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A Page of Sketches of San Francisco Horses Will Be Published in THE SUNDAY CALL VOLUME OVIL— NO. 45. OFFICIALS AND BANKERS NAMED BY GRAND JURY District Attorney and Treasurer of San Mateo Accused of Wrong Doing Two Bankers Indicted for Fail ure to Pay Interest on the County Funds Justice Accused of Combining the Work of Judge and Debt Collector OITIM • l.> arruird of malfraaance io ofllcr: DlMtrlct Attorney aoarph J. tluiloHc t ounty Treasurer I'hllander I*. Ch«m herlnfn. JitKtlce of ihr l»e»«-e AVaKer G. Kove land. IndictnientM returned «g«in«l: l>r. J. I- R«i». president of the Fir«t nationnl bank of Redwood Citj-. 1,. r. nehren«. vanbler of the Flrwt naiional bank «f lledwood City. Secrecy Is Observed [Special Dispatch to The Call] rtKDWOOO CITY; Jan. }3.— Although, j ;:.- greatest secrecy has been main- j tainpd by members of the grand jury,! * which vk*s in f=-sj=ion here all day yes terday. it wa.= learned today that the inquisitorial body returned accusations of malfea&ance in office against three county officials* and voted indictments against the president and cashier of th'- FirPt national hank of San Mateo Ipon the advice of Attorney General 17. .S. Webb, who was consulted by ijeorpe A. Kerte.il at San Francisco, nothing *&* f=aid of the charges .yes tcr<3a>. The accusations of malfeasance re tinned agAinst District Attorney Jo -. ph J. Bullock and County Treasurer }'. P. Chamberlain result from the graft . harpes that have stirred San Mateo .-•lunty for more than a year. The pjirtirular accusations are based on th*> complaint thst Treasurer Cham-' l>erlain has lent the county's money to three banks in the county without «x nr-ting the Z per cent interest demand ..l. as a minimum, by law. and that 3. i^trict Attorney Bullock has aided Chamberlain in his improper conduct. Indictment? against Doctor Ross and U P. Behrens were returned because the two bank officials, by their action in receiving the. money, were partners to the crime charged by the grand jury. Justice as Debt Collector Justice of the Peace Walter G. Love land is, accused on a chnrge totally different from the one under which the other four men have been placed under i he frown of the law. He is charged with having acted in the dual capacity of judge and debt collector, and in par ticular reference to two suits \u25a0 brought before him the .members of the grand jury believe they have uncovered evl ornc»-s of improper conduct. The grand jury has declared for the last three years that County Treasurer Chamberlain kept county funds aver aging 5225,000 in the banks of San Mateo county, notably in the vaults of the First National bank of Redwood City, for which the county should have received 2 per cent interest, or about $13,000. Refusal to Demand Interest After investigation a resolution was iiroußht before the San Mateo super visors at their last meeting directing Attorney Bullock to begin suit against the financial institution* for the recov ery of the interest due. This resolu tion, however, the Supervisors defeated by a vote of three to two, and the ihree officials who voted against the measure were summoned before the lerand jury ta explain their action. Supervisors D. E. Blackburn, John H. roieman and Joseph Francis, who had opposed the measure, accordingly ap peared before the grand jury yesterday snornins: and the investigating body' xva* busy with them for several hours. Then in the afternoon County Treas urer Chamberlain and Justice of the Peace Loveland, who had been sum moned to testify before the board, were called in. Judge Defends His Acts Um3«r the leadership of Foreman G. A. Kerteli the citizens forcing, the icrand jury wasted no words in making their charges clear to the. men before them. Justice of the Peace- Loveland wae told that he was strongly sus pected and had been charged with hav ing acted as a collector of debts al lowed by him as a judge. The charges were made in reference to the Early- Eckley collections and the Ciracusa- Lindsey suit., Loveland defended him p«>lf valiantly, but, nevertheless, the accusation of malfeasance Issued. . Next County Treasurer Chamberlain \u25a0was quizzed as to moneys placed In )oc?.l banks. Chamberlain staged that he could not place the money in any county institution because the vault In the new city hall was not yet • com - liieted and. further, that the banks re fused to pay interest to the county. So, Continued on Page 4, Column 6 The San Francisco Call. INDEX