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The story o\ the declaration of inde
pendence is not an old story when it is
told by Ida M. Tarbcll. You will find the'
intensely interesting article in
The Sunday Call
VOLUME Cn.—NO. 24.
Convict Eugene E. Schmitz Passes Quiet Sabbath in Felon's Cell in the County Jail
Makes Purchases Near Red
wood City Which Will
+ Rival Spring Valley
Seeks to Close Road Where
Great Reservoir Could
. Be Constructed
People Speculate Whether
He Is Acting for Bay
Cities Company
William J. Dingee, cement
king, of this, city and San Mateo
county, but better known as the
former president of the Contra
Costa water company of Alameda
county, has again entered the field
as an owner of valuable water
rights. By making purchases
quietly in conjunction with his
residence in Redwood City he has
acquired a watershed as large if
not larger than that of the Spring
Va Hey /water company.
Whether Dlngee contemplates' the
formation of a. new \rater company, or
is acting in conjunction with the Bay
Cities corporation, 5s not known. It
Is hinted that he has made the exten
sive purchases in order to place himself
In a position to dictate terms to the
Spring Valley. He has brought about a
F:tuatiosi whereby he can check the
extension of the Spring Valley hold
Within the last three years W. J.
Dingee has come Into possession of
eight large tracts in San Matco count?-.
These large pieces of land, all of which
xvith but one exception are over 100
a<res in extent and comprise In all
about 3,000 acres, contain a watershed
adjoining that of the Spring Valley
t. atcr company's holdings and are of
great value a3 a prospective adjunct
to that company.
These tracts, taken as a single sec
tion of the county, compriso an area
fronting; on the county road near Red
wood City, about half a mile in length,
with the greatest width extending far
beyond the main divide of the coast
nountains. The acreage constitutes a
ycrfect watershed of great size, as the
jMngee holdings extend on both sides
of the elope. The property adjoins the
Crystal springs reservoir tract of the
Fprins Valley water company and in
cudes the greater part of the southern
supply of the lake. This reservoir is
cie of the main contributaries of the
writer supply of San Francisco. Should
Vlifgec desire, he could, by erecting a
reservoir on his land, so drain these
streams as to STcatly deplete the sup
ply from the eouthern side and in this
manner reduce Crystal lake materially.
It is from tLe southern side, the moun
tains being of higher elevation on the
I'ingee property than farther north,
;hat the larger amount at the supply of
\u25a0 ~ -. ?—? — , >-
the lake comes.
To purchase these valuable holdings
l>ingee <15d not enter the market per
sonally, but acted through various pri
vate channels until be bad secured a
far larger holding than i«" commonly
!H-licve<J. Dingee made his first appear.
ance a» a land purchaser in that region
<>f San Mateo county about three years
ago, when he secured the old Hawes
homestead and shortly afterward the
j:niil B. Hopkins ranch. In this pur
chase he obtained a frontage on the
coUnty road , near Redwood City of
about a quarter of a mile and extend
ieff toward the west for a far greater
distance. This tract con tains. 630 acres
and is one of the most val,uablc of his
entire there. He bought the
Talbo # t<home last summer shortly after
,\ he property was given to Mrs. Talbot
by her' husband, when they separated.
Though only 26 acres are in this prop
erty, the place commands a big front
age on the county road, however, and
•with it the means of ; communication
to the tract to the -west." , '•'.
-; From the time of Dingee'V first pur
«ha£e;up to the present time he has had
agVnts engaged actively, in negotiating
for.la.ftd adjoining these pieces "of .prop
erty. The large holdings of the:,W.'"G.
Brittain^ ejste-te'.also ha veVbpeh, bought
Continued on rate S, JJUddlc Column 6
The San Francisco Call.
MONDAY, JUNE 24. 1907
XESTERDAT — dear; maximum temperature,
62; minimum, 50.
