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§ The leaders in .the secret organization
which these angered citizens have formed
are . Emil. Alphonse, Joseph Pereslno,
Frank;: Harter, Charles Loebs, Arthur
O'Keefe, Phil Slsterna, Clarence Poole
and Arthur Sisterna. Behind them are
twenty more men who are risking . ihelr
lives in the hope of suppressing the ' law
lessness that has been rampant. It was the
shooting ; of , aged Kenneth Compton. the
Southern Pacific conductor.* on [th^ night
of September . 11, . when he fought desper
ately with a pair of thugs, that started
the agitation' for a vigilance committee.
The : Compto^n . affair . was regarded as the
last straw on top of a long series of sim
ilar crimes. -But ' before the movement
The vlgilantes'stoutly declare that they
will not disband until the safety of the
town is assured by an increased police
force. ¦ '. : ....-,.
Jn mind; j but if any thug . Is, caught in
the act of robbery. the privilege the law
gives of ¦ self-defense will be utilized to
the limit. That threat means that there
are bullets ready . for the first highway
man that comes within range of this
citizen constabulary's weapons.
And Town Marshal Charles '. T. Kerns,
the object of much criticism, says It is
for the Board of Town Trustees to settle
thetrouble. Here Is his' plaint:
We are not out to kill anbody, but we do not
propose ¦ to - lon«er tolerate thU 1 reign of terror
In our neighborhood. -Why lj» Is ¦ so bad ". that'
people scarcely dare to ro outside of their doors
after dark. : That Is why. we citizens Intend to
do some suppressing ourselves. The town' haa
no police force, 'and I don't know as we can
put much blame on our. Marshal , .%"¦£*:'--*
. We intend, to protect, ourselves If. the police
force allotted us by the town cannot.' " This or
ganized patrol of the streets' at night will con
tinue until . we can sret policemen to do the
work for us. If we catch any miscreants. who
have been terrorizing: our end of the town it
will go hard with them. . . s 1": *.\i -;¦.["?
gained -.much- headway: It was suddenly
stimulated, four ' days later, by the at-;
tack made on the night of September 15
on. Sam Fisher. The same night a woman
was.held up. Then the West-Enders took
speedy action. -, .' \ '- .- -.'•".' ¦•'¦• "¦¦¦- ' '¦" .
. Here is what Frank Harter, chief of the
vigilantes, says: . f; : .
VIENNA, Sept. 18.— Edmund Jelllnek,
an official in the cashier's department of
the Lender Bank, disappeared •: hurriedly
from Vienna to-day. It was discovered
that he had defrauded the bank of $315,
000 by falsifying checks. The. money thus
obtained was Bpent by Jellinek in spec
ulation. He has not yet been appre
hended. '
I' : To-night, V; the -. correspondent goes on; . a
party : of " 350 - left ; for ¦ Canada- and ¦'¦ the
United "States, > and small i parties of • Jews
* -> :¦'¦:- .-..-... *.-3,;r.
. LONDON,: Sept. 19.— In a dispatch from
Bucharest,* Roumania, dated Sunday, Sep
tember-14, a 'correspondent r of the v Daily
Express says the \ emigration fever among
the Jews of •Roumanla'stlircontinues,':and
that ,the : last -three ' months our
thousand .-'Jews have . left -the . country. -
States and Canada.
Many Jews on the. Way; to the United
LONDON, Sept.; 19.— The - Times "this
m orning . says : • • '¦ ' " ¦
. . . "We ; regret to learn ,v that ', Lord Salis
bury, f who : at present ' Is : In . Switzerland,
i3 111 - and • confined ; to - his bed. An Eng
lish ¦•• and . a , Swiss i doctor*- have , been at
tending I him, a«d •¦ it • is understood " that
his Lordship's : own- attendant . In London
has been sent for." ;* ¦.
* : Lord Salisbury • has been • touring the
News of an Alarming Nature Reaches
;• London From a Swiss Health
Resort. •
The people In the house say Kennelly
died from heart failure, but Dr. J. Wll
lard Travell, of 17 West Twelfth street,
who was summoned, says he thinks death
was due to an overdose of morphine. Tho
widow is prostrated.
