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Bold Daylight Robbery.
Epeclal Dispatch to The CalL CHICO. March' 23.— A daylight robbtry occurred In thi« city to-day , which ? for boldness of conception and neatness of ex ecution : surpasses \ the '-. postofflce *- robbery" which occurred here some six weeks ago. ADVEBTIS-TWFTJTS. CHAPPEL GETS THE LAND. Judge Johnson Hands Down Decision of Interest .to Oil Locators. Special Dispatch". to .The Call ' ¦ .-._. v SACRAMENTO, March 23.— Superior Judge Johnson *" of this county to-day r ren dered ?an I opinion :of ¦ interest '- to ' oil ! well owners land -* shareholders.': "The ; decision was In the matter of the. petition of, H.G. Chappel for a writ of mandate to qornpel Surveyor General t Wright to issue a cer tificate of purchase | of a thirty-sixth I sec tion of land In Kern County, which aiTecta the « location 4 of ! certain - oil ~ lands sin the Kern River and other districts. v r : „ Chappel • located ' the ; land in controversy as : grazing land.xi His application as tuch was approved by 3 the^ Surveyor, General, and I the required preliminary;; 4 payment was made." ;- He , then applied ¦ for a 'certifi cate of purchase, but J. D. Martin filed a protest, claiming -that -:. this -.was ~ mineral hind and that Chappel's location therefore should not ; hold/ ; Martin < had ¦ filed a ' loca tion as mineral land In the United Stites Land 5 Office. <•; Judge } Johnson 5 holds " that Chappel's » location f was -- 1 - in --- accordance with the ¦¦ law < and decided that - the -writ should issue ; to ; him. : >It Is . probabl« . that the ' question ; as ; to . whether ,- the ? State ; or the -Federal i Government i has * control lof mineral > lands ;, will now • be s brought • up ¦' to the "«• United States j courts ; for final set tle ment."-'.:;; ';-"¦]<;' - : " y-'--\ ,-¦"-"' ;''.';• Rev. Thomas Thorne Dead. FRESNO, March' 23.rrThomas M. Thome died 5 to-day I from • consumption^ He I was minister i of ! the'*Adv«nt!st f.chureh/vf and cam* here recently from Springfield,* Mo.,* tori his health. ESPEIGLE'S CAPTAIN AND CREW LOST — ¦ • '. Cutter Goes to Pieces on Otoma Reef During £ a Storm. -,———?—— Four-Masted French Bark Emile Be nouf Wrecked on an Uncharted Bock in Australian. Waters. VANCOUVER, B. C, March 23.—Ac counts of a serious : marine ; disaster in Australian waters were I brought , by the steamer Warrimoo from Sydney, which arrived to-day: . ' ~ - ; ... . '• A' ; serious loss of life occurred in th« wreck of . the cutter Espelgle, owned in Nukalof a, Tonga, which went to} pieces on Otoma Reef, when Captain John Cas tle and twenty Tongaris were drowned. A valuable cargo was also lost. , / . Another total loss was that of the four masted French bark Emile Renouf, from Thlo, New , Caledonia, for Glasgow. She carried a cargo of 3700 tons of nickel ore. On February 6 she ran upon an uncharted rock eighty miles south of Mare Isle and sank Immediately. The crew of thirty-six, with the wife and children of the com mander. Captain Bougue, escaped in two small boats, without food or water, so sudden was the disaster. The shipwrecked company remained In the boats for a night and a day, but on the second night they were picked up and landed safely at Noumea. ' ;: CROOK CAPTURED AFTER HARD FIGHT Robert. Collins Gives, Battle When Detectives Plabe Him Under Arrest. * ¦-• A Seattle Bank Robbery Is Laid at His Door and He Is Suspected of a Like Crime in this City: wjill si Saved '^£0!^ tJ&ffi xtreme cases °^ <^' 9'9 ' ease test the real value It Saved My Li fem Extreme cases of dis- ease test the real value of c Tnedidne. Many "tonic" and "stimulant" preparations, which have no real medicinal value, seem to brace up the users when they are feeling "played out." Any stimulant will do this whether bought at the liquor store or drug store. The true test of a med- icine is v.