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WHAT BECOMES OF THE
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THE SUNDAY CALL
Next Sunday
VOLUME CVIL— NO. 83.
BUY CONTROL
OF RAILROADS
IN GUATEMALA
Crocker and Leland Stanford
Estates Purchase Cham
perico and lNorthern
New Line in Heart of Coffee Belt
Holds Key to Problem of
Transportation
By the purchase of the Champerico
and Northern railroad, the final de
tails of which were completed Saturday
afternoon, the Pacific improvement com
pany of San Francisco, which includes
the Crocker and Leland Stanford es
lAt*»s, acquired almost practical control
of tlie railroad situation in Guatemala.
Covers Coast Region
The sale and tlie preliminary negotia
tions have been pending for more than
a year, but the last technicalities were
concluded by Adolph Meyer, one of the
old owners of the road, and A. D. Shep
ard, manager of the Pacific improve
ment company, last week. Apart from
the recent purchase the Pacific Im
provement company owns the Guate
mala Central road, which runs from
San Jose to Guatemala city. The new
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road runs from Champerico to Maston
rngo. and the entire system as it now
stands covers the Pacific coast tlior
"This is the great coffee district of
Guatemala." said Shepard in discussing
the purchase. "At one time the coffeo
trade passed through the port of San
Jose and by sea to the Atlantic ports.
Now, however, it pours Into Guatemala
city in the interior and thenoe passes
by rail to Puerto Barrias on the At
lantic coast.
By Rail to United States
"The new road is a short strip but
a useful one. Under existing conditions
there is only a gap of 40 miles lacking
to connect Guatemala city with the
Tnited States and Mexico by rail. This
crap, It Is expected, will be filled in soon,
and it will then be possible to travel
from any part of the United States to
Guatemala city by rail.
"The new purchase gives the Pacific
improvement company almost practical
control of the railroad situation In
Guatemala."
•TYPHOID MARY" FREED
AFTER THREE YEARS
Released From Hospital on the
Promise to Cook No More
NEW YORK, Feb. 20. — "Typhoid
Mary,'* whose real name is withheld
at the request of the New York health
authorities, is a free woman after hav
ing been confined in city hospitals off
and on for three years because phy
sicians said that she was a living re
ceptacle for typhoid germs and a men
ace to public health. She is a cook
and is considered particularly danger
ous in that capacity as likely to trans
mit disease.
With the understanding that 'she is
to cook no niore, Health Commissioner
Lederlee announced today that the de
partment had decided to release her.
The case is unique in medical rec
ords. After repeated cases of typhoid
\u25a0were discovered in families for whom
t!ie woman liad rooked, the authorities
made an Investigation which resulted
in her detention on the theory that she
\u25a0was a walking reservoir for typhoid
pfrms, harmless to herself, but easily
communicated to others.
HITCHCOCK IS WEARY
OF POLITICAL WARFARE
Will Leave Government Service
Rather Than Handle Campaign
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON', Feb. 20. — Frank .IL
Hitchcock, chairman of the republican
national committee In the late cam
paign and now in President Taffs
cabinet, as postmaster general, is tired
of politics.
Hitchcock has inherited from the
campaign what he considers obliga
tions that take up a considerable part
of every day. but he has decided that
lie will never run another campaign,
and if fre finds that it is expected ot
him he will get out of the government
service into some business {hat has no
relation to politics.
Hitchcock has not said how soon he
considers those obligations may end,
but the indications are that he thinks
lie must go through the coming con
gressional campaign.
MAMMOTH IRRIGATION
PROJECT IS AT STAKE
Government Suit Against Cattle
Company to Be Heard* »
12L. PASO. Tex., Feb. 20. — The fate
of tlie great $7,000,000 Elephant Butte
irrigation project largely rests upon
the result of the case of the United
states vs. the Victorio land and. cat
tle company, which Is to be heard at
Socorro. N. M., tomorrow.-;
The government seeks to acquire
30.000 acres of land belonging'to the'
cattle company, which will be sub
merged by the dam, and offered $65,000
for ft. The Victorio company demands
5600.000.
