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GOLD BONANZAS ON THE YUKON Fabulous Stories Told by Oregonians Just .'• Returned. They Bring Rich Dust From the Famous Clondyke District. The Great Mining: Excitements of California and Australia May Be Repeated. PORTLAND. Ob., April 15.— would appear that in the gold placers recently discovered along Bonanza and El Dorado creeks in the Clondyke district of the Yukon, the world is to witness a repetition of the great mining excitements of Cali fornia and Australia, says this evening's Telegram. James McKay, J. S. MacAulay and Richard Butler, men of known re sponsibility, have arrived from the new j gold fields and confirm in every manner ' the rumors concerning the wonderful rich ness of the Clondyke that have heretofore reached the outside world. An example of the fabulous wealth of the country is ! shown in the product of one pan of dirt washed out on an £1 Dorado claim, the dust being brought out by Mr. MacAulay, which at $18 an ounce weighs $243. Com ing as this dees direct from tbe scene, and brought by a well -known gentleman, there is no doubt as to the truthfulness of the statements made. Concerning the big returns from a single pan of dirt, it should be remem bered that the dirt is invariably taken from bedrock, and in these immensely rich spots the pay streak is always thin — sometimes not more than two or three inches. On the other hand, an example is found in the Rhodes claim, where the gravel runs from $2 47 to the pan on the upper strata to $4 90 at bedrock, with a pay streak nine feet deep. On such claims as this no barren dirt need be handled, and the net profits equal those where the richer though very much smaller pay streaks are found. TWO TOUJ*G 3 Hit, FES CAUGHT. Robbed the Mails at Pendleton and a Store at La Grande. POKTLAND, Ob,, April 15.— Deputy United States Marshal Bentley arrived from Pendleton to-day, having in charge J. E. Smith and Columbus Weir,. two en terprising youths of 17 and 19. They went to the postoffice in Pendleton, where Smith asked after letters for about every member of the Smith family in Pendle ton. He secured quite a number of letters and postal cards, as may be imagined. Weir, who is said to be a horse jockey known as "Bogus," next asked forlettes for all the Weirs in that section and re ceived several. Among them were two cards notifing one Weir to call at the ex press office for two packages. Weir im mediately called for them, but was in formed that he was too late as they had been delivered to the rightful owner. The lads then proceeded to open their mail, and in a letter intended for J. E. Smith, a sheepman, they found a check for $30. They at once started up the rail road track and made their way to Baker City, where they tried to cash the check, but Smith could find no one to iden tify him, and so they came back to La Grande, hoping to have better luck there. In some way they became separated, aud Weir, who appears to be doomed to misfortune, got mixed up in the. robbery of a store the first night he was in town. Some $700 worth of jewelry, shoes, clothing, neckties, etc., were sacked up and carried off. The goods were first bidden under the station platform, then moved, and finally the seal on a car for New York was broken and tbe booty stowed in the car and the doors closed as well as possible. X.V A TEXas ASYLUM. Terger Hughes Traced by a Portland Detective to Dallas. PORTLAND, Oe., April 15.— Detective Holsapple, who has been on the trail of John H. Hughes, a forger, since last No vember, had the satisfaction of learning yesterday that he was in safe keeping, even if beyond reach of arrest. Last No vember, after forging two eh. oks, Hughe**, who was employed as a telegraph oper ator, left for parts unknown. Both checks were drawn for $-0. One of them was on the Bank of London and San Francisco and purported to be signed by H. M. Guthrie. The second was on the Hibernia Savings Bank and bore the alleged signature of E. L. Powell, man ager of the Associated Press. He was traced from place to place, but could not be definitely located till Tuesday, when Detective Holsapple learned that he was in Dallas. He at once wired for his arrest, and yesterday received a reply that Hughes had been sent to the insane asylum from that city yesterday. LA GRAXDK TLOODED. Large Volume of Water Rushes Down Deal Canyon. . LA GRANDE. Or., April 15.