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Father Serda's First Belief
Echoed by Oakland |
Public Opinion.
When the Reverend Father Serda* said
yesterday morning he believed the fire at
the Sacred Heart Church, at Fortieth
and Grove streets, in Oakland, to be of
Incendiary origin the belief did not come
from any knowledge of enemies to the
cnurch, but rather because he could not
otherwise account for the fire. He said
y**.terday afternoon he did not have an
that he knew of and his oniy rea-
Ti v that he knew of and his oniy rea*
sj"*!!or believing the fire was of incend
iary origin was because it started on the
outside of the church. He has no suspi
cion oi any particular person being con
nected with the act. _s?_a
Father Serda feels the loss of the
church very keenly, as he has worked
almost night and day to bring it to com
pletion, and- just as it was about to be
freed from debt it was destroyed. Twenty
years ago it was dedicated and now all
that remains is the insurance money,
amounting to $10,200, of which $3000 is
owing by the church.
Father Serda said it was too early to say
exactly what would be done in the future
regarding the church, but he believed
that sufficient money would be raised by
the people to rebuild the edifice.
A meeting was held at the church of
St. Francis de Sales last night, at which
there were present members of all the
parishes in Oakland, and preliminary
steps were taken toward raising a fund
for the unfortunate parish. This meeting
was the first of several that will be held,
and it is expected sufficient money will be
guaranteed to enable Fathers Serda and
Scanlan to begin rebuilding at once.
Father McSweeney was elected chair-
an in the absence of Father Serda. He
stated the object of tne meeting, said that
Uniied States gold coin was the best
sympathy and opened a subscription list
I jr. Maher, Father McSweeney and J. T.
AWm headed the list with $ioo sub
'•■h-sand twenty-fives followed, until
the^ reached $1320. There will be a
meeting again next Sunday, at the
same place, at 2:30 o'clock, when more
subscriptions will be solicited. The
meeting was enthusiastic, and it was
decided to rebuild the church and residence
better and larger than before. The
'ichool-c'nil-ren will go to Sl Francis de
tales or Sisters of Mercy on Fortieth street
rid Telegraph avenue. '
I The opinion regarding incendiarism
The San Francisco Call
voiced by Father Serda finds echo in
many parts of the city, and the belief pre
vails that the fire was caused by some one
who wished to work an injury to the
Had a Gay Time While He
Was Away and Is Weary
of Whitehall.
So It Is Evident That Dora Is
In No Hu-ry to Return to Her
Aged Husband.
; •special Pispatch to The Call.
NEW YORK, Nov. 25— A Valley View.
[ Ky., special to the Herald says: Events
, h**v* followed each other very fast at
'. Whit. hall. Gradually the good people
of the neighborhood have begun to talk
| above whispers. It is said that when Gen
{ era! Clay went to Cincinnati about a
; month ago to have his eyes treated he left
j his child-wife at the home of Mr. Bicker
' staff, a neighbor, who had a girl about the
: age of Dora. While the general was away
j his wife went to parties with Mr. Bicker
; staff's daughter and met many young men
j of the neighborhood.
When the general came home he found
j that the little _;rl he had so fondly
I watched over had suddenly become a
I woman and that Whitehall no longer had
j charms for her. His guards told him of
i her party-going and amusements. . He
chiaed her and said it must stop. It is said
that he summond a young man to White
hall, but the youth concluded it was best
to widen the space between himself and
the former Minister to Russia.
The report of youne Bryant taking
poison has developed the feet that he is a
brother of Mrs. McClelland Richardson.
He is staying at the home of Mrs. Clay's
brother. He is about 20 years old, of
I manly r.hy-ique, and just such a young
I man as woulu sympathize with a young
girl of a romantic tarn of mind. Mrs.
C-ay is seemingly as happy as can be at
her brother's cabin. She evades questions
as to her future, but says she means to
have a good time and see the world. She
will not say that she will return or that
she will not.
