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Further .Developments in the
Case of the Oakland
Boat Suicide.
The Man Was in Vallejo Last Night.
He Has Quite a
There were new developments yesterday
in the case of the girl who jumped off the
Oakland ferry-boat into the bay, and left
letters behind which showed that she was
in a despairing frame of mind through
having been betrayed by one C. W. Dunn.
All the particulars as far as known con
duce to place Dunn in a very bad light.
Everything goes to show that Dunn has
made an unenviable record for himself all
along the Pacific Coast in the same role in
which he figures in this case.
The unfortunate victim left a number of
letters, to which she had signed the name
"Nettie Chase."
That was not her name. Her right
name, according to statements made by a
number of persons who profess to be
friends of the missing girl, was Mary
Elizabeth Forsythe. They assert that she
was frequently in the company of C. W.
Dunn, whose right name is said to be
Charles Dunning. Miss Forsythe came to
San Francisco from Denver, "Colo., "about
three years ago. She bad met Dunning on
a train bound west between Ogden and
San Francisco and had become intimate
with him. Miss Forsythe, it is said, fol
lowed no occupation in this city, but it has
been stated that she received an income
every six months— amount not known —
and" that Dunning benefited by this
The" records of the United States Secret
Service Department in this city show that
Charles Dunning, or C. W. Dona, or
James Brooks, has been in pursuit of queer
business enterprises for some time. On
April 1. 1892, he was arrested by United
States Postal Inspector Erwin on a charge
of unlawfully representing himself as an
officer of the" Postal Service. He was then
going under the names of Dunning, Dunn
and James Brooks, and had in his posses
sion a number of envelopes on which was
printed the address and credentials of
James Brooks, at that time head of the
Secret Service in Washington. All of
these envelopes bad been printed in Oak
land. The law. however, did not reach
Dunn, or Dunning, because .he did not use
the envelopes to defraud the Government,
as in every case be placed the necessary
postage stamps on fetters sent out. He
was held in custody for a number of weeks,
but was subsequently released for want of
evidence sufficient to warrant prosecution.
At the time of his arrest Dunning was
sweeper and general roustabout in St.
Mary's College, Oakland.
The following letter, addressed "Mr.
Hawkins, Coroner," was received at the
Morgue yesterday morning:
San Francisco, April 12, 1893.
Mr. Hawkins— Sir: My Intentions were to
allow Miss Chase's secret to die with her. -but as
she left a note not only to you, but one to be
given to the man who betrayed her, I will
therefore explain who the scoundrel is. I
know not the present address of this man, who
is married, but his full name, as tar as 1 know,
is C. W. Dunn, and he returned a short time
ago from a trip to Honolulu, and until two
weeks ago lias been visiting in Xapa and other
country towns. He ran away with a girl one
year ago and was married at Fresno, but the
girl was not of age and her brother attempted
to kill him one day. 'He led Miss Chase to be
lieve that he was a" single man, betrayed her,
and then informed her that he was already
married. He intended to take her to Dr.
Schmidt on Market street, but she did not want
to go. Chase is an assumed name to keep her
parents in the dark. Respectfully,
At 407 Mason street there lives a hand
some young woman who says she is the
wife of C. W. Dunn, the man in the case.
When asked about her husband and his
connection witn the young woman who
leaped from the ferry-boat, Mrs. Dunn said:
"I think the young woman in question
must have been out of her head. My hus
band did not care for women other than
me. He is not at home now and I don't
know when he will be home perhaps in a
week, perhaps in a month. As to the story
that he betrayed the lady who has
given her name as •Nettie Chase, I
don't believe it. If he had done
such a thing he would have told me
about it." : -
"Handsome Charley" has been the cogno
men by which Mr. Dunn or Dunning has
been known for some time. The handsome
young man has left a record and is known
to have operated in several towns outside
of Ban Francisco as will be seen by the fol
lowing telegrams:
PETALUMA. Cal., April 12.— C. W. Dunn, the
waiter whose infelicity Is reported in San 'Fran-
Cisco papers to have caused the suicide of Net
tie Chase from the Oakland ferry, has a bad
record. He was once beaten and had several
teeth knocked out by a wronged husband, and
was later horsewhipped by ft woman. He was
known here as "Handsome Charley." Dunn
has left Petaluma. !
VALLEJO, Cal., April 12.— Regarding Nettie
• Chase there are letters in the possession of
Coroner Hawkins that are Identical with let
ter- in the possession of the Vallejo Chronicle.
This morning Dunn arrived in Vallejo on the
early boat and paid a visit to this oflice. He
stated that he did not know the woman who
jumped off the Oakland boat, and announced
his Intention of calling on Hawkins on his re
turn to San Francisco to-night and also on the
newspaper offices. "I have nothing to say,"
said Dunn, when asked to rive his side of the
story. "The woman who took her life Ido not
know, hut I will identify her If the bod. is re
covered and -f can do so." When shown the
handwriting of the letters he failed to recog
nize it, and shook his head with surprise.