OF THE SAN FRANaSCO CALL'S NEWS TODAY TELEPHONE KEARSY S6 FRIDAY. JANUARY H. 1810 WEATHER CONDITIONS YESTERDAY — Rain; precipitation. -2J? nf an inch; southwest wind; maximum trmppratun", ; 52; minimum, 42. FORECAST FOR TODAY — Rain; brisk south west wind. I'ase IS EDITORIAL A typical municipal «l«>ction. Pajee fl Wai] street finds unexpected friend Pnßf 6 California sets a good example. Pasrl Remedy lies with people of California. Page 6 Teaee OTertures for the insurgents. Page 6 WATER BOND ELECTION Final appeal is issued for the dual water f-Tfctc-m. rase 1 POLITICAL Fear of machine'? Vnife may cause Gillett tn announce retirement. Page i> CITY Comedian Max Dill turns capitalist and will build bnnjralow*. Page 10 Appellate court dismisses writ of prohibition in recount cat*. I'acr 16 Local adrertisics men form association and plan exhibition. Pace 3 Commercial trarelers will hold public initia tion. Page 0 Mrs. Willard Calkins granted diTorce on ground of cruelty. . Page 4 Mme. Sembrich pleases music lovers with a splendid program. Pace 5 West of Powell street association demands-re rised building laws. Page 12 Canners* league will wage war on railroads for restoration of old rate*. Page 3 Dr. 3. J.- Arberry is found puilty of attempt |to defraud by false diagnosis. Page 4 Carelessness of opium smokers responsible for I big fire. Page 5 ! Stanford fmrlor. X. S. G. • \V., installs its newly elected officers. Page 9 Xewhall re-elected president of the fire com mission. Page 5 Panama-Pacific exposition directors busily planning. Page A Supposed leader o£ footpads wbo have been holding up saloons arrested with . com panion. . Page 16 SUBURBAN Clar«nco E. Sargent, unifersity student, ap pointed rice consul at Newchwanp. Page 9 Wife in divorce snit scr-uses hueband -of ,cut ticjr her t-calp with horsewhip. Page 9 City TfteriDarian to rcsiirn office unless sal ary is increased. . » Page 9 Senior student to be dismissed from univer sity for cheating. Page 9 Oakland will fight to retain title to- park land. Page's \ t \u25a0' \u25a0'.? ./'• iut \u25a0 >j'' i -i\ , tfi »J»a».' - •\u25a0xfli'ns -iXHtf+S dr.- ! rtmps with landlady. . - Paged Mrs. M. B. Gamble, whose former husband is contesting son'B will, dies. ~Pageg Albany officer, shot by bandit, dies of woands. Page 9 Faculty takes step to unite affiliated and academic colleges of univernity. Page 9 Young hostess to entertain friends at in formal bridge party. Page 8 Heroine of "art dwellers' " battle against railroad placed on probation. Page 8 , Captain I. N. Hibberd makes plea for Amer ica's merchant marine. Page 8 Sixty-nine year old freshman student enters state university. "PageM COAST School principal's dismissal in Mendocino City ascribed to politics. Page 1 Only one man survives wreck of the steamer Czarina. Page 1 Alma Bell denies that she is in sane. Page 1 San Mateo grand jury accuses officials of mal feasance and indicts bankers. Page 1 Stanford delegates to intercollegiate commit tee are chosen by executive body. Page 5 San Francisco cook shot and found dead by \u25a0beep herder In Happy, valley. Page 5 Former surveyor general of Oregon testifies against Binger Hermann at land fraud trial. PaB * 2 Paulban successfully carries two passengers in his biplane. Page 5 EASTERN Eastern. army man's daughter becomes bride at secret wedding. Page 1 Confession of Lamphere clears mystery of murder farm In which Mrs. Gunness » per ished. Pnge 1 Plnchot ssyg conservation of popular govern ment Is ai stake. Page 3 Millionaire and nephew may have been poisoned by avaricious relative. Page 1 House appropriates big sum for construction of new defenses. Page 3 SPORTS Forty and .possibly. sixty days', more racing at Emeryville assured. Page 10 Jack Casey, the Nebraska' heavy weight, wants to break in here. . Page 11 St. Igmatius and Sacred Heart school basket ball fives clash today. Page 10 Death of Captain John Hackett a . distinct loss to the turf. Page 10 Ten fights on Presidio athletic club card for this evening. " Page 11 Cardinal"* baseball prospects promising with 75 men on tryont • list. Page 11, Rival factions at war over Vanconver'g North western franchise. Page 10 Dick Hyland nnd Frank Pica to to clash in New Orleans January 23. Page 11 Jockey Shilling boota over four winners,:in cluding Madman, 'in'Mendota.' ' :" ' Page 10 McCarthy -Momslc bout the card Jim Griffin is after for fans. Page 11 Hester gets word that Jones has signed for Nelson bout. Page 1 1 Brooklyn . and Yosemite club . teams . ready . for post-season football. . .Page 11 ' • Last of three scratch swimming >" tournament* at Olympic club tonight." " Page 10 Motorcyclists plan series of tours and : lectures in interest of sport. Page 11 Automobile Dealers' association votes: $200 toward San Mateo>oad. Page 7 |L G. Bed well negotiating, for services of Jockey Eddie" Dogan across bay. ~ Page 10 E. D.BeylanJ.Burllngame clubman, sols' new fad by* bicycling. ' , Page'll American league stands by spiked shoes, as necessary, evil. . Page 10 MARINE Linfr Siberia arriveg from far east and makes record docking in strong southeaster. - Page 15 SOCIAL Smart set will d»ne»rat balls to be given; to night' by the Patronesse* : and Friday .• Night "'" h nWffj ' P«ge 6 lalbor > v>* , ": Th»j American federation of- labor gives figures on' the cost of. etrikca In IJMK). .^,: Page 7 SAN : ->;i?ip; MURDER FARM MYSTERY ENDED BY CONFESSION Ray Lamphere- s Story Confirms Theory That Mrs. Gunness Was Cremated Convict Says Candle Left in House After Robbery Caused Fire ST. LOUIS, Jan. 13.— 1n a copyrighted story today the Post-Dispatch publishes what purports to be the confession of Ray Lamphere, who died a few days ago in the Indiana penitentiary at Michi gan City when serving a sentence for setting fire to the house of Mrs. Bella Gunness near La Porte, Jnd. It is known that the Rev. Dr. E. A. Schell, formerly of La Porte, heard I^amphere's confession. "• .'',' \u25a0\u25a0"/'\u25a0 The confession shows that Mrs. Gun ness and three children were chloro formed by Lamphere, who was robbing the house with a woman accomplice; that Jennie. Olson was not killed by Mrs. Gunness; that the- chloroform used by Lamphere was part^of that he bought for Mrs. Gunness to kill three men. one of whom was Andrew Helge lein, the others probably Ole Budsburg and Tonnes Petersen Lien, and. that one of these men,' probably Lien, was the third husband of Mrs. Gunness. Confirmation Withheld According to the paper the con fession was obtained from a man of unassailable character and truthful ness, whose standing in the community where he lives is such -that his word is accepted without question. ''Rev. Doctor Schell, . at Burlington, lowa, said foday that he had not divulged any such confession to any person. Rev. Doctor Schell is president of the. lowa Wesleyan university at Mount Pleasant, lowa. Last Sunday he refused to givo'to the public the con fession Lamphere made on the ground that it was pledged by tho secrecy of the confessional. Former Theories Upset Tho. confession is startling in . ,it 3 variatiL-e from tlvorles hitherto held.. ThY- confession establishes that Mrs. Gunness is doad. The. adult body found in the smoking ruins of the. Gunness farmhouse was the body of Mrs. Bella Gunness.. She was. in the deep sleep that chloroform induces when, the smoke crept up through the crevices and smothered her. She died with the head of her little boy pillowed on her breast. He, too. chloroformed as he was, "died without waking. The two little girls. Myrtle and Lucy, not so thoroughly chloroformed, awoke and ran into their mother's room, where they perished. Woman Trusted Accomplice r Jennie Olson,; , niece and adopted daughter of Mrs. Gunness, who, it has been "believed, was murdered by the woman more than, a year before the house was burned, and / whose body was believed to have been buried in the farmyard, was not murdered by Mrs. Gunness, according to Lampbere's con fession, but was •: burned ;to death in the fire that destroyed the, house. She also had been chloroformed.' Assuming that Lamphere told the truth about Jennie Olson, the identity of , tHe girl buried in the yard adds an other mystery to the case. Mrs. Gunness made the /mistake of believing that she could safely break with Lamphere, under the belief that Lamphere's complicity in her .crimes would keep him silent. Lamphere let himself into the house the. night of the fire. The chloroform was administered and a search for money was made, but less than $70 was f found. Flames Seen in Flight Then he and the woman, who, he says, accompanied ;\u25a0'\u25a0 him, went away, according to Lamphere, and it was when he was hurrying away toward the country, where he was to work that day, that he looked back and saw flames bursting from the house. The light they used was a candle, and they left the house without know ing they had left behind a spark that soon burst into -flames. Lamphere, according; to the confes sion, had a , guilty knowledge of i the murder