-hen life itself is staked on its remedial power. In hundreds of such cases Dr. Pierces Golden Medical Dis- covery has been the means of saving life when even the "family doctor" had pronounced sentence of death. ¦ I had been a great suSerer for several years, aad mv faniilv doctor said I would not be a liv- ing man in two years, but, thank God, I am still livinff," writes Sir. George W\ Trustow, of Lips- comb. Auyusta Co.. Va. "Dr. Pierces Golden Medical Discovery i* what saved my life. I had heart trotbie so bad that I could not lie on my left side without a great deal of pain. I was nearly past work when I commenced your med- •ci-e but I can <Jo about as much work now as any man. I cannot say too much for the benefit I have received." Many diseases, named for the organs affected, as "heart disease," «lung dis- ease," "liver complaint," etc, are per- fectly cured by Dr. Pierces Golden Med- ical Discovery, which cures through the stomach diseases which originate in the stomach. A visit OR- JORDAN'S great i IfiJiISEOB OF ANATOMY, A C& i:cii_trsrTct.bJ 4 ..ei_*7*J:,c.r.a_. l \ Of The L»rp«t Anttomical Moxnn in the a "¦ JB 1 World. W a « nc-.vei or *ojr con tr.ct r d j r &£ j_sj di»e»»e F— »tli««-ly r«r«»dt>ylbf oldert ' A &'*g*l 08. JORSAN-PRi/ATE DISEASES 4 v ytCxx^fi Ceiwultstion free and strirtlj prira> \ A I X/?eS fl T " ••niciit pmonalty or by 1-ttcr. 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'All work done by 'bridge work, we have specialists la plate work. graduate dentists of 13 to 20 years* 'experience; who are world-renowned, men of superior ma- a specialist in each department. We. will tell telligrence. who have devoted their whole livt» you iin advance i exactly what " your work will to this work. cost by a free examination. . Give us a call, and . . _____ - you; will find we do exactly as we advertise. _^__j_s - _r>l>_r_%%/_vl_> Tb « following: are among _fft Dl ATVCf flS!3j_Lg_) I rCllWril.^ the "P^lal branches of NDrLMILa HfcJCESIA V/l%VrTTll<_f which we challenge COM- ¦" ¦ nth _ IEdBISIL ¦•¦¦'- •'¦ ¦•.-••'.. PETITION: GOLD |f__Ulll_v *^__H _B__H^SK CROWNS. GOLD BRIDGES (TEETH WlTH- *l|Mb*_» __MM OUT PLATES). GOLD FILLINGS. PORCE- ______h *TE|j __PSI LAIN FILLINGS. - PORCELAIN CROWNS.* _a_5HHU__ "¦ M PORCELAIN BRIDGES. TREATMENTS. EX- lW_ir^l|/~>v— ». y^AT "\ JJ TRACTING TEETH WITHOUT PAIN. REG U- ¦P«» . 1 Y\ry T V"J LATINO TEETH. 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The , t ollowlns . price, .will pr- A FU L L SE T . .. . $5.00 723 Market Street; jSan Francisco. y.^7^V:"/^;_an_TOßT-'B___iDn«o)r;'-'' • '"• -'-•"¦ ¦¦-•¦" - FOURTH AND MORRISON 8TRE8T8...... ................ ...^. r .PORTLAND, OSL, auw&s mips. ALMOST ALH^_ts HEMS. Favor Cable Scheme. Special Dispatch to The Call. . VANCOUVER;; 8.C.. March . 23.— The Governments of New South -Wales and Victoria, Australia, have fallen In with the cable scheme proposed by the Eastern Ex tension Company to run a line from South Africa vto Australia. Queensland, how ever, holds out in favor of a cable from Canada,*DUt, R is said, is being gradually brought around byj the other colonies. Ma lor Warren; : the :- representative of : the Eastern Extension^ Company of , London, who has interviewed the Colonial Pre miers,* has promised' large - reductions in rates, and his scheme is looked upon with a great deal of favor. , When outfitting for. Cape Nome don't f orgret that a fur blanket Is an absolute necessity. ~H. t-iebes ' & Co. . 133-137 . Post street, v carry : a - full ¦* line at lower ; prices than you would have; to pay for similar goods elsewhere. ._ _ ... . • CHURCH ORGAN AND FURNITURE CARRIED AWAY Bold and Successful Raid of Two Washington Thieves. SPOKANE, "Wash.. March 23.— When the sexton of the Norwegian Lutheran Church went to prepare for the evening prayer meeting this afternoon he found the room barren of all furniture save the .* pulpit. The chairs, pews, organ and even the hymnbooks had disappeared. An Investi gation led to a discovery of the missing property in a second-hand store. The dealer claims that two well-dressed, dignified appearing, elderly men came to his store a few days ago and told him that the church was in financial distress and needed to raise money quickly ¦ to pay taxes. They preferred -to sell the furni ture rather than borrow. A bargain was struck for all the seats and the organ for $50. and the hymnbooks were i put 'ir. 'to sweeten the trade. The! key was. given the tradesman ?nd he removed the;furni ture In the' afternoon, unmolested, al though the -church- Is in the -heart of a thickly populated portion of the city.; .. The property was taken back to the church amid the loud protests;/ of : the pawnshop keeper, who claimed he had Ift the money go out of pure ' charity. • The swindlers have not been apprehended and the police can gather no clew from the de scription furnished. ¦ .