Quality, not quantity, is what the people
.want. Continued trials prove that a
single teaspoonful of Dr. Price's is worth
double the quantity of any other baking
powder. m ; ym;
Pupils of Bernal Height* School Send a
Basket of Flower* to Superin
tendent Moulder.
Three little schoolgirls climbed up the
front steps of Superintendent Moulder's
residence on Bush street last evening a
little before 6 o'clock, rang his bell and to
the servant who answered handed the
great basket of flowers they were carrying,
with the request that he "Please give them
to Mr. Moulder."
The flowers were the Easter greeting of
the Bernal Heights School Garden Club
and Circle.
When | Superintendent Moulder came
home and found the perfect garden of
flowers spread out In his parlor he was as
much pleased over the pretty compliment
as any schoolboy might be with a new
bicycle. He said the present of a gold
headed cane could not have touched him
so. In an envelope attached to one of the
bunches was the following note:
Mr. Moulder, Superintendent— Dkar Sir: Your
interest in school gardens and your love of
flowers have prompted us to send you these
few blossoms, many of which were plucked
from the school garden. The wild ones are
from the fields, near us. May they serve to
convey to you our Easter greetings. "
Pupils of Bernal Heights School.
The few blossoms comprised great
bunches of callas, forget-me-nots, La
France roses, California poppies, mar
guerites, wallflowers and others. A bunch
of daisies was marked, "Our school flower."
In another envelope was written in a
clear schoolgirl hand a short history of the
Bernal Heights Garden Club, which was
organized as long ago as January, 1891,
with the object of "planting and keeping
in order a garden in tbe schoolyard."
The duty of the president of the club is
to "see that every member delegated to
work shall do the work assigned him,"
and "every member must learn all he can
about the cultivation of plants, suggest
plans for beautifying the school grounds
and encourage all" persons to beautify their
grounds." .
All this came to the superintendent with
the force of an inspiration. "This is the
only way my hope of seeing all the school
grounds beautified may be realized," he
said, "just through organizations like
this. I hope to see something of the kind
in every school. When I have visitors
who want to see the schools I shall take
them to Bernal Heights after this."
The Bernal Heights school is on Cort
land avenue, uear Moultrie street, Miss M.
E. Keating principal.
Military Affairs to Be Taken Up
Early the Coining
Governor Budd declares that the Board
of Health will be appointed without regard
to politics. Its members, he says, will be
chosen for their special fitness alone, and
one of the four will be a Republican.
"I do not know whom I will appoint,"
he said. will make no choice for three
weeks. In about a week I will come to
San Francisco and will carefully investi
gate the fitness of the various candidates."
The boundary lines of the three military
Drigade districts will be marked out in the
next few days. Then the Governor will
name the brigadier-generals.
At present he refuses to say who the
lucky men are and intimates that he is in
doubt whether to make Fresno or Los
Angeles the headquarters of the Southern
From a political standpoint, of course,
Los Angeles has the strongest claims.
From a military point of view, Fresno pre
sents many advantages, the chief of which,
according to the Governor, is that as a
base of supplies it would not be likely to be
interfered with by a foreign warlike na
tion. This fact assumes importance when
Mr. Budd follows it up by stating that
every action in regard to "the National
Guard will be taken for military reasons.
R. A. McDonald's Counsel
Wishes to Withdraw
From the Case.
Some Interesting: Testimony Re
garding the McDonald
An interesting point, involving a dra
matic scene, came up in Judge Murphy's
court yesterday, relieving the monotony of
"law and motion" day. The issue was
notice filed by Attorney E. J. Livernash of
intention to ask leave of the court to with
draw from his position as attorney for R.
H. McDonald Jr. in the case now pending
against him. His motion to this effect was
opposed by R. H. McDonald Jr., who was
represented for this purpose by Attorney
W. H. Jordan.
R. H. McDonald Jr. was in court, hav
ing been brought in by attendants and de
posited on a bench, where he lay through
out the proceedings, tenderly cared for by
his wife, his head being swathed by band
District Attorney Barnes appeared, anx
ious to have the McDonald case set, and
gradually the courtroom filled . with
lawyers keenly interested in the question
of an attorney's rights to his clients.
Attorney Jordan made the opening mo
tion that Attorney Livernash be restrained
from deserting his client. He produced a
contract signed by Livernash agreeing, in
consideration of the payment of $1300, to
serve R. H. McDonald Jr. as attorney
until the termination of the cases against
him, without further fee.
Livernash then took the stand, and stated
that it would be useless for him to remain
as attorney for R. H. McDonald Jr., as the
latter and wife refused to follow aut the
linejof defense which he desired to offer.
He said that that- line of defense was in
sanity.but that his client would not accede
to it nor supply nim with the necessary
funds to pursue this line. He had asked
for $1500 to follow Up his line of defense
and it had been refused.
"I undertook to defend McDonald," said
Livernash, "and I believe he could be ac
quitted if my line is followed out, but it is
useless for me to remain in the case on any
other terms. I only ask that they put up
the money I ask if they can. I regret ex
ceedingly that these intimate matters be
tween counsel and client should be brought
out, and that the time of the court should
be taken up with such a small matter."
