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The Call's News Index
Hereafter Will Be Found
On the Editorial Page
Assistant District Attorney
McNutt Asserts Witness
Blumberg Confessed
Cigar Clerk Denies He Made
Any Confession or Conflict
ing Statements
Testimony Alleged to Be False
Favored Accused Murderer
of Lagan
At the coroner's inquest and the
preliminary examination:.
Ulumbore teKtified that he wan
an nctual witness to the- tragedy.
\\ lien Pollreninn Xye atartrd up
ihe strrrt be imagined there ivax
ftomrthiuK ttroDK. lie testified
thnl lie jumped <>v«r tli<* t'i^ar
M:,n<l counter, tvalked to ihr m
irauce and «aw two jouns men
walk up to n man mtandlncr
ni::iin«.i a lntiippctKt. and that after
n few vrorda l.acao, when about
JO feet away from fonboy, start
ed t«> take oft bis coat and «o (o
»».-!ril Cooboy. After the firMt -hot
I ri-^.-iii kept advancing.
In the confession it is claimed he
made to Assistant District At
torney McNutt :
'\u25a01 beard loud talking — Ib.li'*
why 1 got over tbe counter. I
told Hrooks, who nan playing tbe
*lot niat-hine, I did not wee any
thing. Urookw Ktarted to piay
tbe fJot u:acl:ine again. Wlnih
er I hnd got back oter the coun
ter or not when I beard a ftbot 1
•ion"! know."
Blumberg's statement to The
'•I reiteratffl to the dintriet at
torney tbe statement* made at
the inquest and at the prelimi
nary examination and I do not
believe that there wait any mul»-
Mautial variance from either,
though I w a« put Through the
third degree. I made no eonfen
*:<>i> and ne\er made the Mtate
ment that I had committed per
jury on tbe two former occa
SKNSATlONAL.disclr>suros were made
by the district attorney's office
yesterday tending to show that
porjurrd testimony had heen given in
favor of former Police Captain Michael
Joseph Conboy at the Bernard Lagan
inquest and at the preliminary exam
ination of the former police officer on
the rharjre of having murdered I^aßan.
That he would ask the grand jury to
investigate the testimony given by R.
H. Blumberg:. a cigar rlerk at the cor
fier of Fillmore and Ellis streets at the
{lm« of the shooting. June 23 last, was
the assertion of District Attorney
Cha-rl^K M. Fickert.
Sought Dirtrlct Attorney
Blumb^rg himself sought out Assist
ant District Attorney Maxwell McNutt
and, according to the official, confessed
that h« had not confined himself to the
truth in the testimony given by him at
the inquest and the preliminary ex
amination. As he made his supposed
admissions lie is said to have expressed
his fear of going against the police,
»- and asked McNutt to protect him. Mc-
Nutt assured him that he would give
liim a bodyguard if necessary.
"Blumrierg spoke, to me on a streetcar
last Friday," said McNutt. "and re
marked that I had probably been want
ing to see him. He. was anxious to see
me, so I made, an appointment with him
for the next day. I was not able to see
him then, however, but he did call at my
office Sunday and made a full statement
in which he admitted that he had not
seen the shooting at all."
The transcript of the young clerk's
testimony at the inquest and at the pre
liminary examination was practically
the same. It was to the effect that
when he saw Policeman Nye walk down
the street he imagined there was some
thing wrong. He got over the counter
in the cigar store in front of the Carna
tion saloon at the corner of Ellis and
Fillmorc streets and walked to the side
walk, where he saw two young men ap
proaching a man leaning against a lamp
post. Before any shots were fired and
when Lagan was about 10 feet from
Conboy. Lagan began to strip off his
coat. The shots were then fired, Lagan
advancing after the first shot.
Heard Loud Talking
When Blumberg made his statement
before the assistant district attorney
Sunday he said he had heard loud talk
ing, and for that reason had climbed
V.over the counter. A man named Brooks
\u25a0 xvas playing the slot machine at the
time, and Blumberg, in his statement to
the assistant district attorney, said he
did not see anything when he looked
Continued on Page *2, Column 5
The San Francisco Call.