¦ - . ¦ . , . Between 7:30 and 11 o'clock this moniln? a bold thief entered the barroom of the Park Hotel, Barker & Daniels, proprie tors, extracted from a safe a sack con taining $264 45 and made his escape with out being heard or seen and without at tracting the attention of several men en gaged, in a game of cards In an adjolninar room, not twenty feet from the safe The robber evidently, knew the combination of the safe, as he turned the dial back to the proper place for throwing the bolts before opening the door. The theft \va3 committed while Adolph Peters, the.bar tender, was getting bottled goods from the cellar. | .- ¦ : ¦ . American Sailors Praised. Special Dispatch to The Call. VANCOUVER, B. C. , March 23. — The marine board of inquiry which met sat Sydney the day before the steamer War rimoo sailed for Vancouver specially! com mended the captain; and -crew? of ; ene United States man-of-war Culgoa for con spicuous bravery In '< saving passengers from the wrecked steamer Alrlie,- which went, on . the rocks on - Chatham reef on February 21. ALASKA COMMERCIAL COMPANY ...FOR... Nome, St. Michael, Dawson ...AND... ALL POINTS ON YUKON RIVER. CARRYING THE UNITED STATES MAIL. FOR NOME DIRECT: FROM BAK FRANCISCO 8. 8. *TORTLANTy*.. ApriI «. IJW FROM SEATTLE — 8. B. "DORA" April JO. 1*» . .OM SAN FRANCISCO 8. a "RAINIEa".. May Ift, _Wt FOR NOME, ST. MICHAEL AND ALL OTHER POINTS: FROM. SAN FRANCISCO B. 8. "ST. PAUL." May Kt* A Steamer Will Be Dispatched Eiery Fortnight Thereafter. For Juneau, Sltka, Prince William Sound, Cooks Inlet, Kodiak and All Intermediate Points: FROM SEATTLE 8. S. "BERTHA." comm«D. AKD MONTHLY THEREAFTER. - For n«w fotdera. nni and fnrtlwr partlcul an _• to freight and p_ra__». apply to ALAS- KA COMMERCIAL COMPANT, 110 Sansom* street. San Fi-ndseo. CaL For Baattla sailings apply to CAPT. JAS. CARROLL. Mutual X_f» BuUdinr. Seattte.Waa_, ONE of the most Important cap tures of a ; crook to the credit of the ; Police Department was made yesterday afternoon by Detectives Ryan and ODea ,of the south ern district, ¦; who were , specially . compli mented by Chief Sullivan on their suc cess. The prisoner is Robert Collins, alias J. C. Collins, alias *W. Sweeney, alias Henry Whittlng, alias W. Smith. He is only 24 or 26 years of age, and began his criminal career in 189 L He has been ar rested several times for petty larceny and burglary and now he is accused of being a bank sneak thief. v" • Collins is a native son and his uncle is a section boss in the service of the Mar ket-street Railroad Company. In ISSI he was arrested once for petty | larceny and once for burglary, and was sent to the Whlttier School. January 3, 1594, he^y.as arrested for petty larceny and got thirty days in jail. A few. weeks later he was arrested by Detective Ryan on three charges of burglary. Through his uncles Influence the charges were withdrawn and he was sent away on a deep-water vessel. He returned to the city and Was arrested for i stealing some money ¦ from the sale In the office of the City Front stables on Clay street. Three years ago this month, while in- the dock in Judge Low's court awaiting his preliminary examination, he tore away one of the wooden slats around the dock and . squeezing himself through the hole made his escape. ¦ He kept away from the city, but returned about a: month ago and it - is claimed i started operations by robbing a saloon -on Third street. ' Then he^ looked after larger game, and he and his partner are believed to have stolen $400 about two weeks ago from Ferdinand Smith, money broker. 316 Montgomery street. He and his partner are supposed to have then made their way to Seattle and stole between $3000 and $4000 from the First National Bank there last Monday. ' ' ¦ -¦- . . Ryan and ODea learned of the fact that Collins had been In Seattle and had returned to the city with $2000 or $3000 in his pockets. They notified Chief Sullivan, and the Chief gave them carte blanche «i effecting his capture. They engaged a room at Third and Howard streets Thurs day afternoon and remained there till yesterday afternoon, when Collins made his appearance. ¦ He fought desperately with the two detectives, and as he is a powerfully built young fellow , they had all they could do to put the handcuffs on him. When they reached the patrol box at Third and Mission streets ODea, went to the box to call the : patrol "Wujon and Collins attacked Ryan viciously with the handcuffs. » Ryan managed to throw him down, and with O'Dea's assistance held him pinned 'to the ground till I the patrol wagon arrived/. When searched at the. City Prison $340 85, a diamond « ring, gold watch . and chain and diamond locket, a ruby ring and wed ding ring were found In nls pockets. - A key was also found of a safe deposit box, and an effort will be made to locate It, as he • is ; supposed to have left his money there.