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Several Little Known Stories of
Vasquez, the California Bandit
Will appear in
THE SUNDAY £ ALL
VOLUME CVIL— NO. 137.
MAY ASSESS ALL
OCEAN SHORE
STOCKHOLDERS
Courts Will Be Asked to Inter
vene in Affairs of Bank
rupt Railroad
J. Howard Smith of Berkeley
Will Enter Suit in the^
Circuit Division
Will Submit Authorities to
Show That State Laws
\u25a0f Allow Action
STERN measures are about to be
instituted in the affairs of the
Ocean Shore _ railway company,
tvhlrh, if successful, will lead to the
promoters and stock holders of the
ompany paying up enough money to
put the road on its feet.
Proceedings will be begun In the
United States circuit court on Monday
next requesting the court to levy an
isspffment upon the stockholders of
cue bankrupt Occar shore railway com
pany and to order Receiver Frederick
\u25a0v Stratton to "demand, sue for and
receive from present and former stock
-solders of the Ocean Shore railway
:omp"any sufficient moneys to pay the
ictus of that corporation." J. Howard
-v.jiih of the Hotel Carlton, Berkeley,
served notice on the receivers and in
tervenors that he will bring such ac
tion. Smith is a bond holder and in
jervenor In the bankruptcy proceed-
'• . . ;!i£s.
Proceedings Are Rare
'''\u25a0*; ' The proposed proceedings, while not
• novel, are rare and radical. The pur-:
pose I- to have tW court order the I
stock holders of tne road to pay in
: •• money until the finances of the cor
/ poration are rehabilitated and the road
may be finished. The board of exam
;. iners recently reported that the road
II < ould be completed for $5,000,000, and,
furthermore, that It should be com
pleted. The examiners were A. W. Fos
ter. Virgil Bogue and Colonel Heuer.
The statement of facts in the case,
which Trill be filed with the Smith pc
: «'uon next Monday, will recite that
v.ere was at the time the Ocean Shore
went into th» hands of the receiver,
the floating indebtedness was $1,900.
•<on. Also, that of the authorized bond
ed Indebtedness of $5. 000,000, $3,102,600
had b"en issued and J1,55»2.900 had been
pledged, leaving in thp treasury bonds
to the par value of $4,500 and 27 cents
in cash.
It will also be asserted that the en
tire issue of 50,000 shares of capital
= tock. of the par value of $100 a share,
had been issued, but that no more than
$45 per share had been paid into the
capita,l stock. It will be alleged that
the board of directors "have failed and
: neglected to call in the unpaid capital
or further assess the stock holders to
pay the debts of the company or com
p-lete the construction of its road."
; Will Show Authorities
The aims of the proceedings to be
instituted by J. Howard Smith will be
". described as follows in the petition:
•First, to provide funds to pay the
v.icoet of litigation and the expenses of
-.-. receivership.
"Second — To preserve Intact the cov
• >nants of the deed of trust made to
£>; the Mercantile trust company.
; .' "Third — To save the property of t»ie
-\u25a0•\u0084•\u25a0•\u25a0 company from further l^«s, to restore
-.its credit and facilitate the completion
• ;.. of the road."
;.V.v Attached to the petition will be a
"fist of authorities, including the rul
ings of the late Chief Justice Fuller
'•\u25a0 ' of the United States supreme court,
• . Judge Ross of the circuit court of this
district and other eminent jurists, to
show that under the laws of California
' a court ot equity can **fp in ami rail
sifKessr-.e'-ts on stock ho Car a in c*r-
-wv-ich are in the bankruptcy
>-,rt.
COLONEL ASTOR BALKS
AT PLANS FOR CHILDREN
Wife Returns to* Lo
ndon After Paris Meeting
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
'\u25a0 LONDON, April 15. — Mrs. Ava Will
ing A^tor has just returned from the
hctH Bristol in Paris, where she met
\u25a0 Colonel John Jacob Astor, whom she
divorced, and their son, Vincent Astor.
