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James McCue Seriously Burned
in Peculiar Accident Near
Scene of Fire
Wholesale Candy Store on North
Utah Robbed of $50 Dur
ing Excitement
While rushing to the assistance of
*ieighbors whose house was burning
yesterday morning, James McCue, a
cook living at 148 North Utah street,
was struck by a burning gasoline stove
which had boen flung to the street
from a second story porch, and suf
fered burns which probably will dis
figure him for life. He was taken to
the receiving hospital.
When it became known that the
house at 127 North Utah had Ignited
from an explosion HcCue, with other
neighbors, hurried to assist in ex
tinguishing- the blazo. The moment lie
arrived in front of the house the stove
was thrown from the poroh by an oc
cupant and struck the bare head of
McCue. Instantly the blazing gasoline
spread over his face, hands and hair
and he ran back to his own house
screaming from pain.
The man encountered his wife in the
parlor. She snatenod a blanket from a
bed in an adjoining room and soon
succeeded in smothering the flames.
The fire in the house from which the
blazing stove was thrown was quickly
extinguished. The damage amounted
to about $100.
A short time after McCue was taken
to the hospital the crowd at the tire
had further excitement when it was
learned that burglars had entered the
■wholesale candy house of Merriam
Bros., at 137 North Utah, during the
night and opened the steel safe, tak
ing about $50 In cash and four gold
It has been the custom of the com
pany to leave the blinds of the front
windows up in order that the officer
on the beat might see inside at all
times. When the loss was discovered
yesterday morning t_he blinds were up
as usual. The burglars had made an
entrance through a front door and
picked the combination of the safe.
Nipponese Study Farming Meth
ods of Americans in Order
to Reduce Imports
With the view of reducing the large
import trade of Japan, H. Ando and
Y. Kagami, Japanese agricultural and
horticultural experts, have arrived In
this city on the last lap of a world
tour of Investigation to study agricul
tural conditions in this section.
Mr. Ando is chief agriculturist of
the imperial agricultural experiment
station at Toklo and Mr. Kagami is
director of horticulture at the Chiba
province station near Tokio. Both left
Japan a year ago, and after studying
methods in Europe came to New York.
They spent a week in Washington
\ii wing the work of the various
bureaus of the department of agricul
Mr. A,ndo will go to Imperial today
to lear|l of conditions in the great cot
ton district and Mr. Kagami will go to
Riverside to inspect the agricultural
station there.
"We have found many processes in
the United States which will be a help
to us in Japan," said Mr. Ando. "We
hope to increase the productiveness of
cur soil so as to lessen the great
amount of imports now needed by our
country, Unfortunately cotton is one
uf the products we most need that can
not be grown successfully in Japan on
account of the heavy rains at the pick
ing season."
Messrs. Ando and Kagami will be
here several days and will go to San
Francisco, whence they leave Decem
ber 20 on the Chiyo Maru for Japan.
They are stopping at the Alexandria.
Shops at Redondo Beach Will
Furnish New Equipment
Manager Burnett of the Los Angeles
& Redondo Railway company an
nounces that an order leas been
received from the Pacific Electric Ball
way company fur the construction <>(
twenty standard gauge passenger
trucks at the Redondo shops.
These trucks are to hi- used on the
Pasadena lines of the Pacific Electric.
The ivurkJs to be done by tin; Los An
geles & Redondo railway for the reason
that the Pacific Electric Miops in
Los Angeles are overcrowded with
This order Indicates that it. will he
the policy of the new management to
make full use of the Uedondo Beach
shops, probably resulting in the em
ployroent of more men at the local
plant than hertofore.
Proprietor Surprised to Find Sil
ver Remaining in Till
Burglars who entered a saloon earl}
yesterday morning at Seventh and
Santa I<Y, apparently looked with scorn
at a neat little pile of nickels, dimes
mid half dollars in the cash drawer
and took that which appealed directly
to the inner man.
