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RACY STORY REVEALED WHEN DASHING WOMAN ASKS FOR A WARRANT Samuel Davador Is Accused of Having Struck Her in the Face POLICE ARE PUZZLED Mrs. Houston Declares Her Guest Insulted Her by Making Love* The police are puzzling over the strange story that hns been told th^m of an altercation between Samuel r>avador, supposed to b<* a rich mining man, and a dashing woman priving her name as Mrs. Houston at her residence. 2327 Van Ness avenue last Tuoeday night. The woman attempted to se cure a warrant for the arrest of DavA dor yesterday on a iharpe of battery, but she was told to return after in Investigation <ould bo made. Davador, who had been staying at the Hotel St. Francis, has suddenly disappeared and all efforts to locate him have proved futile. According to the story told by friends of the mining man. Mrs. Houston called him up at the hotel and invited him out to her house. When ha arrived there his friends Bay ho was introduced to another woman, vlio shortly after left the room. The «ory goes that Davador was making love to Mrs. Houston when she screamed for aid ajid a man rushed into the room. A lively scuffle is al l«*Ked to have occurred, In which Dava dor wa» worsted and thrown out of the place. Miss Houston is also said to have emerged from the fray in a badly battered condition. Mrs. Houston stated last night that *he was introduced to Davador by friends and that she invited him to her homo for a eoctal evening. She says that he attempted to make love to her and that she resented his attentions and ran upstairs to summon aid. Mrs. Houston says that when she returned Davador struck her a blow in the face, felling her. She rays that she \u25a0was unconscious for several minutes and that when she came to her guest had fled, Mrs. Houston says that the incident was witnessed hy several well known persons, the names of whom she refuses to divulge. Mrs. Houston lives In a magnificently furnished establishment. She claims to have been in this city for many years and that after the fire she took up her residence at her present address. Davador attracted a great deal of at tention when he registered from New York at the St. Francis several days ago. He is a tall foreigner, evidently a Frenchman, and dresses in a man ner that excites curiosity. He claims to be a French Count and to have ex.; tensive mining interests in various parts of the country. GOETHALS TAKES CHARGE ON ISTHMUS APRIL 1 WASHINGTON, March 22—Secre tary Taft announced today that Lieu tenant Colonel Goethals would suc ceed Stevens as chief of the Isthmian Canal Commission and take charge of the .canal work on April 1. When Colonel Goethals becomes chairman by promotion from the grade of commlßsioner there will be a va cancy in the commission, which will be filled by the appointment of former Henator Joseph S. Blackburn of Ken tucky. As chairman Colonel Goethals will receive a salary of $1»,000 annually. Majors Gailliard and Sic-bert 514,000 each and Blackburn $10,000. Changes in the local government In the canal zone, which will abolish all the municipal governments now In existence and result in the harmoniz ing of various parts of the zone, are to become effective April 15. Presi dent Roosevelt has signed orders pro viding for wholesale- changes, and Richard Rogers, general counsel for the Isthmian Canal Commission, will go to the zone with Secretary Taft and remain there for come time to assist in reorganizing tbe government. The five municipal governments In the canal zone will be replaced by four administrative districts, which will be \u25a0under the direction of the Canal Com missioners. Under the old organiza tions the five municipal governments were In control of officers named by the commission and not elected l.y the people. Consequently the abolition of the municipalities will not, in any way limit the voice of the people in tho government, but will make it possible (or the commission to give the various administrative districts ordinance/! and regulations which are in harmony. The • municipal governments were found to be wholly unsatisfactory and all officers afe convinced that the new plan will be far more satisfactory. The executive orders, will authorize legal marriages to be made in the canal zone by any minister of the gos pel. Another order will modify the Penal Code so as to remove defects found in the original code. It is estimated that the total saving to the' United States under the reor ganized government in the zone will be about $100,000 a year. GOLDFIELD LABOR UNIONS DESERT RANKS OF I. W. W. SPECIAL. DISPATCH TO TDE CAIX ' GOLDFIELD, March 22.— Seven labor unions have renounced the' lndustrial Workers of tbe World and have Joined the ranks of the American Federation of Labor. The miners are now inde pendent of the former organization. President Mahoney of the Western Federation of Miners, who settled the labor difficulty at Butte, is now :n Goldfield to assist in adjustinf? the local controversies. A maes-meetinfr of all members. of the Industrial Workers of the" World, including' miners, will ha rJield tomorrow at tne ball grounds to 'arrange for separate meetings of all .crafts, of which few, "however, remain t within tho Industrial ..orkers of th? "World. The unions which have desert ed the" Industrial Workers of . the World and Joinod' the American Fed eration of Labor are the" retail clerks, laborers, plumbers, sheet metal work ers, barkeepers, teamsters, conks and waiters. The town' is 'quiet and or derly. RESSIASf OKFICEIIS KILLED KUTAIS, Russia." March 22. — A police captain named Kipanidso was shot and killed here tonight. ASTRAKHAN. Russia.. March 22. — Prison. /Warden Prezbyzloffsky was ehot and killed today. A captain of police hurried to .the - scene to . Inves tigate the murder and was killed. ACT MAY ANNUL THAW'S MARRIAGE TO EVELYN Should Prisoner Be Found Insane the Wedding Would Be Invalid : PARANOIA INCURABLE Symptoms of Mental Cloud Shown by Many Deeds of the Accused . SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE CALL NEW YORK, March 22.