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Lorenzo Stenhouse Arrested
on the Charge of Grand
A Dramatic Scene Between Father
and Son Enacted In the
City Prison,
There was a dramatic scene in the City
Prison yesterday in which the actors were
Lorenzo Stenhouse and his son Garner S.
Stenhouse and Private Detective Stil
What led up to the scene was the old
story of a middle-aged man's infatuation
for a young girl, ending in desertion of his
wife and family.
Some months ago Stenhouse, accom
panied by his wife Flora and their two
sons, arrived in the City from Salt Lake
City. As they did not rent a house their
furniture was stored in a warehouse.
In January last Stenhouse met Virginia
Escobar of Monterey, a beautiful young
pirl, and became infatuated with her. Be
ing short of money he removed the furni
ture from the warehouse, sold it for a sac
rifice for ?300 and eloped with the girl to
Los Angeles.
Recently he wrote his son, Garner,
from Monterey, that circumstances had
arisen which "would prevent him from
again living with his wife. The letter was
couched in such language that the family
determined to have him punished, and on
Monday Garner swore out a warrant in
Judge Low's court for his arrest on the
charge of grand larceny. Stenhouse was
arrested in Santa Cruz and taken to the
City Prison yesterday morning by Sheriff
Matthews. He attempted to make his
escape from the Sheriff while on the way
to the City.
He had not been long in prison when
his two sons, accompanied by Detective
Stiiweil. called to see him. There was no
friendly greeting between father and sons.
The father, addressing Garner, who is a
young mar. 22 years of age, said: "So you
arc the cause of this."
"Yes, father," replied Garner; "I did it
for my mother's sake."
Hot words passed between father and
son, and the latter concluded by saying:
"Although you are my father, for the" way
you have treated my mother I would like
to see you strung up to the nearest pole.
You ought to be lynched, you scoundrel!"
They advanced threateningly toward
each other, when Detective* Stilwell
stepped between them and prevented
trouble. As his two sons turned away
from him he said: "You cannot force me
to return home and I won't."
The Stenhouse family is known through
cut the land. The prisoner's father was at
one time a prominent newspaperman in
New York, and about twenty years ago
moved with bis family to Salt' ilajce City,
where he embraced the Mormon faith.
His legitimate wife, Mrs. Fannie Sten
house, renounced the faith, and after the
death of her husband came to this City
several years ago. She wrote the
famous book "Mormonism Exposed," and
was known as a gifted lecturer.
Lorenzo remained in Salt Lake City,
•where he had married and settled down.
After his arrival here, about nine months
ago, he was employed on the Wave.
Stenhouse, it is said, is anxious to force
his wife to procure a divorce from him so
that he can marry Virginia Escobar. His
sons have numerous letters in their pos
session m which he asks them to use their
influence with their mother to bring about
a separation. In these letters he uses most
disgusting language and arguments.
In other letters he admits having com
mitted forgeries in Salt Lake City and
Montana under the name of G. S." Sten
Detective Stilwell says that additional
charges may be made against Stenbouse.
He bought a sealskin sack for Virginia
Escobar and has not yet paid for it. His
son is determined to push the case against
li nited States Court's Penalty
for the Sale of Chi-
nese Girls. •
Similar Case of Lee Kum Ylng and
Sentence of the Pretended
Assistant United S*tates Attorney Bert
Schlesingrer in discussing the case of the
r.ttempted sale of Ah Soo, the seven-year
old child rescued by and now in the care
of the Methodist Episcopal Chinese Mis
sion, said :
If complaint should be made in the United
States court the case will be vigorously pros
ecuted. Whether it is shown that the girl was
brought to this country or is held by any one
for immoral purposes, or for any service, the
culprit is amenable to the law and the penalty
is a heavy one.
Mr. Schlesinger cited the Jaw as follows:
Under the act of March 3, 1875, it is provided
that tlie importation into the United States of
women for the purposes of prostitution is here
by forbidden, and all contracts and ngreements
in relation thereto made in advance or in pur
suance of such illegal importation and pur
poses are her by declared void, and whoever
thall knowingly and willfully import, or cause
any importation of women into the United
States for the purposes of prostitution, or shall
knowingly or willfully hold, or attempt to hold.
any women to such purposes in pursuance of
such illegal importation and contract or agree
ment, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and,
on conviction thereof, shall be imprisoned not
exceeding five years and pay a fine not exceed
ing $5000.
