments ever made of a pub
lic official in Lqs Angeles county, Thomas Lee Woolwine, Good
Government (candidate for district attorney, last night in
Simpson auditorium branded John D. Fredericks, the incumbent, as
unfit for the office and as untrue to the trust reposed in him by the
people. To a large audience that applauded him repeatedly, Mr.
Woolwine stated that Fredericks had been guilty of most serious
official misconduct, and presented affidavits and copies of documents
in support of his statements.
In the opinion of the greater part of the audience the charges
must be met and refuted by the Republican county central com
mittee, or they must withdraw their support from Fredericks as a
man unfit for the party.
Woolwine charged that Fredericks received fees in all amount
ing to about $12,000 through misuse of his position as district attor
ney, and asserted that the sensational statements made at the meet
ing last night were only a minor portion of charges he is prepared
to bring later in the campaign.
Charges Made of Official Corruption
"You know that what I am saying is criminal libel if not true,"
he declared, and he defied the supporters of Fredericks to refute
them. He did not hesitate to mention names, among them being
that of Percy Hammon, former councilman and deputy district at
torney, who sat in the audience. Other sayings of Mr. Woolwine
"This is a long story of official corruption, but I will make it as
brief as the facts will permit." ,
"Men do not run the risk of suffering public ignominy and
shame for nothing."
"No man should occupy the office of district attorney who has
not a fine conception of what justice means."
"I'll not spring any hour stuff; if my opponents can answer
what I say they will have ample time."
"We must have but one law for the rich and the poor."
"I'm not going to try to see how many poor men I can send to
the penitentiary, or any other kind of men, but I am going to see
how near I can come to absolute and impartial justice."
Another popular keynote for good government was struck by
Lynn Helm when he said: "Individualize the corporations, prosecute
the individuals who are responsible for their law-breaking, and if they
put up dummies, prosecute them and you will have good corpora
Audience Applauds for Good Government
The opening of the campaign for the Good Government organi
zation at Simpson auditorium was particularly an ovation for
Thomas Lee Woolwine, Democratic and Good Government candi
date for district attorney.. The Good Government principles enun
ciated by the speakers were given hearty support by the audience,
but when Lynn Helm urged support of Mr. Woolwine the cheering
was continued for several minutes.
When Mr. Woolwine arose to speak the large audience arose
with him and cheered, waved handkerchiefs and called "What's the
matter with Woolwine?" with a tremendous enthusiasm that broke
out afresh again and again. There was no doubt as to the admira
tion of the great audience for Mr. Woolwine and their sympathy to
ward his attitude in this campaign. '
The enthusiasm punctuated the points made in Mr. Woolwine's
speech with great frequency. At times, however, there was a tense
quietness, when the speaker preferred charges against county offi
cials, followed by a buzz of comment all over the hall.
"You know these things I am saying are libelous things if not
true," declared Mr. Woolwine early in'his speech, and the audi
ence's belief in the truth of his.statements was shown by the cheers
and applause.
Promises Affidavits to Prove Charges
"If any of my statements is contradicted I guess I can furnish
the affidavits to prove it," continued the speaker. His remarks were
taken down by stenographers from the court house.
Prior to the Woolwine speech good government addresses were
made by H. S. Hadley of Long Beach and Lynn Helm. Mr. Hadley,
(Continued on r««e Ttu—t K^|
B V; . Hi
Owens River Electric Current to
Be Furnished Independence
on the Bonus Plan
Los Angeles has already crone Into
the business of selling electric light
and power developed from the Owens
river aqueduct. Homes In Independ
ence, the county seat of Inyo county,
and the streets are to be lighted and
power for business purposes furnished
Just as soon as the necessary wlrea and
machinery can be Installed. The board
of public works adopted a resolution
yesterday agreeing to furnish enough
current for the uses of Independence
and fixing the rates to be charged.
The electricity is to be furnished on
something similar to the bonus plan
suggested by William Mulholland for
the disposal of the Owens river water.
