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Tells Farmers Their
Sons Go Forth
Chief Executive Says
Young Men Need
Protests Against Taking
Youth Away From
BERKELEY, Dec. 2S.— With the eye of.]
an •xpert. Dr. A. C. True of the agrl- .
cultural department at Washington, D. C I
haa surveyed the field for agricultural
instruction in California and to-day read ] '
a paper on tha subject before the joint :
\u25a0Msion of the State Farmers' Institute j
and tha nature study department of the 1
Teachers' Association. He discussed the {
work of the agricultural experiment sta- !
tlons which are in his charge as a Gov- '
emment official; gave a summary of con
ditions In the East, where agricultural
Instruction is concerned; recommended
co-operation of all bodies or persons In- |
terested In agricultural study; suggested :
tha organization of more such institutions
as the Polytechnic School at San Luis
Oblspo, calling them secondary schools,
and urged patience In the matter of de
ciding whether elementary agricultural
Instruction is feasible.
Governor Pardee read a paper before
the Joint session, dealing with statistics |
that show how comparatively few boys
of California graduate from grammar
or high school?, arguing that the failure
to continue ie school until graduation
deprives boys of discipline, leaving them
measurably lawless and liable to become
criminally worthless, as Is evidenced by
the crowth of crime among the young
men of the State. Governor Pardee stated
the facts and suggested that the expert
educators present consider the problem
Involved, incidentally asking that the
farmers keep their boys In school as long.
•as possible because euch schooling will
tend to make them more contented with
farm life, less liable to drift to the city,
ivhere temptation awaits them, and be
cause Justice to the boys demands that:
they have such school opportunities.
In the afternoon Professor E. W. Hil
grard, authority on soil problems, revered
for his long term of service to the State
and esteemed for his great ability as a
foil expert, spoke on the best means of
utilizing the depth of our soils.
Governor Pardee used figures to show
how boys leave the schools In. increasing
numbers as the higher grades are
reached,. his remarks on this phase of his
subject, being as follows:
Tb«-e'must be something wrong wnen the
184. 436 boys and girls in th» pfrus.ry grades
dwindle away to 301,228 in the grammar
grades; ther« is something wrong when the
average 24,394 boys and 21.715 girls per
primary grade dwindle down to an average of
IO,GSI beva and 10.1C4 atlrls per grammar
grade; there is something wronr when tbe
average excess of boy* over girts of 2&79 per
primary grade entirely disappears in the
grammar grades, to be replaced by an aver
ags excess per grade of eighty-three girls.
The figures are not to be had to prove it. bat
it i« Kafe to say that the jrreateat lots of
boj-8 and girls occurs in the higber jrrades of
the grammar schools; and that the boys, the
very one* who "ne*d most' the discipline of the
schools, quit them before they should.
Making due allowances for increase in popu
lation, deaths, poverty, removals and what
net is It not a startling and a shameful thing
\u25a0 that of 20.000 boys who probably began in the
rrtraary schools nine years ago, only 4500 went'
through the grammar •chools? What became
of the 15,50 C» beys who did not graduate
from- the grammar schools? And what be
came of the 19.000 boys who thirteen years ago
entered the primary echools and did not grad
uate from tbe high schools? Of the 20,000
boy* who probably entered the primary school*
nine year* ago. only 22', per cent graduated
from th* crammer »chool«. Why did not the
other 77 1u per cent compl*te the course?
What has become of our boys? Only a
srnrill percentage of thern«acqu!re that disciple,
a important. I think as m<*re book learning.
Too many of our farmert. think that they can
rot soar* th» boy from farm work for all
the years in which he should be at school. "I
n«pfl htm nn the farm," . they cay; and then
they wonder wtiy the boy is eagtr to leave the
c country, where his work apparently • receives
do recognition, to go to the cities, where he
ran cam and epeaA men* wages, such wages
ar to him appear magnlfioent.
I wtab that something more could be done
for the country schools. I wish that our 'farm
ers could realize that for their boys and girls
long school yearn and many of them are neces
sary and that as it is the farmer's business to
tiU the farm I from which jb« allows nothing
to distract . his attention co his boss and
daughter* should have no other business to
attend to than their schools. I wish that our
farmer* could realise how necessary the echoo 1
discipline is and when they do so reailze on*,
strtog element that will operate to keep the
country boys and girls at home will have beea
Dr. ; A; C. True's paper on "A System
of Agricultural Education for California"
was In part as follows:
The rradnate end undergraduate instruction
in the College of Agriculture should be on a
nar with that in the other colleres cf tha
university, and should have for Its purpose
the preparation of the leader* la agricultural
progress, the invertigatorsi, teachers. State of
ficial*. «dttor* and managers of great agri
cultural enterprises. In the graduate Instruc
tion foeclsl etrees should be laid on the die
tinctire agricultural Interests of th» . State.
For example, California University might nat
trally be expected to have a strong gradu
ate department of horticulture. . ,
OccaeJonaUy we hear persons advocating th»
separation of the College of Agricajture I from
the university, but this usually proceeds from
a mistaken idea regarding the functions of an
agricultural college or from an lenoranw of
the present tendencies of higher education
in sericulture In this country. As . tre,' shall
«c* Ut*r on. I shall endeavor to meet the plea
fcr more wactlcal instruction In agriculture
fey advocating the establishment of secondary
schools in which agriculture shall be bo taught
as to mm.bors'^faoe»-tO'tl»K-farm«.-But then
we shall need the College of Agriculture at
the university all the more to train the teach
! ers for these secondary schools. Besides men
studying agriculture in a thorough way need
to be brcuefct into contact with men atudy
. ing ob other lines. Tha besit development of
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agriculture will go hand in hand with the
best development of other industries ana so
cial and leeal Institutions. .