"The fact that the child was held by
brothel-keepers would go far to show the
intent of those making the sale, but if that
could not be established, the following law
relating to slavery would apply," said Mr.
Section 5377, Revised Statutes of the United
States— Every person who brings within the
jurisdiction of the United States, in any man
ner whatsoever, any negro, mulatto, or person
of color, from any foreign kingdom or country,
or from sea, or holds, sells, or otherwise dis
poses of, any negro, mulatto or person of color
so brought in. as a slave, or to be held to serv
ice or labor, shall be fined not more than ten
thousand dollars, nor less than one thousand,
one-half to the use of the United States, and
the other half to the use of the party who
prosecutes the indictments to effect, and,
moreover, shall suffer imprisonment at hard
labor not more than seven years, nor less thau
three years.
A similar case to that of little Ah Soo
was the attempted sale of Lee Kum Ying,
a 15-year-old Chinese girl. The Presby
terian Mission on Sacramento 6treet res
cued the girl when It wa.s learned that
notices offering her for sale were posted in
the Chinese quarter. Hor Shee, «-bo
claimed to be her mother, caused a writ
of habeas corpus to be issued by the Su
perior Court. The mission brought the
matter to the attention of the United
States court by bringing suit against Hor
Shee for perjury in swearing that she was
the girl's mother. She was convicted and
sent to San Quentin, where she is serving
a. term of three years. The girl was de
ported a year a^'u and is now under the
care of missionaries at Hongkong.
The trial to settle the question of the
guardianship of the child has been post
poned till 10 a. m. to-morrow. If the
guardianship is awarded to the mission
vigorous measures will be taken probably
in the United States court for the prosecu
tion of the offenders.
When the habeas corpus case was called
up in Judge Troutt's court yesterday
morning Attorney Barnett was given
quite a r-urprise, to use his own words.
Charley Hung and ■ crowd of highbinders
were o"n hand, anticipating an easy vic
tory: but C. B. Holbrook, actinsr as Miss
Williams' attorney, soon changed their
feelings 10 deep chagrin.
Mr. Barnett was not quite ready, but
Mr. Holbrook was, and so informed the
court. He reminded Judge Troutt that
Secretary John McComfa of the Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
had only a few days previously been ap
pointed &9 the slave girl's guardian, con
sequently the allegations of Charley Hung,
charging unlawful detention of the girl,
could have no standing in the court.
Judge Troutt saw it in the same light, and
was ready to dismiss the writ, when Mr.
Barnett urged a continuance until Thurs
day. The court granted his request, but
said it would not make any difference
with the judicial disposition of the case.
The only way now left open to the high
binders is to ask for a revocation of Secre
tary McComb's letters of guardianship,
and then the case can be heard on its
George W. Cagwin Injured by a Defec-
five Skyrocket.
Anew kind of skyrocket, called a boom,
was introduced into the local market this
year, greatly to the discomfiture of at least
two gentlemen, who were severely injured
in consequence. George W. Cagwin, a res
ident of Carson, Nev., and T. E. Mitchell,
of this city, were severely injured, and are
both under treatment at Dr. Frank Corn
wall's private hospital on Geary street.
A premature explosion of the bomb
caused a piece of tin shell to penetrate Mr.
Cagwin's right eye, and Dr. Cornwall found
it necessary to remove the eye. Mr.
Mitchell was also burned and" severely
jarred by a premature explosion of the
same kind of Lorab. His face was burned
and it was thought, for a time, that he
would entirely lose his sight, but the doc
tor reports thot both eyes will be saved.
The Stolen Document Has
Been Vainly Hawked Among
the Lawyers.
None Would Buy It Because the Cer
tified Copy Has Been Admitted
to Probate.