— 1f Hatty X. Thaw should be declared Insane by a commission appointed by the Supreme Court there would not only be a great change In his position from a legal standpoint, but the action would be likely to make it certain that the chief sufferer would be his wife, Evelyn Nes bit Thaw. Thaw's enmity to Stanford White is now cited as an evidence that he was afflicted with paranoia and that thi3 caused him to kill the architect. Th« symptoms Thaw exhibited before the "brain storm ' which culminated in th« killing were manifested, it is now as serted, while Thaw was in Europe with Evelyn Kesbit before their marriage and at the time when he lashed h-r with a whip, according to the affidavit she made in the office of A. H. Hummel. These symptoms of a mental afflic tion are declared by alienists to be so seldom cured that It may practically be put down as Incurable. The symp toms possibly were more pronounced in the period ante-dating the wedding than between that time and the slay- Ing. Alienists who are ready to give a positive opinion that Thaw was insane when he killed White are equally cer tain that his mind was clouded when be was married. Under the laws of this State a luna tic cannot enter into a valid contract of any kind, and marriage in law is a con tract. If it were shown that Thaw was insane when he was married any of his relatives may have his marriage annulled, and if he should be sent to Matteawan Asylum he would have no voice in the proceeding's. Among the documents Included in the affidavit presented by Jerome as prov ing Thaw's Insanity are many letters written by Thaw to J. Dennlstpn Lyon, the young man's Pittsburg banker. Here is a specimen: I only need 10 to m.OOO for the* 2 st^eli <T hav<> thPtn already hare about $."000 profit) us I Feemed over rich I paid 1200 plus 500 plo« X equaling about f."OO(J of bill*. <Caßb fte Jpft from 5000 chfcqup to Gnt«>s & Co. Most of vrMrh 1 can return in 10 day*.) Now thry might say HOW MUCH tbry eoold loan on Mb su pn.rwrty $50,000 to $60,000.00. Excusp ecratchr letter. One report which obtained wide cre dence today was to the effect that Del mas would be the only one of Thaw's lawyers who would refuse to sign an affidavit testifying to the present men tal condition of the prisoner. It has been noted slnre the trial proper began, that the California lawyer has kept away from the counsel table where Thaw sits and has conducted the case from within the railing. It was re ported today that Delmas would main tain that he had no way of knowing of the present mental condition of his client, not having engaged in conversa tion with him during the trial. Jerome made public tonight several letters supposedly written by Thaw and to which Jerome had referred in court and had marked as Stale exhibits. These are expected to figure in the hearing of the Lunacy Commission If Judge Fitzgerald decides to appoint one. The letters have to do chiefly with the matters personal to Thaw and are of no special Interest except as they may have a possible bearing on the state of mind of the elayer of Stanford White. Affidavits have been handed in by the prosecution to show that Thaw is a paranoiac, who. although legally re sponsible when he killed White, is now In such a state of mental Incapacity as to be unable k to consult intelligently with his coun sel and should not be on trial for his life. The defense Is preparing Its affidavits to the contrary, and the mat ter will come before the court on Tues day. Meantime the Jury is excused un til Wednesday. Explanations by counsel took up most of today's session. Jerome today referred to the tension Under which he had been working and denied any in tent to charge Attorney Hartridge, Thaw's counsel of record, with unpro fessional conduct. All of the women of the defendant's family were awaiting him in the court room when . the proceedings opened. Evelyn Nesbit Thaw, his wife, sat be tween Mrs. William Thaw and the Countess 6f Yarmouth. The jury, which bad filed In at 11 o'clock, was in structed by the Judge to return on Wednesday.' It was arranged by Jerome and Har tridge that the defense's affidavits should be In the hands of the District Attorney by 2 o'clock tomorrow after noon. It was agreed that Jerome should be permitted to file additional matter on Monday. TRUXTUN BEALE WILL GIVE PARK TO CITY SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE CALL BAKERSFIELD, March 22.