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Forecast made at San FrancUoo for thirty hours ending midnight, Febru ary 16: San Francisco and vicinity — Thursday, with ahowttra; (mb «ast Trtnd. A. O. UeADIE, • District Forecaster. • VOIXME XCYT7— NO. 73. CHIEF WITTMAN SUSPENDED ON CHARGE OF INCOMPETENCY A S a sequel to the trial of Sergeant Ellis, who was found guilty last night of neglect of duty for failing to sup -l** press gambling in Chinatown, the Police Commissioners preferred charges of neglect of duty and incompe tency against Chief Wittman. He, too, must share responsibility for the failure of the "squad" to stamp out fantan. The Chief was suspended pending his trial and Captain John Spillane will serve in his place temporarily. FAILURE TO STOP FANTAN IS THE CAUSE SWEEPING ANTI-TRUST RESOLUTION House Votes to Inves tigate Standard Oil Combine. Special ' IHspatch to The CaJL CALL BUREAU, POST BUILDING, WASHINGTON. Feb. Without a single dissenting vote or voice the House to-day adODted the most drastic anti-trust resolution yet considered in Congress. It provides for an investiga tion of the Standard Oil Company from top to bottom by the Department of Commerce and Labor. The resolution was introduced by Representative Campbell of Kansas, •with the special object of investigating the oil situation in that State, but it is much broader in ' scope, 'and requires the Secretary of Commerce and Labor to Investigate the whole . organization, capitalization, profits and management of the business. This resolution is even more sweeping than that presented by Martin of South Dakota, which was th. basis of Com missioner Garfield's investigation of the beef trust. The fact- that it was adopt ed -by the. House unanimously, without even reference to committee, is - most elgniflcant of the disposition iof the popular branch of Congress in regard , to anti-trust measures. . '.* Campbell "will consult with President j Roosevelt to-morrow. At a conference | ■with Commissioner Garfleld yesterday he made a personal request for. an in vestigation of the situation in the Kan sas oil field and the operation* of the Standard Oil Company there. v The . re sult of this conference was the intro- \ duction of the resolution and its quick adoption by the House. Many members consider , this, under the circumstances, the most remarkable Continued on Pace 2, Column 4. The San Francisco Call. DR. HARPER PREPARES FOR DEATH Sons of the Noted Educator Are Summoned. • CHICAGO, Feb. 15.— Dr. William Rainey Harper, president of the Uni versity of Chicago, has arranged his affairs in view of the grave possibili ties of the surgical operation to which he will have to submit next week. He is suffering from a thickening of the walls of the intestine at the head at the colon. The operation will take place in the Presbyterian Hospital, and will be per formed by Dr. Charles Mcßurney of New York, who is on his way to Chi cago. Dr. Mcßurney operated upon President McKinley after the latter had been shot by Czo-lgosz. As fast as ocean liners can bear them home. Dr. Harper's two sons are hur rying from Europe. Samuel Harper, who has been studying the Russian language and literature at the Univer sity of Moscow, is due to arrive in New York to-morrow. Robert Harper, who has been in Constantinople, is on a steamship in mldocean, having been notified of his father's condition a week ago. AUTO ACCIDENTS STIR GERMAN LEGISLATORS Bill to Be Considered Creating Central Organization to Pay Damages. BERLIN. Feb. 15.— Owing to nu n.erous motor car accidents in Ger many a bill is to be presented to the rteichstag providing for the compul sory formation of an organization of automobilists which will be respon sible for all damages. The plan Is that every owner of a motor car be com pelled to Join the organisation. SAN FRANCISCO, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 1905. PRINCIPAI.S DC POLICE SENSA TION SPRUNG AT LAST NIGHT'S MEBTTNO OF THE BOARD. BIG SALARY OF RAILWAY PRESIDENT Social Dlsnatch to The Call. CHICAGO, Feb. • 15.— According to an announcement made to-day by a prominent official of one of the West ern lines who is in high favor witn Resident W. EL Newman, who heads the Vanderbilt system of railrv nds, the salary of President Newman under the •cv- arrangement is (120,000 a year. Special concessions are made for him by W. K. Vanderbilt for his residence in New Tork City and a handsomely fitted private car. ■ m t _ To Wed Baltimore Man. ST. LOUIS? Feb. 16. — A marriage license was issued at Clayton, Mo., to Michael F. McCoole of Baltimore and Miss Anna E. Mullery of San Fran- I cisco to-day. RELUCTANT HENS CAUSE EGG FAMINE Chicago Packers Put All Blame Upon Producers. Special Dispatch to The CalL CHICAGO, Feb. 15.