* Collins was put In the "tanks" and the police in : Seattle have been notified of his arrest. T<ast night Collins was positively identi-. fled as tne man who some '¦ time ago ' en tered McCulllgan'B saloon at Tehama and Third streets and stole $20 from the cash drawer. • Dan .Toland, ¦: who : was present, witnessed the; act, but did not Interfere, as he was afraid that Collins would kill him. Although Collins wore a mustache at that time, Toland picked him out among a dozen. other men at the Clty.Prlson last evening.' -- ; "«KM^42gP^Bß*3*flBfcrfe«SEJßBSsglses - Collins ¦ has also - been - identified as the thief who stole a sack containing $400 from Smith's j brokerage office at 321 Montgom ery street several weeks ago. ,: : -, While leav ing the j place with I the . sack of coin - Col lins was seen by George Hodgklss, a Jani tor in the Pacific' Stock. Exchange.' Hodg kiss visited the City Prison ¦-. last* evening and readily recognized the thief. v - " Detectives : Ryan ; and ODea have ¦ gath ered enough :. evidence against . Collins to land '-him |in I the ¦ penitentiary for the | rest of his natural ; life. » Prior •to his escape from the dock In the Police Court Collins broke into a steamship office at the foot of Jackson street and abstracted $40 from the safe, which had been left open. A few days later he entered the office of the Sau salito ferry and sfole $170 and a bunch of tickets. He Is also accused of breaking into a cigar store at East and Market streets and getting away with a small sum of money from the till. , . A short time afterward he entered the office of the Stockton steamers in broad daylight and going to the safe, proceeded to get away with the cash drawer. One of the clerka detected him in the. act and grabbing the box, lustily shouted for the police. Collins, after threatening to blow his head off if he did not desist, coolly helped himself to a ten-dollar bill and left the place. Subsequently he robbed the office of the.Tlburon ferry of $20 and a number of postage stamps. Collins is also accused of visiting the commission house of J. Everdinsr & Co.. at 48 Clay street, and stealing $38 from the safe dur ing the temporary absence of the cashier. On the same afternoon he went to a sa loon.kept,by a man named Morsehead, at 22 Clay street. • and robbed the •. safe •of about $70 In gold. * The money was in a secret ¦ drawer, - but > Collins had no diffi culty ;in finding ; it,', and forcing It r open with a jimmy." „ Sergeant Ellis finally landed him and charged him with burglary in connection 'with the raid on Morsehead's saloon. It was while awaiting examination in ex- Judge Low's court that he made the sen sational escape from the prisoners' dock. GATHERING OF RAILWAY MEN AT KANSAS CITY Secret Conference Bevives the Rumor cf a Consolidation of West ern Lines, KANSAS CITT. March 23.— The recent rumors of a big railroad consolidation in volving the Union Pacific, the Chicago and Alton, the Illinois Central and the Kan sas City Southern, the latter road being the reorganized Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf, were revived here to-day, when it became known that high officials of all these lines were holding a secret confer ence In Kansas City. Among those participating In the con ference were S. H. Felton, president of the Chicag-o and Alton: Horace G. Burt. president of the Union Pacific; E. H. Har riman, president of the Oregon Short Line and a director in the Union Pacific, the Chicago and Alton and the Illinois Cen tral and one of the controlling spirits in the management of the Kansas City Southern. , Added interest was given to the eonfer t-ivce by the fact that Messrs. Harriman and Fenton came to the meeting by ap pointment directly after makinc a care ful inspection of the Kansas City South ern line*. The stories of a pending con eollflation are denied, but among railroad men not directly Interested the probabil ity of such a combine is much discussed. Especial stress is laid upon the fact that the same capitalists are largely interest ed in all the properties and that the Vnion Pacific and the Chicago and Alton are already working under very close ? raffle relations Robert Collins, a Clever Crook. SANTA ROSA, March 23.