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Schoolteachers all over Calif ornia are
finding the weekly article in the teach
> era* corner of The Junior Call of great
interest a-nri assistance to them. In The
Jumox every Saturday.
YOLTME CIV.— NO. 178. •
Insurance Companies Plan
United Action to Have Their
Interests Safeguarded
New Snits Will Bring Claims
Against Water Octopus to
Federal Court Will Be Petitioned
to Take Action in Matter
Without Delay
THE Spring Valley water com
pany will be called upon in a few I
days to begin a battle for its
« life. Preparations have been
made for a suit to be filed in the
United .States circuit court asking for
the appointment of a receiver for the
corporation. The request will be
made by a number or fire insurance
companies, which have united to press
their claims against the octopus. The
plea for a receiver will be based on
the fact that the claims will exceed
the Spring Valley's capital stock. The
decision to apply for a receiver was
prompted by rumors that Spring Val
ley had made plans to turn its assets
over to a new organization differing
from the present company in name
Claims to the amount of $17,000,000'
have already been filed against Spring
Valley by individuals aud insurance,
companies, who charge that their !
losses in the big fire of April. 1906,
were due to the negligence of the
water corporation. To these claims
will be added this week another |
amounting to $25,000,000. The new
claims will be presented in a suit to
be lilcd by one of the big eastern in
surance companies.
$42,000,00(V of Claims
The promised suit will bring the
claims against Spring Valley to the
grand total of $42,000,000. As the
capital stock of the concern is only
$25,000,000 the plaintiffs in the several
suits will unite in the request that the
-court appoint a receiver to safeguard
their interests.
The matter is being pressed on be
half of. the individual losers and the
big insurance companies by a prom
inent law firm of New York. This
nrm has had the co-operation of
Harry Quimby. an attorney who en
deavored after, the fire to adjust losses
on behalf of some of the eastern com
The preliminary work is being done
in San Francisco by Attorneys Henry
C Schaertzer and F. Henry Williams,
who have offices in the Humboldt
bank building. Williams came to San
Francisco. from New York to gather
the necessary data and has already
lilcd with the court an imposing array
of affidavits. These will be supplemented
\u25a0 by additional documents, all calculated
to .show that the greater part of the
fire losses were due directly to the
shortcomings of the Spring .Valley
Claimants Want Protection
' The claimants f eal» that since their
demands fcave reached euch a large
they should be protected by the
.'•court. It is with this in mind that
they will seek a receivership. A re
•\u2666*'r«iver, they argue, acting under the
T direction of the court, would be in a
position to prevent the alienation of
•*ny Spring- Valley property which
• inig'ht become available to meet such
claims as might receive favorable con- |
After. all the preliminary work has
been completed by Schaertzer and j
•Williams they will be reinforced by |
attorneys from New York, who will beJ
sent to the coast by the big Insurance
companies. The companies have agreed
to pool their Interests and will press
th« matter to as speedy a determina
tion as possible.
A Mass of Data
Williams was not inclined to discuss
the matter yesterday, preferring to j
await more tangible developments. He j
has accumulated a mass of data which
would fill several volumes. Every day
more Is being added to the interesting
• collection.
It is understood that the attorneys
. will draw up tho petition for a re
ceiver during the next two weeks. It
is etated that special care will be made
to - comply with every phase of the
statutes -so that there may be no de
lay because of hastily drawn papers.
In support of the allegation that the
Spring Valley was directly to blame
fertile fire losses the attorneys will
Introduce a portion of the recent deci
sion of Judge Farrington. ' In that de
cision the Spring Valley company was
held culpable in that it had placed its
pipes on marshy ground, although it
b*d been warned of the danger. '._.!_
The San Francisco Call.
Wireless Message Travels Nearly 6,000 Miles!
The Wireless Telegraph Station on Russian Hill catches signals of a Marconi telegram all the way from Japan. This is the %rea^est featof wireless telegraphy yet accomplished anywhere.
YESTEJIDAY— PartIy cloudy; west wind;
maximum temperature, SS; minimnm, ' 4S.
