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FOUND IN FAR OFF BRITAIN Sister Lays Claim to Entire Estate. Oakland Office San Francisco Call, _¦ . " 908 Broadway. Jan. 3. After nearly a year's search an heir has come to light as a claimant of the estate left by Alexander Watson, who died ia this city January 16 of last year. The estate, though its value In a peti tion filed by Public Administrator B. C. Hawes. who applied and obtained letters. Is given at less than JluCO. Includes valu able realty situated In the aristocratic residence section of Telegraph avenua and Thirty-second street. There was also Borne personal property which the Public Administrator has been authorized to se'.l to defray the expenses of administration, and he has now filed a petition for an order of sale of the valuable real estate. The proceeds of the sale. In the event of no heir-at-law being found, would escheat to the State, but such an heir has bt«»ri discovered in the person of Mrs. Jane Mil ler (nee Y/atson). residing at far-off Gran town, North Britain. England. She Is a sister of the deceased, from whom she h.ul not heard for many years, and through Attorney Darwin C. de Golla, Mrs. Mlllor to-day had notice sprved on Public Ad ministrator Hawes that she lays claim ta the entire property left by her brother. "We shall probably make •no further move In the matter." said Attorney ac Golia to-day, "until the Public Adminis trator has succeeded in selling "Wa!3on'3 property at Thirty-second street. There after we shall file a petition asking that the whole estate be distributed to . Mr*. Miller, who has now appeared as tha only heir." Death of a Spanish Embassador. ROME. Jan. 4.— The death is announced of Count de benomar, the Spanish Embas cador to Italy. Francis Schnadhorst Dead. LONDON, Jan. 3.— Francis Schnadhorst, who from 1885 to 1892 was the chief or ganizer and adviser of the Liberal party, died to-day In his sixtieth year. In "ISS7 he received 10.000 guineas and an address from the Liberal party on the recognition of his services. Mr. Schnadhorst ¦ retired from active political work some year" a ago. Continental League Jinks. Continental League changed its pro gramme last night And disnensed ' with ordinary routine business and went for a New Year's high jink entertainment. Music by Professor A. Slchel and his quartet from the Clau3 Spreckels build ing, with recitations from D. B» Hanlon. were the principal features of the enter tainment. ADVERTISEMENTS. Cures Blood Poison A Trial Treatment Sent Free to All Who Suffer From Any Stage of the Disease. Cures Cases That Hot Springs and All Other Treatments Fallei to Even Help. There has b«en discovered by the Stats Medical Institute. 203 Elektron bulldln'g. Fort Wayne. Ind.. the most remarkable Blood Poison cure ever heard of. It has cured all such in- dications aa mucous patches In the mouth, •ore throat, copper colored spots, chancres, ulceratlons on th 4 body aad la hundreds o; cases where the hair and eyebrows had fallen out and th« whole skin was a mass of bolls, pimples aad ulcers this wonderful specidc had completely changed the whole body. Into a clean, perfect condition of physical health. Every railroad running Into Fort Wayne brings ¦cores of sufferers seeking thla new and marvel- ous cure and to enable those who cannot travel to realise what a truly marvelous work tha In- stitute li .accomplishing 1 they will send frae ta every sufferer a free trial treatment <o that e-rery one can enre themselves li» the privacy ;cf their own home. This Is the only known cure for Blood Poison. Do not hesitate to write at once and th« free trial will ba seat sealed In plain package. GKAPE-NUTS. DOCTOR'S PROPHECY. About Grape-Nuts. Dr. J. 11. Hanaford, one of the oldest physicians In Reading, Mass., says In the Practical Age: "I firmly believe that Mr. Post has rendered a greater eervice to humanity than any other man living In the matter of food. "He claims -with propriety, I think, ¦that his new food. Grape-Nuts, made from the most nourishing elements of the grains, contains nourishment In one pound equal to ten of meat, wheat, oats or bread. "From the acquaintance that I have had with this unusually nutritious arti- cle I am satisfied the statement is truthful and demonstratable. I am In- clined to believe the food "will effect 'considerable of a revolution In society, to the extent that it is introduced." This vtsls written by Dr. Hanaford several months a|ro. The rapid spread cf the use of Grape-Nuts all over the country ha? demonstrated that the doc- tor's prophecy has already come true, to an extent, at least. Perhaps never before in the history of food manufac- ture has puch rapid progress been mad* as -Kith Grape-Nuts. It especially ap- peais to braSn workers. All flrst-da«s grocers furnish Grape- Nuta, and the Postum Cereal Co., Ltd. Battle Creek, MJch., are the makers. Miners Strike In Styrta. VIENNA, Jan. 3.