FOEECAST FOB TODAT— Fair, with flog
la morct^c y and at night; freslj northwest
wind. . Paye 10
Future holds no doubt. ' - Fage 6
The Schmltz campaign of malice. P&ge 6
A theory on one leg. Paga 6
Convict Schmitt passes quiet Sabbath at the
county Jail. Prosecution is preparing to pro
ceed with the trial of Louis Glass of the tele
phone company on a charge of baring bribed
snperrisors. Paso 1
strike: situation
Telegraph company managers announce that
unless the strikers return to work today they
will be replaced. Messenger boys may Join ia
the strike. -Fare I
Woman leads an attack on a Bryant street car
and nearly causes a riot. Detective Gibson shot
In tLe foot daring the trouble near the Chutes
on Saturday night. Faga 3
Passengertess car run* away on steep grade
In Twenty-fonrth street and plunges swiftly
through streets for more than eight blocks. F. 1
William J. Dingee acquires great watershed
acreage In San Mateo county which rivals in ex
tent that of the Spring Valley company. Page 1
Princess Alice, daughter of king ofjLajsaii
Island, arrives here to reeeire edpcatlon. Page 14
Stupid cow eaves the life of the president of
Guatemala. Page 14
Probation officer looms as ogre to children who
play with Peter Pan. Page 14
Prizes are awarded in forensic contest at the
Sacred Heart college. Page 10
Three youths start to walk from Boston to this
city on a wager that they will reach hereH>efore
October 12. Page 9
Prosecutor Heoey and Judge Buck will de
liver addresses at fourth of July celebration in
South San Franc! too. j Page 8
Captain J. T; Nance, military commandant of
eta te university, promotes many student offi
cers. ---_\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 \u25a0 • -', \u25a0\u25a0 '. . . P*je «
Burllnpame women's club wins' crusade for law
apalntt the »a!e ofliqcor in the town. . Page 2
Seventeen year old Stella rVy. who'fleft 1 from
Cincinnati, shields her lover Irom criticism of
parents. ' '•"',' \u25a0 . . ;. Fag* •
Bishop Nichols officiates at services st reopen
ing Of £t. Peel's Episcopal church in Oak
land. . Page 8
Vallejo's health officer starts crusade against
milkmen who have been reeding brewery refuse
to oorrs. s Page 9
Ua y wood to assert his innocence in court to
day and outline plan of defense. . Page- 3
Nearly one thousand men killed in accidents
in Pittshurg mills in a year. Page 2
Italian immigrant who killed a man and
wounded two women on a rtock Island train in
Kansas says he was in the throes of a nightmare
at the time. Page 3
Jealous husband shoots, rival in a Boise hotel
and populace is wildly excited, until it is learned
that tragedy has oo connection with Haywood
case. Page 3
World's i money markels . show heavy and
apathetic conditions and strain of coming settle*
menu causes borne ' anxiety. . Page 10
FOREIGN" .... .-
America's debt collrcting plan, suggested at
The Hague, will bot be opposed by European
powers. Page 2
Albert, hunted leader of French Trine rrowers'
revolt, calls on Clemenceau. Page 3
Agitation in Tokyo "over the school question is
being kept up by the progressives, who are
seeking to injure tbe ministry. Page 3
Jimmy Britt's training quarters prove inade
quate to accommodate tbe many fight fans win
want to see him in action. Fag* 5
Janes and I'oley reach finals in tennis double*
tournament on the park courts. . Page 5
Hawthorne racetrack, near Chicago, may be
reopened next Saturday. • Page S
San Francisco takes two baseball games from
Los Angeles and Oakland defeats Portland. F, 5
Natioual guardsmen' of , ;«Ute are waiting for
portion of federal appropriation to arm and equty
companies. . Page 4
Ship Pern has rough experience on voyag*
from Liverpool to this port. • . Page 10
Mining activity near Folsom, in tbe Alleghany
district and near Mobave, is noticeable , among
industries of the state. Fag* 0
Boy Is Put to Death When
Relatives Fail, to For- ;
ward Ransom
23.— Two miles in ; tHe inte
rior of a big swamp near this
city the headless body of
Walter Lamaiia, an Italian
child between; 7 and 8 years
old, who was kidnaped, and
held -for $600 ransom -two
weeks ago, was found byvthe
police and yigilants ; justSjSer
fore ndaybreak^ today. :He
had : been strangled to'death*
according-*. to* : the^ confession
of ' several
the police. - . r - -\u25a0 * . T - "*
S^nV ' F«ANeiSO9!^M3^
Picture of- what n>as left of Twehtyfourth street car after it had dashed Jdown;an eight block grade,
jumped rails and demolished telegraph ]ahd r .tdephonei'p6sh[^6ng':ihe : Vfay.---' . -
Runaway Street
Car Flies Eight
Blocks oh Hill
People' Elee'as^Mad
DowncßoaHs l f!:
Unstay ed \u25a0by r brakes ' and f abaWddned G
bj r !tSvm6torrnanr,a'.-'pas,sphgerless>>C r aivi
dashed down ;thetsteep^grade,.in. TwqtiV;'
ty-fourth -street, -from '."Hoffman ' av-j-'
nue, last evening and," after, a*' crashing
run of eight blocks," two. of .which. were
down a trackless street,- the> battered
car came toastandstill'at the corn«r of
Guerrero jßtreeU; ; A Jangle, of wires!;
snapped and telephone>pble3,
lamp and - hitching posts -the
trail -of the runaway • coach. . '\u25a0 * .' i A
Liko Victor Hugo's unleashc,d qannon
on the : tossing ; ship of = war, ; > the ' car.
