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VOLUME LXXXII.-NO. 177.
DEPARTURE OF THE BEAR IS DELAYED Supply of Coal for the Trip Has Not Yet Arrived. ALL ELSE IS NOW IN READINESS. ftiptain Tuttle Receives the Instructions From Secre tary Gage. "CALL" SUPPLIES ARE PUT ABOARD THE CUTTER. When the Fuel Arrives No Time Will Bj Lost In Starting to Rescue the Whalers. t-pecial Dispatch to ]hk Call. WHALERS' MAIL. SEATTLE, Xov 23— Received this day from \V. A. Steel. ••tall" correspondent, one oox of mail weighing about 25 pounds, and containing letters a (dressed to the ice-Imprisoned whalers in the Arctic Ocean. 1 shall use every endeavor to have them delivered to the per sons addressed at the earliest possible moment. FRANCIS TUTTLK, C i plain «if Boar. SEATTLE, Wash.. Nov. 23.— T0-day ■ tin Francis Tutt.e, commander of the revenue cutter i> a ar, received the long of ficial letters of instructions from Secretary ■ that is 10 guide him in his efforts to | h the ;ce-;mpri-oned whalers in the 1 >orth. As the captain had already Ins letter in last Wednesday's Call, \ ■ -:ed it contents, it is vaiua nly hi so far as it is an evidence of his autnoriz ition to employ the necessary means to successfully carry out a perilous but humane expedition. Captain Tutile received another letter this evening from tn old AtasKan ex- I '.orer that contains a valuable sugges- When the overland party starts out, and it is necessary to employ native* to assist in ariviti .- the supply teams, he advises that women be included in the number. He says they are better workers than the males, can mend their clothes have a greater influence over the . Although Le had not thought of tins phase, Captain Tutiie's knowledge of the native^ is B icfc mat lie c;m readily ap preciate the suggestion, which will, no doubt, be acted upon. Unless the coal s> earner Rapid Transit ernves to-morrow morning it can be posi tively stated that the cutter Bear will not start on her northern crui-e on Thursday. Tiie s'pamer left Seattle on Friday last to go to Nanaimo to load and bring back - .'6O tons of coal for the Bear. Since then notaing has beer, heard of her, although she was expec.eJ in Sunday evening. Captain Wallace, who returned with th • Walla Waiia last ni.:ht from Victoria, Btates that r iieavy gale was blowing on the gulf of Georgia and that it would have been im possible for '.lie Rapi i Transit to have male any j rogress. As the coal must be hots'eu from the 'teanier to the Yir folly a day and a half will be con ned in transferring the fuel. f.-day two of the crew of the bear were discharged, but there are plenty of vol unteers anxious to t3ke their places. Wi:h the?" two exceptions the comple ment ol officers and seamen is complete, although there is just a possibility that Chief Engineer H. C. Whitworth minbt be succeeded by another, lie is willing and almost anxi us to make the cruise, but the repeated p.eadings of a devoted wife are beginning to make him weaken in hisde.e mination to assist in getting the cutter as near Point Barrow t hi- win terastheice floe* will permii. It i, be lieved that if he intimates a desire to be relieved from this special duty that i:i request would be granted by the depart ru ( n t. Lieutenant E. P. Bertholf arrived in this city to-nig it, i nd to-morrow Lieuten ant David H. Jarvis is expectel to reach Seattle. After opportunity is had to con- Fult with Lieutenant Jarvis, the personnel of the lar.d expedition will be decided upon by Captain Tuttle. This has been a bus-y day at Arlington Dock. Wagon after wagon has been dis charging the special stores furnished , by 3he Call for the wardroom officers 01 the cutter. Be.'ore these supplies are en tirely ioaded aboard the B.*ar ti-morrow additional ones for the crew will arrive from San Francisco. The sp cially made fur clothing, chamois and silk underwear, muckiocks, and, in fact, every art cle necessary to form a complete outfit for the officers and members of the land expe dition, which are being furnished by The Ca l. will aiso be delivered to-morrow. / addition, 200 rations for the whaier.i A c taken on. The box of letters «d --\ -d to tue imprisoned whnlers which «\ ' forwarded ,rom ban Francisco by THE Call, were to-day delivered to Captain Tutiie. As they contain words of hope and tiicou-agement from loving relatives and friends to an imprisoned army oi rr.en, evry possible effort will be made by Captain Tutile to see that they an paced in the liands of the poor unfortu nates, now ice-bound in the Arctic, before the gloom of despair has settled upon them. Two medical chests were received to-day for tiie Bear expedition. They ro i thin such artic.es as will b