In this connection it is well to remember
that there Is only one purely agricultural col
lee* in the United States. Mo»t of the aeri
cultural and mechanical colleges approximate
the State universities In the range of - taeir
courses of instruction. This Is particularly true
of the most euccessful airrlcultural colleges. |
In the early days varioun circumstances lea 1
to the establishment of the so-called aert- >
cultural colleges in a number of States as 1
separate Institutions, but this movement has |
Bpent its force and the tendency now is ,
toward consolidation ot higher education In
various llnea In broad institution*.- Lately
two of the agricultural colleges have become
State universities. Some of our more oopu
lous and wealthy States may develop their
agricultural and mechanical colleges Into sec
ond Stata universities, and this has- actually
occurred In Indiana. Moreover, agricultural
education and research have of late been put
on a ctrons: footing in a number of univer
sities, notably In Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin.
Minnesota, Missouri. Nebraska and New lork,
thua destroying the argument that agricultural
instruction cannot prosper In a university.
In view of these things California should
esteem herself fortunate In having already
consolidated public higher education In \u25a0 her
State University, and the friends of agricul
tural education should rally round the Col
lege of Agriculture of the university and help
to make it in every way worthy of the vast
agricultural interests and possibilities of this
"'in addition to the agricultural college! a
number of rural high echools should be estab
lished in which agriculture the sciences
related thereto should be leading subjects of
instruction. Tbes« achools should be equipped
with laboratories, shops and taxvas.^^ The in
struction in agriculture should be both theo
retical and practical, bnt with thft special aim
of sending out men and women well equipped
for successful careers ob the farms. It Is bet
ter not to make, these schools exclusively ag
ricultural. Course* In manual training and
domestic arts ehould tie provided, as well a«
ra , th« subjects ordinarily taught in high
&cliools> \u25a0 '
The regular course for graduation should oc
cupy four years, and agricultural subjects
chould constitute about otic- third of the curri
culum. Provision should also -be made for
Ehorter and special courses, especially courses
of two or three years, in which practical In
struction will b« given right of. way, Gradu
ates in agricultural courses should be admitted
to the college of agriculture of the university,
proper credit being given them for their attain
ments In agricultural itudie*. v •-
The teachers of agricultural subjects In these
rural high schools snould be graduates of agri
cultural colleges. And the teachers of otlwr
subjects . should be selected with. special refer
ence to their knowledge and love of rural life.
In general every effort should be made to
create in these echools an atmosphere favorable
to rural life and pursuits..
The number of these scnools will «ventually
depend on the demand for education of this
character in the rural communities. I am in
clined to think that under present conditions
tha county Is too small a tmit. It will b« bet
ter to hare fewer schools, since it is desirable'
to have a good sized faculty, ample equipment
and relatively large attendance in each of these
California. already, has, one each school, the
Polytechnic School at". San Luis Obispa ,Thls
now has an enrollment of 100 students. \u25a0 It
four or Sva additional i-choola of this kind were
established and properly located with reference
to transportation facilities and regional differ
ences, probably the needs of the rural popula
tion of California In this direction would be
sufficiently met for a number of years. .
In a. few States agricultural high schools hay»
been established In connection with the agri
cultural colleges. .
Besides agricultural courses in special rural
high schools. It would be well for ''union dis
tricts" and city high schools located near rural
communities to Introduce instruction In nature
study and agriculture, just ac they are Intro
ducing manual' training and domestic arts.
This would ordinarily mean that at least. on*
agricultural- college graduate should be • added
to the faculty and a garden and other facilities
I for agricultural instruction ehould.be provided
] at the school. . Many villages and cities of
California are very largejy dependent for their \u25a0
prosperity on the farms, orchards , and vine
yards by : which they are surrounded.:: It is
highly absurd and shortsighted for these com
munities to make their high schools centers of
instruction in all sorts of subjects. relating to
urban Industries and professions and to utterly
neglect to give instruction - tending to make
the agriculture and horticulture on which their
very existence depends more highly and perma
nently remunerative.
The normal schools will also find it desirable
to give attention. to the training of teachers In
agricultural subjects as supplementary to -what
they are already doing in what is ordinarily
called nature study, which in fact is more or
lees closely related to agriculture. -Teachers
for the rural schools may be prepared to 'give
Instruction in the elements of agriculture by
the combined efforts \u25a0 of the ': normal schools, \u25a0
rural high schools and : agricultural colleges
through special or summer courses at the high
schools and coTTcge to supplement the peda
gogical instruction at the normal school?, .
Tha latroducti on of effective instruction .In
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agriculture Into ths rural common schools 1*
undoubtedly attended with great difficulties.
Nevertheless, since about 05 per cent ofitfas
rural children do not get beyond the common
schools, it is highly important that a serious
and sustained effort should be made to make
these schools instrumental in tho broadening
and uplifting of farm life\and the greater pros
perity of agriculture and horticulture through
out the State. Legislation . relating to these
schools should permit and encourage Instruction
in nature study and agriculture. Experiments
1 in :«ucft. instruction should be -made under; as
favorable conditions as possible. Advances in
this direction, however Imperfect, should be
foeterad*; Patience In jdeajang-.wlth. this prob
lem should tod exercised by teachers, school of
ficers and patrons .of >• the scnools. t
Dr. • True's paper, was discussed by A.
