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Mrs. Elise Kohler
Fails for the Sum
of $300,000.
Sacrifices Everything to
pay Those Whom
She Owes.
Bad Business of a Wine Com
pany the Cause
of It.
At Last Pressed for Money Sha Asks
ilia Court for Insolvency
Mrs. Elise Kohler, the sole surviv
ing- partner in the copartnership firm
of Kohler & Frohling, wine merchants,
has been declared insolvent by Judge
Belcher. Mrs. Kohler, in her voluntary
application to be declared insolvent,
scheduled her liabilities at $333,173 41,
but to offset this vast indebtedness she
has in her possession property valued
at $323, 12, and a judgment of $34,
891 20 against the Southern Pacific
Company for damages to the Nadeau
Winery, near Los Angeles, which be
longed to Kohler & Frohling, the dam
age having resulted from alleged neg
ligent construction of a railroad bridge
near the winery. The case is now on
appeal to the Supreme Court, and in
the event of that tribunal sustaining
the judgment of the lower court it will
be placed among the assets. This will
allow a complete settlement of the in
solvent's liabilities and leave a margin
of $25,452 91.
In her application to be declared in
solvent Mrs. Kohier states that for
some time prior to the Jst of January,
1895, the - . . ol Kohler
a.- Frohling Ing of Elise Kohler,
Charies Kohler and Hans li. Kohler,
carried on business In this city and
here. On the Ist of January, 1895,
Charles Kohler died, and the tirm was
thereupon dissolved. The liquidation
of the affairs of the partnership were
tnitted to Elise Kohler, and on the
13th of August, 1895, she purchased
from Hans H. Kohler his interest In
the firm, and in consequence is the
sole surviving partner. As the surviv
ing parti -imed the liabilities
of the firm, and now surrenders all her
estate and effects for the benefit of her
■ ■ >rs.
H'-r liabilities are scheduled as fol
lows: Herman Bohrmann, Mannheim,
any, 145,480 L 5; estate of August
F. Brecht. Philadelphia, $25,464 79; Wil
liam Schoelgens, Philadelphia, (5161 54;
J. Hobe, San Fraiv
76; P. F. Marx, Napa, $20,520 4^ ;
estate of C. M. Gerichten, San Francis
co, $15,592 82; Mary Smith and John
Kelleher, San Francisco, $3051 92; Han
nah Kelleher, San Francisco, S2IM .14;
Kate M. Ryan, San Francisco, $lSl":l Sl " : ■"■4.
j. < ;. Wall, Aiameda, $10,355 53; Adolph
Sommer, East Cambridge, Mass.. $15,
. George West, Stockton, $:;i^uo 15;
- E. i>avis. San Francisco, $1047 69;
Wells, Fargo & Co., San Francisco,
16 15; Anna L. Bauer, $3101 98; es
■ f Henry Hagen, Napa, 113.454 04;
Lulu Van Bergen. San Francisco,
$2476 79; Emma ii. Bertheau, San
Francisco, $9811 20; Caroline Kohler,
San Francisco, $516 15; Minna Roeder*
Rostock, Germany, $1303. With the ex
ception of the last Qve on the schedule,
which Indebt* dness was incurred
through open accounts, the liabilities
are in the form of promissory notes Is
sued by the flnn of Kohler & Fronting.
The assets consist oi personal proper
ty only. Four thousand, one hundred
and seventy shares of the capital stock
of the California Wine Association, val
ued at $312,825, which is pledged to
Wells, Farga & Co.'s Bank to secure
th<- payment of a promissory note o*
$150,000, is the largest item among the
assets. The regaining assets, how
are considered just as secure, and
a full payment of the firm's liabilities
v.ill result.
Mrs. Koh'iPr is the widow of Charles
Kohler, who in life was the senior part
ner of the old firm of Kohler. Frohling
&• Co. At the death of her husband she
and her sons, Charles and Hans, tried
to carry on the business, but it did not
: r. Two years ago Charles died
from poison, and it was sa.i at th-- time
that, he committed suicide, but this
theory was scouted by the young man's
frier, dp.