The Administration to
Give Fresh Offense
to the Diet.
I Concessions to Americans
That the Central Republic
Must Not Jeopardiza.
Rear-Admlral Walker Makes Final
Arrar.g ments for the Work of
the Commission.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
NEW YORK, Nov. 25— The adminis
tration has taken steps in '.he mater of
diplomatic representation in Central
America, says tbe Herald's Washington
correspondent, that is expected to give
fresh offense to the Diet of the Greater Re
public. Besides directing Captain Merry ,
to take oath of ollice as Minister to Nicar
agua, Costa Rica and Salvador, the State
Department has insened, in the diplo
matic and consular bill &a estimate for a
Minister not for the Diet, as the latter de
sired, but for the three states referred to.
1 wan told by a department official to
day that tbe diplomatic relations would
b*» continued with a representative
of the Diet in Washington, but the admin
istration has no intention of jeopardizing
the interests of this Government in the
Nicaragua Canal by recognizing the Diet
and thus giving Nicaragua a chance, as
the officials believe, to evade her responsi
bility in connection with this enterprise.
Captain Merry having taken the oath
and qualified for his new office, has re
turned to San Francisco, to make arrange
ments for leaving for his post, It is ex
pected that he will sail for Costa Rica
about December 15. Fre-h representations
are being made to the Del on the subject,
with the hope that it will agree to Captain
Merry's reception by the other states of
his mission.
Rear- Admiral Walker, president of the
X caraguan Canal Commission, called at
the State Department yesterday to make
final arrangements in regard to the work
of the commission upon its arrival in
Four Deputies Jailed in Connection
With the Attempt to Kill Presi
dent Moraes,
Copvrieht, 1897, by James fiord Bennett.
BUENOS AYRES. Nov. 25 —The Her
ald's correspondent in Rio Janeiro, Bra
zil, telegraphs that four more deputies
have been arrested in connection with the
attempt on the life of President Moraes.
The Journal de Commercio announces
that the Rothschilds of London have given
a credit of $10,000,000. On the strength of
this announcement Brazilian stocks rose
7 pence, but afterward fell to 731-32, where
they remained firm.
The correspondent of the Herald in Rio
Janeiro says that the Italian Legation
there has received information from
Espirito Santo to the effect that many Ital
ians have quit the country, fearing fur
ther trouble from th» people.
Dr. Rarowitza of the Belgica Antarctic
exploring party has arrived at Punta
Arenas, where he is arranging for the ar
rival of the expedition. He states thai the
object of the expedition is not to reach the
pole, but to reach the open sea discovered
three years ago by the whaler Jason, off
the coast of Victorialand.
»<jro Ihief Allot bit a Hob.
WAYCROSS, Ga, Nov. 25.— J. Johnson,
a negro who had- been arrest d for steal
ing a mule, was taken from the officers
who had him in custody, near Screven,
to-night and shot to death by a mob.
Iwo Severe Earthquake* .
BUCHAREST, Nov. 25.— There were
two severe earthquakes here at 1:45 this
morning. - No damage was done. -
Widow of the Suicide
Talks of His Many
Thinks Mrs. Langfeldt's Slayer
Killed Blanche Lamontand
Minnie Williams.
Watched for the San Francisco
Papers and Often Mentioned
Theodore Durrant.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
FORT WORTH, Nov. 25.— Mrs. Forbes,
or lilanther, the widow of the suicide who
is alleged to have ieft a confession say
ing that he committed the Emmanuel
Church murders in San Francisco, said
"It is all clear to me. Arthur Forbes
murdered the three women — Mrs. Lang
felt, Blanche Lamont and Minnie Wil
liams. lam convinced that the man who
was once my husband, and who proved to
be such a monster, did it all. The evi
dence I possess regarding Forbes' con
nection with the California case
would be enough to convict him of
the crime in any court in the land
and to free Durrant. 1 remember now
thai he u.ed to read every newspaper that
he could find, and was especially anxious
regarding -San Francisco newspapers,
whenever he could find one. Then I did
not understand it, but it has all been
cleared up to me since.