— Truxtun Beale will deed soon to the city a nve acre public park on the east side of D street, between Palm and Dracena. The donor before the deed passes to the city will provide the ground with a swimming pond, a cinder path, tennis court and other accessories that will suit it for the purpose for which it is Intended — an adjunct to university ex tension work which he will inaugurate here. Beale has in contemplation aleo the construction of a Greek ampitheater where lectures can be held in the fu ture, and an observatory. For the ac complishment of these two purposes he hopes to secure financial assistance from the city In the future. An annual lecture course will bo arranged - for high school students, and for all who desire to avail themselves of it. Beale has already the assurance of the co operation of President Benjamin Ide Wheeler of the " S(ate Univeristy. METCALF AND CANNON ' m CALL ON SWETTENHAM KINGSTON. March 22. — Secretary Metcalf. accompanied by Speaker Can non, who arrived here yesterday with : hla party on the steamer Bluecher, left the Government headquarters at noon. Subsequently Governor Swettenhara returned the visit of the American statesmen at their hotel. The conver sation between the Governor and . the visitors was most cordial.' *• Early .in the day Speaker Cannon, accompanied by ' William IL Orret, American Vice Consul, drove 'through the ruins of : the,, burned ; _area of the city. * Cannon was deeply-imp ressed with the extent and severity of the recent catastrophe. • The Bloecher sailfcd this afternoon at 5 o'clock for Colon." i. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL. SATURDAY, MABCH 23, 1907. '~~ \u25a0• CHICAGO LIMITED TRAIN WRECKED BY MISCREANTS Hurled From Track by Re \u25a0^ moval of Fishplates at / Rail Joint. ONE PERSON IS HURT J. A. Watts of This City Receives Slight In- juries PITTSBURG. March 22.— The Chicago limited, from New York to" Chicago, on the Pennsylvania Railroad, while go ing about thirty-five miles an hour, was wrecked at Stewart, seventeen mllea east of here,: today. The engine and the first of the carß were derailed. The only person Injured was J, A. Watts, an employe of the United Railroads of Ban Francisco. He is not Berlously hurt. The passengers were transferred to the three rear cars and brought to : this city, where another , train was , made up and they continued their journey. Evidence that the track had been tampered with was found at the scene of the wreck. An investigation by the railroad officials showed that the fish plates had been removed- at the rail Joint, the bolts having been taken out and the rails bent inward. A claw bar and several other tools- not prop erty of the railroad company were found near by and it Is believed that these tools were used by the wreckers. Tho train was derailed on a straight track, and to this, was due, beyond a doubt, the escape of the passengers from serious injury. Tho officials at tribute the work of the wreokers to either malice or a plan to loot the train and passengers. ACCIDENT IN DETROIT Train Strikes Streetcar and Many Persons Are Hurt DETROIT, March 22.— Two persons were fatally Injured 'and nine others, all girls, were more or lees seriously hurt today when & streetcar was struck at the Fourteenth-avenue cross ing- by a Michigan Central Railroad train. The fatally injured: James C Smith, aged 55, Detroit. Miss Charlotte Martin, Mason City, Mich. There «Tvere twenty-two passengers upon the car, a majority of .them working girls. It got past tho gates before the train was sighted. The view was obstructed and the engineer did not see the streetcar until within seventy-five feet of it. He \u25a0was unable to stop the train and the engine struck the car in the middle, splitting it In two and hurling the wreckage around fifty feet. A few persons Jumped and escaped injury. Others were thrown into a heap among the wreckage. Engineer Smith was taken from the wreck with his skull fractured and other Injuries to his head, which will prove fatal. Miss Martin was injured internally. The other injured sustained cuts and bruises. GRAVEL DERAILS TRAIN Big Four Engineer Killed and Seven Passengers Are Hurt > DANVILLE, Ind., March 22.—Passen ger train 11, of the St. Louis divi sion of the Big Four Railroad, west bound, left the track, two miles from Avon this afternoon. Engineer Greg ory was crushed to death beneath his engine.- \u25a0• Seven, passengers were Injured, none fatally. Two passenger, coaches rolled down a twenty-foot embankment. Gravel from a pile near the track, be ing used in placing a new switch, caused the engine to leave the track, carrying the coaches with it. Two rear cars left the track, but did not go over the embankment. The injured passengers were taken to Avon to await the arrival of physi cians sent on a relief train from In dianapolis. TRADE GREATER THAN THE DEALERS EXPECTED NEW YORK, 1 March 22.— R. G. Dun & Co.'s Weekly Review of Trade to morrow will say: Business has responded to the In fluence of settled weather at ' most points and the proximity of Easter has: increased retail sales of drygoods, mil linery and footwear. Many dealers had underestimated j requirements and urgent demands are made upon Jobbing houses. Some of the leading tanners have re mained out of the hide market so long that most varieties have begun to accu mulate. Holdings of native hides are notably large. Packers' branded hides are relatively firmer. Reshipment of receipts indicates, that the Hamburg market is much firmer than New York. Bradstreet's tomorrow will,, say:-. | Spring trade is at its height and the turnover bids fair to exceed even last year's, the stimulation being furnished by more favorable weather, the ap proach of Easter and the visits of country buyers .to the larger centers. Demand for finished lines in iron con tinue good and San Francisco has fig ured to the extent of' l6oo tons in the contracts placed for structural - ma terial. \u25a0 Wool is quiet and less desire for contracts is shown by dealers, .v > Business failures in the United States for the week ending March 21 number 157 against 186 • last week and' 170 in the like week of 1906. Canadian fail ures for the week number 32 as against 2? last week and 29 In this weeK a, year ago. Wheat and flour exports t from the United States and Canada for the week ending March 21 aggregate 8,877,614 bushels against 2,293,093 this week last year. For the past forty-eight weeks of the fiscal year the exports were 127, 833.479 bushels*, against 101, 455,904 'in 1805-06. ' -'. • PRINTERS END CONFLICT WITH PAPERS OF BUTTE BUTTE, March_ 22.