— Three thousand min ers have struck for an advance of wages In the Koflach coal district of Styrta. BOARDMAN'S YOUNG WIFE PRESENT TO CHEER HIM MBS. GLADSTONE TELLS OF HEB ALLEGED BETBOTHAL. Many Witnesses Give Evidence in the Breach of Promise Case and the Defendant Speaks of His Lands. Aged Joseph Boardman's young and pretty wife was an interested spectator in Judge Hunt's court yesterday during the hearin- of the $500,000 breach of promise "uU Instituted by Mrs. Elizabeth Glad «one winy thl aged Oakland mlllion a^frs Emma Stimson of Oakland was the firVt witness. She testified that Boardman W^s very friendly with Mrs. Gladstone before his first wife's death and after that time seemed to be even more affec "ilra^Emma Waldron, the . claimant's daughter, testified that the old man seemed t Q be very affectionate toward her mother, and one day, when he entered the room where she was seated he saw a picture of Mrs. Gladstone and said. Oh. there is a grand woman— a very grand woman.'' Again Boardman visited at her home and asked her to play on the piano. He asked her to play "The Heart Bowed Down " but she couldn t. so she played him the "Black Hawk Waltz." Mrs. Lucretla Graham said that Mr. Boardman acted toward Mrs. Gladstone as a man in love. H. Hassle, a Japanese cook, testified that the couple used to go to a restaurant where he worked and par take ot frugal meals. •.'.'. Boardman testified that he owned land in about half of the counties of the State. Mrs. Gladstone was the next and last witness called. She testified that Board man frequently asked her to marry him: that he told her to have her house painted in honor ot the event and expressed a de sire that Dr. Dille should tie the knot. Mrs Gladstone's cross-examination was not concluded at the time of adjournment. MR. BANNING BELIEVES COLONEL STONE INSANE MANAGER OF THE ZJLIPINOS BUNS AMUCK. Makes a Ridiculous Charg-e of Brib ery and Is Informed That He Is Committing a Felony. Twelve Filipinos called at the office of United States Immigration Commissioner North yesterday morning and complained that •'Colonel" Stone was holding them In a starvfd condition in a tenement at. 756 Howard streeu There were seventeen of them whom the colonel had been using in the show buslnfss since the Mechanics' Institute got through with them, and he had failed to feed them sufficiently or properly, they said, a sack of raw- po tatoes being the extent of their larder. Among the number are four women and three children. . Commissioner North placed himself at once in communication with General Shafter, who promised to send them home by the first Government transport available. The Filipinos came to San Francisco on a Government trans port and were rffused a landing by Com missioner North. But the Secretary of War allowed them to come ashore for the purposes of the Mechanics' Institute' Fair last. fall with the understanding that they were to be sent back to the Philippines by the next transport. • Colonel Stone called upon Assistant United States Attorney Banning yeßter day and displayed his Ignorance of the true situation of affairs by charging that Mr. North had been bribed to allow the Filipinos to land, whereas the fact was Mr. North denied them a landing. Mr. Banning stated that Stone told him that he wanted to be revenged upon North and get $.VX) o.ut of •him, otherwise he wished to enter a charge of bribery against him. Mr. Banning assured the "colonel" that he was contmltting a felony by offering to compound a felony, where upon Stone admitted that he did not know that he was about to commit any offense. Stone was unable to produce any witnesses in support of his false and slanderous assertion, and left the office after declaring that he would start at once for Washington to lay the matter before the Commissioner of Immigration. Mr. Banning expressed his belief yester day that Stone is Insane. MIDWEEK NOTES AT THE THEATERS EMMA NEVADA'S return Is some thing of a social as well as a musi cal event. She will be heard In :-~~~~~ concert at the California Theater Monday evening and Wednesday mati nee, assisted by Mr, Louis Blumenburg, 'cellist, and Mr. Se'.den Pratt,- pianist. The subscription list is filling rapidly and fortells success for the engagement. •."The Christian" continues to fill the Co lumbia. It will be Been for one more week. after which the James-Kidder-Hanford combination will present a revival of "The Winter's Tale." "With Flying Colors" is the attraction at the California for the present week, closing with a performance on Sunday night. On Tuesday, January 9, Pinero's "The Princess and the Butterfly" will be given for the first time. The production of "Chlmmie Fadden," which Is still 'at the Alcazar, will be suc ceeded by "The Mysterious Mr. Bugle," in which Irene Everett will make her ap pearance. "Slnbad" is a success at the Grand and will be continued next week with new songs and specialties. . . The Tivoli is doing well with, "Little Bo- Peep.'! It will.be followed by an elabor ate production of "The Idol's Eye." At the Orpheum Fougere and Dorothy Drew are proving themselves popular. The attractions for next week are the Sisters EHnore. who will present George Cohan's latest piece, "Dangerous Mrs. Delaney," • Frank Latona, John and Nel lie McCarthy and Charles A. Gardner. De Pachmann will be heard in Chopin recitals at Sherman & Clay Hall this af ternoon, and again Saturday. The pro gramme for to-day is as follows: Sonate, Op. 33, In B flat minor. Introducing the Funeral March: Ballade, Op. 23. O minor; Barcarole, Op. 60. F sharp major; Etude, Op. 25 No. 1.-A flat; Nocturne. Op. 65, No. 1; Valse, Op. 64. No. I: three Mazurkas. Op. E«. No. 2, Op. 67.- No. 1, and Op. 63, No. 1; Berce use, Op. 57. D flat; Grand Polonai8«. Op. 23, A flat major. - Murray and Mack give a professional matinee -of "Flnnlgan r s Ball" at the Al hambra this afternoon. The next attrac tion •is the Rentz-Santley Company In "An Affair of Honor." Gottlob. Marx Company and Belasco & Thall will place a stock company, in tne McDonough Theatre, Oakland, opening about the Ist of February. The feature of the amateur performance at the Chutes Theatre to-night will be "Li' Hung Chang's Chinese Rag-Time Specialists." . \ The sale of seats for the series of Sym phony concerts under the direction of Henry Holmes at the Grand Opera. House will begin at Sherman, Clay & Co.'s this morning at 9 o'clock. Two More Divorce Suits Filed. OAKLA-ND, Jan. 3.