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Fo^-osrt road* at San Frmutise© foe "«HT bewra «ntUa«r nlitnlght. FVhnj arjr 32; San rrmactaeo and Tidmity— Fat* Sundry; coMer; bemvj- tram In am- : :■*. lijri* worth wind. a. G. llcAT>rE, Dtscrtet forecaster. VOLUME XCVII— NO. 74. NAVAL MEN ACCUSED OF FAVORITISM Protest ol Inventor May Uncover a ScandaL Maker ol Submarine Boat Alleges Dnlair Dealings by Officials. House Committee Repeats Demand That Secretary Morton Produce Records in Case. Spec!* Dispatch to The Call CAI/L BUREAU POST BUILDING. IfASRD Feb. 11. In response to insistent an-1 repeated demands of ta IFSuse Naval Committee, the Navy JDtparirt-cnt is preparing to send to the Cepitol all recorded correspondence be tween the Hoard of Inspection and Sur vey and tho Holland and Lake . Sub marine Torpedo- boat companies. There ftie Indications that a sensation will he si-rune before long in connection Tvith the light between these concerns for navitl patronage. This request fur correspondence i? the direct result of a petition iiled with Congress by Simon L?ke, inventor <>f the Lake subma rine. The petition said: "Conpross is urged to call upon the Navy Department for every, report and letter on submarines for thy last two years. Consider contents and then award justice as you pee fit to an .American inver.tor, who asks no fa vor? — only a fair Held." Although Secretary Morton appeared before the Hou&e committee more than a fortnight aco and even statfd that " epunAerire to the < on.mittee. 5t has j 'Taot yt Ivr-n transmitted. The Navy , Department, has m::«le no Investigation of the verbal r..!'e<ai<>ns made by Cap tain Lake upnp the Integrity of the B<>ard «>f Inspection and Survey^ The I "f ttfa Navy asked Captain Lake ir' he ha«i any proof n> back up the?p reflection?. None was forthcom- The complaint often made by the Lake company Is that the Navy De partment ref'is>ed to permit a test of the Lake RUlimirint;, in direct com petition with the Holland craft, but desired to test the Lake craft sep arately. Fince Representative Lesler of New York two years ago announced that he had been offered a bribe to vote for a «übmp.rire boat, many mem b-rs of the. Xaval Affairs Committee h^ve been weary of the whole subma rine question and suspicious of many maneuvers made in connection with the rale of suth craft to the Govern- DESERTS COACHMAN HUSBAND Eloping Girl Repents and Returns to Her Home. Soacial Dispatch to Thf "• NEW YORK, Feb. 11.— Miss Mabel Hockeridge (now Mrs. Tone), who ran away to marry her father's coachman, has returned repentant to her parents' liome at St. tney. near Esopus. William Hockeridge, the father, who is the head of the wholesale depart ment of a. large lower Broadway store, saw his daughter on Friday,, night for the first time since she eloped In the house stage coach. on February 2. The daughter expressed her deepest sorrow for the anxiety . she has caused her parents and consented to leave her husband and go. home at once. "My daughter will always find a wel come at home," said her father, "but I Fhall not allow her husband in my house. After she ran away* she wrote us a letter saying she was sorry for the wrong she had done us and gave us her eddress as the Kingston postoffice. They were married on the day Mabel Jeft homo. The ceremony* took place at. The Dutch Reformed Church at Old Hurley. For the first three days they Flopped at West Hurley, a near-by vil lage, at the home of the man's uncle, and then went to hi father's house. "Tone is an American. -We never let Mabel go driving. with him alone, and had not the least suspicion of his" in tentions. He undoubtedly expected to take charge of, my farm by. marrying niy daughter. He had said he had rvcrythinff to gain and little to lose.. My daughter is 23 years old — old enough to know better." The San Francisco Call. MITCHELL'S LAW PARTNER CONFESSES Admits He Perjured Himself to Save His Son. Pleads Guilty to Charge Made by Federal Grand Jury. Prominent Oregon Attorney When Arraigned on Indictment Makes a Sensational Plea. PORTLAND. Feb. 11.— The climax was reached to-day in. the land fraud cases when Judge Albert H. Tanner, indict' on February £ for the crime of pej-Jury in regard to the date of a con tract of copartnership with United States Senator John H. Mitchell, went before the Federal court and entered a plea of guilty. The scene was a dra matic one. impressive and sorrowful. Judge Tanner, whose indictment came as a sudden blow to the public a short time ago, entered the courtroom hag gard and worn and bowed as by » the weight of years. With him was hl« son. to shield whom the plea was made. Following: both was Harry C. Robert son, the private secretary of Senator M it. hell. When, on January 31. Judge Tanner went before the jury he told a story which, cording to his confession to day, had been agreed upon in. many of its details when Senator Mitchell was in