The proprietor arrived shortly after
7 o'clock and noted the .absence of
several bottles oi whisky, several
boxes of cigars and one or two bottles
of light win. Opening the cash draw
er he was surprised to find the mon< v
W. E. Moody, who is wanted by
Sheriff Stephens at Claremore, Okla.,
on a felony charge, was arrested by
Detectives Ttiteh and Roberda last night
at 963 Girard street and booked at the
central police station as a fugitive
from Justice, He will be detained in
the city Jail pending the arrival of
»n officer fro,n Oklahoma.
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Committee Will Complete Ar
rangements Today for Rec
ord Aviation Event
Practically the last step toward as
suring the biggest aviation meeting
in this city December 24 to January 3
that the country has ever seen will
be taken today 'when the aviation com
mittee will sign contracts for the ap
pearance of the Curtiss aviators, Hu
bert Latham and James Radley. These,
with the "Wright aviators, will make a
splendid array of bird men sailing over
this city holiday week.
J. C. Mars, the Curtiss aviator, and
Hubert Latham, the French airman,
returned to the city yesterday, Mars
coming from Phoenix, where he made
a series of successful flights, and
Latham returning from Catalina.
K. K. Young, manager for Glenn Cur
tiss, and J. Dargan, manager for
Latham, said yesterday that they were
willing to meet the committee on fair
terms and believed that satisfactory
contracts could be made. Dargan is
also representing James Radley, the
Englishman who flies a Blerlot mono
plane, until the latter's representative
arrives from Del Monte.
William M. Garland, chairman of the
aviation committee, has called a meet
ing of tho commitee in his office, 327
Huntington building, at lo o'clock this
morning, to discuss terms with the
aviators and to plan for the resump
tion of the subscription campaign to
day. Up to the present $40,000 is the
total amount promised the committee.
"It is now merely a matter of reach
ing satisfactory terms with the Curtiss
and other aviators," said Mr. Garland
last night. "Mr. Knabenshue, the rep
resentative of the Wrights, who signed
the contract for the appearance of
three Wright men at the nioet, assured
me that the Wrights will Interpose no
obstacles toward the free participation
of any other aviators in the meeting.
"We are Willing to make reasonable
terms with al. the flyers, but want to
be treated as liberally as other cities
have been treated."
Mr. Garland, with Isaac Milbank ami
Pied L. linker of the committee spent
yesterday inspecting Dominguez field.
"The section where the meet will be
held is much better than the scene of
last year's meet," said Mr. Garland.
"It is easier of access and the soil is
much better suited for the purposes
of the aviators."
"Bud" Mara, who has flown at avia
tion meets in all the large cities of the
country, will bring the newest Curtiss
spi ed model from Fresno for the meet.
"] am going to try to make a record
or two," said Mars. "The new machine
is one of the fastest biplanes turned
out by Curtiss. It is double surfaced
and capable of great Hpeed. While
we may not go in for altitude records,
we will be on hand when it comes to
the matter of speed," he declared.
Mais brought one machine with him
from Phoenix and will leave that here
to be unpacked while he goes to
Latham's Antoinette monoplane is
in a ear at the Wells-Fargo warehouse
and will be unpacked and taken to the
grounds as soon as the contract •is
signed for the aviator's participation
in the meet.
The three Wright biplanes which are
at the warehouse of the American Ex
pressl company will be unpacked ami
transferred to Domingucz field today
to be placed In temporary hangars.
Following the signing of the contract
for the appearance of Brooking, Hox
soy and Parmelee, Roy Knabenahue
wired for the shipment of three more
Wright machines from Dayton, Ohio.
Eugene r:. Ely or J. A. McCurdy,
both of whom are now at New Orleans,
are expected to complete the trio or
Curtlss aviators who will fly here, Mars
and Willard being the other two. With
at least four, and probably six,makes
of aeroplanes entered for the meet,
the keenest competition Is promised
in contests for speed, altitude, sus
talned flight and other tests which the
committee is planning:.