The will of James G. Fair, which was
stolen from the County Clerk's office some
time during January of this year, is ob
tainable for coin, so it seems, but the law
yers in the case do not care whether it is
forthcoming or not.
Several weeks ago it was rumored that
some one was trying to negotiate the re
turn of the stolen instrument. Several
persons called on the attorneys in the case
and made mysterious offers to return the
will to the office of the County Clerk, pro
viding money, ranging in sums all the
way from $500 to $5000, was paid to the
respective negotiators. Though some of
the offers came from men of known
respectability, the attorneys were slow to
entertain any proposition.
Attorneys Pierson & Mitchell, repre
senting the special administrators — Eresse.
Ancus and Crothers — finally consulted
Judge Slack. The latter was not inclined
to reward theft, and advised the attorneys
to have nothing to do with the proposi
tion. Messrs. Pierson <fc Mitchell were
not approached by any avowed messengers
or representatives of Detective Curtin, and
they were in the gloom as to who the prin
cipal might be.
It was not so with Garret McEnerney,
however, and he went before Judge Slack
with the information that John Curtin
was the man who claimed to be able to
produce the abstracted document, if
enough money was paid by those inter
ested to recompense him for his trouble.
Mr. McEnerney was given the same advice
which was given by the Judge to Messrs.
Pierson & Mitchell.
Louis Bresse. one of the special adminis
trators, said yesterday: "I do not know of
my personal knowledge that any such
oner was made by Detective Curtin, or any
one else. I know of it only through my
attorneys. No one ever peddled the'stoleh
will around here. If it had drifted in our
office durine the course of its hawking I,
for one of the administrators, would have
had nothing to do with the auctioneers.''
Mr. Pierson said: "We wero approached
by twenty or thirty persons who had t lie
will for sale. I cannot give any names,
though I will say this much that "one was a
well-known Front-street merchant and an
other a prominent politician, who was at
one time a Senator.
•'They did not say whom they repre
sented or whence they came. We went to
Judge Slack, as you know, and were ad
vised to entertain no such propositions.
As a matter of fact, we do not care whether
the will is returned or remains wrapped in
a dense mystery all its own."
"Yes, Curtin was the man who was try
ing to negotiate the sale of the will," said
Attorney -McEnerney, "and I was rather
in favor of entertaining the proposition of
purchasing the document for $luoo, if only
to relieve the case of its legal embarrass
ments, although the court had admitted
the certified copy. Inasmuch as Wheeler
has filed a bill of exceptions to -Judge
Slack's order admitting the certified copy
I rather thought it misrht be worth a thou
sand dollars to get the original back on
the files.
"Curtin did not claim that he had the
will, but that he could produce it if com
pensated sufficiently for his pains. But, as
I have said, there is no need for the origi
nal instrument except to relieve the case
of all embarrassments."
Detective Curtin does not deny, as first
said, that he has been acting in the mat
ter, though he says it was only in the ca
pacity of a messenger.
Whoever he may be who has the stolen
will in his possession it is palpable an ex
pensive blunder has been made. Had the
will been put up at auction before the
court admitted the certified copy it is prob
able a purchaser could have been found.
At present its valuation is to be fixed
mainly by the rap and bottle man's scales.
Nicholas Demartini Almost Burned to
Nicholas Demartini, employed in P. T.
Vretto's fruitstore at 104 Eddy street, came
near losing his life yesterday morning. He
was sleeping in the back room from which
there was no escape save by the front door
when the place was set on fire by the ac
cidental crossing of electric and telephone
wires. This was at 4:13 a. m., and through
all the hurry and bustle of the arriving of
the Fire Department Demartini slept on.
The people in the four-story building over
the fruitstore came rushing out in their
night clothes and the firemen had all they
could attend to in rescuing them for about
fifteen minutes.
■When the lire was almost out Assistant
Chief Dougherty thought he heard some
groans proceeding from the rear of the
fruitstand. Extra streams of water were
turned on and as soon as practicable an in
vestigation was made. Demartini was
found lying on the floor unconscious. He
was picked up and rushed to the Receiving
Hospital, where after some trouble he wa3
The building: at 104 Eddy is owned by J.