Portland in December last. Ho said that there had • been an agreement made between himself and the Senator by which the Senator, was not to re ceive any return from, firm work done which would lead him to either of the departments of the Government and thai this agreement had been made, on March 5, 190 L Thf <;■ vernment was in possession of nee at that time which varied iiom Judge Tanners testimony, and, linking it together. United States Dis trict Attorney F. J. H> iky was able to mak^ such a shoving that not only Judß< Tanner, but his son, Albert H. Tanner Jr.. was indicted by the Grand Jury. Neither of these indictments was made publi< . ADMITS HIS GIILT. When Judge Tanner had been ■worn to-day Attorney Heney hand ed him thp contract which hp had ■worn before the Grand Jury was the original document and asked when tIM document was written. "It was in December last." Judge Tanner replied. Judge Tanner was asked if the doc ument was to be used in defense of United .States Senator Mitchell. Judge Tanner in reply made the following statement: 1 will tell you the circumstances and you can draw your own conclu sions. When Mr. Mitchell was out here he looked over the old contract and there was a clause in it he thought ought to be changed and he told me to fix it and I then drew up the writing here, changing the partic ular clause that he (Senator Mitchell) thought would be dangerous for him and we signed it. At the time that was don" I said to him: 'Now Mr. Robertson ip the only man on earth, except you and I, that knows to the contrary anything about this agree ment and Mr. Robertson will have to corroborate this thing. Of course, it may get us into trouble.' He said he would see what he could do with Rob ertson, or something of that kind, and the agreement was left with me in that shape and I have not had any correspondence or any words with the Senator about it since he left here." The new agreement signed In De cember of last year contained a clause not included in the original, which provided that all money received in payment for services rendered before Government departments should go to Tanner. In all other respects the last agreement was identical with the original contract. SOX OX STAND. Judge Tanner's son. Afbert H. Tan nei Jr., testified that during Senator Mitchell? visit in Portland last De cember he prepared on v typewriter tht new agreement between his father and Senator Mitchell, as confessed by his father. Judge Tanner made the following sii^tf-meiit to-day. "No one knows the torture I have endured since January 31, wjjen I made n statement to the Grand Jury concerning the date of the co-partner ship agreement between Senator Uttcbell and myself. Thf last straw Cf m*. however, when T learned that th< Federal Grand Jury was prepar inp to indict my sou, who had writ ii i. the agreement between Senator Aliu hell a;.d mys«if on the typewriter, for perjury, and when I learned that the agents of the Government were in possession of facts proving that the document was not signed March .", IWGI. ae I had sworn, but that It had b'tn prepared and signed last De-. c ember." ■Judge Tanner, do you expect to tea. FIFTY PAGES— SAN FRANCISCO. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 1905— PAGES 27 TO 38. DISAPPEARS WHEN DUPES PRESS HIM Manager oi a "Get- Rich-Quick" Firm Is Missing. Tires of Facing the Crowd That Besieged His Headquarters President of the Concern Blames Em ploye for the Mure of His Lucrative Business. Special Dispatch to The Ca.ll. LOS ANGELES, Feb. 11.— Herbert W. Chittcnden of Los Angeles, manager of the Mutual American Investment Com pany, a San Francisco "get-rich-quick" concern, disappeared to-day. The com pany has been exposed and many vic tims of its fraudulent methods began to press for a settlement, which could not be made, hence Chittenden's hasty departure. A half dozen police officers, including a sergeant, are among the alleged dupes. Chittenden's wife stated this evening that she urged him to leave. "There was no other way to get the president of the company, B. Maurice Rice, to come '.own here from San Francisco," she said. "For weeks, ever Fince the company quit paying off con ttacts, my husband had sat in that of fice in the Bryson block and borne the brunt of abuse heaped on the company by disappointed patrons. Why, they came there by scores." Hire claims Chlttenden got hold of ten lapsed contracts, canceled them on the books, sold them for their face value and $100 premium and kept the latter. Rice declares Chittenden left be cause he (Rice) came here. The man who bought the contracts', Attorney John H. Foley, declares Chittenden is straight. President Rice has made a pubHc statement, which is an out and out confession that the Mutual American Investment Company's "contract" business is bad; that the "contracts" are worthless, and that the scheme is, to quote his words: "A- financial im possibility." This confession he sup plemented with the claim that the "bond" plan, under which his concern is now seeking to proceed, is finan cially sound and has been "officially indorsed and sanctioned by the Post office Department." The Postofflce Department issued a fraud order throwing the concern's business out of the mails, which is the extent of its indorsement. WOULD FORCE LOUISE TO GIVE IP HER CHILD King of Saxony Issues Order to For mer Wife, the Eloping Princess. . ROME. Feb. 11.