L. Cowell of Stockton, Professor E. J.
Wickson and Professor C.J^.Waodworth;
Professor E. .W. Hilgard addressed the
Farmers' '.lnstitute *\u25a0 in the ' afternoon on
the subject of soils. He had not prepared
a paper on the subject, but spoke from
a long and varied experience in dealing
[with soil problems, soil analysis and soil
i study. ; He quoted -often from his •new
I book on "Soils," which is now. In : tbe
I publisher's hands In New York, • when he
desired to use technical information on
the- subject.'- The- farmers who listened
were given valuable expert advice regard
ing the means to be adopted in making
the best and most .-. valuable use of the
depths. of California soils. . . •
"The Future of Irrigation In California"
was discussed at length by Professor 8,
1 3. B. Neff, conductor of Farmers' In
stitutes \u25a0\u25a0 in Southern California, spoke* of
"The Teachings of Experience in Irriga
tion." Miss Alice F. Crane discussed
"Some Practical Aspects of Seed Test
At 4 o'clock Professor Osterhaut of tho
botany department of the University of
California gave an hour's demonstration
of simple methods of studying soils, bac
teria, growing plants.v etc. - -\\v '^J:vv
i BERKELEY, Dec. 28.— The Library
Association or California held Its sec
ond meeting of the present \u25a0" annual
session in the Unitarian church' this
morning, when two papers were .read.
Frank' P. Bunker of the State Normal
School of San Francisco spoke on the
subject, "Should the State Texts Be
Supplemented? If so, how, 'and to
what -extent?" A; discussion of th«
paper was participated in by- Robert
Furlong, secretary California State
Text-Book Committee, 5 "Sacramento;
Miss Minnie Coulter, County Superin
tendent of Scho6ls. "Sonoma '« County;
Miss Mabel E. Prentlas, librarian Po
mona library; J. W. Linscott. ' County.
Superintendent 'of Schools. Santa Cruz
County; H. W. Fairbanks, Berkeley. ,
Frank B. Cooper, City Superintend
ent of Schools of Seattle, read a paper;
oh' tHe Subject, | "Is There \u25a0a' Need • for
Instruction- in 'Library ' Methods by the
Normal Schools and" .Universities?"
Those taking part In the discussion of
the ' paper were Dr. Jessie y 8..:. A11en,
State Normal School,' Los Angeles; l : J.
C. Rowell, librarian University of Cali
fornia; Melvln G. Dodge, librarian
Stanford University: L. p. Harvey,
Wisconsin.;'. ."*'."' "5 ';. "-"--"" \ r " ' ;
S BERKELEY, , Dec. - 28.-—-The body ( of
Mrs. ilartha Avery lies In charge" of
Deputy Coroner, ;Streightif, while the
authorities await word from her:rela
tives In Tucson, Ariz., "and Pueblo,
Colo., j j regarding j Its ! disposition. , \u25a0 Mrs.
Avery C died : at the "Alta> Bates \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0. Sanl
tarli^m last] Monday -from ; the "effects' 6i
pneumonia, aggravated by a wanton at
tack , upon . her by a" drunken, ; maniacal
son, William Avery. > The sontprofesses
toi have;, no.'iitioney to pay.^ for his
mother's funeral. - j," *' .\u25a0>\u25a0
Double Tragedy on Chrlatiuos Reaulta
\u25a0 *in Terrible ; Feud Wear \u25a0 Vlreinla-
BRISTOL, -Va.,. pec." k 23.— News, reached
Bristol to-rday,,,of .a;.* double j*; tragedy
enacted >. oh- Christmas evepiing^ at
Bertha, Tenn.,? near. the Vlrginla-TfinV'
nessee'Jihe,i resulting, in: the, deaths of
Roscoe: Nichols and the fatal. wounding!
of j Silas ; Green, f which v has % given s rise
to a condition 4n,;that section .bordering
on atstate^of war^ . ; ;.. ' ' : > ,
A.d ispatch .to-nlght.Bays 'there are
6. .hundred warmed men in .the, moun
tains \u25a0; following J ; leaders :Xrom '•\u25a0 amon^"
; the friends of 'ylhejdead; andf: wounded
men and that a conflict I seems : certain.
During the day both factions have been
gathering arms and ammunition *
"With Leg and Arm Broken by
\u25a0 .Fall Sailor Lies for Hours
; With Waters Creeping Up
When Found He Was Partly
Submerged;and All Would
Have jßeeri^ Over Shortly
OAKLAND, Dec. 28. — Half in . and
half ~out of the water, with one leg
and one arm broken, William Colqu
houn, 1 ' r a sailor, 69, years of age, was
found. "about 1 o'clock .this morning ly
ing on the rocks beside Long. Wharf,
having fallen off in the darkness. It
wast several hour's before he was able
to attract the attention of any one, .and
in tha meantime the turning -tide
threatened to still his cries, forever.
He drew himself up on the rocks as fan
as ' he could, but even here the rising
Svaiers cpvered half his body when he
was rescued.. - .•".'-«'\u25a0"\u25a0 -'••". ."V 1 '•-; :-*",-»\u25a0.
.-"\u25a0< He belonged to, the "ship Hampton,
which is lying alongside of the wharf
taking a cargo of wheat . aboard, and
started out to the ship shortly after
dark. He says 'that "he stumbled over
a tie on his way out and went over
the trestle. The: rocks have been
thrown Into the water by the side of
the trestle preparatory to filling in. the
space between Long Wharf— and > the
mole, and but for this he would have
groneintd ithe water 'and : probably
drowned. The fall itself was not more
than twelve or fifteen feet,, but the
rocks cut his flesh and broke his bones.
He has no Idea of how long he! had
lain there before j he . came to himself,
but when he regained consciousness
the waves were splashing in his face.
