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"Portrait Studies From Life of Beautiful
Women o f San Francisco Society."
Mrs. de la Montanya Shot With Robert G. Hanford's Pistol; Rich Mining Promoter
And Railroad Official in Room at Time; Speculation Rife as to cause of Shooting
U. S. Regulars, Constabulary
and Mosquito Fleet Wipe Out
Renegades on Jolo Island
American Loss I Killed, 3 Offi
cers, 20 Soldiers and 1
Sailor Wounded
Bandits Take Refuge in Cave
and Fight Desperately Until
Every One Dies
MANILA, July 6.— ln a desperate
f.pht near Patian. on Jolo island,
yesterday. Jikiri. the famous
Moro outlaw rhief. was killed and his
' entire band exterminated.
Th«- assaulting foro*> consisted of de
tachments of regulars and constabu
lary under Captain George Lv Byram
of tho Sixth United States cavalry, op
erating In conjunction with a naval flo
tilla of the mosquito fleet under Lieu
tenant Commander Signor.
The American loss was one private
killed and three officers and 20 en
listpd men and one sailor wounded.
Private O'Conneil of Troop A. Sixth
..cavalry, was the one man killed am«ng
the Americans and the officers wounded
are Lieutenants Kennedy, Miller and
Arthur H. Wilson, all of the Sixth.
Trapped in a Cave
Captain Byram's cavalry, with a few
t-couts and constabulary, and a de-*
tachment of sailors under Lieutenant-
Commander Signor, located and at
tacked the qutlaws In, the mountains
r.ot far from the coast. The Mores
y fled and took refuge in a large cave.
/ The column of troops and sailors sur
rounded the plac, but Jikiri refused
to surrender. A concerted attack was
made, the Moros fighting desperately
In. the mouth of th ecave until the
last member of the band was dead.
As yt, few details of the fight have
hi'een received here. The divisional
headquarters of the army here account
for the large number of wounded
\u25a0among the troops on the theory that j
#the cave was mined and that some of |
the Americans were wounded by the
Commends Lieutenant Miller
In his brief report. Captain Byram
warmly commends Lieutenant Miller
- for bravery and gallantry In action.
Captain Byram gave no details as to
the condition of the wounded.
Colonel Hoyt. commanding the troops
in the Island of Mindanao, in whose
department the operations took place,
commends Captain Byram very highly
•\u25a0 ' and Sn a report to Major General
William P. Duval, commanding the di
vision of the Philippines, stated that
his work in exterminating Jikiri and
his band, was worthy of the highest
commendation. Colonel , Hoyt. also
thanks Lieutenant Commander Signor
for the valuable assistance given the
land forces.
Jikiri Led Many Raids
Jikiri was one of the most famous
4 outlaws remaining in the islands. Ever
since the American occupation he has
fought the whites and has led raid
after raid In which numerous Ameri
cans and many friendly natives were
Detachments of troops have pursued
him time and again, but he always
.managed to elude them, only to com
jr.lt further murders where least ex- ;
Orders were finally given for a sys
'. tematic campaign against him, which,
after \u25a0 months, has resulted • In his
death and the extermination of bis*
Jolo island, or £ulu, as it is also
knov.n, is the largest of the Sulu
group in the extreme * southwestern
part of the Philippine archipelago. The
Fultan of Fulu i« the native ruler.
One of the Stewards 111 of
YOKOHAMA. July 6.— The Pacific
Mail liner. China, which arrived from
San Francisco today, has been ordered
Into quarantine, as one of the stewards
aboard was discovered to be ill with
In response to cabled requests from
New York the Yokohama police have'
been watching every steamer arriving
from the United States to arrest Leon \u25a0
, LJng. the Chinese wanted, for. the, mur
der of Elsie Sigel.
The crew of the China was looked
over and the. ship searched ' without
Th« current year book of the Car
n«gle, institution shows that, during
the last year $636,200 was distributed
atnon? nearly 800- persons, engaged 1 in
acUstiOo research.
The San Francisco Call.
TUESDAY, July 6. 1909
! Protection for the mukillrd workmen. P6
Mnlr fleserTKjly grilled by M»n«on. ' Page 6
Calhoua's inpadent attack on Heney. PajjeC
Ti» Call acd some others. „ Page 6
Luthf r Burbank offends a botanist. I'oge 6 .