— The Tribuna to day publishes a dispatch from Flor ence stating that Dr. Koerner, a law yer from Dresden, Saxony, has made a visit to the Countess Montignoao (formerly the Crown Princess Louise fo Saxony) and communicated to her an order from King Fred erick Augustus, her former hus band, for the relinquishment of the custody of her child* the Princess Anna Monicapia. The Countess, ac cording to the dispatch, will resist the order. ;nid has already consulted law yers regarding the case. The Countess Montignoso. the Tribunal correspondent says, denies most strenuously the stories emanat ing from Dresden of an intrigue be tween herself and Count Giuccardlni, whom, «?he says, she has met only oc casionally and then always in the presence of others. The Countess says the story is a fabrication by her enemies. , tify against Senator Mitchell?" was j afked. "Yes, I expect to be called as a wit • ness in the case against Senator ; Mitchell and I will tell the whole truth hfgarding the business of the firm ■ without regard to consequences." INDICTS CONGRESSMAN. Williamson of Oregon Implicated in I .mid Frauds. PORTLAND. Feb. 11. — Following close upon the sensational testimony of Senator Mitchell's law partner, Judge A. H. Tanner, and of Harry C. Robert son, Mitchell's private secretary, to day came the announcement that the Federal Grand Jury had returned an indictment against Congressman John R. Williamson, E>r. Van Gessner, Wil liamson's partner in the sheep-raising business, and Marion R. Rriggs. United States Land Commissioner at Prine ville. Ore. The indictment alleges that on June 30. 1902, the accused persons entered into a conspiracy to obtain 100 persons to file applications for public lands in Crook County, Oregon, and swear that the land was for their own use, when, according to the indictment, it was for the benefit of the firm of Van Gessner & Williamson, which desired the lands for sheep grazing. FEDERAL SENATE IN OPEN REVOLT AGAINST PRESIDENT ROOSEVELT. Amends Arbitration Treaties Despite His Firm Protest STEEL KING WILL GIVE TESTIMONY Andrew Carnegie Re pudiates Cassie Chadwick. Special Uiecatch to The Call. NEW YORK, Feb. 11.— Andrew Car negie announced to-day that he woul 1 go to Cleveland to testify against Mrs. Cassie L. Chadwick, who is under ar rest in that city, charged with obtain ing large sums of money on alleged se curities bearing Carnegie's name. It is alleged that the signatures were forged. Carnegie's announcement was made after a subpena ordering him to appeal at Cleveland to testify in the Chadwick case on March 6 had been served upon him. In an interview Andrew Carnegie de nies that Mrs. Chadwick is his daugh .ter or is in any way related to him and declares her whole story is a fraud. He not only will go to Cleveland and testify, but will urge his financial agents to do likewise. He says emphat ically that he never signed a single note for the woman, never saw her, nor had he heard of her until she was exposed in *the newspapers. The idea of his giving notes to any body is characterized as "foolish," as h« always has at least $10,000,000 avail able for immediate use. He bewails the fate of Banker Beck with. The fact that J. W. Friend of Plttsburg was involved to the extent of $800,000 amused Carnegie, but he ex pressed keen sympathy for him and all other victims of the Cleveland woman's wiles. ANTARCTIC EXPEDITION OKI IEVED TO BE LOST Feared That the Kxplorers Under Dr. Cliarcot Have Come to (irief. PARIS, Feb. 11. -- It is greatly feared that the Antarctic expedition commanded by Dr. Charcot, which started more than a year ago from a South American port In the hope of reaching the south pole, has been lost. It is known to have encountered a ter rible storm in April last year and has not been heard of since, nor have any traces of i%g movements been discov ered. IS TRANCE DURING HIS MARRIAGE Nebraskan Says He Was Hypnotized by Pastor. Spec4al LMspatch to The Call. LINCOLN, Nebr., Feb. 11— Alleging that he was hypnotized and also co erced by threats of terrible vengeance into forming a marriage alliance, Hen ry Hank Haberlinc. a bridegroom of only a few weeks,*fco-day applied to the District Court for a decree of di vorce from his wife, Mollie Foster Haberline. In his petition Haberline sets forth that Rev. A. S. Schwab, a German Congregational preacher, first threat ened him with the visitation of the evil spirit if he refused to marry and then hypnotized him, the