after; it .left,; the rails,, seemed imbued
with life. Dashing to one, side of the
street it would , splinter a Itelegraph
pole and. as tho' broken timber, sus
tained by sagging wires, hung over th*
street, it would carom to'the other side
and rip out^a lamp post ;\u25a0*• .then; it ?Va-,
reened . on. its way,' followed .) by the
snapping of the poles and the crash
of broken glass until at Guerrcro'sVrect
level ground was reached. V There '!t
swung sideways against another wire
strung pole, which snapped like a; pipe-,
stem, but stopped the \ car's journey. ,
That no one was killed was regarded
as almost a miracle, but" the deafening
roar of . the car far up i>. the ; street
warned . pedestrians farther, down,, who
hurried. o,ut of "harm's way— in many
cases none too "soon; ; ' \u25a0•' .
The only person" hurt Jn connection
with thoTwreck* was Charles Pergher,
a longshoreman living /at/ ICI Clipper
streeL The crowd which '\u25a0- gathered
quickly identified Pergher; mistakenly,
as the motorman and 'as ; he / stooped to
pickup his hat he was .beaten severely
by strike pympathizers. He finally
managed to make his identity known
and the assailants left him. Patrolman;
Burke sent % Pergher to • the city and
.county hospital,* where his wounds were
dressed.. /- : \u25a0.-.' c-.'\c -.'\ \u25a0- '\u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0', \u25a0 i '..".' ' " -
"Before the crowd which gathered
could fully understand the nature of
the accident an' inbound -Guerrero street
car approached . and was -,- attacked! b£
roughs.' Chief /Electrician Fisher, v'who
lives in the "neighborhood, anticipating
trouble,^ was : armed. . He jumped on; the
car. ' drew/ his , revolver,, and . kept'; the
hoodlums oft the. platform until the
car had passed. byvthe crowd' in safety..
The";* runaway .car,'- No. (587, of the
West Twenty-fourth street line, reached
the Hoffman avenue terminal at^s:4s
p. m. -Conductor G. Harris got Toff;; to;
switch the trolley, and; the motorman,-
P. Latten, l took • off the**c6ntrolier; from'
what -.was then .'\u25a0 the rear ' end." • \u25a0 Before
he • h ad passed'- thr ou gh . the I caK? 1 1 \ h ad
started. -The ;brakes\had;:given . way.
Patrolman David <HHr. r MiUsr waV-on^the;
outside ; seat.'; '.The^conductor:- did , not;
have .time. to board .the*/ car/ and^ was
left.' LThe'raotorman*' applied*. the'brakes,.
b u t the ' im pp e tu s Vof \ th e ' i. car,/ d own s t h e*»
steep •* Incline!?;waa E-hot^.' stayed. 4 " ;'He]
Jumped.- off. s ?^ Patrolman : Mills | tried \his \u25a0
hand ''?^at tth e|braUe s.^
gained 'frightfully.^ When it/shOt]'past
Ch attanooga^fs tr e etVMi 1 1 s^apedjf o ft '/^ 'ft
th«-«runaw^S^a^in^H»^wiT4-§^lJ«h > t5
r«:«jSja^il'foa l Piiitej^BiSto»tColi»»»»t?r
PrbsecutiSn Is Preparing Uto Proceed
'\u25a0"\u25a0: IWitlvHthe Louis Glass
Cale ndar of the Graft Cases
Monday^ June ;24,M0 'a. m.— Judge Lavlors court,. Pabricli Calhoun, Xhormuell
Mullalls,\Tirey rFord, William 'AlnmtL, ~*Leiiia Class, , Frank C. Drum,
' .. ; John Martin 'and 'Eugene de Sakla.. argument- on] motion to set aside indictment.
Monday, -June .24— Meeting" of 'hoard of 'supervisors. . \u25a0.;\u25a0:: \u25a0, . \u25a0 '
Tuesday, ~ June .2s, 2ip.,m.-— Judge Seavell's court. >Chief. of \u25a0 Police . Dinan, , pro~
ceeJings ! for '\u25a0 removal on accusation. \ '.-.
