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ALLOWED A FUGITIVE TO ESCAPE Captain Reed Under a Most Serious Charge. He Is Accused of Assist ing an Alleged Embez zler to Get Away. Through an Alleged Misunder standing Fred Simpson Eludes the Police. WANTED IN MARSHFIELD. "Refused to Allow the Detectivies to Come Aboard of His Steamer. Captain Reed of the steamer Arcata is liable to find himself In serious rtrouble. Several days ago Chief Lees received POLICE ON THE TRAIL OF A FUGITIVE. Detectives Gibson and Wren attempted to board the steamer Arcata as she was passing A^eiggs wharf last Friday evening. Captain Reed would not stop for them, and in consequence Frank M. Simpson, agent of the Coos Bay, Roseturg and Eastern Railway and Navigation Company, wanted on a charge of arson and embezzlement, made his escape. a dispatch from the police of Marsh field, Or., asking him to arrest Fred erick Simpson, charged with embezzle ment. "He is badly wanted," read the dis patnh. "Do all in your power to arrest him." A short time afterward another dis patch was received stating that Simp son was aboard the Arcata, which was due in this city last Friday morning. Detectives Gibson and Wren were, de tailed to arrest the alleged embezzler, and, after a short consultation, they agreed to board the vessel before it docked, so as to preclude the possi bility of escape. Accompanied by Ser jreant Fltzgibbon Gibson hired a small boat and rowed out in the bay, intend ing to board the Arcata. As they hailed the v.-ssel the captain refused to t.-^ke them aboard, notwith standing thai they told him that they were officers of the law. Gibson at tempted to fasten a hook attached to his boat to the Arcata, when Captain P.pcd in an angry manner ordered him to "cast away" under penalty of being forced to do so. Foiled in their efforts to board the v-ss 1 Gibson and his fellow officer Btarted for the Vallejo street wharf, in the hope of heading off Simpson after the steamer docked. Detective Wren, •who wa? awaiting the arrival of the al leged f-mbezzW, boarded the Arcata as it reached the wharf, and asked the captain to point out to him the mueh ■wanted embezzler. Captain Reed, it is claimed, singled out the wrong man, allowing the real culprit to escape. The individual whom Reed said was Simp son readily proved his innocence and was allowed to ro. In the meantime Simpson left the steamer and made his escape. Captain Reed last night visited police headquarters and endeavored to excuse his action by claiming that he did ii"i know th.it Gibson and Fttxgibbon were police officers. Chief Lees severely rep rimanded him for his conduct, and in formed him that he will consult the District Attorney with a view of secur ing a warrant for his arrest for aiding and abetting a fugitive to escape. WILL MAKE A FLAT RATE So the Trans-Missouri Roads Notify the Traffic Con ference. On Sinfjle Tickets They Will Charge Full Fares With a Rebate of Twenty Dollsys. CHICAGO, Feb.' 26.— At the meeting of general passenger agents of the Western roads here to-day to dfvipe ■ways of conducting the transcontinen tal rate war, the trans-Missouri roads gave notice that beginning March 6 they would put into effect to North Pacific Coast points from the Missouri River gateways the same rates as are now in effect via St. Paul. For parties of three or over they will make a _flat rate. On single tickets they will charge full fares, giving the passenger a re bate order for $20. payable on reaching destination. This view disposes of the question of meeting the cut through the Missouri River gateways. A com mittee was at once appointed to pre pare a plan of action for the roads east of the Missouri River to pursue. The report of this committee will be considered Monday. The meeting to day declined to take any action on a proposition coming from the Canadian Pacific road, through a trunk line com mittee, for a settlement of the matters In dispute. In effect, this proposition was that all rates should be restored March 14 and be maintained pending the result of a conference to be held March 17. The Great Northern and Northern Pa cific roads would not consent to enter tain the proposition, because It in volved a fresh recognition </f Canadian Pacific differentials, and restored to the Canadian Pacific all the advantages it possessed on that point prior to the rate war. The other roads would take no action on the subject until they heard from their Eastern ally, the Grand Trunk. They recommend the trunk line co-mmittee to submit the proposi tion to that road for an expression of opinion on the subject, and