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The Italians have done some big and
amazing things in California. These in
teresting things will be the subject 'of an
interesting article in
The Sunday Call
Death Ends Noble Life of Mrs. William McKinley
Discovery of an Atrocious
Crime in a New York
Evidently Thrust Into Re
ceptacle While Alive
and Suffocated
Leave Grewsom Evidence
of Crime Behind as Se
curity for Rent
NEW YORK. May 26.— Rev.
Father Kaspar of the Armenian Apos
lolic church of Hoboken. N. J., was
murdered In -this city some time last
week. The body was found today in
a trunk which had been left for security
for their room rent by two Greeks who
had rented a room from Mrs. Annie
Sherer, who occupies the third floor of
a tenement house at 333 West Thirty
seventh street
Mrs. Sherer rented one of her six
rooms in the tenement to two unknown
men three weeks ago: When the rent
was not forthcoming on Wednesday
her lodgers, two Greeks, told her that
she was amply secured by their well
filledjtrunk. , The men disappeared the
following morning~and the trunk. was
broken open today. To the horror 6t
Mrs. Sherer it was found to contain
the body of a man. : The body was In
a kneeling posture, with the head
bound against the knees by a heavy
strap that had been passed over the
back of the neck and buckled under
the Ehlns.
The murdered man must have been
about 40 years of age. He weighed
probably 160 pounds and was 5 feet 4
inches In height. A flowing beard 12
inches long was streaked with gray,
but the long and bushy hair was black.
An undershirt of balbriggan and a cuff
on the right wrist were all the cloth-
Ing on the body, but on top of it had
been thrown three coats of clerical cut,
p_ white laundered shirt, two pairs of
white shoes, two collars and a de
tached cuff.
. The police believe it possible that the
body was shipped here by express
from Chicago, and the authorities t. of
that city have been asked to follow one
clew, based on a rieal ticket found in
the trunk. This ticket was issued by
a restaurant at 12.222 Halstead street.
West Pullman, Chicago, and written in
ink across It was ths firm name, "S.
-Ermoylan Brothers."
Following an autopsy at the morgue
two men were arrested on suspicion.
Mrs. Sherer told the coroner's Jury that
when the two men nad engaged the
room in her horn« they described them
• selves as John and Paul Sarkis. each
about 25 years of age. John was dark
and smooth shaven and said he had
conducted a restaurant In the tender
loin. The other wore a mustache.
They had been visited, she said, by
a man wearing a clerical garb, who
looked not unlike the murdered man.
She believed that this man had call el
at 8 o'clock last Wednesday evening.
No one heard any unusual noises that
day. Late Wednesday afternoon the
express wagon brought to the house
the trunk which later was found to
contain the body. One of the lodgers,
with the aid of a young man who drove
the express wagon, carried the trunk
with considerable difficulty to the room.
That night Mrs. Sherer asked her
roomers for the rent. They pointed to
the* trunk and said it would be found
to contain ample security for what
they owed. Later they said that the
\u25a0 trunk was not theirs and that a mis
.take had been made. It remained in
the house, however, and was there the
next morning, although > the roomers
had left before Mrs. Sherer was up.
She did not see them again.
The next day unpleasant odors were
detected coming from the room, and
today Mrs.' Sherer appealed to the po
lice and the trunk was forced open.
The body was removed to the, morgue
and the police began a minute exam- 1
inaticn'of its hiding place. The trunki
was of a cheap build and showed marks
of hard usage. Inside the cover was
printed a name that looked like "L. E. j
parkis." On the chest was the name
The autopsy; developed that the neck
Continued on Pa«e 2, Middle Col. G
The San Francisco Call.
MONDAY, MAY 27, 1907
YESTERDAY — Clear; maximum temperature,
80; minimum, 54.
FORECAST FOR TOD AT— Fair; light north
wind, changing to fresh westerly. - j Page 10
This graft prosecution the first to reach the
men "higher np." Page 6
Commercial future of San Francisco. \u25a0 Page 6
Boys will be boys. Page 6
Indicted bribe givers and Mayor Schmitz will
furnish bonds today on the Indictments returned
on Saturday. Page 1
Bribe givers will aid Schmlts In his flgnt
against state prison and are preparing to throw
all the blame on Rnef. Page 1
Calhoun says he will operate cable systems
during the week. Complaint Is made of cars be
ing bombarded and of obstacles being placed o n
tracks. . \.V J^yJ\ pp a g« 4
Police deny story of attack on cars and charge
that strike breakers told a deliberate false
hood. Page 4
Labor leaders addressing a mass meeting of
carmen urge against acts of violence that would
give Governor Gillett cause for sending, in
troops. Page 4
The funeral of George F. Chapman, late Ren-,
eral manager of the United Railroads, which will
take place today, will be attended by solemn
ceremony. Page 14
The big mastiff, . John, which ran to . flres in
San Francisco for 15 years. Is run over and
fatally injured by an automobile. Page 14
Brewers' strike is ended by agreement of own
er* to pay union men $3 more a week. Page 7 '
. Aged Millionaire Bryson of Los Angeles visits
San Francisco with handsome nurse who causod
estrangement between himself and wife. Page 14
Children furnish first muslc^heard \u25a0In St. Pat
rick's church since earthquake and flrc. Page H
Santa Fe railroad makes purchase of land ad
jacent to main line of Southern Pacific In West
Oakland, said to be for union passenger sta
tion. ; Page 1
Joaquin Miller Invests dedication of church to
be used by orphans with unique Interest by read
ing poem singing praises of the achievements of
unknown babes since time of Moses. Paje 8
Great pilgrimage to be made by Knights of
Columbus to Santa Clara college to see "Passion
riay.'! , '£«*•*
- Many: fraternities.- at- Stanford university" erect
buildings on the campus. - . : \u25a0 ;'. Page V 4V 4
Governor Donsmulr and party of friends'" nar
rowly escape death In a burning yacht. Page 3
Bakersfield In festal dress for the big. state
aerie of the Eagles. . Page 4
Mrs. William McKlnley, widow of : the mar
tyred president, passes away nt her home In
Canton. Page 1
Body of murdered Armenian priest found in
trunk left In New York tenement by. two Greeks
as security for rent. Page 1
Fifteen thousand armed -men kneel on the pa
rade ground at the Brooklyn navy yard while
mass Is said in memory of Americans slain in
the war with Spain. Page 2
Little hope of completing the Haywood Jury
before the end of the present week. ' Pages
Resenting Ireland's repudiation .of the Irish
council bill, the British cabinet will make no
further move toward relief '.legislation at this
time. -^ Page 3
Meeting of Nelson and Britt undoubtedly will
be a night affair In this city. Page 5
Automobile club, dealers and insurance com
pany to offer standing reward for the conviction
of motor car thieves. Page S
Two members of the Golden Gate Junior tennis
club reach the semifinals for the San, Francisco
championship. Page 10
Remarkable scores made by Riflemen Jonas
and Helse at Shell Mound. Page 5
Long shots are holding high carnival at the
Emeryville track. Page 5
San Francisco and Oakland break even on Sun
day's coast league baseball games, and Portland
wins from Los Angeles. Paje 10
Society folk are Interested In the arrival here
of • Major Reuben B. Turner, recently appointed
commandant at the Alcatraz prison.- Page 6
Changes In officers of the California national
guard. Page 9
Steamer Massachusetts, . latest addition to
American-Hawaiian company's fleet, arrives with
cargo of coal for Uncle Sam. \" ; \u25a0\u25a0'••?•.- Page 10
One million dollars to be expended In construc
tion of temple of mining in Denver. Page 9
Midnight Street Brawl Puts
Two Men on; Death Beds
- in Hospital
Horace Hazel and Randolph Merri
weather were found early this morning
lying unconscious in a pool of blo<3<2
at ; the corner of Geary and Franklin
streets and rushed to the central emer
gency hospital. They had been stabbed
by two drunken Japanese, whom , they
encountered on the street. Both 'may
probably die.
Merriweather, who Is an electrician
in the employ of the Pacific telephone
company, said that he and Hazel, who
is employed by Dr. W r . H. Armstrong,
were returning home when they met
two Japanese: men" and women,' all; .>f
whom were drunk. One'of'th'e;Japan
ese jostled against liazej and. called
him a foul name. They mixed.' and the
Japanese drew knives. : . Hazel ; was,' cut
over the heart and had not regained
consciousness up ; to an . oarly hour, this
morning. ; Patrolman • .T. . O'Xeil -found
the men lying on: the sidewalk. ,
Hazel -lives at 261 3. Sutler street'and
Merriweather at 2410 Butter. V
Great Passenger Structure
May Be Erected on
Land Purchased
Southern Pacific and Santa
Fe Are Said to Be
Acting Jointly '
Atchison and Topeka Line
Under Promise to City
on the Franchises
OAKLAND, May 26.— Strongly
suggested by recent purchases in West
Oakland ofiarge realty holdings by the
Santa Fe company comes the story in
local railroad circles that the Southern
Pacific company and the Santa Fe have
under discussion the construction of a
union passenger station in the vicinity
of Wood and Twentieth streets.
It has just become known that the
Santa. Fe has bought a block of land
west of Wood street between Twentieth
and Twenty-first streets, stretching al
most to the main line of the Southern
Pacific out of Oakland on ' the > iwes't
side. This large site; is several blocks
west of . th'e;new-'Santa^e*freisht sta*-'
tlon 'at-'Unlbn^nd ; TwenttettiV streets?
and- it. is said' by railroad': men iwhotivre!
watching the. moves with'keen- interest/
to be an ideal ;location for a passenger
terminal, in view of the* Sarita^Fe an^
the .Southern Pacific's apparent. -plans
of development, which arc centering
in that vicinity. . .
The Santa Fe purposes to extend its
tracks from Emeryville south in Wood
street, turning east at Twentieth to
Union. At the point of turning, into
Twentieth street and close at hand* is
the block which .was bought by the
Santa Fe. Ownership of this land gives
the road a chance to make connections
over its own property with: the South
ern Pacific company's main line. The
situation as it exists on the maps has
given rise to the .belief that important
moves are contemplated.
The Santa Fe representatives; when
they obtained franchises from the city
of Oakland several years ago, promised
that this, city should be made / a pas
senger as well : as a freight terminal;
The .closing,; of the freight transfer
'agreement with the ' Southern' Pacific
fulfills the freight end of, the prom
ise. Oakland has been looking for
ward to a Santa Fe station 'which
would literally meet the pledges of- the
men when they got .their franchise
privilege. The : purchase . of . land and
the fact that it edges upon the South
ern Pacific main "line at a.' most con
venient point lends additional color to
thV-current^ story " concerning the two
companies' -; plans for a union depot." V,
: Interest In the railroad situation has
been; stimulated further by' the dis
closure; of activity in Southern Pacific
circles touching the construction of the
proposed electric cross ; town ; line by
that company., to form I a lopp system
in connection .with the electrization of
the Webster street (Alameda mole)
line. It is known that Southern Pacific
engineers have been closely \u25a0 examining
th ?. streets near Twenty-second street,"
paralleling the line of . the \ Key Route.'
Twentieth, Twenty-first' and - Hobart
streets, are among the thoroughfares
which have been given special atten-'
tion. These would furnish j outlet for
a road to run from Fourteenth , and
Franklin 1 streets north in: Franklin -and
west along one of theVelected parallels
to the Key Route. Atthe west side'of
the city this line would bbrderthe new
purchase of the Santa Fe- in Wood
street, on either ; the north or. the
south side, and swing off south toward
the Southern Pacific broad gauge: mole.
The Southern: Pacific, lias 'already ar
ranged -to .make • extensive J changes "on
the north; side ,of the mole, so that: ac
commodations": can -be given, for the
new, line if -desired^ ,
.'.'.' Neither the: Santa" Fe nor the South
ern Pacific offlclals^will- admit :f: f or, pub
lication, that anything- significant! is i .at
stake in these recent ; moves at "West
Oakland. But despite , their, reticence
it ,is certain. that: the .moves 'are, most
important in \u25a0 their V bearing: upon itlie
near future:.; v: :\u25a0' "•.; \u25a0: • •' " "'".' ;V' '
•Railroad men* in -close ',-..'. touch '••-with'
conditions: do not r hcsltato to express
that, the Santa? fV- and' Southern \u25a0 Pa-
Continued on Page 2/' Botto m' CoL 6
/N?the i death yesterday of* Mrs. William McKinley, widow of the martyred president, the United States loses
one: of its most, tiejbvrt women*: Her demise followed a period of illness lasting more than thirty years.
Presidght Rooseyehiw^ill attend the funeral on Wednesday. -y.
Cj- ;Mrsi William McKinley, widow of '\u25a0. the martyred president,' who passed away, yesterday at her home in
Canton, 0., after an illness of more than : 30 years.: . .
Bribe Givers Will Assist Schmitz
to Fight Against Penitentiary
Preparing to Placei All thepßlanie
on th^ Sh^uldfers pi R-uef
With the indictment of a number of : - millionaires a 'community
of interest has already > been ; established \u25a0 among the . defendants^ in
the - ; graft /cases. \u25a0 Not -i from.. choice, j-but i from -necessity, these »\u25a0 rnil
lionares will make A common cause with the . mayor ! and \u25a0 with their
money; will ; help ? him : to fight '; until'the : last against -the (prison'; term
which daily ; looms larger on the horizon. The : defense 'put ; f orwaf^i
by the corporation" magnates 'will ;be- the 1 same in almost' every easel
They; will : , say,' "Y es^ we paid the money; ; but it was a v'case 'of ; exr
tortion on "'the; part of Ruef." 5 " . \u25a0\u25a0' \u25a0 •
This argument, it may be seen, will' make^Ruef the storm- cen
ter of tKe trials.that are^to come.; testimony wilP be of .the^t^
most importance^ "'._, Ruef , however, i does not propose to sit : idly;- by
while the entire; burden is 'shifted: to' his shoulders. Ruef maintains
that in no : case did ' he: solicit money; from i a public < service corpora
tion. He. says ,the; representatives of^ : these companies "sought; him
out';and Hyheri : they' offered' him money they knew what; they Avere
doins: and\ where the money was to sro.
Should Schmitz; throw himself 'upon the mercy of \u25a0 the pfosecut
tioiv the ; boodling \u25a0 corporations would ; have small chance in court;
and it therefore' is^ incumbent upon^ them
To/do.;this it _/\yill be ; necessary: for the \u25a0corporatiohslo assist him' m
hisjiight. '/\u25a0: This they ; are',reacly ; to, do in every way: . :
. ' The^ransactipns inithe^
were:identical in principle^ and for that ; reason^ the r defenclants ; Believe
that by. combiniiig:they can.betterrembarrassstKe;^
arrangement may'not^take the fonn'ofjabihding ; alliance;>but there
will be^an ;understandihg : among the persons: involved: %'\u25a0 :; i' :^ :"
That: the -impehding-trials "will ibring. about one of -the; greatest
legaLbattles iir thecountry. is xecognized.by those^ concerned. '-Botli
sides vdeclaredj yesterday ; that ;tHey were jready^
neys. , For, the, United 'Railroads : .'.there"
will ibeJ Mofitz H Rosenthal, ;: : the ;; famous
trust . ' lawyer \u25a0 of ; Chicago, ' and ; Earl
Rogers/,' one of ; the pleaders -the ; bar
in l^os "Angeles; .^for^ the^ gas ;masnates, r
\u25a0\u25a0- .- ..:\u25a0--'\u25a0*•---, - * \u25a0?> . '.'. \~- .y ' \u25a0 '\u25a0- " "\u25a0- .*\u25a0 : -^-* \u25a0> f': '"-^" -^ \u25a0 -
Garret, 'McEnerney;iforiLouis>GlassijT.'
C. Coogan; ;,and~for ; the prosecution
don/ C. ;W- 1 Cobb ; and' Hiram^W. John
son: Other, attorneys'^; will \u25a0; enter/, the
case I, tor the . "defendants,^ but their
names • liave ! not \ yet \u25a0: been announced. !\
I;;"\VHenr the "case "comes ito .trial - Ruef' s
V9**tln}ieil on Page 3, Column 3
It is not a . new cry that Japan is
Itfyvngto gobble "the -trade of the . orient.
.."A< traveler tells 1 exactly what that means
: ih^aH^enlightening "article in
pei6e '"•Fires cents.
;Mayor -* Schmitz* : Wealthy
3>Friends -Will Extend .
. ' : Him Assistance
.The defendants namedlln the 23 in
dictments "filed on Saturday by the
grand- Jury -will appear before Judge
CofTey.- at.HO o'clock this morning to
furnish bonds. .These defendants in
clude; Eugene de Sabla, John Martin
and Frank G. Dram of the gas com
pany; G. r H. Umbsen.'J. "E. Green and
\V. - 1. Brobeck of the - Parkside com
pany;. Abe' Ruef and ; Mayor Schmitz.
As Ruef is already a prisoner, -he '..will
not;be called:upon to furnish a bond.
