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Empire of the Grave Danger Thai Now uonironis -vX. A. SYLVA. WHILE the host of lawyers repre- ; sentins the heirs and the execu tors of the will of the late James Q. Fair were occupying. the hours In Judge Troutt's court yesterday, appar ently eparrlngr for time In which to con sider the various kaleidoscopic change? in the famous ca«e -within th<» last few days. the "representatives of Mrs. Craven were engaged in an effort to locate the respon sible parties to what they evidently re garded as a gold brick game of the rawest description. Last. Wednesday evening a statement was given newspaper men a.t Sausalito by Dan 811nkey. a poundmaster, that in a garret he had unearthed a. musty register of the El Monte Hotel for the year 1892. and that in ; this register. under' date of July 23. was the entry "James G. Fair and wife." It was the common opinion of plaintiffs counsel that this purported discovery . was a trap laid for them, the idea being to get Mrs. Cra ven to admit under oath that she h*«l passed 'the night at the hotel with Senator Fair and then to prove that no such re« ister existed. '¦If a trap it- was. plaintiff's lawyers wen) too shrewd for the game and spiked the guns- of the enemy before 1 the skirmis^i. : When the case was resumed in Judge Troutt'a 'court at ¦& fc^v . xnlnut&s ' tiftt-i* 11 o'clock" Mrs. Craven was put upon the stand land j her examination concluded by Attorney. Lafe Pence. - "Mrs; Fair," he said, "did you ever pass Continued on Second Page. miles east of Honey Nest Kloof, is protecting the . rear, keeping communications open. The Boers in Zululand are pushing back the British flying column. Should the former take Eshowe they would have a' small seaport quite close at hand. This move has again revived the talk of encouraging the Zulus to de fend their territory against the foe." In the House of Commons last night Mr. Chamberlain and Mr. Balfour, answering ques tions on this subject, hinted in LOXDOX, Feb. 1 6.— Once again the curtain has dropped on the great war drama which is being enacted in South Africa. Lord Roberts, with one cavalry division and two infantry divisions, has van ished into the dust of the sandy veldt and is circling round to ward Kimberley, while Lord Me thuen is watching the Boers at Magersfontein. From Pretoria comes a report that a large British foice had moved toward Colenso and en camped at Bosch Kop. This would seem to indicate that Gen eral Btiller was again on the move. With respect to the operations of Lord Roberts, surmises were plentiful. As to the exact\spot on which the flanking is . Iving carried out, the view was gener ally held that French, the cavary leader, was operating consider ably to the east of Jacobsdal. 1%. Kiels Drift, on Riet River, where) the Sixth and Seventh divisions crossed on Tuesday and Wed- nesday, is fifteen miles to the southeast of the Modder • River \ , camp. Rondeval Drift is on! the Modder, and about fifteen miles east. -of. Magersfontein. Klip Drift is still farther to the east. These were captured by French and Gordon. The Sixth and Seventh divis ions should now be on the line of the Modder, between Jacobsdal and Bloemfontein, while Colonel Hannay, at Ramdam, twelve BOER LARGER, NEAR LADYSMITH,' Tuesday, Jeb. 13.— Yesterday General Botha, with a small force, crossed the.Tugelq to a deserted British camp, where he encouQtered fifty lancers, of whori) thirteen were Killed, five wounded and nine tal^en prisoners. One of tbe prisoners was sent to tell the British to fetcb tbeir wounded. Jamen G. Fair In $au»alito prior to the year I.HJM. brat cnve no other date. I have ninny* kept Mr*. IVettle R. Craven in the be lief that I would testify n« a trlt thnt I marrlrtl her to Senator K«lr :»»• nbove »et forth. The truth is 1 never knt-w Senator Jiimei G. Fair In my life. I never knew or »nw Mn. Xettie R. (.'ra ven nnttl I »an her flrwt in Sun. ftalito in the month of Aafrnat, ISDO. I never performed an> mnrrliißp ceremony nor nolemn izetl any nmrriacf between .Vet tie It. Craven and Senator Jame» <>. Fair In Sannalito or anywhere elae. I never »aw them or either of them In Snnnallto or anywhere elae, nnd I know tfanf tbe ntorf of her hnvlns been married to Senntor Fair by me In a fabrica tion and n frnnil. Yesterday afternoon 3lr. Pence broagbt the Exnmlnrr, Chronicle and Call reporters to me and anked me to tell them the story I have above stated. I did no that Mr. Pence would not suspect that I would not appear as bin witness on behalf of his client. Mr*. Cra ven. The time has now come when I believe It to be in the In terest of jnntlee to nnmaak the conspiracy mid to tell the whole truth in connection with It. I make this atlldnvlt freely and voluntarily, without any com pensation whatever for the same, and i<m willing: to appear aa a witness before the Superior Court, where tbe action Is now pendinc before his Honor. Jndtce Trnntt, and testify to the above facts, as they are absolutely true In every onrticnl.tr. GF,ORr.K. AY. SHIPTOX. Snbncrlbed and nirorn to before me thin IT. 11l clay of i-Vlirunry, 1000. JOHN lIIWT, Jadßr of the Superior (onrl, City «ml f'onnty of San Francisco. Wltnrimi GEORGG A. KNIGHT. Swears That He Never Married James G. Fair and Mrs. Craven, but Was to Receive $10,000 to Say So. SIMPTON WAS TO TELL A PERJURED TALE IN COURT Another Chapter of Sensations Is Added to the Notorious Litigation in Which Many Reputations Have Been Lost in Pursuit of Rich Game. r § expected has happened. Another sensation has been sprung in the celebrated litigation over J[ the will and estate of James G. Fair, and several more reputations are dangling in the midair of accusation and suspicion. A /"etc days ago Mrs. Xcttie R. Craven, zi'ho has been striving to vein a zvidovj's rights and privileges and a share of the estate, startled the opposition forces to her by pro ducing another apparently important witness, a George W. Simpton, ex-Justice of the Peace of Sausa lito. He was thrust fonuard with the astounding announcement that he had married Mrs. Craven and James G. Fair in ISO 2. The sponsor of Simpton ii f as A. Sylva, xvho as Trustee of Sausalito has had a career more or less pleasant to himself. Simpton swore, in an affidavit that he married Mrs. Craven and the late Senator James G. Fair. Mrs. Craven has sworn upon the witness-stand that she was married by Simpton, and now he swears in an affidavit taken before Judge Hunt that the.ivhole incident is a fabrication and a conspiracy of lies and perjury in which he zvas to receive $10,000 for his false testimony. He sa\s that he entered the scheme simply for the glorious purpose of trapping Mrs. Craven and contributing to the splendid cam paign which is to make justice triumphant and right prevail. His latest contribution to the sparkling literature of the famous case is contained in his affidavit, herewith published. LONDON, Feb. 10.— The following is Lord Roberts' message to the War Office: JACOBSDAL, Feb. 16, 2a. m.— French with artillery, cavalry and mounted infantry reached Kimberley Thursday evening. GENERAL FRENCH HAS REACHED KIM BERLEY PERJURY'S TRAIL IN THE FAIR WILL CASE ominous tones at the possibility of .the introduction into the struggle of the horrors of sav age warfare. The Ministers stated that it had been decided that if the native territory; of Cape Colony should be invaded the natives would be encouraged and assisted in every way to de fend themselves. In all the clubs last night there was an unusual number of visit ors talking over the war news. It cannot be. said that the members .were elated, but there was a senti ment of suppressed satisfaction, which has been a stranger in the clubs for many a week. Some seemed to think that more news would be forthcoming soon, but that was not the view of the mili tary members, who gave it as their opinion that nothing more would be heard for another twen ty-four hours, owing to the se verity of the marches already made. On the Stock Exchange mat ters were not taken quietly. There was both excitement and activity, especially in the Kaffir market, where a small boom set in, causing the Rand mines to rise over a point. Lord Rosebery in the House of Lords last night made a sec ond attack upon Lord Salis bury with vigor .