— South Water street commission men claim that the scarcity of eggs is caused by the cold weather and- not by any of the packers, as has been alleged. The hens won't lay m such cold weather. "There is' no corner on eggs," said one of the commission men to-day. "Nearly all packers 'aye closed out most of their egg business within the last six months, with the exception of Nelson oMrris, who Is still doing a cer tain amount of business. Armour has lost more than $100,000 on eggs during the last two years, and he recently dis charged his entire force of egg men VISITS "NAN" PATTERSON IN TOMBS Mrs. Maybrick Sym pathizes With Prisoner. Special Dispatch to The CalL NEW YORK, Feb. 15. — Florence Elizabeth Maybrick, recently released from an English prison after serving sixteen years on conviction by the Liverpool Assizes of the killing of her husband, James Chandler Maybrick. visited the Tombs prison this after noon in the course of a tour of the penal institutions of the State. She saw "Nan" Patterson, the young act ress who is awaiting her third trial on the charge of having killed Caesar Young. "Young woman," she said, "you have my deep sympathy in the great trial through which you are passing." The actress thanked her. Mrs. Maybrick, when leaving, com plimented Warden Flynn on the con dition of the-Tombs. She said it was a paradise compared with English prisons in cleanliness, light and the general comfort to prisoners. Mrs. Maylrick seemed especially interested in the system of allowing visitors to see the prisoners. .■ m m Status of Osteopaths. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., Feb. 15. — The Missouri Supreme Court to-day rendered an opinion that osteopaths are not physicians or surgeons under the laws of the State and they are li abe to damages. and closed out almost all of his egg holdings. The same action has been taken by Swift, and it looks as though these men were going to get out of the business entirely." THE THEATERS. ALCAZAR— Mattn««. "Ghosts": raw ing. "Are Tou a Mason?" CAUFORNIA- "Our New Man. " COLUMBIA— "The Earl of Paw tucket." CENTRAL — "A Night Before Christ ma*." CH I TES— Vaudeville. FIS'-HER'S— Vaudeville. GRAND— Mother Goose." ORPHEUM— Vaudevillt. Matinee to day. TTVOLI— Grand Opera. ACCUSATION FOLLOWS JUDGMENT OF GUILTY IN THE ELLIS CASE Head of Department Held to Share Re sponsibility. SPILLANE HAS CHARGE George W. Wittman, Chief of Police of San Francisco, was charged ta^t night by the commission with neglect of duty and incompetency and at once suspended from duty pending disposi tion of the case. The sensational action of the Police Board came as the denouement of thf trial of Sergeant Thomas P. Ellis, and the accusation against the Chief is based on testimony that was developed at; to the -tre vaJenca of gambling in Chinatown and the failure of the de partment to stamp it out. Kllis was found guilty, but sentence | was deferred one week. Then Commis- : sioner Ragan began making- the mo tions that brought Wittman down from ! his high station, and the wind-up was \ the promotion of the senior captain of | the force. Captain John Spillane. who commands the Southern district, to b« temporary head of the department. li was made plain why the Commis- i sioners have been so Searching and J their inquiries so far-reaching in the hearing of the charges against Ellis. The attempt was made again last night to gain from the grand jurors what the sergeant confessed to them of bribery and corruption in Chinatown. Wit nesses innumerable had been called in an effort to establish that fantan ran riot. At every opportulty the fact was emphasized that a diligent sergeant like Cook at the head of the squad now has all the suppressed. SOUGHT CAfiE AGAINST CHIEF. It looked very much throughout the protracted hearings as if the board was straining itself beyond necessity to make out a case against Ellis. It went into things that seemed entirely irrele vant to the giiarges against him. But the glare was turned on last night, and clear as holy script was it that the Commissioners had been chiefly en gaged in gathering evidence on which to found charges against Chief Witt man. Hew far thp commissfnn was justified in its course remains to be determined. The Chief must have an opportunity for a fair trial and he will avail him self of it with vigor. Some say that the move was deliberate to oust him and that >t is programmed that San Francisco shall have a new head for the Police Department, others explain that the members of the board were provoked to the step because of pique engendered by the Grand Jury's re port. But it cannot be gainsaid that there was a stealthiness in the manner of the board in approaching their move that had an unpleasant savor. Under the guise of trying Sergeant Ellis be cause he neglected his duty in allow ing the fantan games to run. there was energetic reaching out for evidence to condemn Wittman. In the light of the Grand Jury report that Ellis had ac cepted bribes to the amount of $2000 there needed not have been much dilly dallying with him. But the scheme was deep, well hidden, and the oppor tunity excellent for digging trut an ac cusation against Wittman. That the case of the sergearft was much overshadowed was forcibly dem onstrated in the wide difference in the courses pursued in regard to him and ■ the Chief. Wittman