— Deal Can yon poured out a large volume of water last night, and by 3 o'clock that part of the town around Depot street was under water. , Men and teams were put to work and the water was soon confined to the channel, but the sewers were unable to carry it off, and it was but a short time until the sidewalks, . outbuildings, etc., were afloat in th* vicinity of the M. E. church South and down to the Hotel Foley. Nearly all of the cellars in the business portion of town are full of water, while a good-sized stream is flowing be tween th* railroad tracks and Jtjferson avenue. A system of dykes has been put in on First street, diverting the water into Jefferson avenue, thence to the old chan nel. "• STANFORD-BERKELEY CHESS. First Intercollegiate- Game to Be Played To-Morrow at the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art. BTANFORD UNIVERSITY, Cal., April 15.— Stanford and Berkeley will play their first intercollegiate I game of chess next , Saturday, at 10 o'clock, in . Mark Hopnins Institute of Art. Mr. Huh of v the New York Chess Club will act as umpire. Ad mission to the chess tourney is by invita tion. C. Serpas, F. W. Kohler and Merle Johnson are . Stanford's ! representatives. Epstein, De Laguna and Parkhurst com pose Berkeley's team. Carlos Serpas of San Salvador will cap tain the chess team. He is a sophomore and a student in civil engineering. The training which' an engineering course ; gives has been undoubtedly of great bene fit to him. Serpas took up the game in earnest last summer, although he knew the moves several years ago. He plays a strong game and has no trouble in carry ing on two fames at the same time. He plays a good game blindfolded. He has improved greatly during the last few months in openings and the general tech nique : of "' the game. -. Last . year ha was president of the Stanford Press Club. Frederick W. Kohler of ' St. Helena, a student in education, is a member of the freshman class. He stands second in rank on the team.: As a player he is- careful, and several years' knowledge, of chess makes him a strong opponent. Kohler was a member of the St. Helena Chess Club before entering Stanford. .'Merle Johnson of Oregon City Is a senior, and takes history for a major study. He is perhaps better known as one of the editors of the art department of the Josh, and a member of Stanford's track team. Johnson plays a brilliant game, and has been putting up an especially vigorous game of late. RIGHT sTA.\TORD STUDEXTB. Selected for Positions in Departments of the Government. ■' STANFORD UNIVERSITY, Cal., April 15.— N. B. Scoti-ld '95. one of the brightest students yet graduated from the zoologi cal department of Stanford, has been en gaged by the United States Fish Commis sion to study the life history of the young salmon at the Olema State hatchery. The position is a desirable one and allows a chance for valuable research. Edwin C. Stark*, another Stanford, student, has passed an examination whicn will give him employment in the division of orni thology and mammology in the United States Department of Agriculture. He has made a special study of fish and gives promise of a bright future in the field of natural history. . . SPAXISH CROOKS AT CARSOS. Try to Work Upon Ex-Mint Superintend ent Hofer. CARSON. Nev., April 15.— 1t transpires that T. R. Hofer of this city, ex-Superin tendent of the Mint and cashier of the Bullion Bank, was one of the men that the Spanish confidence operators selected as a victim. They represented that a Some of the Active Supporters of the Women's Entertainment to Be Given in Petaluma. young lady relative of his had turned up in Madrid and was anxious to return to America to meet him. He next was in formed of her death and the leaving of $35,000 to him iv her will. He was also shown a letter from a priest corroborating the story. Her guardian wanted money, it said, to probate the will and square up certain legal complications. Her photo graph was also sent. Hofer wrote to the American Consul in Madrid and learned the fraudulent char acter of the whole transaction. The Con sul also states that he was in constant re ceipt of letters from the American victims of this gang of clever rascals. SANTA BARRARA SURPRISE. Unexpected Resignation of. Superior Judge Cope — Charles F. Carrier Favored for the Vacancy. SANTA BARBARA, Cal., April 15.