NEW YORK, Sept. 18.— Henry Ken
nelly, a former hotel-keeber of San Fran
cisco, who was traveling for hl3 health
with his wife, was found dying In bed at
their boarding 1 place, 126 "West Thirty
fourth, street, last night. Mrs. Kennelly
summoned a doctor, but her husband died
in less than an hour.
He Thinks Death Was Due to
Physician Who Attended Him Says
The population of Cape Haytien Is in
a state of anxiety. The enemy, to the
number of 4000 well armed; men. Is ad
vancing on the place. Another battle be
fore the town is Imminent
General Nord, at the head of 3000 men,
attacked Limbe at 9 o'clock yesterday
rooming and after desperate fighting last
ing three hours the general abandoned
his guns and war ammunition and left a
great number of dead and wounded on
the' field.
CAPE HATTIEN, Hayti, Sept. 18.— The
forces of the provincial government of
Hayti, commanded by the War Minister,
General Nord, have sustained a severe
defeat at Limbe.
of Hayti Are Routed After a
Hard Fight.
Forces of the Provincial Government
leave the larger towns , of .the country
almost dally. . ¦ Although . the . reason given
by the immigrants . for i leaving " is - their
inability to obtain work, 'the Jews stead
ily refuse to take up. farm labor. Proof
of, this is found in the fact that for; the
last three years Roumania has paid for
outside Bulgarian labor something like
?3,000,000, '.which might" have gone to the
Jews if they would only turn. their hands
to the -light labor of harvesting. Bulga
rian laborers,, the .^correspondent con
cludes.'are well housed and excellently fed
; while working* on Roumanian farms.
Jen Chou Hsian made his appearance
suddenly at the head of a mob and burn
ed a. chapel and some' thirty-odd houses
early in that moon , and also killed a
Christian. They also committed '• other
outrages, whereupon the Viceroy dis
patched troops to the scene, 'who killed
some twenty or more people. . The leader
of the riot was also captured and orders
were given to have him beheaded and his
head exposed.^ The rebels at other points
were also \ attacked ' by. the Government
troops and routed. Three or four hun
dred of them' ..were killed. The Judge of
the province reported . that there*- was * no
need for the missionaries to seek tempor
ary refuge. ; . " . • ..
Welkman is also charged with stealing
a quantity of the officer's jewelry, treas
ured highly for Its associations. He was
caught with the pajamas and In his trunk,
were found the gems, it is alleged. Prob
ing deeper the searchers almost gasped.
They discovered costly curios of gold and
silver and porcelain, jewels and rare bric
a-brac, it Is charged, worth, they say,
$50,000. The greater part of the trunk's
contents, -it Is asserted, was obtained In
Peking. Welkman's friends assert that
he has been a lucky speculator, too, and
recently won 51700 in an oil deal. Several
thefts have occurred at the barracks at
the navy yard recently. Colonel Robert
Meade, commanding, would say nothing
further than that'he had caught the ma
rine "red-handed." Welkman pleaded in
nocence, but was held for court-martial.
Though it is asserted that Weikman has
the finest collection of foreign loot in the
country he Is accused of adding to -his
store the pajamas of Lieutenant James
J. Bootes after he returned to the local
barracks. The lieutenant Is about the
tallest officer in the marine corps.
NEW YORK, Sept. 18.-One of the big
gest collections of loot that has come
from the temples of China Is credited to
J. E. Welkman, a United States marine,
now a prisoner at the marine barracks
at the navy yard.
Worth $50,000 Axe Brought
to Light.
Curios of Gold and Silver and Jewels
Conger again had occasion to address
the Foreign'' Office • on July 30,v informing
it that Dr. i Canright had again reported
that robberies and massacres were {oc
curring daily ; 'that | all were In ! great dan- j
ger, and .that i he \ had j demanded ; protect,
tlon in vain. -.The: Minister 'urgeo;j the
Foreign Office to .- take ' more ;. effective
measures i VIn . order, to , avoid the <t fearful :
responsibility of a r further.loss'jjf ' life" and
property."-' •; ¦;.'. v'-': '•'¦¦;. -.".'¦•: ¦ •,:. . \'-\ •;¦;>:.*
: ! The ' Foreign" Office 'replied j> that) several
edicts 'had', been issued directing 1 the jVlce-*
roy, to; suppress the; troubles. '. It had {re- r ;
celved ( a ; . telegram from, that official \ st^t
ihij'- that 7 ; the 'rebel'; Hsiung ; 'Gheng - He- of ¦
Another dispatch from the Foreign Of
fice to Minister Conger, dated July 3,
states that the Viceroy, reported that the
missionary killed was a Chinese and that
quite, a .number of leading Boxers "had
been captured and punished and a sharp
lookout was being kept : for those stilll at
large. ; ; . :
reverently copied the edict and '. sent It * for
your Excellency's .Information. .
