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Forecast mad« at Ban Francisco for
thirty hours, ending: midnight, Novem
ber 6:
Ban Francisco *n4 vicinity— Fair
Tuesiar: Hrht northeaet wlada.
IMstrlet Forecaster.
Witnesses Say Testatrix's Mother Was Insane
• At Republican headquarters Chair
man Hanna confidently predicted a
majority for Roosevelt and the elec
tion of four Republican Congressmen.
BALTIMORE. Nov. 7. — Chairman
Vandiver of the Democratic Com
mittee to-night repeated his claim
that Maryland would go Democratic
by 15.000 majority and that the
Democrats certainly -would elect four,
and probably five, of the six Con
Election News Continued on Pace 2. 1
CINCINNATI. Ohio. Nov. 7.— The Re
publicans are confident that their or
ganization in Ohio will secure unusual
resulta, even exceeding pluralities in
what were previously called "the Mc-
Kinley years." While the Democrats
have no such organization as -their op
ponents, they claim that there has
been during the past two or three days
"a whirlwind in their favor" that justi
fies their expectation of a landslide
that might make the State close and
enable the Democrats to gain three or
four Ohio Congressmen. They say that
the vote has not been out so fully in
Even the Enormous McKlnley Plurali
ties May Be Exceeded.
. ST. PAUL. Minn., Nov. 7. — The
candidates of the Republican and
Democratic parties to-night made
their final appeals. Robert C. Dunn,
the Republican candidate . for Gov
ernor, spoke in Minneapolis as a
counter to Johnson. th*e Democratic
candidate. Henderson County is
claimed to be doubtful territory, with
the. odds in favor of the Democrats.
Dunn claims the State by 50,000.
Secretary Kean , of the Democratic
State Central Committee estimates
Johnson's plurality at 26,000. There
seems little doubt that the National
Republican ticket will be victorious.
Claims of Minnesota Nominees.

The Legislature, which is to elect
a United States Senator, probably will
be so divided among the two Repub
lican factions and the Democrats that
none will have a majority.
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 7. — It is gen
erally conceded that Roosevelt will
carry the State by 50.000. Chairman
Connor of the Republican State Cen
tral Committee claims that Governor
La Follette will have 75,000 plurality.
The Republicans claim six Congress
men, and that they have an even
chance of electing four others.
Democratic State Chairman War
den claims George W. Peck will be
elected by 25,000 plurality and that
the Democrats will control the Legis
lature. Warden claims five or six
Both Parties Confidently Claiming'
Wisconsin Governorship.
NEW YORK, Nov. 7. — Senator Depew
closed the campaign to-night with an
address at the Abyssinian church. Sen
ator Depew said that in the Republican
party rested the hope of the negro. He
paid a high tribute to Booker T. Wash
"I have hardly met , his equal any
where, and I have met all the great
men of the world," he said. "No negro
in the United States can vote against
the Republican party unless he betrays
his race. You 'colored" men must vote
with the Republicans until the Demo
cratic States stop disfranchising your
race or until you can point at a Re
publican ' Legislature that is trying to
take away your voting franchise.".
Senator Pays High Tribute to Booker
• T. "Washington.
• In these districts the fight has been
waged desperately, but the Demo
crats claim to-night that they will
be victorious. The Democratic State
Committee expects a heavy Demo
cratic vote from the First, Second.
Fifth, Sixth and Seventh districts,
while the Republicans look to the
Tenth for a majority for Roosevelt,
so large as to carry the State.
Blue Grass State.
LOUISVILLE, Ky.. Nov. 7. — Repub
licans »nd Democrats agree that in
three Congressional districts of Ken
tucky the contest will be close. They
are the Third, Fifth and Ninth. In
the Third, J. M. Richardson, Demo
crat, is oppc-ed by William H. Jones.
Republican; in the Fifth Swager*
Sherley's opponent is W. C. Owens,
and in the Ninth J. M. Holt's adver
sary is J. V. Bennett.