\ formal family council was held
rpjrarding Vincent Astor's visits to his
mother and in relation to certain finan
. <rial arrangements.
Mrs. Astor's friends have gained the
impression that she did not carry all
- her points, as Colonel Astor Insisted
/-'\u25a0 that some of his wishes should be
•\u25a0','• V.carried out.
r-\.r -\. Mrs. Astor's plan was to take her son
\u25a0 and daughter to Cannes, but it was ar
ranged finally tJiat she and her children
should go to Waldorf, Astor's residence,
Cliveden, where they will remain until
Vincent \Astor returns to New York.
„ Th<? laundry drivers' union reports
tfn.t the ball It recently gave In Golden
Gate Commandery hall for the bene
•<Ufit of the Ant!- Japanese laundry league
*has retted |1»»7 but when all out
standing tickets are accounted for the
amount probably will be Increased to
?ISO. " -i.
The San Francisco Call.
INDEX OF THE
SAN FRANCISCO CALL'S
NEWS TODAY
TELEPHOMB KEARXY 86
SATURDAY. APRIL 16, 1910
EDITORIAL
Secretary Dickinson and Panama sm-ti"c*. V. 12
>>gleet of the Presidio reservation. Page 12
Hard work to prpparn Prarl harbor. Pace 12
Prof. E. A. noKS on tljc newspapers. Page 12
•\u25a0Tlir» plargxound of America." Page 12
REAL ESTATE
Relii-s of mound builders 'oiilul by workmen
at Fairfax manor. I'nue 15
Sir*" of new TuHnian shops in Itichniond will
be s<~ene of activity. Page 17
Coliseum to have bisjrest floor space of auy
building in the world. I'ajje ]5
Wont Clay park, new residential section, being
uinrketed by Lyon &. Hoag. Page 17
<JoTrrnment discbarges two employes after 30
years' service for getting old. Pajf* U
Eight million dollars' worth of buildings planned
Is tlie record for. the. current week. Paice 15
Mission Promotion association secures appro
priation for improving playgrounds. Page 17
CITY
Memorial home will be built for Episcopal
! divinity school in this city. ra C( i (
G. A. R. women to present flno flag to Oakland
nlirh school. Page 13
Great Olympic gamps to be held at the lf>ls
exposition. Vntsc 2C i
Annual report of state banks of March 29 j
*hows increased holdings. Paurf 14
Jwlge Lovett leaves for east: will return in
June to plan improvements. Page 14
C. J. Wirier, Tacoma murderer, captured here
under peculiar rirenmstances. Pape !»
Board of health accused of disobeying injunc
tion by sanitary inspector. Paf?e 2tf
James It. Martin, pouuiless. live* at Palace,
but can not pay $l<x> alimony. Page 14
Melville E. Stone sheds li*ht on reported
••knocks"' by Commander Peary. fixe 14
Customs appraiser refuges to exclude public
from inquiry repardins antiques. Pate 13
SUBURBAN
Ordinance urged to bar boys from public pool
rooms. Pace IS
Mills college women to present classic play in
new theater. Page 19 j
Inquiry board fails to fix Manic for shortage |
in Lubbock's office. Page 19 '
Dr. Jordan of Stanford score* President Taft i
and lauds Roosevelt. I'ajje 10 I
| F.ipht stories to be added to Realty Syndicate
| building in Oakland. Page IS
; Wedding days set by society girls and parties j
planned in their honor. Page 19
l.'ncle Sam's people counters encounter obsti
nate trio in city of Oakland. Pace 1$ ;
Bronze tablet to memory of commissioners dis
appt-ars from fire cccine house. Pase IS
Oakland real estate men optimistic, piany in
quiries being received for home sites. Page lfl
COAST
Tens of thousands of post cards to boost
raifin day. i'»c 11
First etate irrigation t-onpress to be held lv
Stockton today. Vnge 14
Independent oil produrers merge Coalinfa
agency in Jfern coucty body. Page 13
EASTERN
Literary circles interested In poet in Minnesota
prison. Page 11
"Prosecution in Ballinger-Pinchot inquiry
holding to its bijr guns in reserve. Page 10
