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LOOKOUT ELLINGSON MAKES
CONFESSION THAT HE HEARD RIO'S SIGNAL OF DISTRESS The San Francisco Call. MARK ELLINGSON. lookout of the Fort Point Life-saving Sta tion, confessed yesterday to his superior officer. Captain Jo seph Hodgson, that on the fatal morn- Ing when the steamshio Rio de Janeiro -went on the rocks he (Elllngson) had heard the startling distress whistles of the doomed ship and had taken no notice ©f them. Captain Hodgson, on hearing the awful admission, took the wretched tpeaker by the throat and almost stran gled the breath from his body. The information that the Rio de Janeiro had sounded prolonged whistles of dis tress and that the signals had been heard by the life-saving lookout has been sub stantiated in every detail, both by the evi dence of ¦witnesses before the official in vestigators of the disaster and by the con fession of Mark Elllngson. From the time the first boatload of survivors of the Rio came ashore to tell of the tragedy at the Fort Point rocks until yesterday morning E'.lir.gson has stoutly maintained that he rever heard the slightest sound, on last Friday morning, which would have caused him to think that a Fhlp was In distress close to- where he was on duty. His su perior officers defended him and abus* was heaped on those who had charged EMr.gson with criminal neglect of duty. Clairas He H^ard No thing-. Captain Hodgson of the Fort Point Iife-eavlttg Station has since Friday ; begged and pleaded with Elllngson to tc'.l him the truth- To all auestlocs put to him El'.lr.gson had but one answer: "I heard nothing out cf the ordinary while I was on duty on Friday morning." • On Wednesday Ellingson's comrades no ticed a change in his demeancr. Elllngson was moody and kept to himself. He did rot Join in the conversation of the hardy men who are ready to go out on the angry Beas en the most stormy nJght to try and save life. Ellinsoon's comrades thought he was. brooding over the fact that for tune had failed to help him In the mls eion cf saving some of the souls on board the Rio. a. m. yesterday he sought Captain Hodg son and eald, "Captain, I have something to say to you." Ellingson then unfolded the grave story of his action at the time of the wreck of the Rio. "I told you a lie. captain." faltered El lingson. "I told a lie when I said I did not hear the Rlo's whistles." Captain Hodgson sprang on the man who trembled before him and, grasping him by the throat, choked him until he was livid In the face. "You cowardly dog, you cowardly dog!" exclaimed the captain as he threw Elling son to the floor. ' Heard the Long Whlstle3. When released. Ellingson told his story in a few words. "I heard the long whistles, but I did not pay much attention to them. I cannot tell you why — I don't know." Before Captain Hodgson had time to realize fully the awful Importance of the confession, ¦ Ellingson had passed out of his presence and made his escape from the life-saving station. Captain Hodgson reported the confes sion to his men and Ellingson might have felt the weight of their wrath If they could have laid their hands on him. The life-savers were wild with anger. J3ut for the neglect of Ellingson . they could have upheld their reputation and saved many lives when the Rio de Ja neiro took her final plunge. The confession was reported by Captain Hodgson to Major Blakeney. who Is su perintendent of the Twelfth Life-saving District, which Includes California. Major Blakeney Astounded. Major Blakeney, who had defended the honor of the men under him, was as tounded by the news brought to him by Captain Hodgson. For the honor of the life-saving service. Major Blakeney hopes that it will be proven at an investigation that Ellingson was blameless. Ellingson has been In the life-saving service for six years. He had the repu- ENGINEER HEELIHY VIOLATES ORDERS Witnesses Give Conflicting Testimony Before United States Inspec tors Who Are Investigat ing Cause of Wreck. The official Investigation of the wreck of the steamship Rio de Janeiro was com menced yesterday by O. F. Bolles and J. K. Bulger. United States Local Inspectors of Steam and Sail Vessels. The Investigation was held at the office of the inspectors in the Appraiser's build ing. The witnesses under examination were Second Officer Coghlan, Chief Engi neer P. H. Herlihy and Pilot Frederick Jordan. .... '-~"J. The testimony was mainly on the lines followed by these v/ltnesses before the Coroner's Jury, but it was technical to a degree. Chief Engineer Herlihy, after a rigid examination, was forced to admit that he had violated the orders of th6 Pacific Mail Company by being in his room on the Rio de Janeiro when she started to come into port last Friday morning, the orders requiring him to be at the engines. Engineer Herlihy and In spector Bulger entered into a hot argu ment as to a statement which Bulger claimed was made to him last Monday by Herlihy, but which -»vas denied by the en gineer. There Is a remarkable" discrepancy be tween the testimony of Graham Coghlan, second officer of the Rio de Janeiro, and that given by Pilot Jordan as to the Pilot Jordan, who testified after Cogh lan, swore that he Bet the course at NE. course eteered when the Rio de Janeiro started from her, anchorago on Friday until Bhe struck. Coghlan v.