' Although the: indictments were filed
on the' prosecution did ; not
desire to impose any unnecessary hard
ships .upon the defendants, and, recog
nizing, the difficulty, of making arrange
ments' for bonds on Saturday night,
postponed the formal court proceedings
until today. All of the defendants will
therefore have had sufficient time to ar
range ..for bail. :
There was some doubt as to the
mayors-abilitys -ability to secure a bond now
that he . is - confronted with 35 indict
ments, but his wealthy friends have
pledged themselves to see" him through
to t the end. '
Plans Concerning Conference at The
Hague jtoße -Kept Secret Until ~
the Delegates Convene
Iy LONDON, : May Z 6.— A cabinet meet
ing was held Saturday night to deter
mine ' the : attitude i Great Britain will
adopt on the various questions to 'be
taken 'J. up at the approaching iconfer
ence'at-The Hague, "early, acting having
been prevented by the pressure of work
consequent ion the "meeting 'of the Im
perial conference and . the heavy , legis
lative program ln v parliament. Instruc
tions ".will] be given? to delegates to The
Hague during the .week, but ; the gov
ernment; will nofi make j any,^announce
ment concerning! Great' Britain's /atti
tude' in*; the ; house of commons -or else
where .before "the conference -meets.
Nation Mourns
the Passing of
Loved Woman
Widow of Martyrecf
President Expires
.While in Sleep -M
Leading Men of the
Country Are to .
Attend Rites
JCANTON; Ohio, May 26.—
Mrs. William McKinley, widow
of the late president, died at her
home here at 1 :05 o'clock this af-
For many years Mrs. McKin
ley had been an invalid. She re
covered from the shock of her
husband's tragic death, but it left
its mark, and when it was known
that she 'had suffered a stroke of pa
ralysis little hepe was felt that ihs
could survive. The end came peace
fully, almost Imperceptibly. Mrs. Mc-
Kinley:never knew of the efforts mads
to prolong her* life or of the solicitous
hope against hope of her sister and
other relatives and ' friends for her re
At the '- McKinley. home when deatn
came ,v;there • wera -, : ,pr»a«nf Secretary
Cortelyoa.*i MrV " and . Mjs.l; M. '. C> - Bar her.
MrsZ-fSarah^ Dtracan^ MrivLiither Day.
JustlceT&Hd Mrs. .William RS Day. DmL
Portxnann 'and Rlxey and the nurses, j
"Mrs/ McKinley /lived hours longer
than" was! expected," said the secretary.
."Her vitality was wonderful," said Dr.
It wa.3 :by * Secretary Cortelyou that
the announcement of. the demise was
given to the public. As this was flashed
over the land William McKinley post
and George D. Harter post. G. - A. It..
were forming 1 in line, and to. the strains
of "The March Religloso" the war vet
erans went .to the First Methodist
Episcopal church and listened to the
annual address, which was delivered
by Dr. Buxton. Mrs. McKinley's pastor.
The funeral arrangements as far as
made' are that Dr. Buxton will
charge of the services, which are to
be simple. The obsequies will 1 be held
at /the' McKinley home at' 2 o'clock
Wednesday afternoon- Secretary Cor
telyou •Is directing . the arrangements,
and "will remain here until after, the
funeral. Dr. ; Rlxey. left at. 5:30 o'clock
this evening for Washington. He will
Join President Roosevelt and go with
him', on his trip to Indianapolis and
Lansing this week. It was announced
tonight that President -Roosevelt and
Secretary Loeb would arrive in Canton
Wednesday morning to attend the
funeral services. Vice President Fair
banks, .who ; had of ten . been a house
guest of the McKinleys, is expected to
reach . here in \u25a0 time to attend the obse
The body of. lira. McKlnley will be
placed in the vault In "West Lawn ceme
tery, which also holds the body of her
husband, until the completion of the
national mausoleum on Monument hill,
when both caskets will be transferred
to receptacles In that tomb.
From numerous friends of Mrs. Mc-
Kinley, Mrs. Barber this ..evening re
ceived'telegrams of condolence on th*
death of her sister. Among these wer©
dispatches from President Roosevelt
and Vice President Fairbanks.
;— • .. .- , -
Mrs. McKinley's life of almost 60
years had been made familiar to the
nation by the fact that more than half
of it was a period of invalidism.
Through all this. "> however, she showed
a firm and unwavering interest in the
work of her husband and by her cheer
ing .words, in spite of her personal af
flictions, encouraged him when there
was darkness at hand.
She believed that his star of destiny
would never set until he had become
president of the United States, and for
more, than, a. quarter of .a century she
cherished that belief until her hopes
were realized.
.After President McKinley's death she
expressed . a desire to join him, add
prayed day by day. that she might die.
Later, however, she frequently told
friends that she desired to live until
thVcompletion of the McKinley mauso
leum, the gift of the nation and which
is to be dedicated on Monument hilt
September 20 next.
Ida Paxton wa3 born in Canton.
June S. .1347. James A. Saxton.
her.- father, .was an intellectual an:l
progressive business man 'and banker.

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