when it is heard from the Western roads will then be in a position to take action in the matter. Railroad people in San Francisro are at present lying low and waiting for what they hardly know. The .situation is one of great uncertainty, and much il>'pt j nds on the action that will be taken by the Southern Pacific at the conclusion of the traffic meeting now being held in Chicago. Yesterday the Canadian Pacific office on Market street had a lar^e sign in its front, advertising the cut-rate schedule ti> New York and Chicago, and Mr. Stern, the local agent, said that even with the reduced fares but a few hours old the increase of business has been most noticeable. The general impression along the street seems to be that the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe will be forced. sooner or later, to enter the fight. The i "anadian Pacific at the present rates, will have practically all the travel to itself. Though the Southern Pacific may not desire to enter into competition with the Canadian Pacific at the reduced rates In the latter road's own territory yet the loss it will sustain on its Shasta route by the war started here will force It to take measures for its own protec tion as it cannot afford to lose the splendid business it has been doing for some time past between this city and northern points. The other northern roads refuse to consider any proposition looking toward a compromise that will restore to the Canadian Pacific its differential and say they will rather fight it out on the present line if it takes all summer. To sum the situation up in a few words, it is war to the knife between the three northern lines, with each one watching anxiously to see what the Southern Pacific and Santa Fe will do. SUDDENLY PASSES AWAY. Peter Alferitz, a Prominent Mer chant, Succumbs to an Attack of Heart Disease. Peter Alferitz, a prominent wool mer chant of this city, died suddenly at tiis home, 620 Green street, yesterday morn ing from an attack of heart disease, after a short Illness. Although his death had been momentarily expected by the mem bers of his family, they still, however, strove to the last in endeavoring to com bat the fatal disease. He leaves a widow and two sons— Hemy and George Alferitz. The funeral will be held at his former home on Green .street Monday afternoon, after which the remains will be conveyed to Odd Fellows' Cemetery and there in cinerated. The deceased leaves a fortune estimated at between $300,000 and $400,00(1, which will, in accordance with the dictates of the decedent's will, be divided among tne widow and the two sons, the widow re ceiving: half the estate and the remainder being divided between his two sons, share and share alike. WILLIAMS DISCOVERED. i . . A Burglar Who Escaped From the Police Court Now in San Quentin. Chief Tieos received word yesterday, that Richard Williams, a burglar who escaped from Judge Joachlmsen's court room on December 17 last, is now serving a two years' term in San Quentin. Williams was held to answer before the Superior Court by Judge Joachimsen on December 17 on the charge of burglary for breaking into the residence of Mrs. 11. A. Graiit, 710 Pine street. He hid him self under the seat in the dock, and his absence was not discovered till he had got away. He was arrested in Sacramento on Jan uary 21 for robbing the mails, and on February 13 was sentenced by the Dis trict Court to two years in San Quentin. He gave the name of Arthur Wilson. His case will be put on the calendar of Judge Dunne's court, and he will have to stand his trial on the burglary charge. Too much Opium VETOED THE MEASURES. The Mayor Disapproves of the Pro- posed Limits of the Pound. Mayor Phelan sent two veto messages to the Board of Supervisors yestf-rriay relative to measures that have recently been passed by that body. The first re lated to order No. &9. establishing a ter ritory in which a public pound may be maintained. The other message vetoed the permls- Bion granted to the California and North west Trading and Mining Company to maintain a sign In .front of the premises at 402 Kearny street. The Mayor's rea son for the veto was that if such privi leges were granted to one merchant they must be granted to all, and that such signs would be a great disfigurement If generally allowed. Thief in a Church. Gabriel Roach was convicted of petty larceny by Judge Conlan yesterday and THE SAX FRANCISCO CALL, SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 1898. ordered to appear for sentence to-morrow, He admitted the theft and said that he was compelled to do it from poverty. Friday