-as on j the bridge of the ship and testified yesterday that from the time the vessel started un til she ran on the rocks the course given- to him by Pilot Jordan was north east, and that it was not changed until the moment the ship struck, when Jor dan called out to alter the course to NE. % N., then immediately changing It to NE. by N. tation of being a fearless man In the face of danger. Two years ago he resigned from the service and went to Alaska. . He returned to this city a few months ago and Captain Hodgson recommended him for reinstatement in the life-saving ser vice. Ellingson, who passed the civil ser vice examination, was again placed on active duty early In January. He is about 36 years old and unmarried. Ellingson has been suspended from duty, as under civil service he cannot be dis missed without an Investigation.' - Continued on Second Page. INSPECTORS OP, STEAM VESSELS LISTEN TO THE PILOT OF THE RIO DE JANEIRO AS HE EXPLAINS THE COURSE HE TOOK, WHEN HE STARTED THE .VESSEL FROM HER ANCHORAGE FOR PORT."./" The testimony of ecores of soldiers at Fort Point barracks that they had heard the distress whistles and had been awak ened from clumber by the noise; the sworn evidence of the ofHcers and passengers of the Rio that the whittles eounded con tinuously after the vessel struck had their effect on Ellingson- When ElllngsoK went on fluty yesterdav morning he,wa* In a despondent mood. What phased through hi« mind while he kept his loneiy vign within a short distance of where the Rio tank Is known to him alone. When Ellington came off watch at 8 posed to me. I accepted him. I should have known better. He said that owing to the publicity of the divorce he did not want to cause any more talk than .was necessary and suggested that we marry, by contract. I at first . refused to listen to him, but he finally persuaded me to agree to the contract marriage.' He drew up the paper and we signed it in the pres ence of a witness. . This was on March 26, 189L He kept the contract, .saying that he would place it in the safe of his office. A short time afterward his second oldest daughter, Dora, commenced legal pro ceedings against him, making serious al legations. The suit was tried ' before Judge Sweensy and resulted In a dis agreement of the Jury. It was afterward' dismissed. While my husband has not treated , me right, I believe that the suit brought by his daughter was unjust, as she afterward said that. she expected to force her father toi' pay her several thou sand dollars. 'After that we came to San Francisco and lived "for a time at 209 Va lencia | street. Jjj My husband did not care for city life and we went to Bakersfleld, Kern County ,"<: where our three' children were born. There : he followed the busi ness of searcher of- records and formed a partnership with Mr. Bender. * They are still partners; but have of late been de voting most of their time to speculating in oil lands. "In my, complaint I allege that my hus band Is now worth $100,000. but I have been informed , that - his holdings are. worth closer ; to $500,000. . It"; was at . Bakersfleld that he first commenced to abuse me and treat £ me in an ¦ inhuman manner. We were living, in a small cabin on the out skirts of the town. Here is a photograph of It. The Inscription on the back of it, •Picture of your old "home. I stole it for yo'u. God |rbu. May you soon have a better " Rome,', tells the story of how I received It after I was driven from home. It was sent me by: a lady_ friend. I hope that i that "prayer will . soon I be granted," said Mm. Hewitt, wearily, as she read from the back of the picture, "I want to go home-^-I want to go to a better horae," she added as she turned In the bed. ?'Go-3 knows 1 1 want to go home— but not until my ; wrongs have been righted. ¦ My babies,"- she "exclaimed as she burst into tears, "am \ I i never, to ;«ee you. again?. I must (and; I "will have, you with 'me once .mbrei^ There Is Justice and I know it will be done, me." ¦',",- i -A* •• ¦:¦;':.¦¦-¦*_ ¦¦¦; Husband' Commences Abuse. After the paroxysm of srief had passed clvil suit filed on Wednesday last in the office of County Clerk Deane. Attorney William D. Grady, who is rep resenting Mrs. Hewitt, filed the suit for divorce on Wednesday on the grounds of cruelty, desertion and failure to provide. In the complaint " the allegation is mad-) that the community property, consisting 1 of both real and personal property, is val ued at $100,000 and Hewitt is asked to pay ,$250 a month alimony for the support' of his wife during the pendency of the liti gation. An order was Issued , by Judge Dunne on. the filing of the complaint en joining and restraining all persons hold- Ing or having in their possession or under their control moneys or property of Hew itt from transferring, encumbering or dis posing of the same until further order of the court. Unfortunate Matrimonial Ventures. The marriage of the plaintiff to Hewitt was her third venture in the matrimonial line. Two of her husbands are dead. Both of them met violent deaths. • "I seem to have been singularly unfor tunate," tearfully said Mrs. Hewitt yes terday. 