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' taken out of the pigeon holes. Four sacks
were taken from one side of the vault
and two from another location. - The
sacks were taken from holes hidden by
trucks on which were piled large quan
tities of gold coin. In counting the vault
nightly ¦ it was impossible to count each
pigeon hole. It was taken for granted
that all the pigeon holes were filled with
sacks of gold. A combination of events
MAYOR PHELAN'TESTERDAY RECEIVED^ A* LETTER FROM ANDREW, CARNEGIE. THE . MULTT-MILLION
¦ AIRE; OFFERING TO ERECT SEVERAL LIBRARY BUILDINGS IN- THIS CITY IF PROPER SITES ARE FUR
NISHED AND THE MUNICIPALITY GUARANTEES TO LOOK AFTER THEIR MAINTENANCE.
Continued on Page Two.
ALBANY. N. Y., July 5.— Raymond. Al
bers, a 13-year-old lad, this evening shot
and killed Emmanuel Koehler, a boy of 12
years, and then hanged himself. ,
The boys were playmates, and, according
to statements of neighbors, they had quar
reled some days ago. ;, Albers was .the" eon
of a well-known, painter- and Koehler tho
son: of a clergyman.*; -. .- '¦',-. .<•;.<'
Pierre Lorillard i Failing.
| NEW YORK,*' July 6.— Dr. Austin Flint
at 12:80 o'clock: this morning, announced
that Pierre :Lorillard waafailing.' ,1
EOY KELXS COMPANION
AND THEN HANGS HIMSELF
Playmates in New York State Have
\ a Quarrel and Ramarkable Trag-
NEW YORK, July 6.— A Journal special
from Paris Bays: Albert Hopkins, son
of the President of the Women's College
In Baltimore/ and grand nephew, of Mark
Hopkins, benefactor of Johns Hopkins
University, has come out victorious in a
duel with a fire-eating Frenchman. .
Henry d'Estournel. a man about town,
always dressed In the height of fashion,
found fault with young Hopkins for wear-
Ing an American flag. Hopkins, who Is
an athlete and used to be pitcher at St.
John's College, Baltimore, promptly
slapped the Frenchman's face, -This led|
to a meeting with swords In the Bois de
Boulogne in the gray dawn, Hopkins was
slightly scratched on the cheek, while his
adversary had his sword arm quit© dis
abled ¦ • " '' ' 1 : '
Slaps a French Fire-Eater and Later
on Bests Him on the Field of
t ' . " Honor; ¦ " ¦
ALBERT HOPKINS IS
VTCTOIIIOTJS IN A DUEL
Continued on Second Paga,
money for free library purposes in sums
ranging from $1000 to Guthrle, Oklahoma,
to $5,200,000 for sixty-five branch libraries
In New York City. .
Fourteen of those In the United States
get over $100,000, thirty-two between $50,000
and $100,000. seventeen between $15,C00 and
$50,000 and twelve only get less than
With each of these gifts went tho same
condition exacted in our own case, L e..
that the city receiving It should bind it
self to appropriate each year a certain
sum, generally 10 per cent of the amount
of the donation, for the maintenance of
the free public library to establish or aid
which the grift was made.
In many Instances, as with New York,
sites were to be provided by the. cities,
and the full amount of the gifts expended
for buildings, books, etc The same re
quirement was made in the case of Mri
Carnegie's donations for libraries in Eng
land and Scotland.
In alxtv of the recipient cities In th»
United States and in thirteen in Great
Britain the institutions so established and
aided by Mr. Carnegie's liberality have
been called after his name, the old tltlea
where existing being dropped and "Car
negie Library" substituted. If this la
done in the cities having a number of
branch libraries like St. Louis- and. New
York, the buildings so far provided for
bearing that 'name will number ovsx two
It is well, therefore, that all understand
that "Carnegie Library" and "Free P *>-•
Ho Library" are synonomous terms.
Whether the donor's name is> to adorn th»
San Francisco library buildings thut are
to be erected with the money Mr. Car
negie offers is yet to come up, The
amount bestowed upon San Fra:ncisco
stands well up to the top of the list of
Mr** Carnegie's gifts for library purposes,
New York, with her $5,200,000, leads; then
St. Louis and Philadelphia come with a
million each and Detroit keeps us com
pany with another $750,000, Then come his
three earlier beneficiaries— Allegheny, Pa.,
with $550,000 and Braddock and Homestead
with 1500,000 each. Then Washington.