— The resignation of Superior Judge Walter B. Cope, which was sent to Governor Budd last Monday, was entirely unexpected, ex cept to a few of the Judge's personal friends, and during the first twenty-four hours there was some lively work done among the members of the bar to fix upon bis successor. A number of lawyers whose Democracy, was vouched for got up petitions and obtained signatures asking for the appointment, and for a time it looked as though the contest would dis rupt the party here. Finally, however, the candidates stepped out one by one, until now there are only two names men tioned in connection with the . office- Charles F. Carrier "and W. S. Day, with the chances favoring th« former. This morning District Attorney Ogels bv, William Gallagher, Colonel John Hunter. Alston Hayne, ex-Assemblyman Caleb Sherman. Philip Stewart and one or two others wired the Governor that Car rier's appointment would best harmonize the factions in the party, and would be eminently satisfactory to the public gen erally. A- these gentlemen may be said to be the leaders of their party here this recommendation should have considerable weight with the executive. '. Mr. Carrier is a young man, and one of the brightest and ablest members of the Santa Barbara bar. . He is. exceedingly popular, and his friends are confident that he would make an ideal Judge. . SEARBVILLE LAKE TATA I. ITT. Melchior Duerst; Watchman and Keeper, — -. Is Round .Dead. '. REDWOOD CITY, Cal., April 15.-Mel-' chior Duerst, a watchman and keeper of Bearsville Like, situated; about six miles from here, one of the sources of supply oi | the . Spring Valley Water Works, was found dead this afternoon about 3 o'clock in a hole at the foot of the dam with his neck broken and hi* skull fractured. He had been missing since yesterday after noon about 4 o'clock. It, is. thought that be was probably taking a shower bath on tn too of the dam, where the water run* over it, and that he lost ' his balance and fall into the ? hole * below. Duerst was : a Swede and about 39 years of age. Santa Rasa Slander Suit Verdict. SANTA ROSA, Cal,,_ ADril 15.— The jury in . the case of .Miss Clara • Veir vs. Manuel Green to-day awarded the plain tiff $250 damages. The action was brought by th* young lady. to recover $10,000 dam ages for false and slanderous words uttered against her.by ... the defendant. The jury/ after being out all night unable to agree, compromised their differences at an eariy hour this morning on the above named amount THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL,, FRIDAY, APRIL, 16, 189,7. WILL IMPROVE FAIR PETALUMA Society Leaders to Raise Funds by Giving an Entertainment. Preparations for a Grand Min strel Show, at Which Sur prises Are in Order. Proceeds to Be Devoted to Beauti fying Streets and Squares of the City. PETALUMA, Cal., April 15.— The la dies of Petaluma are preparing the most interesting society event yet given here. Thoy are going to give a minstrel show in which none but ladies will participate, and a simper and a dance in Armory Hall will follow. The entertainment will be under the auspices of the Petaluma Ladies' Im provement Club, an organization that is doing a great deal toward beautifying and improving the streets and squares of the city. It is composed of the leading so ciety people of the city and is a most pro gressive and energetic association. The entertainment will be the great so ciety event of the season, and it is the first of its kind ever given in this State. No gentlemen have any connection with the arrangements, as they are under the personal arrangement of Miss Dacia Fair banks, assisted by ladies of the club. The entertainment will be given on April 27. The ladies in charge of the minstrel troupe are Miss Dacia Fairbanks, Mrs. E. Denroan, Mrs. H. H. Atwater, Miss Estelle Newbnrgh, Miss Sarah Cassiday, Miss Zne Fairbanks, Mrs. Hill and Mrs. F. H. Den m ani The keenest interest is being taken in the venture, and there is no doubt of its success. Rehearsals are held in strictest secrecy, and the evening's programme will be a surprise in more ways than one. The proceeds will all go to carry out the objects of the organization, and Petaluma streets and parks will soon chow material f evidence of the success of the ladies' idea. BOGUS SAN JOSE POLICEMAN. Young Mexican Attempts to Levy Tribute on Two Belated Boys and Lands Himself in Jail. * BAN JOSE, Cal., April 15.— Adolph Paraito, a Mexican, about 20 years old, was t.rrested to-day on a charge of imper sonating a police officer. Last night he stooped Earl Hardy and Arthur Main, boys 14 years of age, as tbey were return ing home from the theater, and told them they were under arrest for violating the 8 o'clock ordinance. Paraito walked the boys down to the City Hall, but said he would let them go if they gave him $1 each. He said, be would have to divide the money with the Police Judge in tbe morning. The boys agreed to get the money at their, homes and the would-be officer accompanied them. Young Hardy asked his father for $1 to save himself from jail, and the latter got out of bed to investigate things. When Hardy asked Paraito to show proof of his authority as an officer the young Mexican took