In addition to the appearance of the
airmen, the committee is negotiating
with si PerklnS for the exhibition of
his man-lifting kites. Other features
or t!ir meet will be special daj
nearby towns, including Pasadena,
Santa Barbara, Ban Diego, San Bernar
dino and Pomona.
Work will begin today on the raisins
or additional funds to insure the flnan
the meet. The commit*
tee i confident that no difficulty will
in- mi i "iiii in raising the desired
Attorney k. p, Hewett hai ofered
his legal servlcfes free to tin- commit
tee ■ lurinur the preparation! fur the
The committee as completed is w. M.
Garland, chairman; Howard E. Hunt
ingdon, VV. a. Kerckhoff, 3. B. Miller,
M. C. Neuner, Motley Flint, Isaac Mil
hank, \v. \t w..,,.i5. Fred i. Baker,
Perry Weldnei and Frank A. Garbutt.
Kind Hearted Women Confident
of Public Assistance for
New Buildings
No charity appeals to the kind-heart
'■ ed public in the Christmas season like
; ; that which win help the little orphans
'. who have no parents to summon, old
Kris Kringle down the chimney with
j his load of goodies and presents so
dear to childish hearts.
It is for this reason that the call of
the kind-hearted women of Los An
geles for funds* with which to com
plete a new orphans' home will be
! answered in abundance and this
Christmas, it is hoped, old Santa
Claus, supplied by kind-hearted peo
ple, will bring the money to finish
I building the big home Ifor the or
phaned little ones.
The $60,000 home for the Los An
geles Orphans' Home society in Cole
grove is under course of construction,
and in order that the children without
father or mother may be more com
fortably housed a call has been sound
ed by kind-hearted society women who
have interested themselves In the pro
! ject for $25,000 to complete the fund
', needed to finish the building.
The present institution is at Tale
and Alpine streets, and owing to its
crowded condition and lack of play
ground for the youngsters, it has be
come almost essential that the orphans
be moved..
The corner stone for the new home
will be laid in two weeks and will
mark the completion of two years of
hard work on the part of the women
in materializing their plans for an or
phans' home.
The Herald has led the subscription
to be taken up for the remaining $25,
--000 needed by a donation of $800. It Is
expected that today will swell the
amount and so on until the entire
$25,000 has been raised. The build
ing, providing the money is raised
will be ready for occupancy within
six months. •
The new home is situated a mile
from Colegrove station, within the city
limits, on a tract given to the society
by Charles M. Stlmson. The tract cov
ers one block bounded by El Centro,
Waring, Vine and Gregory streets.
The land on which the structure is
being built has 590 foot frontage on
Waring and 270 feet on El Centro
street with a facade on the latter thor
The Los Angeles street railway cars
running to Radium Hot Springs have
their terminus at Melrose avenue and
El Centro street, within one block of
the home. The home is thus situated
in the "open air" belt away from the
center of the city. Grounds are af
forded by the new location which
will give the children plenty of play
ground and allow them to romp at
]n planning the building the archi
tects have sought to convey a home
like atmosphere and to draw away
from a mental impression of an or
phanage. The four buildings are ai
tlstcally grouped and connected by
coveivd passages. The buildings,
which are on the cottage plan, are in
colonial style, and the Idea of a group
of attractive homes is at once con
veyed instead of a public institution.
Prelate Tells Parishioners to
Become Good Citizens
The new St. Anthony's church for
Slavonian Catholics was dedicated yes
terday morning by the lit. Rev. Bishop
Conaty, assisted by a large number of
the priests of the city. The church is
1 at Alpine and Figueroa streets
and was erected at the cost of $7000,
having a seating capacity of 400.
Just preceding the ceremony the
Slavonian society with a brass band
met the. bishop and escorted him to the
Father Zurich, the pastor, was cele
brant of the solemn high mass, assisted
by Fathers Organisciak and Idelfonse.