The" night was dark, but he could see
the lighted trains going back and forth
on the mole with; people : and he at
tempted to attract" their attention. The
roar: of the -engines and their whistles
drowned his cries, ' and it' was only
after midnight when all was still ;that
the engineer of a dredger-heard his
ehout and' started out in search. ;It
was with difficulty that he located the
man in the darkness, but finally found
him and, taking him into his boat,
took him to the mole and had him sent
to the Receiving Hospital He was at
tended by DrY George 'Heinle, and after
his bones had been set seemed to be
little the worse for his wetting.
AGED "WOMAN DlES.— Martinez, D«c. 28.—
James McN'amaTa,' one of the, founders ot Mar
tlnei, died to-day at the- age of-. 67^ years.
-JURY IMPANEL.ED.— Martinez, Dec 28.—
A Grand Jury was impaneled - t to-day, : with
George Ward foreman, Volney Taylor secretary
and' Frazier Ridgeway expert.
DRUGGIST IS FlNED.— Oakland,. Dec. 28.—
W A Maxwell, a' druggist at 4104 Piedmont
avenue, was fined $25 to-day by Police Judge
Smith for selling liquor to a minor.
: i FIR& -'SCARE MN I HOTEL:— Oakland, Dec.
j 28. Smoke "blown back« f rom \u25a0 a /grate this
afternoon caused. a fire at the.Waldorf Hotel.
1229 Broadway." "An alarm- was' sounded. No
!•' dtmage was" done. • . •\. \u25a0 . •;\u2666-.'"
° BOY STEALS PAPERS.— Oakland. Dec. 2B.
George Mutthiessen, 15 years old, was. arrested
this morning for , stealing twenty-one news
papers that had been placed ' at Eleventh street
I and Broadway ready for distribution. - •
'QUARREL. OVER RlNG.'— Oakland, Dec. 28.
Michael McCarthy, a saloon-keeper, has .been
tnade defendant in search' warrant proceedings
in the-. Police Court brought by J. W..Her
uandes t 0 recover a diamond ring. McCarthy
said ho held the circlet aa security for 55 he
loa ned Kate Jackson. '
land ' Dec 28. ; — The Coroner's jury in the 'case
of George S. Beddell. who .was stabbed : to
death in a room at a lodging-house kept by
Mrs Katy Taylor at Sl5 Market . street, to
night found that he had been murdered and
charged Thomas Kehoe with the crime. 'v:; ; :;
28 John Costello was recently < arrested on a
charge of having robbed - Joseph < Jacobs .-• six
months ago, but I to-day he was discharged in
tho Police Court when lie proved that he
at Seventh and Union streets,, in West Oak
land/ when the robbery was committed at the
head of Lake Mersltt. .
Dec 23.— John -McCabe, living at 136 Missis
sippi street, San Francisco, was struck on the
head this morning with a twenty-five pound
sledgehammer without serious injury, his scalp
being but slightly cut. He was holding a drill
when he was struck and it is supposed the
Wow glanced., v . :;-; -v;' •" fi\j
' BODY IDENTIFIED"— Oakland, Dec. 2S.—
TUlle Kumm, who was employ©* at 1499 Har-.
rtfeon street as a domestic and who died at tha
Providence Hospital Christmas day, : has been
Identified by "her kinsman, Charles Retzless
of 1048 ' Sixt y-second street. The body was
held at a local undertaking parlor.- Coroner
Mehrmann will hold an inquest.
Iands D*c. 28.— -' 'Old, Jack." the white horse
that has been attached - to : the dead wagon of
the Morgue for | almost twenty, years.' is . dead.
As he was being led to a blacksmith shop he
stepped on a live wire that had fallen at
Tenth and Jefferson street* and he fell under
,1000 .volts of electricity. His death was almost
instahtaneous. ...
Alameda, : Dec. \u25a0 2S. — Officers have ; been elected
by the I Central Improvement Club to serve for
next year as follows: President, W. H. Xoy;
first vice president, E. A. Kober; second* >lee
president,' H. J. Dahitls; secretary. B. F. LVam
born - treasurer, Charles Banta. 7 The. club has
placed- itself. on record as favoring the opening
o* the itldal canal; to 'navigation. .
Dp o. 28.— Th« funeral -of Dr. George y-V.
Chalmers, a well-known physician and • health
Officer 6t Nlles. f who^. died Tuesday :at the
Southern Pacific x Railroad Hospital pin »;\u25a0 San
Francisco,- aged 87-years, was held at 2 p.m.
to-day, from the family, residence; here,-Inter
ment being in Decoto. The deceased^ was a
rc€mb*r of the Masons," 1 Odd ; Fellows and Elks.
He leaves a wife : and an infant child. /
Dee 28. — John | Floras, residing; at Eighth and
Goes streets, :In > West Oakland, - had ja. , narrow
escape from death ;this morning, when a small
boat in' which he > was - returning Ito j the/= shoro
from" a duck; blind off r* the ; ; Sixteenth-street
shore' capsized. : f Floras '\u25a0. climbed -on - the bottom
ot the overturned boat and after a long struggle
In the rough water reached the' shore and was
taken to hU home Inan exhausted condition. '«
- J J< . E. 'iM ASON ; DIES iIN MEXlCO.— Alameda* :
Dec. 25.— J.ohn ! E. Mason, 'formerly a promi
nent' resident* •bf' ! this:' clty.r: died*, Tuesday in
the City .of I Mexico. ;. He i_ was I at ; one . time a
large owner of local realty and .'ten year3'ago
was ,'& candidate for City - ; Trustee. - Mason . is
eun'lved by * his • widow, now > resident >in San
Frantisco.f and ;a daOghter,' £Mrs: --\u25a0. Frederick
Palmer, wlf«? of a surgeons In: the? English
army*" ln'lndlaw? Mason's body- -will be interred
at^Greenwood Cemetery, 1 - New vTork. • ;•
" MRS. MEAD^ LAID -AT :-_: -_ REST.— Oakland,'
Dec. i 2S-— The funeral : of : Mrs.^ Louis ; R. ; Mead,
the' wife •of •; L." ; R. V Mead, y th« '. proprietor -; of
Byron springs, •\u25a0 who died Bunday,-- vu ; held ' at
2 p.' tar to-day from the : Church of ; the Advent
in East Oakland, the services being \u25a0- conducted
by the Rev. Edgar F. : Gee. > rector, of St* John's
-Eplscoral I Chiirch. " The . pallbearers -were '• Wil- i
4iamvßray/ H. C."' Jenkins. " A! -L. 'White; S H. L."