to his heels and escaped. The police were furnished with a description and he .was arrested this morning. Paraito was arraigned before Justice Gas* and his trial set for April 19. Bail was fixed at $75. IWO ARRESTS TOR IX BAX LIT. Both Subjects Bad Been Indulging Too Treely its Liquor. B AN JOSE, Cal., April Thomas McCloskey, well known about the city as "Tommy the Lady," because of his apt ness at female impersonating in singing, was arrested to-day on a charge of in sanity. The accused ha* been drinking heavily for the past couple of weeks and that is no doubt the cause of his insanity. For the past year McCloskey has been acting as sexton at St. Joseph's Church. He is possessed of a desire to go about naked, and when arrested was divesting himself of his clothing on Vine street. He is a native of Ireland, aged about 40 years. Charles Coley is another man who was locked up to-day on an insanity charge growing out of a too liberal use of red wine. He is 45 years of age and a laborer by occupation. Wanted at Caetrotille for Burglary. SAN JOSE, Cal., April 15.— John Craig, a prisoner serving a thirty-day . sentence for vagrancy at th* County Jail, has been identified by Jailer Black as Archie Mc- Loud, who is wanted at Castroville for burglary. The man. admits his identity, but denies any knowledge of tbe burglary. The Castroville authorities have bean notified and they will come for McLoud at the expiration of his term. Xew fchoolhouse for Willow Glen. '•!'_ SAN JOSE, Cal., April 15.— The citizens of Willow Glen school district, which ad joins this # city on the south west, have voted to issue $4000 worth of school bonds to aid in erecting a schoolbouse in place of the one recently destroyed- by tire. The vote stood p7O to 15. The new building will cost $6600 and be up to date ■: in all particular:. Tbe -work of construction will commence at once. Riverside Murderer Captured. RIVERSIDE, Cal, April 15.— The County Jail of this county contains another murderer.-" The 11 man is a Mexi can named Anionic Austin. : • Austin, with a number of Mexicans and Indians, went on a drunk in this city Sunday •• and •' a fight ensued. Austin used* a club with such good effect that he crushed the skull of an Indian named : Angelo. The latter lived until Wednesday. Austin was ar rested to-day at Colton as he was attempt ing to get out of the country. DETACHED FROM MARE ISLAND. Commander McCalla Ordered to Newport to Assume Command of the War College There. VALLEJO, Cat... April 15.— Commander Bowman Hendry McCalla, U.S.N.,who for the past three years has creditably served the Government as equipment officer of the United States Navy-yard at Mare Island, was detached yesterday from duty there by Secretary of • the : Navy Long and ordered to assume command of the United States War College at Newport, R. L He will depart for the East in a few days, accompanied by his estimable wife and charming daughters. Mare Island and San Francisco society people will greatly miss the McCallas, for the social gather ings at their delightful home have served well to maintain- Mare Island's reputa tion for hospitality. It was at the Mc- Calla home that ex-Secretary of the Navy Herbert was entertained in such royal style a few years ago. * -'. .- .;-'. -/ Commander McCalla -is now number fifteen on the list of commanders. He graduated at the Naval Academy at An napolis November 30, ( 1861. having been appointed from New Jersey. The follow ing aro the dates of his promotion!*: July 16, 1862, midshipman; November 1, 1866, ensign; December 1, 186G, v ma*ter; March 12.1868, lieutenant; March 26. iB6O, lieu tenant-commander; 'November 3, 1884, commander. ; *.* On October 3. 1893, he was assigned to the post of equipment officii at the Mare Island Navy-yard, and his services in that capacity are highly spoken of by naval officials. During his administra tion an electrical department' has been established under his supervision, and the plant now consists of r-ome of the finest electrical machinery on the coast, capable of performing work never at tempted before on this coast. A more fitting assignment- to the naval war college could not have been made by Secretary Long than in the orders issued to Commander McCalla, as he is -the recognized author of a system of naval tactics. AX AXGRT WASHISGIOX JUDGE. latterly Scores the Governor. Oner a ! Commutation ' Case. 1 SEATTLE, Wash., April 15.