K. Prior and is damaged to the extent of
$300. The damage to the contents of the
building is estimated at $800.
A Dark Journey.
From the time it leaves the ocean till it
reaches its destination the water for the
Lurline Baths travels eight miles under
ground #
The Valley Road Grading In
Stockton Secured by R. R.
Deeds for Right of Way as Far as
Stanislaus River Held by the
With the lease of China Basin signed,
sealed and delivered, contracts for grading
the city of Stockton, together with con
tracts for lumber and piling between that
point and Stanislaus River disposed of to
responsible parties, the directors of the
Valley road have just cause for congratu
On Monday the China Basin lease wa
Yesterday at a meeting of the board of
directors the first grading contract was let,
and in less than a week's time picks and
shovels by the hundred will be actively at
work preparing the way for the road that
is to free San Joaquin Valley, buildup San
Francisco and in a general way benefit the
entire State.
R. R. Thornton of Stockton secured the
contract for the three miles grading neces
sary to be done in that city. The board re
ceived several bids from Stockton and San
Francisco parties, finally letting the con
tract to the Stockton bidder. Mr. Thorn
ton is required to furn ish a $15,000 bond to
guarantee the satisfactory performance of
his work. This he is preparing to do the
moment he is notified that his bid is ac
Acting President Watt says the bond
will be received by Saturday, and that the
lirst active work will positively begin next
Monday morning. "W hen asked whether
the board of directors would go to Stock
ton to witness this interesting proceeding,
Mr. Watt said:
"What is the use? Every man, woman
and child in California knows that this
road will be built, and that, too, as speedily
a.s possible. The time to celebrate has not
yet arrived, but it will come sooner than
many suspect. When it does, there will
be such a demonstration as has never been
seen in America."
The contract for lumber and piling
necessary between Stockton and Stanislaus
River was let to responsible parties. The
redwood lumber is to be supplied by the
Albion Lumber Company of this "City,
while the Dollan Lumber Company "is
awarded the contract for piling. The pine
lumber contract goes to P. A. Buell & Co.
Four suits for condemnation of property
between Stockton and Stanislaus River
were commenced by the Valley Road Com
pany yesterday. The names of the parties
refusing to grant the rights of way are J.
K. DoaK, D. M. Weily, Antonia Galgiani,
Gene and M. E. Burden. Deeds for the
balance of the right of way as far as se
lected are now in the company's possession.
The route down the valley from Stanislaus
River has not yet been selected, but as the
people are anxious for the road it is not
supposed that any trouble will be had in
securing deeds necessary to protect their
The company is in possession of deeds to
thirteen acres of land on Stockton Chan
nel, which will be used for terminal pur
poses. It also holds deeds for twenty-five
acres of what is known as the Boggs Tract,
and on this plat of ground the shops will
be erected. This property has a frontage
of over nine blocks.
The Washtenaw began unloading its
cargo of steel rails yesterday. They will
be carried by barges to Stockton. To-day
several vessels with ties will transfer their
cargoes to barges, which will be immedi
ately towed to Stockton.
Late yesterday afternoon Chief Engineer
Storey received a letter from Tulare saying
that a surveying party had run a "line
through that town. This does not mean
that the Valley road will go through Tulare,
though Engineer Storey thinks it not im
County Supervisors for the
Atlanta Fair to Meet
on July 24.
The State Board of Trade Discusses
the Proposed Exhibit of
At a meeting of the members of the State
Board of Trade yesterday it was decided to
request Governor Budd to postpone the
Supervisors' convention for a California
exhibit at the Atlanta Exposition from
July 15 to Wednesday, July 24. This was
because all of the Supervisors in the State
are to meet on the Isth as county boards of
Secretary Filchcr informed the members
of the Board . > f Trade that the railroads
had agreed to bring the county Supervisors
to this City to t. -■ convention at half rates,
and the steamship companies at three
quarter rates. The hotels in San Fran
cisco will reduce their prices 10 to 20 per
cent. All of the counties have promised
to send big delegations to the convention
and many of the delegates will be au
thorized to act. Out of 300 Supervisors in
the State he expects that at least two
thirds will attend.