— Carrie F. Stedman filed suit to-day for a divorce from Arthur Stedman on the ground of desertion. John W. Bourdette appears as her attorney. Suit for divorce was also filed to-day by Marguerite Kenyon. through her attor neys. Fitch & Ormsby, against Frajik Kenyon, plaintiff alleging failure to pro vide as the ground for her cause of action. Dr. Wheeler at Stanford. BERKELEY, Jan. 3.— An Invitation has been received by the president and faculty of the University of California to be present at the formal dedication of the new library building at . Stanford Uni versity on the afternoon of, January 11. The Invitation has been accepted. Berke ley will be represented on the occasion by President ' Benjamin Ide Wheeler, Librarian J. C. Russell, Professor Isaac Flagg and Professor E. W-. HUgard. . . ?: life-saving i«>rvlce ar.d revenue cutter service. The bill provides that after a certain length of eervice they are to be retired on pension; length of rervice and amounts to be allowed them to be fixed by the Treasury llepartmetit. Ta pension employe* of the Government who arc seriously injured while on duty. To increase the salary of the Assistant Ap pra'.ter at £an FranoStco from XZU*> to $3000. To i*?nsion Georxe W. FraehT. Charles E. Colton an<i Mrs. Annie C. Fletcher, all of Los Ar.geles. By Judge Barham— For the erection of a pub lic bullions at Eureka. CaJ., at a cost "of JlOO, 000. To create a Perartment of nines and Mining. •ArproprtatlnK jnoo for the construction of a telephone between the Humboldt Bay- life-sav ing station and Eureka. ' .'. - ' To pension 'A. P. Morble. C. P. Gallagher. Robert B. Logan and Patrick H. Hurley, all of California. By Representative N*edham— To correct the military record of John Moody of Tulare. To »eßslon Mrs. Louise Adams of San Ber nardino. Increasing- the pension of George C. Bean of Visalla to J" and that of Jacob \V. Koula of Ontario to 100 i-er month. Removing the charge of des<ertlon from the military record o£ I. T. Griffith of National City. ¦:•¦-- By R^rrefer.tatlve Waters— lncreasing th« pension of Albert E. Meigs ot Los Angelee to $30 jw>r month. . liemovinjf the chars* of desertion from the military record of Jara«-« L>orsey cf Los An- Kelwi. Alexander P. Merrill was to-day ap pointed Postmaster at Campbell, Santa Clara County, vice L. Weltzenberg, re moved; Mrs. Mary K. Jones at Mllpitas, Santa Clara County, vice Antonio F. Cunha, removed. Both were recommended by Representative Loud. Senator Perkins to-day had passed by tho Senate a resolution directing the Geo logical Survey to supply Congress,with all the information, charts, maps, etc., rela tive to Cii4>e Nome mining district. Alaska. Senator Perkins will to-morrow intro duce a bill for the erection of a monument to Commodore John D. Sloat at Monterey. FANCY JUGGLING WITH SALARIES AT STOCKTON Old Positions Abolished and New -. Ones Created at a Higher Wage Bate. SACRAMENTO, Jan. 3.— A shrewd at tempt on the part of the management of the Stockton Insane Asylum, or State Hos pital, in the polite usage which now ob tains, to defeat the spirit of the revised salary schedule was disclosed at a meet ing of the State Lunacy Commission held at a late hour this afternoon. It will be recalled that at a meeting of the commis sion held a month ago the salaries at all the State asylums were cut down, the ag gregate reduction at Stockton amounting to $.440 per year. For example, the salary of the medical superintendent was cut from $291 C6 to $250, while that of his tirst assistant was shaved down from $20S 33 to $175 per month. Similar reductions were ordered all down the line of employes. The management of the Stockton asylum to-day submitted its first salary roll since the revised schedule was adopted. It pre pented the claims of the mealcal superin teudenfand his first- assistant at the old figures. Then it proceeded to play smash with the new schedule by advancing em ployes whose salaries had been cut into positions where their salaries would be as much or more than they had been before. The new' schedulo abolished the position of general mechanic, salary $50 a month, but the payroll manipulators have found him a Jod as carpenter in the female de partment at. JGS a month. The assistant plumber, whose salary was cut, has been promoted to plumber in the female de partment at restored income. The gar dener, whose salary of $35 had been cut to $30 by the recent master stroke of econ omy, has found a new job as orchardißt at $45 a month, although it is declared that there is no orchard at Stockton for him to look after. ?..!: The vegetable gardener, who under the new schedule was to receive $35 per month, puts in a claim for $45 as some other func tionary, and a summing up of the payroll aa presented to-day shows that it seeks to expend at Stockton $305 per month more than was contemplated by the new schedule. The commission 13. resolved that if the medical superintendent and his assistants want their pay at the old rate they must sue for it. Action will doubless be taken to upset the promotions made by the man agement aa a subterfuge for insuring a return to the original salaries. '.-;; >.¦;.-. 9 WOMEN'S CLUBS TO UNITE. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3.— For the pur pose of forming a State federation of women's clubs a convention will be held in Los Ancelcs January 16. 