FORECA^ FOR TODAY— Fair; cloudy at
nlgbt; llgbt southwest wind. Pace 15
The case against Blggy. I'ag-e 6
Japanese diplomatic lobbying. Page <$
The Kaiser's predicament. . Pace O
Twelve Juror* temporarily secured to try boss
grafter's attorney on bribery chars*. Fagre 2
Acn forced to make progress In Kuef trial and
(Gallagher's examination ends. Page 2
ttuef s ex-chauffeur will probably be indicted
tor perjury this morning. rage 3
Dr. Wallace A. Eriggs suggests, that con
demned criminals test the tubercular infec
tion. \u25a0 Pace 1
Insurance companies to nnlte in application to
federal court to bare receiTer appointed for
Spring Valley. Page 1
The wireleas station on Russian bill
catches signals from Japan, nearly 6.000
miles away. Page 1
Twenty-five million dollar corporation formed
<o control gold dredging on Feather and Ameri
ca* riTers. Pace "l
Nineteen year .old boy comes as stowaway on
Alameda after having been sent back la mid
ocean from another ship.. l'age 1
Taxpayer scores United Railroads for disre
garding rights of public. Page 8
Slinlng raen from.aall parts of country to
assemble In ritt&burg. : Pace S
league of the Republic . to. establish local
branch to aid in fight for reform. , I'age 8
Famous old New Xear'^ere celebratipa ' \u25a0will
! be^feTlred'this year. Pane 8
Mayor Tn'vlor calls npon visiting Chinese com
missioner?. • Page Id
Dr. Carrae Marquis secures injunction .against
medical society in case on ethics. " ' Page 16
Motion to quash summons in Western Union
suit against the cable company argued In
court Page 16
"Attempt made to burn big Illinois glass works
by dropping burning paper through win
dow. Pace 8
Xchool and health boards clash OTer vaccina
tion certificates. . Pace 1
Immigration authorities' Inrcstigation of al
leged t>niuggliug of Chinese from liner Mongolia
begins today. J Page 10
Chief of Police Biggy tries to shift negli
gence in Haas case by preferring charges .
against Duko. Burke and Bohl. Pace 5
Lorin hotel robbers committed other burglar
ies and both are ex-convict*. Page 6
Edward Jennings, wealthy grocer, Is sued
for divorce. Page 5
Brutal conductor roughly handles - Invalid
woman; disappears when police search for
him. . Page 5
Corona club has benefit for new building at
Valencia theater. Page 7
Brave policeman saves tiny Chinese maid from
burning building In | Oakland. Page 4
Oakland merchants' exchange sends letter of
sympathy to Heney. Page 4
"I'll go my own way," writes Edna Clark to
grandmother in Oakland. - Page 4
Baby John's alleged dynamite cache called a
rat hole by defense witness. Page 4
Companion of youth killed In marshes takes
stand in Rea murder trial. Page 4
Theodore A. Bell will become . counsel for
Western Pacific, says "Doc" Prather of Lake
county In Los Angeles. - Page 7
Honolulu plans celebration for opening of Pearl
harbor in 1912. Page 7
W. J. Dlngec's transfer of New York . man-.
tion to wife Intended as Christmas gift. Page 3
Harriman securities advance on application of
Southern I'aciflc company to list new com
mon stock. Page 1
John D. :Rockefeller on witness stand in New
York admits participation in many big railroad
deals and bares the secrets of his personal
holdings. Page 16
Chagres river lowers . pile of : earth In big
Gatun dam and inundates the Panama rail
road. • Page 3
Henry R. Mallory and Boston capitalists reor
ganize Morse's steamship combine. Page 7
Naval hospital ship Relief Is now overdue
on voyage to Guam and concern -for safety is
felt. j Page 3
Hayiisn revolutionists capture and execute
General \x Conte and pillage towns. Page 3
Coffroth beats Gleason in legal battle and
Ketche! and Papke will fight before his club to
morrow afternoon. Pajpe 9
Relay runners are ready for their long sprint
to San Jose tomorrow. Page 9
- Hayes and Dorando* to reran Olympic Marathon
race at New York .tonight. - Page 10
Twenty -six runners enter for Century club*
Marathon race. Page 9
JJ. C. Hlldreth's f30,000 colt, Uncle, goes lame
again. Page 10
Cresiina at 15 to 1 wins Carter handicap from
Montgomery. '- Page 9
Polo season opens tomorrow on Clark's field
at San.Mateo. - Page 10
Buttling Nelson not prosecuted . for resisting
an officer. Page S
Freddie Welsb^ and Abe Attcll ready for the.
goDg. * Page 10
International auto race for light cars. at ;Sa
vannah today. Page 10
Joe Thomas loses decision in' tame fight with
Sailor Burke at. Boston. Page 10
Gans sends check to bind match with-MeFar
land. Page 10
t Engagement announced cf Miss Helen Wolebtt
nnd J"erph W. Soften. BB? jtM Page 8
Band of Australian gipsies arrives from Hono^
lulu oa the liner AlanvKU, „ Pngre 15
$25,000,000 Corporation Is
Formed to Control Properties
on Rivers
, A gigantic deal involving tlie con f
trol of the largest, gold 'dredge prop
erties along the Feather and 'the
American rivers — the richest of their
kind in the world — was partly effected
yesterday in the filing of articles of
incorporation of the Natofnas" Consoli
dated of California, which is capitalized
at. $25,000,000.
