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DIVORCE SUIT OF
Dr. Dawson and His Wife Soon
to Air Their Differences
A SCRAMBLE FOR EVIDENCE.
Affidavits to Be Secured From Wit
nesses in San Bernardino,
Chicago and Detroit.
SEATTLE, Wash., April The action
for divorce brought by Dr. L. R. Dawson
against his fascinating wife, and which
created a sensation when the complaint
was filed, may be brought to a sreedy
trial by an order of the court made to
day. The plaintiff moved for an order to
take the depositions of witnesses in other
Slates, which Judge Humes granted, and
gave the defendant five days to prepare
and attach cross-interrogatories to those
submitted by the doctor's attorneys.
he court appointed as commissioners to
take the depositions: Fred W. Gregg for
Mrs. T. M. Parsons of San Bernardino,
James H. McMillen for J. A. Flemming of
Detroit, and W. P. H. West for Fred G.
Alford of Chicago.
Mrs. Parsons was in the employ of Daw
son at his Mason County ranch when
William Ralph Coffman Dawson was born,
and she is asked to tell about the doctor's
alleged desertion of his wife at that time.
Mrs. Dawson claimed that the doctor
went away and left her without pro
visions, and she had to ride eight miles
on horseback to get food for herself and
Mrs. Parsons is asked to tell whether or
not that is true, and to tell what she
knows, if anything, regarding Mrs. Daw
eon's general conduct. She is asked to say
whether she believes Mrs. Dawson to be
a pnper person to have custody of the
Fleming, who was once employed in Dr. !
Dawson's office and who was a member of :
the Washington National Guard, is asked
to say whether or not he saw Mrs. Dawson :
intoxicated at the encampment at Olympia j
in the summer of 1594.
He is also called upon to say whether or
not there was an agreement between him
self and Mrs. Dawson whereby letters were
pent to her through him and delivered by
him to her. If he knew whom the letters
came from, he is asked to explain.
Alford was a porter at the Vendome at
Seattle during the summer of 1893, when
Mrs. Dawson was boarding there. The
witness is asked to tell whether or not
Mrs. Dawson remained at the hotel alone
from August to September, 1*93, her hus
band, children and servant being absent.
Alford is asked to give the number of
Mrs. Dawsan's.room, describe its location,
and, if possible, draw a general diagram
of the entire floor. He is told to tell
where he slept, and if visitors were ever
entertained by Mrs. Dawson in her room.
If there were, Alford is directed to give
the names of the visitors entertained by
Mrs. Dawson, and, further, to state if he
ever purchased beer for Mrs. Dawson at
her request while she entertained them.
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Dawson ever came home late at night with
male escorts. If so, who? Did he ever
see her in an intoxicated condition? If so,
did he talk to her, and if he did what did
she say ? Did he ever see her loiter about
the street in front of the Vendome. and see
her joined by a strange man? Did he ever
see A. C. Hess, one of the alleged co-re
respondents, embrace Mrs. Dawson? Other
questions are asked concerning alleged
complaints made by other lodgers about
Florence E. Homer, Alias Mrs. Lillie Strauss.
Wedded to a Man Who Lately
PORTLAND, Ok., April 4.— A marriage
license was issued in Vancouver, Wash.,
yesterday to F. H. V. Andrews and
Florence E. Homer, and the couple were
married in that city. This ends an in
teresting romance that has been the talk
of society circles in this city for a few
Florence Homer is none other than Mrs.
Lillie Strauss, well known in San Fran
cisco, who about two weeks ago was sum
moned back here while en route to the
California metropolis by a bogus telegram
announcing that Andrews had shot him
i self with suicidal intent because of love for
Mrs. Strauss returned from San Fran-
I cisco more than a month ago, posing as
! the lawful wife of "Doc" Adolph Strauss,
i who, hearing of her contemplated visit to
I this city, immediately left for San Fran
' cisco, taking another "young woman with
I him. Since then Mrs. Strauss has made
I no application for a divorce; hence her
I marriage to Andrews caused a sensation
Gossip has it that either she never was
j wedded to Strauss or she has committed
; bigamy. During the time she lived here
with Strauss she was introduced in good
' society as his wife, and good society is now
HIGHLANDS ASYLUM CASE.