Max TWtheun. th» son-in-law of Mrs.
K<rhler. who is acting as her advisor in
the affair, pave an explanation as to
the cause of her insolvency yesterday
afternoon. He said that the entire
trouble was due to a large debt that
her husband I^ft at his death, and
which she was compelled to assume.
"At the death of the elder Kohler,"
said Mr. Bertheun. "who was the chW
partner in the firm of Kohler & Froh
llng, his wife assumed th^ management
of the firm. At hi? death the entire in
debtedness of Mr. Kohler amounted to
the erttirmnus sum • which Mrs.
Kohler was obligated to ray when she
assumed the management.
"Shortly aft or she took charge of the
business affairs of the wine establish
ment the California Wine Association
offered to buy the business, being of
fered as payment for the entire stock
rrf the Kohler & Frnhling wine vaults
4OQ,orii shares in that corporation. She
readily accepted the offer and transfer
red her entire stock over to the asso
ciation, receiving as before agreed up
on. 400,000 shares of stock In ex
"At the time this transfer was made
the California Wine Association was
paying- large dividends on its stock, and
it was through the hope of paying her
husband's debts with these dividends
that Mrs. Kohler was prompted into
Joining' the then lucrative concern.
"Business affairs in the new house,"
said Mr. Bertheun, "prospered extra
ordinarily well for many years, and
Mrs. Kohler received large dividends on
her stock, which she devoted to the
payment of her creditors. During the
past year, however, business has been
on the decline, and in consequence the
cessation of dividends was declared
necessary to the existence of the as
"With this decline in business came
disappointment to the hopes of Mrs.
Kohler, and also the Increased demsind
for money on the part of her creditors,
who-, seeing ih;ii she v.-is unable to pay
them th*-- dividend money, demanded
immediate payment, urn!, threatening
the unfortunate woman with suit un
less she made Immediate payment to
them for the amount of their respective
bills against the old iirm of Kohler &
"This she was unable to do, and
A Beautiful Structure Which Is to Be Erected Near the Leland Stanford Jr. University for the Use
of Fraternal Societies,
Contracts were let yesterday for a new hall for assemblies and meetings of fraternal organizations, to 1 fl at one* in Palo Alto, near the site of the
Leland Stanford Jr. University, and corresponding In style of architecture to the university buildings. The n» w hall is 5( by ?2 feet and stands on the corner of
University avenue and Bryant street. It Is to be of brk-k. two stories high, with strength of foundations sufficient for another story when required. The frater
nal hall will be occupied by the Masons, Foresters, Knights of Pythias and Workmen and for private and college BOdals. The '-dst will be $10,000 as It stands and
the furnishings much more. The lower floors will be let for stores. Samuel Newsom of this city is tls- •• The property will be owned by the citizens,
most of whom have subscribed for stock.
pressed by the creditors for money, she
took the last step in her business ca
reer and applied for papers of insolv
ency. In all these years, from the
first day Mrs. Kohler joined the asso
ciation until she applied for Insolvency
papers," said her son-in-law, "she has
done her utmost to pay the indebted
ness, even going so far as to sacrifice
her personal property and everything,
in fact, of any value that she poss
in order to satisfy the demands of her
unreasonable creditors. She, in fact,
parted with everything but her inter
est in the wine association, and this
she clung to as long as she could. The
time for the payment of her debts,
however, was drawing near and the
dividends in the wine association were
already discontinued thereby compell
ing Mrs. Kohler to make her last sacri
fice in the interest of the creditors.
"She, however, hesitated long before
doing so, but at last, under advise
ment, she applied to Judge Helcher for
the necessary Insolvency papers, stat
ins that she was financially bankrupt
and turning her interest in the wine as
sociation over to the courts to be sold
in the Interest of her creditors. This
stock is valued at $1 a share and if its
disposal realizes this sum the total
amount of money received for th<
tire stock will amount to $400. 000. which
will more than pay the claims against
The discontinuance of dividends which
compelled Mrs. Kohler to dispose of her
stock in the wine association was
caused by a disagreement between th<
wine producers and the makers and the
uncertainty of the prices that this trou
ble caused in the market.