marriagre ceremony being performed while he was in a tbewildered and confused frame of mind, utterly unable to re fuse to take the marriage vow. When he came to his senses he immediately decided to seek a divorce. PAINT PEELING FROM TWO FAMOUS PICTURES Works of the Late Professor Adolph Yon Mienzel of (.i-rmany Near Kuln. BERLIN, Feb. 11. — The paint on two of the most famous works of the late Professor yon Mienzel, the cele brated painter, who died Thursday last, "The Kound Table of Frederick the Great" (1S50) and "A Flute Con cert at Sans Souci" (1852), hanging in Sans Souci Palace, is peeling off. "My reputation will outlive my works," said Professor yon Mienzel some time before his death, in speak inp of the gradual ruin of these pic tures. "In those days," he added, "I was too poor to buy the best materials and this is the result." "But they can be restored," said the lady to whom the painter was talking. "I can never restore them, and when another does so the paintings will no longer be mine." \ THE THEATERS. • AIX*A3iAR— "Are Ton a MaaonT* | Mattcec to-day. CALIFORNIA— "THe Wrong Mr. . Wrirht." - T ' ; •* COLOMBIA — "Tb«! Dictator." * CENTRAI*— "A : Fight tor MUMoM." Matinee to-day. '--:;■■ ' CHUTES— Vaudeville. , FlSCHEß'S— Vaudeville. . ' - GRAND- "Mother Ooow." Matinee M)-Oisy. '. . . ORPHEUM— VandrrUIe. Matinee to day. TIVOJUE— Opera. . • • • - STATESMEN WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE • SENATE DISCUSSION -WHICH I RESULTED IN ACTION DIRECTLY OPPOSITE TO THE EXVRKSSED DB- I SIRE OF THE PRESIDENT IN HIS LETTER TO SENATOR CL'LLOM. I Republican Leaders Criticize Policy of the Executive. WASHINGTON. Feb. 11. — The Sen- | ate in executive session to-day ratified tht arbitration treaties between the Lnited States and eight European ; governments. It required two sessions to reaqh an agreement. At the first ' session consideration was given to a j communication from the President to Stnator Cullom, chairman of the For eign Affairs Committee, in the form of a protest against any amendment be ij.g adopted; at the second session the ti^aties wer^ amended and ratified,, with only nine votes against the amendment made by the Senate Com mittee on Foreign Relations. The situation in the Senate over the arbitration treaties has been strained ' for several weeks. The first protests against the treaties were made by Sen- ( ators from Southern States, who suk- : gested an amendment which precluded ■ the possibility of the arbitration of claims against their States by reason of repudiated bonds. Later it was sug- ■ gested *hat an amendment should be adopted which changed but one word, that of "agreement" to "treaty" in article 11, making the article read as fellows: "In each individual case the high contracting parties, before appealing to the permanent court of arbitration, shall conclude a special treaty defining clearly the matter in dispute, the scope of the powers of the arbitrators and the periods to be fixed for the forma tion of the arbitration tribunal and the several stages of the procedure." The amendment answered the pur pose of the protests made by the Southern Senators and In addition to that established the principle that any matter in the nature of a treaty with a foreign Government must be con PRICE FIVE CENTS. summated by the President "with th« consent of the Senate." In this form th-» committee reported the treaties to the Senate. The first session of the Senate to day was confined almost entirely to a defense by half a dozen Senators of the Senates right to amend treaties. The President was criticized sharply because of his letter declaring it to be a step backward to ratify the tr in the form proposed by the Senat« Committee on Foreign Relations. No defense of the President's position was taken until the second executive i session, when Senators Dolliver. Fair bank?, Platt of Connecticut and Hop kins argued against the need of haste. They took the position that there were no questions included in the treaty which could not properly be submitted by executive agreement to arbitration. Senator Dolltver 9aid that there were tome matters of business that were pressing in the Senat ■•. but that the treaties did not enter into the list, and i that if they were amended in the form imposed the country would have no further interest in them. It was argued hf these Senators that an amendment ought to be directed, if amendment was necessary at all, to a» better definition >>t tfcs class of ques tions to be left to arbitration, rather than by an amendment which put th<» Government of thf Tnited Sates in th- attitude of agreeing with foreign coun tries in advance that in certain cases it would make treaties of arbitration. It was said the obligation to do that was already put upon us by Th* Hague convention and the oft-repeated state ment that It is the national poti' arbirate. The ratittcation of theae Continued on Page 28, Column 1.