Continuation Granted in the Habeas Corpus
Proceedings to Secure Judge
SAN BERNARDINO, Cal., April 4.—
The habeas corpus proceedings for the re
lease of Judge Huse from the Highlands
insane asylum have been continued until
Tuesday, April 14, as Attorney F. F.
Gallardo wishes to secure important evi
dence from Santa Ana, Santa Barbara
and San Francisco in support of his claim
that Judge Huse is the victim of plotters
who conspired to secure his property.
From Santa Ana he wishes to get the
expert| testimony of Dr. Hollister as to
Judge Huse's condition, and as the doctor
is ill at present further time was granted.
The evidence from San Francisco is said to
be of a sensational nature, and deals with
the conspiracy part of the case.
Dr. M. B. Campbell was on the stand
this forenoon and testified that he be
lieved it would be unsafe for Judge Huse
to be released, as he was unable to care for
himself in any manner whatever, and was
Dr. Dolan, assistant medical director,
yesterday testified that he did not con
sider Judge Huse dangerous. .
It is the opinion of many leading attor
neys who have been watching the case
that Judge Otis will grant the release of
Invited to Chiro.
CHICO, Cal., April The Sacramento
Valley Press League has been invited to
meet in Chico and the editors of the Chico
papers have raised a sum of money to pro
vide suitable entertainment. Between
fifty and 100 representatives of the Sacra
mento Valley are expected to attend.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 1896.
. . ■
McLachlan's Name Barred From
Resolutions Thanking Cali
TOO FRIENDLY TO HUNTINGTON.
Free Harbor League Concludes That
the Congressman Can No Longer
Be Relied Upon.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., April The
harbor fight is still the absorbing topic of
public interest in this city. The friends of
San Pedro and Santa Monica are up in
arms and are making the welkin ring with
the oft- repeated arguments in favor of
their respective schemes. The wires are
kept hot between here and Washington
with telegrams intended to stiffen the
backbone of California's delegation in Con
The San Pedroites have about concluded
to throw Representative McLachlan over,
it being claimed by them that he 'has
turned his back on the cause of a free
harbor, and is exerting too great zeal in
choosing the ignis fatuus of a $3,000,000
appropriation for a deep-sea harbor for Mr.
Huntington at Santa Monica, while San
Pedro shall be content with a much
smaller sum for the improvement of her
Another meeting of the Free Harbor
j League was convened this afternoon, at
j which "San Pedro or nothing" was the
; slogan, and after various well-known free
harborites had expressed their opinions,
! some of them reflecting severely on Repre-
I Tentative McLachlan, the following tele
! gram of thanks was ordered sent to the
I three Representatives ßowers, Barham
j and Maguire — who have stood firmly for
San Pedro, Mr. McLachlan being pur
posely snubbed, as being no longer to be
depended upon for loyal support:
Messrs. Barham, Maguire and Bowers, House of
Representatives, Washington: The Free Harbor
| League, at a meeting held this day, adopted the
| following resolution:
Resolved, That the thanks of the league are
■ due to Messrs. Barham, Maguire and Bowers
for the stand they have taken upon the
| attempt of C. P. Huntington to defeat the will
' of the people for a free harbor at San Pedro,
1 and we earnestly urge upon you to maintain
i your present attitude upon the matter until
: the defeat of the pending attempt to divert
i any portion of the approrriation to the im
j provement of the roadstead of Santa Monica
! for the exclusive benefit of the Southern Pacific
j Railroad Company.
Senator White was telegraphed to exert his
] influence upon lie House committee in
j favor of San Pedro and to admonish Mr.
i McLachlan to carry out the bidding of his
I constituents and remain true to his ante
election pledges. I also decided to call an
i open air mass-meeting for next Tuesday
I evening to passed suitable resolutions in
I favor of San Pedro.