valuable to the men constituting the land expedition and also f<>r use when tue imprisouei whalers are reached. The San Francisco Call DURRANT'S HOPE FROM BLANTHER Wrote That He Slew Blanche Lamont and Minnie Williams. ANXIOUS TO SAVE THE ACCUSED. Rather Startling Message Left by the Murderer of Mrs. Langfeldt. THE WRITING SEEMS TO BE GENUINE. But There Is Little Probability That the Fugitive Suicide Committed the Crimes Admitted. Special Dispatch to The Call. HOUSTON, Tex., Nov. 23— special to i he Pot from M >rgan, Tex., says: Joseph E. Blanther, alias Forbes, m mitted suicide in the Meridian jail in tins county on March 2 last. Developments of the past few days I brine to light the fact that Blantiier was j the self-confessed perpetrator of even ! more startling crimes than was the mur der of Mrs. Langfeldt in San Francisco, for which he was huntei. While Blan ther was incarcerated in the Meridian jail j there was also a fellow-prisoner named ! Pitt?, who was ai rested on some minor charge and occupied ihe ceil adjoining that of anther. Pit;s is a farmer who i now lives near Jredeil, in this county, and j is known to have conversed with Blan- I trier during his two or three days' con finement. In a Jeiter to Word. Dill ar it Word, attorney of Meridian, under dale i of November 22, Mr. Pitts incloses a letter I Iroru Blanther and says : '•I have been looking through some papers that I had on rile in the jail at Meridian and I rind the inclosed sheet, which speaks for itself. The papers al- ] I tided to here worked through *a' hole in j my pock? i. hence the delay in no: discov ering them sooner. 1 now remember that j i Forbes or Blanther asked me on the eve». ins he took the poison ; which coat was mine of several thru were hanging in the cell he occupied. I never thought further of the question he asked until 1 found the letter he wrote. I tend it to you for the reason that you best know whom to notify in California. I hope that it may be worth something to you in the way of saving Durrani of California, who, I understand, is sentenced to death for killing Miss Lamont." Following is t:.e lilanther Jetter: "Meridian Jail. "To Mr. Pitt* : As this is my last day on earth I wish to say that I cannot die without telling a truth. I murdered Mrs. Langfeldt;. also Blanche Lin:ont and Minnie Williams. I put this in your coat pocket and hope you will rind it in time to save th* life of Durrani. It may also be of service to Mr. Womack in getting his reward money. I want you to have my watch for your kindness to me. You have my best wishes and I hope your troubles will end, but not a« mine. "BLAXIHEE i'ORBES." The letter written by Blaniher was compared with a letter written by him to County Treasurer Randle while he (Blanther) was teaching school at Kop perl, this county, and the identification is pronounced to be beyond doubt. Cashier Rudasill of the First National Bank of Meridian says it compares favorably with Blanther's handwriting, while others have hesitancy in pronouncing the last as written by Blantber. The orieinal writ ten confession i* tow in toe possession of Word, Diliard & Word of Meridian, who will notiiy the San. Francisco officials of the startling confession. Relieve It Untrue. Local police authorities are not in clined to place much credence in the i story. They say the thing is impossible, or if -uch a letter was found it is a hoax. MURDERER DUNHAM CAUGHT. >t Last a Man Alleged to Be the No torious Fugitive Is in Jail in Arkansas LITTLE HOCK, Ark.. Nov. 23.— A bpetiil io the Gazette irorn Van Buren, Ark., gays: City Marshal Charles Wei s of Salisbury made what is thought to be an important arrest here to-day, when lie c>T,tured J. C. Durham, al.as James Bu lord, wait led in Santa Clara County, Cai., fo- !he murder of Colonel :md Mrs. R. P. Mc<Jlincy, Mrs. H;i";e Dunham, Misa Minnie Schessier. J X We. ls and K. M.. Briscoe on May - J6, ISS&. Tiie crime was committed for 'he pur pose of robbery, and, owinc to the promi nence of the families, a reward of $11,000 lias been offered lor tne r-rrest and convic sion of Dunt.ain. J. a L nton. Sheriff of Santa daa County, v.as notitici and wired instructions "10 Marshal Wells to hold Dunham until complete identifica tion papers could be forwarded from Cali fornia. TO BLOCKADE CONSTANTINOPLE. What the Powers Propose to Do if Turkey Refuses to Withdraw / roops from Crete. LONDON. Nov. 23.