— Recently Governor Rogers refused to. commute the death sentences of Murderers Carey and Straub to life imprisonment, though recommended so to do by the Board of Pardons, stating that he would only com ply upon the additional written request of the presiding Judge and; the attorney conducting the prosecution. This an- nouncement called forth a vigorous pro test from various Judges and prosecuting attorney*. Ex-Judge Thomas J. Humes, who presided at the trial of Carey,' in at open letter, bitterly criticizes the Gov ernor, saying: "If you desire to place upon me the re sponsibility whether this man William Carey, or any other man, shall live or die, I unhesitatingly say let the man live. I want the blood of no man on my hands." Governor Rogers to-day replied in part: "Upon receipt of a request from "you. signed also by : the attorney prosecuting the case, the sentence of William' Carey will be commuted to Imprisonment' for life." VISA LI AX DIES AT SELMA. Body of J D. Hyde . Round Sitting Up right in Hie Ku ,n\i. SELMA, Cal., April 15. -J. D. Hyde of Visalia died here at 6 o'clock -this even ing. "He came heie this morning on the train from Visalia and drove into the country. The buggy and horse came into town at. o'clock with Mr. Hyde sitting upright in the vehicle dead. . Death must bave come painlessly and within a few moments of his discovery. His wife came in on the train expecting 7to meet her husband and: is now. prostrated witn the shock. Deceased is a brother of R. E. Hyde, the Visalia banket. He was for many years registrar of . the land, office at Visalia and is well known throughout this section of the State. . Ballarat Murder Story Denied. RANDSBURG. Cal., April 15.— Allen Cook, a saloon man v at Ballarat, who has just arrived here,' says that he saw Lang don and Goldsmith Wednesday morning and reports both men, well. .He also states that there -is nothing in < any story that three men were murdered or 'found- dead in that section of the country. Vallejo Policeman Dies of Apoplexy. VALLEJO, Cal. , April 15.* —Ed ward Longan, a resident of _ this city for the past forty-sir years, died at bis home this morning from a stroke of apoplexy. For nearly a quarter,, of a century the de ceased was .a peace * officer.' He leaves a widow, ; several : children and a host of friends to mourn bis death.'-gHRBHSKj Coming Wedding at Santa Rosa. SANTA ROSA, Cal., April 15— Cards of invitation haye ■ been , issued by Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius . Shea . of •: this < city j for the wedding of their : daughter, Miss Emma Angela Shea, to ' William V. Tukey of Portland, Me. The ceremony will take place next Wednesday at the residence of the bride's parents. ? : > * .TO; CURE A' COLD IN ONE DAY. Take laxative ßromoQuinine Tablets. All drug into reiund tbe money uit tula to care, Übo EACH MAY SING A COUNTY SONG Unique Proposal at the Stockton W.C. T.U. Convention. Annual Election Results in the Choice of Mrs. Hyde for- President. Superintendents of the Various Departments Are Appointed and Confirmed. . STOCKTON, Cal., April 15.-This morn ing's session of the W. C. T. U. conven tion opened with devotional exercises, conducted by Mrs. Drace of Linden, after which the minutes of yesterday were read and adopted. The election of officers was the next thing in the order of ' business, but so many of the delegates were absent that it was passed over for a while. The State president, Mrs. Peet, gave the delegates an instructive talk' about ad vancing the work. She urged tbe taking of the total abstinence pledge and also favored the county delegation to the State convention learning a county song. • The election of officers was then taken up ano resulted in' the choice of the follow ing: Mrs. George Hyde of Woodbridge, president; Mrs. Agnes Cole of Linden, recording secretary; Mrs. Mayme Snedl gar of Stockton, corresponding secretary; Mrs. E. C. Allen of Lockeford, treasurer; Mrs. Annie Dunn of Linden, auditor; Mrs. Sarah Harry of Btockton, vice-presi dent at large; Mrs. Helen Goyette, first vice-president, and Mrs. M. B. Dunning of Woodbridge, second vice-president. The committee on nomination ap pointed the following-named superintend ents of departments, and the general con vention . this forenoon confirmed the appointments: Evangelistic work, Mrs. Drace of Linden; Sabbath observance, Mrs. S. L. Locke of Loekeford; mission meetings, Mrs. E. C. Allen of Loekeford; social purity, Mrs. Reynolds of Lathrop; hospital work, Mrs. Goldsworthy of Stock ton; flower mission, Mrs. Wright of Stockton; scientific temperance instruc tion, Mrs. Estes of Stockton; juvenile, Mrs. Davis of Linden; franchises, Mrs. Harry of Stockton; medal contest, Jennie Southworth of Stockton; hygiene and heredity, Mrs. Druilard of Linden; press work, Miss Turner of Stockton ; superin tendent of _ong missions, Alice Morrill of Stockton. HOT POLITICS AT STOCKTOX. I internists Win in City Convention* and Await the A. P. A, Ticket. STOCKTON, Cal., April 15.