Behind the deal, which has been In
progress for several months, are Wil
liam H. Crocker, William P.;Hammon,
Eugene de Sabla and Frank W.- Griffin,
all of whom have ' been prominently
identified in one way or. another ; with
gold dredging in California since Ham
mon established himself, on a large
scale on the Feather and the American
rivers 15 or 20 years ago.
The new company will take over at
an early date the Feather • River de
velopment company, which controls-the
larger companies operating along -the
Feather, river, and the Natomas devel
opment company, which' has been grad
ually absorbing dredge , properties
along the American river.
Heavily interested in the latter com-,
panics, which were the outgrowth \u25a0'\u25a0 of
William P. Hammon's enterprise in that
section of the state, are Crocker, De
Sabla, H£mmon, Millionaire Hanford of
Sacramento, the ' Lewlssohns of .New.
York and several wealthy men of Bos
With the consummation of the pres
ent deal, the biggest tlrat has been
made .of record; in ; California for' -a
number of years, the projectors intend
to expand the present operations along
the Feather and the American rivers.
The incorporators of the Natomas
consolidated yesterday were Frank W.
Griffin, Charles' W. Slack, Maurice E.
Griffin, Perry Evans, George R. Ray,
Reginald A. , Orrett, . Chauncey, S. Goodt
rich, Richmond Strong, David ; P. Cam
eron, Frank J. Taf oro and James G.
R. W. Theobold, San Francisco,
Violates State Law- and
Lands in Jail
SEATTLE, Wash., : Nov. . 24— R. W.
Theobald, a prominent businessman
here, formerly of, San P'ra ncisco, was
arrested today, charged with violating:
the state law in marrying two days
after '-the decree of. divorce instead .of
waiting six months. 1 : Theobald married
Frances Howard -Tappen," daughter of
Judge D. It. -Tappan -of Alameda, two
days after ha ving. divorced Anna Teras
Theobald of, San ; Francisco, on Septem
ber 28 last.' ;, His first; marriage *> was in
San Francisco,' in January. 1904, ' and he
Is the^father of , several 1 children. • He
came' to Seattle, June 15, 1906, leaving:
his wife In San* Francisco; and "obtained
a divorce-on the ground of cruelty.'by
publication. She is still in Ran Fran
cisco. The , new. wife ' ls '• 22 years Jold. ;
Watkins at his receiving instrument "on Russian Hill.
Refusal to Recognize Vaccina
tion Certificates From Physi= \
cians: Causes Big Row
>. The. board of : education and the board
of health are at ; loggerheads over the
question of vaccination of children in
the public schools. A large \u25a0 corps of
nurses- In "the employ of the health de
partment have been visiting the schools
of the; department since the beginning
of tho fall term and because of their,
decision that vaccination has not been
properly performed a large number of
chfldren have, been excluded from the
The dissension hinges principally • on
the validity vof a; certificate given by
a. physician not belonging or, associated
with the health, board :" to '\u25a0< a child
brought to him by its parents. \u25a0 The
board of health has been disregarding
these -certificates, while the board of
education maintains.- that' -they are
valid and all that legally is. required. I
Out of a number of complaints .that
have • come to the notice;, of the board
of education the case^of Gertrude and
Helen Hancock, the' daughters'' of
Charles N. Hancock, foreman of the
A; C.Soule. contracting company, and
whose . residence ' is &t 88 Diamond
street, who were excluded on Monday!
from "the Monroe school, has been taken
up, for special 1 examination. .'
• Both. children were diligently treated
for vaccination by," Dr.»William C.;'iHop
per, -a vof wide, experience,
who >'\u25a0 was \u25a0 formerly- resident physician
and surgeon of St. " Mary's 'hospital.
After' four_. successive, applications of
vaccine,- which "took" \u25a0 on , other
dren; the Hancock children showed that
they, .were immune .to .; the serum. - .i,
. In spite'of the physician's, report the
children were, cxcludedlfrom the school.