night he stole some books and rugs from St. Mary's Cathedral, and was arrested by Policeman Gardiner while carrying them away. RICHMOND WANTS SCHOOLS. Several Children Compelled to Roam About the Streets Because There Is No Accommodation for Them. Richmond district would be a bad place for a man to go to advocate the zoo prop osition,- inasmuch as the people in that section of the city are sorely In need of better school facilities for their children. As it is now, there are over 300 children of school age who are deprived of the ad vantage of obtaining an education in the public schools of the city. The injustice of this management— or. rather, misman agement—ls chargeable to both the Board of Supervisors and the Board of Educa tion, at least the residents of Richmond so hold. They claim that the wants of the district were fully and fairly repre sented to both boards before the annual appropriations were made last year. The Increase In the population of the Kicn mund district was presented to them and a request made for additional school buildings, but no heed was taken of the request and in consequence a number ot the children are compelled to alternate between the forenoon and afternoon in their attendance at the schools, while several are compelled to remain away al together. , , During the past three months several meetings of the parents and others have been held to protest against this treat ment. At some of those meetings reso lutions were passed requesting the Board of Education to add two class rooms to the Richmond sehoolhouse as a part con cession, but no heed was taken of this request and the condition remains as it was one year ago, while the increase in the number of school children still contin ues. At the last meeting of the Point Lobos Improvement Club a committee was ap pointed to take charge of this matter and not permit any lapses to occur when the next appropriation is being made for the school department. The closing of the City Cemetery has been hailed with joy by the Richmond people, as it removes one of the great drawbacks to extension of the building up of the district westward. The exten sion of time given the undertakers bav ins the contract for the burying of the j Indigent dead until next July is not op- j posed, as the time will be but short. The j Chinese having purchased a cemetery of their own in San M&teo County will stop those people from burying any more j of their dead on city soil. The several j benevolent societies who were accorded the privilege of using the City Cemetery | have discontinued interring their dead in I that place for some time past, conse- i quently only the city's dead will be I placed there' between now and next July. ■'.'.'■. 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The Baroness was elegantly gowned, haughty of mien and gazed Incidents in the Trial of the Case of the Baroness yon Zieba Against the Management of the Thalia Theater for Wages as a Singer. disdainfully at the witnesses on the other side when evidence was given that might hurt her case. She had the best of the day, how- ] ever, and if the court's rulings are any criterion the Thalia management will \ have to pay her the wages claimed. ' Several exciting •fcenea occurred, prin- I cipally caused by the lawyers, before the case was submitted to Judge Barry. Jack Chretien, of le^al and theatrical fame, caused one diversion. He was produced as a witness by the defense and took the stand with all the assur ance born 'of long acquaintance with the stage. The dispute between the music hall management and the musical baroness hinged on the question as to whether she had a right to perform at other places of amusement while under con tract to the Thalia and Mr. Chretien was expected to testify that it is the custom for performers to give their en tire time to houses where they were en gaged. Mr. Chretien tried to answer, but was greeted with a chorus something like this: "We object"— "lncompetent"— "Your honor — 'Not an expert." Then while the lawyers argued and wrangled and quoted the statutes the placid Chretien read a copy of The Call and waited for them to finish. Between objections and exceptions he managed to say that it was the custom for peV formers to hold only one engagement at a time, but Justice Barry intimated that the testimony cut little figure and that If a contract had been entered Into between the Brothers Schwartz and the Baroness Yon Zieba she was entitled to some compensation for charming the patrons of the place. The Baroness herself took the stand at one stage of the proceedings and when