stogers," Charles ~Trifler,: ! Dr. >"-Bruce-'" Foulkea,
Samuel M. Shortrldg«} and ? G*orge <• P.' Sperry.
Vhe i Mmains were • Interred In • Meuntain ;,View
"Pemetery; : 7 \u25a0 '''' '\u25a0\u25a0i-'l :":: \u25a0": •:;."\u25a0* \u25a0'J^7 i V '\u25a0:
- MARRIAGE LlCENSES.— Oakland, ' Dec. \ 28.
The --- following marriage \ licenses - s were .Issued
by. .^the County.^; Clerk < to-day : " John L. ; " du
France Jr.; 23, ; and > Marguerite \ H.^ Smith, " 17,'
both of ; Oakland!;: Raymond!. G.-;- Morgan. -31,"
Point.* Richmond, 2 and *; Annie;: L,'
Santa Rosa ; Francis ; E." Gilmore, 21; V and Emily
. Rumford, ' iiS, •' both' ; of 5 Oakland i- ' Frank • * ; ,W.'
Overton, 83, ;an<i .Bjorghlld:M. Maljre,Vl9, : both
of Oaklaadi * George Wolfert, j 45, ; and Hulda
Roth, \u25a0 25, 1 both lof * Oakland c Re üben jC' Taylor,
43, sMlna.-N'ev.; and Mabel A-l Smith. 33,1 Oak
land ; : Felix." J.: Adamlna, 2%' and Mario Efcgers,
Husjbaiid Gives This Excuse
for; Devotion io a Woman
Other Than Lawful Spouse
F. A: Reynolds' Companion in
Sorrowfls iHerself the Vie-
OAKLAND. Dec. 28.-^Wlth a. companio|
more $ agreeable ; to ' him , than Tits wife^,
whose, love *has grown , cold, F. A. Rey
nolds,- al'teachera 1 ' teacher of home j decorating, ; de
fends"'himself ; in ttie 'course he has taken
in a letter read in 'evidence to-day in' the
trial; of *a divorce suit brought against ,
him, by Adeline* Reynolds of Berkeley. 1
The "husband' Is" at ] present* at Santa
I Maria, where 'he says he'ls in a state, of
nervous collapse," and has asked the court j
to look out for his interests and make his j
wife prove the accusations she" has made |
| against' htm. ' . -__ •
Mis. Reynolds herself" took the stand
and "; produced a .letter written to their
daughter Lela, in which the father says:
Can.it be. Tottie. that . you are the author
ot such a terrible- letter to your papa, who has
always tried to ' be so good . to his children?.]
You blame me wrongly. . I -have no-'eJccuses to (
make. Mamma tired of me and left my bed.
My. heart; was brcken and night after night I
\u25a0went; to;bed .with tears In my eyes. Finally
I found some ' one in deep ' trouble as I, and
It was so' easy, for us to learn to Care for each
other." She U- so goad to me, and If aver I
have- an :ache. or Pftln.it just seems _as if she ;
car.not do enousjh -for mo. -" . ."
We travel together as ;brother and sister.
She has her room and Ihav» mine. \u25a0 She has
seen lots • of." trouble by 'being ' mtemated with
a drunken husband. She , longed for a com
panion; So did- 1. j Mamma cast me aside and
now I am a free man, dnd as* eoorr as the
law will pernilt " we will be married. -
I will not say a, word against- your mamma,
although i she ruined my life and robbed ; me
ot; a home,' She tis. to blame for It all and
I will say. so tothe last moment I' live, "r lt
was "all through her Insane - Idea \u25a0 that "the
wanted to be free from the marriage state.
A telegram was then introduced, alleged
to have been sent by Reynolds to a Mrs.
R. M. Thompson, in which he tells her to :
come by the first train to Oakland, and
asking her if she is in need of money.
This -is the woman Mrs. Reynolds say 3
her^husband is traveling with. In be
half of her husband, however, Mrs. Rey
nolds # is • being examined ; as . to the
charges made by him that she deserted
him. Near the noon hour, the witness
gave way to tears and an adjournment
-was taken until to-morrow afternoon at
'.:..* : \u25a0
' : OAKLAND, Dec.' 28.- : — For some' time past
Dam»'Grundy:has had her 'eagle eye on Miss
Apphla Vance, for there were suspicions and
rumors of suspicions that the little god of
love had successfully Invaded .the Webster
street mansion, and to-day the rumors .were
verified" At "a charming afternoon affair, at
\u25a0the home of Mrs. C. B. Parcells, Miss Vance
formally announced her engagement to William
O Morgan, a resident of Oakland, but engaged
id business on the other side. The Vahces,
though among the wealthy people of Oakland,
have never carad mucb for society, taking a
much mow active Interest in church and chari
' table affairs. Miss Vance is a cultured girl
:and has traveled considerably.. - .