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Seize Furniture of Portuguese
Pretender's Son
[Special Cable lo The Call]
VIENNA, Feb. S. — Creditors of Prince
Miguel of Braganza, armed with an
order of court and a crowbar, broke
into the prince's apartments on the
Brahns platz^today and carried off and
loaded in vans all the costly furniture
and ornaments.
A dozen porters shouldered the fur
niture, while crowds gathered and
jeered. The police had to disperse the
jeering mob.
Prince Miguel, whose father is pre
tender to the throne of Portugal, mar
ried Miss Anita Stewart last year. Her
mother, who was Mrs. Armstrong of
Baltimore, took as her second husband
James Henry (Silent) Smith of New
Prince Miguel and his wife are in
Paris. The prince left the manage
ment of his affairs in the hands of a
lawyer, who immediately after the
wedding paid off most of his creditors;
but several money lenders are reported
to have made such exorbitant and
ururious demands that the attorney
refused to listen to them.
Elegantly Gowned Woman, With
Maid, in Jail
LOS ANGELES, Feb. S. — Failing to
find $25 in ready money with which to
meet the justice's demand for cash bail,
Mrs. E. 1). Mark's, richly gowned and
jeweled, went to jail tonight after bid
ding her four children good-night in
the courtroom. Her colored maid went
to a cell with her, while Mr. Marks
took the children home.
Mrs. Marks was arrested several days
ago on the complaint of neighbors,
who charged her with having used
unseemly language. ,
Bail was furnished, but when the
case was called neither Mrs. Marks nor
the maid appeared and the court de
clared the bond forfeited. The two
women were arrested this afternoon on
bench warrants.
Brilliant Function for Army and
WASHINGTON, Feb. S. — The White
House social season ended brilliantly
tonight, when President and Mrs. Taft
received in honor of the army and navy.
The attendance probably was the larg
est of any of the four big receptions of
the year.
The pressure for invitations was so
great that the lists closed more than a
week ago.
The guests were limited more strict
ly to army and navy officers than ever
Grace Brothers Submit Two
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SANTA ROSA, Feb. 8. — The Santa
Rosa. park eomission, which at present
Is engaged in an effort to secure a suit
able tract of land for a public park,
has received four additional offers of
land since the old Methodist college
tract and the Menilian« tract were
offered at $55,000 and $40,000, re
Two offers have been received from
Grace Brothers. In one offer, including
the park and a lot having a total of
195 feet frontage in Fourth street, SOO
feet deep, and a frontage on the creek
of 200 feet, they agree to sell for $24.
000, payable in 10 equal installments
of $2.40n. without interest on deferred
payments. A second offer Includes the
pai-k and land tc- Leland street, ex
tending back a uniform depth of 150
feet, with improvements, except a
house, for $30,000, in 10 equal install
ments, ' without interest on deferred
payments. \
John Hood offers property, bounded
by Fourth, F and Third streets, 264 by
284 feet, with' two houses valued, at
$2,500, for $18,000.
J. M. Roberts offers nine acres in
Healdsburg avenue, through to Hum
boldt street, for $13,500. .ivi:
John P. O'Brien of This City
Reunited With Wife
[Special Dispatch lo The Call]
SAN JOSE, Feb. S. — Former Judge
John P. O'Brien of San Francisco was
today married by Judge J. R. Welch
to Teresa S. O'Brien, from whom he
had recently obtained a divorce.
Judge O'Brien was for some years a
prominent member of the San Fran
cisco bar, but went to Goldfield, Nev.,
where he was later appointed district
judge, an office corresponding to that
of superior judge in this county.
At the expiration of his term in Ne
vada, about a year ago, he returned
again to San Francisco as legal repre
sentative of the Consolidated gold
mining company, one of the richest
corporations in the state of Nevada.