4 '1 must have been born under an unlucky star. My, flr6t husband s was killed five days after our marriage. I married G. W. Howell June 27. 1886, In Benton County, Or. He was a woodsman. He was cutting ¦ a treo when It suddenly toppled over and crushed him to death. Exactly a week after our marriage I fol lowed his body to the gravel I worked at various employments after that. Af t*>r two years and nine months of widowhood I married Rudolph VoUroth. Our life was a happy one. "We had been married less than a year and a half when we determined to leave Oregon and make California our future home. We were traveling over the moun tains, when my second husband dropped a revolver from his pocket. One of the cartridges was accidentally exploded. The bullet entered his hip and blood poisoning set In, causing death. After burying him, I proceeded to Redding, Shasta County, where I met Hewitt. He was engaged In business as".. a' searcher of titles. I I se cured employment in his office as a copy ist. He and, his wife, did not get along happily, together. They had been married eighteen years and nineteen children had been born to them. All of 'the children were, not living. If- 1. remember right there were twelve of . them still living at the time I .first met him. Mrs. Hewitt sued him for divorce on the ground , of cruelty* and she 'was'j awarded- a decree! Hewitt', had \ a _ home U in > Redding ' 'and? another one in "the outskirts^ of ithe town.' His' divorced' wife remained'; at ':he ; out 6f 'town home with;' the younger ; children.' Two of his daughters. Lily and Dora, kept .house for" him. :>v . _ ,'.? .V'; . .• ' '-'¦ "'..' i'A* Bh'ort time after the ' divorce he'pro- PRINCIPALS IX HEWITT DIVORCE SUIT. THEIR CHILDREN AND IN CIDENTS OF THEIR LIVES. While Mrs. Hewitt did not make many friends during her residence In Bakers* field those that she did make sseak well of her. The present Mrs. Hewitt was for merly employed In a hotel. A baby girl was born to the couple a faw weeks a«io. Hewitt Is at present out of town. Hs ' * reputed to b« very wealthy. H» and hl-i partner are large stockholders in the Kern Oil Company. Hewitt made a European tour last year and after visiting the Part* Exposition paid a short visit to his ag&4 parents in Ireland. BAKERSFIELD. Feb. 2S.— The news of the divorce suit brouzht by Mrs. Mary E. Hewitt against her husband. John B. Hewitt, of the firm of Bender & Hewitt, did not create any great surprise here. The couple separated about two years ago, Mrs. Hewitt going to San Francisco, while her husband remained here to at tend to his prosperous abstract business. It is not positively known where' the chil dren are. but there Is a general belief that they are in Los Angeles and being well looked after by their father. Th» fact that It was a contract marriage was common gossip at the tSma Mrs. Hawiti left here. Among Bakersfleld Bssidents. HEWITT IS WEALTHY. Divorcs Suit Occasions . No Surprise Hewitt has been married again. That fact has been disclosed, by the records of Alameda County. A license to marry Irene Mabel Hedrlck was issued to him June 20 last. The age of the bride la given as 23 years and her residence De lano, Kern County. They were married the same day by Justice of the Peace John W. Stetson. The certificate of mar riage is on file In the Recorder's ofilce. Residents of Bakersfleld variously esti mate the value of Hewitt's estate. They all agree, however, that through fortu nate investments in oil lands he has amassed a fortune much larger than that given by his wife In her complaint. Hewitt Has Another Wife. "You will have to excuse me from an swering that question." replied Grady. "for, as I told you before. I do not wish to discuss the litigation in any form," "If It is ascertained that Hewitt has married again without securing a divorce from your client, will you proceed against him criminally?" was asked. / able to prove every allegation In our complai.it Wh»n tie matter cotr.es up for trial ex-Judge Van R. Paterson will assist me in presenting the claims of Mrs. Hewitt. In the meantime we will en deavor to locate tho three children." '"I -do not "want to say anything about the matter," Bald he, "until it is heard in 'court. I ~ have/" thoroughly investigated the case and J. am satisfied we will be 'Attorney W.-D. Grady. who will make the legal, fight for Mrs.:. Hewitt, declines to discuss the case, The unfortunate mother became hyster ical, and for a time It was impossible to quiet her. She continually called— first for Myrtle, then for Gladys »nd "my baby boy, who. la named after papa, although ho has been an unkind, cruel papa," ¦ Cries Piteously for Her Babies. "The proof? All the proof required will be forthcoming at the proper time," re plied Mrs.' Hewitt. "My husband dare not deny our marriage. I never had the con tract in my possession. It may be that he destroyed it, but that it existed will be shown in court. He will be put in a seri ous position, for he Is, so I understand, married again. Ho never secured a di vorce from me. If he did it was through fraud, for I was never served with any summons. It may be," she added, "that when he secured the release to the" com munity . property he thought himself on safe ground. But I am going to battle as long as life Is left in me. to see that tho wrong done me and my children Is light ed. Babies, poor, unfortunate little ba bies, where are "you? Can you not hear your mother calling to you? Answer—an swer quickly, or I shall go mad."