Slts'-apci's "I/Amico Fritx" to be giren Ameri
can premier in this dtj. Page 14
Funeral of Mrs. Nellie Holbrook Blinn will be
held this afternoon. Page 7
Carl Strom, commander of Aeolian yacht
<-lul>. to marry Miss Nor* Hensen on detfc of
jicht. iV.' -Page 7
Fourth of July is widely obserred In San
Franrifco. Page 14
Moforpjclirt in endurance run killed by train
at £oltdad. , Page 3
Noise relffiM all day in Alameda county orer
celebration of tbe fourth. Pa jfc S
Pretty Orermore school teacher goes east to
wed namesake she baa never seen. Page 9
Oakland smart set enjoys holiday celebration
at Claremont club. - Page S
Incendiary sets fire to building !n Oak
land. PaseS
Husband of rroman Raffles suffers rerrous
collapse. Page O
Woman tells Oakland police *tran?e. story of
robbery. Page S
Automobile runs down woman and speeds
away. Page 0
Japanese strikers at Honolulu kidnap fellow
countryman. Page 0
Wealthy rroman at Seattle fighting against
Impending deportation. ' Page 14
San Anselmo bas tbe re*l old fashioned fourth
of July. Page 0
Her. Anna H. Shaw chosen head of euSra
sette*. Page 14
•Mother and fonr children lose life when home
bums. Page 9
Asbley I>Uer. polytechnic high school J grad
uate, drowns in the Sacramento rirer. Page 9
EASTERN :fi-^: fi-^
Taft talks on right of free worship In patri
otic address at Norwich, Conn. . Page 3
Electrical storm in Colorado does damage esti
mated at $30i>,000. . Page 14
Congress spends ' fourth of July laboring on
tariff bill. Page 14
Pacific Mail liner China in quarantine at
Yokohama. Page 1
"\u25a0 nigh ' German official on trial on charge of
perjury... Page 9
Famous Moro outlaw chief and his band -on
Jolo island exterminated. Three American offi
cers and 21 enlisted men wounded and one pri
rate killed. Page 1
Ketchel . gets . . a hairline decision orer
Papke after 20 rounds of disappointing fight
ing. Page 11
"Michigan lion" fails to make good and his
opponent fights him to a standstill. Page 11
Coffrotb offers the men another match as soon
as they can agree on 45 rounds. Page 11
Coa«t league scores — Portland 4, Oakland 1;
Portland 2, Oakland 1; San Francisco 5,' Sacra
mento 0; San Francisco 3, Sacramento o.' State
league acorea — Stockton 7, Fresno 0; Santa Cruz
13." San Francisco 11; San Jose 7, Oakland 4;
Oakland 8, San Jose 1. Page 10
May Sut ton defeats Mabel Hotchkiss in chal
lenge tennis match. Page 12
McLoughlin and Janes, holders of coast
double tennis championshop, win from Bell and
Bundy. Page 12
King's Daughter ' easily wins Commonwealth
handicap at Sheepshead Bay. Page 12
Martin "3. Sheridan, giant , New York - police
man, increases famous score by winning nine
out of ten contests. Pace 12
Aquatic sports pleasing featnre of holiday
celebration. Page 12
Meadowbrook (t<. 1.) polo team wrests the
American cup from the ' British crack
players. - ' Page 10
Gerbardt clips two second* from the coast
300 yards record. Pace 12
Detroit, loses and Athletics win two gamos,
making the race in the American league \u25a0 more
exciting. Page 12
Four got f contests are held on links of the
Burliagim* Country c\tb. Page 13
Record crowd turns out at th». Thistle clnb'a
gam»« at' Shell Mound park. . • Page 10
Youth is-drowned during rewling regatta on
Charles rlrer basin, and boats are cap
•Ued. . 'Page 12
First test of the anti-betting law is made at
the Ingleside coursing park. Page 12
Army transport . Thomas will sail today for
Philippines with 1,200 soldiers and a large num
ber of cabin passengers. Page 17
Owners of dre establishments organize to fight
Japanese. . Page 14
English Aviator Alakes Claim
of Notable Feat
LONDON, July 5. — According ;to the
Daily News, ' the airship seen flying
about \-arious parts of Great Britain
last May was a craft about 150 feet
long of 300 horsepower, invented and
built by Dr. .William M. Boyd. .
Boyd claims that In his experimental
flights he; crossed the Irish channel
at a speed. of 32 miles. an hour, cover
ing a distance of 90 miles.
On another occasion the- doctor
claims <he traveled 350 miles, making
only one descent.