While the free harborites are doing all
this the friends of the Southern Pacific
I are not idle. The Evening press has
I thrown its columns open to the advocates
j for appropriations for both harbors. Judge
; R. M. Widnev has taken up the cudgel for
Santa Monica and in a two-column article
tells why the people of Los Angeles should
work to bring about the proposition tele
graphed yesterday by Representative Mc-
Lachlan. ■ .; ." 3'V:®V
Assemblyman H. G. Weyse of Santa
Monica and Chief Engineer Hood of the
Southern Pacific are also contributors to
the ■ Express' Santa Monica literary bu
reau. •,-..■■ / ■• •
The two-harbor advocates are also
talking of holding a mass-meeting, and are
endeavoring to force a vote '; upon the
question by the members of the Chamber
of Commerce, No question that has con
fronted the people here for many months
has created so much friction.
Kern County Primaries Called.
' BAKERSFIELD, Cal., ; April 4.— The
Republican County Committee met this
afternoon for the purpose of deciding on
the selection of delegates to the State and
Congressional conventions. There was a
warm discussion over ja , proposition to
have the committee appoint delegates, but
it was defeated, and primaries called for
April 18, and the convention set for April
25.' The test is: "Will you vote the Re
publican ticket at the next National elec
tion?" -.--■■' .*
San Benito's Delegates.
HOLLISTER, Cat,., April The Re
publican Central Committee to-day ap
pointed R. I. Robert Stephenson, A. D.
Shaw and Senator Thomas Flint delegates
from San Benito County to the Con
gressional and State conventions,
PHOENIX LAWYER'S DEATH
Sudden Passing of Ex- Attorney-
General Churchill From
He Was a Prominent Member of the
Bar and a Former Leader in
PHC3NIX, Ariz.. April 4.— Ex-Attorney-
General Clark Churchill died in this city
very suddenly this morning at 7:40 o'clock
from heart disease. He had been warned
by his physician that he was liable to be
stricken at any time, as he was afflicted
with fatty degeneration of the heart. To
all appearances he was in robust health,
and th announcement of his death was a
great shock to his friends.
General Churchill came to Arizona in
1877 and located in Prescott, where he
built up an extensive law practice. He
was a man of great force of character and
a natural leader. He was appointed
Attorney-General by Governor Tritle and
wan an efficient and painstaking officer.
In ISBO he became interested in the con
struction of the Arizona canal in the Salt
River Valley and lias since been closely j
identified with the interests of this section. i
He came to Phoenix to reside in ISBo and
has always stood at the head of the j
Phcenix bar. For several years he was
counsel for the canal companies on the j
north side of the river, and conducted j
several cases of great magnitude in the i
Arizona courts. He was one of the attor- 1
neys who prepared the defense against the !
great Reavis claim, which has recently j
been decided in favor of the people.
General Churchill was an uncompromis- I
ing Republican and for years a power in
Arizona politics. Of late years he has not
taken an active part in political contests.
Formerly he was a prominent Mason and
Odd Fellow, but upon uniting with the
Catholic church a few years ago he with
drew from all secret societies. He leaves
j a widow but no children, and considerable
property in Phoenix and vicinity. A resi
dence which he had under construction
I will be the finest in the Territory. The
j funeral will take place on Monday morn
Republican Factions Indulge in
a Rough and Tumble
STRIFE AT A CONVENTION.
Harmony, Finally Restored by the
Withdrawal of the Anti-
PORTLAND, Or., April 4.— One faction
of the Republican party of Multnomah
County succeeded in holding a convention
to nominate city and county officials this
afternoon, while the opposing faction has
set Monday as the date for its convention.
The political situation in this city at
present is probably unequaled. The ex
citement over the riotous scenes at the
primaries on Thursday was renewed by a
bitter fight waged in the convention hall
to-day by the two factions. The Simon
wing of the party completed nominations
late this afternoon, as follows: For State
Senators— O. F. Paxton, Donald McKay,
Benjamin Selling and Daniel McLaughlin;
for Reptescntatives— A'. N. Smith Jr.. D.