The couple left' immediately after
the ceremony for their home in San
Francisco. '
\ «
OAKLAND, Feb. S. — Sam Swarts,
charged with violating the Otis-\Valker
act by receiving bets on horse races
at Emeryville, was, held to answer by
Police Judge Samuels today and gave
bond bail for $2,000. Two other charges
are pending. • '
Local Brevities
Ueld for defrauding the Rorprninent of $500
while a clerk in the reclamation service at
Fallon, Npt., In default of $3,000 hall was
'placed In the enstodf of Marshal Elliott yes
terday. .'\u25a0 ; -; , . .
\u25a0 rick Whalen, assigned ; to the t harbor station.'
•slipr*"d and- fell ' while r patrolin? : bin beat»ln
First street near 'Xatoraa,': yesterday afternoon,'
and sustained a. bad break of the rights arm.
Lie was taken lo Lis bomc^^fe^tegK
Th;rty=two Thousand Acres of
Land in Mexico Bought for
Million Dollars to Be Spent in
Development and Irrigation
- —
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
LOS ANGELES, Feb. B.— News of the
sale of 32,000 .acres of land in
Mexico, between Yuma and Ca
lexlco, by the California land and
cattle company to a syndicate of Los
Angeles and San Francisco capitalists,
including Governor Gillett, was made
public yesterday.
The transfer of the land, which was
made for a consideration of $900,000,
contemplates one of the largest agri
cultural projects ever attempted in the
west, with subsequent larger expendi
tures for the use of the canal now
watering the Imperial valley. Harri
son Gray Otis and Harry Chandler are
among the venders.
Fifteen of the purchasers, with
Chandler and Governor Gillett, are at
present on a combined tour of inspec
tion and pleasure trip to the scene of
the big enterprise. The names of the
purchasers are withheld, although they
are known to include. In addition to
Governor Gillett, General M. H. Sher
man, O. T. Johnson, George W. Scott
and George Crocker of the Crocker na
tional bank of San Francisco.
Cotton Raising Planned
The transfer was made through a
Mexican holding company, a subsidiary
Three photographs of the rvatch found* -with, the body ojjthe woman who <n»as murdered Johj 'Mount
Tamalpais. This watch is the principal: clew Ithe police have, tind: Captain Anderson and Detective. Pr'oW say it
is their chief reliance in tracing the facts of thcjlragedy: \ f lv. . .: . . ; .» ••;"''/
corporation of the California land and
cattle company. The purchasers are
said to include several of the wealth
iest men in Los Angeles and San Fran
cisco, and it is hinted that the first
million spent will be but a beginning
in an enterprise of intensive agricul
tural development, chiefly in the raising
of cotton, for which, it has been deter
mined, this territory is especially
adapted. A plan has been under con
sideration for the immediate establish
ing of a townsite, but it is not thought
probable that any steps in this direc
tion will be taken at present, although
it will be necessary to establish a base
of supplies, which doubtless will de
velop into a town in the near future.
With" the completion of the inter Cali
fornia railroad, running south from
Calexico into Mexico and swinging
northeast to 'Yuma, this territory has
undergone a marked and rapid develop
ment and a large number of eastern
capitalists have sought holdings near
the railroad within the last year.
Land to Be Irrigated
Skirting the northern . edge of the
acreage bought by the new company are
the Pueblos Mexicali,\Cocopah . Tecote
and Pareones, all of which are in prom
ising agricultural : territory, requiring
only water for irrigation, which will be
secured through the Imperial valley ca
nal. '
Definite plans for the agricultural de
velopment of the land acquired have not
been completed, but.it practically, has
been decided that as rapidly as possible
it will.be planted in cotton. Recent ex
periments have determined that Impe-*
rial, valley and the country below it
offer better opportunities for the rais
ing of cotton than any other' country in
the world, and it is on this industry. that
the purchasing syndicate will concen
trate its activities.