1 The luncheon guests to-day were Mrs. Frank
j Parcella, Mrs. F. M. Greenwood, Mrs. Dr."
BrinkeihofC. Mrs. Edward Holmes of San
; Francisco, Miss Ruth Palmer of Fruitvale,
Mis* Helen Powell, Miss Eva Powell. Miss An
nie Flint. Miss Besaie Reed, Miss Vance and
the hostess. _ ' ' \u25a0'..\u25a0'
The Claremont Club house was aglow from
basement to eaves to-night, the lights from
many windows gleaming through the stormy
nixht like beacons of joy. Inside the scene
was one of the moat brilliant yet seen In the
clubhouse. It was the occasion of Mrs. A. L.
Stone's 'dinner dance and the ' 100 : guests were
disposed at email tables in- fours, beneath a.
canopy of Christmas garlands. Mrs. Stone's
sister. Miss Havemeyer, was formally intro
duced to society this evening.
In the brilliant throng of fashionables were
Mr. and Mrs. Lacy Brayton, Mr. . and Mrs.
Charles Wlngate, Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Macdon
ald, Mr. and Mrs. George W. McNear Jr.. Mr.
and Mrs. Samuel Hubbard Jr., Mr. and Mrs.
W.-R. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Eng
lish Magee. Mr. and Mrs. P. E. Bowles, Mr.
and Mrs Roy Macdonald. Mr. and Mrs. Egbert
Stone Mr. and Mrs. Robert S. Knight, Mr.
and Mrs. Roland Letts Oliver, Mr. and Mrs.
Hcry Meek, Mr. and Mrs. Edson Adams,. Mr.
and Mrs. Norman Lang, Mrs. J. C. y Tucker,,
Mrs Orestes Pierce. Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Sher
wood Mr. and Mrs. Robert . M. Fitzgerald, Mr.
and Mrs. . Harry East Miller, Mr. and Mrs.
George ' L. King and Mr. and Mrs. George
Mi3s Claire Chabot, Miss May Coogan, Miss
Gertrude Gould, Miss Emily Checkering, Miss
Arline Johnson, Miss Ruth Kales, Miss Rose
Kales Miss Carolyn Oliver, Miss Anita Oliver,
Miss Bessie Palmer, Miss Elsa Schilling, Miss
Chrissie Taft, Mies Abba Church, Miss Eliza
beth McNear, Miss Amy McKee, : Miss Violet
Whiting, Mlsa Ethel Crellin, . Miss • Marietta.
Havens, Miss Jean Howard and Mr. and Mrs.
William Babco'ck , Hubbard. v \u2666 \u25a0 .
• Mf ssrs- Paul Miller, Roger Chlckering. Hor
ace Miller, John Overbury. Sam Bell McKee,
Ben Taylor, WHlard Barton, Frank Kales,
Philip Bowles. Vail Bakewell, Arthur Brown,
Rudolph Bchilllng, - George Sessions. John? Mc-
Near, Dwlght Hutchlnson, , Lloyd Lacy, Fred
Greenwood, Charles Hubbard, Tom Knowles,
Harold Meek, • James Mof fltt, Albert v Bates,
Stewart Hawley, John : McNab, : Raymond Wil
son Stanley Moore and a number of others. '
' ' .-. • \u25a0. • '"•., '. ; '.. .
Mrs. Irving Lundborg entertained a ;dozen
maids at luncheon yesterday at the Claremont
Club lr. honor of Miss Marguerite Gros. In
the party were Miss Marietta Havens, Mis»
Gertrude Gould, Miss Bessie Palmer, Miss
Alice Knowles, Miss Gertrude Allen and Mrs.
William Watt. \u25a0 : .
•To-day Mrs. Watt was hostess at a luncheon
for Miss Groo and from 4 to 6 held an Infor
mal reception. >-• ;; 0 V ' . ,
Among the coming- events of social interest
are th« farewell tea next Sunday at the Wil
liam Edes: an engagement tea at the residence
of Mrs ' Fred ' Lyman Mitchell on , January 8
for Miss 'Alice Dale Bowden ; the . marriage of
Miss Jean *. Howard and Charles - Schoonmaker
on January; 11. ' • _- . .
Mr. and Mrs. .William Ede leave on the 4th
for "Australia, ; China and Japan, and' will be
away > from home: about six months In all. •
Mrs Frederick 8.. Stratton leaves to-morrow
for New York, "accompanied by herv "little
daughter' She will be gone for sojpe time and
as she has • many \u25a0 friends and relatives in : the
Atlantic * metrbpolis ; a. delightful sojournis In
store for her. ..'\u25a0*. - . \u25a0
OAKLAND; Dec' 28.— While ,Tvorking
on, the roof of an old church at Fif
teenth r..; and Clay , streets Benjamin
Nudlng, a fell ;, through a
skylight down two stories, a distance of
twenty-^f our '.feet, :\ without sustaining
any injury; that r can be discovered. , He
was \when : picked . up ; and
wasj supposed toj; be^dead. At ' the^ Rer
celvlng Hospital, > where _he was ' taken;
he recovered; consciousness ';, and a" lit
tle later ' was, taken .to ' his " home at 868
Twenty-seventh 'street. f t He; had \no
broken t bones^ that the doctors l could
discover, but complained of ; ; a pain In
the ;chest, which it is thought will go
away.-;.' ; ; : .- * -\u25a0/. " \u25a0. ' " ,»'\u25a0\u25a0;'\u25a0:.\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 -
; PALO ''ALTO.i Dec; 2 B.— Officers ; of : the
First. Methodist I Church will be* elected
"at » the [annual ; meeting to be - held here
Despondent .Over Business
Eeverses J. Pierson Fires
a Bullet Into His Brain
Walnut Creek Merchant Fin
ishes Troubles in a Eoorii in
an Oakland Lodging-House
OAKLAND, Dec. 28.— Despondent be
cause of continued business reverses,
which had left him bankrupt, John Pier
son, a Walnut Creek -•.merchant. ~ this
morning fired a bullet into his brain in a
room -in -the Astor . House, at the corner
of Seventh and Clay streets, inflicting a ;
wound which Will prove fatal. -The bul
let pierced the forehead, ranging g back- ;
ward and downward. through. the brain.