L. Povey, F. H. Allison, George H. Hill,
A. L. Maxwell, J. C. Bayr, F. I. Nichlin,
George R. Shaw, J. N. Davis and Solis
City officials were nominated according
to the Simon ticket. Resolutions were
adopted declaring the candidates pledged
to pass laws for retrenchment and enact
an election registry law for the purpose of
putting an end to future disgraceful pro
ceedings at the polls.
When the convention opened this morn
ing two chairmen, representing the Hume-
Minto-Frank combination and the Simon
clique, held possession and were at logger
heads for hours. Free fighting was in
dulged in all over the hall, and the con
tention was so furious at times as to lead
to promiscuous smashing of noses among
delegates until the anti-Simonites left she
State Ticket Nominated at a Convention
SALEM,' Or., April 4.— The delegates of
the People's party of Oregon met at Salem
on Thursday, March 26, in State conven
tion. The meeting was called to order by
Chairman W. H. Spangh, who, after mail
ing an appropriate address, declared the
meeting ready for temporary organiza
tion. Hon. Nathan Pierce was elected
temporary chairman and J. A. Jeffrey
A committee on credentials was then
appointed, and one on plan of organiza
tion for i the purpose of increasing the
efficiency of campaign work.
Pending the report, of the committee on
platform ' the convention adjourned to
meet at 8 o'clock on Friday morning, as it
had been previously arranged not to hold
a Thursday evening session in order that
the visitors to and citizens of Salem might
have the privilege of listening to an ad
dress by General Weaver. ,
Friday forenoon the delegates met and
proceeded with the business of the ! con
vention by effecting, a permanant organ
ization. Judge L. M. Olmstead of Baker
County was chosen chairman, Ralph Har
per was elected secretary and E. H. Cooper
" The committee on platform and resolu
tions reported, and the following" was
We reaffirm the fundamental principles of
the Omaha platform, and Instruct our dele
gates to the National convention to readjust
any details, if possible, in such form that all
reform elements can unite on one platform
and one National ticket. , ..
We favor changing our National constitution
bo as to provide some form of direct legislation,
and the early submission of important
National questions to the people.
We recommend that our National conven
tion devise • some plan- for the effective pro
tection of American labor from the ruinous
competition of Asiatic and European cheap
labor, includingjrigid restriction?, and exclu.
sion, if necessary, of foreign immigration.
We demand the free and unlimited coinage
of gold and silver at the ratio of 16 to 1 with
out waiting for the consent of any other na
tion. : .■;'?'"* : -< : -
We favor an amendment to our State consti
tution providing for the initiative and refer
We protest against the policy of the Govern
ment in patenting to railroad corporations
lands along their lines, by which in many in
stances mineral lands are patented to said
corporations, to the great injury of the miners
of our State.
Wherefore, we demand that all mineral lands
in this State be exempt from the grasp of such
corporations and reserved for the use and ben
efit of the miners and the best interests of the
The following ticket was nominated:
For Supreme Judge, Joseph Gaston of
Multnomah County; for Congress, First
Congressional District, W. S. Vanderburg
of Coos County; for Congress/Second
Congressional District, Martin Quinn of
Presidential electors— W. H. Spaugh,
M. L. Olmstead, W. D, Hare, Harry Wat
Delegates to the National Convention —
Delegates-at-large, Nathan Pierce, John
C. Luce, L. A. Ward, J. S. McCain.
From First Congressional District — John
W. Joy and J. W. Marksbury.
From Second Congressional District A.
P. Nelson and J. I. Sturgill.
One from each of the nice judicial dis
tricts as follows: First, A. Axtell, alter
nate Dr. Larrabee; Second, R. P. Caldwell
Third, Harry Watkins; Fourth, S. B.
Riggen; Fifth, Ira Sayior; Sixth, Wil
liam Parsons; Seventh, A. . B. Craft;
Eighth, J. F. Johnson; Ninth, D. L.
Charles Ducommon Dead.
LOS ANGELES, Cal., April 4.— Charles
Ducommon, one of the oldest citizens of
Los Angeies, died this afternoon: after a
short illness. He was a native of Switzer
land and crossed the plains to Los Angeles
by the southern route in 1848, establishing
the first hardware-store in the city.