— The Rome corre spondent of the Duly Chronicle Says: The report is coniirmtd that the powers have decided to Uocka'ie Constantinople in case Tuikev refu-es to withdraw her troops from Crete ami to accept a Euro peau Governor of the island. SAX FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY MORNING, NOVEMBER 24, 1897. LEAPS FROM A TRAIN ON THE DESERT Santa Fe Passenger Be comes Suddenly Insane. THROUGH A PULLMAN CAR WINDOW. Jumps to What Seems Like Certain Death, but Es capes Unscathed. DISAPPEAR?. PURSUED BY MYTHICAL FOES Will Die of Thirst If Not Soon Found by Parties of Searchers. Special Dispatch to The Call. LOS ANGELES. Nov. L' 3 —A. R. Rob erts will probably d:e of thirst on the Mojave desert. He was a passenger on the westbound Santa Fe overland. At an early hour this morning he jumped ! through the window of a Pullman car. The train was tr.en seven miles east of Siberia station, on the desert. Roberts had become suddenly insane. During the day previous he had demeaned himself in a perfectly- lucid manner, but during the night he acted strangely. He was laboring under the hallucination tint he was be ne pursued by enemies who : were intent on taking his Hie. Every effort was put fonh Ijy the pac sengeis and train men to appease him, but he refused to be quieted. He was bein^ watched, b;u while the passenger guarding him was ob taining some water Roberts jumped through the window. He was clnd only in his undershirt ami must have been badly cut up by contact with the glass of the window frame. He took a blanket with him. Conductor Halliban stopped the train as soon as he learned of the incident and a searching party was sent back to lind, as they supposed they would, ttie dead body of the insane man. Bat the wi;d jump had not killed him, and he had wandered off into the dark ness. A short search was made, but he could not be found. Laier the blanket which he had carried with him was found at Siberia station. A gang of :-ftction men has been out to make an eff jrt to save the man. He cannot live long on the desert. If he is not found within twenty-four hours will die of thirst. Nothing is Known of Rob erts beyond his name. He was bound lor San Francisco, and was about 40 year* of ai;e. He was from the East, but from just wuat point has not been learned. NEWS OF THE DAY. Weather forecast for San Fran cisco: Fresb westerly winds Wednesday. FIRST PAGE. Call Sustained at San Jose. Bear Waiting for Coal. Will B anther Clear Durrant? Maniac Leaps From Train. SECOND 'PAGE. Los Angeles Schoo' Scandal. Santa Clara's Prize Poultry. Real Estate Review. THIRD PAGR. Spanish Troop* in Cuba Starve. A (iirl Student Missing. Naval Reserve Valuab.e. FOURTH PAGE. D xon's Mystery Not Solved. Miners Lost on th" Desert. Soldier Shows His Scars. A Traitor Betrayed Chile. Why Kirk Shot. Mandeibaum. FIFTH PAGE. Pugilistic Items. Marshal's Partners to Parade. Farmer Shoots Two Foes. The Boulevard Piebt SIXTH PAGE. Editorial. Judjje Loriean's Case. The San Pedro Appropriation. A Chance for the Law. What Are Administration Measures? Editor His O vn Compositor. Personals and Queries. SEVENTH PAGE. News From the Water Front. Raise Boys to" Hatchet Men. Valley Road's Annual Report. EIGHTH PAGE. The Football Situation. NINTH PAGE. Racine at Oakland Track. At me Doll Fete. TENTH PAGE. Commercial Intelligence. ELEVENTH PAGE. News From Across the Bay. Blair Saw Durrant Alive. Lavicne Refuses Walcott. TWELFTH PAGE. Aiding Prisoners to Escape. THIRTEENTH PAGE. Births, Marriages, Deaths. FOURTEENTH PAGE. The Jenks Court-Martial. A Tramway for Cliiicoot. Footpads Apply Tlieir Trade. A Fighting Superintendent. SANTA CLARA GRAND JURY SUBMITS THREE REPORTS SCORCHING THE BOODLERS CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION AN EXPENSIVE LUXURY. SAN JOSE, CAL., November 23, 1897- The most expensive luxury in which a city can indulge is corrupt munici pal government. It ( cuts in all directions, at the wealth and prosperity of all classes, devouring revenue, degrading the public conscience, discouraging business interests and driving away the best kind of citizens. There is no use in advertising our glorious climate if we have a polluted moral atmosphere. A few months .ago one of the San Jose dailies denounced certain mem bers of our city government, accusing them of foul crimes and all-around cor ruption and challenging them to either resign their positions or commence proceedings for lib;li No resignations nor libel suits have been heard of, and these men are still Administering the affairs of the city. Perhaps these are noble and honorable men. Who knows? There are ugly rumors flying in all directions about other off! rials. Many of these rumors are probably false, but they suggest the necessity of a searching investigation that shall vindicate the righteous and overthrow the corrupt. Then let us join our forces at the approaching election and secure for San Jose the purest and most effui-'nt municipal government in the State. Let THE CALL probe and publish fearlessly. Agitation is a great purifier. No honest man need be afraid. Pastor Second Presbyterian Church. "THE CALL" IS SUSTAINED BY THE FINDINGS Juror Carroil Is the Most Severe, but Even the Sworn Friends of the Gang Cannot Give Public Approval to Its Corrupt Practices* SAN JOSE, Nov. -'3.