"I do not regard it as a small matter,"
rejoined Judge Murphy. "There is an
important principle involved here— the
duty of an attorney to his client. I hold it
very doubtful whether an attorney who
has made an agreement to defend a client,
and who has received compensation there
for, has any right to withdraw. I have
always zealously guarded the rights of
attorneys, and I also think clients have
some rights. Here is a contract, Mr. Liver
nash, which appears binding upon you."
"I have served this client faithfully for a
year," went on Attorney Livernash, "and
1 submit that it is useless for me to con
tinue. Ido not wish to be involved in the
failure of his case through no fault of
mine." •-".
"I don't think you have any option in
the matter," said the court, and Livernash
stepped down to make way for Mrs. R. H.
McDonald Jr. ;- : ;
- Mrs. McDonald, in reply to questions by
Attorney Jordan, stated that she had no
means wherewith to satisfy Livernash's
' "I have a few hundred dollars," she said,
"I don', know how . maiiy. I had $5000
when the trial began, and Mr. Livernash
has spent $3000 of that. I have two chil
dren to support. Yes, I object, I object to
Livernash being discharged."
Attorney Livernash proceeded to ques
tion the witness as to her knowledge
of the disposition of the $____ alleged to
have been given to him. Mrs. McDonald
admitted that Dr. Jenkinson had been
paid; also A. L. Jennings $325, General
Willey $50, Judge Darwin $300, besides
others for gathering 2000 affidavits. Liver
nash himself had paid for presenting the
elaborate motion for a change of venue.
Mrs. McDonald said she left $800 at one
time in the safe for Livernash, and Dr.
McDonald had sent him -SSOO. Afterward
she remembered it was $300 for him and
$200 for Judge Darwin.
Finally the motion was submitted and
the trial of the McDonald case was set
for May 13.
To strike the shackles of dyspepsia
from a suffering people is a part of the
mission of Dr. Price's Cream Baking Pow
Little Willie Not In It.
Professor Wormwood is exhibiting his
trained monkeys and dogs at the Fountain
this week. In the crowd that left the
theater yesterday afternoon was a middle
aged man accompanied by his bright little
daughter, who did not look over 7 years
old. Her comments were enthusiastic and
"Say, pop, I liked those little men mon
keys, and I wish I had some of 'em for
brothers and sisters. They can undress
'emselves, and that's more'n our Willie
can do."— Cincinnati Tribune.
Sir Benjamin Richardson, a noted Eng
lish physician, thinks that the normal .pe
riod of "human life is about 110 years, and
that seven out of ten average people ought
to live that long, if; they took proper care
of themselves.
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Preparations Under Way
for a Pacific Coast
Meeting of Representatives at the
Young Men's Christian
A preliminary meeting for the purpose
of developing interest in the Woman's
Comrress, which will convene in this city
on May 20, was held yesterday afternoon
at the Young Men's Christian Association.
The attendance was large and thoroughly
representative of that progressive element
which. seeks to lead popular thought to a
higher conception of the home, and to
make clear its position in industrial, social
and political affairs. The "new" woman
was not prominently in evidence, but the
"home" woman was everywhere, and
when Rev. C. 0. Brown, in the course of
an address pregnant with striking epi
grams, said, "The home is the dynamo of
the world and the fireside is the thermom
eter of the republic," she cheered lustily. ,
Mrs. Sarah B. Cooper presided, and in
her brief address of welcome spoke of what
had been accomplished in the past by such
gatherings as the one proposed and what
was hoped for in the future. She called
attention to the general topic of discussion
at the coming congress— home— and
expressed a desire that a widespread in
terest might be kindled to a broader in
telligence and better understanding of that
half of human affairs in which woman is
pre-eminently concerned.
Mrs. Cooper then introduced Rev. C. O.
Brown of the First Congregational Church,
who asked for diviue blessing and guid
Secretary McCoy of the Y. M. C. A. was
then presented, and spoke as follows:
This is Drimarilv the age of woman and
never, possibly, in the history of the worla has
she so come to the front and taken her legiti
mate place as during the past few years, and I
am sure 1 voice the sentiment of all true men
when I say that every man who respects and
protects womanhood rejoices in the progress
she is making to-day. She has entered the busy
marts of commercial life, the halls of educa
tion and of other public institutions.
The Young Men's Christian Association in
San Francisco and throughout the country
owes a debt of gratitude to the women. Ire
member on my arrival here fourteen years ago
a committee of eminent women waited on me
and welcomed me to this city, and were re
joiced in the fact that I had come here to do
what I could for the moral elevation of young
manhood, and pledged their sympathy and
their co-operation as far as it might be prac
ticable in the furtherance of our great work
for young men.
The old building on Sutter street was unin
viting, and I suggested to the ladies that there
ought to be raised at least £0000 for refurnish
ing and beautifying those quarters in order to
make them attractive to young men. They
voted unanimously to do it, and within six
weeks every dollar of money was raised, and
the building made as beautiful and attractive
as possible.