17 and 19. While the women's clubs in the northern part of the State have objected to a State organization, fearing the Identity of individual clubs would be lost in the larger organization, this fear has been eliminated, and at a preliminary meeting to-day gratifying reports came from San Francisco saying that a State federation is desired. Mrs. Robert J. Burdette is an enthusiast on the subject. On her recent visit to Sap Francisco she succeeded in re moving much opposition. Mrs. E. F. Bowles and Mrs. H. D. West of the Pasa dena Club have been appointed delegates to the convention. m , ¦ Burglar Captured. WOOD.LAND, Jan. 3.— A well dressed young man who gives his name as J. B. Ray% and who says he recently, came from Portland^ was caught In the act of rob bing E. Praet'B Jewelry store about mid night Tuesday. Ray admits that early in the evening he stole fourteen hata and forty caps from the Byrns Hotel sample room. • Will Prosecute Ross. SAN DIEGO. Jan. 3.— At a meeting of the Board of Supervisors to-day a. reso lution was passed directing th« -District Attorney, as the representative of this county, to offer his aid. in the prosecution of- Henry Ross, who murdered Deputy Sheriff w. J. Ward of this county while the latter was taking him to San Quentin to serve out a. ten-year sentence for.bur glary *lSfiß Elton Chosen as Chief. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3.— The Police Commission this afternoon elected Charles Elton chief of police to succeed .John Glass, resigned. - " CIVIL SUIT FILED AGAINST SWEIGERT Mrs. Schmoll Charges Him With Embezzling Money Belonging to the Heirs. SAN JOSE, Jan. 3.— Another move was made, to-day by Mrs. Carotine Schmoll and other heirs of the late Adam Swelgert to prevent Jonathan Swelgert from acting as executor of his father's estate.* Last Friday an opposition to him was filed by Caroline Sweigert, a grandchild of testa tor, which made sensational charges of embezzlement and attacked his Integrity. This time the move is in the shape of a civil suit and attachments by Mrs. Caro line Schmoll, for herself and also as as signee of four ' children of a deceased brother; The action was commenced in San Mateo County, and to-day Sheriff Langford and his deputies were busy muking wholesale attachments of inter eats and property of Jonathan Swelgert. In the suit Mrs. Schmoll seeks to re cover $12,500 alleged to be due her and-for $12,500 more. a? assignee of Carrie, VVi} liam. George and James Sweigert. chil dren of a deceased brother. It is claimed these amounts have been due the plain tiffs since December 29 last and are sums collected by Jonathan Swelgert for them but never turned over. The Interests of Jonathan Swelgert In nropertv at First and St. John streets, \Vest San • Fernando, near First, Second and Julian streets, and six lots in Cook and Branham Addition, this city, have been attached, also the Sweigert estate property in San Francisco and $37,000 cash in the bank.'- • , . In the opposition, presented against Jonathan Sweigert being granted letters of administration on his fathers estate he Is charged with having appropriated J25.000 collected as rents and profits of the estate to his own use and also with re taining $70,000 received for sale of a build ing belonging to his father, and the suit fild in San Xlateo is evidently based on these transactions. The fight oVer the administration of the Adam Sweigert estate will be a long one and the nearly half million estate of the old pioneer will shrink considerably before the attorneys are through with it. • ELMEB NICHOLS MISSING. •Discovery That He Has Sold Dupli- cat© Salary Warrants. LOS ANGELES, Jan. 3.— Elmer Nichols, a deputy in the office of his brother. County Auditor T. E. Nichols, has not occupied his desk for two weeks. He went away on a vacation, and in his absence it was discovered that he had sold his salary claims to various persons for many months in advance, that, now prove to be duplicates. • ' It is understood 'that he has employed this method of raising money for many months. The full amount is not known. Nichols has a daughter by a former wife, and was engaged to marry a young woman well known in the northern part of the State. The missing man is a eon or John C. Nichols, the tirst Mayor of Los Anceles. and a brother of D. B. Nichols, a well-known, mining engineer residing in Mexico. Hartford Again Afloat. ' VALLEJO, Jan. 3.— The Hartford was floated out of the drydock to-day, where she has been detained for nearly three months. The detention was caused by the discovery of unsound outside planking by Naval Constructor Hlbbs, who was deter mined that the Hartford's condition should be as good as her record when the construction department was through with her. The Hartford is now in prime condition. Incendiaries in Tuscon. TUCSON. Ariz.. Jan. 3.— At daylight fire destroyed" $10,000 worth 'of lumber in the Tucson Lumber Company's yards. The fire started in five different places and was no doubt of Incendiary origin. This Is the second fire under similar circum stances in these yards within a month. Inquest on Thomas. ..MERCED. Jan. 3.— After examining the witnesses the Coroner's' Jury In the case of, Charles A. Thomas, who was shot on Wednesday last by the girl he had de ceived, rendered the .following verdict: "That Thomas came to his -death Vy a gunshot wound 'inflicted by Miss-Silvey while under extreme mental strain.'..' Miss Sllvey dldnot appear a,t the Inquest, but was represented by her attorney. J. w Knox. DROWNED WHILE HUNTING. Frank Hausmann of This City Meets Death Near Fairville. SONOMA. Jan. 3.