-The start ling allegations contained in the petition of Robert D. Lodge, who yesterday began contest proceedings against the estate of the late John D. Lodge, the well-known local capitalist, who died here last October leaving prop erty valued at a quarter of a million dol lars. Is the talk of Sonoma County. Everywhere people are discussing the matter. The parties principally affected are all well known here. Mrs. Mathilda A. Prince, the principal "heir according to the provisions of the last will and testament of the aged money-lender, is his daughter and the wife of M. Prince, one of the best-known merchants in Santa Rosa. Berton Prince, another heir, is teller ,n the savings bank of Santa Rosa, having secured his position something over a year ago through the influence of Mr. Lodge, who held considerable stock in that institution. David E. Lodge *is a brother of Mrs. Prince and is also well known here. , v' V ... The most startling feature of the alle gations made by the contestant is the effect they will have on the heirs named in the will, providing, of course, that the charges are substantiated when the matter comes to trial. In brief, the situation is this: Sarah Jane Harris, Mrs Prince and David E. Lodge are all children of the dead capitalist and Mar tha Lodge, the lady always recognized here as his wife. The contestant claims that J. D. Lodge and Martha Lodge were never married, and that at the time they claim to have been united in wedlock Mary Ann Redman Lodge, the rightful and "lawfully wedded wife Lodge married in England in 1546. and afterward desert ed to come to America, was still living, and though she was never divorced lived in Wakefleld until her death, on Septem ber 7. 1892. Documentary Evidence. It was learned to-day that R. W. &> J. K. Miller, the attorneys for the con testant, claim to have some very strong documentary evidence as to the correct ness of their position. They have, or claim to have, the original marriage cer tificate issued to John D. Lodge and Mary Ann Redman by the vicar of the parish church in Wakefield. county of York, England. This is dated February 23, 1546. They also have a's exhibit No. 2 a certificate of birth and also one of bap tism of Robert D. Lodge, the contestant, the certificate of baptism bearing date of January 20, 1550. They also hold a docu ment purporting to be the deposition of Jane Blades, a sister of the deceased cap italist, who still lives in Wakefield, and who, it is understood, alleges that she was present at the wedding of her broth er and Mary Ann Redman on February 23 1546, that she was present at the chris tening on January 20. ISSO, that she has known Robert D. Lodge, the contestant, all his life and that she knows him to be the sole heir and rightful legatee of her deceased brother. Petition in Court. | In the Superior Court here this morning the petition filed yesterday came up for hearing and an order was issued directing John P. Overton, president of the savings bank of this city and the present adminis trator of the Lodge estate, to appear on April 9 and show cause why his letters testamentary should not. in conformity with the prayer of the petitioner, be re voked, and Edwin Reynolds, the adminis trator asked for by the contestant, be sub stituted in his place. ' It is admitted that one of the biggest legal battles in the history . of Sonoma County is soon to begin in connection with the matter. All the parties concerned are prominent, socially, financially and other wise; there Is a big fortune at stake and what Is of still more Importance, it will be a battle for a name and the rlg-bt to use it . The story of the Lodge estate as so far told presents a striking: illustration of the old adage concerning the frequency with which the best laid plans miscarry. During his lifetime Mr. Lodge always said that none of his fortune would ever be dissipated in the courts. With that idea in view, being then in feeble health and bowed down by the weight of advancing years." he deeded something like $90,000 