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Maybe you saw the odd photographs which were published yesterday? Cash prizes arc oxtered -for snapshots which are unusual. Watch them in The Sunday Call VOLUME OIL— XO. 171. FIREMAN DIES IN AMMONIA FUMES; THREE OVERCOME Basement Filled With the Powerful Gas Becomes Death Chamber WALKS TO HIS DOOM Comrades Are Led to the Rescue by One of Men Suffocated CARRIED OUT ALIVE Doctors Work in Vain to Revive Man Long in Vapor Filled Cellar OAKLAND, Nov. 17.— Overcome by the fatal fumes of ammonia while fighting a fire in the basement of a drug store here tonight, one fireman was dragged out dead and three of his comrades in an unconscious con dition. The dead: Edrrard Brandt. 624 Seveateenlli StreTt, crew of ensiae 1. The Injured: s*aiuueJ Short, foreman of rnctue 1. Samurl "Moreen, foreman of track 1. Georjfe Sturni, cr«r of traelc.l. The fire broke .out In the basement y*f Collins Brothers* drug store in the Masonic temple at about 8 o'clock to "night. Engine 1 was the first of the department to arrive on the scene and Brandt the first man to enter the burn ing basement. lie was followed byi Short, Morgan and Sturm. In the basement were many bottles of ammonia, which burst under the pressure Eenprftted by the heat of the fire, and the fireman, unconscious of th<Mr danger, walked right Into the chamber of death. Bn.t\DT FinST VICTIM Brandt was the first to fall a victim to the suffocating fumes of the escap ing ammonia, but on account of the Sdeijse smoke his companions did not notice his condition. Shortly after-; " ward they in turn were overcome and ! dropped to the floor. ; When the danger became known all \ the hoses, were deserted and fireman; after fireman rus'ned into the smoliej filled basement to rescue his comrade*. Short was the first to, be dragged out, | Morgan and Sturm being discovered! next. | Brandt had proceeded farther intoj the basement than the others and could I not be found. In vain the members of the department risked their lives time end again to reach him and St was not until Short had recovered sufficiently j to walk that he led the rescue party • to where lie had last seen Brandt. Vi'hen found Brandt was dying and ; expired in the arms of his fellow flre j fighters just as he was brought out j into the fresh air. i CAUSE OF THE FIUE ! The fire was caused by a. break In the flue of the furnace through which the flames darted, igniting some litter on the underground floor, where the clerks had been unpacking wares. Among these were some bottles of am monia, the pressure, from the contents breaking the bottles and allowing the fumes of the death dealing fluid to dingle with the smoke. BODY IS HIDDEN In the meantime E. Whitehead, fore man of truck l, ; and A. Cozzens, fore man of hose 1, had been In the base ment and were unable to find Eddie Brandt. Dry goods box.?s had fallen around him and his form was hidden. Then Short himself and C. J. McManus Of engine 1 went into the place. Mc- Manus stumbled on the body of the last fireman of three who were over come ;ltd while lugging the lifeless form to the surface was rn.«t by Short, Lvrho helloed carry his friend to th«^side The fire was about to break into the store above when the department ar rived, and had it not been^or the hero ism of the men. Brandt and the others, the whole building would have been doomffl. Hrandt, Short and Morgan, .otting under the direction of Fire \u25a0\Varde3i McDonald, carried the first hose into the basement, where the presence of ammonia had not been FuspT-ted. although it was known th«» ] l-asemcnt was ; used. as a Ftore. for ; «lr«jps. \Vli«*n;-the m^n riimbed down i tli*».Ftairs Brandt noticed the overpow- i erinj; fumes--. * .'