Wednesday, 'June' 26, 10 a. m.-— Judge Dunne's ccourtt t Abe Ruef, for sentence on
\' charge of 'extortion.' ' ". /. : .' •\u25a0. •:'\u25a0;.-' : -:
Thursday, June 27, AO, a. m.— -Judge. Dunne's court. Mayor Schmitz, for sentence
on charge. of : extortion.-, _ \u25a0 . "• '\u25a0 : '.'
Monday;} July ~i\, '10 r a." m.—Judge - La'alor's . court', \u25a0 Louis Class, for ' trial on
\u0084 charge' of - , " . . - .- '"\ ... \u25a0 \,'
Monday, July \u25a01 . 2 p. \m.— Meeting of board' of supervisors. * Selection of nes>
.' '.'mayor. .;.*'*.'.'\u25a0; ,. . V '\u25a0'[ '"• ''\u25a0'\u25a0'..'\u25a0".l'" : ' '\u25a0' '~'h V'jr'\ iv r . '- — \u25a0
"Eugene l E.; Schmitz,^ convicted 'grafter, spent Sunday . . quietly,
preparing • himself for the sentence of a term of years in the : state
pHson,^which\^ll|be^>paVsed^up6n*him- this ; week. Schmitz did not
leave^ the county jail^yestefday/^s.his attorneys agreed : on Saturday
that" no request j for^ Wstrelea^ r made to the court unless
an extraordinary, occasion should! arise. ; On-Thursday morning at 10
o'clock Schmitz 'will 1 be called l for .=." sentence ; before Judge Dunne for
extortion/:. -\u25a0 N '\u25a0 r •.." ; - \u25a0•:\u25a0 \u25a0 v^<>. \ " ' ' , : - \u25a0'\u25a0 "'-\u25a0•' \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0--
l \ i' Louis -\Glass,., vice president of sthe) pacific States telephone r and
telegraplrf company,^ grand jury, indict-;
ment'ibVbughtJto^tVialijn'theigraft'caswl:". On Monday next it is likely
that ! tji c work pHm paneling a; jury/tj ury/tb \u25a0 t ry ; hi m on a eh arge of : having
bribecj^ithe^supervisors^'wili; begins District , Attorney X Langdon
"rriade'-that: announcement yesterday after'noph:-"..
(;';;':iSorastute*afe ijthe: attqrneysjretairied;,by;the accused telephone
officiials^that ? riew;obstru^
the pians ; 6f -the iproSecution thwarted. 7; D:\ ikL rDelrrias, 'senior coun
seftfo7:Glass;*haiE^a^^ pro
ceedftss^.'ButfJudse'lJawlby/on "• Friday.
; last set; the case .for irial on July , 1. ;In
'Judge; ''tawlo^s^cVurt^todjiy^'^rsument
>"will/be."rna<3e'by, -the;.bpposln^..attoVneys
in^th^case'on.the 'motion'of ;tlie l defense
ftojsetgasi'de'.thV ; . Indictments^/ X.
f«*AThe? '^'-'supervisors twho-«have >con
fessEd:. to >v having * received* bribes Sr from
ith'e.l telephone will ,be \u25ba lmpor^
,tant lwltnesses{in|the \ Glass 'cases, 'an^d
!tbjeftHalfotr<ilase-will .bej exciting arid
first f opportunity j the
ln> public. -When they' previously con
fessed it,; was : ,wlthiiv the secret pre
clnctS;of f the;grand : jiiryrroom. \u25a0 ';•; '•
iThe -board ', of .-boodlers will meet to
day,.bbur;t r ; It ils ; noC.ftrobable ;that?a'suc
cessor": to ; will ,\ be i selected at
\u25a0the /"session... The aright-: man -for ' the
place! has: not ,ytV been 1 selected by?: the
prosecution. . \u25a0 v %
* - In . passiiis ; on^* the motion \of ~Glass ]to
set >i aeide ; + • the indictments *, pending
Coßtlriued on Page 5 3, '^Middle i Column* 3
rr^xThe .bjaw' way to prepare for the* fourth
"Tof^Jaly is to .read the striking articles
and study the illustrations, next Sunday,
in the holiday number of
Company Superintendents Say
Men Will Be Replaced if They
Do Not Return to Work Today
Messenger Boys May Refuse to Deliver
Telegrams Handled by Strike
Breakers in Local Offices
jTJ XCEPT for the arrival of nine strike breakers from the
JL* east, Sunday brought little change in the local telegraph
situation. Company managers announce that the men
must return to work today or they will be replaced. Leaders
in the strike movement will be refused re-employment by the
Western Union. It is feared that the messenger boys will
refuse to deliver- telegrams handled by nonunion operators.