D. C, and , Duquesne, Pa., with $350,000
each and Carnegie, Pa. t with J2S0.000. The
Carnegie Institute and branches at Pitts
burg have had $3,STO,0OO. The largest do
nation in Great Britain was to the Public
Library, Edinburgh, $230,000. E>unfennllne,
seaboard, emboldens us- for the, first time to
make a request ; that you ' consider San Fran
cisco among/the cities worthy. of your recog
nition. We 'remember meeting you pleasantly
i at the entertainment given by the University
; Club; when. In company with Andrew D.
White, .you visited the Pacific coast, so San
Francisco is not a stranger to you.
, It is needless to say that our people would
rejoice beyond' measure 'snould you see fit to
grant their. request and enroll San Francisco
among the municipalities that shall have a spe
cial reason for applauding the generous prompt
ings of your ( heart and the public spirit which
animates, "no matter where -the benefits may
fall, your .wise and munificent philanthropy.
..Mayor Phelan has not as yet considered
th© probable .location of the sites for the
proposed libraries. The municipality
owns a '.'number, of available lots in va
rious parts of the city, but the Board of
Supervisors "-will decide which ones shall
be. utilized. ; The site at the corner of
Market and Fifth streets Is thought to be
an- advantageous 'one for the central
.library,, but 'there la a lease on the prop
erty .; which . has eight years to run. The
question of maintenance would be easy of
solution, as "the charter would permit of
a tax insuring " the sum of over $100,000
yearly" for library purposes on this year's
assessed valuation \ot J415.00O.00O, Carne
gie's offer will be. laid before the Board
ef " Supervisors, who will take action
thereon. The money offered by Carnegie
would build at least four handsome
branch structures besides the ' main li
brary. They would probably be situated
in the' south '.'of Market street district.
North Beach, Mission and in the Western
Addition. V £ ..
Over Ono Hundred Cities Have Be-
ceived Large Sums for
Ban Francisco's , approving interest In
the munificent benefactions that have
gone at Mr. Carnegie's hand to the many
cities of - the ' United States assumes a
more acute and grateful phase in the face
of, the, display of >his judgment and liber
ality : in . her o.wn behalf.
Three-quarters of a million dollars is to
be given by the great steel magnate on
.conditions "certainly not onerous,* and sim
ilar; to those upon which all of his gifts
have been based.
•'Seventy edd. : cities in the United States,
several ;^n \ Canada ; and "in
Great^ Britain^ have had - bestowals ~ of
We have ' housed !n our City • Hall tn unfit
quarters, ' Inadequate and Inconvenient, a splen
did library of more than 100,000 volumes, . which
Is growing- 1 every year. .We have rented,; In
different parts of the city, stores where we have
branch libraries, bringing the people in - direct
communication wlth*the central library^ whence
the books circulate; and at the same time keep
on the shelves . of j the - branch ' libraries • lar^e
numbers of current" volumes, . Thia : service ". Is
absolutely free to the public In common with 1
your own views, , : we appreciate the -importance
of having ¦a' central 'and' a . branch j library; sys
tem,'properly housed," because with the increase'
of,' these ' f abilities \\ will follow.' a"_ mqre' generous
use of ! tfce%enefit8 which the free library^con
fer9.'"-"rr-\-- .: : ,V. : ¦-".,-- '- '-¦_,,'¦" '¦.-;'''. I'i ,' : ' ...
.-. Your splendid gifts to the cities of New-York;
Et.'- Louis and Philadelphia, all on the Eastern
The citizens are reluctant to ' increase in
debtedness^ which ' requires a two- thirds j vote
under the eharter, and therefore we look ts
private benefactions for the adornment of pnb
lio places, and for the non-estentlals of pur
municipal life. The city, however, has been
very generous in its organic law toward publlo
libraries. That not less than H» cents nor more
than 2Vi cents on the assessed valuation shall
be appropriated annually Is a mandate of the
eharter for public . libraries, . . On. the - present
valuation of property in this city, the'minimum
allowed' la '$80,000 a year, and the maximum
J1C0.0C&/. "« . .. .--¦.• - : ' .. >'-;
EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT. • j
MAYOR'S OFFICE. ' ,
City and County of San Francisco, i
' ' • March 23, 1901. ;
Hon. Andrew Carneete. - Scotland — Dear Sir:
San Francisco is a largro, wealthy, and well
governed municipality. It Is llvlnsr under, a
charter which went into' effect on the first of
January, 1900.- which Is regarded -as a : model of
Its kind. Among other things. It does not per
mit the rate of taxation to-be more than ene
dollar upon a hundred dollar valuation, and the
budget amounts annually to about $5,060.(00,
one-half the amount ' which ¦ It coats in " New
York'Jn proportion . to maintain Its municipal
establishment. This organic check upon ex-»
penditurea, which you will agree is wise and
prudent, requires . us to Issue bonds for extra
ordinary rubllo work.
