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ment of San Francisco Speak. MERCHANTS' ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES A DECADE OF GREAT CIVIC USEFULNESS Continued on Pago 4, Column 1, "j NEW YORK, May 23:—Stockhold ers of the Mexican Central Railway Company have formed a "protective" committee, consisting of William L. Bull as chairman, Robert B. Van Cortlandt and General L. - Hoyt of this city. Gordon Abbott of Boston and' F. G.' Banbury of London. The committee states that, because of the large flpatingdftbt of the company and the recent efforta to classify the board of directors without previous notice it seems 'necessary to organize, a com mittee in the interests of stockhold ers. '¦*¦* " • Stockholders of ' the Mexican Central Find It in Their Interest to -¦" .*¦ ¦" :"' ' Orjjanize. RAILWAY MEN FORM • PLAX FOR PROTECTION' NEW YORK, May, 2 5.— Five $1000 treasury notes- have been found in an old moth-eaten coat - purchased .by Elmer Eckerson of Bogota, N. J. at an auction Sale of .unclaimed .baggage in a railway station. .Neither the trunk nor the coat it 1 contained 'bore any marks of identification; . Eckerson was about to throw, the 'garment away when he, discovered- the treasure care fully wrapped, in, oiled silk. The lucky buyer is 6,3 years of age and. will at "once take a vacation, in ; Europe. New Jersey Man Purchases • an • Old Coat" and Finds $5000 in Its Pockets. ¦'¦• BUYS FORTUXK AT SALE ¦OP- UNCLAIMED BAGGAGE RAWL1NS. Wyo., May 25.— Union Paciflc.train No. 1, known as the Over land B'lyer, in charge, of Conductor Kerrigan and- Engineer Robinson, was wrecked to-day near Hallville. The entire train left the rails, one car turning completely . over. ' " " The following were seriously injured : H. C. Rapp of Monterey, Cal. ; Mrs. James Scobie, ;San' Francisco; Mrs. Mary B. Frazier, San Francisco; Mrs. E. Conaghy, Salt Lake; E. F. Bennett, Saratoga, Wyo. 1 • w ' None of them were Injured ' so. badly as to be compelled to go to a hospital.i A broken rail. caused". the wreck.- • Union Pacific Flyer Turns ''Over and "_'/¦ Several 'Callforrilanst Are BROKEN KAIL CAUSES . j ¦ A- SERIOUS WRECK AUSTIN. Tex., "May- 2 5.— The placer gold fields, which were recently dis covered near Lapaz. Lower California, exceed in richness the placer fields of the Klondike, according to the state ments contained in a letter received here to-day from John Boultell, a well-known mining man, who was at tracted to the hew Eldorado several weeks ago. He says that Juan Men doza, who discovered the new. placer field has cleared-niore than'$5,000,000 in gold from his properties during the past four months. Many Americans are flocking, to the district and some, of them have ob tained title to placer claims : which have yielded them big fortunes in the short "time they, have been working. Boultell says that "he has- a. good claim, which, has yielded. nearly 580, 000 in gold, and that it is still good for several times that ; amount. He asserts that practically all of the good gold claims have been taken . up and advises "tenderfoot" Americans to stay away.-v He says that only the most hardy prospectors can stand the experiences Incident to -the; search for gold." ¦ " ' Special 'Dispatch,, to The Call. NEW HAVEN (Conn.), May 25.—An other woman was attacked to-night at 15 minutes after 3 o'clock by a man in the same manner that Miss Richards, daughter of Professor Charles B. Richards, was attacked last Thursday evening and Miss Peterson three weeks ago. Many Yale students who live in the vicinity gave chase with the police, but after an hour of searching the as sailant could not be found. It is be lieved that he is an Insane person or a cunning degenerate. Despite extra police precautions, he strikes women down and. escapes by fleet ness of foot. The -victim of the latest assault is a woman about 35 years old. Despite the fact that Detective Dunlop reached her a few moments after her cries for help Avere given, her identity is un known, because she refused to reveal it, leaving her coat and hat rather than claim them. . v 1 - The attack was made near the corner of Prospect and Canal streets, a few blocks from where Miss Augusta Pe terson,was attacked- a few weeks ago. A negro was 'arrested on suspicion to night. ¦- ¦••-•• •- :;:- : /--.rvv; 6p«cUl Dispatch to Ths Call. TAMMAXY SURREXDE! IS. -, N-EW YORK, May 25.