God bless the mothers and the sisters and
the wives who are doing so much for the moral
tone and spiritual elevation of every
Miss Mollie E. Connors of the Oakland
High School was the next speaker. Miss
Connors said in part:
After all perhaps it Is a graceful thing to have
Oakland represented here this afternoon. Poor
little Oakland, her older sister has been so Jeal
ous of her always, and all because she had the
good fortune, once upon a time, to choose the
right side of the bay.
From a business point of view, too, she has
been looked upon with much disfavor, though
many -of these same business men establish!
homes and help to keep Oakland what she has
always been— a city of schools, churches and
homes — an eminently satisfactory condition of
affairs, however, from the standpoint of
Much has been said In regard to the merits
of any congress — this coming together of people
interested in the same subject.
One fault, which was perhaps justly found
with the programme of last year, was that men
were not represented upon it; of course, there
can never be any true, nappy woman world in
which man shall not have a representative in
fluence; no congress hereafter can be consid
ered a perfect success unless there can be ex
pressed therein the best thought of both men
and women.
• Yet man would not have been interesting in
the subject under discussion— Woman. He
could only theorize. All through the ages he
has been ever fond of "harping on my daugh
ter" ; we know his opinions of her— they have
come to us in song and story all through the
ages, a little running refrain of "Be to her vir
tues very kind, be to her faults a little blind."
We are all familiar with the woman whom
man has idealized; we have not much use for
her however, we can set up ideals of our own,
much higher, much nobler, much truer to the
given conditions. As for man, he has much to
study, much to learn in the future, before it
would be possible for him to fairly take part in
any discussion which has for its subject-
Ail the same he did not like being left out
last year. He argued that it was a sign of our
narrowness, and one of our. leading lights
here in San Francisco was heard to say in
plaintive accents, "It is in order now for the
men to call a convention and therein offer up
our heartfelt thanks to heaven that no resolu
tions relative to our utter extermination were
passed by the women."
Of course, too, there are the humorous
things that seem to gather, more especially
about a woman's meeting— and for wnich we
must expect good-natured raillery. We have
made a good beginning for May in the subject
chosen," 'The Home." All study now to be of
any value must employ the historical method,
and It is a matter of congratulation that a
llittle band of women on this lur-olf western
coast should be able to send out a scheme of
study so thoroughly in harmony with advanced
thought. Repeated failures have taught the
good school people that the student cannot
take in at once what has been the result of the
concentrated thought of ages— Student In
the order of history must go through the vari
ous steps which man has taken if he Is to get a
true appreciation of his subject. Your com
mittee has planned the study along these
latest lines of work. *.
Scientific research is part of the brightest
work of the day. One is glad to see it given so
much prominence in a programme which
from its subject might well be handled from
the emotional side. There is no special men
tion of child study, which bids fair tube the
lifework of some ot our best educators, but no
doubt it will be ably considered in some of our
And, lastly, what of the spirit which should
animate us in preparing for this congress?
Surely it must be a spirit of work, of study, a
striving to reach after all the truth the con
gress may hold for us. There must be above
all a setting for ourselves of high ideals, for
after all, her ideal is the true measure of the
The true woman of to-day will not look back
ward, proud of her advancement, of her
achievement in the past, but with a rare sim
plicity she will look forward to the beautiful
womanhood the future may make possible;
grand in her humility, she will signify and
keep sacred the name of woman. To dignify
womanhood is' the mission of the Woman's
i'ougress, the surest way to elevate great
struggling humanity. May there be light to
guide us; strength given to help us.
Make no more Riant God,
But elevate the race at once! We ask
To put forth just our strength, our human strength,
(lifted alike, all eagle-eyed, true-hearted,
See If we cannot beat thine angels yet.
Such Is our task I *
Can one add more to the words of Paracelsus?
Rev. William Rader of the First Congre
gational Church, Oakland, followed Miss
Connor's, speaking briefly of the influence
of the home in all the affairs of life and
the necessity for a high moral standard
around the hearth, where early impres
sions are taken on ; and worn through life.
"The. need of the world to-day," said Dr.
Rader, "is a generation of noble mothers."
Dr. C. O. Brown and Dr. Hirst both had
encouraging words to say for the move
ment, and predicted as the result of j such
meetings as the coming congress a sturdier
and nobler national life. ' The latter paid a
high tribute to the work of Mrs. Frances
Willard and Mrs.' Cooper in their efforts
for the uplifting of women.^rg^^^^pMJßT!-
Among those present were: Mrs. William
Alvord.Miss Kate Atkinson, Mrs. George "Bar
stow, Miss Mary D. Bates, Miss M. 'D. Boruck,
Miss May Bourne, Dr. Amy Bowen,Mrs.' John
_.. Burnett, Mrs. A. T M. Burns. Mrs. Isidore
Burns, Mr*. A. B. Butler, Mrs. Daniel • Cal
laghan, Mrs. Marriner Campbell, Mrs. W. B.