Makes Five Mile Flight
. NORWICH, Conn., . JulyV;s.--rCaptain
Thomas -, E. Baldwin -: made :a.i flight i of
five miles, today in his California } At?
row dirigible airship. The; Arrow .was
equipped with a • new * motor, which
weighs ; onlyvss pounds. Captain Bald-^
win declares, this motor' will develop
25 horsepower when oropery tuned.-
san • ;peancisc6; ; ote^^SS 1 ® ?^^&
The Circumstances of Whose
Death the Call Has
brought to Light
\u25a0It is true Mr. Whittemore and Mr. Hanford came to me late
\ Saturday .afternoon and told me the facts surrounding the death of
Mrs. de la Monlanya. -I was in a hurry, as I was making preparations
to go to Santa Cruz, and I guess /overlooked the importance of thz
- Doth Mr.. WMltemorc -and ]Mr. Hanford assured- me, however,
that they' would make the facts public. ' I recognize now that I should
have insisted upon publicity at once.. They promised they ' Would be
.present at. the inquest and J accepted their word.
They expressed, 'ihc* belief;: in to me, thai Mrs. dc la Mon
tanya had committed suicide. The autopsy, I think, showed that. They
could assign.no motive for filicide,. but held the' opinion that she had:
-' killed herself. 1 guess Lam to blame in not having made ' the information
public at the time.. , .; v. ': * ' '- >\
Thirteen Smart Maidens in
Bathing ; ' Suits - Contest
While 200 Cheer V
' Society has a new game and a new
champion.*- Society, also*- had . a secret
all.to itself yesterday* until some mem
bers [ of the '• inner circle 1 so' far forgot
pledges ;of silence \rs , to_ divulge • some
Interesting facts that! were not to have
been -told ; outside the- sacred precincts
of the Marini country and golf club. .
\u25a0 Thirteen •matrons .' and. maids; who
splashed about in, bathing ..suits', before
an audience* of \u25a0: 200%' enthusiastic so
ciety' people .» of San; Francisco
Marin, county were the participants in
the. new game. The big ssalt5 salt f water
swimming,: tank c at ' + the., Marin* country
and golf * club .; was ';the' ; .: scene *of the
contest. i ' ~ Mrs. George >;Martin> prom
inent in- society: circles on -both > sides
of- the \bay, ,, was the' heroine', of ; the
gruelling t strife -for 1 aquatic ',' honors. > '
' -It was.:a "tub*racp,> r arranged .as the
cfownine feature of "'ycsterday^sj Inde
penderieo day, celebration at tne exten
sive club quarters, /that ' aroused '.the
enthusiasrfi "of the' beholders' to high
est pitch and caused the .order for the
seal of silence to be set' It was a tub
race inV which 13 j of^the^fairest young'
women: .of '\u25a0-. the ; society -": set battled
valiantly . :. to i t hie ., music .of the ",'\u25a0 cheers
of the onlookers. '\u25a0/
The 125 -foot ; stretch of; the ;blg salt
water plunge made . an' ldoal course for.
the. race, even if the old fashioned tubs
emoloved as vessels of transport were
a bit unseaworthy. \u25a0 And it was < ex
citing! : Oh, yes! -Especially when \ two
tubs \u25a0 collided.. or. when "bnejcapslzed: and
tipped screaming'; occupantK into, sev
eral 1 * feet -of" water. "made by
the. frantic "efforts "\ of .the other' racers.'
'-/The ra.ee ;was r run."ln- three>h"eats and
Mrs. , George'vfMartin ]was the' winner.
Second ; honors^in^tlie race ;were; won
by .Miss Phyllis "jde* Young. ' r .- : Among the
other .contestants >who "took part ;* were
Misses " Alice V.Oge.' ,' ; Dpi lie" Cushi h'g, J
Louise-Boyd. <Liloj p d:; Baldwin, Calhourir
Hamilton^ arid; Scott^; J \u25a0"'• -T , ; «L -'-\u25a0"\u25a0 ' ".&• "\u25a0 f
Exercises at Auburn
;r^The; following.: lit
erary .'exercises ..were, held ; here. v today
directly '/'af ter. v .'th"eX parade -'. reached the
pafk:'sMusicT|in~vocation,*' ; R?v:V.Richa'rd
Vereker ;J music; vibration j^Frank ; ! : Mc-
Gowan'bf ' SanfFrahcisco;, music; decla
ration^- of £i independence; : : Mrs. ,•*, Raglan
Mrs.iGuyj,Walsh;of. 'Auburn ;i;'A. s Tribute
to -: the "-. Flag,"abyj;Mrsr?Abblfc r Martin
Spangled r ißanner.'-'4ledC.by ,:thei"Auburn
male."auartet:''benediction. lliW.*.rA^|l l iW.*.rA^| Cash.,
Witnesses Say rair Divorcee Picked up
Guest's Weapon and Fatal Shot
; >\u25a0 Suddenly Rang Out
••\u25a0.-\u25a0 :. - - -•\u25a0\u25a0•;•\u25a0 '\u25a0\u25a0:'. s 'WHmp^iwi
TT7 T ITH the belated confessions from the persons'. .who surrounded Mrs. Lorena de la Montanya
°n the night of her .-tragic end at last received/ by The Call, it was determined yesterday that
the pistol with which the fatal shot was, fired was the property of Robert G. Hanford, wealthy
mining promoter, one time defendant in a sensational divorce suit and but a newly acquired, acquaint
ance of the dead woman. And furthermore, that Hanford and, as was announced exclusively in The
Call yesterday, Charles O. Whittemore of: Los Angeles, vice president of the Las Vegas and Tonopah
railroad were, \vith Mrs. Margaret W. Patton of 2047. Green street, guests of Mrs. de la Montanya on
the fatal night. It developed, also, that when it was found that their hostess was dying from a wound
inflicted by a revolver placed within her reach by Hanford that Hanford and' Whittemore slunk from
the scene, leaving Mrs. Patton to face the city officials with such a story as she might devise.
