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Van der Velde, whose inanimate
form was discovered on the sar.d dunes near the ocean boulevard Sunday, If what the Dutch nobleman told his friend, Abran Binnewcjt of Oakland, was true. Here is what the Oaklander asserts Van der Velde told him durine: the month that Blnnewee assisted the stranded Count of the Netherlands: /T was a likeness of the beautiful and notorious Princess ds Chimay that was found .estled close to the stilled heart cf Count Van Asperen Mooney money have made frequent visits to Jones' office in the Parrott building with a view of learning his whereabouts, but their questions hava met with the indefinite reply that he was expected home any day. Two weeks ago It was said that he would return in another week and at the expiration of that time his friends begged for further time, ex plaining that hs had not been heard from but would surely be back In a few days. He is still absent, however, and his wife seems as much worried over his present whereabouts as those who are concerned In the affairs of the Mooney estate. One of Jones' friends said yes terday that the lawyer had been acting strangely for some time prior to his de parture and had complained of not being able to sleep at night. SPENDS MONEY RECKLESSLY. Jones appeared haggard and worried and was in the habit of absenting himself from his office for days at a time. In re gard to this statement it was said at his office yesterday that it was not unusual for him to disappear for days and the fact was cited that some time ago he left his otrice one afternoon and the next that was heard from, him was in the shape of a telegram dated Chicago. When he finally returned to the city he said he had been on a train that was stalled in the floods in Kansas City and that be had been confined in a hospital Hu Jones' Absence and Disappearance of $12,000 from Banks Lead to an Investigation by Judge Coffey \ and the Prompt Removal of an Administratrix LAWYER GONE AMD THE FUNDS OF MOONEY ESTATE MISSING WELL-KNOWN ATTORNEY WHO DEPARTED SIMULTANEOUSLY WITH DISAPPEARANCE OF FUNDS OF AN ESTATE HE REPRE SENTED, AND JUDGE WHO HAS ORDERED AN INVESTIGATION. Continued on ; Page 8, Column 3. DAWSON, Aug. 15, via Seattle. Wash., Aug. 24.— The Yukon will have a better mall service hereafter than ever before in Its history. The Canadian Government has contracted to have 2100 pounds of let ters, magazines and papers brought in weekly during the winter. This will in clude all matter in transit through the Canadian strip en route to the American Yukon. • Better Mail Service for the Yukon. ROME, Aug. 24.— The peasants around Rome have Invaded the estates of Princes Chlgl, Torlonia and Plombino, claiming the right to cultivate the land and share in the profits. Soldiers have been sent to the scene to re-establish 'order. Claim Made That They Have a Right to Use the Land. PEASANTS NEAR ROME INVADE PRINCES' ESTATES NAPLES, Aug. 24.— The slightest in crease in the activity of Vesuvius contin ues. The eruption is accompanied by de tonations, while the streams of lava flow ing In the direction of Pompeii are still slowing advancing. Some of the fissures recently noted have become enlarged and are assuming the aspect of new craters. Fissures Recently Noted Have \ Be come Enlarged and Assumed Aspect of New Craters. VESUVIUS CONTINUES RENEWED ACTIVITY ROME, Aug. 24.— Bishop Hendricks of Cebu was received in audience by Pope Pius X to-day. The Pontiff remembered that he saw the Bishop just a year ago, In Venice, on the occasion of the former visit of Bishop Hendricks to Italy. The Pontiff added that he knew all the good the Bishop had done, both as a priest and a citizen. In the State of New York and said that he felt sure this would be ex tended to the Philippines, whose Inhabi tants he praised, showing knowledge of their needs. The Pope presented to Bishop Hendricks a beautiful cross and sent his new zu chetto (white cap) to General Benjamin F. Tracy of New York. Then his Holi ness received Father Joseph Hendricks, brother of the Bishop, whom he ap pointed private chamberlain, a position bringing with it the title of raonslgnor, saying: "I hope you will live long to enjoy It." Pontiff Presents a Beautiful Cross to the Recently Appointed Prelate. NEW BISHOP OF CEBU HONORED BY POPE PIUS Lou Dillon is fourth queen of the turf since Maud S stepped that famous mile in 2:08% almost a score of years ago. Su nol first cut the mark, of Maud.Sto 2:08V4, but • the record was made over a kite-shaped track. Then came Nancy Hanks. She- cut- the 'record to -2:07^4 and in.lS92 trotted a. mile in"2:05>4 over the fast Independence track. '•¦¦ She did not stop at that notch, but left the world's record for mares at. 2:04. Three years later' Allx 'cut the record, to 2:03%. .This time stood until a few weeks . ago. Flora