was suspended di | rectly the charges were made. Ellis has been on duty every day since the accusation was filed against him, and he is still on duty notwithstanding that he has been found guilty or neglect of duty in failing to stop fantan. DID NOT STOP GAMBLING. The burden of the charges against Chief Wittman is that he is account able for the failure of the various squads that have taken their turns in Chinatown duty to prevent gambling. Thp commission holds him directly responsible. It has arways been the purpose of the board to place the re sponsibility of this work on the shoul ders of the Chief. To this end th» sergeant in command of the squad has reported directly to the Chief and not to his captain, as is the usual course. That the fantan and lottery games I were never cleared out thoroughly was unquestionably proved during th« Ellis hearings. But there is a grave question, say those dispose*} to defend the police, whether it is possible to do so. It looks as if the case can be made out against Wittman. however, if there is a plan afoot to have a new Chief of Police. It cannot be denied that the department has never been PRICE FIVE CENTS. able to cope successfully with the problem of downing the strong trnit of the wily Chinese to play at eh S> rgeant Cook has things very well under control at the present time. But the fact remains that he must mak^ raids every day almost, and that games do start up despite his vig ilance. Cook himself, when be'ore th^ board some time ago. shook his head when asked if he thought it possible to stamp out gambling among the Chinese and said he doubted very much if it < '.ul<l be >i<>ne permanently. WITTMAN SURPRISED. "I am under charges and suspend f ed from the department, and it would not be proper tor me to make a statement at., this time." said Chief Wittman in his office immediately af | ter the adjournment of the Commis sioners. "The action of the board was altogether a surprise to me. I was not looking for it. I will pre sent my defense at the proper time. This* is the first time that a Chief of Police has been charged and sus pended in the history of San Francis co's department. * "We have done our best to suppress gambling in Chinatown, and it is not an easy thing to do. I don't see how I can be held accountable for the acts of every man under my com mand. Because a sergeant does not do his duty or any policeman prove* faithless, it is rather hard to hold me responsible for his shortcomings, I think. All I wish to say to the pub lic at this time is that I will defend myself, and, I feel assured, success fully, when the charges come up for hearing. "I don't know of any plot to me from th>- office of Chief of p to make way for another, and I don't believe there Is any." It was after the case of Sergeant Ellis was closed that the Commis> ers retired to deliberate on the un pect^d step against the Chi^f. They came back in a very nervous state, and Attorney Mni^n for the accused sergeant had difficulty to sret calm consideration of his formal motion for dismissal of proceedings against his client. Reagan made the motions. El ha was found guilty of the two charges against him unanimously. By other motion passing of sentence was postponed a week. REAGAN NKRVOrS AVD PAJLE. Then Commissioner Reagan became fidgety and pale. He didn't appear to like the job before him. "I move you now," he proceeded in halting voice, "that in vie-w of the de velopments during these proceedings as to the failure of the department to suppress gambling in Chinatown that the secretary be instructed to prepare charges against the Chief of Police for negligence of duty and incompetence." Commissioner Drinkhouse promptly seconded the motion and with dis patch it was carried by a unanimous vote. "Move we adjourn." said R»agan. The motion was carried hurriedly and then the left his chair on half a run for the door. "Don't want to talk to you,"' he waved to the newspaper men. Poheim and Drinkhouse remained in their seats for a while, but they had : no word for Wittman, who sat silent 1 and somewhat crestfallen. He then ! gathered up his papers quietly, and. i without speaking a word to any one. proceeded to hla offlc*. There he was found to be not so broken In apirlt a3 he had looked a few minutes be fore. He was perfectly calm, almost unperturbed it apo^ar^d. and seemed fortified by the experiences in the many storms that have raged about him during his career in the depart ] ment. NO PLOT ON FOOT. "There is absolutely no truth in the Statements that it has been the purpose of the Commissioners for some time t«> get Wittman out of the office of Chief of the department." declared Drink house after the adjournment. Reagan thinks that the Grand Jury in Its criticism? of the Police Department in corrnecti->n with Chinatown corrup tion reflected gravely upon himself and Commissioner Drinkhouse. Both the Commissioners are said to believe that the Grand Jury spared Wittman in their criticisms unjustifiably. This explanation develops a phase of Continued on Pace 9, Column 5.