If itis decided to establish a townsite
negotiations will be opened immediately
with the Mexican government.^:*".;
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
; NEWMAN. Feb. B.— The Newman city
council tonight awarded; contracts for
a sewer system to C. Vincent ; of Oak
land on a bid: of $23,078.81,' the 'lowest
of a number of . bids. \u0084, \u25a0•.-\u25a0*'
\ REDDING, Feb. B.— The Southern Pa
cific motor car service between' Kenriett
and Chico will begin April :'i; according
to a \u25a0 statement . niad e •:. today, by .Super
intendent Dyer of \u25a0 the \ Shasta •division. 1
Mrs. Albert Koch, formerly Miss Claudina Duhrsen, the woman
who was announced by Mrs. Eleanor Littlefield as the probable victim of
the tragedy on Mount Tamalpais. Mrs. Duhrsen is happily married and
lives at 230 Douglass street. : \
Startling; Claims Made for, New
Anaesthetic ; Safe, Non
poisonous,' Effect Lasting^ -
[Special Dispatch to The Call] , V £:+%?&
KANSAS ;. CITJ.'Mo., 1 ! Feb.' B.—^AnVan'
epthetlc/which, the faculty of th'e'lJni^
versity. of. Kansas medical, college j.-de-'
clares is superior to any other in^med^
ical - knowledge!; and !one which '1 throws!
stoyalne into a' class of short lived sen-;
sations, and 'which. the 'faculty insists
will' eliminate' cbcairie from' use as, a'
local ;anesthetlc,r- is .the .gift -to. the
world of Dr. Henry Thibault of Scott'/
Ark. This ,-new'anestHetic" is ; common
quinine,, which* was n^vcrj known -until
recently as 'a. pain ! killer. '. '"_'"'; ;''; il ?
The 'most 'startling iclaims' are made
for . the new/; .agent.', ; The |1 effect .of
quinine when " in jected, -locally ' lasts ]f or '
days,' so that, if'the tonsils are removed,
or bones are'*'cut . f roni- the : nose," ithete
are norafterpains for : many, days/ Co
came loses its p6wer' ; shortly "after an
\u2666bperation. Quinine is sabsolutely safe,
| as quarts •of •it may be : used without
poisonous .effect. .Cocaine has a toxic
effect, save in small doses. Quinine
hardens the tissues into which it '\u25a0 is in
troduced, preventing hemorrhages after
operations, i Cocaine does not do this.
i (Absolute vindicationVof these claims
have just ; been announced -* by Doctor
Arthur* B. Hertzler, assistant. professor
of- surgery in the -University of Kansas
medical '\u25a0 college at Rosedale ; Dr.^Ford
B. Rogers of the "colleges ".dispensary,*
and : l)r. : - Roger - B Brewster, a - special
investigator. The results made, public
by these doctors : are the fruits 'of : six
months' experimen ts: in the college hos
pital - and in the : hospital I- at Halsted,
• -rwr«»s ... .- \u25a0 \u25a0 , \u25a0 ' \u25a0 \u25a0; r- •:..
Kansas..-- ;\u25a0-\u25a0..\u25a0 \u25a0-\u25a0\u25a0•>. - '.3tomM
Will Get Fashionable; Church
and J ( sls,ooo>Yearly;
- PASADENA,' Feb."/ 81-^liey.J- Malcolm
James f McLeod,'. pastor »;.: of/- the*" First
Presbyterian" churchlher^.'lhas/accepte'd
aV; call * to : the VColleglate/? Reformed
Church : of,: St. Nicholas ~; of | New£tYork
City.' J The Z Collegiate ,"church * is « one^ of
the 'oldest f arid * richest ;inj the | metropo-.