With compliments of the season, '
J . Cards of PRINCE ' CHIN<3. '
Minister of the Foreign Board , of j Affairs.
Dated this flfth month, or June 26, 1002.
raged at ¦ the -repetition of brutal, and
murderous assaults upon their townsmen
and are ready now to do summary ex
ecution If their stern vigil of the night
shall bring ,the thugs under the muzzles
of their ever^ready weapons. ..
The vigilantes declare they will main
tain their armed patrol until the town Is
ready to at least halfway meet the ex
igencies of the occasion by providing a
sufficient police protection.
The patrol of. the vigilantes is now per
fectly organized. For three nights thirty'
men, 'formed into squads and relief de
tachments,' have guarded the west end
between 10 o'clock and sunrise. . I
Every person' found on the streets is
halted and is compelled to furnish a sat
isfactory account j to these self-imposed
guardians of the peace. 'Wednesday night
a horseman-riding up University avenue
from "West Berkeley was stopped by no
less than three armed men, who did not
hesitate to point their rifles menacingly'
at the rider. He was quickly "stood up"
and examined. >. .
Through the nights that the watch has
been on duty many such incidents have
health resorts of Southern Europe for
several weeks. Visitors to Switzerland
frequently have seen him riding a bicy
cle. He always kept much to himself
and attracted little attention. For some
time past his Lordship's health has been
gradually failing, and the announcement
of the Times, although carefully worded,
causes alarm.
"August 20, George Malcolm held up and
robbed ¦ of watch: August 2S, Joseph Kelley
held/ us and robbed of $55; August SO, Ralph
Pierce held up and robbed of watch; September
£>, William Sevay held- up, but escaped: Sep
tember 11. Kenneth Compton held up and shot
when resisting; September 12, Chinaman held
up and. robbed of watch; September IS, Sam
Fisher held and assaulted, . and unknown
woman "chased two blocks by foo toads; Sep
tember 16, Mrs. Marietta Unda held up In her
¦tore: September 17. residence In West Berke
ley burned by Incendiary; September 17, David
Matthews held up and beaten.
Besides myself, there are threa deotitles to
coyer the whol© town of Berkeley, which Is
twice as'largc as Alameda with Us paid pollca
force of fourteen men. I nave moved all of my
deputies, save one, to West Berkeley durlnj the
recent increase of . lawlessness there, and that
Is all that remains in my power to do.
Over a month ago I put before the Town
Trustees a plan for an Increased police force.
It was shelved and nothing more has come of
It. My plan contemplated the establishment of
a regular police force, appointed "by the Trus
tees and under the direction of the Marshal aa
Chief of .Police. Since the board will not In
crease the police force, I must do my best with
the Inadequate force which la under me.
Town Trustee R. C. Staats said:
"'We simply cannot do It with the money at
hand. We have difficulty ¦ In supporting the
very limited police force which we now have."
' The board realizes that the conditions In the
west end are becomlne more and more serious,
but until all the people of the town realize that
their safety is being Jeopardized and are there
fore willing to pay more taxes, the conditions
In West' Berkeley will have ~to continue un
. _ The sudden Increase of crime durinsr the
last month has been unprecedented In the
annalB. of the college town. From the de
scriptions given by the victims of tho
; numerous hold-ups It is certain that all of
the outrages have been the work of two
men.- That they are familiar with the "West
End Is evidenced by the fact that they
know where the most favorable localities
for their nefarious operations are and
seem also' to show a remarkable knowl
edge "of the places most frequented by
their Intended victims.