Uncertainty is still rife as to the cause of death of the beautiful divorced wife of Marquis James de
la Montanya.' Mrs: -Patton insists that the woman shot herself accidentally, following her indulgence
of an irresistible whim to point every revolver she touched at her head. Hanford was positive that
death was premeditated, although he could assign no cause for the suicide. Late last evening Captain
of Detectives Anderson ordered that Hanford be brought to the central police office where he was
sweated by the detectives. - .
The conduct of Hanford and Whittemore in this case has been such asto cast suspicion upon their
every action and nothing that they 'now say can be accepted without the fullest corroboration.
It was learned yesterday that Coroner T. B. W. Leland was informed of their part in the fatality, but
the coroner did not consider their statements of sufficient public interest to be placed at the disposal
of !the police,;and Saturday and Sunday the detectives of the department worked helplessly on the mys
tery, following blind leads.
The statements of the persons present at the tragedy follow:
jijm RS. DE LA ; MO NT ANY A shot ner"se'lf.by accident
j[y^\vith a revolver belonging- to -R.G. Hanford, and
"Hartford and Charles O. Whittembre werc.iin the
apartment at the time of the tragedy.. At first, l said that
themen were not there. I. thought that» there, would be
less sensation if that was not. known. But I now* see that
I made a mistake in the matter and 1 am glad to tell the
whole truth. Anyway, I would have told the truth at the
coroners inquest. I did not want to go to prison for
17 -years'" for perjury.; "jyy" ' , . \u0084,
My first story was true in. so far that the shooting
was an accident. I don't think any one saw the shot
fired./ .
Saw Mrs. de la Montanya Sink to the Floor
Whittemore and T were. sitting on a lounge by the
east window, looking out over the bay, and Hanford was
in" the dining room*, which is separated simply by an
alcove. He was standing- by the table, I believe, as he
Was .-about to concoct' an "Irish sour" (as he called it).
When the report sounded I thought that a firecracker had
exploded in the room. - I turned suddenly and saw Mrs.
de la Montanya sinking to the floor. L thought "What "a
graceful woman. she is!" Then I saw blood coming from
the .wound in her head and Hanford standing over her
with his hands upraised in horror.: "My God!"' he said;
"what has that girl done?" ; :
Later he said that, he had taken the revolver out of
his pocket but a moment before, and had told her not to
touch it. ; But ;' I"\u25a0I "\u25a0. think she almost instinctively picked it
up the moment he laid it down. * Whenever she saw a
revolver. she had an irresistible impulse to put it. to her
head and jokingly: threaten suicide. The trigger of this
weapon was very light to the touch, and it went off. But
lam sure she had no intention of taking her life' It was
a most ghastly accident.
Mrs. Patton Suggested Secrecy
Why the men left after the shooting I can not say.
I see now that;they have. placed me in a terrible position;
but it was L who suggested -that they leave, the house arid,
say, nothing about it. I thought that would be the^easiest
way. In time of' excitement it takes^a hero to do the
right.thing. I- invented., the story that Mrs. de la 'Mon^,
tanya haci had the revolver for some time and had warned
the'maid not to handle itl There'had to be some explana
tion given for the ..weapon being there. \/
• ' A-most: pathetic feature of: this terrible thing is that
Mrs. de la r Montanya had' only met Hanford that day
(Fridaj')- >• I* had known Hanford for some time and he
had invited me to have- lunch with him Friday at the
St:* Francis/,. (1 asked "Bird ' (the pet name. for Mrs. de.la
Montanya) if she would not be there, and, she said that
sheVmight, as she was: to^rneet Whittemore, who was
coming ' up from Los Angeles \u25a0 that morning and was to
confer with her on legal business.. .":>;
v I went to the hotel and. there met Hanford. Whitte-v
more came into the" parlor, .where i. I; was /waiting, and*
asked \u25a0me i if I knew M rs. dc [la Montanya was : coming
down.' I. replied that I,expected "Bird" shortly. I intro
duced Hanford to-.\Vhittemore, but I found that they had
met 'some time before. de la Montanya came
in, and it, 1 was then .that she'met Hanford for the first
time. -It. is terriblej that.- it ;.was; soon to be. due' to,. that":
introduction, -; I -,v might say," that Mrs.; de* la .Montanya, .