The case will be heard by the com
mission appointed to appraise the land.
The San Francisco Call.
BRITISH ISLES SWEPT
BY TERRIFIC STORM
OceanG oing Vessels Limp Into
Crowded Harbors
LOXDOK, Feb. 20. — A fierce storm has
swept over the British isles, doing an
immense amount of damage. The har
bors are all crowded with shipping
seeking- shelter.
Incoming vessels report extremely
rough passages. The Amerika and the
Adriatic which arrived today from
Plymouth, experienced a succession of
gales all the way across the Atlantic.
The two steamers were In communica
tion throughout the passage, but the
Adriatic beat the Amerika into port by
eight hours.
The Mauretania, after a long delay,
succeeded in embarking the mails at
Queenstown, but was unable to land its
pilot, who was taken on the voyage to
New York. ;> •'.• I]i
Reports received here tell of the
wreck of a large number of small craft.
Gale Whips English Channel
PARIS, Feb. 20.— A howling gale in
the English channel, sweeping the
French coast as far as Finisterre, has
driven all shipping to seek shelter.
Wire communication between England
and France has been cut off. All
steamers have been delayed.
REGULARS POORLY FED,
SAYS ARMY OFFICER
Major Charles- Woodruff Takes
Issue With Theorists
WASHINGTON. Feb. 2O.— Major Charles
E. Woodruff of the army medical corps
has taken issue with college theorists
who think the regular army soldier is
overfed. Some years ago a' squad of sol
diers was fed on a greatly reduced diet
under the supervision of a college prp
fessor to demonstrate his point that
people in general could live on much
less food than they consumed.
Apparently a satisfactory showing
was made, but now Major Woodruff has
gathered evidence to show that most of
the soldiers suffered severely from the
experiment and that they would have
been much more seriously affected had
they not secretly indulged In extra
meals during the test.
Major Woodruff wants even more
food for the army, declaring that the
United States army is behind European
armies in that matter. He favors an
allowance of 50 cents per month for
each soldier to buy extra food.
EGYPTIAN PREMIER IS
SHOT DOWN BY STUDENT
Attempted Assassination Due to
. Political Cause
CAIRO, Feb. 20. — Boutros Pacha Chali,
Egyptian premier and minister of for
eign affairs, was shot and seriously
wounded today by a student, who was
arrested. The student fired five shots,
three bullets lodging in the premier's
body.
Two of them, however, inflicted only
superficial wounds. The bullets were
extracted and it is thought that the
premier will recover.
The crime was entirely of a political
nature, the wouldbe assassin being a
nationalist. He declared that his motive
was the desire to avenge various acts
of the government which the national
ists attribute personally to Boutros
Pacha.
ROCKEFELLER FORMS A
PARADISE FOR BIRDS
Shipment of 1,800 Partridges'
Reaches His Home
{Special Dispatch to The Call]
NEW YORK, Feb. 20. — The arrival of
1,800 partridges at Boxwood, the coun
try home of John D. Rockefeller at Po
c.antlco hills, has disclosed the fact that
Rockefeller is laying out a veritable
bird paradise on his preserve.
In one section of his great private
park of 10,000 acres he has established
a feeding ground for his vast feathered
collection.
On tall trees cages for pigeons and
other birds have been placed, while
there is a separate building for hun
dreds of pheasants, partridges, squir
rels and rare birds of varicolored plum
age.
DR. COOK'S CONFESSION
OF "FAKE" IS REPORTED
University of Copenhagen Re
ceives Mysterious Letter.
(Special Cable to The Call] .
COPENHAGEN. Denmark. Feb. 20.—
A letter purporting to come from Dr.
Frederick A. Cook has been received by
the University of Copenhagen which
seems tf> be r Intended for a confession
that he did not reach the north pole.