\u25a0 - "What's that?" he asked, and iinmedi st^Jy felK CIor» behind was Short, who; ; stooped", to aid his stricken companion, ond Japped into unconsciousness him self, keeling back in the opposite way. These tivo were farther in than Mor gan, who %vas the second man dragged .out. The firot was Short, and it took the doctors 10 minutes to revive him. Then heltejfan to struggle back- toward ih" oeiiar of death, knowing that f::;ndt and Morgan were within. He ;js held for a tfm<% and" soon Morgan n<] h<*cn carried out. He was worked Continued oa Page o, Colucnn 1 The San Francisco Call. INDEX OF THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL'S NEWS TODAY TELEPHONE KEARXY SO MONDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1907 WEATHER COXDITIOXS YESTERDAY — Clear; northwest wind; maxi mum temperature, 62; minimum, 52. FOUECAST FOE TODAY — Fair; fresh north wind. : : "*^ Page 10 Holiday Today BY proclamation of Governor James N. Gillett today is de- ; clarede legal holiday in California. NEWS BY TELEGRAPH EASTEHV Secretary of treasury, with «pproral of presi dent will Issue $150,000,000 of certificates and rananm bonds to rellere financial sltua tion. -^*;; Pacel Stock market, more optimistic. Is busy clearing op wreckage and prpparlng for rreater pros- , perltr. P»se 10 Flotilla of tovppdoboat-destroyera will leare Norfolk nary yard on December 2 for the long cruise to this port. Pa»e 2 President B<->o9eTeit calls for meeting of all gOTerncra of states and territories in Washington during May to dlsouss question of means to con serve the natural* resources of the United States. X '\u25a0}\u25a0:, P»B« 4 Art of making lore may be taught in Chicago schools if. Francis G. Blair carries out his sug pestion that courtship and marriage be placed In corriculum. , c * Women incite strikers -to attack policemen. two of whom are injured by flying brlcUs^rben tnob of. 2,000 sympathliers marches through Loulsrille streets. P»*« c .'" Professor? Dor«»y of Field museum In Chicago criticises the .design for the new $20 gold p!*£«r-r*£"> " " rage 5 , St!. Paul railroad makes haste In track laying to capture rich prlie. Pag* 5 FOREIGN Mexico cedes MagdaJena bay on the coast of Lower California to the United States for a - ccallng statlen. P«se 1 SecreUry Taft and party on board the Rainbow arrive at Vladivostok. Page 4 German emperor's visit to Great Britain causes amity between the nations and writer sag gects tlie forming of au alllaace between United States. Germany and England. Page 4 COAST " Cupid makes Tlctlms of former Alam«da school teacher and ships surgeon at sea ao Mis* Oliver Taylor stops at Panama to continue JoSrney as Mrs. McCall. Patf?* 1 Train robrteni take autcaioblle glores and bibles from Southern )'ac!fie boxcar between Sao Luis OWepo and • il-po. Page 11 Breaker r :wo Kxnta Cruz fishermen off Black' pvia, -<ur Delmar, »nd bath are droirnfu. Pace 4 EDITORIAL .^.:; .«\u25a0 A Bfitque"and significant ratification Pace.6 " Ab unprofitable business. Pace 6 • \u25a0 TTorklag the dramatic oracle. . Pace 6 ' Proposed currency reforms. Pace 6 CITY ~- ":\:^ \u25a0\u25a0' Combination automobile and motor boat ; sinks la buy «nd Inventors bite a narrow escape, from | drowning. •"•\u25a0.:'. - Pace 1* i Legislature will p*ss \ San Francisco charter j amendments concerning proposed $25,000,000 bond j issue to rebuild municipal structures and pro vide aniUiary salt water system for fire fisht ing. . . • - . Pace 11 Japanese students present comedy version of j "Macbeth." in which ghost and red tablecloth play prominent parts. Pace 3 1 Life insnrance" men will take action to force/ out alleged "wildcat" companies who peddle ad visory board contracts. Pace 14 Mystery surrounds Identity of man who com mined suicide In hotel, his names having been JT. R. Cassidy. T. R. Kellly and J. A. Cassidy. 