A New Side Degree That Will
Be Given by the Pythians
in February.
The New Organization Will Meet
but Once a Year for
A new organization, with the abbre
viated name of I. O. K. of 1., which
means Infernal Order of Kings of Pur
gatory, was brought into life last night
in Pythian Castle.
The moetlng for the institution of this
new auxiliary degree of the Knights of
Pythias was presi<?<-<] ovrr by George W.
Momeith, who stated to the n^r
tlves of the several local lodges of Pyth
ians that the idea of such a body had its
origin in Golden City Lodge, The Idea
was fully explained and discussed, and
the organization was effected by the
choice of a committee that will r-jnirt
the names of officers at the next meeting.
It is proposed that I. O. K. of I. Bhail
hold a session on the 19th of February
of each year, the anniversary of the
foundation of the order of Pythlans. N*<>
one shall be eligible to membership but
members of the Order of Knights of
Pythias, but the degrees <>f the new or
der, which will be several in number, may
be conferred on any member of non-Pyth
lans, who will be permitted to apply for
the privilege of becoming Inducted into
the several mysteries, on the recommen
dation of members.
The ritual that has been prepared with
great care is. It Is said by those who have
perused it, one of the most Interesting of
any side degree that han ever been pre
sented. The candidates will be given an
Insight into the workings of some secret
societies, which will make th<*m feel at
times somewhat startled, but the les
sons they will learn will b" most in
structive. The paraphernalia necessary
for the carrying out of the degrees and
tho uniforms to be worn by the kings of
purgatory, namely, the sublime king and
his four imps, it is said will be very fine.
At the meeting held last night commit
tees were appointed to carry out the ob
jects of the organization and to make
preliminary arrangements for the con
ferring of the degrees on the 19th of next
Another feature will be the selection of
a queen fr.r the day of the celebration.
Each lodge will be permitted to BUKKesi
one lady; then a vote will be taken. The
one receiving the highest will be the.
queen, and the four next highest will be
her mauls.
Moet & Chandnn has the proud dis
tinction of occupying the second place
in our Champagne table for the first
time in the annals of the trade. The
brand has not only moved up in posi
tion, but the importations have in
creased in 1897, as compared with the
previous year, over 12Vs per cent, which
is a larger ratio of increase than that
made by any of the other prominent
brands. In addition to this. Moet &
Chandnn was selected during the year
as the only wine served ;.t some of the
ultra-fashionable entertainments given
in this city. The fame of the win- has
traveled from coast to coast, and its
quality has endeared It alike to the
connoisseur and occasional drinker
Bonforfs Wine Circular.
The Old Puget Sound and
Portland Rates to Be
With the Sailing of the Walla
Walla the Rate War Comes
to an End.
U. S. Marshal Baldwin Waited in the
Rain AH Day for the Steamer
The rate war between San Francisco
and Puget Sound ports and San Fran
cisco and the Columbia River is over.
Fares will go back to the old figures
on the 20th inst., both by rail and
steamer. The first steamer to go out
under the new schedule will be the
Umatilla, leaving here on the 21st inst.
for Puget Sound, while the State of
California will follow her two days later
on the Portland route. The Walla
Walla which sails to-day Is the last
steamer to go out under the cut-rate
rule and In consequence there was not a
spare berth on her.
The cut rates between here and Port
land are $5 and $2 50, and those be
tween here and the Sound an> $8 and
Jl. Commencing with the 20th inst. the
rates to Portland will be $V 2 and $v
whilf those to Puget Sound will be Jl">
and $S. This is simply a return t.. th'
rates that were in force before the rat>
war i>e^an two years ago. Many <d
the passengers on the Walla Walla an;
bound for the Klondike and will con
nect with the steamer Corona at B*
attle for Dyea and Skaguay.