Us. 'Among X its j£ members- are'; Helen
salary.'offfired^McLeod • is }i 5,000.;
Prof. Booth Tells; of / Death
Dealing Power of Hydro-
Cyanic Acid
[Special Dispatch to : The Call] :
\u25a0 BERKELEY,- Feb.: S.^Although Pro
fessor Burckhalter^of- the "chabot ob
servatory, Oakland, is 'of the opinion
;that there, is nothing to "fear from .the
'contact sofjj the^tail -of^ Halley's' cele
jbrated comet when \>.\i'- envelops - the
dearth about' May IS, Prof. Edwinßooth
bf; the 'department of chemistry of the
juniyersity, arid .one/of- the best ikno'wn
'experts on spectrum : analysis,' is not so
of the results. •
| Booth) .who- isanVauthority
on;' gases . and ' poisons, "declared that if a
sufficient, quantity of .'cyanogen -gas ob
served *in 'the'i tail' of Uhe comet by, Ca-"
im IJI c V." Flam mar ion .I the J no t*e,d -'French
(Scientist,':^ unites ; wi th the ; hydrogen | in
jthe atmosphere; the ..will* be; fa-
and; the" 'lives} of - the • Inhabitants
of the earth snuffed. out. "• : .'-'.-- i .-'\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0 v
; : "The uriion.of cyanogen and hydrogen
would- form 'the* deadly -' gas ' known- as
hydro-cyanic. acid.!.. the. most deadly poi
son .known to science." said Professor
Booth. '"Cyanogen"; itself is deadly, "but
with I j hydrogen 5 forms ft a : gas which
means deathi for- man- and othervani
mals: -..' : .\u25a0 '.;\u25a0/\u25a0,'\u25a0, \u25a0..'• . :•: / .-.":\u25a0
;,;',' lf t ihe astronomers are right in" their
estimations of the^amount of cyanogen
gas in:the tail of thecomet, and ifithat
bodyHdoes envelops the, earth,'. we i may
have a; chance i*to k feel {ihe T sensations of
the .bugs; and insects;' which tjare .killed
by.: the use of this deadly gas' as an:ex
terminator.",- •'•:'. ' > .
..; ; Professor Burckhalter is '. riot inclined
to'thettheory:tliat : there is any consid
erable* quantity, "of >the: gas present- in
the^comet's^tall.'-V He'sald:' ' \u25a0-.••»'• ; - .' '
•fVThe'i comet's: tail' is-" extremely '} rare."
aridiitsmore;nearly^produceg'«. vacuum
.thari ;we ;can "produce on earth. r For
that reason I am' satisfied- that the .visit
of 'the "celestial: body: will, hot -be 1 fatal
to:'us.".' :T: T- ?/\u25a0'_'< ,'V' r ;*// ' - ''' ' "'. in-
Theatrical Manager: Faces Trial
for ; Conspiracy - 4 *'
'\u25a0\u25a0^ NEW 'YORK. ; Feb.;, 8.^7-Charl^es -Frohi
man, who.was indicted ' January 3111908,
for 3 conspiracy'" onTthe. charge"? that*h"<£
with: /other \ theatrical y managers,^ had
formed >ar trust, surrendered \u25a0' himself
today ;^to^ the district attorney.^ Later
he was . before Supreme Cou r t
Justice Goff r and» was held in! $ 1,000; ball
maximurn^^m^atsrttQt^^ mmimum tem
perature. .4oT**^aisSsSSSs^«i s ***^
' Tain; brisk south wind.
\u25a0 I\j I II \J m\ I jj I 1 i 2 *.*** '%& m \ SLn Li
Identification of Remains by Mrs. Littlefield
Shattered When Missing Woman Is Found
Living With Husband in San Francisco, and
Police Again Confronted With Problem
Miss Ellen Jensen of Denver, Said to Be Victim, Now
Living in Southern California: Authorities Say
Only Real Clew Lies in Jeweler's Markings in
Watch Taken From Skeleton of Victim: Woman
Says Girl Is Her Daughter, But Family Denies It
. The Call will pay a reward of one thousand j
dollars ($1,000) for exclusive information that will ;
lead to the identity of the woman murdered on Mount ]
Tamalpais, the apprehension of her murderer or mur
derers and his or their conviction. * I
Clews to the identity of the victim of the Tamalpais
tragedy may be seen in a window of The CalTs
business office.