14 j Statue of retire Junlpero Serra. founder-of' California missions, presented to the city by ex- Mayor James D. Pbelao. unveiled in Gcldcn? Gate j park* Mayor Taylor accepts the gift In Ibe'name jof the city. \u25a0 . Pace 14 Musician* of the Milan opera company arc barred from playing at performances this week. owing to rules of musicians' union and federal | law. Pace 6 Several collections of pictures now on view de light art lovers of city. Page 7 Hundred men employed by United Railroads come close to death In burning lodging house, j but grope way out through the, smoke filled j hallways. : - Pace 14 Burglar Is pursued along streets by. man in pajamas, the robber being captured after excit ing cbasr. Pace 14 Bat thrown by careless baseball v»ayer hits Miis Carol Sheldon, a society girl, on the bead vfbile she Is watching a game and Inflicts serious Injury. . Pace 14 Negro. palmist shoots dark hued scoffer after altercation In Pacific street. Pace 14 Additional news reaches city concerning terri ble end of San Fraaclsco youth who was battered to death in'rigging of vessel wrecked In Alaska by storm. . Face 14 - Brakes on streetcar fall to work on grade and car strikes team of horses, the collision injuring woman and three men. Pace 10 SUBURBAN, • One; fireman' dies and three are overcome by fumes of ammonia in basement of Oakland drug store. Pace 1 Young ' VTomen's Christian association begins educational work today In Oakland. Page'"4 Many ...Interesting club events • scheduled for tlie coming week In .the cities' across the bay.' * Pace 8 Oakland real. estate.; men are optimistic, this week in regard to financial situation. Pace 8 Joseph Smith, head of the nonpolygamous bra nob of the Mormon church, discusses divorce, in eennon. Pace 8 SPORTS :]:''. Jockeys Walter Miller and- Eddie . Dugan. .tlie str.rs of tbe metropolitan turf this yoar, will ar rive bere this\week.*,- Pace 9 San.Jose state leaguers defeat Stockton at baseball. 2 to-1. . /. Puce 7 Greyhound I^ady Kelp wins another stnke at Inglrside' coursing, park. 1 Pag* 9 Al.Hoffman's maro^Kitty.P.wins the free for ai! at itae. Son - Francisco driving club raoeg on tlir- park n>eedw»j-. .. \u25a0. Page O * Automobile*-win start.today on the return en \ durance run from WUt«»r.Spring?." Page 7 j . Owen 'Mnran.' tbe English father weight," _ Trbo is to ipfet-'Xf'U, catches the fancy jof (h^ follow-. crs <if boiinjr., . Page 0 Albion \u25a0Rovers wio from the 'Vampires;in a j »p'<Hacul«r came of football. \ Pace 9 .Callagheritf's walk aIK over the Mahbnyltes in annual baseball game for the championship of Hayes /valley. . Page 9 MARINE. German Eleam*hip Jolosan arrives in port after! battle against terrific storm. . • Page 10 Steam schooner Brooklyn" hits rocks • at; Union landing and immps arc used to keep* vessel^ from sinking. Page 10 SOCIAL Great incroasr "of "wompn's clubs- in United Siatrs \u25a0is \u25a0 ehoVrn by, recently published : statist tics.' \u25a0;\u25a0: \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 -.;V" • -" PacVe SAN $150,000,000 OF PAPER WILL BE ISSUED BY U. S. Secretary t Corteiyou Offers Both Bonds and Certificates PRESIDENT APPROVES Roosevelt Says All Will Be Well if the Public Responds APPEALS-TO PATRIOTS Declares Money Is Needed at Once to Move Crops of South and West SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE CALL. WASHINGTON, Nov. 17.— There is something inspiring in the scheme for relieving the financial stringency which as the result of three days of conferences culminated late tonight in the announcement made by Secre tary Corteiyou, coupled with an ap peal to the American people by Presi dent Roosevelt. A double barreled plan for restoring public confidence, in which the federal government takes the lead, involving the issuance of treasury certificates amounting, to $100,000,000 and the offering of Panama canal bonds amounting Jo $50,000,000 was mad.c public by thti secretary of the treasury tonight. "With the announcement went word to the country from the president that everything was all right, that it was the duty of every one to get over the scare and resume business. and that no man who was a patriot would longer hoard his resources. The public is expected to use treas ury certificates, which run a year and bear 