"We discussed the notorious San Fran
csco murders, and my husband and my
self several times talked of Theodore
J)nrran>. Ho said he had been introduced
to Minnie Williams and BlancSf*? *.amom
by Durrant. 1 noticed the unusual inter
est he displayed in tne matter at the time,
and since the appearance of his confession
it is clear to me that he was constantly on
the watch.
"I was but a girl when I met him in
Kentucky, where I was at school. He
was many years my senior, but his courtly
manners, military bearing and excellent
conduct captured me. He was highly edu
cated and was a pleasing writer. After
I left the Kentucky school I returned to
my Texarkana home. My relations were
such that I found it more congenial to go
to Little Rock and accepted a place in a
dry-goods store. There I again met
Arthur Forbes and we were married. He
won my affections, made me an unhappy
woman and cause I me many regrets.
"In 1893 he took me to the World's Fair.
We afterward went to Europe and visited
London. Liverpool, Vienna and other for
eign places, i met his relatives and found
they were prominent and distinguished
people. After our return we went to
Kopperl, near Meridian, where we taught
school. There be made life miserable for
me. 1 finally lost respect for him and it
was mere accident that I escaped with my
life. A scar on my forehead and a
bullet which yet remains in my head
tell the tale of how the man tried to kill
me. He shot at me three times, the first
bullet making a flesh wound in the front
part of my head and the last plowing
its way into my scaip. He tod me the
shootine was accidental, but I couldn't
believe him. He went to Kopperl in
August of last year and I left him in
"I now have two trunks in San Fran
cisco which were secured by officers in
their investigations of the -Durrant case.
My husband frequently talked to me of
Durrant with whom, he said, he had been
intimate He said he was a civil engi
neer and wrote a great deal. He came to
America in 1880. He was in the Austrian
army and was male a lieutenant.
"When my husband came back from
San Francisco be carried always on his
person a pistol and his anxiety to sec the
San Francisco papers, as 1 say, was cou
sp ciiou*."
Mrs. Forbes telegraphed to Durrant as
follows: "Keen courage. I believe you
are an innocent man and I will furnish
the San Francisco officials with my evi
A telegram was received here to-day for
her asking if A. L. Tubbs, one of Dur
rant's attorneys, bad been in this city,
and adding that Tubbs was missing from
San Francisco. Ward, Dillard & Ward, the
Meridian lawyers, to whom the suicide's
alleged confession was handed, have com
pared the handwriting with the letters
written by Forbes or Bianther before his
arrest, and to-day they gave out a state
ment that they are fully convinced that
tbe confession is not counterfeit.
fatal ton*' queue- of a Celestial's At
um-nt io Ku'eape Arrest.
SACRAMENTO, Nov. 25.— A colored
man named Green shot and killed a Chi
naman at the house of Robert Coons, near
Elk Grove, to-day. On Tuesday last
Frank Coons was poisoned by drinking
liquor he bad purchased from a China
man, and Green had been deputed by
Constable Springstead to watch the
Coons residence for the return of the
Green this morning left his pc**t for
about an hour and when he returned
found a Chinaman in the liou*e. The
Celestial started to run and Green, after
ordering him to stop, opened lire . and in
flicted a wound from which death resulted
an hour later. *'
The dead Chinaman is not the one who
sold the poisoned liquor to Frank Coons,
but is believed to nave been in collusion
with him, and either contemplated poison
ing the rest of the family or committing
robbery. Green la now in jail in this city.
To Protect the Presid
ing Officer He Is
Fenced In.
An Attempt Made to Tear Herr
Abrahamovics From the
Five Dally Vienna Newspapers
Confiscated by Order of the
Special Dispatch to The Call.