Carr, Mrs. Helen A. Carter, Mrs. May L.Cheney,
Mrs. J.G. Conrad, Mrs. P. B. Cornwall, Mrs.
Mary Lynde Craig, Mrs. Ella Sterling Cummins,
Mrs. Frances Davies, Mrs. Horace Davis, Mrs.
James R. Deane, Mrs. Louis P. Drexler, Mrs.
W. B. Ewer. Mrs. Nellie Blessing Eyster, Mrs.
Lillian P. Ferguson, Mrs. Mary A. Flint, Mrs.
Clara Foltz, Miss J. George, Mrs. H. Gibbons Jr.,
Mrs. Maria F. Grey, Mrs. A. 8. Hallidie.Miss
Sarah D. Hamlin, Mrs. W. B. Harrington, Mrs.
Ralph C.Harrison, Mrs. Phicbe Hearst, Mrs.
Charles Holbrook. Mrs. Moses Hopkins. Miss
Caroline C. Jackson, Miss F. M. Jevvett.Mrs. E.
P. Keeney, Miss Cordelia Kirkland, Mrs. Mary
Clay Knapp, Miss Isabelle Knight, Miss Mary
Lake, Dr. Lucia M. Lane, Mrs. Jerome Lincoln,
Mrs. Robert Mackenzie, Mrs. V. G. Maddox,
Miss Lillie J. Martin, Mrs. Ruth McFee, Mrs. J.
F. Merrill, Dr. Emma Sutro Merritt, Mrs. \V. H.
Mills, Mrs. H. K. Moore, Mrs. Alexander Morri
son, Miss Josie T. Molloy, Mrs. M. H. Myrick,
Miss Rose O'Halloran. Mrs. George Oulton,
Miss Jean Parker, Mrs. James M. Pierce,
M*. Sturtevant Feet, Mrs. M. E. Pendleton,
Mrs. W. P. Redington, Mrs. A. A. Sargent, Dr.
Elizabeth Sargent, Mrs. W. H. Sears, Mrs. W.R.
Shatter, Mrs. A. D. Sharon, Mrs. L. S. Sherman,
Mrs. Robert Sherwood, Miss Milli.entW.Shinii,
Miss Harriet M. Skidmore, Dr. Virginia T.
Smiley, Rev. Lila F. Sprague, Mrs. E. W. Steele,
Mrs. Horatio Stebbins, Miss Anna M. Stovall,
Mrs. F. J. Synimes, Mrs. A. T. Toomey, Mrs.
Fiona E. Waite, Mrs. Cyrus Walker, Mrs. Philip
Weaver, Miss Mary B. West, Mrs. I.ovell White,
Mrs. Horace Wilson, Mrs. L. S. Wilson. Mrs. M.
R. Wilson, Miss Eva Withrow, Mrs. S. 8. Wright,
Mrs. M. 11. de Young, Mrs. Granville Abbott,
Mrs. Lloyd Baldwin, Dr. C. Annette Buekel,
Miss Sophie E. Carlton, Mrs. Rem! Chabot.Mrs.
Robert F. Coyle, Mrs. B. F. Dunham. Miss Ray
Frank, Mrs. Sanborn Ginn, Mrs. D. W. Gei
wicks, Mrs. Emma Shatter Howard, Mrs. Harriet
Howe, Mrs. L. G. Judd, Mrs. Grace M. Kimball,
Dr. Mary Knox, Miss Mary Lambert, Mrs. J. G.
Lemmon, Mrs. H. P. Livermore, Mrs. McChes
ik-v. Mrs. A. B. Nye, Mrs. A. A. 1 _nnoyer, Mrs.
Pedar Sather, Dr. S. I. Shuey, Mrs. Asa Simp
son, Mrs. F. M. : Smith, Mrs. Frederick S. Strat
ton, Mrs. Gordon Stolp, Miss Carrie A. Vincent,
Mrs. Henry Wadsworth and Miss Anita Whit
ney, _____________________ ■■'.'.
Desperate Struggle Between a
Physician and a Mor-
phine Maniac.
Presence of Mind and Chloroform
Saved Dr. W. O. Wilcox's
Dr. W. O. Wilcox, the demonstrator of
anatomy of the California Medical College,
had a narrow escape from death yesterday
at the hands of a maddened morphine
eater. Had the physician lost his nerve
for a single instant under the trying ordeal
to which he was 'subjected a far different
ending to the affair would have been re
Dr. Wilcox returned from the college of
the faculty of which he is a member about
12 o'clock. In the patients' sitting-room
stood a young man of about 20 years, of
light build and that sallownessof complex
ion which betokens the excessive use of
Dr. W. O. Wilcox.
[From a photograph.]
some deadly drug. His eyes glared fiercely,
and lie trembled with suppressed excite
ment, He appeared to know the physician,
but to the doctor he was a complete
stranger. ;•).-,
"He told me he desired to see me urg
ently," said Dr. Wilcox in speaking of the
affair. "I readily detected that he was a
morphine fiend, and, as I do not care to
treat such patients, I told him he would
have to go elsewhere, j. I entered the con
sulting-room, and. despite my protest, he
followed me. I threatened to remove him
by force, whereupon he burst into tears
and begged I would : give him only one
'shot' of the drug. I hesitated, and, think
ing I was about to refuse for the second
time, his manner became threatening. In
the next moment I was in the presence of
a veritable madman."