— For years past no such interest has been shown in a municipal .election as that which is to come off hereon May 18 next. At the last city election the A. P. A.'s, under the name of the Non- Partisans, car ried everything before them, but since then their strength has been waning, as was evidenced at the'last election for State Senator and Assemblymen. However, both the Democrats and Republicans re garded them as dangerous in city politics, and both the city committees of the old parties, decided to fuse and put up a ticket that could not be beaten. The Democrats, though strongest in their position by rea son of . the fact that the majority of the A. P. A.'.** were Republicans, made tbe overture and the Republican committee accepted the proposal. It provided for an equal distribution of the municipal offices and the Republican committee readily assented to a division, provided good men were put up on both sides, for the purpose of defeating the A. P. A.'s. . To-night the Republican and Demo cratic city conventions took place, and in the former there was war from the time the temporary chairman. called: the meet ing to order. The opposition to fusion was led by Arthur L. Levinsky and R. E. Wilholt. Levinsky urged the Republi cans to stand their ground and nominate a straight ticket, In a rattling speech that received cheers from the gallery and from the delegates he fought the fusion ists. The latter were too strong for him and nominated Arthur Ashley as chair man — the chairman of . the Democratic- Republican fusion committee. Tnen there was a hot fight. Police Judge Rendon moved to, adjourn until Saturday, to wait until the Non-Partisans and Democrats bad nominated their tickets. This was bitterly fought, but eventually .carried, and the throng filed over. to the hall where the Democrats were meeting. Then there was a love feast. The programme of the fusionists was carried out to the letter, and the Demo crats, too, adjourned until Saturday morn ing, in pursuance of the programme. AH this was done to see what the A. P. A. will do to-morrow night at its convention, and then both Democrats and Republi cans will be in a better position to pick out fusion candidate-*. There will proba bly be the liveliest fight . ever known in municipal politics. . THE EP WORTHS ADJOURX. W. H. Young Elected President and Numerous Resolutions Adopted. STOCKTON, Cal., April 15.— The Ep worth League Convention of the Oakland district has completed- its labors and the interesting session adjourned. Yester day afternoon W. H. Young of this city was elected district president for the en suing year. The committee on resolutions, consist ing of J. i H. N. Williams, j Mrs. Eva. Van Vlear, Miss Mabel Hard wick, W. S. Gooch and J. W. Warren, submitted a very com prehensive report. It recommended that the papers read be printed that church publications be subscribed. for; suggested a conference league biennially; denounced Sunday desecration;. urged increasing war far* upon the saloon ; congratulated the Christian Endeavor societies on this coast for securing the international convention of this year for San Francisco; thanked Dr. Berry of the Epworth Herald, Dr. Mc- Creary, Dr. J. D. Hammond and the of ficers -of this - league, and finally recom mended' that the other societies of tn* Methodist church coalesce with the Ep worth League. *v^9^-_f^^^^^^^Hß| STOCKIOX CHURCH TROUBLE Rirst ■ Presbyterian Congregation Split - on the Retirement of Pastor Phelps. ' STOCKTON, Cal., April ; 15.— There ". is dissension in _ the First . Presbyterian Church of this city. The congregation! is split over the action of the presbytery in retiring the ! pastor, Rev. Philo Phelps. Those who were dissatisfied declare that there is no troth in the rumor that Rev. Mr. ■'■ Phelps' conciliatory sermon, when Revs. McCreary and Mack in non were "burning up" ArchbishoD Riordan, had anything to do with his dismissal. They claim that it was because the pastor could not heal a breach in the fold, and because be would not comply with the wish of the elders in calling a general meeting of the church to discuss himself. -." ; ■"-'- Rev. Mr. Phelps. has bean one of the most earnest ministers that every preached in Stockton, but his Ideas were too liberal for some of the fold and his. thoughts too advanced for some of his congregation. NEWS OF LOS ANGELES. Alva Johnson Gives Sensational Testi- mony in the Trial of Kid Thompson for Train-Wrecking. LOS ANGELES, Cal., April 15.