— Frank Hausmann was accidentally drowned near Fairvllle at about 10:30 o'clock this morning while out hunting. He was standing erect In a boat preparatory to making a shot *hen he lost his balance and Ml into the water. His home is In San Francisco, where he worked at his trade as carpenter. He was a native of Michigan, about 35 years of age and unmarried. The body has not been recovered. • • ROYAL YACHT VICTORIA AND ALBERT DAMAGED Attempt to Float the New Craft at Pembroke Proves TJis-. astrous. LONDON, Jan. 3.— An attempt made to undock me new royal yacht Victoria and Albert at Pembroke this morning proved disastrous. Immediately after she floated the yacht listed thirty degrees to port and starboard bilge keel became lammed The strain was so great that lh?™« sixteen Inches square used In an attempt to prop her were doubled up and Sn Tne^U ex "nVo^Thfe damage cannot yet be ascertained, but tt is understood that the coal bunkers and bulkheads are twisted, the engines 'trained and the bot tom plates bulged inward. A , lar **-S a " s of workmen is employed sheering the \e-s sel so as to prevent her capsizing and 300 tons of Iron ballast have been taken out. It is hoped that the yacht may be go» out to-morrow. ' , Burglar Sullivan's Appeal. OAKLAND. Jan. 3.— C. C. Sullivan, the Alameda burglar, whose pal. Bert Will more, was shot and killed, appeared he fore Judge Hall again to-day for sentence, but the matter went over another week, Atmrney Crowley stating that he desired further time for preparing a bill of excep tions on appeal. Foster's Condition Critical. OAKLAND. Jan. 3.— The Improvement noted last night in the condition of John A Foster who was run down by a trolley car New Year's day. was not evident to day Foster is still delirious at times and food Is administered with difficulty. The Receiving Hospital physicians give out no hopes. • ••.-•;- Deacon Is Fined. OAKLAND, Jan. 3.— Police Judge Smith to-day denied a motion to set* aside the verdict in the case of Thomas Deacon, who was Saturday convicted of gambling, and sentenced Deacon to pay a fine of $100, with the alternative of going to jail for fifty days. Attomeja Frlck. Church and Pulclfer. who represent the defend ant, will appeal to the Superior Court. Deacon was arrested in a raid on a crap game in the rear of Joe Rosenberg's ealoon. ENGINEER WILSON TO SUE FOR A DIVORCE OAKLAND, Jan. '3.— George L. Wilson, engineer of the "Owl" express and well known throughout the State as a promi nent member of railway labor organlza tldns, will to-morrow file suit In the Su perior Court for a divorce from Sarah E. Wilson. The complaint prepared by Attorney Hugh Shatter Aldrich and signed by En gineer Wilson to-night alleges simple de sertion. The parties were married twenty years ago at Berenda, Madera County, where Mrs. Wilson in her palmy days was a social belle of considerable distinc tion. The fruit of their union was five children, several of whom are now also married, and the couple through frugal habits of economy have amassed a for tune amounting to about $25,000, chiefly in real estate situated in Tulare and Merced counties. According to the complaint, Mrs. "Wilson suddenly, one day about a year ago, de serted her husband and returned to her wealthy parents at Berenda, ! where she has resided ever since. Engineer Wilson asks that tne community -property be divided. Eight Years to Reform School. OAKLAND. Jan. 3.— Judge Hall to-day sentenced Freddie Canning, aged 13 years, to spend the remaining eign.. years of his minority at the Preston Reform School. The boy was convicted of a criminal as sault upon a little Alameda girl named Mary Ewing some months ago. REMAINS OF MRS HALL LAID TO REST Oakland Office San Francisco Call, SOS Broadway, Jan. 3. The fur.eral of Mrs. Maud Noyes Hall. late wife cf Frederic W. Hall, the attor ney, took place this afternoon at three o'clock from the family T( sld^nce at UJft Grove street. It was largely attended be friends of the deceased and the rooms were filled with f.oral offerings. The frvlc^s were conducted by Key. 'Robert Ritchie, rector of St. 'Paul's Epis copal Church, cf which Mrs. -Hall was a prominent member. After the ceremony the remains, followed by a- long funeral • cortege, were borne to the receiving vault at Mountain View Cemetery, where they will remain until forwarded to the former home of deceased In Washington, D C. The pall-bearers were Frame Brown. Charles Allen. Frank M. Smith. J. Acker. Charles Houghton. Karry Gordon, gylvatias Famham and H. C. Taft. WHEELER SAYS MOST POLITICIANS ARE HONEST OAKLAND. Jan. 3.— President Benja min Ide Wheolor of the University of California lectured this evening at Hamil ton Hall under the auspices of the Board of Trade. He takes a highly optimistic view* of the future of this republic, but said that in a republican form of govern ment politicians must of necessity exldt. He took the stand that all men should be in politics so far as it Is necessary to con trol public affairs for good. "People in a republic." he declared, "must be ready to conform to the wishes of the majority. Many difficulties con front the nation at present, but I am con fident that a satisfactory solution will be worked out before the "end of the year. Politics and politicians are necessary. We must have them. They are a component part of our government, and I think the majority of them are honest." FIFTY YEARS A RESIDENT OF CALIFORNIA NILES, Jan. 3.