— That Charles F. Murphy, leader of Tam many Hall, has abandoned his fight' against the nomination of Judge Par ker was the declaration made to-day by James Shevlin; a Brooklyn Demo cratic leader. "I have had several talks with Mur -f)hy," Shevlin said, "and he has told me that he would stand by the instruc tions of the State convention and ¦would go to St. Louis and work and vot* for the nomination of Judge Parker." Mabama Is for Parker -.MONTGOMERY. Ala., May 25. — The Democratic State Convention was held in. Montgomery to-day. Al though no instructions were given, the resolutions adopted recite that at the present timr> Judee Parker is the most available and acceptable candidate for the nomination for the Presidency and that the sentiment of the convention is for his nomination. w » Special Dispatch to The Call. SALT LAKE, May 25.— As the result of an order just issued by E. H. Harri man, through his representatives in Salt Lake City, thousands of residents of Nevada, representing nearly 600 miles of inhabited railroad district be tween' Ogden, Utah, and Reno, Nevada, must readjust their habits and watches to conform with mountain time. Here tofore Pacific time hag succeeded mountain standard at Ogden, but Har riman has shoved the dividing line 590 miles westward. Now the problem confronting Nevadans is as complex as it is urgent, the order going into ef fect on" June 1. A man who retires on Tuesday, May 31, at midnight, will wake up on Wed nesday, June 1, to find himself an hour behind time. Whether or not he is hungry he must eat, not according to his stomach's dictates, ¦ but to Harri man's order. He -must take time by the forelock or he will find himself late for work, even though nature tells him all is not well. 3JJKHI ' -.*- "Order Is general," is the word Har riman sent forthl Chickens, then, must crow by the Harriman schedule, not by the sun. The,y must' roost, not ac cording to the laws of nature, but in obedience to those set by the railroad man. Drills on. the part of Ogden-Reno people will be in order for the next week, so large are the possibilities of misunderstanding. The "skipping a day problem of the mid-Pacific prom ises to be outdone by this puzzle evolv ed by Harriman for the people of Ne vada to solve. • In the future many will tell how they helped to set the Sagebrush State right in the eyes of the great railway mag nate. Special Dispatch to The Call CHICAGO, May 25. — Francis P. McColl, millionaire yachtsman and member of prominent clubs in New York, San Francisco and Chicago, has been divorced from his wife on the ground of desertion. McColl, who is president of the American Key Can Company and vice president of the sardine "trust." filed his suit for di vorce in the Superior Court on April 19 and Judge Chetlain. gave, a decree to the millionaire on 'May 20. The charge was that Mrs. Florence Linden McColl deserted him in April, 1001. She was granted alimony of 53000 a year, or $250 a month. An effort at secrecy has surrounded the case since it waa filed, the suit being started while McColl was at the plant of the Sea Coast Canning Com pany at Eastport, Maine, by Attorney E. H. Long. The millionaire hurried away from Chicago, it is said, just aa soon as the bill was prepared. ¦ At the office of the American Key Can Company, 1043 and 1044 Mar quette building, all information re« garding, McColl has been guardedly given. All knowledge of the divorce suit is disclaimed, both at the offices of McCofl and at the plant of the com pany on Canal street. Mrs. McColl is said to be a sister-in law of Colonel W. J. Pope, president of the Pope Manufacturing Company and a multi-millionaire, and her brother, George Linden, is said to be a partner of the American Embassa dor to Italy, George L. von Meyer. Mrs. McColl is living at present in the McColl mansion in Brooklyn with her four daushters, the oldest of whom is 21 years of age and . the youngest 16 years old. McColl lived at the Wellington and Chicago Beach hotels while in Chi cago and also at the Union League Club. He entertained lavishly and is an expert .player of bridge whist as well as a yachtsman. He is a inem-. ber of the Brooklyn Union League Club and of many other prominent clubs throughout the country. renne>*oc Instructs for Parker. NASHVILLE. Tenn.. May 25. — The Democratic State convention to-night •adjourned until 10 o'clock to-morrow. -Jarnes* D- Fr«z*?r was nominated to •stieceed himself as Governor and a pfatform instructing delegates to the national convention to vote for the -.Tiomination of Judge Parker of New York for President and to vote as a unit on all questions was adopted. Bryan Scores a Victory. OMAHA, Neb., May 25.