Instead of being a supplicant for favors,
the morphine fiend now commanded that
his request be complied with. On the op
erating tabfe lay a keen surgeon's knife,
with a blade six inches in length. The
madman's attention was now directed to
ward it, and in another moment he had
possessed himself of it and was waving it
with ferocious energy.
"Give me morphine, or I will cut your
heart out 1" he hissed.
Dr. Wilcox felt that he was in a tight
place, but he did not lose his presence of
mind or evince any fear whatever. He
laughed at the fellow's threat, but he ad
mits the effort was a sickly one.
"I thought of calling for help," said he,
"but I feared that would precipitate mat
ters. The fellow showed by his conduct
that he thought only, of wreaking venge
ance on me, and in fact, he had forgotten,
all about morphine. I 'stood near my drug
case, and the first object that my eye
rested upon was a six-ounce bottle of
chloroform. I quickly grabbed it, and
had hardly done so when the fiend made a
lunge at me with the knife. I removed
the cork, and as he followed me I dashed
some of the liquid into his face. It stopped
him fora moment, and in the interval I
soaked my handkerchief with the fluid.
He sprang at me again, and the next in
stant I grabbed '» his !■ right arm with my
left hand and with the other held the sat
urated handkerchief i over his mouth and
nostrils. He struggled furiously, but as
he was physically weak I succeeded in
holding him long enough to give the
chloroform a chance to do its work. It
only took a minute, and in the next mo
ment he sank to the floor completely
anesthetized. I then gave him a 'shot' of
morphine, and when he became conscious
he disclaimed all knowledge of his attack
upon me and left the office. I never saw
him before, and hope never to see him
again." >
Dr. Wilcox escaped without a scratch,
but his coat was badly cut. The incident,
he says, was an exciting one which he
will never forget.' '■ '
Mrs. U. S. Grant believes the best
women to be the true wives and mothers.
They always use Dr. Price's Cream Baking
Powder. i
Pointer on Capitol Removal,
All have heard- the story of the minister
who was tabooed in Minneapolis because
he took his ' text from : St. Paul. The riv
alry is still at high tide. The Minneapolis
Tribune says: "All of the babies born in
St. Paul Monday were girls and there were
eleven of . them. The boys are evidently
giving that old town a wide berth and look
ing for more promising localities to settle
in; at any rate there were fourteen of them
born in Minneapolis the same day. There's
a pointer on capitol removal that can't be
ignored." . >_ .
Dress rants for Easter.
Men's Plain and Fancy Worsted Pants, 9 1 50
per. pair.. Men's All-wool Tweed and Fancy
Cassimere Pants, - nobby , patterns, .._ 50 per
pair. L. V. Merle, the ■ old I XL, Old to 020
Kearny street, corner Commercial. . • *
Belgium took its name from the ■■ Belgm,
a warlike tribe, which inhabited it before
the time of Christ. ■:. "r
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.LOSS wins his; POINT,
_. .. ... _. -i __. • it-
A Motion for a Nonsuit in His
* Case Against Wasserman ,
In an Opinion He Defends In a
Strong Manner the Purity
of Justice.
Judge Troutt yesterday granted the non
suit prayed for in the suit of Wasserman
against Sloss. The court prefaced his de
cision with an exhaustive review of the
evidence leading thereto. The opinion
contained the following:
In the case of Wasserman vs. Sloss the de
fendant has moved for a nonsuit based vir
tually on two grounds. He urges that the con
tract set forth in the complaint contravenes
public policy and hence that plaintiff cannot
obtain relief. And he urges also that the evi
dence adduced on the part of plaintiff is not
sufficient to enable the court to declare a trust
in any portion of the property received from
plaintiff. _"
The plaintiff alleges substantially that in
May, 1888, he ana the defendant were stock
holders of the Alaska Commercial Company,
and that two certain leases, one of which had
been issued to the company by the United
States and the other by Russia, conferring cer
tain privileges in relation to seal-fishing, were
about to expire; and that defendant then said
to plaintiff that in order to renew said leases
or either of them it would be necessary for de
fendant to be in such a position as to enable
him to interest certain persons high in au
thority and influence in the respective under
takings and with the respective Governments;
that all of the members of said company should
be willing to make some sacrifices to that end,
and that it would be indispensable for defend
ant to leave a certain amount of stock of the
old company at his disposal, to be used by him
in and about the procuring of the said new
leases, and that said negotiations could not be
successfully conducted by defendant unless he
had the said shares of stock at his disposal to
be used in the aforesaid manner.