— A unique Christmas celebration was held at the old family home of the Tyson family in Niles, when Mrs. Emellne Tyson, surrounded by a large family of children and grandchil dren celebrated her fiftieth Christmas day In California. Of the thirty-faur guests who were present twenty-six were her direct descendants and the others were all closely related to her. among them being her two brothers. Not the least Interesting thing connected with the dinner was the fact that Mrs, Tyson, with her own hands, prepared the old-fashion ed Christmas dinner which the guests en joyed. Mrs. Tyson is the widow of the late Wil liam H. Tyson and is 71 years old. They settled on the old homstead. where the celebration was held. In 1843. Those pres ent on this occasion were: Mr. and Mrs. W H. Tyson Jr.. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tyon Mr. and Mrs. John Tyson. Mr. and Mrs David Tyson. Mr. and Mrs. Ben jamin Tyson. Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Mor tensteln. Mary Fitzgerald, David and Percy Morrison. SHE WAS A VICTIM OF THE TROLLEY-CAR OAKLAND. Jan. 3.— Catherine Geary, to-day filed suit against the Oakland Transit Company for the recovery of $5000 damages for alleged personal injuries, to gether with $131 70 for medicines and med ical treatment. According to the com plaint prepared by Attorney J. L. Geary Jr.. plaintiff, while in the act of alighting from an electric car at Twelfth and Chest nut streets, Oakland, was violently thrown to the ground by reason of the car sud denly starting without warning to plain tin*, whereby she sustained severe and painful injuries to her right leg and ankle, and her nervous system was greatly shocked. Incapacitating her from perform ing her home duties. ANOTHER HONOR FOR PRESIDENT WHEELER BERKELEY. Jan. B.— President Ben- Jainln Ide Wheeler of the University of California' received a letter from the East to-day apprising him of another public honor which has recently been conferred upon him. Lrfist week he was •cJlofen corresponding member of the Imperial Archa»*oloelcaJ Institute of Ger ¦niatiy. This morning a note arrived from General Secretary F. Stanley Root of the American Social Science Association, an nouncing that the president of the State University . hnd had an honorary mem bership in that organization conferred uprort hten by nomination of the executive Council. >: The American Social Science Associa tion is one of the. oldest scientific socie ties in the United States, its work being known cizipfy through its publication, "The American Journal of Social .Science." Membership in it ccnstltuu-s at ihe came time membership in the Na tional Institute of Art. Science and Letter*. The president is Charles Dud ley Werner. »nd it numbers in its ranks the most eminent men of letters, artists, scientists and scholars in the country. followed by the request for Clark'3 res ignation. When asked whether she had advised Miss Hlpklna not to Join the choir she said: Qt&& "I always advise my pupils to be careful as to what choirs or singing societies they join when they are beginning to sin*. I Intend to keep on doing so ana I don't want to be stepped on, rolled in the mud and then have It rubbed into me." Mrs. Clark Is deeply moved by the treat ment accorded her husband, yet finds con solation in the expressed appreciation of members of the church that they are sorry for what has happened. Mrs. J. Alexander Campbell declares she did not consider Mr. Clark's remarks tib- Jectlonable. and Mr. Rowlands refuses to be interviewed on the subject. THE NEW PRIVATE SECRETARY VICTOR H. HENDERSON. tf=^\ ERKELEY. Jan. 3,-Victr.r H. C' — ik Henderson, the newly elected prt )) vate secretary of President Ben " jamin Ide Wheeler of the Univer sity of California, assumed hl3 duties on the first of the year. The position was created by the regents and Mr. Henderson appointed thereto at their last meeting of the old year. The ap pointment Is a popular on© at the uni versity, for ¦ Mr. Henderson has made himself an Important part of the new organization of the university. Since President Wheeler has been in charge Mr. Henderson has been in charge of the press work of the university and has been doing much work that should fall upon a secretary, and it was finally de cided to reward him with the position. Mr. Henderson is a newspaper man. He has been assistant city editor of the Los Angeles Times and has done much newspaper work of various kinds, though he is still a young man. T7 IVERMORE. Jan. 3.-The friends - > .^V of John R. Merchant In this city •' L /; r ' rp m Pleased with h!s- record as >''\ ?/ W»k ' 7 a !!f< * " aver that th * v tendered .;• :¦¦¦/.££%< :rt^~'';. y^M*m®^ h!m a Christmas banquet In recognition ' /*« - Ha *£***> ¦ t4>*«P^& of what ho ha« done at different ' tinrvj / * &£ss&'¦ "- , iMMsim in his career. The «ory of how Mr. /f-'V KS^M|'Jem^^^l Merchant saved the life of Nellie Parker £ v iS^S? - «feJ« «?4 at Sacramento last spring ha» already O tCPWS- "^ ' : ' /; ;^^^l been told, and it was some weeks ago t^ ' 'j^^^^M that Charles Parker of Sacramento s~nt ; '^^^^^ 2>lr. Merchant a har.dsome gold naed?.! In fy^jp* 1? •*d^^* Jw^pSJEBiK more, has been the recipient of many V^'^ i ljtm^^^^? i ' < T^^l^Bm ct -cratulatlons end his friends save hf:n PK|lTO^Hpp' : ' ¦ Sgtfr"?WJH the testimonial banquet ts their recog- gjßß|BCg^: :^k^CTfe~ ; v fljM!i&sB&s The life of the Parker girl 1* not the <-r.lv one That Mr. Merchant has to h!s 7 ' £*&%&& ' cr*--".!:. Some years npo he rosrv.d John JB^F^^F Aylward Jr. from the hole In the Arroyo Moucho, near Llvermore, an '. the came year he drew Bert Worth from the same place In time, to save his life. Ralph Bangs and Walter Hunter have both been rescued by Mr. Merchant jowv w mprpuavt from probable watery graves an£ the JOHN *¦ MER CHANT. young Ufa saver has a long series of heroic acts standing to hl3 credit. JUDGE OGDEN'S HOLD-UPS WERE BOYS ON A LARK They Shouted "Merry Christmas." Oakland Office San Francisco Call, . 