This offer on the part of Carnegie, Is. In
response to a communication sent to him
by the Mayors V -; ¦:
About half (not more.' .1. think* less) of * this
sum should be expended on the central library
and the remainder on branch libraries. .The site
for the central library should -be -amply .suf
ficient to provide for additions 'in 'the future,,
for San Francisco is a Browing-. city..- r ;-. •.-. "
letter he writes.
he will furnish the -money as soon as
needed to pay for the buildings,- In -his
"The robbery was a. deliberate one.
Around the cashier's vault are ranged
pigeon holes, each hole being intended
for a sack of t srold containing $5000. '.The
capacity of th© vault Is five millionVdol
lars, but we have been so crowded that
millions were piled up' on the , floor' and
on trucks. ; The six stolen sacks were
"We have counted all the money In the
cashier's vault," he said, "and have also
counted th© contents of the sealed vaults.
We are satisfied that the money was stol
en and not paid out in error. The question
of an error In the books of the Mint is
a thing of the past. Thl3 money was stolen
and stolen by an employe who had the
combination to the cashier's vault. Cash
ier Cole alone is th© possessor of the com
bination. I do not know It and a copy
of the combination was written out and
sealed up by Cole when he came into of
fice and locked up In the office desk. This
was a precaution In case of the illness of
th© cashier. Chief Clerk Dimmick wasnot
supposed to know the combination. The
only time h© had occasion to go" into th©
office was at the close of business' each
day. Then he accompanied, the cashier
and tallied up the number of sacks of
Superintendent Leach stated yesterday
that h© had nothing new to report on the
stealing of the $30,000. -V~<
Superintendent Leach Speaks.
This Information formed the basis for a
eearching Investigation by Secret Service
Agent Hazen as to whether Dimmick' was
well acauainted with the combination of
the vault door, which Cole was alone sup
posed to know. V.V.-i
. It .was. learned. yesterday on positive au
thority that when Cole came Into ofnee he
requested his predecessor, . Dimmick, to
show him how the locks on the vault door
of th© cashier's office worked. Cole is
known to have operated th© combination
knob while Dimmick stood at the back of
the door and arranged the levers and
tumblers In the locks.
Further questions put to Dimmick as to
the manner in which the combinations on
the cashier's vault worked, elicited the re
ply that he knew the working of the- vault
door, but was not acquainted with the
combination formed by Cashier Cole.
perhaps I may be — what do you call
it—^h, yes — the criminal at the bar."
'"Do you expect to be arrested, then,"
was the next query, put to Dimmick.
"It would not surprise me, but I am not
worrying," was Dimmlck's answer.
The time records of the Mint thus show
that there , were dozens of. opportunities
The time records at the Mint show that
Cashier Cole left the building usually at
3:16 p. m., 3:30 p. m., or 3:45 p. m. Occa
sionally the cashier remained until 4 p.
m. when . the .business of - his office re
quired. Fitzpatrick always left the build
ing shortly after 3 p.\m., and. the book
keepers of the cashier's office remained
Sometimes until 4:30 p. m. . or, even : later,
according to the amount of work on hand.
Captain Timothy Fitzpatrick. -the
"vault man" In the cashier's office. Is the
only man besides Cole and Dimmick who
ever entered the steel room. It was Fitz
patrick's duty to wheel trucks of gold
Into the vault and to bring gold out when
requested by Cole. The cashier was the
only person who had authority to order
Fitzpatrick to • bring sacks of gold from*
the . vault. • ' '
If Cole had reason to leave .his office
during the time the vault door was open,
no other employe in the office could have
entered the vault without Fitzpatrick be
ing cognizant of the act. Fltzpatrick" is
an old employe and his duty would have
been to stop any person, no matter what
his position in the Mint, from entering the
vault, unless accompanied by Cashier
Cole, or whoever was acting as cashier
in Cole's absence.. • • (> ,
: Mute Evidence of Time Clocki.