Plersbn -Is 60. years* of age and; has re- ;
sided in Walnut Creek for a number of
years, and conducted a general merchan
dise business at that place. In an effort
to retrieve .his fortunes he left Walnut
Creek on Monday and went to San Fran
1 Cisco, where he attempted to borrow $600
i on' his property, but failed, because the
property stood in the name of his wife.
Besides his wife Pierson has a family of
eight children, one of his daughters being
the wife of William Hough, Justice of the
Peace of Walnut Creek.
About eight years ago a sbn of the
merchant" committed suicide by shooting
himself. 'In' Pierson's room was found
the following note: "My satchel Is at
Soloman's, Seventh and Clay," but no ex
planation of why he had flred the fatal
shot*.: ' y >.".,-,• .y<:.|
SAN RAFAEL. Dec. 28.— Mount Ta
malpais Parlor No. 64, Native ' Sons of
the Golden West, has elected the fol
lowing officers for ; the ensuing term:
President, Newman Cohn; first vice
president, W. J. Boyd; second vice pres
ident, Louis Smith; third vice present.
J Pablo Reed; recording secretary,
William F. Magee; financial secretary.
D J Haley; treasurer, A. N. Boyen;
marshal, Stephen Richardson; trustee,
John S. Rains; physician, W. J. VUck
man. E B. MartinelH will be Installed
past president. '
Sea Point Parlor is arranging for a
large class initiation next April. Thir
ty-tive applications for. membership
have been received, and it Is expected
that the number entering at that time
will run up close to sixty. The follow
ing officers were elected for the ensuing
term: President, E J. Thomas; .first
vice president, Daniel Whaley; second
vice president, Joseph J. Joseph; third
vice president, George T. Ryan; record
ing secretary, L. C. Merritt; financial
secretary, Fred S. Fiedler; treasurer,
William H. Hannon; marshal, H. J - Lo "
riano; trustee, John Hannon. Dr. G. T.
Smith will be installed as past presi
dent. : .
PALO ALTO, Dec* 2S^r-Offlcials of the
San Jose Interurban. Electric Company
visited i this place to-day and examined
tie several .routes, lately surveyed.
Much time was. spent by them in the
Scale addition tp TPalo Alto, which
causes people here to think the Inter
urban will build through it, comlnff
into Palo Alto from the east. Th€
route along the county road from San
Jose has already been secured.
. President 6. A. Hale, Treasurer Cha
pin and Jere Burke were the visiting
officials. } .
Alfred 'Scale, who owns the land
which the offlcia.l3 Inspected, said to
day he would welcdme a' road through
the property, as it would give this place
electric communication with San Jose.
OAKLAND, Dec. 28.— Mistaking a
bottle of ' carbolic acid for paregoric.
Mrs. C. McChestney, residing at tho
Grand Hotel, this evening gave her
month-old child. Chester McChestney,
a quantity of the deadly drug, and on
discovering her error took the child
In her arras and. hurried to the Re
ceiving Hospital., several block 3 dis
tant, arriving just in time to save the
life of her little one.
.".. ThY child had been suffering from
colic, and in an effort to ease the
pain the mother went to' a closet for
a bottle .of paregoric.
BERKELEY, Dec. 23. — John Maley,
who* was beaten by Trainer Walter
Christie of the university last Monday
for : his insulting behavior In Mrs.
Christie's presence on the campus, was
arraigned' before Justice Edgar to-day,
charged with a serious offense. . He
pleaded not" guilty. His trial was set
for January 3 at 10 o'clock. Maley
asked far and will receive a jury trial.
SAN RAFAEL, Dec. 28.— A pretty
wedding took place In the Church of
Our Savior at high noon to-day when
Harold S. Cottle of ' San Francisco and
Fannie Bellalrs Harries, daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. Julian B. Harries of Mill
wood, were united in marriage by Revl
Dr. Howltt. After the ceremony a re
ception was held at the home of the
SAN RAFAEL, Dec. 2S.— The mem
bers of the Comme il Faut Club will
hold; an "at home" in their clubrooms
to-morrow evening. "Whist and other
card games and dancing will be the or
der of the evening. Several valuable
prizes^will be awarded' In the, whist
toufiiam'ent. .
PALO ALTO, Dec. 28.— Four more
prisoners ; evaded the guards at -the
branch jail \u25a0 near here Christmas night
and are hiding, in the-. Coast Range
Mountains. They made their : escape
while the oflicera in charge were serv
ing them a Christmas dinner.
Professor Plehn ' Honored.
BALTIMORE, Dec. 28.— The members
of the Economic Association to-night
held a banquet at the Merchants" Club
and "elected -the- following; officers:
President, Professor J. W. Jenks.: Cor
nell "University; - first vice president,
Charles's. Fairchlld of New York. ex-
Secretary r of; the -Treasury; second vice
president. ; 8; N. * IX; North. .- director sof
the "census, .Washington; third vice
president/ Professor Carl C. Plehn.