It was a most disagreeable day r.n
the water front yesterday. At the
north end it blew pretty hard and the
revenue cutter Hartley had to move
away from her mooring at M
wharf. At 6 a. m. it was fogg\
calm at the heads; at i a ii. i< w, t s
foggy and blowing eight miles an hour
from the southeast; at noon it was
foggy and blowing ten miles an hour
from the southeast, while at 3 p. m. it
was "thick" and blowing twelve miles
ar. hour from the northeast. The sad
den change in the wind was against
the anxiously expected ntrwnynr Peru
and the watchers at Melggg wharf were
correspondingly disappointed. Among
those who waited all day for the
steamer were United States Marshal
Barry Baldwin and two of his dcpu
tK-s, the Japanese Consul, the Hawaiian
Consul and several others who had
friends aboard the Incoming steamer.
Th<- Hawaiian Consul was ther- of
course to meet President Dole of Ha
waii, but the Japanese Consul was
there for a different purpose. He wants
Nagao Kamejiro, a Japanese forger,
who made his mark In Yokohama and
then escaped with over 15.000 yen. The
extent of his forgeries is not known,
but they are said to be double the
amount he got away with. Besides
the Japanese the Marshal was also on
the lookout for Dr Herbert who is
wanted in New Ztaland tor murder.
The latter fugitive left the steamer Al
ameda at Honolulu, bu* is expected
to "nrai> «>n her? on 'b" PertL
The Kritish torpedo destroyer Spar
rowhawk and the cruiser Phaeton must
have caught it ofT the Columbia River
on their way to Esquimau. They
came from Pan Diego here flying, l.ut
left for the Sound in the face of a pre
dicted south storm. It tr>,.k th>-n 'hr-..
days to reach Tatoosh. which ik «low
run for such fast vessels.
Superior Court to Be Purged of
Professional Jurymer) by a
New SysterT),
The various departments of the Superior
Court will be surged of "professional
jurymen." This has b-en definitely de
cided upon by the Judges on the Superior
bench, anil a system is nearlng comple
tion by which only men of good characn-r
and more than embryonic ideas of jus
tice will be allowed to sit on juries, bota
criminal and civil.
The Great Register of last yenr Is at
present being carefully run over, and
when an available Juryman Is found a
blue pencil mark Is run through his name.
In this way r)\o |urym n are m
copy of the mai
in the hands of each .■■ . ■ ■ In future
years it may I :rui ;i vast
amount of labor will be Bayed In the
drawing of Juries. ■ has been hinted
many men who ha
stilly selected as juryn ■ ■ b rye wee* in
and week out, solely .or the
the accompanying remuneration. In or
i'.-r tc. !..• >. ■; icted to sei ury, they
■ know anything ni ■> I when
questioned, and". In i re sel
dom challenged. In tuis way they become
k!,'iwn as "professional lurymen," but
th-ir way wHI be a difficult
the new list is read) lor us--. Over 9GOO
jurymen sit In vari
durinp the period of \ ear, and quite a
number <.f them ma'K«- their livi: .
following tl tlon, which frequent
ly results in Injustice to litigants.
School of Design in a Prosperous
Condition— New Classes
The School of F the Ban Fran-
Ctoco Art ."> is in ;i prosperous
condition. At th. . »\ nf th>- s ad
Of thi u.:
ejjjht pup! ■ -.. thirty In
the night I fifteen in the Sat
urday A nifjlit liffl class fur
ugurated at the beginning
of :!ie present t>-rm. Instruction In
drawing from the nude is Imparted t.>
the pupils. The life class for men Is a
separate dep rtm< nt *>r ej
iln O r Eli prw
to the Mark Hopkins Institute of Art
valuable marine views painted by B.
Walters of 1. verpool, England.
He Was Well Known in Busi
ness and Political
Had Extensive Mining Interests In
Calaveras and Amador
John W. Hepburn, a prominent citizen
of Chicago, died at the Occidental Hotel
yesterday morning at 8:35 o'clock. Mr.
Hepburn had been in ill-health f«r sev
era! months, and about six weeks ago
his wife brought him down to the Occi
i dental Hotel from Jackson, where he has
i large mining interests.