'l'lu Revs. <[. Donahoe and T. F. Fahey
were deacons of honor to the bishop
and acted as chanters.
Bishop Conaty preached an eloquent
sermon, speaking of the history of the
church and the persecution the Slavon
ian people had endured for their re
ligion. Hi' pointed out the freedom of
the Church in America and urged the
Slavonian parishioners to become ac-
CUBtomed to the laws and customs of
their adopted country that they might
become useful citizens The sermon
was explained in the Slavonian lan
guag by Father Zurich.
Oil Field Worker Goes to Sleep
on Track of Los Angeles-
After Rendering First Aid Rail
roaders Use Car for Ambu
lance Duty
While asleep on the tracks of the
Los Angeles Pacific company at a
sharp curve near Sherman Junction
last night, James H. Gorman, an oil
field laborer, who recently came to
California from Pennsylvania, was
struck by eastbound car No. 736, in
charge of Motorman J. Phipps and
Conductor W. S. Foss. and incurred
probable fatal Injuries. His right leg
was crushed above the knee aivd his
left foot was mangled.
From letters found in the pockets of
the injured man it was learned that
he has a family living at Noblestown,
Pa. Gorman is a member of the
Knights of Maccabees and was em
ployed by the Rancho La Brea Oil
company in the Sherman oil fielus. Be
fore coming here Gorman worked at
According to the car crew the unfor
tunate man was lying on the track with
both lees across one of the rails. Re
cause of the fog the motorman was un
able to distinguish objects far ahead
and was running at moderate speed.
The sjjeed was slackened because of
the sharp curve and the car was with
in a few feet of Gorman before he was
Motorman Phipps applied the brakes,
but before he could bring the car tr>
a stop the wheels passed over the
sleeping man. The car crew applied
improvised tourniquets to prevent the
victim from bleeding to death, placed
him aboard the car and hurried him
to the receiving hospital. They said
they detected a strong odor of liquor
on the breath of the Injured man and
found a bottle partly filled with whis
ky near him.
Police Surgeon Carter says Gorman
has but a slight chance for recovery.
High Quality Oil Reported in Re
cent Shipment from Jewell
Superintendent W. C. Daniels of the
Ventura Oil Development company,
operating- near Piru, Ventura county,
reports that two streaks of oil sand
eight feet thick have been 1 encountered
in well No. 3 and that the formation
is changing from shale to oil sand
about every twenty feet. The main
sand body is expected soon, as the In
dications all point to its close proxim
ity to the present point reached by the
drill, which is close to 1300 feet. Re
cent developments in the immediate
neighborhood have been of an exceed
ingly encouraging character, and Mr.
Daniels believes it will be but a ques
tion of a short time before the Ventura
property of the company will be on
a producing basis.
A recent shipment of oil from the
Jewell Oil company was reported by
the gauger of the Independent agency
to be the best quality and purity ever
taken into the pipe line. Only six
tenths of one per cent of foreign mat
ter was found, which is a remarkable
showing- for the Kern River district.
The production of the Jewell is in
creasing from month to month. Well
No. 8 is probably the best producing
well in Kern River, while No. 10 is pro
nounced almost, if not quite, as good.
It is expected that the December pro
duction will be over 7000 barrels.
Lady Washington well No. 1, section
6, Sunset district, is reported down
close to 2300 feet, having made some
thing like 100 feet of progress in two
weeks' time. It is stated that a new
•streak of sand has been penetrated,
indicating that the main sand of the
district will be found within a short
distance of the present point of drill
ing. The showing is excellent. On the
Essex, adjoining to the east and just
north of the Yellowstone, a showing
of high gravity oil is reported at a
depth of a little over 2000 feet, and on
the California King, drilling with a
rotary, there have been oil indications
for some time. The Bronco, imme
diately to the east of the Yellowstone,
is said to be doing not less than 100
barrels a day of oil running better than
40 degrees in gravity. The Lady
Washington, preparatory to the incom
ing of the big well, has a sump capa
ble of holding 5000 barrels, recently
Reports of great interest to Templot»
McKittrick stockholders are coming
from the property at Sunset since the
new management took hold. Well No.