Interesting? Congressional Contests la
NEW YORK, Nov. 7.— A letter writ
ten bv Miss Bertha M. Dolbeer while
in London to Dr. Homer Gibney of this
city, in which she said she was "enjoy
ing herself immensely," was read at to
day's taking of testimony for the con
test over Miss Dolbeer's will. Counsel
for the contestants objected to the ad
mission of the letter as evidence. The
examination will be continued to-mor
row. ' ; ¦¦¦:.-.¦ WS8S8BBB&BBK&
Tho opening statement ended, Mrs.
Millie Scott Biven of Oakland was
called as the first witness and she tes
tified as to- the insanity of Miss Dol
beer's mother and the fact that Mrs.
Dolbeer was afflicted with a peculiar
pain in the head, insomnia and mel
ancholia at the time of her daughter's
birth. The mother had been taken to
Stockton by her husband and later, on
her return home, procured a pistol and
shot herself dead. Bertha was two
years of age at that time.
The decree of distribution of the es
tate of John Dolbeer was Introduced in
evidence, showing that Miss Dolbeer
inherited property valued approximate
ly at $1,100,000.
Raymond H- Sherman- was next
called to pfove that his wife was out
of the State, having departed last
Thursday after a subpena had been
served on her by proponents. The con
testant was then allowed to read Mrs.
Sherman's deposition. The burden of
her testimony was that she had noticed
a great change in her cousin's condi
tion in her last year. Miss Dolbeer
was unusually listless, became very
thin and was* much depressed. Her
eyes were heavy and wholly without
animation, she "had little to say for
herself, looked sad," and "displayed no
feeling in taking leave to go to Eu
Mrs. Mary Ribbey, who answered
that she was employed as foster
mother for Bertha Dolbeer. in 1878 and
1879, told of the Insanity of Mrs. Dol
beer and of her suicide.
The trial will be resumed to-morrow.
vice of her physician, and the steward
esses of the trans-Atlantic steamships
she sailed on. Johnson said, would tes
tify that during the voyages she acted
strangely and talked irrationally. And
finally, after Miss Dolbeer, while suf
fering from aberration of mind, ended
her life by tragic suicide. Miss Warren
herself told the Coroner of New York
that her ward had been Insane for
some time, and to the detective detailed
to investigate the case made the state
ment that she had been apprehensive
that the derangement of mind would
l^ad Miss Dolbeer to take ner own life.
Mrs. J. L. Moody, an aunt of Miss
Dolbeer. Johnson proceeded, would tes
tify that on April 24. the day after the
will was made, the decedent was seized
with a paroxysm and uttered cries of
despair, that clearly indicated that the
mind was gone. It was plain that her
intellect was clouded, that her view of
life and things was distorted and that
she' was utterly incapable of executing
a will.
Mies Dolbeer then took the trip to
Europe, accompanied ¦ by | her constant
companion, Miss Warren, on - the ad-
The opening statement for the con
testant was made by Hiram Johnson,
who ft forth his case with clarity and
conciseness. He said the contestant
would show that Miss Dolbeer was of
unsound mind when she made a will
wherein the closest of her kin were not
mentioned and the greater part of the
estate she had inherited from her
father was bequeathed to Miss War
ren; to whom she was bound by no tie
of consanguinity. It would be proved,
he declared, that her insanity was
hereditary! for her mother had com
mitted suicide while insane and mem
bers of her father's family had. been
committed to asylums. Then the death
of Miss Dolbeer's brother, resulting
frcm a runaway accident, her father's
death and other circumstances of her
life had aided to bring on melancholia,
frcm which she was suffering in acute
form when she executed her testament
and wh?n she flung herself from the
window in the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel
in New York four months later. ¦
It would be proved, the attorney
continued, that Miss Dolbeer was suf
fering from a peculiar pain in the back
of the head, with a falling of the eyes,
insomnia and all the symptoms of mel
ancholia, such as her mother suffered
before her death. Early in the present
year it had become necessary to pre
scribe opiates for Miss Dolbeer that she
might sleep. She had become more and
more depressed, indifferent to the
world, absolutely indifferent to life,
grown thinner and thinner, a pallor set
tled on her countenance and melancho
lia, the most insidious form of insanity,
had developed in strong degree.
glances of the audience. Her refined
face told plainly of her recent illness.