VIENNA, Nov. 25.— When the lower
House of the Reichsraih reassembled to
day, after adjourning yesterday from the
scene of unprecedented disorder, all the
Ministers were present and the approaches
to the presidential tribune were blocked,
doors having been erected since the dis
graceful fighting of yesterday in and about
the tribune and throughout the hou-e.
The entrance of the President of the
Chamber, Dr. Abrahnmovics, was the sig
nal for loud and ironical salutations,
which were followed by vehement Leftist
shouts of "Shame!"
Dr. Abrahamovics made an attempt to
speaK, but Dr. Wolff, the German Na
tionalist leader, interrupted him byshout
ine, "Some one else must take the chair,
not this swindler!"
Herr Schoenerer, the leader of the sec
tion of the German Opposition, then yelled
at the top of his voice, "I demand the
right to sneak, which I am entitled to!"
Thereupon Dr. Wolff retorted, "There
is no such thing as right in this House. It
is trodden under foot by his Mamalukes."
As tbe uproar which followed showed
every sign of t increasing, Dr. Abraharao-,
vies adjourned the house at 3 o'clock,
amid a storm of "hurrahs" and "bravos."
The sitting was resumed at 3:30. Imme
diately the Lifiists commenced a tre
mendous din, in the midst of which the
German Centrist, Count Falkenhyn. con
ceived as a happy idea a proposal to cow
obstructionists by threatening their pock
ets. He moved that for the future disor
derly members might be suspended for
three days by the President or for thirty
days by the House, during which their al
lowance should be stopped, while mem
bers refusing to leave the chamber when
.•quested might be forcibly expelled.
The speech was interrupted with con
tinuous uproar, Herr Wolff shouting:
"Lei's pitch the blackguards out
The President immediately called for
order. Finally Herr Wolff stationed him
self directly in trout of the President's
tribune and began a shrill whistle.
While the tumult was at its height
Herr Abrahamovics declared that he re
garded the motion of Count Fa kenhyn as
a necessary measure of self-defense and
called for the voting. The whole right at
once arose, and the President declared the
motion carried. A number of Duputies
then began clamoring on the President's
platform, whereupon he seized his bell
and left the House.
After a sbort interval he returned and
began to address the Chamber, but his
voice was drowned in a torrent of Leftist
yells and shouts of "Get out 1" and
''Shame I"
Finally the sitting was suspended for an
hour, at the ciose of which President
Abrahamovics returned and announced
that in accordance with the wish ex
pressed id many quarters he had decided
to close the silting, to open again to
The scene., which are regarded as a par
liamentary coup d'etat, were witnessed
by the British Embassador, Sir Horace
Rumbold, and by Samuel L. Clemens
(Mark Twain), with other noted for
eigners. The motion of Count Falkenbyn,
former Minister of Agriculture, was car
ried by means of an evidently precon
certed signal between President Abraham
ovics and the Rightists, for no word of
the President's speech was audible.
This novel proceeding was greeted with
howls and jeers by the Obstructionists.
For a long time Count Badeni, the Pre
mier, stood calm and unmoved, but when
the disorder reached a climax both he
and the President sought safety from per
sonal violence in flight.
Five Vienna new-papers, including the
Neve Freie Pre.-ise and th * socialist organ,
Arbiter Za tung, in a dition to several
provincial journals, have been confiscated
for articles on Wednesday's proceedings.
Count Badeni had interviews with Em
peror Francis Josef last night and this
morning. To-day's hitting was delayed
while the carpenters built fences around
the president's chair. While this was go
ing on the assembled men indulged in an
imated discussions and jested about tne
"Presidential cage.'' The leaders of the
Opposition met this evening to decide
what steps should be taken in view of the
violation of the constitution, but no deci
sion was arrived at.
