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Bails Himself Out and Returns to Home, Where He Is Forgiven. Os borne Fuller, a Rich Englishman, Disfigures a Woman for Life in a Brutal Assault. ARISTOCRATIC CLUB MAN BEATS HIS WIFE El-wood Bruner Receives $250 for Handling the Measure in the Legislature--Photograph of the Cheek — Bill Passes Both Houses Without a Dissenting Vote. Use of Money to Smooth Passage of Bill to Prevent Cutting of Oil Pipe Line--$100 for Assemblyman of 41st. DIBBLE THE CHIEF FIGURE IN ANOTHER PUBLIC SCANDAL Henry C. Dibble, candidate for tlie Assembly from the, Forty-first Assembly District, is again the central figure in an unsavory trans action of the last Legislature. To assist the passage of a bill to pro tect oil pipe lines from vandals, Zlwood Bnrq^r was retained by Captain Barrett. Bruner's fee was $50. Soon after his retention he asked Barrett for $200 more, $100 of which, he said, was to go to Dibble, chairman of the Rules -Committee, and 51OO more to the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, two committees that could hold the bill indefinitely unless proper arguments were made. THE ENGLISH CLUB MAX WHO CREATED A SENSATION TESTER DAY BY SO BRUTALLY BEATING HIS WIFE THAT SHE WILL BE DISFIGURED FOR LIFE. The next day at the Western Hotel Cap tain Barrett drew his check for $230 on the Captain Barrett wanted the bill passed. It was a good measure demanded by the residents of the Coallnga oil district. He had been In Sacramento a sufficient length of time to hear the whispered comment concerning the Committee on Rules and its chairman, Assemblyman Dibble of the Forty-first Assembly Dis trict. Captain Barrett reflected, and re called that story of Zaccheus who climbed a tree. It occurred to him that Zaccheus came down and the lesson was not lost. Other Incidents In the career of a bill in the Assembly- were considered at the business session In the lawyer's office. Bruner told the captain that $200 more would be required to jog the bill along. According to the captain's version of the Interview, Bruner said it would be Im possible to have the. bill passed unless he employed the chairman of the Judi ciary Committee, and Dibble, who was chairman of the Committee oa Rules, and each one would charge $100. pay $50 to Mr. Bruner for drawing up a bill and looking, out .for, the measure in the Legislature. The next day business negotiations were resumed, but the scene of action was shifted from the theater to the law office of Elwood Bruner. It may be well to observe here that~ the '$50 transaction' was perfectly fair. The fee was modest, show ing that the lawyer had no desire to rob his old whist partner. The legislation sought for was demanded by the legiti mate oil industry. It is the inference, therefore, that Captain Barrett would not ask his Pacific Grove whist partner to draw up a bad bill. • .*. ¦ Con tinuedVn Third Page. "Josh." The Judge continued the case till to-day, but Intimated that Mindham was to be held on heavy bonds to keep the peace. •-• - •'-.'-'-.•¦'—: ~ Mindham denied that he wanted to kill his wife and said it was all done for a which struck him on the head. Police man Chase found* Mindham sitting on the back 'steps with the hatchet beside him. two daughters. Once he took a dose of "Rough on Rats." but recovered. Finally he was told to go about his own business and his wife would support herself and two children by dressmaking. Mindham packed up his personal effects and left. Since then he has been continuing hU threats, and last Tuesday he called at the ' house armed with a hatchet. He went to the rear and tried to force open a window, as his wife .had 1 locked the door. She held on to the window from the inside and as he would not go away she hurled a flower-pot through the window at him. soon Mindham began to threaten to take his life and the lives of his wife and her The marital troubles of James MtnChara and his wife were told to Judge Cabaniss yesterday. • when Mindham appeared on a charge of threats to kill. Mindham Is a clerk In a lumber firm, and married his wife, who was then a widow with two daughters, about a year ago. They lived at 224 T. ana: ton street. - They did not live happily together, and SOUGHT TO KILL HIS WIFE WITH A HATCHET James Mindham, a Clerk, "Will Ba Held on Heavy Bonds to Keep the Peace. Mexico" company, now playing at a local theater." who occupies the room next to the Fullers, said yesterday that she was aroused In the morning by hearing Fuller beating his wife. She says that she did not Interfere, as she considered "discre tion the better part of valor." After see- Ing Mrs. Fuller yesterday she said that if she. knew how brutal the assault was she