The decision then recited the facts that
Wasserman had transferred 400 shares of
the capital stock of the company, and ulti
mately sold them at $80 a share to enable
Wloss to succeed in obtaining the new
leases. The decision then continues:
At all times, and especially in these days
when charges of bribery and corrupt conduct
are made flippantly or seriously, maliciously
or conscientiously, on the streets"or in the.pub
lic press, it becomes a court ot justice to view
with distrust and carefully to construe any
contract that aims to secure the aid of persons
who are supposed to have personal influence
with public officers. Contracts contemplating
the use of secret influences with public officers
or calculated to induce the use of such influ
ence, or tending to introduce improper per
sonal solicitation or influence as elements in
the procurement of contracts from public offi
cers are held to be illegal and void as against
public policy. < y-;:;«^.
It has been said that the foundation of a re
public is the virtue of its citizens. They are at
once sovereigns and subjects. As the founda
tion Is undermined the structure is weakened.
The theory of our Government is that all pub
lic stations arc trusts, and that those clothed
with them are to be animated in the discharge
of their duties solely by considerations of right,
justice and the public good, hut there is a
correlative duty resting upon the citizen. In
his intercourse with those in authority, whether
executive or legislative, touching the per
formance of their functions he is bound to ex
hibit trust, frankness and integrity. Any
departure from the lines of rectitude in such
cases is not only bad in morals, but involves a
public wrong.
The opinion of Mr. Justice Field was
quoted to the effect that the courts refuse
recognition to agreements against public
policy; also the famous decision in the
case of Oscanyan vs. The Winchester Re
peating Arms Company, and similar de
cisions to the same effect. The decision
From the evidence submitted in behalf of the
plaintiff in this action it clearly appears to the
court that in May, 1888. when plaintiff became
a party to the alleged contract, he was an In
telligent and shrewd man, well acquainted
with the ways of the world and thoroughly
conversant with the affairs of the Alaska Com
mercial Company, and in construing the afore
said contract in the light of the authorities
cited, the court feels satisfied that it is tainted
with moral turpitude, and that the plaintiff,
in the eye of the law, contemplated such an
improper use of the stock which he transferred
to defendant as would tend to contravene good
morals and public policy.
He who comes into a court of equity must
come with clean hands.
The motion for nonsuit is granted.
The attorneys for the plaintiff declare
that this is only "first blood" for the de
fendant, as the case will be carried further.
The World's wife says that Dr. Price's
Cream Baking Powder is the purest and
Impressive Good Friday Ser
vices In the Catholic
Archbishop Riordan Preaches on
the Crucifixion at St.
The Good Friday services in the Catholic
churches yesterday began at early dawn
and lasted long into the night. -They were
attended by ■■ great multitudes of people,
and the scenes at the different places of
worship were solemn and impressive. ,
In the morning the Mass of the Pre
sarictified was celebrated, and during the
day and evening the Way of the Cross was
recited. It was the day of the crucifixion ;
the day on which the Son of God poured
out his blood for the redemption of the
world, and all Christians esteem the his
torical anniversary as of especial' sig
nificance. In England business is sus
pended and the flay is observed as a sacred
Probably the greatest throngs wefe seen
at St. Ignatius Church. The large edifice
was crowded. People, mostly women,
passed in and out of the church during
the day, and from 12 to 3 o'clock p. m.. the
three hours' agony of the Savior on the
cross, hundreds were unable to gain ad
mittance. The church was draped in pur
ple to mark the solemnity of the occasion,
while a figure of the Savior, blood flowing
from his wounds, was fixed to a great cross
at the altar. Here . the Jesuit preacher,
Rev. Father Woods, discoursed on the
dying words of the crucified one. .
This devotion is new in . San Francisco,
and is only observed at St.' Ignatius Church,
It is intended to commemorate the three
hours, > uring which our Lord suffered the
agonizing. tortures of the crucifixion, and
was devised by Father Alphonsus Messia
of the Society of Jesus, who first intro
duced, it in the city of Lima, in Peru,
about the year 1715. It was soon spread
through South America and Mexico, thence
to Europe, and is now practiced in many
churches throughout the Catholic world.
It consists of a series of short discourses
on the seven last words of our Lord on
the cross, interspersed with sacred music,;
both vocal and •„ instrumental, and with
prayers appropriate ..to : the Y occasion. '; Its
object is to animate all faithful Christians
to meet with grateful hearts the : love of
our Savior, Jesus Christ, endured a i
three hours' bitter agony upon the cross;
and to renew the memory of the very day
and the very hours in wtiich he suffered
death. * .-
Another, striking incident of the Good
Friday services was the silence of the bells.
They had not been > rung ■ ;!. since Holy
Thursday. The whole service was intended
to represent the sorrow and 'gloom, of 'the
world; and everything was as hushed and
silent" as • the grave. The bells will be
silent until Easter, when they will peal
forth in honor of the resurrection.
Archbishop Riordan preached a powerful
sermon on the crucifixion at St. Mary's
Cathedral in the evening. The assemblage
was so large that there was not standing
room in the edifice, and many 'listened to
the discourse from the stone steps without.
The Archbishop began by speaking, of the
last supper, and carried his listeners
through all the sufferings of the Savior to
his death on the cross. "He spoke of Christ
as "the apostle of love who went forth to
Calvary to redeem mankind."