through no 'fault .of^H'anford.-Avas^to'.hieet'death.*.-,;;';',.'"
.:. As the f our of us ' were dividing for luncheon,' Han
ford'- asked : Mrs. de la'; Montanya,', Whittemore and me to
have\dinner twith . him ' at the StA Francis that evening: ;
A] Pleasant Apartment iand{a\Competerit\Cook
'iWhy^ not * all come* out and; have dinner with We?"
responded-Mrs de "la . Montanya. ; Vl_ have a pleasant little
Continued on' Pace 2. Column t
v^You • can get ; what you want by
fyyj v Advertising for it in
ON*, FRIDAY, somewhere about 1 o'clock, I walked
over to the St. Francis hotel, where I live. I was
going there to get my lunch: As I walked through
• the-ladies'-entrance r noticed Mrs. Patton sitting there
1 and stopped to say a few words to her. As we were
i talking^a Mr. Whittemore came in and we all sat down
' in the lounging room to talk. After we had been there a
i few "moments .Mrs. dc la Montanya came in through the
| door. I never had met her before.
The Invitation to Dinner
After we were talking a little while she remarked
that she was just giving up the" lease of her apartment
house and that night would be the last night that she
would spend there. She then turned to either Whitte
more or Mrs. Patton' and asked if they wished to
celebrate the occasion by having dinner with her that
night, and immediately afterward turned to me and asked
me the same question.. I said I would be glad to accept
the 'invitation. I had my lunch \u25a0 immediately after anH
then returned to my office and was occupied there for
the rest of the afternoon.* After lunch I said to Mrs.
Patton that I -rather thought it would be a good plan
if. I did not go to the dinner, as I had a good deal of
: work to attend to,' and I said for her to let me know if
there was any possibility of the matter being dropped.
She telephoned me, I think to my office, during the after
noon, saying that we were expected to dinner.
- Conversation and Mixed Drinks
About 7 o'clock, or thereabouts, 1 went to Mrs. de la
Montanya's apartment. , We must have sat around and
chatted and talked for 15 or "20 "minutes, or perhaps a
little longer, when dinner, was announced. Just before
dinner Mrs. Patton -turned to Whittemore and myself
and asked if either one of us knew how to make a mixed
drink. I said Tknew how to* make a whisky-sour and
would do so if' they wanted one. The drink was asked
for and Mrs. de la Montanya had her colored maid, who
was in the room, go out and get some lemons, and I
mixed the drink tot her. We then hail our dinner and
sat around chattfuy'ff f n "ate a while, and after the dinner
was over; moved out to (he sitting room, which was in
full- sight of the dining roeiu er part of it. After the
" ; maid „ had removed the dinner things, ye sat around
chatting for some little time; I can ntl'sny just how
long." Some one,;l can not say who, but I tl.in»; it was
Mrs. de la Montanya,, asked for another drink suih a« I
..had mixed before. I said if she had some more lemons t
would try my hand again. She turned to the maid, who
said there were no more lemons in the house, but she
would go out and. try to get some. She returned in a
{fewvminutes and said there were no lemons to be had.
I' then volunteered to mix a cocktail. I said I thought I
: could make a Gibson cocktail pretty. well.
Hanford Takes Out His Pistol
Mrs. -de la Montanya and I then walked out into the
dining room. She sat down on a sort of couch that was
on "one side of the dining room table, with her back
; toward the wall, and I moved around to the other side of
the table to mix the drink. It has been a» habit of mine
for a number of years, when I go out late at night, to
-slipp a. little German pistol in my pocket. As I stepped
up tolthe table I felt the pistol in, myback pocket in a
way that it was noticeable to me, arid I took it out and
laid it on the table,; beside, myself, and turned to Mrs.
de la Monfanya and said. "Now don't touch this." As I
J made the remark I : turned around toward the sideboard
to mix the cocktail. .
Almost instantly, it seemed to me^ I heard a faint
shot The ' report from \u25a0* this pistol is very small. I
"turned around hurriedly .and saw Mrs. de la Moatanya

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