^— The differences between the newspaper publishers and the members of \u25a0' the Typographical Union were settled 'definitely -tonight by the action of the printers in voting to return .- to , work at: the publishers' terms. The four daily newspapers af fected, thai Butte: Miner, the; Anaconda Standard, Butter ; Inter-Mountain and ;. the , Butte' Evening News, : which have been in > a state of suspension since. February* 13, will resume publi cation as soon as the publishers can get the • reportorlal : staffs and , mechanical departments mi running.' order, which will probably be .Tuesday 'of next. week. The adjustment was brought about by John , Baker,, district organizer, acting under the direction \u25a0 of> President /Lynch of the International- Typographical Will Inspect Military Work in Colleges WASHINGTON, March 22. Armr orders t \u25a0 Captain Ulymne* O. MeAlexander of the general ataff has been or dered to the following places to make the annual Inspection of military departments of the edu cational Institutions named t ! St. aiattherr's Military School, Bur- Ifagame, Cal.j University of Cali fornia, Berkeley, Cal.f Mount /Tamalnals Military Academy, San Rafael, Cal.j Washington Agrrl ' cultural Collese, Pullman, Wash. Captain Henry B. Farrar, quar termaster, Is detached from duty ns constructing 1 quartermaster at Port Dupont and Fort Mott and ordered to duty In the • army transport service «t San Fran cisco, relieving; Captain Frank C. Jewell, quartermaster. Dental Surgeon . George I. GunckeL has been ordered from San Francisco to Fort McPher i* son, to" relieve Dental Surgeon George I*. Mason, who will pro ceed to Manila for assignment to . dnty. , ' Captain Harry J. Hlrscb, quar termaster,; has been ordered to San Francisco to relieve Captain William C. Davis. , First Lieutenant Rex Van ben Corput, artillery corps, Is de tailed for general recruit service at Syracuse, relieving Captain John .A. liockvrood. • Captain John A. Lockwood, re tired, In detailed upon his own application as professor of mili tary science and tactics at Mount Tamalpais Military Academy, San Rafael, California. : PRESIDENT APPROACHES HARRIMAN IN MOCCASINS Quietly Preparing to Use Hatchet Because of Alton Deal SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE CALL. CHICAGO, March 22.— A Washington special to the Inter Ocean says prepa rations to proceed against E. H. Harri man are going on "quietly at the direc tion, of the President, who is deter mined that the exposures brought out by -the Interstate Commerce Commis sion, at New York some time ago shall be sifted to tho bottom. He wishes to avoid, however, all the stir possible in view of the present condition of the railroad situation as reflected in Wall street. The Depart ment of Justice has- been at work on the case for some , weeks and the. In terstate Commerce Commission is' also rushing the preliminary work on . Its final report on tho investigation. This, however, cannot . be completed until some time after- April A, the date set for .'the final arguments.,. \u25a0 \u25a0.- % ". Both the' -Harrlman roads and the commission have announced that they have no further evidence to submit and all' that now remains is to hear the protests of the ' railroad attorneys against tne proposition that the merger .of the Union Pacific and the Southern Pacific is a combination in restraint of trade and ' hence a violation of the Sherman antitrust law. The Alton deal is what is being es pecially investigated by the Depart ment or Justice. The latter has been co-operating with Governor Deneen and Attorney General Stead, but it is understood that the Illinois officials have told Attorney General Bonaparte that there is no. statute in Illinois un der .which the Alton -deal can be reached, and that if H&rriman is to be proceeded against the. action will have to be by the Federal Government. It is likely that the prosecution will be for violation . of the Sherman act. It is pointed out that the procedure will be almost parallel to that in the North ern Securities case, when the Govern ment won. . . ' j ' There is also thought to be ground for criminal prosecution by the Fed eral Government In connection with the San Pedro-Oregon Short Line con tract and this really makes a third matter for the Government to settle with Harrlman. • ' . Nearly all callers ; who 4 visit the White House nowadays come away confident that something extreme is going to be done to Harriman, and what they say is taken as a reflection of the President's views of the matter. FORMER SENATOR BURTON RELEASED FROM PRISON IRONTONT, Mo., March 22. — Joseph R. Burton, who until his conviction -In the Federal Court was %United States , Sen ator from Kansas,- was: released today from the County Jail here, 1 having: com pleted his sentence "of : six \u25a0 months, im posed when he was found guilty of vio lating a Federal statute^ by v appearing before a governmental department as the paid representative v of an alleged "get rich quick" concern of St. Louis. Burton entered the Jail at Ironton on October 22, "1906. 'J His release today Is due to the law which provides for a reduction of the sentence for,; good be havior. Burton's sentence" also included a fine of $2500 "and the statute under which he was convicted bars him from ever holding an' office of trust or re muneration under the Federal Govern^ ment \•\u25a0 """\u25a0.' " "-:-\ , \V : -V:* ; -' • : : T The fine, which has not been paid, will be held over him as a civil Judg ment. / \u25a0:'.'-\u25a0 Accompanied by Mrs. Burton and his niece. Burton departed for, St. Louis,' en route to Abilene, Kans. CAIJFOnXIANS } IN NEW j YORK • NEW YORK," 5 March 22.'— Calif ornlans are registered at- New York hotels a 8 follows: \ | -i. From "San Francisco— Mrs. Blanken ship, Hotel -Breslin; G. -Marden and wife. Hotel ' Latham; v C S. Mortimer, Broadway Central; Mrs. ; Cohn, Prince George Hotel;. F./C. r Morgan, Hotel Breslin; J. Prout, Sinclair House; ' Mrs. M. Slegel, Hotel .-From ; Los: Angeles— W. A. -Alderson and wife, Hotel Navarre; D. Klrpellan, Continental Hotel." Union, the latter' having ; decided that the demands 'of; the locals Typographical Union were \u25a0 unreasonable.; A : three year contract \ will s be : entered Into and the wage Bcale will : be f that which' pre-~ vailed -prior 'to 1 May \ 1, 1906, making the'payi for> day .work : |5 and night work \u25a0 |5.50. \u25a0' , .7 - ROOSEVELT FROWNS ON ACQUITTAL OF CAPTAIN Supports Taft in His Views on Court Martial of Army Officer GEN. WOOD DEFENDED Accused Was Charged With Malicious Statements Against Superiors WASHINGTON," March 22,— President Roosevelt I tonight announced his dls« approval of the findings of - acquittal in the case of. Cap tain Lewis M. Koch-" ler, Fourth- Cavalry. -U.S. A., com mander at Jolo, Philippine Islands. Captain Koehler was charged with using disrespectful language In an ap peal from the action of General Wood, who reprimanded Captain Koehler for making charges against Major Scott, commanding officer at the Jolo mili tary post and Civil Governor of Jolo. He also .was charged with conduct un becoming an officer and a' gentleman In making unfounded and malicious state ments regarding his commanding offi cer and with insubordination. The first court martial sentenced him to be repri manded and then a second court martial, on which .-. today's action was based, acquitted him. The President's order follows: ; . THE WHITE HOUSE, WASHINGTON, March 22, 1907.~-The proceeding*, findings and acquit tal in the case of Captain Lewis M. Koehler, Fourth CaTalary. U. S. A., are disapproved. I entirely concur In all that the Secretary of War eaj-B of Captain Koehler and of General Wood, and of the poor showing made by the court which last passed on the case. THEODORE ROOSEVELT. Secretary Taft in his letter says: Captain Koehler la an officer of an excellent record for courageous serrlce in the field and for attention to duty generally. He distinguished himself at the battle of Mount Dajo. Later, Captain Koehler made himself very annoying, and the friction became so great that Captain Koeh ler filed charges against Major Scott. Major Scott later filed charges against Captain Koehler. A court martial found Captain Koehler guilty of preferring unnecessary charges against his commanding officer. In reprimanding Koehler under the sentence of the court martial, General Wood declared that Captain Koehler's concep tions of the standard of good conduct and up rightness as they exist In the army were dis torted to a degree not found in the fair minded, and that he should cultivate those habits of true soldierly subordination which the evidence in the case showed him to lack. MADE APPEAL TO TAFT ' Captain Koehler appealed to th© Sec retary of War, alleging that he was practically denied counsel and that the department commander was the accu ser. and prosecutor; that the court erred ,in overruling Koehler's plea based on that alleged - fact; that the reprimand was harsh and excessive; that an application for a court of in quiry on the charges made against Major Scott was denied, and charac terizing the department commander's acts as unfair and unjust and illegal. Referring to the reprimand. Captain Koehler said that the "severity, even to harshness, of the reprimand shows prejudice, bias, unfairness and a pre conceived conviction that I was guilty as originally charged. I was harassed and' handicapped at the trial by the feeling that I was helpless and at the mercy of a superior who would make use of every unfair advantage to harm me and to protect his own personal friend. Major Scott." ' . General Wood called the attention of the War Department to the appeal and submitted the question of disciplinary proceedings. A court martial was then appointed, which acquitted Captain Koehler. VIEWS OF WAR SECRETARY Secretary Taft's letter continues: I have no hesitation in saying, after a full examination of the matter, that the finding of the first court martial, that Koehler was guilty of filing captious and unnecessary charges against his -, commanding officer, was fully sustained. His statement in his appeal that be was practi cally denied counsel cannot be supported. He might have had. counsel had he been willing to take any but . two persons who were : otherwise engaged on public business. The charge that the department commander was the accuser and prosecutor In the first trial was unfounded, or founded solely on the ground that he directed a court martial on the charge of Major Scott, after an inspector had reported that the charges of Captain Koehler made against Major Scott were unfounded. Considering the evidence of the. first court martial, I think the language of the reprimand was sufficiently within the find ing on the evidence. The granting of the appli cation for a court of Inquiry was within the legitimate discretion of the commanding officer, and as the matter could be much, more shortly disposed of by the court martial rather than by court of inquiry the action of the commander could not be made the basis for a claim that he was unfair -in his ruling. . . '. I have gone over the matters carefully that constitute the foundation for the charge made by Captain Koehler that General Wood was un fair and unjust and would resort to any means to humiliate Captain Koehler and protect Major Scott. No evidence, other than as stated above In substance, was submitted by the accused In support of the aspersions contained In his ap peal, except the fact that Major Scott ; and -General wood had friendly ." associations pre viously. In that Major Scott had been on Gen eral Wood's staff, and that General Wood had recommended him ' for the ' position of brigadier general. : :. "-: REIiATIOXS OF THE OFFICERS The mere fact that a commanding officer Is a friend of a prosecuting witness does not prove that his action ordering a court martial or sus talnlng its findings, was prejudiced or malicious. It was In evidence that General Wood had onlj the slightest acquaintance with Captain Koehler and no occasion for personal feeling against him. . \u25a0 ' •" ' \u25a0 After much consideration I am convinced that this finding of the court involves affirmative in fefences. and conclusions that i cannot b« sup ported by the r evidence. You, as the reviewing authority, are put In this position — that if you approve the'flndlngs you necessarily affirm or Rpprove the ' statement! . derogatory to I General Wood contained in the appeal, and if you do so approve those statements that it would .become your duty, as commander in chief," to order Gen eral Wood before a court martial for . perverting his power. as department commander to accom plish an unjust and unfair . purpose against • his subordinate officer. .You cannot, in Justice to General Wood, find any evidence In the record to sustain the bringing of such proceedings or the finding of •. court again.it Jam. ?«.. \u25a0 \ "'' •-• ' -\u25a0 A reviewing authority may mitigate a sentence, but it cannot Change a finding of acquittal to one of conviction. It can. however. In any case refuse Ito confirm a finding ?of acquittal. The effect of. this is to set aside the proceedings as If they had not been commenced. By this course you, as the reviewing .authority. \u25a0 arc not , in volved In the logical consequences with respect to General Wood which must follow an approval of ; the sentence as already; explained... Thia ,is the view of the Judge advocate general, In whose recommendations 1 fully concur. - . THROW MESSENGER OFF AND LOOT EXPRESS CAR i PALESTINE, Texas, 1 March 22.— As train No. 4 of the International Great Northern, north J bound, was 'Elkhart,' twelve miles below -here, "last night, Express Messenger-Wlnsleyjwo mack:of the Pacific ; Express Company was , attacked s and I thrown - out >of .the car.' ;He ' was .not / missed;" from \u25a0J't'he train until Palestine was I reached, I and a little .later a telephone ? message was received: from; him* at: Elkhart, -stating that he had been assaulted by robbers. The \ safe in the car -was opened : when the train; reached; Palestine. - "'The . Sheriff : and: posse'; left -J Palestine on a special s train; for the scene of the robbery.* ,'.'-'\u25a0: -\u25a0'..,-';\u25a0-,, ~" »r! r>; ';:\u25a0\u25a0 V" FORT WORTH, Texas, March 22.— 1t has ; been determined . that \u25a0 two : negroes are guilty, of j. the * robbery ;of the ex press* car: On--. the), International \u25a0-•' and Great 1 Northern -Railroad* near Elkhart last night. ;; Officials today - say. > the bandits secured^only^ $600. . . \u25a0 . : \u25a0' .. — \u25a0 ".\u25a0* "[ "V " »v' \u25a0; \u25a0'. Ti£.^rCS£ SALDECOTT A* SUlClDE— Chicago, March'- 22. Louis ! C. . Saldeeot t ,' secretary f . and . treasurer of tbe . National ? Cycle < Company,* committed | suicide today : by,: shooting *- : himself • through the head. He suffered from: E«rtous debility. • ANTISUICIDE BUREAU IS TO BE OPENED HERE Salvation Army Will Begin Work of Aiding De spondent Persons FIELD IS IMPORTANT More Self-Destruction in This City Than in Any Other / C. C. Carleton NEW YORK, March 22.