— sen sation in the Kid Thompson train-wreck ing trial came late last night, just before court adjourned, when Alva Johnson on the stand declared that he could not tes tify. He might, he said, if he were a free man, but under the circumstances he could not, and be did not. He insinuated that the prisoners at San Quentin were his but bears. To-day Johnson swung around all right for the prosecution and gave testimony against Thompson. How Johnson came to change his mind cannot be stated, but it is evident that be hopes by testifying against the defendant to secure immunity from bis life sentence . in the penitentiary and possibly a pardon. * Johnson, on direct examination, related the details of the. robbery, in which be asserted that he was assisted by Kid Thompson. He said that he stood at the open end of the siding and signaled to the engineer with burning weeds, while Thompson was at the south end, by the switching apparatus. He saw Thompson working with the lever, throw it open and leave the train to run on to the siding, and the forward part of the train over turned. The two bandits then fired sev eral shots, and told the conductor to get inside or he would get his head blown off. They went to the door of the express-car and ordered the messenger to open it. He refused to do, and then, Johnson says, he put the dynamite on the door sill. They took one of the men there, and going to the rear door of the car made the messen ger open it, and headed by the man se cured the money. Gets Custody of Her Bey. LOS ANGELES, Cal., April 15. -Mrs. Hulda Austin, mother of little Paul Mohler, a son by a former marriage to R. E. Mohler, is probably the happiest woman in Southern, California to-night. By an order of court this lady was awarded the permanent custody of her little boy. The child for several days had been in the possession of his father, the divorced hus band of Mrs. Austin. This morning the matter came before Judge Vandyke, who ruled that the case had no standing in his court. Mrs. Austin carried her prize glee fully away, to the regret of the Sheriff's office, as the deputies had become quite attached to little Paul. Johnson Libel Suit Mill on Trial. LOS. ANGELES, Cal.. April 15.—The libel suit of Evangelist Johnson against .the Fresno Expositor is still on trial in the Federal Court. Arthur Briggs, the chairman of the meeting held in a bank at Fresno, at which Jonuson was asked about his alleged utterance regarding .the chastity of Fresno young women, testi fied regarding that gathering this fore noon. ' Other witnesses were aiso on the stand. Sues ihe Electric Light Company. LOS ANGELES, Cal., April 15.— 1n the Superior Court T. F. Tedtord is suing the Los Angeles Electric Light Company for $25,000 damages. He alleges that April 1 the company ordered him to scrape some wires. He commenced to put tne order into effect, when he was struck by a louse and uninsulated wire and knocked to the ground, whereby he incurred mental suf fering and physical pain. San Luis Populists Meet, SAN. J.UIS OBISPO, Cal., April 15.— Tne , Populist Central : Committee met to day and ; Thomas j Pattison . was ejected permanent chairman. The former chair man, A. L. Hampton, was not present, and the committee took advantage of his absence and elected another member in his place. Los Angeles Matches Jeffries and Woods. LOS ANGELES, Cal., April 15.— April 27 is the date fixed for the biggest sporting event of the season. Jim Jeffries of the Los Angeles Athletic Club and Billy Woods of Denver, both professional heavy-wemhts, will come together here in a round go at Hazard's Pavilion. DURRANT AT SAN QUENTIN. He Accustoms Himself to the Monotonous Every- Day Life of the Big Prison. SAN QUENTIN, Cal., April 15.—Theo dore Durrant, whose execution will take place- on the 11th of June, is leading the same life as the other condemned convicts at San Quentin. He has lor comrades men who are guilty of revolting murders, one of whom is a maniac on religion. His days on earth are rapidly slipping away, yet he is still the same cool, collected criminal and exhibits the same uncon cerned air as marked his life in the County Jail in San Francisco. ,'. r/. --.. Only when his mother visits him at the prison does he break his reserve and show the feelings that are stored in his breast. The mother who has remained by him from the time of bis arrest to now, when the days are so swiftly fleeting and he must pay the penalty for the atrocious crime of which a jury of his fellow-men lound him guilty, he clasps ln his arms and showers with kisses. , Then, and only then, does be exhibit signs of .tenderness. His life at San Quentin has become monotonous. The same routine is gone through every day. He is allowed to read, but the San Francisco papers are denied him and he must be content with the pictorial weeklies published .in. the East. His appetite is not affected, in the least. He arises, about 6 o'clock, is allowed, to exercise a short time in the afternoon, and at 5 o'clock he is locked up for the night. Thus his days are spent. He is not allowed: any visitors hue bis mother. The prison authorities have no fear that he will attemptjsuicide. HILL'S TRIP TO EUROPE. Will Endeavor to Devise a Scheme to Capture a Portion of the Vast Oriental ■ Trade. SEATTLE, Wash, April 15.