worth of hl»- property to his wife in a lump. Although in good health at the time, a few weeks later she suddenly took sick and died, and the old man was forced to Invoke the assistance of the. law and the courts to get this portion of his prop erty back again. Estate in. a Tangle. While these proceedings were still pend ing Lodge himself died and several other attorneys were called in to help straighten out the tangle in which this left matters. A few weeks ago David E. Lodge accept ed $20,000 in cash from the other heirs as his share of the estate and entered Into an agreement to waive all future claim upon the estate In. consideration thereof. Less than a week afterward Mrs. David Lodge, his wife, who resides in Montana, broupht suit against her husband for maintenance and demanded that the agreement referred to be set aside by the courts. That was less than a month ago. and now the present suit has been commenced as a climax to the whole series of contests. The big estate over which so much liti gation has resulted was accumulated prin cipally in this county. In the pioneer days old man Lodsre was engaged in the junk business, and also In merchandising: in Petaluma. For several years he was a peddler. He was also a sewing-machine a^ent and brought the first sewing ma chines—the old "Florence"— into Sonoma County, disposing of them In all sorts of £ laces at prices ranging from $200 to $275. >urinp his latter years he confined his attention to loaning money, collecting rents, clipping: coupons and receiving divi dends from different institutions in which he was interested. Partnership With Reynolds. In his business of lending money he was during the last few years of his life in timately associated with Edwin Reynolds, the local capitalist, whom the contestant now- asks to have appointed in * place of John P. Overton as administrator of the Lodge estate. Lodge and Reynolds han dled most of/ their transactions together and were very intimate. The fact that Mr. Reynolds should have . allowed his name to be used in -the case is regarded by many, in view of the close relations which for so long existed between the two men, as very significant. It . Is argued that unless Mr. Reynolds knew what he was doing he would never have allowed himself to become a party to the action, and the point Is made that during the years of his intimate acquaintance with his now deceased friend he had every op portunity to learn, if anybody ever did. the story of Mr. Lodge's early life across the water before coming to America in quest -of fortune. INTERESTS THE PEOPLE OF THE PACIFIC COAST Congressman Kahn Offers an Amend ment Preventing Chinese Now in Hawaii Coming Here. '¦"..'¦¦'¦ Special Dispatch to The Call. WASHINGTON, March 23.— Through the efforts of Representative Kahn an amend ment will be proposed to the Hawaiian bill by the terms of which* the entrance of Chinese from Hawaii to the United States will be prohibited. Under the bill as passed In the Senate and reported to the House there is a section which provides for the registration of Chinese now resid ing in ¦' the Sandwich Islands under the regulations of the so-called exclusion act. There Is no provision, however, ' for the exclusion of Chinese In Hawaii from Cali fornia and other States and the Terri tories of the Union. Mr. Kahn brought the matter to the attention of Chairman Knox of the Committee on Territories, who has consented that the bill shall be amended as proposed. Senator Shoup of Idaho to-day pre sented a resolution adopted by the Na tional Livestock Association for the ad mission of Arizona and New ; Mexico as States. ¦ - '¦ ¦"-.-' •; ;"-'-.; "-'-. -¦- ¦'• '¦ ¦ ?-: . William B. Sampson has been commis sioned Postmaster at • Skaguay, /Alaska, and Frank B. Wright at Jersey, Cal. Postmasters appointed: California-^Al bert Walker, Fairview, * Orange County, vice Joseph S. Collings, resigned; William Ockenden, Pollasky, Fresno County, vice M. A. Morrlssey, resigned. The following postoffices will become international money order offices on' April 2: Califor nia—Kandsburg, San Dimas, Slsson. Su sanvllle. Alaska— Circle, Eagle. St. Mich ael, Sltka. Richard Lewis of Juneau, Alaska, was to-day admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Pensions have been granted as follows: California: Original— Eugene Bacon, Los Angeles, $6; Charles Henry Gwinn, San Francisco, $6; William "G. Curry, Eureka, $6; Francis Noon, Veterans Home, Napa, ' $12. ¦ Increase— Samuel Rhoads, Healdsburer. $6 to $10. ; ¦ -- r '¦ Oregon: Original— Charles F.'Chattin, Elgin. JG: John W. Mills, Phoenix, $6. In crease—George W. Lockerby, - Garfleld, $6 to $10. " - -¦ ¦ ¦ • ¦'-•,¦ ¦••.