90S Broadway. Jan. 3. The "hold-up" of Superior Judge F. B." Ogden on Christmas eve has been a sub ject of gleeful Jibe notwithstanding seri ous police Investigation since his Honor reported that two men with revolvers had tried to stop and rob him. Xow it seems that Judge Ogden was not held up at all and that the highwaymen with revolvers and masks were, only three boys on their way home after a Christmas eve celebration. The robbers who wanted eitheY the money or the life of the Judge were largely creatures of his imagina tion. When the case was reported to the police searching parties were sent out in every direction and the neighborhood, which is well populated, was thoroughly searched. As a result of the search two tramps were captured near San Pablo avenue and three boys were found about two blocks below the convent.- These boys told stories that showed conclusively that Judge Og-den had mistaken them for rob bers. Filled with the spirit of the holiday they determined to surprise the lone rider whom they saw approaching. When op posite the convent they met the man in the buggy and with wild shout they wished htm a midnight "Merry Christ mas." There was some waiving of arms and acrobatic efforts that startled Judge Ogden from his probable reverie as to whether or not a man should be per mitted to remain out late at nights. . "We saw the man hit the horse a lick and drive on hard, and after a little while he came back with a policeman in the buggy and began to look around," ex plained the boys to the police. This is Just what the Judge did and it Is now becoming known that Judge Og den's stand-up was merely the boisterous Jest of some boyish revelers, who suc ceeded only too well in trying to startle their victim. "I do not want to say that Judge Ogrden is not right," said Chief of Police Hodg kins, ll but our men found three young fellows who admit having acted just about as Judge Ogden said the highwaymen acted. The inference is that Judge Ogden may have been mistaken, though I do not say that this is so." SAID "KNOCKERS," AND A SINGERS' WAR WAS ON Oldest Church Choir in Disruption. Oakland Office San Francisco Call, 908 Broadway, Jan. 3. Because of a remark about "knockers," which was casually dropped by a choir member of one of the leading churches In Oakland, a singers' war has been Inaugur ated that may end In the disruption of the First Presbyterian Church choir— one of the oldest organizations of its' kind in Oakland. The trouble arose over a most trivial matter, yet, as a result, Benjamin Clark, for twelve years choirmaster r.t the First Presbyterian Church, was asked for and tendered his resignation which was pronlptly accepted. Moreover, two other prominent members of both church and choir have also resigned, an<i the church trustees have been taxed to their utmost to keep the affair from reaching the mem bers of the congregation and the gencril public. Where the war will end is a mat ter of darkest conjecture. The innocent cause of the crash is Miss Grace Hipkins, daughter of Dr. Henry Hlpklns of this city. It appears, from all accounts, that Mlbs Hipkins had been in troduced to Choirmaster Clark by Miss Aimee Mervy as a young lady possessed of a sweet contralto voice and an ambi tion to attain distinction in the world of music. The question of Miss Hlpklns' qualifications as a candidate for member ship in the choir was based by the choir master upon the condition that her Voice prove satisfactory. On the following Sat urday evening the young lady's voice was to have been tested, but she failed to keep the appointment. Her absence was men tioned the next day at a meeting of the quartet of the church choir, consisting cf Mrs. J. Alexander Campbell, Mrs. Carrie Brown-Dexter, Ben Clark and i Clement Rowlands. An intimation that Miss Hlp klns ¦ had been dissuaded from attending rehearsal by Mrs. Dexter met with an ad mission. Then the expression "that th»re are evidently knockers in the choir" fell from the lips of Choirmaster Clark. The effect was like that of a thunder clap from a clear sky. Mr. Clark was asked "if he was personal in his re marks." His answer that "if the cap f.ts, it can be worn," brought on the storm full raging. Mrs. Dexter and Mr. Row lands, taking exception to the remark*, immediately tendered their resignations and on the following Sunday Mr. Clark was called to dance on the carpet before the trustees. He admitted having referred to "knockers" and "the cap that fits." and his resignation was asked and promptly tendered. •¦'-.'¦¦•¦ :.- ; Miss Hlpklns, who was entirely Inrts cent in the matter, expresses her sorrow that such a stormy singers' war should have followed her failure to keep an ap pointment. Mrs. Carrie Brown-Dexter shuddered at the thought of making the whole affair public, yet she volunteered the information that she "considered Mr. Clark's remarks in the nature of an In sult." She declares she had no words with Mr. Clark, but that there was a trial and a full statement before the trustees. HAS SAVED MANY LIVES. DELANOY AGAIN THREATENED BY LETTER-WRITER The Given Name of Suspect Disclosed. ALAMEDA, Jan. 3.