of three men in the Gunness home during the time he lived there, about eight months, in 1907, and he as sisted Mrs. Gunness in disposing of the bodies of the three men. He said he thought he had: not recived "as much of the profits of the transaction as he considered himself entitled to. : Three Men Murdered Mrs. Gunness' methpd killing her victims,. Lamphere -said, was, first to chloroform them as they slept and; tTien if the drug did not kill to sever- their heads with an ax. \u25a0 Each time a' man was to be murdered, according. to.Larnphere,. she sent /him to; purchase" "chloroform.' Lamphere said lie saw; one of the men killed •and aided ln^ burying.ku' three. These men were And re w Helgel ci n a nd* pfoba bI y Ole Budsburg and ;_. . : Tonnes) Peterson Laen."", - \u25a0'. . . - . ' '•• .\u25a0 '\u25a0'.' ' \u25a0'_''.: \u25a0-.',\u25a0 '-'"'\u25a0 f: Helgelein, Lamphere > thought, ..'was *the third husband of ''Mfs.V Gunness. ii :> At the X\m& of ;'the"; Lamphere "trial it was thought Jennie Olson had '. been Continued * on rage "\u25a0; 2/ : Column 5 j "Do This For ME, " Your City Asks ONE MAN SURVIVES WRECK OF CZARINA Six Victims Cling to Icy Rig ging AH Nightj butFinallyr Sink to -Death : MARSHFIELD, Jah. 13.— Another tragedy" of the sea, has been ! written into the record of the long list : of ma rine;; disasters ' on ; ' the Pacific ;coast through •;; the : loss * of . the stanch iron steamship Czarina' on the. north" spit of the Coos bay. bar, and 30 more _ lives have paid ; toll to the grim reaper. ' Only One Survivor A solitary survivor, Ilerry Kentzel, first assistant engineer of the -wrecked vessel, is the only livings testimonial^ to the heroTc efforts which Were [made by; the United' States life saving crew' and citizens of Marshfield to aid f the. stricken crew of . the 'ill fated -steamer. That Kentzel is alive . is a miracle. I With six or*seven-;others he-took.ref- j ! iigel in the rigging 'of , the* foremast. | j Sea after sea broke over the vessel, thej | decks were awash - and wreckage was i floating about. Suddenly a tremendous 1 sea swept. over, the vessel and Kentzel \ and his companions were washed from ! their places. V • : . \u25a0 \u0084 ' ' •\u25a0; Gradually Washed- Ashore Kentzel was swept. toward land, but. time and again was carried out to sea,- He is a strong man and, after fighting for what seemed \u25a0 to Jiim ages, he > man aged to. get -hold -of a' piece of timber and was 'gradually, washed ashore." : As henearedthe beach he could see the people running up and down; Final ly his left him and he knew nothing more until he was revived on thejbeach = alongside abig fire. He-had been taken from the. water by watch ers and. wasbrought back to life only after several hours' vigorous treatment. Men Cling, to Rigging \u25a0 When darkness felL last night it, was believed that all were lost. The waters, lashed into a boiling foam, dashed over, the vessel, and it was thought that none could Mive through v such, a>. terrible night, but today when; the first gleam of dawn . came < out of the east those on. the beach^descriedjsix persons Viti the; rig ging o.f: the only remaining mast, and hope was, renewed that the day "would .witness their rescue.-but the fates were opposed, and as: the minutes grew into hours with no sign of the tempest abat ing*despair, was once. more written on the fares of theanxious people ashore. Suddenly one of ; the six men, weakened by exposure and hunger and; too numb from -cold; to .longer retain his meager grasp on life, dropped into the sea. . 'i There; was': not long- -to rwait before another; victim : of ; the" disaster surren deredv his -life, and then- a Ithird' was seen to;fall;int6" the sea. ?Men: Leap flnto^ Sea * ; The condition jof -.the. lonely.-; trio "still loft on the- wreck by this time must have been ipitifui: None realized better than they v that life, was/slowly; ebhirig Continued on rage. 2,. Column 4 MILLIONAIRE AND NEPHEW POISONED Attorneys Assert Relative Plot > ted -Murder of Family to ; Inherit Millions: KANSAS CITY, Mo., Jan!- 13.— Doubt ing that Thomas H.Swope, millionaire philanthropist," who died here October 3, came to.