— The .con test in the Democratic primaries of Douglas County to-day resulted in an overwhelming victory for the Bryan forces. The result is an endorsement ' of Bryan for delegate at large to the National convention. WOMAN WILL ASSIST v> IX CAKXEGIE RESEARCH Professor Mary Roberts Smith Has •Been Appointed Assistant at' Washington Institution. WASHINGTON, May 25.—Profes sor Mary Roberta Smith has been named a. research assistant by the Carnegie Institution. She has recent ly returned from Honolulu and is now engaged at the University of Califor-' nia in an investigation of Chinese im- JCQisratioa and Its economic effect. Hotel Woman Burns to Death. GREENWOOD, S. C, May 25.— Fire thaf started in the Central Hotel to day caused the death of Mrs. Anna Hosely. proprietress of 'the hotel. Eighteen stores, and the First Na tional Bank were burned. Loss. $133. 000, OMAHA, Neb., May 25.— A woman racing back and forth on the eight inch cornish of a downtown hotel held a large crowd spellbound for ¦twenty minutes this afternoon before the po lice finally saved her from what had seemed certain death. Temporarily crazed by illness, Mrs. Olivia Boyde liad swallowed a big dose of chloroform liniment and when friends at the hotel tried to administer an antidote, she broke away from them and climbed through a window of her room trying to escape. The crowd which quickly gathered below stjll fur ther, maddened her ana sne kept cry ing incoherently: "Shadows and cats are seeking to kill me." After she had been racing back and forth an the narrow landing for twen ty minutes, she was captured and dragged back into the House, . but she finally broke loose from her captors and ran out from a window on the other side of the building on to the fire escape. There she hung from an iron bar three stories above the ground for several minutes, while blankets were held below to catch her. Eventually the police arrived , and succeeded in quieting the woman. Mrs. Boyde. who is a widow, waa to have been married next week. She was unable, after, quieting Gown, to give any reasons for her strange actions. Special Dispatch to The Call, Placers in Lower California Rich' in Gold. Again Escapes After Attack Upon a Woman, . Victim of Dementia Per forms Thrilling Antics on a High Window Ledge Issues Order Involv ing Readjustment of Time. f CRAZED WOMAN IN QUEER ACTS Court Grants a De cree to Francis P.McColl. MILLIONS TAKEN FROM ONE CLAIM NEW HAVEN THUG ADDS TO CRIMES War News Continued on Pajjc 3. PROMINENT CITIZENS OF THIS CITY AND SECRETARY OF THE CHICAGO VOTERS 1 LEAGUE WHO SPOKE AT THE DECENNIAL DINNER GIVEN LAST EVEKING BT- THE MERCHANTS 1 ASSOCIATION. HARRIMAN ROBS UTAH OF AN HOUR CLUBMAN'S SUIT ENDS IN DIVORCE RIVAL LEACEM OF THE SUCCESSFUL. "CONSERVATIVE" ' FACTIONS. OF THE OHIO DEMOCRACY. BOTH OR WHOM ARE OPPOSED TO .THE* PRESI • DEXTCAL. ASPIRATIONS OF W. R. HEARST. ..' <; ¦ ; ;-'.,.> The origin of the Merchants' Association may b* ascribed to an accident. Early la ISM Mr. Kohlberg and a number of other mer chants doinc business on Kearny and Post streets had called a meeting- at the Palace Hotel to discuss the most effective methods for making th* Midwinter Fair, then Just opened, the greatest possible success. Opinions dif- The Merchants' Association of San Francl3co celebrated Its tenth anniver sary last evening in royal style at the Palace HoteL Three hundred members gathered around bountifully spread tables In the great dining-room and after doing Justice to tae dinner lis tened to a number of brief, pithy ad dresses reviewing the work of the or ganization and pledging its member ship to still- greater