Dr. T. G. Mac Lean of Monterey called
attention to the 15th inst. being a very un
favorable date for holding the convention.
W. H. Mills also favored postponing
the convention. He said that a delegate
from each county would not do, as it
would take majorities of the Boards of
Supervisors to act The project of send
ing an exhibit to the Atlanta Exposition
was of too much importance to be
"jumped at." There were several matters
to be looked into before the convention
met, and the principal one was the cost of
making a creditable exhibit. The county
Supervisors would want full particulars
upon this subject before they would agree
to stand their share. He "said that the
Southern Pacific Company had agreed to
carry the exhibit as far as New Orleans
free of charge, and he had no doubt but
that the connecting roads would also carry
the exhibit to its destination free of
charge. While all of the counties have at
their dispocal $'J1,500 for advertising pur
poses, they must know how much the
total cost would be.
A committee consisting of Lelong. Mas
lin and Filcher was appointed to ascer
tain the cost of sending an exhibit.
President Chipman, Mills, Irish, Per
kins ar/d FiJcher were selected to repre
sent the Board of Trade at the convention.
J. B. Foy and A. Greningerof Santa
Clara County made brief addresses in
dorsing a display of California products at
General Chipman was not able to be
present, but he sent a letter in which be
said :
I wish you would urge the committee on
immigration to make a report on the question
Of alien ownership, and m such way as when
i>rmted it may be satisfactory either lor or
ngainst encouraging further immigration of
that class to this 6tate. I have recently been
inquired of by many, especially from England,
as to this matter. There is a class of very de
sirable people who desire to come here and
locate upon small tracts for permanent homes,
home of these are English army and navy of
ficers who are on retired pay, but who do not
wisn to relinquish their citizenship. Many of
them have sous, however, whom they desire to
permanently settle in this country and who
will become citizens. They all speak aeainst
the large land-holding by alien ownership, and
do not object to any iaws, however severe,
upon that feature.
Mr. Mills said that the easiest way for
aliens to get over the laws if they don't
like them is to become naturalized. A
long discussion followed as to the best
methods of packing and shipping fruit ex
hibits to Atlanta. Messrs. Lelong, Maslin
and Filcher were selected to look into the
matter of packing and shipping fruit to
the exposition.
A Butcher's Boy Runs Over and Se
riously Injures Two Young
R. Whelan, a boy 12 years of age, was
arrested yesterday afternoon by Policemen
Reynolds. Donovan and Van Kueren, on
the charge of battery. Young as he is, the
boy drives a wagon for J. M. Nowlan,
butcher, Haight and Filimore streets.
Yesterday afternoon Miss Ella Arnold,
527 Haves street, and her friend, Miss Mal
vina Remillard, of Oakland, were crossing
Hayeks street at Buchanan when Whelan
came tearing along Buchanan at a furious
speed. Before the young ladies could get
out of the way the horse driven by Whelan
was upon the'rn. knocked them down and
trampled upon them.
Reynolds and Donovan saw the accident
and hurried to the scene. They procured
a hack and sent the young ladies to Miss
Arnold 'B home, 827 Hayes street. Miss
Arnold was suffering greatly from the
shock and Miss Remillard had" an ugly cut
on her forehead and was suffering from in
ternal injuries. Medical assistance was at
once summoned.
Policeman Van Kueren placed Whelan
under arrest and took him to the City
Prison, the boy crying all the way. He
said he hollered to the ladies and thought
they would get out of the way. He is a
boy in knickerbockers and scarcely old
enough to be intrusted with the driving of
a wagon through crowded streets.
It Returns to a Society Money
He Deposited for It in the
People's Bank.
The Home for Feeble-Minded at
Glen Ellen Announces That It
Is Crowded.
The little trouble over the account of Dr.
R. H. McDonald, who, until the failure of
the Pacific and People's Home Saving
banks, was the treasurer of the Society for
the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, was
satisfactorily settled at the regular
monthly meeting of the board of directors
of the society yesterday afternoon.