Her nervousness was apparent and she
could not repress a few tears. She was
dressed in mourning, giving emphasis
to saddened though comely features.
The modest, shrinking woman seemed
far out of place as the center of the
war the lawyers were waging at the
bar with loud voice and many an angry
Miss Warren, lifelong companion of
Mies Dolbeer and chief beneficiary in
the testament; was in court yesterday,
U»e first time she has appeared since
the suit which seeks to deprive her of
about $850,000 was instituted. She was
accompanied by her nurse. Miss Alex
ander of New York, who came to San
Francisco with her when the remains
of Miss Dolbeer were brought across
the continent for interment. Seated
on the other Bide was a half-sister
MIsb Stuart, of this city. The experi
ence of coming to court was a new one
for Miss Warren and it was with dif
ficulty that the courtroom was found
among the dark corridors of the puz
zling City Hall.
Nor dii Miss Warren enjoy the
•chander's attorneys announced that
BOTT.e of their most important evidence
would be declarations by Miss Etta M.
Warren herself as to the insanity of
Miss Dolbeer, but when it came to the
reading of the deposition of a New
York detective who says they were
made to him, Judge Coffey refused to
admit the testimony.
One of the strongest witnesses for
the contestant, Mrs. Raymond H. Sher
man, who is a daughter of Mrs. J. L.
Moody, left last Thursday for the East,
but her testimony had been taken in a
deposition and this was read to the
Jury. Unlike Schander, who scarcely
ever held a conversation with Miss Dil
beer. and to whom th*» testatrix was
virtually a stranger, though he was h?r
ur.cle, Mrs. Sherman was on terms of
intimacy with her cousin and was in a
position to speak intelligently on her
condition at the time the will was ex
ecuted. But Mrs. Sherman's evidence
T.-as hardly of a strongly convincing
character. The most she could say was
that "a change came over Miss Dol
beer in the last year, she looked sad
and appeared indifferent to anybody or
anything or to life." The witness had
never seen any act or heard any^words
that v.ould firmly establish the fact of
an unbalanced mind.
The battle over the $1,000,000 estate
of Miss Bertha M. Dolb<?**r began in
earnest yesterday. The array of legal
talent at last settled down to the com
bat before jury and court and the at
tack on the •will by. Adolph Schander,
the uncle, who alleges that he was
Ignored because of his niece's unsound
ress of mind, opened with the vigor of
determined effort. There was formid
able resistance at every turn and in
large measure it was successful.
While the market was thus strong
and buoyant and cocksure of Repub
lican success everywhere, a remark
able exhibition 'was given in the bet
ting. A large. portion of the specula
tive population seems to believe that
the State will be carried for Roosevelt
and an equally large portion' seems to
be » grounded in the conviction that
Higgins will run so far behind the
ticket that Judge Herrick will be
elected and that a situation will be
disclosed on election night similar to
that, of 1888, when Harrison, Repub
lican, carried the State for/President
and Hill, Democrat, was elected Gov
ernor, there being a difference of
32,000 between the head and tail of
the ticket.
Governor Odell made the closing
speech. of the campaign in New York
at a meeting early in the day to the
employes of the H. B. Claflin Company.
He took occasion to tell the story of
his connection with the government
and politics of the State. He defended
his own administration and the record
of Higgins and declared he would make
no effort' to control the conduct of Hig
gins as Governor.
" All' of the official claims and esti
mates of the two parties have been
made. It is understood that the Demo
cratic leaders here believe New York
City will give at least 140,000 for the
Democratic State ticket Governor
Odell is of the opinion that Higgins
will beat 140,000 up the State.