Thejpeople of Independence have of
fered a bonus of $500 and the amount
will be accepted, according to the
terms of the resolution of th« board of
public works. ■ •
The bonus is demanded because
the cost of the lines and transformers
at Citrus road, where the city's power
line crosses it, is approximately $1250,
and the cost of supplying the street
lamps and residences at Independence
la approximately $500 for the addi
tional overhead construction and ma
chinery needed.
Tho board has come to the conclu
sion that current can be supplied with
out Inconvenience to the city, and has
agreed to make a three years' con
tract with Independence to furnish
. The rates fixed for the servlee by
meter are as follows:
Amount to eight kilowatts, $1 a
month; eight to fifty kilowatts, 12
cents a kilowatt; fifty to 100 kilowatts,
11 cents; 100 to 200 kilowatts, 10 cents;
200 to 300, 9 cents; 300 to 600, 8 cents;
and 600 or more, 7 cents.
The flat rates are: Two slxteen
candle power lamps, $1 a month; three
lamps, $1.25; four lamps, $1.50. All
ing the streets before the lamps will
have to install a meter.
The rate for street lamps is fixed at
$60 a year for each arc lamp and $10
a year for each thirty-two-candle
power incandescent. Responsible per
sons must guarantee the cost of light
ing the street sbefore the lamps will
be Installed.
All surplus is to b3 used as power,
and the rates are to bo determined by
the nature of the service and the
amount used. These rates will be fluc
tuating and will be fixed by agree
ment between the board of public
works and the consumers.
The rates at which current is fur
nished at Independence are not to be
considered as any standard of Judg
ing the rates that will He charged for
municipal light and power when
brought to Los Angeles. The plant
of the city at Independence is only a
temporary affair and ma be abandoned
when the power is full developed. It
was constructed only to assist in the
building of the aqueduct and was not
intended to furnish light and power
for domestic uses.
All Business for THE TIMES
Will be Transacted at Their
Branch Office
521 South Spring Street
Member of Firm Raided by Fed
eral Officers Offers to
Aid Investigation
[As»oclatoa Prea»)
NEW YORK, Sept. 80.—Simon Jacob
Herzlg, who, under the name of George
Graham Rloe, Is said to have been the
real head of the firm of B. F. Bcheftels
& Co., the mining specialty firm raided
by federal officers yesterday, surren
dered to government authorities today
almost at the same time that proceed
ings were taken to throw the firm into
Herzlg, or Rice, gave himself up
lifter officers had been hunting for him
for more than twenty-four hours. He
gave bonds of $16,000, with a surety
At the same time, through his at
torney, William Travers Jerome, he
offered to aid the government in mak
ing a full Investigation of charges
against the firm.
Neither Herzlg nor the company,
Jerome said, Is guilty of wrongdoing,
and he expressed the belfef that the
government had been deceived as to
the character of the firm's business.
He Intimated that ulterior motives
were behind the prosecution.
At the .same time that Herzlg wafc
admitted to ball bond was fumlshetr
for three of the men arrested yester
day, George, alias "Red Letter" Sul
livan; Charles F. Belser, tiecretary of
the company, and Clarence McCor
mack. They had been locked In the
Tombs over night.
Immediately after Sullivan's release
he was rearrested under an indictment
returned In the state courts In 1901,
charging him with stealing 100 shares
of Republic Steel stock from a resi
dent of Long Island. According to the
police, Sullivan .has been a fugitive for
nine years.
The petition In bankruptcy against
the Scheftels firm was filed by Leon
Stern, Eugene Cerf ant. Frank Klernan,
whose claims aggregate $3280. The
assets of the firm were given at $30,000.
Another move against the firm today
was the holding up of its mall by the
department of justice. Money orders
sent the company, it was announced,
will be returned to the senders.