During his long residence here he ac
cumulated a great deal of property and
was rated as one of the wealtuy men of
the city. For many years before a station
of the Government Weather Bureau was
established here Mr. Ducommon kept a
careful and accurate record of the meteoro
logical conditions, his data proving of
great value to the Government in after
years. He was married twice, his second
wife, who survives him, being noted for
her charitable work, in which she was
aided by her husband. Several children
also survive him.
A Death at Visalia.
VISALIA, Cal., April 4.— S. Z. Curtis,
one of the oldest settlers of Tulare County,
died at his residence in Visalia at noon
to-day at the age of 76 years. He had
been ill for some time. Mr. Curtis came
to this county from Texas in 1860. Atone
time' he owned about 2000 acres of choice
Sonoma's Oldest Fireman Gone.
HEALDSBURG, Cal., April Thomas
Ward, the oldest volunteer fireman in So
noma County, died last night of cancer.
He was a native of Germany, aged 63
years. He will be buried to-morrow under
the auspices of the Exempts and Healds
burg fire departments. .
TAR AND FEATHERS
FOR A SANTA CRUZAN
Liveryman Mace Terry Attacked
at Night and Severely
FOUGHT OFF HIS ASSAILANTS
Partial Success of the Effort to Cover
Him With Pitch— His Enemies
Known. . ,
SANTA CRUZ, Cal., April 4.— at
tempt was made at 11 o'clock to-night to
tar and feather Mace Terry, proprietor of
the Excelsior livery stable. In the struggle
that ensued Terry was badly battered, his
assailants clubbing him in an endeavor to
render him unconscious. Not more than
two men are believed to have been impli
cated in the affair.
Terry and his wife occupy apartments
over the stable, and were aroused by one
of the horses running loose. Terry went
down to attend to the horse, and, suspect
ing that some one was in a dark corner of
the stable, started back to get a pistol.
He had taken but a step or two when he
was struck on the body and an attempt
made to pour tar on his head. He strug
gled and the tar descended on his hands
and one side of his face. Then he was
struck with some hard instrument and
Terry finally reached the sidewalk and
i yelled for help. Mrs. Terry came down,
and soon a crowd gathered.
Dr. Knight, Terry's father-in-law, was
called and attended him, but Terry de
clined to talk of the affair. He said he
knew who attacked him, but refused to re
veal their names. A bag of feathers and a
bottle of tar and a cheese-cloth mask were
found in the stable.
Terry will recover, and his father-in-law
offers $250 reward for the capture of the
COMIXG TO SAX FRAXCISCO.
Delegates to the A. O. U. W. Grand
Lodge Leave Los Angeles.
LOS ANGELES, C.\r., April 4.— About
forty delegates to the Grand Lodge, A. 0.
U. ' W., which meets in seventeenth annual
session in San Francisco on April 7. left
here for. San Francisco this afternoon.
They were accompanied by a number of
ladies of the Degree of Honor, and expect
to be gone a week or ten days.
Among the representatives are: James
Booth. P. G./M. W. ; Grand Overseer A. F.
Mackay and daughter and J. F. Green
ough, Los Angeles; H. P. Jones, J. M.
Tibbitts, H. J. Moore and Fred Swift,
Pasadena; C. E. Smith, Downev;
W. A. Carpenter, San Pedro; R. H.
Dibble, Santa Ana; Fred J. Pullee,
El Monte; William Shutt, Pomona;
John Gerry, Ontario ; G. L. W. H. Evans
and J. H. Severe, Monrovia; John Harri
son, San Bernardino; Mr. Villega, San
Fernando; John Kastle and Grand Guide
John Chanter, San Diego; Joseph Thomp
son, Covinas; W. J. Kincaid, Cuca
monga; H. D. Ley, Saugus, and W. H.
Chambers, Hueneme. Mrs. Nell'e Mas
ters (Grand Lady of Honor), Mrs. Booth,
Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Mellette, LO3 Ange
les; Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Ney, Pasadena;
Mrs. Norman and Mrs. Gorman, Mon