This letter is typewritten in "the third
person, seemingly dictated, bears the
postmark of a town in Minnesota and
is not signed.
The members of the university con
sistory have been summoned to meet
an<i consider the document
ACTOR PREVENTS PANIC
IN CHICAGO THEATER
Invites Audience to Watch Fire
and Return
CHICAGO. Feb. 20. — By the coolness
of an actor a panic among 1,200 persons
in the Criterion theater, on the north
side, was averted tonight. When the
performance was in progress smoke
from a building on fire in the rear
penetrated the theater. *,Tho"j actor
stepped forward and invited the audi
ence to go out and see the "lire and
return, which it did. /' \u25a0\u25a0'.'\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0
SAJST FRANCISCO, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 1910.
MYSTERY VEILS
CHECK CASHING
BY EMPORIUM
Officials of Big Store Profess
Ignorance of the Manner in
Which Youth Got Money
Holding Lad Prisoner in Back
Room for Hours Lends
Odd Feature to Affair
The peculiar circumstances surround
ing the passing of four worthless
checks, amounting to $1,620, upon the
Emporium by H. G.J Grupe, a young
milk dealer of Oakland, were made a
shade more.mysterioys yesterday when
it became known that the youth was
held a Virtual prisoner in a rear room
of. the department store for six hours
Friday, and only given his release
after his father had promised to have
the money on hand this morning.
Mystery to Father \
The father is as much mystified over
the affair as any outsider. He said he
made several attempts, to have it ex
plained to him, but, apart from the
knowledge that his son had signed
four checks, for $1,620, without suf
ficient funds in the bank to meet them,
and that these checks were in the
hands of the management of the Em
porium, he could learn nothing.
"The first I knew of the incident,"
he said, "was shortly after 3 o'clock
Friday afternoon, when someone at the
Emporium said I was wanted there.
The situation was explained to me
briefly over the telephone, and I went
down town immediately. When 1
reached the Emporium I found my soji
in a rear room in charge of a man
who said he was a detective.
Explanation Is Sought
"Manager Schlesinger was" present
and told me that my boy had passed
four worthless checks on the Empor
ium. This so astounded me that I
naturally began to ask questions.' I
turned to Schlesinger and asked him to
how a business institution like
Vie Emporium came to accept checks
for this large amount from one who was
practically a mere boy. It seemed to
me they, would have - tab?! n jj at :,_}«asi
ordinary steps to Bafeguard i themselves.
Schlesinger said he did not know how
the checks were accepted, declaring
that the transaction had been carried
on by the cashier. The explanation
was far from satisfactory. I said to
him:
"'Surely, Mr. Schlesinger, as acting
manager of the Emporium, you are ac
quainted with the manner in which its
moneys are paid out?'
"However, he said he did not know
and that ended that phase of the situa
tion."
Secretary Is Ignorant
Ignorance of the episode stretched
even to the secretary, of the Empo
rium, Andrew M. Davis, who said he
had never heard of it. .. •
"I never heard of such a thing," he
said yesterday, when asked if he could
explain how it happened that the Em
porium paid out such a large sum ol
money without making even a cursory
investigation. "All this is news to
me," continued Davis. "Schlesinger
will no doubt be able to explain it."
And so the job of explaining was
passed around from one to' another.
Schlesinger passed it on to the cash
ier, the cashier placed the burden on
the shoulders of the secretary, the sec
retary rolled it on to Schlesinger, who,
In turn, passed it, back to the secre
tary. Young Grupe seems to know
nothing more about the transaction
than that he made out the checks and
received his money. He said he had
been doing so: for a year without any
Odd State of Affairs
"It is a surprising state of affairs, to
say the least," said Grupe Sr. "Here
•is a case of a boy given unlimited op
portunity to pass checks in. any way
he pleases and for any amount he
pleases. This trouble is the result.
Don't think I do riot blame the boy.