The record * of the outrages of the last
three weeks now stands as follows:
Besides sending a telegram to the Viceroy
or Szechuen that ' ha should : at one* carry out
'the imperial will as in duty bound, we have
As for Ma Cheng Chi, the magistrate of.Tze
Tang, who. It la said, has not long been In
the office, because he was remiss in taking
precautionary measure*, we demand that he
be removed from office and that he be given
a limited time within which to capture the
criminals. As there may be outlaws In other
places who rouse the suspicions of the people,
spread rumors \ and . make , trouble, the local
authorities ¦' should ; be sternly Instructed to
make careful search and put a stop to all such
things', to take special precautions so as to get
rid -ot bad ; characters and. to encourage the
law abiding people. They must give real pro
tection to the .'chapels and missionaries without
the least remissness. ¦¦*-'¦¦-'."'¦'., , . .
We feel a great pity, for the missionary or
preacher and others who for no fault of theirs
have lost their lives, and command that ade
quate relief may be at once given. •
Such fierce . and lawless outbreaks should
certainly be quickly put down. They must on
no account be allowed to spread. We com
mand Kwel Chun to strictly order the troops'
to disperse the rebels and their followers; to
seize the ringleaders and to punish them ac
cording to the rigor of the law arid so nip the
rebellion in the bud.
Some time ago a number _of local outlaws
were banded together in the district of Tse
Vang* and made trouble, -whereupon I dis
patched troops to disperse them. The leading
criminal, LI Kang Church, and. others were
arrested and executed,- but now. the magistrate
of the place, Ma Cheng Chi, reports that at
Teh Ku Chlm, In, his district, outlaws over a
thousand strong suddenly made a night at
tack and destroyed a church which the British
cr AmerjAn society had built. The preacher,
Chu Cheng Wei; and four, church members
•were killed. They also burned some houses
and killed three ; Christians, il sent troops in
oil haste and ( deputed besides an official- with
the rank of taotai to proceed with braves' to
attend to this matter.
Conger immediately telegraphed Dr.
Canright to demand adequate protection
for missionaries and the native Christians
from the local officials. He also addressed
a note to Prince Ching at the Foreign
Office, stating that . there were several
American .missionaries and many chapels
and converts In \ Szechuen, and that it
was necessary that ImmediaTe provision
be taken to stamp out these troubles at
their very. Inception.
In his answer Prince Chlng inclosed a
copy of the following imperial edict:
"Szechuen > repeating (troubles of) 1900.
Chapel burned. Ten Christians killed.
Boxers (have been) multiplying (for) four
months. Officials taxed." .
Conger Incloses with his report the com
munications that passed between himself,
Dr. Canright and the Foreign Office. Un
der date of June 20, from Chentu, Dr.
Canright telegraphed:
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18.— China is on
the verge of another ; Boxer uprising,
which may equal that of 1900, according
to mail advices received at the State De^
partment from Minister Conger, dated
last month. The troubles appear to -rise
principally from extortionate * taxation
combined " with resentment against the
presence of. missionaries, thus justifying
the judgment of the Department of State,
which pointed out to thepowers that the
demand for excessive indemnities .would
result, in serious Internal' troubles ¦"••' In
"j Conger's first ad vice 1 bears date. offAug
ust « "from Peking,, and 'he reports* serious
. anti-foreign-riots_near.jChentu, ...in \ the
province of Szechuen, in which a number
of native Christians had been massacred
and chapels destroyed. * ; Conger appears
to have acted with energy ¦ upon tele
graphic complaints from Dr." Canright,' an
American medical missionary at Chentu,
not only addressing the , Chinese Foreign
Office by. letter,, but calling there in per
son to impress upon the officials the im
portance of immediate and effective
action, and finally succeeding in causing
the removal of the local Chinese officials,
who had failed to repress the riots and
preserve life and property.
. The Russian Minister here, Paul Lessar,
announced to-day, that* Russia was deter
mined to restore Southern Manchuria 'to
the Liao' River and the Neuchwang-
Shanhaikwan Railroad to the Chinese
October 8. He explained, that an earlier
date was impossible on account of the de
struction of a bridge, which had prevent
ed the withdrawal jof the troops.
The throne has commanded the officials
of Szechuen to suppress the rebellion in
that province.