2 h.'iH been flowing for two or thre«
weeks, filling- the sump hole and neces
sitating 1 further accommodation for the
oil. The well is to be capped, so as to
hold the gas and increase the flow of
the oil. As soon as these matters are
attended to Well No. 1 will be put in
shape, and it is expected that it will
equal No. 2 in production. A contract
for the sale of the oil at a price much
higher than the present price for ordi
nary oil is being negotiated.
A recent test of well No. 6 of the
Premier Oil company, Coallnga, one
of the properties Included in the Cali
fornia Consolidated Oil company deal,
showed it capable of producing better
than 400 barrels of oil per day. This
is one of the older wells on the west
line of the property. The last two wells
finished have been flowing steadily
ever since they were brought in. When
pumping to full eapactiy it is esti
mated that not less than 75,000 barrels
per month can be produced from the
fifteen finished wells on the- property.
J. Marion Brooks, one time politician
and office holder of California, still
hovers between life and death at the
French hospital in this city. He con
tinues to grow weaker and it is be
lieved that life will remain but a few
hours longer.
it was thought yesterday that he
would not survive the day. State
ments are given out by the attending
physicians that owing to advanced age
and wasted vitality he cannot last
much longer than a few hours.
Passerby Causes Burglars to
Flee and Desert Machine
and Kit of Tools
Car Believed to Be One Used in
Kidnaping and Robbery of
B. G. Wolfskill
A Bulrk "30" automobile, fully
equipped, was xtolen from in front of
the Mnjrsiii- theater last night while It*
nwniTH, C. K. HalllweU and brother,
were Inside the show house witnessing
the De Wolf Hopper performance. Three
men are nalri to have driven the machine
away from in front of the theater. The
police think It probable that the men
are the "automobile cracksmen" who
lost their own machine when discovered
attempting to break Into a store Satur
day night. The license of the stolen
niwhlne 1» 38547.
The three fashionable "gentlemen of
the jimmy" who have recently been
touring Los Angeles, cacking an oc
casional safe or kidnaping a pedestrian
in their machine during the bother
some details of robbing him of lii»
watch and roll are Inconvenienced but
not seriously discommoded by the loss
of their automobile late Saturday
during a brief stop at the store of the
Bailey Schmttz Upholstering company,
634 South Spring street, for the pur
pose of blowing a safe. When George
A. White, a passerby, came upon the
cracksmen they were jimmying the
door of the store. Surprised at their
work they took to their heels in most
un-Raffles fashion, deserting their au
tomobile and a fine kit of burglars'
tools and leaving a jimmy stuck in
the door, for a card.
But despite the capture of the auto
mobile the police are as much in the
dark as ever regarding the identity of
the dashing burglars. With due pre
caution the thieves had removed the
number plate, every mark of identi
fication had been. - carefully taken
from the machine and even markings
made by repair men had been chiseled
out. The car had been carefully out
fitted for the work Intended and not
a clew was on it to the identification
of its owners. It Is at present held
In the basement of the police station.
The auto was practically identified
yesterday as the one used by the
thieves last Wednesday night when
they kidnaped B. G. Wolfskin at Thir
ty-ninth and Hill streets, flung him
in the machine and after robbing him
during the progress of the speedy ride,
tossed him from the machine at For
ty-fifth street and South Park avenue.
A number of reports at the detectives'
office yesterday morning also indicat
ed that the burglars were responsible
for the cracking of a safe In the store
of MerVlam Bros., candy manufactur
ers at 137 North Utah, and the bur
glarizing of a saloon at Santa Fe and
Seventh streets Saturday night. In
each instance it is believed the bur
glars, by the use of the auto and mod
ern tools, were able to do their jobs
quickly and make their escape.
According to Officer G. C. Stevens,
the burglars used the automobile as
a shield In their attempt to rob the
South Spring street store. After plac
ing the machine In such a position in
the alley that their operations were
shielded from view they were planning
to do their work in supposed safety
when White spied them and frightened
them away.
The automobile is comparatively new
but has evidently had hard wear dur
ing the last few weeks. It is of a well
known make and valued at about
Brooding over the troubles of his
brother, who is confined in the county
jail on a charge of murder, Jesse
Luitweiler, 35 years old, a machinist,
was taken to the receiving hospital
yesterday on suspicion that he is in
Since the brother killed his wife and
attempted to kill his sister-in-law, Miss
May Agnes Dillingham, last July, Luit
weiler has been melancholy. Lately
he began to think he heard his brother's
voice in the county jail calling to him
and within the past few days the
"voices" became so pronounced that
it was decided to take the man into
Luitweiler says three of his aunts
died insane,
The. great Newhall ttlnnel will be
thrown open to the public next Mon
day, December 19. By this the old
Newhall grade, which has been a
stumbling block to north and south
traffic in Los Angeles county for
many years is reduced from 23 to 6
per cent. Probably no other work
being done under the good roads bond
issue will be more highly appreciated
and approved of by the people than
the reducing of this incline.
On the north, the approach is 1000
feet leading back to the old road. The
tunnel is 435 feet in length and is 200
feet below the surface of the earth.
The approaches are of atone and the
interior is of cement. The original
CO*t of construction was $63,364 but
later extras to the amount of $3000
have been added.
Formal opening of the tunnel will
take place on the 19th which
will be marked by short exercises. A
bronze tablet will also be placed at
the entrance bfttiing the names of
those instrumental in the building.
The feast of the Immaculate Concep
tion was observed at the Cathedral of
St. Vlblana last evening with a special
vesper service at which Bishop Conaty
preached the sermon. The Young
Ladies' sodality attended in a body
and participated in the procession
which waa held at the close of the
G-r-r! Injured
Dog Bites Man
Who Tries Aid
Canine Hit by Auto Runs Away
and Rescuer Goes to
The kindness of A. T. Munns, an
automobile salesman, to an injured
dog last night resulted In his going to
the receiving hospital for treatment
for two ugly lacerations in his right
Munns, who lives at 1722 West Ad
ams street, was standing In front of
Luna park when an auto whizzed
along and struck a silky-haired span
iel. The injured animal yelped with
pain and Munns ran out to aid It.
He stooped to pick It up, when the dog
snarled, bit him twice on the right
wrist, then jumped to its feet and ran
Claimant to Baldwin Millions Not
Permitted to Send Out
Central Figure of Sensational
Case Seems Unconcerned
on Eve of Trial
The central figure in a legal battle,
involving more money than any will
contest in the history of California,
17-year-old Beatrice Anita Baldwin
Turubull was yesterday the calmest
of all those associated with her in
her fight for a fortune which begin!
today before Judge Rives in depart
ment two of the superior court. While
those about her were thinking and
talking of legal points, court moves
and the whereabouts of witnesses, Miss
Turnbull gave her thoughts to a novel
and was obviously interested in any
thing- concerning her young girl and
young men friends.
But while the dreamy eyed young
Baldwin claimant gossiped of almost
anything except the will case, those
about her were very careful that she
should not forget the matter entirely.
For Instance, Miss Turnbull has not
made a move since her arrival in Los
Angeles unless she was accompanied
by another woman who is known as
her companion, installed with her by
her relatives and guardian, and who
keeps careful watch over everything
she does.
Yesterday the girl's guardian, Leo 3.
Magulre, admitted that in view of the
magnitude of the contest in which site
Is involved unusual precautions had
been taken to watch over Miss Turn
bull. A few days ago her companion
reported to her attorneys that Miss
Turribull had written a letter to a
young friend.