Temple as ton- She was sired by Sidney Dillon, a son of Sidney, who headed the breeding farm of the late Count Valensln. As a general rule, the Sidneys showed speed, but lacked gameness and stamina. This fall ing, however, cannot be attributed to the second generation of the Sidneys. Dolly Dillon, 2:07, and _ Janice, 2:08^4. are both daughters of two different sons of Sid neys. The dam* of Lou Dillon is Lou Mil ton by Milton Medium, a son of Happy Medium, the sire of Nancy Hanks,, 2:04. Lou Dillon is a strictly Callfornian product, as is also The Abbot. She was bred by the -late Henry Pierce at his Santa Rosa Stock Farm. STRICTLY CALIFORNIAN. Lou Dillon is now the queen of the queens of the trotting turf, In a class all by herself, the first of its kind ever known— the 2:00 class. There is fine promise of greater possibil ities of her work in the very near future. Even before this great performance Lou Dillon had already this summer beaten the best record for mares. 2:0394, held so long by Allx, and tied the record for geld ings, 2:0314, made at Terre Haute, Ind., September Iff, by The Abbot A California-bred mare has trotted a full measured mile in 2:00, thereby cutting two and one-quarter seconds from the best previous record, 2:02^4, made August 2, 1901, at Columbus, Ohio, by the speedy stallion Cresceus. The ardent hope and aim of. California breeders from Senator Stanford down has been realized and the world wonders thereat. AN OLD HOPE REALIZED. there as a result of an attack of malaria. For a number of months Jones had been spending his money seemingly In % reckless manner, a fact which his friend* noticed. At times he would complain of being financially cramped, but later would exhibit funds in plenty, which his friends thought represented some of the fees he was earning'. ° It has been claimed that he recently became Involved In a mining scheme and lost a lot of money and another story has gone abroad that he was a heavy gambler, but this latter statement is emphatically denied by hla more Intimate friends. The Mooney estate, the funds of which Jones is expected to account for. has been attracting some attention by reason of the attempt of Con Mooney and his brothers to break the will on the ground that Michael was incompetent at the tlxna he executed it. Another action has also been brought by Con Mooney, who claims half of the estate on the ground that a partnership existed between Michael and he for more than thirty years. The lawyers were on tha eve of com-* promising these suits last week when the fact that the funds of the estate were missing became known. Naturally Con Mooney and the other relatives, whom Michael cut off with $1 each In his will, are eager to locate Jones and carry out the settlement which was interrupted by the lawyer's leavetaklng. Judge Coffey has set the matter down on his calendar for a special hearing on Thursday. Jones, for a number of years, was prominently identified with a number of local societies, and particularly with tha Welsh society. In which he was a hard worker. He Is a native of Wales and had a large following among his countrymen in this city. EMPEROR WILLIAM NOW OWNS 54 RESIDENCES Kaiser Pays $500,000 for Estate, on Which He Will Build Hunt ing Castle. BERLIN, Aug. 24.— Emperor William has added hi3 fifty-fourth residence to tha fifty-three he already owns by buying the estate of Damm-Muehle, called the "Pearl of Brandenburg," for $300,000. It was owned by a country squire. Von Mollank. The present residence will be rebuilt and will be converted into a hunting castle. VIENNA, Ang. 24.— It is announced that It is definitely settled that the Czar will pay a five days* visit' to Emperor Francis Joseph here at the end of SeDtexnb**. Czar to Visit Austria's Ruler. Probate Court, promptly issued an order reducing the bond to $4000 and adding the requirement, as provided by law, that the moneys of the estate should be at once withdrawn from the three banks and forthwith deposited in the California Safe Deposit Company. The next day, according to the evidence in possession of "Judge Coffey. Jones se cured for Mrs. McNamara a bond In the sum of $4000 and then had her. as admin istratrix of the Mooney estate, give him a power of attorney, with which he pro ceeded to the three banks and withdrew $12,000 remaining of the- cash left by Mooney. MONEY AND LAWYER MISSING. It was about this time that Jones dis appeared from the city and from the day he left up to a late hour yesterday not a word had been received .from him or from any. one who knows where he is. Some days later the attorneys who are repre senting an absent heir to the Mooney es tate had occasion to Inquire into the stewardship of Mrs. McNamara and for the first time they learned of the reduc tion of the .original bond and the subse quent order for the removal .of the money from the three original places of deposit. In issuing this order Judge Sloss had committed an error, which the inquisitive attorneys called to the attention of Judge Coffey, who had returned from his vaca tion, and he at once Instituted an investi gation. Fully satisfying himself that ir regularities had been practiced. Judge Coffey last Thursday .summoned Mrs. Mc- Namara before him and thoroughly ques tioned her regarding her connection with the reduction of the bond and the removal of the money from the banks. It was soon made plain to the Judge that the woman was blameless of any wrong in tent, but had, simply acted on the advice of her attorney, supposing that he would place ' the funds of the estate in the vaults of the California Safe Deposit Company, as ordered by Judge Sloss. ADMINISTRATRIX REMOVED. . Judge Coffey, however, decided that Mrs: McNamara was not equal to the re sponsibilities of administratrix of the Mooney estate and promptly suspended her and Issued an order substituting Jo seph Haber Jr.,, a son of the well-known capitalist, as future ' custodian of the Mooney funds. The banks of the city, so far as the investigation of the court has progressed, have no evidence' of cash de posited by 'Attorney Jones, and this fact, together with his strange disappearance from the city, has \ aroused against the lawyer ,the strongest suspicions, which the. explanations of his much-surprised friends and charitably inclined acquain tances fall to remove..' ' Those Interested in the finding of the G. Wust, one of the largest creditors, pushed matters, with the result that Berry's claims are attached. Ill-luck has seemed to pursue Frank Berry for years. His brother Clarence was more fortunate and has now retired. from active mining. He spends most of his time at his home in California. TACOMA, Wash., Aug. 2*.— Rich claims on Last Chance. Quartz. Bear and Domin ion creeks in the Klondike district, the property of Frank Berry, formerly" of Fresno. Cal., and one of the most famous Klondikers of the early days, are to be sold by the Sheriff late in August to sat isfy creditors. According to advices re ceived to-day from Dawson, Berry went to the Klondike Just after its discovery and proceeded to stake out claims on rich creeks. He secured some valuable claims on Bonanza, but disposed of these some time ag-o. Of late luck has been somewhat against him and he went heavily into debt. LUCK TURNS AGAINST A PIONEER KLONDIKER Frank Berry's Claims Are to Be Sold to Satisfy His Clamoring Creditors. "I recognized the photograph to-day as one that Van der Velde had shown me as a likeness of the Princess de Cfcimay. Van der Velde gave me to understand more than once that he had loved the Princess de Chimay and that his associa tion with her in Paris had been one of the delightful Incidents of his life.. LEFT HIM FOR RIGO. "That was something over six years ago, if I remember correctly, when the Count had money and an ambition to spend it and enjoy life. He said that the Princess de Chimay had given him up to consort with the Hungarian Gypsy - mu rician Rleo. The fact that she did this did not seem to worry Va-n der Velde'and if he suffered any par.gs over the separa tion he did not show the effects while I ! knew him. ; "He seemed to take great pride in tell ing that he had once been the favorite cf Princess de Chimay, for the reason, I think, that he considered it brought noto riety to him. He never told me any more concerning his relations with this beau tiful and fickle American girl who played havoc with several of the royal families of Europe. COLLECTING FOR FUNERAL. "I am taking up a collection to defray the expenses of interring Van dcr Velde's body and have already secure 1 ! about $45. One of the contributors to the funeral As a child Clara Ward was taken by her mother to London for schooling, but was dismissed In disgrace from the semi nary. She "was removed to Paris and among the many escapades of her school girl days was her disappearance, which eet the detective force of the Frenc. capi tal nearly crazy for ten days. She was finally located In the garret of. a student in the quarter and restored to her mother. Some years later she met at Nice the Prince de Chimay and a hasty marriage HER ERRATIC CAREER. Princess de Chimay, whose favors the dead Netherlands' nobleman claimed to have enjoyed, for ten years was the most notorious woman in Europe. She was born Clara Ward of Detroit, daughter of a lumberman, who left behind him an Immense fortune, a disreputable memory and a progeny, all of whom attained more or less notoriety. fund is George G. J. Marsily, the Consul of the Netherlands in San Francisco. I have arranged to have the remains brought to Oakland to-morrow and the burial, which is to be in Mountain View Cemetery, will take place probably Fri day morning:. I have not notified