Many Wild Theories Fail to
Aid in Solution of the
Murder Mystery •
Tve ever arrive at a solution of
I the mystery surrounding the
"\u25a0 murder of the woman vrho«e
corpse ivn* found on tbe slope of Mount
TamalpalM It will be through the mark
ing* on the wnteh which wan discovered
with the skeleton. In my opinion, the
timepiece affords the only Heiv of real
value. The number* stye a basis from
which to work In tracing the ownership,
although the watch is probably 3O years
old. Fanciful theories and vague de
scriptions are of little use In a murder
Discarding the numerous theories
which had. been advanced to explain
the Mount Tamalpais murder mystery,
Captain M. O. Anderson, chief of de
tectives,, announced last night that he
would direct the efforts of his men to
the tracing of r the ownership of the
watch found on the skeleton. He char
acterized the different solutions which
had been- advanced as' fanciful and
founded on the merest speculation. His
announcement was to the effect that
the work which had been done had
brought out no. tangible, clew and that
a new start-would be made this morn-
Many Wild Clews*
"I do not doubt the sincerity of a
great many people who attempt to aid
in the solution of mysteries of this
kind, but in many Instances they allow
their imagination to get the upper
hand.' especially in identifications, and
nothing . but. confusion results," said
Captain Anderson discussing the mat
ter last night. "In this case there have
already been several partial and one \
positive identification of the clothing
found on the skeleton, all of which
have- proved, of no value. The depart
ment has also been; bombarded with
communications telling of women who
wore similar -clothing who were seen
at hundreds of. different places. It would
take the department to run down
all of the clews suggested. .
"Among .^the effects of the woman
whose" skeleton was found were the
watch, ' the i name .on the ; coat; hanger
and the name on the shoes which could
be taken 'as 'positive facts ' from which"
to work. ",. , •. : \u25a0•. •...-\u25a0-\u25a0 f
Watch Is Oniy Clew
\u25a0 "It would be practically impossible
to trace -the' shoes becauseof the. great
number of "sales of -the "same kind of
Continued' on Page 2, Column 3
Efforts to Trace Victim of
Mountain iMurder Still
Baffle Sleuths
WITH the discovery yesterday
that the young woman who
Mrs. Eleanor Llttleneld, the
manicurist, said was the victim of the
Mount Tamalpais tragedy was alive,
and living in this city, the edifice of
identification which the police had built
up tumbled down, and the authorities
were left where they were when the
bones were first found on the slope of
the Marin county mountain. The girl
to whom Mrs. Uttlefield referred as
"Dutchy," and who Mrs. Nellie Evans,
Mrs. Littlefteld's partner, said was Miss
Jensen, is Mrs. Albert Koch of 230
Douglass street, who was Miss Clau-»
din* Duhrsen, a niece of H. Bielenburg,
who lives at the Jefferson hoteL
Manicure's Pupil Traced
The Call yesterday trace* the girl
who had studied manicuring at Mrs.
Littlefleld's school and located her at
the, Victor apartments in Douglass
street. She had studied at the mani
curing school under the name of Jen
sen, In order to hide her Identity from
her family, who are well to do people.
The girl studied the trade so that she.
might, become independent, but was
finally persuaded by her uncle to drop
it. Bielenburg was particularly in
censed > yesterday over the statements
made by Mrs. LJttlefleld.
With that theory of Identification ex
ploded, the police found themselves
jback where they started, with no
I clews except the articles found with
the girl. Captain of Detectives M. O.
, Anderson and Detective Sergeant
William Proll.' who has been detailed
on the case, declared yesterday that
they^ considered the most Important
clew to be the watch which was found
with the bleaching bones. -
New Clew Furnished
However, there came new elements
into the story which may lead to. the
solution of the mystery. Mrs. Pearl
Wells of poatoflke box 234. Turlock,
Cal.. wrote to Coroner F. E. Sawyer
of Marin county a letter in which she
told of a young: woman who had sev
eral articles of apparel and ornaments
which . answered . the description of
those found with the Tamalpate skele
ton. Mrs. Wells stated that In Novem
ber she had traveled north with the
girl and at Portland the girl had left
the tra^n to return to California to
meet a young man named "Frank," who
was employed on the Mount Tamalpais
railroad and with whom she had had'

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