would" have interposed at any cost. Late» last night Mrs. Fuller was resting easily, 'but :the greatest relief to her wounds -'was that her husband had re turned, to her. It !s more than possible that Mr. and Mrs.. Fuller will leave for London to-day If Mrs. Fuller has so far recovered as to be able to travel. to Watch Legislation. The subject of business relating to the plp« line legislation was introduced at Captain Barrett Secures Hia Services BKTJNEB WAS BETAENED. manager and the legislative lawyer had a good dinner together and saw the play from a private box. In 1S38, a few months before the regular session of the Legislature of 1899 con vened, Elwood Bruner and Frank Barrett were sojourning at Pacific Grove. In whlling away the time whist playing was a favorite amusement, and each recog nized in the other the qualities of a. su perior player. They met every day for two weeks and became fairly well ac quainted. In February, 1899, they happen ed to meet In Sacramento. The greetings were cordial, and Mr. Bruner remarked, "What are you doing in Sacramento, Cap tain?" Captain Barrett replied that' he was interested in oil and was there to see Senators Flint and Rowell and As semblyman Fairweather regarding some measure for the protection of pipe lines. The following day Captain Barrett and Mr. Bruner again met The captain said he had a matter of business to present and suggested that Mr. Bruner go to the theater with him that evening and talk it over. The proposition was acceptable to the Eacramento attorney, hence the oil Readers should understand at the out set that the legislation desired was in the public Interests. It simply provided adequate punishment for any one who should willfully and maliciously cut an oil pipe line. munications and consented to the publica tion of all the facts. The main points involved in the trans action were brought to light after diligent Inquiry in se\-eral quarters. The proof persistently sought for was not found un til representatives of The Call obtained an interview with Captain Frank Bar rett of Palo Alto. He spoke at first with great reluctance, and then under the seal of cor.flde.nce, expressing great aversion to public mention. After several inter views had taken place and the proposition that he owed It to the cause of honesty ar.d straight work in legislation had been placed before him he consented to narrate his experience at Sacramento and else where in obtaining the enactment ' v of As sembly bill €29.. When he ascertained that several positive assertions made by him regarding the purposes for which certain money should be applied were contradict ed by Elwood Bruner, an attorney at Sac ramento. Captain Barrett removed the Injunction relating to confidential com- ANOTHER shameful chapter in the legislative record of Henry C. Dibble of the Forty-first Assem bly District hasbeen disclosed. It should be read carefully by every pood citizen of the district, and then the voters. Irrespective of party, should take Fom« resolute action to shield the district from further disgrace. The Call takes no pleasure In parading this story of crookedness in the Assembly, but the ends of Justice demand that the rarratlve should be recited, the details of the scandal revealed and the proof of crooked work produced. At the present time all of the facts cannot be submitted. es considerations of respect for one whose family is afflicted by a sad bereavement fug-gest that one name and several inci dents be omitted from the publication. the theater, presumably between acts, but it was not concluded, although it pro gressed to the payment, or to an agree ment on the part of Captain Barrett to EXHIBITS IX THE LATEST CHARGE AGAINST HENRY C. DIBBLE. THEY SHOW THE CHECK PAID TO GET A JUST MEASURE THROUGH THE LEGISLATURE, AND THE MEN WHO. IT IS CLAIMED, GOT THE said he was formerly an officer in the English navy and that he left London_ six months ago with his wife on a tour; of Canada and America. "I cawn't see how this is anybody's business," eald Fuller. "I ¦was arrested by a 'Bdbble', for no reason that I know of, I can assure 'you. If I have words with my wife, that is her and my busi ness. ''.¦ ".What do I do for a living? Well. I don't have. to work and I am not a remit tance man. Please leave me alone unless you have 'a good brand of cigarettes with you. And you might Just tell the bobbies to let me out. This is a terrible place to confine a fellow like me in. "My wife is hurt pretty bad, you say? Oh, well, I am awfully sorry. Why did I do it for? Well, you don't know as much as I do-.' "What do I wear this gold bangle round me -wrist for? Aw, that would be telling. you 1 know. When I came to this awfully horrid country who would have thought that It would end like this? "Deuced good fellows here, you naw! Bohemian Club last night— devil of a time! Oh, hang me wife! I don't want to hear about her." He was later removed to the Hall of Justice In the prison van with the va grants, buKwas Immediately released by balling himself out for 13. The police were unable to charge him with the assault, as his wife refused to prosecute him and was anxiously waiting his return to her in their rooms. .