- his\' death, by ".natural ; causes," relatives have started an investigation. I It developed today that Svyope's body ; | was taken Wednesday from .a vault tin Forest. Jlill cemetery : to'an undertaking I establishment ' in , Ho., "where a medical' examination was made." Attorneys representing the Swope estate say they: were convinced a deep laid plot existed to . kill, first, Colonel Swope, and then other members of his family. • Aperson wjio hoped!to become sole beneficiary, of the . Swope millions plotted the deaths, they assert. \u25a0 \u25a0 Suspicion was aroused. when Chris tian Swope, a nephew of the million aire, died December 2.' He was believed to have died ; from typhoid • fever. But his -attorneys assert both *he and* his wealthy uncle were poisoned. An ar rest An the case probably .will be made in a few days. "\u25a0:,. • The man tinder suspicion is said to nave> attempted* to inoculate the entire Swope family with:. typhoi* bacteria, hoping to bring death" by this mejina sbjhe \would' notvbe suspected. ; This failing, however, 'he "resorted to poison in ' the case of the . two : men. : . ; Swope was perhaps the richest man here.'. * :- \u25a0 ' \u25a0; '". '.„,.' SOCIETY GIRt ELOPES WITH YOUNQ COLLEGIAN Army\Man's Daughteiv Becomes \u25a0Bride at Secret ' Wedding ; TROY, N.:Y., Jan. 13.— Society circles in . this city are : deeply; stirred over the elopement \u25a0 yesterday afternoon" of Ed mund' Fitzgerald Jr.;' son of..foriher Mayor ' Fitzgerald, and Miss. Dorothy Young j Smith, (daughter ,of t Major and Mrs.Ernest-V.^ Smith. '\u25a0\u25a0':. Major Smith. ls an officer of the.regu lar, army, stationed at-San iFrancisco. His wife and -daughter; since early all have been living at* the Renssalaer Inn and had decided to"'., make Troy . their permanent ( home. < ' ; ,Young ; Fitzgerald . was „, graduated from Georgetown last- June/ but intended \ to > return* to \u25a0 the:institu tion-this fall.- -He; was ; prominent in athletics., "Since the .young people first met they have been constantly together and Fitzgerald ardently >wooed .his young bride with the aid of a big, tour- Ing 'car. /So far as-: is known their parents "; did \ not -object to;, the; match. The » news .; of, the \u25a0'•.. elopment reached the' mother" of .theibride 1 this-afterrioon in the -form of a ! telegram-; that' in-^ formed - hor ; that the .-: young^ couple \u25a0. had Been married by.Uov! father Charles Mackscy., i?. J.,;of St. " Francis \ Xavier church; New ;Xork,V v ' tV- ALMA SELL DENIES RUMORS OF INSANITY Says Reports Were Absurdly ; Exaggerated and That She Tried to Kill No One [Special Dispatch to The Call] : 'WILLOWS, January 13. — Alma Bell, who was acquitted of the murder of her.- lover, Joe Armes,, denied today to*.a-Call representative that she was insane. She also denied having at tempted to kill the Bolton family or herself, and said that no man" had been, to the Bolton home last Sunday or Monday to see her. *_ "I. don't see why the papers and the public do, not let me alone," she said. ."I, came to -Willows 'o get honest work and help my mother pay off the $SOO mortgage which was . placed on our : home during my trial. I was in vited to come to Willows by the Bol tons and Mrs. Denny, and intend to make At my home. "These stories have hurt me very much % and. are not true. No" man vis ited • me • last Sunday or Monday. I am done with men. The report of my being .insane came about on Mon day,'.when' I was thinking of Joe Armes. I became worried and lay down to rest. Mr. Bolton entered my room. I: said to him, 1 . *I wish I were with Joe.' He remarked that I was crazy and -said he was goirjK to tele phone .to (my mother and brother. My brother, Fred Bell, Is here as a result of" the message. ."Now all' l ask is for the papers and the public to let me alone and I will seek employment in some good family and try to forget my past and live a: good life." Fred Bell, Alma's brother, is in Wil lows . and is trying to persuade her ,to return to Auburn with him. With Bell is a miner who took a prominent part in the murder, trial. He. also has had several talks with Alma. :^The girl seems to be perfectly ra tional today -and characterizes the many and conflicting' stories about .vio lent actions on her part as*absurd. MENDOCINO CITY SCHOOL -PRINCIPAL IS OUSTED .Teacher's : » Friends Allege ' That Politics Dismissal [Special Dispatch to) The Call] q MENDOCINO .:• CITY, Jan. .. 1 3.— The community" is vail, in .arms, over; the abruptVdismissal; of ; George F. Finley, principals of the . grammar school. . by the board of .^trustees "by a vote of 2 to 1 .^without, assigning any : cau*se de spite the; petition ; of ; ; 9S , per cent of the patrons of \u25a0* the school asking; his re tention^ /. : - .2 , It is ''openly. charged\by the \u25a0: f riend 3 of' the'deposed principal : that -.his dis missal" is* due -to ? the liquor interests. whieh<_ took 'to the active in terest Mr. "Finley took ,in , the Good Governments league; which,: is '.working to"' secure \u25a0 be tter 'moral conditions <" for the/town.