Far from it. It was rank carelessness
on his part, but \u25a0 the Emporium evi
dently allowed him to do business in a
careless way. 1 feel particularly cha
grined at their action when the trouble
came. Other businessmen in like cir
cumstances would have at least given
him an opportunity of explaining and
making good without holding him a
prisoner. There was mo need for it.
A word to me would 'have squared the
whole matter. The least they could
have done would have been to keep the
matter secret after iMiad promised to
refund them the money. 'This was but
just to me. I expected that, after hay- ,
ing come t,o a satisfactory arrangemeiit
with me, Schlesinger/ would- have
hushed up the affair instead of allow- ;
ing it to' become public. I 'will pay
Schlesinger the money a few minutes
after the banks have opened this morn
ing, and I hope that will be the last
of the whole miserable business. 1 ':
-< The T boy's mother is heartbroken over
the incident: ::Like theiothers, she has
not. the least idea .how.' the. Emporium
came/.to caslj the- checks. The proba
bilities are. that on the .return of ;Man
ager-Dernham, who.isnow in' the east,
there will, be an investigation of the
entire occurrence and that then there
will be brought to flight, the imar.ner. in
.which a, young ;driver;offa',mllkf wagon'
could: obtain \u25a0 $l;62o^oni, four* worthless
RUEF'S FORMER
HENCHMAN SEEN
AMONG CHINESE
Joseph Brachmann's Name to
Figure in Investigation of
Tong Murder Trial
Alleged to Have Been Frequently
Seen With Business Agent
of the On Yicks
Investigations in Chinatown yester
day brought to light a score of facts
that promise a sensation v.'hen the in
quiry instituted by William Hoff Cook
into the conduct of members of the jury
that tried Gee Gong for murder comes
up before Judge Dunne Saturday. Prom
inent in the proceedings will be the
name of Joseph Brachniann, for yester
day's scouring of the haunts of the On
Yicks and Yees brought' the name of
Ruef's former henchman prominently In
view.
Tong Business Agent -/
The name of Mar Lin Gut of 703 Jack
son street also was brought to Cook as
the business agent of the On Yiek tong
and manager of its affairs. Brachmann,
it was said, often has been seen about
the premises at 703, jackson street, and
the activities of the two are now under
the closest scrutiny. ;
Gee Gong, the Chinese on trial for the
murder of Yce Yet Wo, was not a mem
ber of the On Yick tong, which was in
feud. with the Yec family, but was hired
by them. Testimony showed that Gee
Gong waited for Yee Yet Wo to appear
and then fired on his enemy, sending
three bullets into his victim's back. It
was at first thought that Gee Gong was
a member of the On Yicks, but the dis
closure that. he was not did not mean
that he would be abandoned by. the
tong that had hired him. On the con
trary the On Yicks were under more
obligations to defend their agent than
if he had been one of them. 1
Brachmann Is Traced
Attorney Cook's emissaries* discov
ered yesterday that Brachmann, a man"
well known in Chinatown, where he has
been prominent iniva»-ious_ i capacities
for many years, ha-s sppni muchof . »4f.
tim^' re«.vently around the house at 703
Jackson street ami that He is regarded
as an. agent of Mar Lin Gut, who- as
manager of the affairs of the On-Yicks
was intensely interested in the defense
of Gee Gong. The description given by
George Draeger, the juryman who tes
tified that he had been approached and
offered money to stand with tlie, de
fense, led Cook to believe that Brach
mann might be the juror's visitor and
•led to the former saloonman's summons
into court Saturday morning when the
contempt proceedings against "John
Doe" and "Richard Roe," charged with
attempted jury bribing, came up.
Identity of "Tall Man" \u25a0
Concerning the Identity of the second
man to approach Draeger, "the tall
man," Attorney Cooke and his advisors
have as yet ho suspicion, and their ex
amination of Brachmann, Saturdaj', as
a suspect in the case resulted in noth
ing of importance, as Draeger declared
absolutely Brachmann was not one
of the men that approached him. .