Prof. J. H. Braley of Los Angeles
Delivers Address
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30.—The an
nual state convention of the California
Suffrage association opened here today
with an Invocation by Rev. William
Kirk Guthrie.
President Elizabeth Lowe Watson
made tha opening address.
Mrs. Watson reviewed the progress
of the suffrage movement in this state
during the past year. Mrs. Mabel Craft
deering reported briefly to the conven
tion on the work done by the press
committee of the association.
Delegates at Los Angeles Session
Act on Policy of Mineral
Land Losses
Phoenix or Douglas in Arizona to
Secure Next Session of the
National Associatioq
10:00 a. m Final report of the commit
tee on resolutions.
10:30 a. m.—Unfinished business.
1:80 p.m.—Entrain (or Long Beach at
Salt Lake station for afternoon
frolic on beach. ,
7:30 p.m.—Final adjournment at the
Virginia hotel.
7:19 p.m.—Grand ball, "Home, Sweet
Home." • '
Trip to Catnllna. ___
The adoption of resolutions favorable
to conservation of natural resources,
the election of officers for the ensuing
year; the selection of the place for
the next annual convention, and a
smoker were the features o; the sev
eral sessions of the American Mining
congress yesterday.
Governor R. E. Sloan of Arizona, who
was called back to Phoenix after start
ing for the congress, wired hia re
grets and authorized L. W. Powell of
that territory to read an address pre
pared by him, favoring conservation In
a broad way, but with certain pro
visions which the conservationist-) in!
all probability, it is said, will consider.
A resolution submitted Thursday by
Thomas E. Gibbon, a delegate from
Los Angeles, w. j raporterl on. favor
ably yesterday morning and adopted
in substance by the American Mining
congress. The substitute prepared by
the conservation branch of tha com
mittee, on resolutions. In its adoption
of this resolution, resolved that the
congress recommend to the congress
of the United States that tha depart
ment of justice take steps to recover
for the people grants made by the
government to the Southern Pacific.
The name of the corporation was
omitted from the substitute, but the
original resolution clearly stated in
effect that the grants of the Southern
Pacific were not legal and could be
contended. The substitute will serve
the desired purpose.
The substitute for Mr. Gibbon's reso
lution follows:
Whereas, It has been the uniform
policy of the United States govern
ment In disposing of its public
lands to grant title to its mineral
lands under and by virtue of the
operation of the mineral laws, and
Whereas, large grants of publio
and have been made from time to
time; and in such grants certain
reservations have been specifically
made as to mineral lands or the
discovery of minerals thereon, and
Whereas, under said grants the
grantees have taken possession of
large areas of land which It Is now
claimed contain mineral, title to
which, under the express terms of
the grant, would not pass to tha
Therefore, resolved, that the
American Mining congress recom
mend to the congress of tha Unit
ed States that such Investigation
as may be necessary shall be made
by the department of Justice and in.
all cases where it is found that
public lands are held under any
of the aforesaid grants by the gran
tees, the title to which, under th»
grant, should now vest in t; i Unit
ed States, proper action be taken
' to recover the name.
Another resolution bearing upon the
withdrawal of lands and their relation
to the prospector and operator In the
oil fields was reported favorably and
adopted by the congress. This resolu
tion follows:
This congTess rocognlzes that the
United States government In ita
dealings with the mineral lands anil
the miners operating thereon has
uniformly treated the subject along
broad and equitable lines, and thut
those who pursuant to the Invita
tion of the government have ex
plored the mineral lands, discovered
mineral therein and In good faith
developed the same have almost
uniformly been protected in their
In this connection attention Is
called to certain recent rulings of
the land department, that while
they may be proper as applied to
the facts therein Involved, are In
other respects inconsistent with the
previous rulings of the department,
and the decisions of tha court, un
der which recent rulings associa
tions of persons who have entered
upon oil and other mineral lands in
good faith, explored and developed
the same and discovered oil there
in, have been denied patents, where
prior to discovery and frequently
for the purpose of ral*ng money for
development purposes certain of
the locators had conveyed their In
terests, so that there were at the
time of discovery less than eight •
locators interested In such claim.