•Cashier Cole has Informed the investi
gating officers that it was his custom to
lock the vault of his office each day at
8 p. m. • The time lock for many years
has not gone into operation until 6 p. m.,
and that would give two hours for any
person to open "the vault,- provided he
knew the lock combination. • ¦ ¦• .
The investigation is therefore proceed
ing on the line that the six sacks of gold
coin were abstracted from the vault at
The authorities are satisfied that the
missing gold was stolen between the
hours pf 3 p.m. and 5'p. m. of working
days. Each sackof g-old weighs almost
twenty pounds, and while' it would be
possible for one sack : to be carried out
of the building, It would have been im
possible for the thief- to get away with
over 100 pounds weight of yellow coin.
When the Gold Was Stolen.
made possible this robbery. I cannot
state on whom suspicion rests."
SOME OF THE PRINCIPALS WHO FIGURE IX THE DISAPPEARANCE
OF $30,000 IX GOLD COIX FROM THE CASHIER'S WORKING VAULT
IX THE MIXT. . ' . '. ....
When asked what he meant by this
statement, Dimmick answered:;
"Well, I may appear before the
court as a witness in this case, or
CASHIER W. K. COLE and Chief
Clerk Walter Dimmick of the
Mint were relieved yesterday of
the duties of their offices, in ac
cordance with Instructions re
ceived from the Secretary of the Treas
ury. Cashier Cole was replaced by Frank
A. Pedlar, a trusted clerk of Superintend
ent Leach, and Dimmick turned over the
details of his department to Benjamin W.
Day, a computing clerk In ' the superin
Both Cole and Dimmick were on hand
at their desks to assist their temporary
successors, but the trust formerly reposed
in them by the Government was tempor
arily ¦withdrawn, pending the investiga
tion into the shortage of 530,000 from the
cashier's working vault.
The Government officials who are
at work on. the robbery have nar
rowed down their investigation to the
point -where the arrest of a suspected
employe may occur at any hour.
Director of the Mint Roberts, Superin
tendent Leach and Secret Service Agent
Hazen were In close consultation yester
day and examined many of the Mint em
ployes. The investigation will be contin
ued on the lines that the thief who stole
530,000 from, the cashier's vault is not only
an employe of the Mint but is also one
in whom the greatest faith has been here
Suspected Employe "Watched.
A chain of evidence is being gradually
woven around the suspected person/and
a close watch is being kept- on his move
ments. The slightest attempt to leave the
city will be the signal for his arrest by
Secret Service Agent Hazen.
The officials who are making the Inves
tigation refuse to give the name of the
puspeeted employe, and all persons con
nected with the Mint were warned yes
terday that thpy. must keep silent as to ¦
the possible identity of the suspected
The authority in Washington have no
tified the officials In this city that the
culprit must be brought to Justice and
punished for his gross betrayal of the
trust reposed In him. The delay in mak
ing the arrest is due to the lack of cer
tain evidence necessary to secure a con
viction in the Federal courts.
The Mint was thoroughly searched yes
terday by Secret Servire Agent Hazen
and his assistants. In the hope that some
of the purloined gold might be found hid
den away In some rook or corner. The
search, however, was unavailing and the
cor elusion was reached that the thief had
taken his plunder out of the building.
Director of the Mint Roberts, Superin
tendent Leach and Secret Service Agent
Haicn were 'gTiarded In' their statements
yesterday. They- were willing to talk to
a certain length but declined to make any
aFserticns that might furnish a clew to
tb* empi^re under suspicion. ¦
Diramick Is Flippant.
< a*hier Cole, who alone was supposed to
have bad the combination of th« vault
from which $30,000 ln_ gold was stolen, is
deeply concerned over the affair. Chief
Cleric Dimmick. who had access to the
cashier's vault, but who denies that he
had the combination to the steel door,
treats the question of the robbery in a
flippant manner and yesterday Joked as to
the possibility of his arrest.
Cashier Cole declined to make any state
ments yesterday, but Dimmick talked
freely on the subject.
When Dimmick was asked if he was fa
miliar with the vault combination of Cash
ier Cole he answered in the- negative. He
¦was then questioned as to the statement
made that he assisted Coie to fir the com
bination when th© cashier took office."