"And to-night," he said, "we come to
the foot of the cross to meditate and to
weep; to learn how much he loved us ; to
realize our own ingratitude for that love.
"You all know about the passion of our
Lord. For nineteen hundred years the
cross has been lifted up on high through
out the world as the symbol of God's love
for.man." ,
The Archbishop here most eloquently
pictured the betrayal of the Savior, who,
as prisoner, though the Son of God, ''knelt
beneath the olive trees and there began the
agonies preceding his death"; how he
"looked down the ages and foresaw the
sins of man throughout all time."
The distinguished prelate here plunged
into the condition of tilings at the time of
the "crucifixion, reviewing historical inci
dents in most graphic detail, and closed
with a beautiful and touching peroration
on the last suffering of the Savior as he
hung nailed to the cross. ■„.-.: .y-liri!iiL.y : .i
The Archbishop will celebrate the solemn
high mass at the Cathedral on Easter Sun
day, and the following choir will render
the musical services: Overture, orchestra;
Haydn's third mass, the Imperial, with
full orchestra and choir; offertory, "Kegina
Cecil," P. Giorza. Theodore G. Vogt, con
ductor; Robert A. Willig, leader of or
chestra; Everett Pomeroy, organist and
director. In the evening Kosewig's Ves
pers will be sung. Choir— Sopranos, Mrs.
F. E. Wilson,' Miss L. Goodman, Miss E.
M. Byrne, Miss M. H. Higgins, Miss M.
Mohan, Miss Lang, Miss Hayes, Miss
Panola, Miss Schmidt; alto, Miss Sullivan;
tenors, Charles Goetting, D. B. Moody ;
basso, S. J. Sandy.
• There will be special musical services at
all the Catholic churches on Easter.
Services at the Russian Cathedral Celebrated
by Bishop Nicolas.
With all the ceremonious ritual of the
established church of Greece there was
held last night at the Russian cathedral
the regular services of the day which is
called Good Friday by the modern
The Right Rev. Bishop Nicolas of
Alaska and the Aleutian Islands, the head
of the Greek church here, performed the
services in most solemn manner. Accord
ing to the Greek Kalends there is a varia
tion of time between the various days cele
brated by the church, but yesterday the
Good Friday of the Greek church fell si
multaneously with that of the other re
ligious calendars, and as a natural conse
quence the cathedral on Powell street was
crowded. ■' ?'V' ■'.'■' : - .'. ..-> p -v". V
*. Every priest and acolyte wore the full
robes of his office, and the air within the
church, where all was decoration and
color effects, was heavy with the incense
being burned. Instead of calling it Good
Friday, the Greek church called yesterday
Holy and Great Saturday. The religious
day does not begin until 7 o'clock, as the
ritual says : "About the seventh hour the
bells are rung for matins."
Long before the bells had ceased to ring
the cathedral was crowded. So strong was
the religious sentiment that every other
person in the building held a taper, or
candle, burning.
The highly decorated robes of the
Eriests, the dimly lit cathedral and the
eavy falling smoke from the censers,
made a picture as unusual in this country
as it was attractive. Throughout the
service was the chanting undertone of
the ritual. Not one person in the church,
except those who had come to see and not
to worship, failed to make the proper re
When in the course of the ritual the
symbolical body of Christ was carried
through the aisles not a whisper disturbed
the silence of the church. In delivery
Bishop Nicolas was most solemn and
effective, and the responses met his de
mands. .-~y-'-i
It was after 10 o'clock when the arduous
ritual was completed, and even then the
congregation left reluctantly.
The remedy rests with the afflicted. If
consumers strictly taboo so-called "cheap"
baking powders, they will not be manufac
tured. Dr. Price's is the best, purest.
The Question of Free Access to Books
At a meeting of the Library Association
last evening the free access to the shelves
of public libraries was the topic under dis
cussion. -yVVi
J. J. Rowell, librarian of the State Uni
versity, presided, and before opening the
discussion Dr. Edward R. Taylor delivered
a brief address, in which the advantages of
organizations for library workers were out
lined. He spoke of the good to be derived
from meetings where a general interchange
of ideas on the subject of library work
could be indulged in. He argued for closer
association, more frequent meetings and
wider discussion relating to library matters
in general.
' George D. Clarke, . librarian of the San
Francisco Free Public Library, then read a
paper on the subject under consideration,
which was a presentation of the methods
in vogue in the large libraries of the East.
He quoted reports to show that free access
to shelves had in some instances proved
satisfactory, while in other cases it had
been found detrimental.
J. W. Harborne of the Alameda Library
made a strong argument for free access to
the books by patrons.
He was followed by H.F. Petersen of
the Oakland Free Public Library, who was
fn favor of limited access.* His idea
was to cover the books with a screen or net
work, this permitting the books to be
viewed by the patrons, but not handled.
! E. H. Woodruff, librarian of Stanford
University, took a different view of the
matter. He was for the catalogue system
first, last and all the time, and did not be
lieve in allowing free access to the shelves.
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