Previous to these recent rulings
it had been uniformly held by th«
courts and by the department,
where the laws had been complied
with and mineral or oil discovered,
that such locators or their success
or or successors in interest were
entitled to patents.
These recent rulings, •If , adhered
to, would destroy many Investment*
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List of Missing Gives Clew to Identity of
Dead—About 100 Persons in Build
ing When Crash Came at 1 A. M.
Loss Will Amount to More Than Halt Mil
lion Dollars—Editors of Paper Among
Survivors—Bomb Said to Be Cause
E. B. ASPINALL, linotype operator. Cut over left eye. Nose
cut. Right wrist strained.
S. W. CRABILL foreman composing room. Burned and cut
with flying glass.
WILL LATTA, sterotyper. Burned about arms and back
U. S. G. PENTZ, linotype operator. Jumped from v. nttow.
Wrist broken.
M. WESTON. Cut on shoulders.
RANDOLPH ROSSO, linotype operator. Jumped from a second
story window. Abrasion of left knee; ankle spraine-J
CHARLES YON VELSEN, fireman. Cut on left hand.
MRS. J. B. ULRICH. Fell down elevator.
CHARLES E. LOVELACE, of the editorial staff. Jumped from
third floor window. Injuries perhaps fatal.
ALBERT G. SCHWALM. Cut back of right ear.
G. L. SALLADA, linotype operator. Cut on right hand.
J. F. LINK. Glass cuts on head.
CHURCHILL HARVEY-ELDER. Burned over body and head; a
broken right leg. Will probably die.
RICHARD GOFF. Slight burns and cuts.
J. C. GALLIHER, age 40, linotype operator, married and has
five children.
W. G. TUNSTALL, age 45, linotype operator, married.
FRED LLEWELLYN, age 36, linotype operator, married.
JOHN HOWARD, age 45, printer, married and with one child.
GRANT MOORE, age 42, machinist, married and three children,
ED. WASSON, age 35, printer, married.
ELMER FRINK, age 25, operator, married.
EUGENE CARESS, age 35, operator, married and one child.
DON E. JOHNSON, age 36, operator, married.
ERNEST JORDAN- age 32, operator, married and one child.
FRANK UNDERWOOD, age 48, printer, married and one child.
J. WESLEY REAVES, stenographer.
R. L SAWYER, age 34, telegraph operator, married, and two
HARRY L. CRANE, age 38, assistant telegraph editor, married
and onq child.
CHARLES GULLIVER, age 35, compositor, married.
CARL SALLADA, linotype operator, age 32.
An explosion that shook the ground within a radius of half a
mile wrecked the Times building at First street and Broadway
at 1:07 o'clock this morning, sending a sheet of flame high in the
air and wrecking the structure. Fully a score of lives ar« now
thought to have been lost: probably fifty persons are seriously in
jured, and the property damage will reach almost $500,00 C.
The shock was felt most directly beneath the composin
which is located on the second floor. The force sent the floors up <
ward, unseated the linotype operators, hurled the compos
the wall and jostled the stereotypers about.
Almost immediately following the explosion the flames nouni
ed high in the air, and within a few seconds the entire building
was ablaze. So quickly did the flames spread that the men on the
second and third floors were cut off from an avenue of escape
and many hurled themselves to the pavement to avoid
burned alive.
The compositors, linotype operators, stereotypers and proof-
(CoutlnmJ on Page Four)
Chief Galloway, at 3 o'clock this morning, said:
"That the building was wrecked by dynamite seems certain
from all my men can learn. There are about 100 patrolmen on
duty at the fire now and most of the detectives. We have found
some things that seem to us to point to the authors of this calam
ity. Whether they will end in any real result is impossible to tell
now, but I do know that whether they do or not the police will
keep at it without rest until this whole matter is laid bare."

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