"That is a question I decline to
answer," said Dimmick. MI will
answer it when I appear . before the
Judge of the United StatesjBistrict
- 1\ fit AYOR PHELAN Is In receipt of
AV\\ *-i ett ' r - from Andrew' Carnegie,
II W \1 in which 'an offer to give $750,
.•**¦ v -^ 009 to erect public library buiid
*. " ;'. : ings , in :this city Is * made ', If
sites therefor are, furnished and the mu
nicipality . agrees to; expend 175,000 a year
for their maintenance. Mn Carnegie writes
from* Skibo i Castle,- Ardgay, N. B., that
\Vill; Donate $750,000 to ¦: Erect a: Central and Several Branch Public
¦¦:-"-.! Libraries if the Municipality Will Furnish Proper Sites for Them
and Agree .' to Expend $75,000 a Year in Their Maintenance
With his assistance and the well known
desire to' cultivate friendly relations be
tween Russia and the" United States, the
officials here are satisfied that the next
few days will witness action which will
result In an - arrangement beneficial to
The representation of the United States
and the answer of Russia have had the
effect o-f bringing out the contentions of
the two governments. Count Cassini will
arrive at St. Petersburg in the course of
a few days. He thoroughly understands
the views of this Government, and the
authorities are satisfied that ho will prop
erly lay them before the St. Petersburg
authorities. • . - • ¦
The Acting Secretary communicated the
Russian note to the President before the
latter's departure from Washington. A
reply will be made after consultation be
tween the State and Treasury depart
ments. It Is admitted that Russia has a
strong case, and it is said that somebody
In the United States has blundered.
Somebody Has Blundered.
It is plain that Russia ; regards the
sugar question as the crux of the whole
controversy. It* is to this featu^ of the
matter that she particularly addresses
herself/making a plain explanation of the
revenue tax she applies to her sugar
which is refunded in the , form of tax cer
tificates upon imports. It is this refund
that is construed by Secretary Gage as a
bounty, which moved him to apply the
> : Russia's note- is most • friendly . in tone,
'itiestablished the correctness of . the re p-
Jr£s]entations byj_Count^ Gassing," when in
. Washington,' ths-t .-tils iGj>v£rABiept'i \"i.s
anxious for a prompfjabd'frlendly- settle-,
ment. - V-^w y^-r-. / ¦ •->¦- --¦-,1 ".;• '.¦\£jf&<2&3~?'.
. ir M. : " de Wollant took ; occasion to' reiterate
these sentiments in speaking with ( '^Ir.
Hill to-day. Russia, does not believe that
she has been fairly treated. ' She Insists
that the sugar tax refunded upon exports
in the form of certificates is not a medi
um of exchange, but is used by. sugar
exporters to meet taxes on other sugar
raised. It is apparent from the Russian*
note that had the duty on Russian sugar
never been imposed, the increase of duties
on American imports would not have fol
lowed. . . .-¦-.'.. . • . - .
Crux of the Controversy:
Notwithstanding: the official secrecy sur
rounding the Russian communication, it
Is learned that Russia has intimated her
willingness to remove the .retaliatory
duties she has applied upon American
imports, provided the United States re
peals the order issued by Secretary Gage
imposing a countervailing duty upon Rus
"CALL .BUREAU, 1406 G STREET, N.
W., WASHINGTON, July '5.— Russia
wants no tariff war .with theV. United
States. In her official reply to the note
addressed by Secretary Hay to Count
Cassini' Russian . Embassador, '-- she ..has
speclflcally stated her desire to maintain
the cordial relations which have existed
between the two countries since .-, the
United States entered the family of -na
tions. Her answer was delivered to Mr.
Hill, acting Secretary of State, to-day. by
M. de Wollant, Russian Charge d Af- f
faires. Neither Mr. Hill nor M. de;.Wol
lant would discuss ' the contents of -the"
Russian note.. ¦'
Special Dispatch to The Call.
as the Crux of the Present
Trade Controversy. .
Countervailing 1 Sugar Tax Regarded
Duties if Uncle Sam Does
Will Remove the Retaliatory
Czar's Government Is
Anxious to Maintain
MUNIFICENT OFFER MADE TO CITY
BY ANDREW CARNEGIE, THE GREAT
PHILANTHROPIST AND MILLIONAIRE
MINT OFFICIALS ARE SUSPENDED
PENDING INVESTIGATION OF THE
PURLOINING OF $30,000 IN GOLD
Cashier Cole and Clerk Dimmick Relieved of Responsibilities of
Respective Positions 'While Evidence Is Being Sought
That Will Warrant Arrest of a Suspected Federal Employe
VOLUME XC— NO. 30.
SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY; JUIif 0f 1901^
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL.