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Prepare Com plaint. The monthly meeting of the Technical Society of the Pacific Coast was held last night at Mechanics' Institute Hall. There was a large gathering of civil, mechanical and mining engineers. The principal talk of the session was \ made , by James T. Ludlow, who spoke" on the subject of refrigerating machinery. . Technical Society Holds Meeting. In a petition to revoke letters of guard ianship over the persons of Isabella and William McKenzie filed yesterday by Dan iel McKenzie, the children's father, he charges that Major White, secretary of the California Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, committed fraud upon the court that made the appoint ment. McKenzie alleges that. White in stead of serving subpenas upon the rela tives of the children, as the law provides, suppressed them, thus preventing the per sons interested from appearing and prov ing that his charges were wrong. Charges White With Fraud. Dr. Charles Morgan, toxicologist, fur nished much amusement for the audience by giving a technical dennitlon of pto maines and. by denying that he had ever taken. any very. great quantity of arsenic to observe the effects. He testified that He remembered seeing Mrs. Martin Bowers give her husband some white powders. The patient complained once that the prepared food did not taste right. Harry Bowers felt certain all the time that poisoned ham had caused the trouble. The witness was very voluble, but the Coroner could not get any definite reason as to why he became suspicious. OFFICIALS MAKE STATEMENTS. Autopsy , Surgeon Baclgalupt testified that he had sent the stomach and other portions of the body of tne deceased to City Chemist Green and tnat rt'e> himself had found that the bridge builder had suffered from fatty degeneration of both the liver and the kidneys and that tuber culosis was apparent In the left lung. City Chemist Green said- he had opened the stomach after Dr. Morgan had re ported to him that, there were ttaces of mineral poison. He found matter which he took to be arsenic and proved that his idea was correct by numerous tests. „ Brown and was sent by the latter to make a statement to the police. Harry Bowers testified to pretty much the same facts and gave in addition some details in regard to his knowledge of his brother's sickness and to his own experiences at the Martin Bowers home. He told about how his wife and him self became sick after partaking of some beer purchased by the sick man's wife a few days before the end. The evening session was devoted to ad dresses. Among the speakers were K. Mtama, who was converted to Christian ity in this city in 1S74 and who 13 now employed by the W. C. T. U. as a lec turer in Japan, and T. Ukai, pastor of Ginga Church in Toklo, whose mission to this country Is to raise £50,000 to build a new church on the site of his present charge. The convention will meet again to-day at 2 o'clock. The silver jubilee convention of the Pa cific Japanese Mission Society met yes terday afternoon In the Japanese Meth odist Church. 1329 Pine street. Bishop Earl Cranston, L.L.. D., presided. Reports were read from the various pastors having charge of Japanese Meth odist churches throughout the Pacific Coast States and Hawaii, all of which showed a prosperous and encouraging ccndltion of affairs. Committees were ap pointed as follows: Auditing— M. S. Vail. Z. Hlrota. Church ex tension—S. Sugehara, H. Saljo, S. Karamatsu. Publication — H. Saijo, Z. Hlrota. Education — Z. Hlrota, K. Mlura. C. Kondo. Sunday-school* and tracts — M. S. Vail, Z. Tsuruda. S. Suge hara. Resolutions — M. S. Vail. C. Nakamura. Silver Jubilee Anniversary of the Founding of the Society Is Being Celebrated. METHODIST JAPANESE MISSION CONVENTION SISTERS ACCUSED BY COR ONER'S JURY AND WIT NESSES AT THE INQUEST. . Mrs. Sutton denies that she made any remark to Peterson about the doctor's prescribing: arsenic. Detective . Thomas Ryan, who has handled the case for the Police Department, told of how he and Detective Coleman bad secured the in fcrmation presented to the jury. He told what Mrs. Bowers had informed | him in ' It ¦ was on or about August 20 '¦when the woman whom I now know to be Mrs. Sutton came to the store and presented the forged prescription. I never filled ?uch an order before for, any doctor. Xo quantity of the drug was 'ppeclfled and the woman said to give her whatever I wished and that she did not care what it cost. This made me a little careful and I aBked what she wanted of the arsenic. She said it was for a sick man who was paralyzed. I gave her an ounce and told her what sort of a drug It was. I cautioned her to let the doctor use it and she said she .would do so. ' About a week later the proprietor of the store told me that the. detectives had discov ered something wrong. I 'Identified the pre scription" when they came. Mrs. Harry-Bow ers was brought into the store first. I said she was not the woman. Then came Mrs. Sut ton and I knew her at once. There could be no mistake. Her face was fixed in my mem ory mostly because we had such a talk about her purchase that night. . She said it might have been Mrs. Martin Bowers, but when I saw her I knew differently. That "night I identified Mrs. Sutton in the office of the Chief of Police again. She said I was mistaken and told me to ask her sister If the doctor had .not prescribed arsenic for Martin Bowers. I did not do so for I wanted to perform no detective work; Drug Clerk Peterson's testimony was the most sensational of the day. When asked to Identify the woman to whom he sold the "ounce of arsenic on the forged prescription, he rose to his feet, pointed at Mrs. Sutton and said: "That is the woman." His statement was as follows: WONDERS AT PRESCRIPTION. Deptfty Coroner M. J. Brown told how Harry Bowers hud reported that some thing was the matter.. The official then telephoned to the German Hospital to allow no one to touch the body and sent the complainants to the police. Coroner Leland said that he had been requested by telephone to sign the death certificate so that the body would not have to be removed to the Morgue. He replied that he would be glad to do so after his deputies had made a thorough investigation of the case. The length of time that a poisoned man might live was indefinite. Some had lived many months. Arsenic caused a degeneration of the tissues, which caused death. ¦ The poison whicn tvas found In the dead man's stomach did no harm. It was the arsenic which had become dissolved. As more than rour grains of the powder were found Toxicologist Mor gan thought the dose muse have been a large one. a large quantity of the arsenious acid, such as wasXpund In the stomach of Mar tin Bowers, might act as an emetic and prove less harmful than a smaller dose. ' Both returned to Follis'- saloon and the proprietor repeated his remark about the prospect of trouble. Harry Bowers and his wife proceeded to the Morgue. When the husband discovered that arrangements had been made that his' brother's • body would not be taken to the Coroner's:of fice he demanded an investigation. . He told his suspicions to .' Deputy Coroner CarJ Schmidt, the ward nurse at the German Hospital, who attended Bowers during his last moments, said that two women, whom he identified in the In quest room as Mrs. Martin Bowers and Mrs. Harry Bowers, were present during the afternoon while the patient was pass- Ing away. The wife exhibited much grief and was creating a scene. Bowers asked for water continually, but could not hold it on his stomach. Mrs. Harry Bowers stated • that' she went to the hospital with her sister-in law and described minutely what took place there. The newly made widow did not want to have the body go to the Morgue and signed a receipt turning over the remains to Undertaker Peterson. The two women then proceeded to Mrs..But ton's apartments at 154 Eddy street and thence to Clementina street. There they met I<ervey. or O'Leary, and took two or three drinks apiece In various saloons. . Mrs. Harry Bowers then went to Fol lis' saloon and told the woman in charge of the place that the bridge builder was dead. Mr. Follls, who was present, re marked that he knew trouble would re sult from the whole strange affair. Mrs. Harry Bowers said that she then hur ried to her own house and told her hus band of what had happened. WOMEN VISIT DYING MAN. lly. This admission on the part of the physician caused a ripple of laughter to pass over the audience. The day before Martin Bowers died Dr. McLaughlin went to the house and saw that the patient was In a state of utter collapso. and vomiting terribly. Harry Bowers was then told that if hia brother was not removed to some place where he would receive more care he would not last long. The bridge builder was re moved to the German Hospital next day. but too late. The doctor explained that the symptoms of various kinds of pois oning are very much the same. ¦ p Dr. John Lncan testified that he was called to the, Bowers house on the even ing of August 13. After two visits he found that the patient was taking medi cines prescribed by another man and withdrew from the case; He thought Bowers, might have been suffering from arsenical poisoning. Dr. Bernstein, resident physician at the German Hospital, said that. Bowers was taken to the institution in an ambulance on August 25 in a dying condition. Re storatives were applied and the' man sur vived until about 4 o'clock In the after noon. SAN FRANCISCANS MAY RECEIVE THE CONTRACTS Put in the Lowest Bids for Por tion of Construction Work at Fort Eosecrans. FAX DIEGO, Sept. 4. — Bids were opened to-day by Construction Quarter master Rolfe for the construction of four buildings at Fort Rcsecrans, con- Fisting of double captains' quarters, double lieutenants' quarters, no*i-com missioned officers' quarters and barracks. The lowest bid on construction was made by Solon Bryan of this city. The lowest for the plumbing was by Robert I>jilzirll. Kan Francisco, who also bid low est on the steam heating outfit for the captains' quarters. For steam heating jri double lieutenants' quarters and bar r»dn J. D. Sutton of San Francisco was lowest On electric wiring I", 12 Tittle nf San Francisco made the lowest bids. All the bids will be forwarded to the Muartermaster'e office in Washington to be passed upon. Lower Prices for Wine Grapes STOCKTON. Sept. 4.— George West & Fon, incorporated, owners of the West vinery, announce the following prices which thf-y will pay this year for grapes: Ordinary varieties of wine grapes, J13 50 per ton: Mission grapes, $12 per ton; Eiack Prince grapes, 511 per ton; tokay prapes. 5S per ton. For a few varieties higher prices will be paid. They say there is an overproduction of wine graphs and point out lower prices as inevitable if wild planting continues. Asserts Dead Man's Wife Forged Order. Defendants Refuse to Testify at the Hearing. The suit was commenced in 1S!M, the clty clalming that the realty in question was school property because on the Van Ness map, adopted by the city in 1S54, it was designated by brown coloring, showing that it had been reserved for public pur poses. Seawell holds that the mere fact that the lot was colored brown on the map, without any evidence as to the number of lots .so colored. Is not sufficient to Jus tify the inference that it was reserved for school purposes, particularly as there is nothing in the report of the commis sioners who selected the lots to show that any of the lots reserved were designated by color. The map itself was poor evi dence, as it is faded. In a decision rendered yesterday in the city's suit to quiet title to a piece of realty brought against Judge John Hunt, as executor of the estate of the late George F. Sharp. Judge Seawell decided that title vested in Hunt in his capacity as executor. The property is located at the corner of Fillmore and Thirteenth streets and was claimed by the city on the ground that It had been reserved un der the Van Ness ordinance for school purposes. Judge Seawell Settles Dispute Over Realty Claimed by the City. TITLE TO LAND VESTS IN THE SHARP ESTATE HVlKVfS. Sept. 4.— Th" official? of the Fheriff's office made a discovery here to day which thwarted an attempt to escape on the part of the prisoners in .the County Jail. The prisoners had a small hole cut in the concrete floor of the corridor and ¦with a little more work they would have heen able to make their way out. The f fceriff was informed of the plot to escape by a prisoner who had Just been released at the expiration of his sentence. Prison Break Is Frustrated. SUISUN*. Sept. 4.— William Heacock and Charles Carlson, who were convicted in the Superior Court here Tuesday of high way robbery, were sentenced to State's prison by Judge Buckles to-day. Heacock was sentenced to five years in San Quen tin and Carlson to seven years in Folspm. They held up and robbed an old soldier named George Cooper in Sutsun about a month ago. Footpads Sent to Penitentiary. STANFORD UNIVERSITY. Sept. 4.- Dr. Jordan has turned over to the univer sity a collection of about 3000 volumes on fishes, -which has formed the nucleus of his working library for many years. The list of books contains the names of many noted Ichthyologists, a number of whoso works cannot be duplicated. Besides these there is a collection of pamphlets. 237 volumes In all, containing treatises on fishes. These books will be placed in the new zoology department. Makes Present to the University. Notwithstanding the Information that comes from Reno, It Is not believed at the Governor's office here that the Ne vada authorities will insist upon the re •vvards being paid before turning the es reped convicts over to the California of i":« -ers. Private Secretary Nye will com municate with the Governor's office " at Carson City, New, to learn the exact condition of affairs, and if no obstacles are put in the way of the desire of the Governor's office here to have Murphy p.n<i Woods returned to Folsom the prison ers will shortly again be Inmates of th?t institution. It has been intimated that the Nevada authorities would not deliver up to the agent of the State of California the two . prisoners unless the reward of $550 offered ¦ for the capture of each of the two con victs was paid in advance. This is some •¦wkat embarrassing, as there are no • means for meeting the demands of the "Nevada authorities in the event that such demands are made. It would bo neces sary for the State Board of Examiners to audit the claims of the captors of Mur "jthy and Woods before they could be paid. SACRAMENTO. Sept. 4.— District At torney A. M. Seymour this afternoon ap plied to Governor Pardee for a requisi tion upon the Governor of Nevada for the return to this State of Convicts Jo "ppph Murphy and John H. Woods, who es caped from the Fo'.som prison on the 27th of last July with a number of other con victs. District Attorney of Sacramento Pre ' sents Papers to Governor Pardee. APPLIZS FOB REQUISITIONS. In the light of developments the phy sician said that there could be absolutely no doubt that Martin Bowers wa« suf fering from arsenical poisoning while at the Waldeck. Mrs. Bowers said after a month that they could not stand the expense of keeping the patient at the sanitarium and her husband was then re moved home. Previous to leaving the Waldeck hn had been able to be in the garden and was feeling well. . After being transferred home he became rapidly worse. The physician was sure that the sick man was not getting proper attention, and so stated to the Bowers family and to some of their visitors. Dr. McLaughlin went away to the country about the first of August, as he did not understand what Mrs. Bowers wanted to have him do about treating the patient further in view of what had been said. When be returned he sent his assistant around to 370 Clementina street to find out how he stood with the Bowers fam- SAYS ARSENIC WAS CAUSE, Dr. McLaughlin noticed the drooping of wrists and ankles and the partial paraly sis, which are symptoms of mineral poi soning. He asked Bowers if he had been in the mines or around any place where there was fresh paint, and concluded when assured that there could not be any mineral poisoning that ptomaines had caused the trouble. Dr. McLaughlin first saw Martin Bow ers on July 4 or 5. The bridge-builder was emaciated and very weak. His symp toms were those of poisoning. The phy sician pave the man a treatment which wou'.d benefit a sufferer from any kind of poisoning, and the patient began to recover rapidly. ago, came to his office the first week in July and told him about a sick friend who had been under the care of two doc tors and who had not benefited thereby. Cunningham wanted the physician to take the case, and on the advice of- the latter Bowers was shortly taken to the Waldeck Sanitarium. Dr. McLaufrhlin, who was called next, said that John Cunningham, whom he had treated professionally about a year Dr. Dillon next testified that he had known Bowers for ten or twelve years. On June 10 or 11 he was summoned to 370 Clementina street to see the sick bridge builder. He found the man dressed, but very weak and lying on the bed. The physician did not think the patient had been poisoned by ham. but diagnosed the case as one of indigestion. He prescribed a combination of bismuth and morphine. He went to the Bowers home again on June 13, and the patient was feeling bet ter. Mrs. Bowers showed much affection for her husband on this occasion. The physician noticed two or three women In the house, but no men. He did not think that Bowers could have been suffering violently at that time from arsenical poi son in S- CALLS CASE INDIGESTION. The physician took a sample of the matter which the sick man was vomiting and examined it microscopically at his home for ptomaines. Coroner Leland then elicited the information that Dr. von Tiedemann did not expect, to find any ptomaines, and that they could not be discovered by a microscope. The witness paid that ptomaines were bacilli, which was denied by other physicians who gave testimony subsequently. Dr. von Tiedemann was informed daily in regard to the condition of Bowers, but did not call again until June 9, when the patient v.as reported to have improved. Mrs. Bowers told the doctor then that she had been sick for two days from eat ing ham, but she showed no symptoms of it. He requested her to keep him in formed about her husband, but she failed to do so. When he was leaving she said his fee of $4 was too great. He taw Cunningham In an adjacent room on one of his visits. He knew no more of the case until he heard that murder had been committed. Dr. von Tiedemann thought that Bowers might have been suffering from arsenical poi soning. After the Jury had been formally sworn Dr. Carl von Tiedemann was called upon to set forth his knov.ledgo of the case. He paid that he had been summoned to the Bowers house about June 5. He found the patient suffering from what he judged was> ptomaine poisoning, in view of the statements of Mrs. Bowers that her hus band had become ill after partaking of some ham. Bowers* symptoms were a raging thirst, high temperature, dilated pupils and an inability to keep food on his stomach. Mrs. Martha Bowers and Mrs. Sutton were present with their attorneys, but neither took the stand. Lervey, the third prisoner, was kept in his cell at the City Prlson. Mrs. Martha Bowers sighed deep ly whenever any particularly damaging evidence was introduced, but her sister, Mrs. Suttcn, remained cold and calm as the storied sphinx throughout the entire proceedings. At times the audience was Etill as death Itself while terrible truths were being made known, and again the lugubrious surroundings were forgotten in hearty peals of laughter. PHYSICIANS TESTIFY. The evidence introduced at the inquest, held yesterday, went to show only how the murdered man came to his death. There was no testimony in regard to the motive for the crime. The session lasted exactly six hours, exclusive of an Inter mission for luncheon. The inquest room was packed with witnesses and disinter ested spectators. MRS. MARTHA E. BOWERS was charged yesterday by a Coroner's Jury with the willful murder by means of arsenic of her late hus band. Martin I-. Bowers, and her sister, Mrs. Z. C. Sutton, was charged with complicity In the crime and will be tried as an accessor}'' The ver dict of the Coroner's jury is given above in full. District Attorney Byington states that he will probably file his complaint to day, formally charging Mrs. Bowers and Mrs. Sutton with murder. The jurymen asked many questions dur ing the course of the proceedings. They were highly praised by Coronci Leland. Attorney Vaughn, for the defense, and District Attorney Byington both stated that they would like to have Just such men on the Jury at the prospective trial. The names of the Jurymen who were present are: F. A. Zane, R. D. Mage a , H. A. Walsh, I. Danzlger, J. F. Walters. F. R. Burrows, A. S. Holman and Thomas Gilbert. Handwriting Experts Kytka and Elsen schimmel took samples of Mrs. Martin Bowers' chlrography and compared them with the prescription. Both declare 1 un equivocally that the widow fcrged the order for arsenic. They indicated '"a few of the 500 points" whicn they say they will bring out at the trial. It was shown that Mrs. Bowers had attempted to dis guise her chlrography when writing at the order of the police. The exhibits were passed around to the jurymen. Groceryraan Gottjen testified that he did not remember having sold any ham to Mrs. Bowors, but presumed that lie might h:ive done so. He saM ft young man came to the door one day and told mm that a man up the s.treet had been poiaoucd by eating some of the ham 'which came Irom the grocery. He could not ascertain wfio the young man was. Detective Ryan say3 John Cunningham was ihe youn^ man. Detective Coleman related what he had done on the case In company wit 'a Ryan. Coroner Leland said that there wns no necessity to introduce testimony showing a motive for the crime. Mrs. Bowera an.l Mrs. Sutton were Invited to taka the stand, but both declined to do so. Their attorneys heard the case attentively, but did not take part in any of the discus sions or question the witnesses. The ver dict was rendered in about ten minutes after the case was closed. regard to giving the d*ad man's watch to John Cunningham and how the J2S00 hurl been drawn from the Hlternla Bank and placed with the German Savings and Loan Society. IDENTIFY HANDWRITING. Declares Poison Was Procured by Accused. The principal testimony In favor of the petitioner was given by the father. Louie Yin testified that he was the father of two sons, both of whom he had sent to China when they were infants. One came back two years ago. The second. Gee Kook, aged 13 years, he said, returned a week ago. but the Federal officers refused him landing. During the examination it transptreJ that Louie Yin had sent a note to Gee Fook on board of the vessel, warn ing him to be cautious in answering the questions of the inspectors. The note was first offered to th» inspectors for delivery, but as they refused to accept It Yin sur reptltlcusly put it in a bun and then asked them to har.d the cake to the boy. While the bun was being eaten the inspectors discovered the note and held Gee Foolc for examination. PORTLAND, Or., Sept. 4.-Even with the aid of a note of Instructions contained in an ordinary eatable bun Gee Fook. al leged to bo a native of Portland, could not secure a residence in the United States. Gee Fook was a passenger on the Oriental liner Indravelll and landing was refused him by United States Immigrant Inspector Barber on the ground that he did not have a Chinese certificate. His father. Louie Yin. for twenty-four years a resident of this city, obtained a writ of habeas corpus, and this morning the case was tried before United States District Judge Bellinger and was decided in favor of the Government. Special Dispatch to The Can. GjLRSON, Xev., Sept. 4. — GoTernor Sparks la as interview stated that the t^ro- convicts captured at Reno, MlUer -and Woods, not b« returned to California, until the reward offered by th« State of California •were paid, as he did rot Intend that the officers making the capture should be put to the trouble of a 'lawsuit, and that generally follows puch cases. Up to the present time there J-.as been no settlement of the oast, and the Reno ofiJcers who captured the out . Jaws are still waiting for the reward. ' The Governor further stated that when .the check came for the amount due the requisition papers would be signed, and rot before. Conceals Instructions to a Detained Mongal in a Sweet Cake. ¦'Requisition Papers "Will Not •' B© Signed Unless Money .'• ' Is Forwarded. Nevada to Hold Polsom Escapes for the Re wards Portland Chinese Tries to Outwit Customs Officer. Finds That Arsenic Killed Bridge- Builder. DEMANDS CASH FOR PRISONERS INSPECTOR FINDS NOTE IN THE BUN CORONER'S JURY CHARGES MRS. MARTHA E. BOWERS WITH THE WILLFUL MURDER OF HER HUSBAND AND HOLDS MRS. Z. C. SUTTON AS AN ACCESSORY TO CRIME THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1903. IBB H I E, the jury, find that Martin L. Bowers, aged 43, nativity Pennsylvania, occupation bridge-builder, residence 370 Clementina street, in the city and county of I HI ~ an Francisco, came to his death in the German Hospital on the 25th day of August, 1903, from arsenical poisoning. That the arsenic which caused his II H death was procured upon a forged prescription, written by his wife, Mrs. Martha E. Bowers, and that we hereby charge said Martha E. Bowers with the If § crime of murder. We further find that Mrs. Z. C. Sutton, sister of said Martha E. Bowers, procured the poison upon the forged prescription written by her sister, Mrs. Martha E. Bowers, but we do not feel justified frdm the evidence submitted to this jury in charging Mrs. Z. C. Sutton as a principal, but recommend that said Mrs. Z. C. Sutton be compelled to stand trial as an accessory to the crime."— Verdict of the Coroner's jury. j Formal Accusation Is to Be Lodged t n To- Day. 3 THE CALL'S GREAT ATLAS OFFER Will close, on September 24, . 1903, and all holders of Atlas Crupcns are requested co pre- sent them immediately, as this great opportunity to secure one of these splendid Atlases at The Call's .premium rates will be brought to a close on Septem- ber 24. " . - ADVEBTISEMENTS. ...AN OLD... MAGAZI5E ...A NEW... 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