1 >r. Kerr has been in almost constant
attendance upon him, but be gradually
l last Tuesday morning
suffered a stroke of apoplexy, which ren
dered Mm unconscious; during the last
four days his lif.- baa been maintained
by oxygen Introduced Into his lungs by
rubber tub Saturday morning na
ture refused ■• be longer aided and the
great struggle for life ended; he died
peacefully and without pain, in the pms
ence of his wife, Mary J. Hepburn, and
pome Chicago friends. The remains will
be embalmed By Gray, ihe undertaker,
and will be taken back to Rockford, near
Chicago, the early home of Mr. Hep
burn, for interment.
John W. Hepburn for many years has
been one of the best known men In Chi
cago; he was horn near Toronto, Canada,
forty-six years »k". but baa t n In ac
tive business md political life in Chicago
for tl>>- past twenty years; seTersJ years
•• was ,-. prominent member of the
Chicago Board of Trade, and i>">st and
made many fort I
About a y.:, r ami a half ago Mr. Hep
burn '.".nie to California and ii:-.
largely in the gold mines of Amador and
Calaveraa counties, beinK the sole
owner of the l.ell Wether mine at
Jackson, which he has developed for the
past year and in which ho has invested
about J40.1V10.
The Southern Pacific Company
pinds That h|orT)e MaQufac-
tures Are the Best.
The Pacific Rolling Mills in Sacramento
have just completed a shipment of ancle
bars, bolts and spikes for the Texas roads
of the Southern Pacific Company and are
now at work on another larpe order for
more of the same sort of manufactures
recently given them by the same com
These orders are of Interest inasmuch
as they show that the Pacific Coast is
gradually asserting itself and entering a
held in which Eastern States have here
tofore reigned supreme.
Formerly all material of this nature
was contracted for- and furnished by
Pennsylvania firms and the order just
Oiled is the first one of its kind on the
H. .1. Small, Superintendent of Motive
Power for the Southern Pacific, has r<>
ceived ten new Pullman day coaches and
• rdei ■ ■! from the
of varney & Smith of Dayton. O. They
(tr " '" be fifty-four feet In ienpth. with
high back seats, and will be furnished
with Pinch gas.
They will be run in through trains, dis
placing the old coaches now In use.
There Is Now a Scarcity
of Fuel in the Local
Every Coal-Laden Vessel Ar
riving in Port Met With a
Long Line of Carts.
Prospects Not Very Encouraging fc£
an Immediate Increase in
the Supply.
There is a scarcity of coal in the
market, and coal dealers are far behind
in filling the orders for their customers.
Early yesterday morning the steamer
Empire arrived in the port with a cargo
of about COO tons, and she was met at
the wharf with a string of coal carts
that reached nearly six blocks. The
coal dealers were notified the day be
fore that the vessel was to arrive dur
ing the night, and that she would com
mence discharging at daylight. Al
most as soon as the notices were re
ceived carts were sent to the dock to
wait the arrival of the vessel. The first
of trie string of carts was at the bunk
ers fully twelve hours before it was
known the vessel would commence to
discharge, and all night long the line
grew. The coal was hauled away as
soon as it came out of the hatches, and
by dark last night the market was, as
far as the big bunkers at the wharves
are concerned, as bare as before the
Empire came into port.
The recent bad weather along the
coast has held coal-laden vessels back,
and the supplies for the past month
have not been as great as desired, and
then the recent cool spell greatly In
creased the consumption of the supply
then on hand, until now there is little
coal of any kind to be had. The pros
pects for a supply for Immediate uses
are not very encouraging. The total
amount of foreign and Eastern coal
that can possibly arrive here in the
next sixty days from all sources foots
up less than 47.000 tons. The consump
tion of the city and vicinity depending
on this port for its fuel supply will be
fully 240.000 tons. It means that a big
draft will have to be made on the out
put of Seattle, British Columbia and
1 Iff Vaii Vroom Elcctro = !§§
I 6EO.W KLEISER, {J en | a J p ar | ofs# 1
Wit ' n'n q ' " Uwlllttl idriirlo§ \hi
WW/ UiUiOi • $&&
Wm/i OUT The Best and Most Dif- j^|
'^WMll £-♦ {«• ficu lt Crown and Bridge Mil
|||p ; j opSCialtlCS Work— Work That We >g|ip
f]J|pr3s Guarantee— at Such Moderate Prices that |||^|
tp^fj Every One Can Have Perfect Teeth. ; :SfeS
'^3^ _„_.„. _ COR. SIXTH. TEL.— JESSIE 1695. vlt^
'&~£*y Gold Fillings 75e cp J*t>^
Amalgam Fillings. .. j^^SSsx r .. n .„„„;„,,.