Turkey Begins Its Redress for the
Insults and 111 Treatment at
VIENNA, Nov. 25.— Dispatches re
ceived here from Mersina, Asia Minor,
announce that, as a result of the decision
of the Turkish Government to grant the
demands of Austria for r dress in con
sequence, cf the ill treatment of Herr
Brazzafoli, the agent of the Austrian
Lloyd Steamship Company at that point,
and, the subsequent insults complained
of by the Austrian Consul there, the flag
of Austria was duly saluated at Mersina
yesterday by the Turkish guns, with all
the ceremonial demanded by the Govern
ment of Austria.
He Will Start With the Bear
To-Day If He Can by
Any Possibility.
The Sooner the Ship Is on the Way to the
Arctic the Sooner Will Relief Be
Carried to the Whalers
Shut in by Ice.
SEATTLE, Nov. 25.— Captain
Francis Tuttle, commanding the
revenue cutter Bear, is making
every possible effort to sail north
to-morrow evening. He has been
delayed by the non-anival until
yesterday of a coal steamer. But
the coaling of the cutter was com
pleted to-night, and if the addi
tional work preparatory to sailing
is finished to-morrow the relief
ship will at once start for Port
Townsend, where several hours
will be consumed in procuring ship
chandlery and attending to cus
toms business.
SEATTLE, Nov. 25— It is confidently
believed by Captain Tuttle that an im
portant letter mailed him last Saturday
from the department at Washington will
certainly arrive to-morrow, so that there
will be no aelay on that account.
The commander of this most important
and hazardous expedition, which hopes to
take encouragement and food to the ice
imprisoned whalers in the Arctic Ocean,
is anxious to make a start. He realizes
that every day's time is of vital import
ance in pushing through the -ice floes of
Bering 6e_. : I' is safe to predict that the
'Bear will sail not later than Saturday
Lieutenant Jarvis, who is to command
the land expedition, was kept busy to-day
completing preparations for the long
trio he is soon to make. He is an excep
tionally, modest man and is reluctant
about expressing his views and hopes. He
will say, however, that he believes his
party will reach their destination and
that he proposes to exert every human
effort possible to make the expedition suc
cessful. While he will loliow the order
of the depaitment so far as they are im
perative, he believes that after the arrival
of the Bear in northern waters, and when
blocks ol ice impede her further progres*,
circumstances will very largely guide his
Captain Tuttle has abiding confidence
in the courage and judgment of Mr. Jnr
vis, who'has been his first lieutenant-
They will act in perfect harmony, and
considerable latitude will be allowed the
lieutenant. The latter believes that the
land party should contain but four or five
officers, with the addition of the required
number of natives.
The department has ordered Lieutenant
E. P. Bertholff and Explorer F. Klot
schoff to be of the party. A surgeon wilt
also accompany them, but as to who else
may be selected is as yet problematic
To-day First Assistant Engineer Speer
reported for duty to relieve Chief Engi
U Weather forecast for San Fran- 3
■**- Cisco: Fair Friday, with fresh |j
£ westerly winds. oj
£ Oakland Church Incendiary. 3
Jo Captain Merry's Mission. «
)? Trying to Save Durrant. 3
U Austrian Statesmen Rampant, oj
[o The Bear May Sail To-day. g
lf Jimmy Ryan Knocked Out. "oj
g The Bnlti mores Beaten. 3
Jo Good Americans Give Thanks, <*
jf San Jose Scandal. 3
g Fight for the Boulevard. 3
£ Eastern Football Games. ex
g The Great Football Game. 3
U Editorial. 3
}o The Edgar Contempt Case. "J
g Postal Savings Banks. 3
v An Arizona Aspiration. oj
C' ' 3
U The Baby in the Streetcar. o"
>o Personal. 3
U Filcher Says to Advertise, 3
£ Oppose Cuban Autonomy. 3
Jo Bound to Annex Hawaii. 3
£ Boy Bandit Sick in Jail. oj
5 Alameda County News. 3
g Races on Eastern Tracks. 5
U Racing Across tbe Bay. 3
>° Births, Marriages, Death*. oj
jo Thanksgiving Incident. 3
j" News of the Water Front, 3
(o Anxious Railroad Men. 3
neer H. C. Whit worth, who has been or
dered to report at Washington. On a spe
cial cruise a first assistant is permitted to
assume the duties of a chief.