Van der Velde's relations, as the Dutch Con sul In San Francisco has taken that duty upon himself. Van der Velde has a wealthy brother In Australia and a sister in Amsterdam." It seems that Mrs.. McNamara, upon being appointed administratrix,, of the Mooney estate, did ( not immediately fur nish the required $30,000 bond as provided by law. A few days later, however, her attorney, on her behalf, appeared before Judge Sloss, who was sitting in the Pro bate Court while Judge Coffey was away on his vacation, and petitioned the court to reduce his client's bond on the ground that the original one Tvas burdensome for a woman of her.means and wholly un reasonable in a case involving the amount of money represented in the Mooney es tate.: ;' . ....... Judge Sloss. regarding the petition. In the" light of an ordinary "practice < of the JONES MAKES BAD MOVE. ,A Mrs. Boyd was named as executrix of the will, but before' she could enter upon her,, duties she died and eventually the estate passed to the control of Mrs. Ann McNamara, who was appointed ad ministratrix, and her bond fixed at $30,000. Mrs. McNamara secured as her legal rep resentative Hu Jones, and from the ' day she appointed him, according to her statement made to Judge Coffey, until about three weeks ago, when she was in formed of his disappearance, she was guided wholly by. his suggestions, for. as ghe has explained, she was ignorant- of the methods of procedure in legal matters and had to trust In her lawyer. . Michael Mooney died in 1900 leaving an estate consisting of 514,000 in cash, which was deposited in three banks, the Hiber nia Savings & Loan, San Francisco Sav ings Union and Columbian Banking Com pany. This money Mooney bequeathed to a daughter, -Mrs. Mary Dolan of Phila delphia, leaving. his sisters and brothers, among them Mrs. Ann McNamara of 1404 Golden Gate avenue and Con Mooney, each $1. Judge Coffey has started an investiga tion, the results of which will be pre sented to him on Thursday morning, when he will call for an accounting for all mon eys belonging to the Mooney estate and duly install a new' administrator In the matter. Jones left the city rather mysteriously about three weeks ago. It is claimed by those attached to his offices in the Par rott building that he is in the vicinity of Santa Barbara, trying to recuperate after a long spell of sickness. But those who have furnished this information are un able to give his correct address and his wife also appears to be living in igno rance of his exact whereabouts. Imme diately after the lawyer left the city the startling discovery was made that funds, amounting to $12,000, representing the bulk of the estate left by the late Michael Mooney, a brother of the well-known Con Mooney, had disappeared, and a hurried investigation developed the fact that the money had been drawn out of three banks by Hu Jones. From the time the cashiers of the respective banks turned the cash over to Jonea no trace of the coin can be obtained, a fact that leaves an inference most damaging against the lawyer. ORDERS INVESTIGATION. and his associate practitioners reposed the greatest trust during his long career before the bar, is among the miss ing. His disappearance has been attended by ugly stories concerning his alleged mis use of funds belonging to an estate and is now followed by ' revelations that have caused Judge Coffey of the Probate Court to take such steps as will soon determine the basis of the charges against the miss ing lawyer. ' o «p U.JONES,', one of the- .best -it^fiT. known attorneys law:lri;the' • M M city and one in whom the A Jk Judges of the Superior Court giant column of sulphurous smoke and steam, much the same as before the great rock slide temporarily clogged Its throat. To all appearances the stony debris that piled into the crater melted or sank away and made' way for the heated vapors. Since the-flrst big rock Blide there have been numerous smaller cave-ins, causing almost continuous rattling ot» fating stones. This, however, Is not an unusual feature of the big crater, as visitors to the brink nearly always say that one of the most exquisitely appalling phases of the spectacle is the grating and sliding of the graye! and stones down the walls. HONOLULU, Aug. 18.