United States Minister to China Conger
and the French Minister are urging tho
throne to further prompt action toward
subduing the Insurrection, i
PEKING, Sept. 18.— The Boxer attack
on Chengtuf u, the capital of Szechuen
piovince, in which 50,000 Boxers made in
effectual attempts to take the city, began
September 15. ' When, the rebels endeav
ored to enter the city a conflict ensued.
T>e attackers were 'driven back and the
gates of the city were closed *and guarded
by troops. Soldiers quelled the disorder
within ' the city. Fourteen Boxer leaders
and several other rebels were executed.
A new Viceroy and nevf military officials
are now on their way to Chengtuf u to
assume charge there.
"He had no ground for fear." said the
' Governor emphatically. "His district Is
rafe and will elect a Republican Con
gressman. The people of Iowa are in line
• with th© Republican State platform, and
It will be upheld at. the polls. I am not
-willing to Impugn his motives in declin
ing, for I hav» no definite knowledge of
those motives. I am sure of one thing,
und that is Speaker Henderson's with
drawal will not affect Republican- success
in Iowa this fall."
"I do not know of any reason beyond
that which he gave In his letter declining
the nomination," replied Cummins.
"Speaker Henderson's withdrawal Is the
most incomprehensible thing which has
ever come under my observation," said
Governor Cummins, "but I am confident It
will not injuriously affect Republican
prospects In Iowa. We will elect eleven
Congressmen, as usual, and the party will
hold Its own In all other respects."
"Why did Speaker Henderson with
draw?" th© Governor was asked.
CHICAGO. Sept. 18.— Governor Albert B.
Cummins of Iowa, accompanied by Sec
retary of State William B. Martin, Audi
tor Frank W. Merriam, ex-Congressman
Curtis and other prominent Hawkeyes,
passed through Chicago to-day en route
to Quincy, Mass., to attend the christen
ing of the new battleship Des Moines.
LOUISVILLE, ICy., Sept. 18.— In an edi
torial on Speaker Henderson's declination
to stand for re-election to Congress
Henry Watterson says: "Speaker Hen
derson's declination of renomination to
Congress is one of the most significant
events of modern politics. It comes so
suddenly, so unexpectedly, so dramati
cally and so full of import that it is not
strange that the Republican leaders are
cazed and unable to find an explanation
cf it."
Through the columns cf the Waterloo
Courier. Charles E. Pickett of Waterloo,
past grand exalted ruler of the Elks, to
day formally announced his candidacy to
succeed Speaker Henderson. It is urged
that he will unite all factions of the
Ex-Governor Horace Boies, the Demo- ;
cratic candidate, returned to Waterloo to-/
day from his farm in Grundy County, out
persists in his refusal to comment upon
Speaker Henderson's withdrawal. He
states that his letter of acceptance will
'be issued in a few days.
unanimously by a convention called. In
his declination we feel that we lose an
able, capable leader of great worth and
national prominence, such as can be at
tained -only by one of sturdy character,
unusual natural ability and ripened ex
perience in the field of statesmanship.
We part with him as a leader with reluc
tance. Wliile thus compelled to release
Speaker Henderson, we do so with no
feeling that the selection of his successor
will be without merit, or that there will
result any danger as to the result to the
Republicans of this district In the coming
©lectitm." . • -.. . - - --*_- - .
"It is with deep regret that we find our
selves compelled to reconvene the dele
gates of this district for the purpose of
nominating a candidate to represent this
district In the National House. This is
especially true when we realize that the
necessity of such action is caused by the
refusal of our present member to accept
the nomination heretofore tendered him
nominated Speaker Henderson, to nomi
nate a candidate to succeed him. This
action was taken after a consideration of
the Iowa election law. This afternoon
the committee members called upon Gen
eral Henderson and requested him to re
consider his withdrawal. He declined to
do so, saying his decision was final.
Before adjourning the committee made
the following statement:
The Republican Congressional commit
tee of the Third District met here to-day
and decided to call a convention at New
Hampton. la., September 25, to consist of
the delegates to the convention which
DUBUQUE. la., Sept. 18.— It Is an
nounced to-night that Speaker Henderson
does not intend to resign the Speakership
at tile coming session of 'Congress.