A letter was received this afternoon
from Washington directing Captain Tut
tle to keep a lookout for the steamer Peli
can.' The department has been advised
by the Northern Pacific Steamship Com
pany that this vessel left Seattle on Oc
tober 12 loaded with lumber for Japan,
and that a recent cable from that country
indicated that the Pelican had'not been
reported. Considerable anxiety is ex
pressed by the company lest tne crew and
vessel might have met with some mishap.
In accordance with the request made by
the company the Secretary of the Treasury
has issued an order directing the revenue
cutters on the Pacific Coast to keep a sharp
lookout for the steamer that went to sea
about forty-four days ago. It is thought
possible that the Pelican may have
been disabled and put into Dutch Harbor
and in that event the Bear, which expect
to reach there in about ten days, will ren
der whatever aid is possible.
Severe Loss ; Attributed to
Either an Incendiary or
a Tramp.
Many of the Leading- Business
Structures of the Town Are
Reduced to Ruins.
Speclal Dispatch to Thk Call.
EUREKA, Cal.. Nov. 25.— A big fire vis
ited the town of Fortuna this morning at
2 o'clock, destroying Samuel Dickson's
jeweiery store, Chauncey Langdon's real
estate office, Jones it Loring's drti; store,
William Hunt's opera-house and confec
tionery store and Dr. I. C. Bush's office.
The flames were discovered in a woodshed
in the rear of Dickson's store, and rapidly
consumed the establishments mentioned.
The fire was either started by an incen
diary or a tiamp sleeping in a shed.
Fortunately they were all one-story build
ings, or the fire would have surely done
more damage. The losses are: Dickson
building $800, stock $iOO, insurance $500;
Jones & Loring total loss, stock $1500,
building $SGO. no insurance; Lanedon Jo*-s
$150, building $500; Hunt building $1200,
contents $509, insurance $500.
Fortunately there was no wind or the
large merchandise store of Swartzel <fc
Williams adjoining would have burned.
As it was, it caught in eight places and
was only saved by hard work. The build
ings were owned by Dan Newell, Mrs.
Henry Hansen nnd William Hunt. The
livery stable of Thomas Greig, across the
street, caught tire several times, but the
flames were extinguished. This is the
second large fire Fortuna has had since
May, when Swartzel it Williams' molding
mill and electric light works were burned.
An American Lady Gets the Clew to
the Persecutors of Captain
BERLIN, Nov. 25.— The Frankfort Zei
tung says that the family of former Cap
tain Alfred Dreyfus, now in exile and im
prisonment on the Isle of Diable, off
the coast of French Guiana, on the charge
of having sold French secret military in
formation to a foreign Government, en
gaged Sir George Lewis, the well-known
London lawyer, to discover if possible the
author of the memorandum on the evi
dence of which Dreyfus was convicted.
Sir George Lewis is said to have got on
the track of Comte de E-terhaz/ through
the agency of an American lady, who,
through a porter at the German embassy
at Paris, learned that the German officials
talked of tne infamy of the conviction of
Dreyfus and of the necessity of informing
Emperor Wiiliam. .
Report That She Has Declined to
Stop Pelagic Sealing for
a Year.
- OTTAWA, Out., Nov 25. —A reply has
been prepared by the Dominion Govern
ment and forwarded to Washington in
respect to the negotiations which are go
ing on between the countries.
The Government will not say what the
reply is until it reaches Mr. Foster at
Washington, but it is understood that it is
a refusal to st*>p pelagic sealing for a year
as the United States requested.
The whole question depended upon this
and therefore it will appear that the ne
gotiations are to fail in their object.
However, there is a report that Canada
has proposed an alternative proposition
for the United States which could be laid
before Congress at its next sitting and
passed in time to deal with pelagic seal
ing and the questions of dispute next sea

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