3 per cent interest. In this way an_ object lesson in con fldence in the financial-i nstitutions of the country, is given by Secretary Cor teiyou. If the public does not want all t : treasury certificates they can be taken by the banks and used as pre serve. The banks are expected.to buy the Panama canal bonds. The last is sue of these bonds was one of $30, 000,000, and. they we're sold as high as 51.04, although bearing only 2 per cent. Jhe bonds, when taken by the banks, can be used by. them as a basis for new circulation and that they will be taken is .the belief of financiers and of tiie officials xif the treasury department, who expect to see an immediate recov ery of confidence all along the line and a speedy disappearance of clearing house certificates. So- far as can be learned, none of the great financiers who have been in communication with the administration officials had any Idea that : tlye treasury department would add both measures of relief. BOTH ISSUES IVECESSARY It was expected that if Panama canal bonds were issued now the offering of the treasury certificates would be post poned or abandoned, or vice, versa, but the news reaching here from the south and west, as well as fronvthe east and New England, of the absolute dearth of money, the tight places some of the most important banks were in because of demands made on them, the fact that there had been an almost com plete cessation of cash payments in many of the large cities, the further in formation that a paralysis, fostered- by a lack of confidence, .was t not ; only creeping, but racing, across tho coun try— all these things quickened' the in terest of the administration in what it had gradually come to recognize as a serious crisis. _-- In his letter; to Corteiyou. approving the treasurer's 'plans, President Roose velt states that he \u25a0 lias been assured that the leaders in congress have under consideration a currency- measure "which will meet in permanent fashion the needs of the situation, and which, I believe, will bypassed at an early date after congress convenes, two weeks 'hence."/ , Tlie .president also calls attention -to the fact that 'what is needed most -jot this time Is that tlie people should "realize "how fundamentally sound business conditions in this country are and how absurd it Is to permit them selves to get into -a panic and create a stringency -by hoardinp; tlieir savings instead of trusting perfectly sound banks." . \u25a0;- , . - I'ITK.SinK\T'S I.ETTEII The president's letter follows: Tb« TMiito Housp. Washington, N<>r. 17. 1907. Mjv Dear Mr. Ojrtol.roii: . I liaTc ponsi'jrred your proposal. .., I 1I 1 approve ih" Issue 'of the ?30, 000.000 of ranaina lwnfls whl^h will be imme diately arailable as the basis f^r additional cun - encr. I also ajiprove tlie. issue of $J00,000, 000, or so niui'li a« you may 'find ; necessary, of $30 3 per cent interWt- bearing government notes,, the proceeds of the \u25a0 sale pi \u25a0 which can be at once deposited by you vrhere tlie greatest noul exists and wptclally In thr- f.est and J south, | where the crops liare to be moved.'. I uave^as-' suranoe tliat the^loatlcrn of fconsrpss! are consid ering acnrronoyblll which will- meet' in , permit-' 1 ! nent" fashion tht> nooils of the situation «n<l which j Continued on Page S, Columns'- 2 ; and 3 Magdalena Bay Ceded to United States Coaling Station \6n the Coast of Lower California Given "Over by Mexico MEXICO CITT, Nov. a:.