— San Fran cisco will soon have an antlsulclde bureau In full operation and similar to the one now being conducted here. It will be In charge of Colonel George French at Salvation Army headquar ters, 1271 Mission street. This Infor mation was given to The Call s corre spondent today by Colonel Thomas Holland. In charge of the bureau here. General Booth, head of the Salvation Army, originated the antisuicide bu reau. The first one was established In London, the second In New York, the third In Chicago, and others will now be started In Washington, San Fran cisco and other cities. According to statistics collected by the bureau from official sources it appears that suicides in the United States have increased greatly in recent years. In 1899 there were 5340 suicides, in 1906 10,125. San Francisco heads the list with 49.6 sui cides per 100,000 of population. Ho boken. N. J.. comes next with 29.2. St. Louis is third and Oakland. Cal., fourth. . I visited the antlsulclde bureau here today to Inquire when the one In San Francisco would be started. "I cannot set the date exactly/ said one of the officials, "but you may say It will be almost immediately. What is there in your glorious California climate that inspires the Idea of sui cide? I have been there, and It is a delight Just to be permitted to breathe the balmy atmosphere. New York City has only about ,22 suicides per 100.000 of population, while San Francisco has nearly 60. Oakland has more per popu lation than either New York, Chicago, Milwaukee or Cincinnati. If the fig ures I give were for the year Just end ed It could' be explained by the- great calamity of last April, but the statistics are taken from the census of 1900. CALLERS AT NEW YORK BUREAU •'It is easy for any one who has been In Hoboken to understand why that city should stand second in the list of sui cides, per population." said the official with a laugh, "for I have been in Ho boken. But there Is no more delightful city In the country than San Fran cisco. Do you know why Milwaukee stands up near the top of the suicide list? It is the effect of beer drinking — nothing less. It is a well known fact that Germans are given to melancholy —and there is a greater proportion of suicides among the Germans than of: any other nationality. The ancients used to call the liver the melancholy organ, because, as is well known, a bilious temperament is usually a| gloomy temperament. In Germans this biliousness Is caused by excessive beer drinking, which makes the liver slug gish." Colonel Holland took especial pains to explain the working of the anti siucide bureau In this city, which is on the eighth floor of the Salvation Army headquarters at 120 We3t Fourteenth street. These headquarters do not have a" gloomy aspect, such as you might naturally" associate with an antlsuicide bureau. . The place is busy and bustling, jf A corps of clerks, sten ographers and typewriters are con stantly at work. It is a rule of the bureau that everything connected with it shall be treated as strictly confi dential and all letters and . telegrams are handled with great care to insure secrecy. There Is a great variety of callers at the bureau. Some of them are Im postors who hope to profit by their tale. of woe; but shrewd observers can usually detect the difference between assumed and genuine distress. The sincere, would-be suicide has trouble stamped all over his countenance and 1 his confession has the true ring of despair. In one day there were eight callers at the bureau. The first was a baker out of a job— the bureau officials re lieved him of his revolver, which was fully loaded, and temporary employ ment as an elevator man was obtained for him. The second was an elevator conductor who was threatened with tuberculosis; the bureau la trying to send him to a dryer climate. The third was a business man threatened with bankruptcy;. the monetary relief ho re quired could not, of course, be fur nished, but he went away with some good advice. . EMPLOYMENT IS OBTAINED A white-haired carpenter — too old to work longer at his trade — was. the fourth. He had been supplanted by younger men; employment was ob tained for him. No. 5 had committed a breach of .trust; he was overcome w«i.i remorse and hannted with the fear of prosecution; employment was obtained for him lucrative enough, to enable him to gradually repay the amount of his peculation. No. 6 was a papcrhanger out of employment It took a half-hour's hard work to dissuade him : f rora his Idea of self destruction.: No.' 7 had been robbed of all his. possessions and was out of em ployment. He secured a Job as ele vator .pilot. No. : 8. ...was a foreigner, stranded In this country and penniless. The. bureau arranged for his return to Europe on a cattle steamship. Many of the callers are women, and most of them are widows tired of. tne struggle with adversity. Some are young, girls, the victims of betrayal or unrequited love. /. - . , , Colonel Holland has a staff "of twelve men and women assistants. The antl sulclde. bureau- is backed by the entire organization of the Salvation Army with Its -farms, colonies, homes, asy lums, schools and employment agencies. Frank Healey was here last week seeking talent for his San Francisco opera company. He left :for home on Sunday. While here he engaged Jo seph Miller as an assistant to George Lask, Healy's manager. He also se cured a lot of new operas and musical comedies,' which ..will be presented un der his management. Miss Florence Slnnott was engaged as :a - soubrette and J. Albert Wallerstadt as barytone. .Lottie Wager, an actress, who was a victim of the calamity of last April,. is lying critically * ill in a hospital at Providence. R. I. Her -condition is due to i her harrowing experience in - San Francisco. She was there at the time of" the conflagration and was under going treatment for appendicitis. - An operation : had been performed when the catastrophe occurred and the result of. tho"Bhock, coupled with her en feebled condition,., told, on 'heri con