The Democratic managers are press
ing the charges. which they made that
the Republicans are colonizing voters
in the rural counties. Warrants have
been issued for suspects in Elmira. On
the other .hand the Republicans are
preparing, for a sensational raid on re
peaters in this city. They solemnly de
clared to-night that they had perfected
plans to prevent the casting of 10,000
illegal votes.
>side from the 'preparations for the
Election eve found both parties
claiming victory and an unexampled
divergence of opinion existed regard
ing the State of New York, which has
been the great battleground, of the
capvass and will continue to be until
the polls close. While the Democratic
managers profess to be equally con
fident as the Republican managers of
the State for their; national ticket, the
stock market failed to show a tremor
of uneasiness at a prospect of a change
in the national administration. The
business interests of the. country all
appear to regard the election of
Roosevelt as a foregone conclusion
and as a satisfactory outcome. The
market showed considerable advances
and great strength. This was more
marked than in 1900 and different
from the condition which prevailed In
1^96, when so much was at stake in
the business world in the East that
many persons desisted from trading
and waited with bated breath for the
announcement of the returns. The
market, however, has advanced before
each Presidential election for twenty
NEW,: YORK, Nov. 7. — There ' is
every prospect of a tremendous vote
being cast at to-morrow's election in
all the States. The Herald estimates
that the total vote of New York City
alone probably will reach ' 653.000,
which are unprecedented figures. It
estimates that the vote throughout the
State of New York will in proportion
approach this flood-tide volume.
Evidences of breaking up were ap
parent to-day when members of the
various committees were observed
clearing out their desks of things that
had accumulated during the campaign.
It looked very much as if the end was
near at hand.
receipt, of the election returns, there
was little evidence of the close of the
political campaign, unless it. might be
found ;in the' absence of familiar faces
about, the national and State head
quarters and hotels. There was noth
ing that indicated any excitement or
undue interest, and. in fact, the politi
cal headquarters, both national and
State, showed little of the activity that
has been noticeable up to the end of
last week. Nothing that either cam
paign committee could do at this late
day, it was recognized, would affect the
result; and this accounted in part for
the quietude, it being well known that
the case had been closed and had gone
to the great American jury.
The extreme quiet of headquarters
was apparent also at the hotels — and
those haunts where politicians often
congregate to discuss the prospects of
the different candidates were- deserted
nearly all day by the men who are
most interested in the elections.
—Election returns will be received at
all the headquarters. Chairman Cor
telyou will go to Hempstead, Long
Island, to vote and upon his return will
remain at the committee room
throughout the evening.
Vice Chairman Nicoll, Chairman
Sheehan of the executive committee
and Secretary Woodson will receive the
returns at Democratic National Com
mittee headquarters.
Chairman Cord Meyer and other
Democratic State committeemen will
be at the Hoffman House. William
Barnes Jr. of the executive committee
will be- in charge at the Republican
rooms in. the Fifth Avenue Hotel. *"'?'-;
CHICAGO, Nov. 7. — Betting on the
result of the election was quite brisk
to-night in some of the downtown
hotels. The largest wager of the even
ing was made by a number of Board
of Trade men against James O'Leary,
a bookmaker, the brokers offering $50,
000 on Roosevelt against $7500 on Park
er. H. Dryer of New York made a bet
of $5000 to $1000 on Roosevelt. The name
of the taker of the Parker end could
not be learned. These were the largest
bets made during the evening, but
many small ones were made, the pre
vailing odds being on Roosevelt at 5
to 1. A number of wagers were made
on the result in New York at 2 to 1 that
it would go Republican on the vote for
A good deal of money was put up in
$50 and $100 bets in Considine's place,
with odds on Roosevelt carrying the
State at 10 to 7. This was the price
wherever there was any betting in the
tenderloin. There was little Higgins
money in evidence, the odds on Herrick
being 10 to 6. Betting continued active
until the close and was attended by a
good deal of excitement.