Dr. McDonald had deposited funds of the
society amounting to $3854 in the People's
Bank. Like all other deposits in that
bank, it was inaccessible. A personal
check for the amount was received yester
day through the Bank of California from
Dr. McDonald, who is now in New York.
The society has accordingly transferred
its claim on the People's Bank to him, and
he will stand the risk of {jetting his money
from that source. The present treasurer,
George A. Newhali, was instructed to de
posit $2500 with the Security Bank.
Secretary McComb was instructed to
prosecute Manager Gustav AValter of the
Orpheuin for employing a minor, viz. : one
of the Martinetti brothers, acrobats, who
is said to be only 13 years of age.
A refusal of the Home for the Feeble
minded to receive an unfortunate boy from
this City on the ground that it has no more
room has come to the notice of the society.
K. Hems, a widower living on the San
Bruno road, recort3 that heapplied to the
home asking it to receive a nine-year-old
son, with the result stated. lie lias five
sons in all — Theodore, 19 years of age;
Peter, 16; John, the feeble-minded, 9;
William, (3, and Henry, 4, but owing to the
fact that all his time is taken up looking
after the three children most needing his
care, and also to the refusal of his eldest
son to contribute to tlu-ir support, Mr.
Hems says that his predicament is such
that he is unable to go out and work at his
trade as a carpenter. The society has taken
the two youngest children off his hands
and will have them cured for.
Two wayward girls, Josie Stanley and
Lillian Whelan, were arrested by oflicers
Holbrook and McMurray late last night at
Ingleside and will be sent to institutions
fur reform. The case of the 15-year-old
girl Agne3 Gallagher, at Sunnyslde, the
details of which could only be made public
in Judge Bahrs' court, is "still fresh in the
mind of tlie society, and the officers are
exercising considerable vigilance in watch
ing wayside resorts in the "hope of prevent
ing the occurrence of any similar crime.
The society was informed that Mrs. Jane
Coon of Howard street, charged with mal
treating a 7-year-old boy living with her,
had offered herself to the police for arrest.
The Treasurer's Office at Last Opened
for Vuxiness.
The great doors of the City's treasury
were swung open for the transaction of the
public's business at 3:30 o'clock yesterday
afternoon. At 9:30 o'clock in the morning
the count of the funds in the City's vaults
was begun by Mayor Sutro, Auditor
Broderick and Superior Judge Sanderson.
At 12 o'clock the regular cash had been
told over and it was found to amount to
$1,998,638 45. This was 10 cents less than
there should be there, and the deficit was
promptly supplied by Treasurer Widber.
Mayor Sutro looked hard at Auditor
Broderick, and the Auditor glowered
through his glasses at the City's execu
tive, but no blows were struck. It was a
close call, though.
The special funds were found to be as
ill blic -Administrator.... 5150.540 SI
County Clerk 0,818 48
Special redemptions......'.: 2.077 75
Police court balls - 6,440 00
Pee Department. 1.088 00
License Collector ' 10,135 50
Assessor 7,999 85
Tax Collector 108,385 CO
Police Hues U6B 00
To go over the special funds occupied
three hours longer, and then Treasurer
Widber began the work of cashing war
rants. The fee department was open all
day for the receipt of fees from the
County Clerk's, Sheriff's, Clerk of the
Justices' courts, Recorder's and ifealth
and Quarantine offices. About $2000 was
taken in in all. ■?;--iX"
Chinese Arriving Hero Have No Appeal
From His Decision.
Collector of the Port John H. Wise is
paramount when it conies to the landing
or refusal to land Chinese. No matter
what the evidence may be there is no ap
peal from his decision, and a Mongolian,
be he merchant, laborer or native son,
might as well save himself time and
money by returning quietly whence he
came when once the Collector has issued
his nat.
Lem Moon Sing arrived here on March 6
last, and attempted to land as a merchant.