undertakings for the city's future. The spirit of the cel ebration was in keeping with the as sociation's record for "organized good citizenship." The gathering was worthily repre sentative of San Francisco's great bus iness community. Men were there whose names are known from the At lantic to the western coast and far < across the Pacific— men of affair?, leaders in the financial, mercantile, manufacturing and commercial world. ,But the discussions or- the evenins were not shop talk. They dealt with the work done by the association and planned for the future in behalf of a, better and greater San Francisco. This civic purpose of the organization was kept foremost in all the addresses, and the speakers dwelt with pride upon its achievements in promoting tie adop tion of the new charier, in working for the enforcement of the charter's civil service provisions and in the less con spicuous but not less useful lines of securing cleaner streets, public Safety and comfort stations, free rtower mar kets and the many other practical benefits conferred by it upon all San \ Franciscans. A VIGOROUS YOUTH. The speaking was begun by the president of the association. Frank J. Symmes, who bade the guests of the evening welcome in a happy speech calling the association to still greater effort far San Francisco's improve ment. Mr. Symmes said in part: Fellow members and gue*ts>: It i« • pleas ure to welcome you here this evening. Tha I Merchants' Association stands before you «jj a hippy, healthy boy of 10. with a vigorous though brief past and giving great promise M future usefulness to the community. I shall not enlarg- upon !tt work during the last ytar because cur annual report has been placed In printed form by each plat*, and I uoae you will take tt home and read it. There are greater opportunities for this as sociation In the future than it has had in t!><* past. We have more reasons calling* us t« civic activity than can be found In almo. r acy other State or city. Nature has endowed us with unparalleled advantages. Man has done but little. There is need for good work by good men if we are to develop th's great. State and build the commanding metropolis that we hope to see bere by the Golden Gate. The object of the Merchants" Association is te helD in this work. Its efforts were illus trcted at tha time ?sn Francisco was threat ened with a quarantine by the East, whin its action deferred the danger and led to the or ganization of a public health commission, with municipal. State and national representatives, which Is cleanlri* Chinatown. I^et us listen to a bit of the history of this association. It will be relattd hv th« «aint!y founder of our order, Frederick W. Dohrmann. THE FOUNDER SPEAKS. Mr. Dohrmann was greeted with great applause when he rose. He mod estly disclaimed the honors of. patern ity and ?aid that th~e origin of the as sociation was really due to Mrs. Man fred Kohlberg. who spurred her hus band to call the meeting cf business men during the hard times of 13D-I that resulted in its establishment. The diffi culties met in forming the new organ ization were pleasantly described and the speaker declared that one of the strongest elements In Its success had been, its freedom from "knocking." Its [ members had not gone to the City Hall | charging municipal officials with cor ruption, but endeavoring to make them I think they were the best officials that ever existed. "So these public officers have tried to meet us with good ser vice," said Dohrmann. I The substance of his address fol j lows: . CHEFU, May 26, 11 a. m. — A junk which left Dalny on the night of the 23d, and which arrived here to-day, reports that the Japanese army had then reached Sanzuripo. which is north of Dalny and southwest of Nangalien. The Russians offered stubborn,' resistance to the advance of the Japanese and a battle was fought at noon of the 22d at Sanzuripo. The result of the battle was not learned by the bearers of the news. The advance of tne Japanese indi cates that they have recovered from the reported reverse at Kin chou. The Russians at Talienwan have prepared to destroy the town upon the arrival of the Japanese. The Russian plan is to have the troops on the Liaotung Peninsula fall back to Potty; Arthur after I»al>?sihg t\\t: inVaaers. . . . From the best .information ob tainable it is learned that the Jap anese have landed near. Kinchou and are advancing along the rail way to" Port Arthur. Those that landed at Pitzcwo are traveling down the east side of the penin sula to Dalny, and those that landed at Takushan are going to reinforce the Fengwangcheng army. COLUMBUS. O.. May 25.