stitution. Of. late she has suffered se verely. A local physician! attended her for v several days/but : her \ condition became so 'grave that she was taken to". the hospital in an- ambulance. -'Mark Twain"; has';- written, to Daniel Frohmaniof : the actors* fund saying: "Use my. name in • any. way ! you choose* Forge it if , you wish.". The letter will BLOODY BATTLES ARE FOUGHT IN ROUMANIA Peasants Loot Towns and Fight Desperately With Troops THOUSANDS FLEEING Homes Are Devastated and 10,000 Jews' Are With out Shelter. VIENNA, March 22. — Th« seriousness of the situation In Northern Moldara. growing out of the agrarian disorders, has not. according 1 to the latest tele graphic reports reaching here from CzernowiU.on thd border, been exag gerated* It Is estimated that 400 homes In Moldava'have been devastated and 8000 fugitives have fled over the Rou manian frontier Into Austria. A total of 10,000 Jews 1» homeless. The num ber of dead and wounded cannot be given accurately, but the reports of the day give a total of about eighty-five men killed and about 150 wounded. The outbreak seems today to have been partly suppressed. The Rouma nian Government is still sending troops into the affected district. Practically the entire province of Moldava has been Involved. »^ The movement Is really more-agra rian than antl-Semltlc. The peasant* are in revolt against the great farm ing trust, which has leased half the cultlvatable lands In Moldava. Th« absentee landlords who control th« trust are Jews, and this fact brings the Ire of the peasants down upon any and all Jews that they meet, and to this situation is added strong racial feeling, arising from other causes. , On Thursday 500 peasants tried to In. vade Mlchaellneot. despite the fact that there was a sufficient number of Rou manian troops in the station to stop the rioters. The peasants at first got the upper hand because the soldiers, acting on the orders of the prefect of the town, were not permitted by their officers to open fire. In the face of the menaces of the furious peasants, how ever, some of the soldiers did fire against orders. This volley killed fif teen of the rioters and wounded forty five, whereupon the peasants withdrew. A' more successful attack was made at Vaslul, to the south of Jassy. Here a body of 2000 peasants forced Its way In. The prefect did not have sufflcient troops at his command to stop the in furiated countrymen. He stood by, a helpless witness, while the rioters In an incredibly short space of time plun dered practically all the buildings on the three principal strets of Vaslul and set them on fire. The peasants had looted freely and the fire completed the destruction. ~ -The prefect sent in a hurried appeal for reinforcements, and the peasants, ignorant of this step, remained in the town until the soldiers arrived. Then ensued a serious fight. In which the soldiers won. Twenty rioters were killed and many wounded. The most serious fight of the day occurred near Piatra. a town about sixty miles southwest of Jassy. Sev eral thousand peasants marched against this town, where an entire regiment of Infantry was stationed. The soldiers charged the peasants with fixed bayo nets. The peasants replied with riflea and revolver fire, and then the troops began shooting back. The fighting lasted over an hour before the rioters retreated. They had 42 men killed. 67 wounded, and 250 of their number were captured by the soldiers. SUCCESSOR TO SPOONER MADISON. Wls., March 22.— There will be no election of a United States Senator . to succeed John C. Spooner until May 14, according to an agree ment reached among legislative leaders today. . . be added to the collection of souvenirs to be sold at the actors* fund fair. Among prominent San Franciscans at the hotels. here this week irero J. L. Howard, Holland House, and P. H. Henderson, Hoffman House. r : v ' TWICE ARIfESX-fcu — Richard C. Johnson, who tare bis occupation as printer, was arrested early jester day moraine In Flllmore street cbarffad with disturbing the peace. Re was released on $10 ball, but failed to appear wben bis ease was called ypsterd»y In JaAg% . Weller's eoort. He was rearrested on a benah warrant and bla easa will be tried today. , > . \u25a0 SAYS THIS i RELIEVES BACKACHE ; A well-known authority says \ that Backache Is often Nature's ' < danger signal which no tines the ' sufferer that the kidneys . are ' ' sick. ' i \ The following simple home- <\u25a0 \ made mixture Is said to relieve ',', backache and cleanse and build T up the Kidneys. If taken bef or« • ' the stage of Bright*! disease: !; Fluid Extract Dandelion, .one- ' [ half ounce; Compound Karson, " one ounce; Compound _ Syrup ... Sarsaparilla, three ounces. Mix ][ by shaking wall in a bottle and ' ' take In teaspoonf ul doses after < \u25a0 meals and at bedtime. - \[ ! A well-known local . druggist " is authority that these lngredi- ' ents are mainly of vegetable ex- \ ' I traction and harmless to use, " and can be obtained at small I cost from any good prescription | pharmacy. Those, who think I they have kidney trouble or suf- f fer with lame back or weak • bladder, should give this pre- [ scrlptlon a trial, as no, harm can possibly follow its use. and it is \ \u25a0 said to -do wonders . for, some < ' people. j i « \u25a0 \u25a0 » i »*\u25a0 \u25a0««tiiiiiiit« i*. _" COFFEE Why Schilling's Best? Because it is best and your money is yours if you t^iink you don't find SO . S^LJ REFUSE SUBSTITUTES.