-and often vehe mence of language. He made a strong indictment against the Government. There was 'no mincing of words and no pre tense at- reserve in the picture which Rosebery drew of the per ils of the hour. "This is a great emergency," said he. "The Government has fifty thousand more troops to send to South Africa. If these are not sufficient, what then? What then?" he repeated in ac cents that visibly thrilled the house. "Thisjs for us a matter of life' an/d deith" * Nothing, can hide the fact that behind Rob erts' force, with the exception of the Eighth division, we have no more trained soldiers. If you lose South Africa you lose the principal column of your empire. You will be shut up in these isl ands, one of which does not love you." Rosebery's speech made a great sensation at the clubs and in political circles. Advocates of a reorganization of the Minis try, with Rosebery and a few other imperialistic Liberals in it, are increasing in numbers every day. LYTTELTON SUCCEEDS TO CLERY'S COMMAND LONDON. Feb. 12.— A special dispatch to the Times t from Chleveley. Natal, dated Tuesday. February 13, says: "General Lyttelton has succeeded to tho commam! of the second division ' dur ing the illness of General Clery, who is suffering from blood-poisoning. Colonel pursue them. It does not appear that the friendship of France would bear any great strain, and as to Russia events have been recently -witnessed In Persia of -which Eng land would have had something to say, but which she now passes unnoticed. - "It becomes the Government to take a large grasp of tho situation and to make adequate proposals.' If Great Britain were to lose South Africa she would lose the most impor tant base outside of the United Kingdom, and she would lose that colonial support which has been given because the colonies have believed , that they were associating; themselves with a powerful empire, and thus the emplro would break away from us. If this be not a life and death crisis I don't know what is." The Earl of Kimberley, the Liberal leader, said he felt the danger of the situation equally with Lord Rosebery. Although he would not ascribe a direct hostile intention to Russia at the present moment, he said, he could not over look the fact that there was a movement of troops in prog nss, which, if not menacing, showed that popslbilities of the future were not absent from the Russian mind.' • The Marquis of Salisbury, the Premier, in the course of his reply for the Government said: "I cannot enter upon the springs that guide the Russian Government or the course It is likely to take, nor can I dis cufs the health of the Ameer of Afghanistan. As, to whether cur forces are adequate for the work In South ; Africa or whether It Is true that the Government has always been too !ate and has neglected opportunities I would gladly accept a challenge, provided the words would not gt> ' beyond this chamber. The present troubles are not due to the expansion of the empire, but to miscalculations made in 1881 and In 1884. Cur forefathers were, not discouraged, by bad beginnings, and we should follow their, example and -not be, cast down. The Government •Is convinced now, as ' it : always \ has been, that the Issue will be brought to a successful conclusion. I don't think any advantage is to bo obtained from taking a LOXOON*. Feb. 15.— 1n the Ilcuse of Lords the Earl of Dunraven raised a question on the Government mil itary proposals »nd expressed a doubt as to whi'th^r these were sufficient. The Earl of Roscbery soli he fully reeogYilzed the gravity of the- situation and agreed with the previous speaker in thinking that the measures adopted were Inadequate under the clrcum stances. He also doubted whether the "paper force of 403. 