r ]p?W 25c up 5 - C P cn « T enmg»
Js/ Cleaning Teeth 50c np jSH tUI 10 ociock - '^3
P/ Bridgework. per tooth i*^St x Suniay.. 9to 12. «v^
\*M $3.50 .MMjM W^BB^ " German and \W
WJBI, Sold Crown, 22-K . . . sij^^H §^§BH^ob\ French spoken. ,\H
\-j3g $3. 50 up £Sk ■•'^t>^^a\ Ten skilled op-
j*£r No oharge for extract- . .Th erators Lady H
DiljulAL DiiJuXj
On MONDAY, January 17th, and
following dags, we will place on
BLANKETS that we have just pur-
chased from the Golden Gate Woolen
Manufacturing Company this city,

These Blankets are in all the different
sizes, Theu come in white from 66x80 inches
to 90x90 inches, The colored are from 51
pounds to 102 pounds in weight, Theu are all
PURE WOOL, Most of them are made from
tire lot will he offered hu us fullu 15 cer cent
less than the present cost to manufacture,
See exhibition of above Blankets
in our show windows, with sizes,
weights and prices marked on each
111, 113, 115, 117, 119, 121 POST STREET.
Coop Ray. The coal can possibly be
had at those points, but the question
now is will th-re be enough vessels dis
engaged from the Klondike rush to*car
ry It In sufficiently larpe quantities to
B supply in the market to meet
all emergencies.
Pacific Coast Association Elects
Offcers — Winners in the
final Events.
The Pacific Coast Association nf "Whist
Players dosed its fourth annual tourna
ment last nlgbi and the whole affair was
n marlcably successful and exceedingly
w. n managed. At the morning's busf
meetlng of the conTentlon the foi
i'iwiiifr off) ■ elected: President,
P. J. Tormey of San Francisco (r<
ed); vice-president, I>. W. Harrier of Val
t. mi (reelected); treasurer, (•'. Ji. Atwater
taluma; recording secretary, \\. 11.
Hotallng of San Francisco (reelected).;
corresponding Secretary! M'"*- J. D. Bby
kland; directors. Mrs. George E.
Messrs. George M. Mott, H. Payot,
A. 1.. Harris, P.'Jaynes, B. C. Hum
phreys. Mrs. A. ].. Moore, who are hold
overs, and 1.. Therkelsen and John n.
Suit.:], who were newly elected.
The HMenut trophy was won by the
team composed of J. A. Thompson, cap
tain, Beverly Letcher, Thomas M. Rey
nolds and Jus<;>h <;. Cox, representing
thr Mill Valley Club, by threp tricks. It
will bo hold by the winning club subject
to challenge under the rules adopted by
The winners of the match for club pairs
Mr. Haley :tl id Miss Brown OI the
Trist Duplicate Club.
Bxtra prixes and souvenirs were award
ed to the successfu] contestants, and the
convention adjourned to meet next yea:-.
Nearly TO.ono tons of cork are needed
for the bottled beer and aerated waters
consumed annually in Great Britain.
for LADIES only
/2/ 2 Price.
Ladies must remember that all my
old stock was sold last year in my big
sale. Nothing now but
NO OTHER house In town can com-
pare with the finish, quality and fit of
my Garments.
48 Geary St., corner Grant Aye.
1017-1019-1021-1023 Mission St.,
516-518-520-522 Minna St.,
Telephone, South 14. Open Evenings.
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""A'ii- -Z- 7 '\ich " "* D ' E * " k jK\.
la r^\jM boxe »-»«»'o<> »itii tlae ribbon. T«t«W
■Pi *^ *^n» other. fttfutt dangtraa* tubktuZ >5^
I L. flFtionaand imit-ttiona. At I)ruggi«t«, or
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