— Mexico has ceded Magdalena bay on. the coast of Lower California to be used for the purpose of a coaling station by. the United States navy. This is considered the first fruit' of -the i recent visit of Secretary 4jf State Root to this re public. " ; The announcement of the cession of the west coast harbor, which has been used for years by ships, of the United States navy for. the purpose of target practice, was substantiated quallfiedly; by- the state .department last night when the secretary of foreign relations said that the United' States would «be allowed to maintain two coaling ships at Magdalena hay for a period of three years, provided a like concession were made to. the goverhment of Mexico. \u25a0 At the state department it' was ad mitted that>the quesion of a coaling station for the United States navy; was one of the \u25a0 questions considered by Sec retary Root and President Diaz. .The latter recommended that the .coaling privilege \ should be extended , to , the United States for a period of five years. Ten days ago .a session of the senate was; held for tho purpose of considering tho. 'matter.- and -\t' : was amended , as Btatctl. i * . ' .. ' . • "' "When an official ot the state depart ment was:, asked if',' the matter, : of : a "navy yard and fortifications r* had en tered- into 'tlie agreement lie replied that tliese./ arrangements were not es pecially covered by^ the treaty 'just ratified by the "senate: ' ; / -.' -WASHINGTON, Nov. : 17.— Assistant Secretary of State Adee confirmed tho dispatch from Mexico City that , the United .States^ would be allowed 'to maintain two coaling- ships at "Magda lena- bay. on -the coast ot'Lower Cali fornia for, a period of three years, pro vided'a like- concessionV were .made to tho government v of Mexico by, the United States.;. •;\u25a0\u25a0 ; ' ' : : ' •- ' : - ' ..-' ' . NabMng the Gulp tit Art of Making itove to Be Taught in School Francis ;(/. Blair Suggests That Courtship and Marriage Be Placed in* Curriculum SPECIAL \u25a0 DISPATCH TO THE CALL. CHICAGO, Nov. 17.— The science 'of '.\u25a0'\u25a0\u25a0 .-\u25a0\u25a0' \u25a0 courtship will be taught in the .public schools of Illinois if Francis G. Blair, state superintendent of public instruc tion,, has his way. Superintendent Blair' does not insist' that a new.de- ipartmont ' of . instruction \u25a0 be : added.. Rather \u25a0 he suggests that > the. teachlng-r and practice — be \u25a0 made a part- of the instruction in English, certain,master pieces of .English literature being taken "as textbooks. He made his suggestion at .'a meeting , of the Chicago lEngllsh club, -.an -organization 'of ; teachers ifi English: in .the Chicago -schools. \u25a0> "I belieye.and believe it thoroughly," he said, _ "that? courtship, and marriage should bfi made subjects of instruction in our Illinois schools, just as much as your spelling and' arithmetic. ; -"Why do 'we spend years and' millions with our .children. 1 instructing' them in theo retical-studies,' and' turn away. entirely from tlie • things ; that 'are closest to the life'; the child will live .after, school days? ! "I have seen this done in country schools.- It \u25a0xan-rbejdone, feasibly and beautifully. I have seen, children tak ing* the 'parts .of .. Priscillai Miles dish and John Alden. and: going through .the courtship ' without: .i" trace of em barrassment or .laughter.'!,' '\u25a0'" Lan fust Be Able to Coofc,SaysY^WvO.A. SPECIAL DISPATCH TO THE CALL. * DUBUQUE,' la., Nov. 17.— The local •Young , [Women's 'Christian association ,has:decided; it is. necessary for men to ;learn cooking • and ' household " duties. Special classes, were -announced today. It 'is -said! tlie Iwomen's1 women's club life is so strenuous jthat the Um«bands must be .taught,- to_^ take-, the v.'ife's --place in household duties. , . s^jrhe w \Norsemen are corning with their yacht "to ~- try for the America cup! A good story of these hardy sailors of the north will appear^ in The Sunday Call Cnpid Makes Teacher His Victim at Sea Miss Olive Taylor, Formerly in Alameda Schools, Becomes Bride of Surgeon McCall SPECIAL DISPATCH TO T^E CALL. fvLOS ANGEL.ES, ,Nov. 17.—^A few weeks ;agb Miss Olive Taylor, formerly afteacher in the public schools in this city, started .for New Tork by way of Panama. .Before reaching the isthmus she fell- in love with the ship's surgeon and, when'- sh« i arrived in New Tork she 'wasV&lrs.