University of • California.
Arrested. on Chnrge or Blsnmy.
V SAN JOSE, Dec.) 2S.— George R. Baker,
whose parents reside In Bakersfield,
was iarrested to-day on a charge * ; of
bigamy. „ preferred .by Mrs. \L. Joiner,
who \u25a0 says Baker , ; has a> wife and two
children \u25a0{ in f Muscatine," lowa. 7 : Baker
acknowledges that he' married a young
girl ' in ' this ' city, . but" says ' that * no" was
forced to do so by her parents
Attorney of Portland and
Seattle Eailroad Holds
Company Is in the Eight
Assertion Is Made That Cor
poration Owns Land on
Which It Is Laying Track
PORTLAND, Ore., Deo. ; 28.— According
to a prominent official of the Portland
and Seattle Railroad Company. .J. C.
Flanders, statutory attorney of the com
pany'ln Oregon, will "flgnT tile Injunction
proceedings Instituted to behalf of tb^-
Oreson Railroad and Navigation ConKT
pany for alleged violation of wnicn- Flan
ders has been cited to answer contempt
proceedings January 3. 1306, on the ground
that the Portland and Seattle has not
violated In letter or in spirit tha order of
the court. . •';•
It Is asserted by this official that th«
Portland and ! Seattle secured a contract
to purchase right of tray from the Col
lege Endowment Association over.tha dis
puted lanfi several days before the Ore
gon Railroad and Navigation Company
started its " condemnation proceedings
against the Endowment Association.
Some day 3 later, and after the Portland
and Seattle had completed its purchasa
and filed, its deed, Flander3 was served
with \u25a0an injunction restraining him. th»
Portland and Seattle, and the firm of
contractors from building a road over land
owned by the Endowment Association.
The* Portland and Seattle, according t9
the information given by the official
quoted,' simply went ahead with Its work
in. bonding' a road across Its own proper
ty, and or its own established^, grade, and
did not enter upon the property of tha
Endowment Association at any time.
Mrs. Electa Kennedy Is 96
Years Old and Enjoys
Good Health. * , ff
Special Dispatch to The Call.
SANTA ROSA, Dec. 2S. — Mrs. Electa
Kennedy, aged 9*5 years. Is here spend
ing the holidays with her granddaugh
ter, Mrs. Alice Carey Meyer, who will
leave shortly for Vladivostok with her
husband. "Grandma" Kennedy resides
on a ranch near Kealdsbufg with her
son, who is 63 years old. She is obl«
to get around easily and wlta
little fatigue. She has two chil
dren, fifteen grandchildren, twelve of
whom are living, and sixteen great
grandchildren, four of whom are dead.
Her husband died in 1880 at Cloverttale.
Mrs. Kennedy and her husband- went
from Vermont to Sun Bias. Mexico, in
1544, riding 120 miles mulebaok. and
after three years returned to their old
home. In 1832 they came to this State
over the plains and. ln 1854 they settled
In the Santa Rosa Valley. Sh«s..ba!»j*
siiAer, Mrs. Duton, of Hyde Park, yt,
aaretl 99. and another sister, Mrs. Masun
of Morrlsonviile, Vt., aged S» years.
Couple Now Visiting' in Santa
Barbara Soon to Be
Special Dispatch to Th« Call.
engagement has been announced of Claris
Mellen, the well-known Colorado Spring.
clubman and nephew of General WttliaSv
J. Palmer, the retired millionaire, *nd
Mrs. Ethel C. W. Harris of Philadelphia.
The date for the wedding has not been
Mrs. Harris, with her llttl* daughter,
is at Santa Barbara, Cal., where Mr. Mel*
len is visltinff. She Is the widow of Fran
cis C. Harris, a well-known Philadelphia
business man, who died In Colorado
Springs a year agt> of consumption. Mrs.
Harris is the daughter of Consul General
Watt at St. Petersburg. Russia^ Sfce has
enjoyed many social privileges.
SAN JOSE. Dec. 2S.— J. F. Dyer wu ar«
rested to-day for paasiag » torgtd cbecK on
C. - Renzal, a grocer, for $13. H» coaf essed
and. Is cow In jail.
"I. have suffered terribly witS
rheumatism. I took Dr.- Miles'
Anti-Pain Pills , and they. gave me
great relief.^ I have spelts of ter-
rible pains in my ribs/ and in the. 1
small of my back, and the A
Anti-Pain Pilh help me right away.
I am now well of the rheumatism
and think Anti-Pain Pills done me
more good than* all the other medi-
cines. I first heard of them
through, the following circum-
stance that happened at car home
two -years ago. A friend, Mrs.
Brown, of Orion. Mich., came to
visit us. She had not been able to
dress herself or comb her, own hair
:* for months. . A friend of 'ours came
in and seeing her suffering offered
her some Dr. Miles* Anti-Pain
Pills. She laughed at the idea of
relief from such a source after
doctoring for so long, but took ore
\u25a0 one of tlie tablets with the v reniark
that it would *at least der-her no
harm. She took another that
evening, and the next morning she
was so elated that she went to the
druggist's and got a -package and
took them home with her. Re-
cently she was here again, and told
us that she continued taking »the
pills, and that one bar: cured her.
and she has not had a symptom of
rheumatism since.jjMlHHtlHK
352 Third St., Detroit, M«k
Dr. Miles' Aritl-Paln Plila an soW by
your druggist, who will guarantee tf»a£
thetflrst package vrHI benefit,
falls, he wilt return your money. -«M 3
29 doses. 25 cents. Never sold In bu.x.
Miles Medical Co., Elkhart, Ind

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