A. G. Wood offered to wager $1000 to
$1200 that Roosevelt would not carry
New York, New Jersey and Connecti
cut. He could not find any takers. Late
this afternoon there was a great deal
of Parker money offering at 1 to 6, but
the Roosevelt backers were offering
only 5 to 1, although some small bets
were made at 6 to 1.
Up town little money was wagered.
Old-timers declared on Broadway and
Sixth avenue that a duller election was
never remembered.
Money was freely offered at odds of 2
to 1 that Roosevelt would carry the
State, while the betting on the Gov
ernorship result opened at 2 to 1 ' on
Herrlck, bets of varying amounts be
ing closed later at odds ranging from
4 to 10 to 6 to 10 on Herrick.
It is estimated that J5.000.000 has been
placed on deposit by bettors. One trust
company holds $2,500,000. One big bet
was closed before noon at odds of 6*4
to 1. The $5000 Roosevelt money in this
bet was offered by Frederick H. Brooks.
It was covered by Sheffield & McCul
lough, who put up $S0O on Parker.
The betting ring in the curb market
was an exciting place to-day, as out
side brokers deserted business in stocks
to get down, as far as they were able,
belated wagers.
NEW YORK. Nov. 7.— Excepting at
jthe longest of odds — odds that have
never before been witnessed in' Presi
dential betting in Wall street— no Park
er funds were forthcoming in to-day's
closing betting on the campaign. The
length of the odds, however, tempted
some bettors to try "long shots" upon
the Democratic candidate.
The Socialists have held more meet
ings in Ohio than all other parties com
bined, but their efforts have been con
fined to the larger cities and will not
affect doubtful Congressional districts,
notably the Third, Twelfth and Fif
teenth. As the larger cities in Ohio,
with possibly two exceptions, are Re
publican strongholds, there may be
some ground for the claim that the So
cialistic agitation will affect the Re
publicans more than the Democrats.
While other localities are lacking in
interest, the contests in the Third.
Twelfth and Fifteenth Congressional
districts, and in Cleveland, on the
county ticket, are among the most ani
mated ever known in the State.
years as they expect It to be to-mor
row. The Democrats also say they wllr
be benefited by the reduction of the
Populist vote and the increase of the
Socialist vote. They estimate that the
former Socialist vote of 13,500 will be
more than doubled and come largely
from Republican workingmen.
Special DIf patch to The Call.
Special Dispatch to The Call.
Belief That To-Day's Election Is Only a
Formality Is Reflected in Wall Street,
Where the Flurry Usual on the Eve of
a Contest for the Presidency Is Lacking
Fwo-to-One Is the Prevailing Quotation on
His Chance for Carrying New York
State, but Big Speculators. Concede
the Governorship to the Democrats
WASHINGTON, Nov. 7.- Final estimates received from Republican National and State headquarters
to-night were more optimistic than any that have heretofore reached the President. The party man
agers are confident that Roosevelt will sweep the entire North, and that he will receive a record
breaking popular vote. Not a single State outside of the South is conceded to Parker. The one obstacle to
Republican success — the danger of over confidence — has been removed by the energetic efforts of the cam
paign committees in the past few days, and the full strength of the party will be voted at the polls. It is no
longer feared that control of the House of Representatives will be lost; in fact, the Republican majority in the
House may be increased. On. the. eve of the election all indications point to a Republican "landslide."
Republicans Will Have Good Working Majority in House
Final Estimates Give Parker No Electoral Dele
gates Except Those of the South.
ALCAZAR— "Prine* Karl."
CALIFORNIA — "Sweet Clover." *. |
CENTRAL— "Her Marriage Vow."
COLUMBIA — "Th« County Chairman."
CHUTES — VailCevllle.
FISCHER'S — Vaudeville.
GRAND— "Pretty Peggy."
MAJESTIC— "An American Citizen."
ORPHEVM— Vaudeville.
TIVOLJ— ••Th« Messenger Boy."
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