— The crater at Kiluea is again sending up its customary Rocky Debris That for a Time Choked the Volcano Has Disap peared. ; CRATER OF XIL AUE A IS AGAIN SMOKING The autopsy on the body of Van der Velde, held yesterday by Dr. Bacigalupl, showed that the deceased came to his death from valvular disease of the heart. As a precaution the stomach was sent to the City Chemist and the inquest will be deferred until his report is obtained. Abram Binneweg of Oakland was the only one of the dead man's friends to manifest any interest in him after death. It is stated that Van der Velde. after pouring out a fortune at Monte Carlo and in Paris, lost $150,000 in an investment in a ranch in Alabama and in a race horse named The Grafter in Australia. That was six years ago, and it marked the be ginning of his financial ruin. - Money flowed through his" fingers like dry sand, and he became, so irresponsible financially that his relatives were obliged to refuse any more advances for his ben efit. .,-....,.. - ... - 'After this the Princess returned to Paris, where her marvelous beauty, her magnificent, wicked, eyes, her marble-like skin and superb figure were the envy of all the gay wo^nen of Paris. Tiring of her hilarious life she began to haunt the cafes and it may have been possible that at this period she met Van der Velde. Her Intimacy with him must have been short, as 6he soon fell a victim to the charms of Rigo, the Hungarian gypsy violinist, who charmed away the vagrant heart of the erratic girl with the wild, romantic melodies of his nomadic race. Her relations with Rigo became notori ous and finally they eloped to Hungary, while the complaisant Prince secured a divorce In Paris. For years the couple led a wandering life of erratic splendor, be ing enabled to indulge their tastes for ex cesses by the immense fortune of the Princess. Finally they were married and at last reports were living in Paris. DIED OF HEART DISEASE. MAY HAVE MET COUNT. was arranged between them. He took his bride to the Belgian court, where she was the central figure in a tragedy that shocked three continents. One morning the heir apparent to the Belgian throne was found murdered. As usual the Conti nental press was muzzled. Many sup posed that Prince de Chlmay had avenged the wrong to his honor, but later it was generally accepted that the heir apparent had met death at the hands of a rival. BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WHO JILTED COUNT VAN DER VELDE FOR THE GYPSY RIGO. To the amazement of all the quarter was driven in 29 seconds, thus making the mile in the wonderful time of two minutes. When Sanders jogged the mare back to the wire, those who had wit nessed the performance leaped to their feet and sent forth cheer after cheer. Lou Dillon apparently was as fresh as though she had only been out for a jog ging exercise. Sanders said he fully believed that be fore the season closes he will drive the mare in 1:59 or better. With two runners to encourage her Lou Dillon fairly flew down the stretch. Only once did she falter, at the short distance stand, but when Sanders flicked hoc lightly with the whip she came on again with a wonderful rally and shot under the wire. FRESH AFTER TRIUMPH. "Doc" Tanner, who drove the runner, Peggy From Paris, kept the latter a length and a half in front 1 of Billings' great trotter up the back stretch. The half was reached in 1:00%. Fast as the clip was the mare increased' her speed in the next eighth and at the five fur long post had drawn up so close to the pacemaker that Tanner ha £ to drive the runner in downright '¦¦parneSst to" keep out of, the way of the flying: "trotter that was chasing her: . J The three-quarter pole was passed In i:3L Apparently this gave the mare a chance to beat Cresceus' record of 2:0214, but the two-minute mark seemed beyond a possibility. Faster and faster came the mare. In the stretch Scott McCoy brought up the other pacemaker, Carrie Nation, who proved very useful in the record-smashing business. BOSTON, Mass., Aug.- 24.— The two minute trotter is here. ; Lou Dillon, the marvelous little California chestnut mare, three months ago unknown to fame. Is now the acknowledged queen of the turf. Before the largest crowd ever assembled on the opening day of the Readville Grand Circuit meeting, she not only ac complished'the task set' for her— that of beating her own record of 2:02%, but dethroned the mighty ;*Cresceus, 2:02^4, and reached the coveted two-minute mark at one bound. So deceiving is the gait'.. of the little chestnut mare that many persons be lieved she was being slowed up on the turn and snapped back their watches, much to their subsequent disgust. While thousands of watches snapped on the flying mare at the quarter and the word was passed round that the time was 39% seconds, it was seen that she was going at a clip that would accomplish all that was expected of her. RUNNER KEPT BUSY. Special Dispatch to; The Call, Immense Crowd Witnesses the Achievement of the Rare Animal. Great Performance at the ReaSville Tracks Peerless California Mare Queen of the Tiirfi Photograph Found on Body of the Dutch Nobleman Is a Likeness of the Fascinating but Wayward Princess Who Eloped With Gypsy Musician Qigo TWO-MIMUTE TROTTER IS LOU DILLON COUNT VAN DER VELDE LOVED THE BEAUTIFUL DE CHIMAY SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY, AUGUST 25, 1903. PRICE FIVE CENTS. The San Francisco Call VOLUME XCIT— NO. 86.