—The Dem ocratic State Convention here to-day . nominated the following ticket: Secretary of State—A. P. Sandles of vttaw a. Supreme Judge—P. J. Renner, Cin cinnati. Clerk Supreme Court—Peter Mahaf ie» Cambridge. Dairy and Food Commissioner—Q. M. Gravett of Wooster. * Member of Board of Public Works — "William H. Fergnson. Springfield. Electors at Large—John A. McDow .fA of MHIersburg and A. J. Pearson of Woodsflcld. * There were three Presidential ele ments lnvolA-ed. The Hearst men originally wanted instructions, but fhially limited their opposition to the unit rule. The friends of Colonel James Kilbourne of Columbus, who was the • Democratic candidate for Governor three years agro, wanted indorsement. S The friends of Judson Harmon of Cin "cinnatj, who was Attorney General un der Cleveland, wanted neither Indorse ment nor instructions, but the unit rule. The Harmon men won. The platform, the briefest in the his tory of "such State literature, was adopted as it came from Cincinnati, •with the exception of a two-cent-a mile railroad *are plank that was add ed at the instigation of Mayor Johnson of Cleveland, in the convention. The rural delegates who were co-operating !n other matters with the conserva tive?, voted for the two-cent fare .plank, as did others from the cities, who insisted that it would be incon •Firtent this year to defeat this resolu tion, which was a feature of the >'tat«» plntform last year. The vote, how ever, was very close on the two-cent fare resolution and the majority for th<> plank was only 65 out of a total of 723. The delegate* and alternates at large are claimed by the conservatives, v.ho also claimed thirty of the Ohio district delegates. Their poll of the Ohio delegation to St. Louis is: Con servatives (friendly to Harmon), 36; , Hearst. 6. and Folk 4. and that under the unit rule adopted the conservatives •will have the Ohio delegation more than three to one. The principal plank of the platform follows: • "The Democratic party of Ohio, while firmly adhering to all living Demo cratic principles, as time and again de clared by Democratic conventions, rec ommends that the formal enunciation of purely national questions be re ferred to the National Convention, t">on to convene at St. Louis." —•} —• - . HEARST GiraiP NEBRASKA. - OMAHA. Neb.. May 25. — "Hearst will make no fipht in this State." is the statement made to-day by Louis J. Piatti. who has been considered the local representative of the Hearst movement- Asked whether this an nouncement was to be. taken as sig nifying that Hearst and Bryan were working together, Piatti had nothing a Bryan victory be equiva lent to a Hearst victory?" he was askod. and he replied: "Not exactly; Hearst has simply dropped out of here: that is all." Two months ago Piatti was ener getically fostering what appeared to be the foundation of a Hearst boom In Nebraska. At that time he suc ceeded in persuading the Douglas County Democracy to adopt resolu tions favorable to the ambitious can- State Platform Ig* nores National Questions. Result of Con flict Is in Doubt Harmon Faction Triumphs in Convention. OHIO'S DEMOCRATS ADOPT UMIT RULE AMD ELECT AN ANTI-HEARST DELEGATIOM Russians Resist Advance of Japanese. RIVAL ARMIES IN BATTLE NEAR DALNY VOLUME XO-XO. ITS. roreo&st jamOm at Sn Traa cteco far thirty kosrs *si£iMC •* mltelffht XttT 26, 19O48 San I"x*aci*co and vidsity— p»±r TJmr»4ay; ts**h w«»t«Hy A. O. »QAT>rB, Utetrtct Toreoastexw Alcaxar— "A Possible Cue." Matinee To-Day. California — "When W« Were Twenty-One." Matinee To- I>ay. Central — "A Great Temptation." Columbia— "Old Heidelberg 1 ." Cnntes — Vaudeville. Grand — "Pedorw." Orphean — Vaudeville. Matinee To-Bay. Tivoli — "A Runaway Girl." THE TH£AT£3S. PRICE FIVE CENTS. SAN FRANCISCO/ THURSDAY, MAY 26, ,1904. The San Francisco Call TXB TPXA.TSDEH.