Collector Wise was not satisfied with the
evidence, and refused him a landing. The
attorney for the Chinese swore out a writ
of habeas corpus, and the matter was
argued before Judge Morrow. The latter
ruled that under the act of Congress of
August 18, 1394, the Collector had full
sway, and that the courts could not inter
fere. The case was carried to the United
States Supreme Court, and yesterday that
body handed down a writ of mandate sus
taining Judge Morrow, and thus estab
lishing Collector Wise as the solo arbiter
In the Chinese cades coming to San Fran
It's a Mystery Yet How Widow
Anderson Lost Her En
tire Estate.
Public Administrator Freese Is Try
ing to Trace a House
and Lot.
It is a maxim of the law that there is no
wrong for which there is not a legal right.
Mrs. Christiana Anderson of 101 Twentieth
street, corner of Hampshire, a widow with
three children, aged respectively 16, 13 and
10 years, is of the opinion that in her en
deavors to obtain her legal rights a great
deal of wrong has been done her.
She has made a complaint to Public Ad
ministrator Freese and requested him to
assist her to come into possession of prop
erty which was left to her by the will of
her husband.
R. P. Mogan, -who !a acting for J. D. Sul
livan, the Public Administrator's attorney,
has made an investigation. It appears
that in 1892 John Martin Anderson, who
kept a lodging-house and saloon at 8)4
Clay street, died, and after the funeral it
was ascertained that he had made a will in
which he nominated Dr. Francis
Cook of 712 O'Farrell street, who had at
tended him in his last illness, as executor
of the will without bonds. Anderson de
vised to his widow all his real and personal
property excepting $15, which he divided
among three children. Shortly after the
will was opened Dr. Cook, through his at
torneys, King, Rossi <fc lielyea, applied for
letters, which were issued to him, ana with
the application was tiled an inventory of
the property left by Anderson. The aggre
gate had been originally fixed at $5975, but
these figures were erased and $9975 was
written over them.
On the 16th of May, 1892, L. L. Nelson,
P. J. Flannigan and H. M. Levy, ap
pointed at $5 a day each to appraise the
real estate, filed a report in wnich they
gave it as their opinion that the realty and
improvements were worth $9000. On the
30th of June, 1894, the property was re
appraised at $7500.
In the meantime the executor received
and allowed bills, including $'2000 to the
Hibernia Bank to satisfy a mortgage it
held on the property, $110 to William W.
Kerr, M.D., "for eleven consultations with
Dr. Cook" during Anderson's last illness,
$25 to an agent, whose name is not given,
to dispose of certain property at private
sale for which he obtained $65 — a rather
high commission — and other bills amount
ing in the aggregate to $170 83.
The records on file are an evidence of
the careless manner in which papers may
be filed in courts. \Vhat is indorsed
"final account of Francis S. Cook, execu
tor," was filed several months before the
executor was authorized by law to file
such a document. This shows that when
the executor entered upon the discharge
of his duties he received $65 in cash, sold
personal property for $100, making a total
of $165 received, and that he allowed bills
to the amount of $2280 83 and demanded
fees for services as executor and attorney's
fees. These two charges are in the shape
of one set of figures written over another.
The amount opposite the executor's name
was originally $.'JOO, then $275 was written
over it and on top of that $300 is written in
pencil. The charge for attorney's fees was
originally $350, but over that sum is writ
ten in pencil $275. The court record, how
ever, fails to show that this account was
"Now it appears," said Attorney Mo
gan, "riiat a petition was filed asking for
permission to sell the real estate and that
it was granted. At the time the order was
made oy Judge Slack, before whom the
matter was pending, he told the executor,
Dr. Cook, to be sure that he received the
money before he signed any paper or deed.
On the 24th of September, 1894, the admin
istrator,so the record shows, sold the prop
erty to RoseJDugan.a friend of John .7. Cof
fey, attorney for Mrs. Anderson, for $7500.