¦¦. ¦¦¦' ¦-: i: Washington: Renewal — Francis M. Car man, Seattle, $6. Increase— lsaac ,W. Woods, Shelton, $6 to $12; Robert Grove, Wildwood, $6 to $8. = •, - MEXICANS ARE WAITING FOR REINFORCEMENTS When They Arrive It Is Probable That a Decisive Battle With Yaquis Will Take Place, ov^ ST. LOUIS. March 23.— A special to the Globe Democrat from El Paso, Texas, says: Filomeno Saurez, a prominent ranchman of Sonora, Mexico, is In ; El Paso.' He brought news of an engage ment between the Indians and Mexican troops ! that : occurred last Monday. The Indians have strong fortifications -in the Bacatete Mountains and the Mexican troops are ; encamped ' a few miles ! distant in the valley. '.Last Monday at daybreak the Indians made a sortie. "They drove In the I Mexican : outposts and threatened to attack in force, but after brisk firing that lasted for two hours the Indians with drew. * ; -•.'••¦¦• " •¦¦.-.:-.•-¦'/ -;.¦ ;. . ¦•:'..- During 1 the progress of the engagement the Mexicans swept the Yaqui position with their, rapid-fire guns, v The loss, on either side was Insignificant. Saurez is the owner of. the Las Nutras ranch; which is but forty miles from the Yaqul stronghold. He says that the Mex icans have accomplished absolutely noth ing and are making no effort to advance and that they will await the reinforce ments recently asked for by General Tor res. "When the 4000 fresh troops arrive It is probable that* a decisive battle will take place in the mountains. The reinforce ments are expected within sixty days. :'. At present the Indians are making raids into the valley almost every;, day.. They drive off cattle and commit other depre dations. .The end -of the war is a long way; off unless troops are sent- to Sonora to crush the rebels and - more agsrressive tactics are employed by General Torres. LODGE'S SUIT STIRS SONOMA SOCIETY The Contestant Claims to Haye Strong Documentary JL— 4 V J.L4.C A A^^\?» Fact That Reynolds, the Deceased's Former Partner, Is Interested in the Case, Regarded by Many as Particularly Significant. • ¦ - ¦ . Special Dispatch to The Call. COMMISSION HEARS SHIPPERS' COMPLAINTS Merchants of San Bernar dino Say They Are Overcharged. Rates From St. Loui3 to Los Angeles Are Lower, Although San Ber nardino Is Nearer the Eastern City. ¦ Special Dispatch to The Can. ¦ — — - .-: :; .¦¦—"¦¦ SAN BERNARDINO. March 23.— The In terstate Commerce Commission com menced its session this morning to hear the case of A. W. Holdzkom on arbitrary rates discriminating against local mer chants in favor of Los Ansreles jobbers. In this San Bernardino i 3 assisted by St. Louis jobbers to secure a share of the trade from this section. The members comprising the court were J. C. Clements. J. D. Yeomans and J. W. FUer. who opened court in Department 2 of the Su perior Court. Attorney E. E. Katz ap peared for the plaintiff. W. A. Harris of Los Angeles appeared for Santa Ana to assist, and C. N. Sterry appeared for the Santa Fe road, the Southern Pacific being a silent witness of the proceedings. Sterry objected to the taking of testi mony because the same question had been decided in . ISS9, when the commission in session at Washington heard the case from San Bernardino and gave a decision in favor of the plaintiff, but was over ruled by Judge Ross of the Los Aneelea branch of the United States Circuit Court. Sterry claimed tins was a similar case and it had been decided. Katz pointed out that rates were different and condi tions different than when the first com plaint was brought. The rates are on a different basis and the town now la more entitled to be called a competitive point than at that time. I He denied the state ment of Sterry that water carriers only are competitive, claiming that two roads are competitive. The commission took the same view of the matter and ordered the taking of testimony. The point claimed by San Bernardino merchants that through rates from the East are charged to Los Angeles and then arbitrary back again was proved by wit nesses, even when carload lots were sent through and back, of