000 men In Great Britain," to which the Secretary ,°f State for War had referred, would stand analysis.; For the volun teer* Lord Rosebery said he had the highest respect, but by no, stretch of the. imagination could they be. called soldiers, as It wa^ admitted that they, needed months of training: an nually to render them efficient. "The auspicious news of the morning from . South Af- ' rica." said Lord Rosebery. "led to the hope that there might be better news to come, but when fighting on our own terri tory we have been unable before to advance- an inch." and if k another M>,ooo men should be wanted for South. Africa I do Vot know whore they would be got It may be said that it V unwise to lay bare the weaknesses of the country." but. \pcnd upon it, other nations know our position as well. If r.ij better*, than ourselves. .' '?•.•-. V'l would like to ask whether the fleet Is to be strengrth eni or. mobtUze<s. - It lt> not a lime when* we can leisurely dlsAss what we are going to do in a 'fortnight or a month, hen^L The crlMs is urgent. . The danger is upon you, an 3 at suchV time you .come -to' this house with proposals that in the nHpth ct Ma.*-, when the weather , permits, -you will put voluntVrs under canvas and that then this island and em pire wAbe safe." (Cheers.) "ThcL^risis in South Africa is urgent." continued Lord ItoseberA "but we must not keep our eyes upon South Africa aIW Last December* the Government made earnest overture* fc the great ¦ powers, Germany- -'.and ; the j United , States, for\ji alllaice. but those overtures were not received with such V-<J!ali ty . as to encourage the Government' to GREAT BRITAIN FACES A LIFE AND DEATH CRISIS MRS. NETTIE R. CRAVEN. I, George VT. Slmpton, of the town of Snuxnllto, roaaty of Mn rtn, State of Cnllfornln, belns: «ltily- HiTora before Jadee John Hunt, n Jadse of the Superior Court In and for the coontr of Snn Francisco, State of Califor nia, do depose, make oath and under Raid oath do say as fol lows t ' In the month ot Anjrant, IMOO, Mr. A. Sylva. a Trustee of the town of Snnsnlfto, Informed me that one Mrs. »ttie 11. Craven had been to see him and told him that she had heard that he (Sylvn) bad Influence and power over the Justice of the Peace of Sansnllto Township, nnd that she rranted n Justice of the Peace to testlf jr "nn^_ a 'ivitness^in her case a<rain«t the Fair e.itnte to the effect tbut he as such Justice of the Peace, had married her to Senator "James G. Fair in the year 1802) tuat.mhe hnd offered it Urge Hum for snch testimony, to wit, the sum of ten thonnand dollars. 'Mr. 'Sylva Informed me that he had told her that he thoasht he could set me to dive snch testimony. He farther told me that he was a. friend to those of the Fair estate nnd that he was very anxious to break up and crush ont the conspiracy and fraud that was beln's waged affnlnst the Fair estate, and he asked me to stay with him and let her and nil connected with her believe that I wonld falsely testlfy to nnld mnrri«KC of Nettle It. Craven and Senator Fair, add ing that if I refnned mlic iniftht Ret some other person authorized to solemnize a mnrrlnce to so testify fnlsely. I have acted upon said advice. Two or three days after the above conversation with Mr. Sylva. Mrs. Nettle R. Craven came to nee me in Sansa lito and naked me if I had seen Mr. .Sylva and hnd arranged with him üboat my testifying for her in the «(ild on«c. I told her ye», that everything u/i.h fixed and that I would testify an Mhe de nlred. She told me that my money wiik nare If I would testify Hint I married her to Senator James G. Fair in SnusnHto In the year ISO 2. She then asked me to -rrrlte a letter to Mr. XV. W. Foote n* to nhnt I would testify to. tellinsc me at the name time that Mr. Foote and Pence «!fc Pen«?e be lieved her utory thht she wn« married by a Jnstlce of the Pence in Snunaltto to Senator Fntr. She nsked me never to let them knmv that the story wni false and eon troeted. I wrote the letter to Mr. Foote, nnd a dny or mo afterward I received a letter from him nsk lns me to call nnd see him. I did c*nll in response to said let ter snd tn.tilc nn affidavit that 1 hnd am Jnstiee- of the Peace mar ried \eltlt* It. Craven and Senator Simpton Swears That He Agreed to Lie for Mrs. Graven oh the Witness Stand and Was to Be Rewarded. Continued on Pag« Two. VOLUME LXXXVJX- NO. 78. PRICE FIVE CEXTS. SAX FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1900. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL JUSTICE G. W. SIMPTOX.