— With each pass ing hour, a- the irv.enso excitement dies away, public feeling Lecomes more and more severe in criticism oi Judge Lori gan's unca'leil-for and unjust tongue lashing o-f Grand Juror 'J. W. Carroll yesterday. It is now pointed out that the Judpe himself admitted hu bad no power of punishment, even if there had been lezal proof that Carroll had disclosed Grand Jury sec:ets. The Judy's language on this point wasa^ follows: "This inves-tigation is wilelv for the pur jiose ot d'-terniining tli« lutnre proceed ings which may be had, and not for the purpose of inflicting any punishment, be cause the court has no power to punish a ] juror in this particular matter. "There is no legal evidence to convict I Juror Carroll Delivers His Minority .Report to Judge Lorigan. I because the juror has declined to answer." In view of the fact that there was no ! proof that Carroll had committed any i offense, and the lurther fact that the court had no iesal ri^ht to use the abusive lan guage heaped upon Carroll, the latter ha.s been urged by his friends to bring suit for slander against the Judge. When Mr. Carroll was spoken to he ad mitted that the matter had been dis cussed, but said he had not come to any determination regarding it. No time was lost by the grand juror* in octiiiß upon Judga Lcrigan's suggestion that they wind up their business at the earliest possible day. They made their final reports to-day and were discharged. In the majority and minority reports filed references were made to the transac tions that had occurred in the Grand GRAND JUROR THOMAS W. CARROLL. ! Jury room, which bore out and subst:m --1 tiated all the facts thai have heretofore ; bean stated in The Call. The new Grand Jury will not be drawn until early next month. It is the purpose of these w.'io were ac tive in securing the adoption of the new San Jose charter to see ihat this body is composed of men who will not be swerved Irorn their duty. It is not unlikely that some of thematnbers of the Grand Jury \ that went out of existence will appear before the new inquisitorial body. One of the most infliential pastors of | the city of ban Jose, Rev. Dr. McLaren | of the Sjcond Presbyterian Churcu, was induced, a ter some urging, to give his views on good municipal government in connection with the crusade that The Call is now carrying on. Rev. ! Dr. JHel/ireri has always taken a i de°p interest in effecting political I reforms from a moral standpoint, and is j aimitted to 03 a considerable factor in the j Ideal field of politics. In a sermon last j Sunday the pastor of the Second Presby terian Church delivered a sermon on "Daniel in the Lions' Den." Ho referred to the piottincs of the ror ruptionists 01 Chaklea against Daniel for his tc> faithful guarding of the public treasury, how the ancient political bood lers finally determined to get rid of him by thrusting him into the lions' den and how the lions refused to devour or even injure him. He applied the Biblical story to the political situation in i his city, saying that wiiat was needed here was another Daniel, ! and he added that if Mien a man appeared '• and was cast into the metaphorical lions' | den of Ban Jose he would undoubteily escape as d*d Daniel of old. Through a telegraphic or typographical PRICE FIVE CENTS. error It was made to appear in the columns of to-d3y's Call that Judge Lorigan had made an effort to stOD the unseemly ap plause which greeted his undignified abuse of Grand Juror Carroll, when in fact the Judge made no effort in that direction, but showed gratification at the demonstration made by the rag tag and bobtail element of the "gang.' 1 THE GRAND JURY CLOSES ITS WORK Not Even the Majority Can Overlook the Gang's Derelictions. Carroll Hits Out From the Shoulder, and Is Able to Defend Hmself. SAN JOSE, Not- 23.— Acting on the urgent suggestion of Judge Lorigan maue yesterday during the sensational proceed ings in his court, the Grand Jury con cluded its deliberations to-day and filed its final reports with the court, who then discharged them. In the different reports filed will be found full corroboration of the statements published as facts in the columns of The Call for the past week. Treating of the Justice's courts, the ma jority report, which is signed by Na thaniel Cook (foreman), James T, Rucker (secretary), henry Swickard, Simon