-: " y , \u25a0". \u25a0-, ' . • trustees - admit freely that no complaint Ms \u25a0 made -against .the prin cipal; .hut l t they .are "funnlns; th e~ school i and ; the patrons . have : no th ing to! sajj, - ; - / -•,:;-. •---..... — ; PRICE FIVE GENTS. NEW WATER SUPPLY UP TO VOTERS Spring Valley Purchase and the Lake Eleanor Plan in the People's Hands t| Bonds for Dual System Are Urged by Business and Professional Men «.•; Plant Would Pay for Itself From the Earnings, Declare Experts Increase in Rates and Taxa tion Is Denied by Friends of the Plan THE Spring Valley water system .will pay for itself. There will be no raise in rates. The revenue will be sufficient to meet the interest on the bonds and eventually to pay off the principal. Its purchase will not mean extra taxes nor higher rates. These are the facts that the citizens' water committee desires to impress with special force upon the voters. Convinced that the Sierra system will find no real opposition, the committee makes its final appeal for the purchase of Spring Valley. The two projects, combined and unified, will give to San Francisco an ample immediate supply, with the certainty in the near future of a system unexcelled in any modern city. Students of the public welfare have declared the issue more closely inter* twined with the city's future than any question that has presented itselE for decision during thc^half century. It is" the big opportunity for which the public has struggled. They will seize or reject it at the polls today. ; Foundation for Homes A city owned water works, pumping a clear and healthful fluid into the outermost districts, is the first step toward v that destiny which has been sketched for San Francisco. It will be the foundation stone for a thousand homes and thousands more to follow! that will rise upon the areas that have too long served no useful purpose. It will bring to commerce the needed im petus. The lake shores will provide the arena for San Francisco's reccp-. tion to the world in 1915. Arguments in support of the dual project have been piled high during the days of debate. Against them have been placed two contentions — that the law forbids the bond issue and that the price is too high. From the highest legal authority — from, Dillon & Hubbard— comes the assur ance that the city is safely within its legal rights. Earnings Pay Expenses . The price is admittedly high. Never-* theless, engineers have expressed their conviction that the earnings of the system will be sufficient to pay all' ex penses leaving a balance to meet the interest charges and In due time to re tire the principal. Speculation as to -the size of today's vote, has varied from 35.000 to 43,000. Registrar Zemansky estimates that close to 40,000 ballots will be cast. "In November, 1908," said Zemansky yesterday, "41,137 votes were cast at the Hetch Hetchy election. At that time the total registration was 75,467. Our registration at the present time is approximately 91,000. I do not look, however, for a bigger vote than we had on Hetch Hetchy with the smaller reg istration. I think about 40,000 votes will be cast at this election. In the Geary street election we had some 43. 000 votes. There was organization on both sides on that issue and the cam paign was carried on in a way to ex cite popular interest. The water ques tion appeals very strongly \u25a0to the pub lic, but I shall be surprised, neverthe less, if the vote goes very far% above 40,000."- Gather Returns Quickly The polls for today, will be identical with those used in the last November election. There will be 300 booths with 1,200 officers in charge. Zemansky ha 3 made arrangements to gather the re turns with unusual speed. Adeline: ma-. chines have been installed In his office and the figures ..will be checked up as quickly as they can be telephoned In. \u25a0 When the Hetch Hetchy was the issue in November, 190 S. it was approved by 34.950 votes. The opposition could mus ter only 5.705. The question will be placed before the electors today" in the form of two propositions, as follows: LAKE kkEAXOIt- x TUOLIMXK SYSTEM ; Proposition 1. To incur a bonded debt of the city and county, of San Francisco? to the amount of $45.-' ,000,000; for; the furpose'of the ac quisition, construction and comple- i