Hancock called on Acting ; Superintend- |
ent'of Schools f W. B. Howard" yesterday
and "explained the situation, 'r Webster
showed Hancock' the' law- in: the? mat
ter, which distinctly provides]' that :^a
certificate _/>f a, licensed 'physician 'must
be" taken by it" principal' of a, school as
proof .that the ;child;has ,been ; diligent
ly \u25a0examined' or ; .YPS.cioated«"/ ; t\£*
How Worlds Wireless Record
Was Broken at Russian Hill
I Operator at Russian Hill Station -
': tr have been hearing the signals for about four
|^;^^/\ months, but they, have been too faint to be intelligible
1. and weshave thought all along that it was the Atlan
, tic coast thatUvas; talking; At first- we could barely distinguish
! the: signals; and could only tell that it was some one sending.
> V ;AKou^hrcei^ccks^ago;we';ma<ie an improvement, in the
; receiving, apparatus^ which has brought in all signals much
I stronger. .With this improvement we, were able to tell that it
i was not the east coast, but some wireless sation that did not
\ use the international code.
i * The operator at Honolulu has heard these signals at the
i same time-we were listening to them and until we made this
i improvement it had been a matter of speculation between the
i Honolulu station and- the Russian Hill station as to whether
i they came from Japan or from the east coast.
i It is now settled beyond a doubt that they are Japanese
t signals that we hear. . On a, good "wireless night" we can hear
> the signals; between 4 and 6 o'clock a. m.\
Application to List New Common
Stock Foreshadows Finan«
cial Plan
Special Dispatch to .The Call
NEW YORK, Nov. 24.— 1t is believed
in Wall street that important" financial
plans in connection with; the Harriman
properties were foreshadowed ; today in
the application of the Southern Pacific
company to list $74,866,400 of. new
common ; stock, • which is to be ex
changed for the preferred stock. This
was the "Interpretation, at least, put
upon tlie announcement by. speculators.
Union Pacific advanced from 179^ to
183?£; Southern \ Pacific ; from 116?». to
119%, .and Southern Pacific preferred
from 121 Vi'to,' 122^;
There was another meeting of .the
Southern Pacific and Union Pacific di
rectors .today. Itis believed that they
are considering plans for the retire^
ment of the \ Southern Pacific preferred
stock v * and ..the; formation of a Union
Pacific holding company to separate the
assetsC in ; the treasury from the rail
It is thought that two different issues
of stock, will be made ; and that the
asset; stock will be put on; a 5 per cent
basis, .while the railroad stock will
pay 6 or>7 per cent. "It is on' this ex
pectation that the great rise in Union
Pacific has'been based.
San^Rafael Minister Announces
His* Selection as Associate
Rector of Trinity
, SAN RAFAEL, VXoy: ; : 24.— The, Rev.
Ernest -j Bradley, j 'rector.; o"f -I. St. 'Paul's
Episcopal church .for the H last • three
yea rs'.'fmade '\u25a0. public today"- the .fact that
he has > been {chosen . as associate : rector
of Trinity*church\ in San Francisco and
that." heiis; to' leave* for his : nevsrfduties
wVthi'n?a':few;'daya.- .-'.Whljej lnfSaji'Ra
fael'Mr:=Bradiey ; has- made" a* "jjreatj suc
cess. He .works especially among iboys
and|ho ha s :buil t -a <\u25a0 gymnasium (for ; the
10 uos; ttr e ' or [ his parl r/C^JSMISfo?
every week in^the history contest in The
Junior Call now serve as badges of clev
erness for scores of^boys and girls all
over California. Have you won yours?.
Dr. Wallace A. Briggs Suggests
Experiments as to Tubercu
lar Infection
In a letter to . the board of prison
directors Dr. Wallace A. Briggs of
Sacramento, -vice president of the state
board of health, has suggested that ex
periments should be made with crimi
nals condemned, to death, in order to
determine the origin of tubercular in
His novel Idea is based on the fact
that scientists differ as to the origin of
the disease.
Professors Koch and yon Behrlng.
both world wide authorities as bac
teriologists, express radically different
views as to the origin of tubercular
infection in the human family. Pro
fessor Koch, believes that it is chiefly
of human 'origin and Yon Behring that
it is of bovine origin.
Dr. Briggs in his letter says:
"If Koch Is right our crusade against
tuberculosis must be directed to pre
vent the spread of this disease from
one. human being to another;. If Yon
Behring is right, it must be directed
against the spread of tuberculosis from
thebovine to the human family.
"Vast Interests, • economic as well aa
humanitarian, hinge on the solution
of this question. "To an early and
positive solution, however, experimen
tation on human beings is necessary."