What the attorneys are now striving
to do, and the ; real object of their in
vestigations in Chinatown yesterday, is
to prove that on. any occasion Brach
mann journeyed between the courtroom
while the Gee Gong trial was on, and
the homo of Mar Lin Gut.' ' ' \u25a0'v-*- * '
Hoff Cook declares that he will prove
on Saturday that Brachmann Went from
the courtroom during the trial to , the
offices of Frank J. Murphy.and the at
torney intimated yesterday that . he
would show also that Brachmannfmade
frequent visits to Mar Lin Gut. '
Brachmann, on'hls part, states posi
tively that he made but one visit to
the courtroom where Gee Gong was
on 'trial and that on that occasion he
remained, but a short time and left,
surfeited with ennui. That he was
around the courtroom bany times,- as
witnesses testified, Brachmann denies
stoutly.
WOMAN GETS FORTUNE
FROM FORMER SUITOR
Fugitive, in Jamaica Leaves
$235,000 by Will
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.. Feb. 20.— A re
markable .romance was unearthed here
today by- the location {"In j Nashville,
T«yni., of Mrs. Clsvudle Vester, the heir
ess to $1235,000, an estate left by *E. D.
Ennis, who formerly lived In Binning-^
ham - and was a suitor, of Mrs. YesterJ
then Miss Claudie Clark. -
. Knnis shot a>.man here in lS92 ! and
fled. He .went to Jamaica, where he
amassed a fortune. .Three . years, ago"
he' was fatally" injured in a' fight with
a Spaniard. ' Before his death he willed
his entire estate^ to "Miss 'Clark.'Oand
the. Jamaica authorities have since then
been trying ' to, find her. .'\u25a0'. Seh married
eight: years' ago and. moved to Bir-'
mlngham to Nashville. /
Daniel Jones.alcade of the island of
Jamaica, is in Birmingham, and itjwas
due to his efforts that thY heiress. /was
found tod^y. The governor of !- Jamaica'
had offered a reward of ?1. 000 'to the
person who 'would give info'rmation^as
to 1 her * whereabouts,;; and 'this -money'
will, beYcquft-Hy divided;- between, Mrs.
Mary L,y ttle ; and: M 13. ) Sm Hey,' a former"
suitor of Mrs..', Vester. [Q* Both ..live Yin
Birmingham. ' ; . - "-. . . ..^ r .
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JURY BRIBERS TRACED
NEW EVIDENCE IS FOUND
; "\ Chinatown, furnished a startling
', development j yesterday in the inves
u'satipn of charges, of jury bribery
[ made in connection tvith the Gee
'• Cong murder trial. It was the re
• port, made to William Hoff Cook*
; that Joseph Brachmann, former
henchman of Abe Ruef and Well
known saloonman, who was exam
', ined in the inquiry begun Saturday
by Cook, nai been seen frequently
going in and out of the house of Mar
Lin Cut, representative of the On
• Yick tong, at 703 Jackson street
; Brachmann, it is said, spent much
', time around the courtroom while
• Gee Gong was on trial. Cook says
that he can promise a sensation at
the continuance of the inquiry before
Judge Dunne next Saturday. The
On Yick tong was greatly interested
in Gee Cong's defense, as the dc
- fendant, on trial for £i//r*ng Yee
Yet Wo during the recent tong
feud, was attached to that tong.
MALE ATTIRE WILL
AROUSE GIRLS' ENVY
Narrow Shoulders, With High
Chests, Capes and Pleats,
Are Planned
[Specie/ Dispatch to The Call]
CLEVELAND, Feb. 20— The male be
ing promises to have attire this sum
mer that will make feminine persons
envious if edicts of custom of the cut
ters' association now in ,session here
go into effect. New evening suits must
have a shawl collar of velvet and must
_bciMack/giay or plum colored unfin
ished • worsted. Broadcloth is tabooed.