LONDON, Sept. 18.— The United States
initiative In protesting to the countries
which are parties to the treaty of Berlin
of 1878 against the .treatment of Jews in
Roumania meets with approval here. The
Globe, the only afternoon newspaper
which comments on Secretary Hay's note
on the subject, sees nothing, in Hay's ac
tion but self-interest, but nevertheless
hopes that it- will lead to a check being
placed on the wholesale exportation of
undesirable persons from Eastern Europe
to Great Britain and America.
BERLIN, Sept. 18.— The German For
'eign Office has received a note from the
British Government inviting some action
on the part of the:' signatories of the
treaty of Berlin of 1S78 regarding Rou
mania's treatment of the Jews. The Brit
ish note is shorter than that of ;the
United States on the same subject, _ but it
has the same tone. It Is assumed: here
that Great Britain knew of the United
States' note beforehand and acted in sup^
port thereof. .The United; States', .action,
is regarded - as being quite within v her,
rights in seeking the assistance of the
signatories, in preventing an influx . of
indigent immigrants, which is recognized
as a substantial grievance. These two
notes will result in an interchange of
views between the powers as to what
action is feasible. In the meantime it is
expected that Roumania will take cogni
zance of the United States' protest and
defend her case upon her own initiative
before r the signatories. \
The foregoing represents the views of
the German Government, . but the press,
knowing nothing of the British ' note,
seems to consider the United States'
action as simply chivalrous and as not
likely to result in-practical measures.
W., WASHINGTON, Sept. 18.-The issu
ance of a note to the powers that the
Hebrews of Roumania must be spared the
persecution .'which now drives/ them from
their native land pauperized and casts
them as undesirable immigrants upon the
United States has created a decided sen
sation among those who are familiar with
conditions in continental Europe. No re
plies have been received to the note,
which has by this time been perused by
the foreign offices of the nations signa
tory to the treaty of Berlin, which guar
anteed Roumania freedom from religious
discrimination In civil government.
It Is not expected that there will be
any replies soon. The United States* ac
tion precipitates a delicate condition of
affairs. -In some of the countries, to which
the note was addressed the anti-Semite
feeling is so strong that for fc.ny of those
countries to take the Initiative in com
pelling Roumania to cease the persecution
of Hebrews and to restore them full civil
and property rights would be a step
requiring the most diplomatic prepara
tion In order to avoid anti-Semitic demon
strations. . It Is thought that the powers
will watch each other closely before any
of them takes a step in any direction or
makes an answer to the United States'
Special Dispatch to The I Call.
y citizens of West
B Berkeley to' indlgna
3 S tIon y tne *° n & Uiit of out
" B £r rageous crimes committed /in '.,;
JSLm^ their section of the college-'
town; are still maintaining: an,'
armed patrol of the streets, readyL to give,,
battle upon the ' first j appearance of .; a/
footpad. ;' •
In their every-day concerns these same"
armed vigilantes, are quiet, "• law-abiding.;
residents of a hitherto quiet, law-abiding*
. community. # "But "they have become" eri-i'
occurred to demonstrate the thoroughness
.with, which the search is being conducted.
The. leaders of the\ movement declare
firmly that they have no lynch law qjans
Many Christians Are
Murdered in the
Speaker's Refusal to
Run Puzzles the
Party Leaders.
Great Britain Ready
to Support Stand
of America.
Convention Is Called
to Nominate New
Routed by Regulars,
the Leaders Are
United States' Note
Causes Decided
A^ RMED vigilantes: stiW patrol the streets of West, Berkeley \
jtTL at night, ready to: end forever-.the career of any footpad •
they may meet.^Thereis great excitement in the college
town over the many recent, outrages [perpetrated by highway- "
men. Every person seen orijKel patrolled streets by the vigilantes j
is stopped and made to give' an' account of himself. This surveil
lancewill M 'kept up till the Trustees increase the police force, the -.
citizen guards say. ¦:"'/¦¦ '^*r ¦' ' ' . •
50,000 Strong, They
Wage }Var in
Nations of Europe
Passive on Jewish
Henderson Is Not to
Resign at Com"
ing Session.
Armed Berkeley Gitizens M Patrol, Ready
i^ to Riddle Highwaymen.
SAN FRIDAY; 1^ 1902.
The San Francisco Call

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