The letter was read at the last meet
ing of the board of prison directors,
which ! was held November i 21. The
members of the' board present " were
United States District Attorney Robert
T." Devlin, president: Charles E. Clinch
and Charles E.,Sonntag.
.5" "It : was decided to give publicity to
Dr.' Briggs' letter in the hope that
physicians, health officials and others
Interested in the crusade against the
"white plague" might offer their views
; Prison Director "Sonntag said yester
day that he believed that special legis
lation would be necessary to give the
governor the power to grant pardons
or, in some other way reward men who
offered themselves into the hands -of
the experimenters. The, constitution of
the United States as well as that of
California' provides that prisoners shall
not be subjected to cruel or unusual
punishment,' consequently condemned
criminals could not* be used for experi
mental purposes unless they volun
teered. .
United States District Attorney Dev
; '."Persons condemned to death might
volunteer in; the interests of, science.
Condemned- criminals would, have to
die anyway, by 'process of law, and " the
experiments are" not necessarily fatal.
'Cures have % been effected, and those
who volunteer would be : under the
watchful'care of noted physicians. The
condemned person has forfeited ; his -life
to; society and I can^ not see why there
should be any . objection to such ex
periments; when the- reasons for them
fire, considered." -\
Messages Between Stations
Across Pacific Are Caught
on Russian Hill
Dots and Dashes Travel Nearly
.6,000 Miles, BreakitoAH
Previous Records
Local Operators Hear Signals
for Four"M6nths,and Then
Feat Opens^Prbspect of Use of
System in Oriental Corn*
BY wireless, from Japan to the
United States, 5,761 miles!
The feat has< been accom-
plished. From far off Nippon
a message, sped in the code of the
little brown men, has been ticked off
on the receivers of the United wire
less company on Russian hill.
Nearly 6,000 miles! . The wireless
telegraphy record- has been broken,
and to J. O. Watkins, operator oa the
heights that overlook the bay, has
come. the honor of being the one to
hear the unintelligible characters that
have ; flashed thousands of miles
across the Pacific.
Little did the Japanese think that
their messages were being heard in
the United States, a distance of nearly
6,000 : miles. Even Watkins, who
knows the tick of every \vireles3 in
strument on the Pacific coast and fas
far" across the waters as Honolulu,
was puzzled for nearly four months
before he discovered that he had been
hearing messages from the land of
the chrysanthemum.
Heard Four Months Ago
The signals were first- heard four
months ago. They were so indistinct
that the operator could not recognize
them. He paid but little attention to
them, thinking that they were from
some amateur wireless operator who
was trying to send messages. Later
on, when the signals had begun to be
heard regularly on good wireless
nights, Watkins began to think that
they""were being sent from some point
along the Atlantic coast.
On October 'll wireless communica
tion was established between San
Francisco and Honolulu. When the In
struments in the Hawaiian Islands
were finally and properly Installed
Watkins, I* A. Malasin and A. A. Isbell.
the operator at the Hawaiian "station,
were in communication dally. Watklna
told of the strange messages he had
been listening to. messages which he
could not translate on account of them
not being in the international code.
Heard in Honolulu
Isbell answered that he had beard
the same messages and Cashed a mes
sage to Watkins, giving as his, opinion
that the messages were from Japan.
Three weeks ago a new receiving
apparatus was Installed in -the station
on Russian hill and thereafter the
messages became much more distinct.
Attempts to answer 'the signals were
made but as Watkins received no an
swer, he became more convinced that
the signals .were from Japan. The let
ters A-B-C, would be flashed according
to the Morse'code. then a series of un
familiar dots and dashes would be
heard. . j
Watkins attempted to put several of
the messages together. The letters B aad
A* would come together, then" the' let
ter X w/iuld flash twice, then an un
intelligible mass, of dots and dashes.
The more he tried to make sense oat
of the mysterious flashes that were
pounding at hts ear, the more con
vinced he became that communication
with the. land of the Mikado had been
Receives* No Answer
The absence of words and letters of
the international code gave W*atkins his
first Inkling that the messages had
originated in Japan. Only two coun
tries, \u25a0\u25a0 Japan and China, use codes of
their own in transmitting wireless'
messages. . China has a code entirely
its own and Japan uaes a code made
from the 'Morse code and f.rom Japan
ese letters. He sent messages of con
gratulations to Japan, but received no
answer.^' He ' sent messages to Hono
lulu and asked that station to try and
get Into communication with Japan.
The Honolulu station could not catch
Japan, or at any rate, received no an
' All efforts to Identify the messages
appeared to be futile until a copy of a
Japanese code was found and several
Of tne codewords translated. The boo*

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