wagons, hardware and other goods. But for this San Bernar dino would become a jobbing point for a large circle of territory. Ontario was In stanced. It is miles from here but forty from Los Angeles, but the rate from the latter place Is much. less than from here. In this manner San Bernardino Jobbers are discriminated against, although bet ter located than Los Angeles for a distrib uting point, being also on two comoetinx roads. A strong point was made for the shippers from here when Los Angeles claimed to have sea competition, making a lower rate necessary. It was proven that goods shipped by water to Los Ange les were landed twenty to thirty miles away at San Pedro or other points and reshlpped by rail to Los Angeles, making these points the real terminal and not Los Angeles, yet these points . paid arbitrary rates to Los Angeles the same as San Bernardino. . . , . , General Freight Agent Chambers was placed on the stand to explain why the same rates prevailed on both. the South ern Pacific and the Santa Fe roads. He stood off the counsel and failed to ex plain. W. A. Bissell, traffic manager of the lines west of Albuquerque, was pres ent to help out. The hearing occupied the entire day and closed to be taken up again at Los ' Angeles Monday next. The Commissioners have their families with them in special cars, accompanied by M. S. Decker, assistant secretary, and ¦two stenographers and families, making quite a Junketing party. They will be taken around .the valley to-morrow and leave this afternoon for Los Angeles. The Commissioners say they have no power to enforce a decision, even if in favor of San Bernardino, until Congress acts and gives them power. While the testimony was taken by three Commissioners the whole board of five will act upon it. It may take months to reach a decision, as the testimony must be transcribed and the at torneys 'will file arguments in the case. THE SAN FBAyGISCQ CALL, SATUBPAT, MARCH 24, 1900. THREE BRITISH SAILORS EATEN BY CANNIBALS Fourth Member of the Party Escapes Badly In jured. Had Gone Ashore in Dutch. New Guinea to Take Photographs and Were^ Surrounded and Captured. Special Dispatch to The Call VANCOUVER, B. C. March 23.-The steamer Warrimoo. which arrived this afternoon from Australian ports, brought news of a horrible tragedy which took place among the cannibal natives %of Lmtch New Guinea. . Three ofiicers of the thousand-ton Brit ish trading steamer General Pel were captured by the natives, submitted to frightful tortures and finally eaten. The chief officer. Ernest Wiegand, was the fourth in the party, who landed from the steamer to take photographic views. He managed to get away, although he was cut and wounded by a flight of arrows that were tent after him as he made his escape. Wlegand's story was that they had taken several photographs and bad pro ceeded half a mile inland to get a picture ul the steamer lying in the harbor. There they were suddenly surrounded by na tives from a village several miles in the interior. They were hustled away by a large party of natives armed with spears ana in an hour arrived at the outskirts of the village. There they were undressed and tied to a stake one at a time, while the natives danced around and pricked them with spears. Two of the officers had been submitted to this ordeal, and Wiegand supposes his turn and that of the remaining junior offi cer would have come next day. He heard two men being taken away, and in the evening the bones of their hands, which had been cut off, were thrown down in front of him. He -declares the men were cooked and eaten. He was separated from his companion during the night and thinks he shared the same fate. In the morning Wiegand made his escape, and, though wounded by arrows, was able to come up with the relief party sent out from the ship. The Dutch warship ¦ Su matra, has been ordered to punish the na tives. • - . i I 1I 11 -* 1 ¦ Amalqafnafor : ¦ I GOLD sre*<nMn 5t I Nature's Remedy for Hnnyadi JAnos ; / THE BEST NATURAL APERIENT WATEIJ. ...] i Insist on Raving the Genuine. ! \ v, • ¦ ]'-i ADVKRTISEMUNTS. 3 CLAIMANTS OF A RICH ESTATE. ROBERT D. LODGE of Wakefleld. county of York, England, contesting the estate of the late capitalist John D. Lodge, who he claims was his father. Albert Lodge of Wakefleld, England, the son of Robert D. Lodge, who claims to be the grandson of the late capitalist.