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THE WBATHER-
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.
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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.

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