The evening waistcoat must be cut U
shaped.' V shape is, a back number now.
And business suits, to be right in the
front of style, must be blue or gray
with buffalo buttons that cost 25 cents
each.
Narrow shoulders and high chests
are what the new spring coats will
have, while dress clothes are beyond
any of the previous dreams of a
trouser king. Opera capes are dreams
of creation. Nothing more nor less
than a circular ' cape measuring. 120
inches around the bottom, with an up
standing military collar fastened by
two silk frogs. It Is lined with pure
white satin, and when Worn with the
new dress coat and west presents : a
striking appearance.
Another charming creation is tho
new Norfolks which are to come in
vogue. They are made with yokes—
not peekaboo kind as yet— but there is
hope. There are three pleats on either
side, while the back is gathered with
one long beautiful pleat down the mid
dle, giving the wearer that long de
sired slim effect.
MOTIVE FOR POISONING
OF MILLIONAIRE SOUGHT
Grand Jury to Call New. Wit
nesses in Case
KANSAS CITY, Feb. 20.— When the
grand jury that Is Investigating the
deaths of Colonel Thomas 11. Swope and
Shrisman Swope resumes lits work to
morrow,, lt;ls believed it will begin the
examination of witnesses who can tell
of a possible motive for the alleged
poisoning of the millionaire and his
nephew.
At tomorrow's session, it is under
stood, John G. Pax ton, executor of the
•Swope estate,- and Thomas • Swope, "\ a
nephew of .the dead philanthropist,' will
be on the witness stand..'
': Paxton, it is expected, will tell of the
amount of the Swope estate and of the
manner in which it was divided. A re
port that Colonel Swope_had .considered
changing his will also will come in for
consideration.
Frank P. Walsh, attorney for. Dr. B.
C. 'Hyde in -his $100,000 • slander suit
against. Paxton, will, continue the tak-.
ing of depositions tomorrow. It was
said tonight that Miss Margaret H.
Sw^pe, a niece of Colonel Swope, may
be subpenaed -to j give her deposition.
SUICIDE SAID TO HAVE
BEEN WIFE SLAYER
Relatives Deny Allegations* of
the Police V>~
SEATTLE, Feb. 20.— The man who
committed suicide last Thursday night
by', kneeling on' a trestle in front ; of, a
swiftly moving, street : car was identi
fied' today as Thomas Brooks, ' a rancher,
living 'south of. here, and is 'believed .by
the :" police- to <\u25a0 have been : the Thomas
Brooks : wanted in -Neck/M 0.." for wife
murder, and in Rogers, Claremore coun
ty. " Okla.; ;' on a char ge of : assault with
Intent i to ?klll.'>.':. Brooks* v relatives^ here
sto'utlyt deny-, thet allegation made- by
the -policed They .say that the dead
"man's wife Is now "In ' Oronogo, ; Mo.;
and that she will be home'; in a. few
days: '.: : » '';„/-,' '.. V •"'.';..\u25a0 - : -..•*\u25a0 V
. ißrooksV brother- says that as far as
he knows "tho'j. dead? man > never was -in
Neck; Mo.; --that ..'his wife is^alive, and
wel 1 ; in T Mo., and \u25a0* that, f al
though -- he : passed 'through;^ Oklahoma.;
last fall, he: did, not, stop, at 'Rogers. *:
/The rclativesialso^deny-that -Brooks ;
was a'siiicide. vThey^maintaln thatithe
killing was' accidental: and \u25a0arciprepar
ing«to>sueithe?street ( railway- company
for causing! his i deatn.^; \u25a0
JOSEPH BRACHMANX
CONNERS OBJECTS
TO BOURBON ROW
Democratic Committee Chair*
man Faces Fight for Con
trol in New York
NEW YORK, Feb. 20.— "I've got just
one thing to say," declared William J.