On tne 11th of February following Judge
Slack confirmed the sale. After Rose Du
gan obtained the deed she went to the
bank, canceled the $2000 mortgage and
took a new one for $2500, receiving the
$500 in the transaction. Mrs. Anderson
declares that she never received a dollar
out of the estate and that she has repeated-
Jy made a demand on the executor for an
accounting but could get no satisfas
tion. I called on Dr. Cook and he
informed me that he did not
sell the property to Rose Dugan
and did not receive any money for it. He
said that it was necessary to raise money,
but as an executor cannot raise money it
was agreed that the property should £asa
to Rose Dnjran, who would raise $500 and
then redeed the property to Mrs. Anderson,
but up to this time no such transaction
has taken place. What the Public Admin
istrator wants to know is what has become
of the money if any was paid for the prop
erty. If it was not a sale he wants to know
why the property was not redeed ed to Mrs.
"The bank people, having heard of this
matter, have commenced a suit in the
Superior Court to foreclose the mortgage,
and they make Rose Duean, Judah Boas
and four others, designated by fictitious
names, as defendants. In this matter noth
ing beyond filing a demurrer on behalf of
Rose Dugan has been done.
"Another matter has bobbed up during
the investigation, and that is that Mrs.
Anderson had a judgment rendered against
her some time ago for $1000 on a promis
sory note, which she declares she never
executed. She says she never signed a
note for $1000 and never received any such
amount of money. I believe that we will
recover the real estate for Mrs. Anderson,
but there is that $1000 judgment which
will bother us, as it will be a lien against
the property when it reverts to her. We
will also try to ascertain who it was that
worked this matter so as to get the $1000
judgment against the woman.
"We tried to see Mr. King, Dr. Cook's
principal attorney, but he was out of town.
I believe that the executor acted honestly
in the matter, but that he lacked the pro
duce that a good business man ousht to
have. I hope that in a few days this mat
ter will all be straightened out, and that
Mrs. Anderson and her children will be
dealt fairly by."
The facts remain that the property has
been sold, that the widow has not re
ceived any money for it and that the ex
ecutor says he did not sell it; conse
quently cannot have received any money
for it. It will no doubt require a judicial
inquiry to ascertain how the property
passed without consideration.
Bequests to a Son and to Charitable
The will of the late Mrs. Ann Callaghan,
disposing of an estate valued at consider
ably ever $80,000, has been filed for probate.
The property consists principally of a val
uable bit of land in this city, situated on
Mission street in the peculiarly shaped
block formed by Mission and West Mission
streets. The greater part of the estate is
left to the testatrix's son, Daniel Calla
ghan. The daughter, Mary Bailey, having,
as the will announces, already received
one-fifth of her father's estate, is left a
smaller portion.
The following bequests to charity and to
the church are made in the will: To St.
Joseph's Home for Incurables, $3000 for
founding of a bed to the memory of a
daughter of J;he testatrix, Margaret Cal
laghan Drake; to Rev. Father Prendergast,
$5000 for masses for the repose of the tes
tatrix's soul; to the Dominican Fathers,
$500; to Rev. John McGinty, $500. Some
other small bequests to relatives and
friends are also made.
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Trouble Is Brewing Over the
BUI for Floats for the
Contractor Jahn Has Made Charges
Which He Will Have to
The executive committee for the Fourth
of July will hold what promises to be a
very lively session this afternoon. The
business to come regularly before it is the
approving of bills and the winding up of
the affairs of the celebration. One con
tractor, however, fearful of a cut in his
bill, makes charges about commissions,
and the committee will take official notice
of his action.
Since the celebration the members of the
executive committee have expressed them
selves as dissatisfied with the floats fur
nished by Mr. Jahn, and have stated that
they did not come up to the specifications,
and were not worth the amount ($770)
asked for them. Mr. Jahn, in an inter
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would be made to reduce his claim, not be
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but because some member of the commit
tee had hoped to secure a commission if
the contract had been awardea to another
firm. At the meeting this afternoon Mr.
Jahn will be called upon to explain his
charges, and to name the member referred
As a matter of fact the executive com
mittee had nothing to do with letting the
contract for floats, that being left entirely
to the parade committee. There was some
iriction between Mr. Jahn and Commander
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latter refused to march in the procession
behind one of the floats.
Mr. Jahn's difficulties are not, however,
confined to the executive committee. He
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ren, who was thrown to the sidewalk by
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The auditing committee spent three
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Not all the billg are in yet and another
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