West Oakland has become the storm center of the
telegraphers' struggle for a 25 per cent increase in wages.
Since the fire much of the San Francisco business has been
handled across the bay, and the headquarters of the com
panies and the strikers are on the eastern side of San Fran-
Nine strike breakers arrived from the east on a late
train last night.
In the central station maintained by the company at
the foot of Seventh street, Oakland, about 35 operators,
nearly half of them women, were at work yesterday. De
tectives were stationed at the door and around the build
ing, and in several instances hacks called at the place and
took strike breakers uptown. In the rear of the building
several cars had been .placed on the side tracks and these
\yere. fitted up as dining rooms aptf. sleeping apartments
for use during-the strike.
:?jLittle activity was shown during the day at the head
quarters'; established v by. 'the striking
operators *in" lower Seventlr .'street, and
few ;of the s strikers*, except the regu
lar-relays of picket's, who work in four
hour shifts, reported during the day.
The. majority of the strikers had taken
President Small's suggestion to employ
a part of their time in recreation and
had gone to neighboring pleasure re
sorts or taken J trips into the country.
President Small himself spent ..the
greater portion of the day and even
ing" in Port Costa.
'Members of ' the executive commit
tee laugh" at the report that a. train
load of nonunion "operators arrived
hers last night. They claim to have
received positive information from
friends, in the ; intermountain states
that the passengers of the train were
strike breakers imported by the United
Railroads 'of San Francisco and a few
operators, mostly for the Southern Pa
cific railroad lines.
- Superintendent Storrer of the Postal
said yesterday that so far as he was
aware no effort ha<J been made as yet
by either the ' Western Union or the
Postal to engage men.
"None are 'on the way. We are mere
ly awaiting for our men to return. "We
will wait until tomorrow. The places
of those who do not seek employment
will.be filled as rapidly we are
able, to do it," said Storrer.
The head of the Postal company ad
mitted that the work 'ot "the company
had been seriously delayed^ by the
, -As yet, however," _ he said, "them
has been no great loss in business on
account of the strike. Naturally, when
a strike 'ls declared in our line of in
dustry there .are fewer applications
for messages to be sent ouU», We take
care : of 'death . messages* first. These
include messages of extreme sickness
which involve' possible ending in death,
such as operations and notices thereof
to relatives. This class has right of
way : and has been . and will be taken
care of with little loss of time. Next
come governmental messages, then* the
less important : matters f of commerce
and society./; All of this ; Is provided for
by the statutes • of ' the • state.
Impertinent Question No. 4
Why Should You Have a Vacation?
For the^ most^original or wittiest answer to this ques
tion-—and ihe briefer the betters—The Call will
pay FIVE DtDLLARS^ For the next ive
answers The Gall will paypNE DOLLAR each.
Prize winning answers will be printed next Wednes
day- •• and checks' mailed to the winners at* once.
Make your answers. short and address them to
The Sunday Call
"If our men do not return by; to
morrow we will get other men, .but
the. termination of the i4riJce." so' far
as the commercial telegraphers' union
Is concerned, will be in New York.'*, "\u25a0
In this Storror was indorsed by tha
strikers yesterday, who declared that
there was no possibility of the oßl
cials of either company in this city
settling: the strike. Questions of ser
vice and salaries, they sald, v rested with
the board of directors of the two com
panies In ?Cew York.
There was much discussion yester
day over the probability of the mes
senger boys soinicr out if nonunion
telegraphers were imported. Though
the boys have no organization, they
have acted as a unit on several occa
sions in the past. Many of the older
lads said yesterday that they would
not deliver messages taken \u25a0 over, the
wires by strike breakers.
The officials admitted that this would
be a serious matter, as the shortage
of labor in tlie messenger boy seryita
has been a difficulty against which the
companies have contended ever sinco
the nre last year.
In discuaslnjsr the situation yester
day, President Small of the union said:
"The real flsht will be begun oa
Monday, when the early week rush of
business is on. The few out of town
managers and chief operators who can
be induced to take the places of t?.«
strikers will have arrived to the city
by Monday or Tuesday, but should they
go to work the companies, with the
additional force, will be in & . wors«
predicament than they were Friday
and Saturday, days on which telegraph
business is light.
"Our reports from various points
show that th© tleup is complete. Los
Angeles was 1.500 messages behind at
midnight Saturday, and the operating
force at that point was reported by
Western Union officials in 'an ugly
mood." From Portland com* 3 the re
port that there Is a blockade of bun
ness on the northern routV.
, "By Wednesday of this week the con
gestion of telegraph business between

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