- ; "Where are the children?" was asked. "I would feel. easier if I knew," replied Mrs. -Hewitt. "I have endeavored to find them, but cannot' get any trace of them. They are not in Bakersfield. Friends of mine in Kern County have made inquiries for me, but they are unable to learn any thing -as to their whereabouts. I ap pealed to the local Society for the Pre vention of Cruelty to Children to aid me. The officers sent several letters to agents In the interior, but met with no encour aging reply. I presume that the babies are being cared for in some private insti tution. I would like to know just where. Sick, weary, and tired as I am. I would go to them. -You cannot understand how my heart yearns for them. I must and I will see them again." "Have you proof of the contract mar riage?" was asked. Mrs. Hewitt continued her narrative. "It was in August, 1892, when my first born. Myrtle, was about five months old, that Hewitt called me vile names and after cursing me slapped me in the face. He was infuriated and choked me until I be came unconscious.' From "that time on he continued his abuse. He struck me and beat me and on one occasion dragged me from the house. It was in February, 1890. that we separated, lly husband accused me of infidelity and drove me from our home. Before driving me away he forced me to sign a paper relinquishing all my title to the community property for a con sideration of 5250. He forbade me ever returning to Bakersfleld. threatening that he would have mo arrested and put me to great trouble. He would not allow me tc take the three children born to us— Myrtle, Gladys and Johnnie. Myrtle Is now aged 8. years, Gladys 6 and Johnnie 4." Complications are said to be growing and it is feared that the friendly arrange ments of the boundary dispute cannot ba made. The foreign Consuls here to-day offered their services with their bubjects to guard the city in case of necessity. The patriotic sentiment is at the highest pitch. BATTLE IN PROSPECT IN SANTO DOMINGO PORTO PLATA, Feb. 23.— The Santo Domingo Minister of War, who la at Monte Christy, has cent a war vessel to this port for reinforcements and artillery, which are to be sent to the frontier ter ritory in which recent disturbances hava occurred. It is announced that the Gov ernment will send six thousand men to the front. PLEA OF DISCARDED WIFE TO HAVE WRONGS RIGHTED Action Brought by Nary E. Hewitt Against Her Husband, a Wealthy Oil Spectjlator of Kern— Says He Drove Her Away and* H Despite Contract Ham . 5MALL, poorly furnished room In J\ i downtown ' lodging-house 1b all J^\ '.hat Mrs. Mary E. 1 Hewitt can now ¦A- jX. a u home. -She la 111, both In body ind m!nd. Cast aside by. her hus band, John B. Hewitt of Bakerefleld, who has won a fortune through lucky oil spec ulations; deprived of the comfort of her three babies, and dependent 'upon the charity of friends, she Is battllng"for life. Her will power Is a far greater remedial agent than the medicines prescribed by her physician. She says that she must live to right the wrong done her. The preliminary steps have been taken to force the delinquent husband* to defend his name and character, and In addition give to his wife from, his ample means sufficient to support" her? during the few months that Intervene between her "and the grave. Mrs. Hewitt lives, In hope of again meeting her children. That accom plished, she is willing and satisfied to give up the battle against adversity. Her life history v ls a Bad on©. If the charge she makes against her, husband Is .true, he Is a bigamist and it is not Improbable that a criminal action will follow the SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, MARCH 1, 1901. PRICE F1YE CENTS. VOLUME L.XXXIX— ISO. 91. LIFE-SAVING LOOKOUT MARK ELLINGSON, who was on .duty at Fort Point when the Rio de Janeiro went on the rocks, confessed yesterday to his superior, Cap tain Hodgson, that he had heard the whistles of distress sounded by the steamship and had not heeded them. After making the confession Ellingson left the life-saving station and has not since been seen. The investigation into the cause of the loss of the steamship commenced yesterday be fore the United States Inspectors of Steam Vessels. Startling testimony was disclosed. Chief Engineer Herlihy claimed that he heard no orders given to clear the ship or man the boats when the Rio struck. Herlihy admitted that he was not at his post of duty when the ship started to enter port, as required by the rules of the Mail Company. Pilot Jordan and Second Officer Coghlan gave conflicting testimony as to the course steered by the Rio. The pilot also claimed that he had requested a passenger to go to the bridge and tie down the cords of the whistles some time after the vessel struck the rocks. This statement is disputed. Diver Fails to Locate Wreck of the Steamship— Con= flicting Testimony Is Presented at. Offi cial Investigation.