— Another anony mous letter was received to-day by F. N. Delanoy. The missive this time bears the postmark of San Francisco. There was no handwriting. The envelope con tained only a published picture of Mr. Delanoy at the bottom of which were ihe printed words in large black type, "Weak and puny man, beware." • In a letter published this afternoon, De lanoy discloses the given name of the per son whom he suspects. He addresses iilm familiarly as Georgle. The nameless pen man, Delanoy insists, Is well known in Alameda. He knows no motive for the attacks, as the suspect has never had any difnculty with him. The paper on which the first letter was written furnishes Delanoy with his clew to the identity of the suspect. It Is the kind of wrapping paper which usually en folds blank newspaper. Delanoy was for merly in the paper business in San Fran cisco. The suspect is himself in the paper business, and it is through this fact that he is able to trace a direct connection be tween the man and the stationery used to threaten him with. .-.-.. In addition to the letter to the public Delanoy gives voluntary indorsements from a number of his friends. They read: A scoundrel beneath contempt. W. W. HASKEL.U A cur that should be kicked out of the com munity. F. K. KRAUTH. Chief of Fire Department. ' The anonymous letters are contemptible. I can hardly think (hat any citizen of Alameda is so degraded. Hunt him down. GEORGE H. BEW. Those letters are from some scamp who will surely receive the treatment that he deserves. I hope you will nail him. H. Q. EIMER. Could not come from a man. but from a cur and coward of the worst type. GEORGE REXNER. The anonymous letters are scandalous, and must come from the brain of wme degenerate, whose proper place is San Quentln. E. J>. JL'DD. When detected he must take any punishment given him, as he has no defense. JOSEPH MESSER. The anonymous letters you have shown roe, like all communications of their kind, emanate from some cowardly cur. I hope you will ex pose the author so that we can treat him with the conterout he deserves. F. H. McCORMICK. THE S AX FRANCISCO CALL, THURSDAY, JANUARY 4, 1900. OF INTEREST TO THE COAST Groff for Postmaster of Los Angeles. Special Ditratch to The Call. WASHINGTON. Jan. 3.— Representative Waters reeommeridf-d to-day for Post master at Los Angeles Judge Lewis A. Groff. He was formerly Commissioner of the General Land Office under Presi dent Harrison, and his record as such •was one of the best ever made in that department. Judge Groff Is a well-known lawyer in Southern California and Mr. Waters feels that his Fflectioo will meet with- the approval of a great majority of the ptople of Los Angeles. Among the other applicant? were Molt Flint, John Koster (brother-in-law of Speaker Hen derson), Charles A. Toll, F. J. Cressey, J. H. Ehoulter? and Perry W. Ross. The Poftofflce Department to-day established the office of cashier for the Los Angeles po?tofiice. ¦ Since his arrival in Washingv>n Congressman Waters has been laboring to bring this about and finally ha* succored in convincing the Postmaster General of its necessity. When It is known that no more than fifteen or twenty cities in the United States are consider^ of enough impor tance to maintain this office, its estab lishment in Los Ar.ftlts may be con sidered a great trtoapfa and a full recog nition of the iTjmnu rcial importance of the city. The salary is from 11500 to tOOQ. and Mr. • Waters will recommend a man for the place to-morrow. The California delegation will in the future have weekly conferences upon legislative n-iatters pertaining to Cali fornia. It will probably select Repre sentative Loud, who is the oldest member In point of service and has the confluence of all of his colleagues, as chairman. ' Representative Metcalf will be chosen secretary. Representative de Vries, al though a Democrat, will be asked to pur-. tldpate in the proceedings. The following California bills were in troduced to-day: By Senator Perkins— Providing for the mire rr.ea of officer* and rnea of the lisrhtlio'j*e and SOCIETY MAN ARRESTED BY IRATE TAILOR Hiller Allen Is "De ¦;£ tamed." Hiller Allen, stepson of J. M. Costlgan. the prominent wool merchant, and well known in Oakland society, is at outs with, his tailor and is also languishing In dur ance vile by reason of his inability to make good for a suit of clothes be ob tained. He was taken into custody In Oakland late last night by Arthur H. Williams of the firm of Williams Bros., tailors, at It Sutter street, and his aristocratic name was entered on the "small book" at tha City Prison. Some weeks "ago Allen clothed hl3 graceful form in natty raiment and posed as one of the local swells. He fell from grace last night while walking past the City Hall. Young Williams visited the Athenian city last night for the pur pose of coming to an understanding with his customer, and when he saw Allen near the City Hall, Williams accosted, him and invited him to step into the Chiefs office to explain the transaction over the suit of clothes. AU>n was unable to explain the matter satisfactorily to those vitally interested. and his name was entered on the detenue book and he .was held until Williams could swear to a warrant for his arrest. • It is said that Allen gave a piece of pa per In lieu of money as consideration for the clothes. After he had left the store it was found that the note or check was worthless, and Williams Brothers, dislik ing to cause such an Illustrious person trouble, wrote him that $50 was due them for the garments. Youns Allen overlooked the epistle, and as a result the tailors decided to take summary action. The consequence was that Allen and his clothes were locked up for the night. It is probable that he will be charged to-day with having obtained money on false pretenses. OF THE. } \ Übat cities // OAKLAND ALAMEDA COUNTY BERKELEY [ [ or the • i ":m 9 JOHN R. MERCHANT.