Immediately the letter was taken
from the young woman and submitted
to her chief counsel, Walter B. Grant.
Although it contained nothing but girl
ish prattle the attorney advised that
at this time the young lady write no
letters and the epistle never was sent.
Yesterday great excitement prevailed
among the Turnbull retinue because
the young woman slipped away from
her companion and sent a telephone
message. Although the message was
one of no importance it was immediate
ly traced down and weighed before the
excitement subsided.
The attorneys for the young claim
ant assert that a swarm of detectives
employed by the other side is watching
every move of the young girl and those
who surround her. It is claimed that
detectives followed the Turnbulls on
their recent trip east and engaged ad
joining rooms in order to watch them
while they were at a hotel in San
Francisco. In view of these alleged
circumstances the special precautions
have been taken to avoid prying eyes
at the Newmaryton hotel on Olive
street, between Third and Fourth,
where the Turnbulls are now stopping.
The case is set for 2 o'clock thisi
afternoon, but it is expected that it will
require several days to secure a jury
and begin the trial.
WANTS SHARE OF *11,000,000
Miss Turnbull, who was born in Los
Angeles and has lived most of her life
in Boston, Mass., will come into pos
session of two-ninth's of Lucky Bald
win's $11,000,000 estate if successful in
proving that she Is the daughter of the
dead turfmnn. She is represented by
an array of legal talent that promises
a stubborn and bitter fight for the
sharing of the vast estate.
The girl's mother, Mrs. Lillian Ash
ley Turnbull, it is claimed, lived with
Baldwin under what was supposed to
be a common law marriage agreement.
The original of the agreement which is
said to have been signed by Mrs. Ash
ley and the turfman is now in the pos
session of H. A. Unruh, executor of the
estate, it is claimed, and the girl's at
torneys have formally demanded that
the agreement be produced at the trial.
The California law provides that a
child of a void marriage, which that
of Mrs. Ashley and Baldwin proved
to be, shall nevertheless be regarded
as a legitimate child.
The name of Beatrice Anita Bald
win Turnbull was not mentioned by
Baldwin when he made his will divid
ing his property among his children,
widow and .a few friends. It is
claimed, however, that such an omis
sion does not necessarily infer that
the father meant to disinherit the
child but that he unintentionally for
got her, thus making the will void. She
is entitled to a share of the estate
under this presumption If the facts as
to the marriage and parentage can be
ascertained. .
Beatrice Anita Baldwin's mother
went east a number of years ago and
married William Turnbull. The girl
was later legally adopted by them but
the Massachusetts statute under those
conditions does not bar Inheritance
from her natural father.
A. Gallardo, a Mexican, was arrest
ed by Sergeant Toolen and Detective
McCann last night on suspicion of hav
ing entered the home of Jesus Acadiz
at New High near Arcadia streot, and
stealing a watch, suitcase and various
articles of clothing. The officers say
the accused was seen prowling about
the place shortly before the robbery
was discovered.
Owner of Angelus Hotel Suc
cumbs on Eve of Getting
Divorce from Wife
Aged Millionaire Never Able to
Heal Wound Caused by
Bride's Elopement
J. W. Hunt, 70 years old. many times
a millionaire and owner of the Angelus
hotel In this city, died In a sanitarium
nt Dallas, Texas, yesterday, almost on
the eve of securing- a, final decree of
divorce from his beautiful young wife,
who was Miss Harriet Babcock of De
troit, Mich.
Her elopement some time ago with a
scion of English nobility while sojourn
ing- In Faris Is said to have broken thn
old millionaire's heart, and although a
reconciliation was affected and they
lived together for awhile, the wound
caused by his matrimonial troubles
never healed. Mr. Hunt brought suit
for divorce after she had left him for
the second time.
They had be'en married nine years,
and the final decree of divorce was to
have boon granted within a few weeks
in New York. An interlocutory decree
bad already been granted.