^McCalL y . -. "The re*. was llttla time f or wooln*. and it .was almost a case of lov« at first sight, for -the romantic atmospher* of the \ tropics helped -the .little love god in' his.' machinations. Dr. McCall per suaded Miss Taylor, to gro ashore at Panama and become his wife Just \u25a0as soon as the 1 boat, dropped anchor in the harbor: Then Mrs..; McCall continued on her- -way. , • Dr. McCall . expects to secure a per manent position in th* medical service on the isthmus and is anxiously await ing .^the; return. of his fair* bride ~ to the southern climes. -Mrs.' McCall Is an Ala meda,'•: girl \u25a0 and taugftt school in the San - Francisco suburb before coming to Los r Angeles.* \ Impertinent Question No. 25 , Why Do You laugh? For the most original or wittiest answer to this ques tion—and tfie briefer the better^The Call will pay } FIVE-PPLLARS. For the next five answers The GalllwiU pay ONE DOLLAR each. Prize wirinihgi answers will be printed next Wednesday and checks mailed to the winners at once. Make your- answer short and address it to IMPERTINENT QUESTIONS, ISHKrHECALL PRICE FIVE CENTS. LEGISLATURE TO AID $25,000,000 BOND ISSUE HERE Charter Amendments Will Be Passed in Plan for City Buildings WILL RAISE INTEREST Rate on. Securities of San Francisco to Advance i to 5 Per Cent GOVERNOR TO HELP State and Local Officials Will Work to Promote Great Project PROPOSED BOND ISSUE -\u25a0 For new city, hail and hall of justice. $7,000,000 For auxiliary salt water system for fighting fire . 5,000,000 For city and county hospital 1,000,000 Unsold bonds for schools, streets. s ewers , library, street, jail, to be canceled and re issued 12,000,000 Total $25,000,000 Senator Eddie Wolfe, Supervisor Daniel Murphy, chairman of the char ter " amendments committee 0f,., the board, and Chief Clerk John E. Behan of the supervisors spent all of yester day, in. conference over Tan Francisco's charter, amendments which are, to be -presented" ter'tne state legislature at jefce special session -Particular atten tldn,w»s given^toth* consideration of amendment No. 1, which provides for an increased interest to be paid oa municipal bonds. On that amendment depends the fate of the plan to re habilitate at this time the city's mu nicipal buildings and public works. Bonds of an : amount of from JSO.OOQ.OO^ to $25,000,000 will have to be issued before the 'work can be started and completed. . GOVERNOR TO AID Pt.AX Senator Wolfe is to handle the meas ures on the floor of the legislature and Supervisor Murphy will go to Sacra mento and watch the proceedings on the amendments. to guard against any errors in the bills which might sub sequently jeopardizes the legallty-of the bonds. Governor Gillett will assist ta expediting the work. : After the legislature nas ratted the amendments the board of supervisors will immediately proceed to act upon the bond issue authorized under amend-. ment Xo. l. N ln 1905 an issue of bonds to'tha extent of $17,000,000 was mad* by the city. Qi- this issue $5,000,090 worth. approximately. were sold. Twelve million dollars* worth a! th# securities are now In the vaults^They cannot be disposed of ov.'ins to th« low rate of interestl^^chlch^Js set at 2 per cent. This unmarketable , batch of bonds will be cancelled, by the super visors as soon as they have power t« act. '-" HH BOXD ESTIMATE! PREPARED Than a daelaratorr ordlnano* \u25a0will be passed* sattln* forth tha purpota of the -board to call for, a nsvr lisa* *Z bonds and reQuirtss estimates 'from the city engineer. As xsost at those estimates are^no-w. available little de lay '-w lll resultl The ordinances have to ;be printed. for statutory periods an« thV proposed bondlas; propositions will have to b* published prior to the elaa tlon: which will be callod. It Is esti mated that allowing far' all time that must elapse It will be three months • before an election can legally be held. Then: probably two months will elapse before the bonds can be disposed of. • even at the advantageous interest of .