~* ,i'. One of Fuller's closest friends since he has been In this city Is the well known clubman, Donald de V. Graham, j They became close friends and were constant companions at both the Bohemian and Pacific Union clubs. When Fuller first arrived In this city he presented a letter of introduction to Graham given him by an officer in the' English navy, whom Ful ler had met in Vancouver. British Colum bia, stationed in H. M. S. Phaeton. Gra ham was greatly surprised when in formed of the assault, as they were both in the Bohemian Club until a late hour. It was Fuller's Intention to have left for London yesterday afternoon, accompanied by his wife. The tickets were already bought. - Miss Main, a member of the "Man From "Fuller 'woke up from his drunken stupor late In the afternoon and at first denied any knowledge of the act. He afterward said - that . he had ] eood grounds for the assault.- though- he - would ¦ not say for what cause. He claims that he Is Inde pendently rich" and that -he Is from _ Lon don, 'where » his 'deceased father 'was 'well known as ; the president of "a cable ' com pany connecting London with Brazil." He , Later to a reporter of The Call she ad mitted that her husband had committed the assault, but said he was in a frenzied mood and was not accountable for his ac tions when he committed the deed. His only excuse was that she could not find a pair of gloves he wanted. * The woman was then conveyed in a hack back to her rooms in the Leepal mer, where she was interviewed by the police.. She, became very reticent when questioned and stated to the police that she. fell down the stairs and thus disfig ured herself. She presented a pitiable pic ture propped up on the bed with both her eyes closed and her head swathed in bandages.- She refused to swear to a com-' plaint charging her husband with the as sault.' '..¦-. . About 10 o'clock yesterday morning De tective Hamill, on duty on Market street, near Stockton, arrested Fuller , on ' the charge of drunkenness. The man was acting very queerly, Jumping on and off the passing wagons and carts.. He was taken to the Central police station. ' On searching him there was found a certifi cate of deposit on the Anglo-Callfornian Bank for ¦ $S50 and gold to the 'amount of WO. He had the appearance of " being a man of refinement. He requested that his wife at room 63 of the Leepalmer be told of his trouble. : ._ ' Detective' Hamill called at the house and found that Mrs. Fuller had been the victim of a brutal assault at the hands of her husband. The detective notified the police at the Jail not to release Fuller, as he would prefer a more cerious charge against him. • In the meantime Mrs. Fuller had donned her hat and **with blood streaming down her face she'v/ent to Dr. A. D. McLean's office on Ellis street,' where her Injuries were at tended to and her wounds dressed. ONE of the most brutal assaults ever perpetrated in this city was committed early yesterday morn ing by, Osborne. Fuller, \ a rich ¦ young Englishman, who beat his young wife Into insensibility, break ing her nose and Jaw and closing both her eyes. The woman will be 'disfigured for life. . Fuller has been in this city, accom panied by his wife, for two months, and during his sojourn here he has through his connections had the entre of both the Pacific Union and Bohemian clubs. SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1900. PRICE FIYE CENTS. VOLUME LXXXVIII-NO. 141. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL. TO PASS SUCH AN OBVIOUSLY GOOD BILL, WHY SHOULD IT BE NECESSARY TO EMPLOY LEGISLATORS AS ATTORNEYS? An act to add a new section to thz Psnal Code, said sec- tion to be designated as section six hundred and twenty - five and one half , relating to oil pipe-lines. The peop'e of the State of California, represented in Sen- ate and Assembly, do enact as follows: SECTION i. A new section is hereby added to the Penal Code to be <le J!5 nated a* 5 section six hundred and, twenty-five^ and one-half 623H- Every person who shall willfully and "maliciously cut or break any oil pipe-line is punishable ¦¦ by imprisonment in the State prison, or in a county jail, not exceeding two years. V:;:- :. Speaker of the Assembly. President pro iem. of the 'Senate.