Conners, chairman of the democratic
state committee, tonight. "I'll not re
sign, and- 1 shall be a democrat what
ever happens."
Conners had just returned from Palm
Beach and -had canvas>sed the situation
with his supporters, -.-lie -had; bupried
north to entrench his position before
the special meeting of the state com
mittee to be held in Albany Thursday,
when his, opponents hope to oust him.
He w-ill remain until Wednesday, when
he will go to, Albany. In the Interval
he expects to see every one of the
state committeemen individually.
"Shall you see Charles F. Murphy?"
he was asked.
"I don't know whether he'll call on
me or not." answered Conners.
"How many votes have you got
against you In the state committee?"
"They've got less than they think
they haye — how many will be shown
Thursday." '
MIXIXG AT WRONG TIME
/ "We democrats," he went on. "always
mix it at the wrong time. The organi
zation is in better. shape than I have
seen it in 20 years, and I claim I'm
the man who had some of the honor of
doing it. I spent my money and my
time, and I never meddled in Brooklyn
or New York.
"I'm in favor of calling a meeting of
the state committee at this meeting,
but I'm not in favor of a party row.
If they want to put me out, why don't
they wait until the regular meeting of
the committee?"
Conners was asked if he "would re
tire if his failure to do so. meant the
disruption of "the party.
"I'm' not disruptingMhe party," an
swered- Conners, "it's Murphy, that's
doing that. I've made good all along
the line!" :. \u25a0 ':~i~^
MlinrilY FORCED TO FIGHT
There were, two- phases of the situa
tion that :>Conners would not discuss
tonight — -the ; reason; why his smol
dering quarrel; with Charles F. Mur
phy, leader of Tammany Hall, had re
cently burst into 'flame, and' the atti
tude of W. li. : Hearst., whose shadow
also lies acros&-the political map. .
One of | Conners' • advisers • said that
Murphy was moving because he 'must
either, move or die .of, inanition;'noth
ing; else was moving in Tammany, Haft.
Mayor Gaynor's administration j goes on
lop'plng branches off the plum tree and
no fruit falls in:' the -Tammany- basket.
Murphy has to.rbe stirring or lose his
leadership at home. If he. wins against
Conners he. may regain another lease
of power to tide him over the shallow
years of the Gaynor- administration.
But, if he , loses, , he, loses -not only at'
Albany, but "at home. - \u25a0
RECONCILIATION RUMOR
DENIED BY MRS. ASTOR
: * .\u25a0 : " — — \u25a0-
Beautiful Divorcee Says Report
Is Unfounded .
[Special Dispatch to The Call] •
LONDON. Feb. 20.— There wi 11 be no
reconciliation, between John Jacob
Astor and his beautiful wife; Alva Wil
ling Astt>r. \u25a0; /
The -report : in New York- that such
an event was probable, was'repeated to
Mrs.; Astor today. "Her: reply was:
< "Any talk of; a reconciliation is ab
solutely untrue." *' |
CORNELL DEBATERS
COMING TO BERKELEY
ITHACA. N. V., Feb. 20.— The Cor
nell university debating team will leave
for: the Pacific oast the latter part of
March to meet the -University of .Cali
fornia * team' on April 5. This" will be
the longest trip ever taken, by a sim
ilar ' society' at Cornell. \
FAIRBANKS IN;PULPIT
OF -CHURCH IN BERLIN
: BERLIN, Feb. 20.-^Charles _W. Fair
banks.;, formerr vice /.president of the
Unlted'SStatejg, itoday -occupied the pul
bitiof:the American' church. \u25a0
'"/THE WE A THERf%
YESTfgßDA YZEimidsri&csV- mai
imuTh\fernperature,'s4;'minimum, 46. '/'
FORECASJ^FOR^TODA Y^ciaud/vith
occasional lignU showers; lioutk&est wind.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
PHILADELPHIA
IN GRIP OF
RIOTERS
Infuriated Strikers Attack Pas
sengers and Crews and
Burn Streetcars
SAVAGE MOBS BATTLE IN
ALL SECTIONS OF CITY
Two Women Shot by Stray
Bullets and Injured Fill
the Hospitals
SCORES ARRESTED, BUT
POLICE ARE POWERLESS
PHILADELPHIA.. Feb. 20.— Rioting
in every section of the city fol
lowed the attempt" of the Phlla*
delphia rapid transit company to
operate its lines here today. Passen
gers and crews were driven from cars
by infuriated mobs of strike sympa
thizers, and In nearly every In
stance the abandoned- cars were
burned or otherwise "-""destroyed. At
nightfall every car wai withdrawn
from service. __
Two Women Are Shot ' L .