— Replying to a query as to whether he believed James J. Hill's mission to Europe to be with a view to bringing about a "consolidation "of the Great Northern and Northern Pacific roads. Judge Thomas Burke, chief counsel for the Great Northern's Western division, said: '*^JHfIW-I-HB^^ "I believe all these consolidation stories to be merely repertorial inventions. Mr. Hill, I am of the opinion, went to Europe for recreation, and while there, to see also if he cannot devise some scheme whereby he can divert that great volume of Oriental trade which has;. bo long been going to Liverpool and London via the Suez canal to the United States by way of a trans pacific route. :■'' "This has long been one of his chief am bitions, and he will, I think, accomplish it if the barbarous features of the Dingley tariff bill are eliminated. '' ♦'With the. right kind of a tariff the Pacific Coast can p : soon command prac tically all of the Japanese^ and Chinese business now going to Europe through the Suez canal, but we must not have any barriers in the way of excessive tariffs on Oriental products. Practically, all the Eastern United State* business and travel to the Orient can be thrown to the north ern transcontinental lines with ? improved transportation' facilities. Several years ago.Mr, Hill- told me that at no distant day he would be able to take a New York passenger.- and in four days' land him on an Orion ul steamer in the Seattle harbor," ARGO'S GHOST MADE STRONG MEN WEAK Reckless Murderer Who Begged Piteously for Freedom. Tramps in the Haunted Cell Would Promise Anything for Relief. James W. Cochrane, -District Attorney, Explains the Effect on Convict Baker. SAN RAFAEL, Cal., April 15.— ghost of William Argo, which prisoners claim haunt the corridors of the Mann County Jail, did not have an opportunity of exhibiting himself last night to cause the hair of some unfortunates to stand on end. Sheriff Harrison has some regard for the feelings of the prisoners under his care, and he did not compel any to pass the night in the haunted chamber. An old woman brought to the jail on the charge of insanity was confined in the cell during the day, but at night she was removed and the ghost was free to gam bol at will. A notable case where a prisoner saw the apparition occurred during Frank Haley's term as Sheriff. "Scotchy" Baker, a cold-blooded murderer who had assassinated a fellow-convict in the San Quentln prison in a hearties* manner, saw the ghostly visitor, and when con« fined in the haunted cell would com* mence yelling and screaming at 4 o'clock in the afternoon, begging to be taken out of the cell and put into another. At this time the visits of the ghost were something new, and the officials took lit tle stock in what the prisoners said. James W. Cochrane, who was District Attorney at the time, said to-day that Baker was one of the worst opium fiends in San Quentin. '.'He would set up a yell at 2 o'clock in the morning," said he, "and beg to be placed in another cell, where the .apparition could not haunt him. Baker's was not the first case. A number of tramps who were locked up begged most piteously to be released, offering never to come to Marin County or do anything for which they would again be locked in tbe cell. Baker is now in Folsom, where he is serv ing a life sentence." The cell to-day is deserted. All the prisoners are confined on the other side of the corridor, away from the ghostly vis itor that has furnished Marin County with a mystery which yet remains to bo solved. DASTARDLY CHIMB ALT OX A RIO. Mrs. MeTatridge Round Round, Gagged and Chloroformed. ONTARIO, Cal., April 15.— Mrs. J. W. McFatridge was discovered at her home this afternoon bound, gagged and chloro formed. A bloody knife lying near showed that she bad defended herself. She was wounded, but blood all over the house showed that she had cut her assail ant. She was unconscious at 10 o'clock to-night. The crime is supposed to be the work of tramps. There is no clew, but if the culprits are found they may be lynched. ■ mm. 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