Besides owning the Angelus hotel
property in Los Angeles, Hunt through
his active business career acquired in
terests in many parts of the United
Stales that mounted into millions of
He was the builder and owner of tho
great new Southland hotel in DallMi
built three years ago. He was heavily
interested in several banking institu
tions nt Savannah. Oa., and owned
thousands of acres In the Carollnas.
The body will be taken to CochrftlJ,
Ga., for burial on Wednesday, where
It Is said he spent his boyhood.
Mrs. Mercedes Vignes Dies in
Great City She Knew as
Mrs. Mercedes Vignes, 75 years old,
a life-long resident of Los Angeles,
and a prominent member of the ex
clusive Spanish society in the early
pueblo days, died shortly after 11
o'clock last night at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. De Cota, 1249 East
Ninth street.
Mrs. Vignes was born at Santa Bar
bara when that place was a mere vil
lage and when this state was Mexican
territory. She came to Los Angeles
when quite young and here met her
husband, J. M. Vignes, who arrived in
this country in the gold days of '49
from Bordeaux, Prance.
Mrs. Vignes and her husband, who
died January 11, 1905, were intimate
friends of General Pio Pico and his
family, and with all the early promi
nent families who made their homes
in this section during the days of long
ago. *
The family acquired a vast amount
of land in Southern California, and at
one time owned the territory lying be
tween Aliso, First and Alameda streets
—one of the streets in that area being
named after them.
A score of yearß ago her husband
operated a large winery, having an ex
tensive vineyard near where Jefferson
street now is, from where Tie shipped
wines to all parts of the world, and an
orange ranch near that place. He could
not adapt himself to the changed con
ditions and his liberal methods of open
hearted manners resulted in his losing
most of hi 3 property.
Mrs. Vignes is survived by four sons
and three daughters—H. P. Vignes,
bailiff In Police Judge Chambers'
court: A. C. Vignes, station master for
the Pacific Electric company; John P.
Vignes, an electrician; H. C. Vignes,
Mrs. R. Laughlin, Mrs. D. Cota and
Mrs. Minnie Fernandez.
Mrs. Vignes was a devout Catholic
and will bo buried from St. Joseph's
cathedral. Twelfth and Lob Angeles
streets, the date of the funeral to be
arranged later.
Reynold E. Blight, minister of th©
Los Angeles Fellowship, speaking in a
prelude on "The Future of Christian
Science" yesterday morning, asserted
that its philosophy rested on the eter
nal verities, and that within a decade
it would be one of the most powerful
religious institutions in the world.
The speaker's remarks were greeted
with applause by the largo audience
that taxed the capacity of the audito
"No human institution is perfect,
and just criticism can be leveled at the
Christian Science church for its short
comings and extravagances," said Mr.
Blight, "but this is true of every
church in existence and has been true
throughout the ages. No religious in
stitution can live and prosper that does
not profoundly appeal to the soul of
man, that does not answer to some
vital need of humanity, and in which
the good does not far outweigh the
"The fundamental philosophy of
Christian Science —the oneness and im
minence of God —is common to all re
ligions and is the heart of every real
philosophy from Plato to Emerson. In
every age of history genuine revivals
of spiritual power have followed the
preaching of the Unity of God, and
this has been the burden of the mes
sage of every great religious teacher
from Moses to Mohammed.
"The future of Christian Science is
assured. Whatever there is unworthy
or irrational will be sloughed off. Its
teaching will become more and more
spiritual and correspondingly power
ful. It will be t light-bringer, a
health-giver, and the world will be
a sweeter, happier, holier plftct
through the splendid teachings of
Christian Science."
Mr. Blight also spoke on the sub
ject, "Is It Ever Permissible to Toll
a Lie?" and contended that if right
eousness was enthroned at tho heart
of the universe a lie could never be
defended. Truth could be trusted un
der all circumstances, and the only
safe position to be ta' "n wu one of
absolute sincerity.

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