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'Stern measures were adopted by the
police to quell the disorders. Five per
sons were arrested, charged with In
citing to riot. Two women and ono
man were shot by stray bullets and
many injured people were taken to
hospitals.
Mayor Kayburn tonight ordered Dl- ,
rector of Police Clay to swear In 3,000
additional police and issue a proclama
: tion enforcing the riot act.
The executive committee of the cen
tral labor union this afternoon pledged
both moral and financial aslstance to
the strikers. They also decided to call
a sympathetic strike of every union
man in the city in case the authorities
put into effect their threat to operate
the cars with policemen and firemen.
Mobs Stone Cars'
In the morning cars were run on
every line with little difficulty, except
In the , mill district of Kensington,
where cars were stoned by mobs'. At
11 o'clock transit company officials an
nounced that cars were running on
their regular Sunday schedules. Short
ly afterward riots were reported from
scores of widely separated localities.
In the southern section a mcsb of
boys drove a conductor and motorman
from their posts. and. after four
women passengers had left the car. set
it on fire. The car following also was
stopped and being set on fire when a
detachment of police and a chemical
engine reached the scene.
In this same section Mary Devlin,
aged 16 years, was shot in the leg when
the police fired their revolvers In an
effort to check the mob.
Mobs Baffle Police
In the usually quiet residence section '
of West Philadelphia mobs for a time
baffled the police. Iron bars and stones
were piled on the tracks and several
cars were wrecked. Mounted police
were powerless to disperse the mobs
and a fire hose was brought into play.
Contradictory claims are made .by
the opposing forces as to the number
of men oh strike. Leaders of the
amalgamated association of street and
electric railway employes say that .
6.200 of the 7.000 employes of the tran
sit company have left their cars. Offi
cials of the company say that 3,500 of
their employes are loyal and that reg
ular service will be resumed at day
break tomorrow.
The importation of 175 strike break
ers from New York led to an attack
on the barns and main offices of the
company this afternoon. Windows
were broken by the mob, which was
finally dispersed after 35 arrests had
been made.
Young Girl Shot
i The most • seriously injured person
was 13 year old Viola Beaven, shot in
the abdomen by a. stray bullet from a
policeman's revolver as she was step
ping from her house when a mob was
attacking five cars in front of It.
George Feltsaup, a nurse, also was
struck by a stray bullet -when hasten
ing to a train. His condition is not
critical.
Transit officials say- that 297 cars'
were wrecked, two completely burned
and one partially burned today. Two
thousand, six hundred and eight car
windows were smashed.
Union leaders say they will force the
company to arbitrate. They .charge
that the company 'has -for months, by a
series of petty persecutions been en
deavoring to force the union to strike
and finally, by discharging a large num
ber of union men. practically declared a
lockout. \u0084 ,_. .
.Wonderful attention to details was
shown by those engaged^ in wrecking
and burning the cars. Before the car
was burned at Twenty-sixth and
Wharton streets, a fr.eight car on a
nearby siding was forced across tlje
street to block' the. possible arrival of
fire engines. The pins were withdrawn
from the car wheels, and every pre- .
caution ; was taken* to . ". prevent mov
ing of the „ car* afte%. the torch had
been applied to the ; cotton waste with v

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