asked why she had left the Thalia declared "Because Mr. Schwartz was so insolent to me." The lawyers finally disentangled themselves from the legal labyrinth in which they had been lost and submitted the case as they said on its merits. His honor decided that the legal prob lem was a deep and intricate one and withheld Judgment until to-morrow morning. COLLECTED UN THE CORRIDORS James I. Gullck Is registered at the Oc cidental. Professor E. Fluge Is at the California from Stanford. C. R. Scott of Portland Is staying at the Occidental. Charles Erickson Is at the Grand from San Luis Oblspo. S. B. Archer la registered at the Bald win from San Jose. W. A. Munro and wife of Vancouver are at the Occidental. H. de dcmmom of Paris is at the Pal ace with his daughter. Attorney E. W. Way bright of Denver is a guest at the Palace. W. W. Middlecough, an attorney of Stockton, is at the Grand. George A. Bixly and wife of Los An geles are at the Occidental. J. H. Morgan and wife of Napa are registered at the Occidental. Lewis T. Wright, manager of the Kes wick mine, is at the Palace. Rev. J. A. Kurz, a minister from Du buque, la., is at the Baldwin. J. B. Fuller, the Marysville Bank Com missioner, is at the California. > Mr. Friedlan ) der, the manager I of the Baldwin , Theater, is to be seen every even ing: -'standing In 1 the lobby of the _wwwww^___ house, where he regularly arrives at about 7 o'clock and remains attending to the various little matters that are constantly arising until AN INSTANCE OF COOL NERVE. the show is over. His life is made a bur den to him by the number of requests that are continually made for free ad mittance by those who desire to have a good time without paying for It, and the schemes that are put up on him to gain an entrance would fill a book. But long experience In the business has made him a rather smooth article himself, and it has to be a pretty clever ruse that 1b suc cessful. The other night, as he was standing In his accustomed place watching the audi ence file in to listen to the Bostonlans, a well-dressed young fellow rushed up to him, and, grasping him by the arm, 9ald: "Mr. Frledlander. Just step inside with me for a moment, will you? I want to show you something." Friedlander, thinking that something was wrong with the house, complied, and the two passed in together. As soon as they got inside the young fellow, pointing to one of the seats at the side of the dress circle, said: "You Just stand here a) moment and sook." He then went over and took the seat while Friedlander stood and watched him. The stranger seated himself, and, picking up a programme, commenced to scan it, while the manager continued to stand and watch as he had been bidden. After about ten minutes had passed Mr. Friedlander became impatient, and walk ing over, touched the young fellow on the shoulder and said, "I have been standing there as you directed but have seen noth ing. What does this proceeding mean?" "Seen nothing," exclaimed the young man. "Have you not seen the smoothest piece of work of your life? Have you not seen yourself worked by a stranger for an admittance and a seat? Now, leCs get down to business. Are you going 'to have me thrown out and get the ha ha all along the line, or are you going to give me the reward due for such a mag nificent exhibition of nerve and allow me to remain?" "You may remain." said Friedlander, after a moment's careful thought. The story got out through a couple who had entered at the same time and, oc cupying seats directly back of the one filled by him of the nerve, witnessed the whole little scene. Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Grant of Tarry town, N. T., are staying at the Palace. M. W. Kern arrived from New Orleans last night and went to the Palace. Senator H. V. Morehouse has come up from San Jose and is at the Lick. Rev. H. M. Baker of Los Angeles is at the Grand, accompanied by Mrs. Baker. J. W. Cooper and wife of Indianapolis are among yesterday's arrivals at the California. Dr. E. V. Tiffany, one of the leading physicians of Plymouth, Cal., is a guest at the Grand. G. M. Foote, County Clerk of San Be nlto County, Is at the Grand from his home in Holllster. George F. Curtis, Law Librarian of Congress, arrived at the Palace yester day from Washington, D. C. Major Bartlett of the United States Marine Corps arrived at the California yesterday with his wife from San Diego. It is not known what brought him home so soon, but Immediately on his arrival in the city he communicated with the commandant at Mare Island and gave orders to the hotel people to call him at once should any message arrive for him no matter what the hour of the day or night. CALIFORNIANS IN WASHINGTON. WASHINGTON, Feb. 26.— Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Stillman of San Francisco are at the Shoreham. Hugh Craig will leave Washington to-morrow for New York, and will sail on Wednesday next for Europe. Robert T. Devlin of Sacramento left for home to-night. State Senator Gleaves of Redding, who was recently ap pointed Surveyor-General of California, leaves for San Francisco to-morrow. CALIFORNIANS IN NEW YORK. NEW YORK, Feb. 26.— Wyatt H. Alden of San Francisco is at the Holland House, and H. C. Reno of San Francisco is at the Grand Union Hotel. Will Develop Alaska Mines. The Sunrise Mining Company of Alaska, organized for the purpose of developing Alaska mines, filed articles of incorpora tion yesterday. The capital stock of the corporation Is $1,000,000, all of which has been subscribed. The directors are: .fcli D. Baumlster, Fred Smith, William A. Farish, Cassius C. Clark and William H. Bailey. Advances rhade on furniture and pianos, with or without removal. J. Noonan, 1017- lO2S Mission. WHO MAY USE HOTEL PHONES Non-Subscreibrs May Not " Ring Up " at Their Will. Contracts With the Telephone Companies Can Be En forced. An Interesting Decision Rec«ntly Rendered by Justice Cox of the Snpremo Court. May hotel guests use the office phone? According to authorities they cannot —at least at their own sweet will. As sociate Justice Cox, of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia, has lately decided what Is known as the Hotel Fredonla telephone case, which has attracted much attention. It s^ems that the proprietor of the hotel procured a telephone for his pri vate business, and signed the usual contract. The guests of the hotel used the telephone for their wants. The company notified the proprietor that the phone would be removed unless the contract was complied with. The proprietor applied for an injunction to prevent the removal. Judge Cox de cides that the telephone company has the right to have the contract com plied with, and may terminate the use of the phone if the agreement is vio lated; that the proprietor could not permit the phone to be used for other purposes than those mentioned in the agreement, and should not allow the guests of the hotel to use it for their private business, such as calling for stock reports, ordering theater tickets, etc. The Judge says: The telephone company Is obliged to maintain a ppecial plant and is entitled to charge for all services rendered. All that the law requires is that the company shall not discriminate between its pa trons, but must serve all persons on the same terms. The explicit terms of the contract made between the parties In W6 are that the telephone shall be for the subscriber's use only, and on a breach of the terms the contract is violated. When the subscriber allows others to use his telephone it is an abuse of the time of the telephone operator. Tt is also an in fringement on the rights of the telephone company. Furthermore it is an Infringe ment of the rights of other subscribers. The guest of the hotel does not have his telegrams sent free of charge, nor does he secure the service of messengers and the use of carriages without pay. Why should he be allowed to use the telephone without paying for its use? The case seems to be one of great interest to all telephone companies and has been very generally noticed in the newspapers throughout the United States. Are There Two Lewises P Edwin Lewis, a financial agent for an insurance company, says he wants the public generally to understand that he is not the straw bondsman by that name recently indicted by the Grand Jury for perjury in the Codlin robbery case. He claims that he ha? gained considerable notoriety in the case, and would like it clearly understood that there is mor« than one Edward Lewis in this great metropolis. One Dose Will Stop a Cou&h. Dr. Parker's Cough Cure never falls, try It; 25c. For sale by all druggists. • KNIGHTS OF GOLDEN EAGLE. There was a good attendance in th« hall of California Castle In Native Sons' Hall last Tuesday night on the occasion of the smoker given by the members. The committee of arrangements, F. A. Miller, A. Hanselman and H. Kelly, pro vided a good programme of song, music and boxing contests. The boxers were McKiernan and Baker, and others who took part were Charles Mierdlerks, N. de Marias and members of the castle. There were addresses by Louis Berger, TV. O. Macdougall and others, after which there were pipes and tobacco and a collation and light refreshments.