SPORTS
Local Staters cosed out by Sacramento in close
finish, score 5 to 4. Page 20
Commuters rally when Angels blow up and
square accounts with fans. ' Page 20
Pick of interior valley athletes entered for
meet at today. . Page 20
Seals break Vernon's winning streak and take
Los Angeles game, 8 to 5. I'uce 20
Miles at 40 to 1 romps out of interference and
wins handicap at Kmeryville. Page 20
Gretna Green, hoodoo horse, wins the opening
Carter handicap at Aqueduct. Page 20
MARINE
Manohuria's surgeon vaccinates S3S people in
22 hours. Page 25
SOCIAL
Many brilliant weddings will be celebrated
this month. Pase 12
BELL'S OPPONENTS
MAY SPLIT PARTY
W. R. Hearst's Paper Attempts
to Force Joseph Call Into
Bourbon Fight
[Special Dispctch- to The Call]
LOS V ANGELES. April 15.— Efforts to
induce Joseph Call to oppose Theodore
Bell in the primaries as candidate for
Governor have caused a tremendous up
roar in the ranks of the Los 1 Angeles
democracy, and unless Call positively
declines the party is likely to be rent
asunder.
Simultaneously with the publication
in a democratic newspaper of a signed
statement by Albert Xorton, county
chairman, reaffirming his adherence to
Bell, there appeared in W. R. Hearst's
local newspaper "Interviews" with a
dozen or more prominent democrats
advocating Call for governor. This
stirred up a hornet's nest.
While Norton was declining to reit
erate his advocacy of Bell, presumably
because he did not wish to antagonize
the Hearst faction, several of those "in
terviewed" in the Hearst . newspaper
were repudiating the published state
ments and declaring themselves first,
last and all the' time for Bell for gov
ernor, for Timothy Spellacy for lieu
tenant governor and for Call as rail
road commissioner.
Spellacy's candidacy has just been
announced, and it is declared that this
action has turned a number from Call
to Bell on the theory that the candi
dates for both governor and lieuten
ant governor should not be from the
southern part of the state.
Stripped of fireworks and oratory, the
situation appears to be that Call will
be persuaded against becoming a can
didate for governor and that the Bell
adherents will prevail over /the Hearst
faction that is now endeavoring to in
duce Call to enter the race. ,
BREAKS MILE RECORD
LOS ANGELES, April 15.-i The. Los
Angeles high school relay team yester
day broke the w v orld's preparatory
school record. for a mile, covering the
distance in 3:27 1-5., The former holder
of. the record was the manual training
high school of Brooklyn,' at 3:30 1-5.
SAN FRANCISCO, SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 1910.
AUSTRIA PAYS
ROYAL HONORS
TO ROOSEVELT
Home of Unyielding Aristocracy
Bows Before Representa
tive of Democracy
Former President Is Cheered by
Throngs on His Arrival
in Vienna
By JOHN CALLAN O'LOUGHLIN
[Special Cable to The Call]
(Copyright by tbe TrLbune Co.. Chicago, 1910.)
VIENNA. April 15. — Here in the most
aristocratic city of the most aristocratic
counfry in the world, Theodore Roose
velt, a democratic representative of the
most democratic republic that ever ex
isted, was, received imperially by the
government and enthusiastically by
the people.
The Sudan gave Roosevelt a wel
come when he emerged from the jungle
that was barbarous in its setting of
barbaric splendor. Egypt threw off her
lethargy of ages to greet the distin
guished American, and was aroused by
his daring attack upon the assassina
tion of her ruler. Italy gave him a
royal and popular reception, the latter
especially at Porto Mauritzio, which
could not have been eclipsed by a town
of equal size anywhere in America.
Paid Royal Honors
Here in Austria, the seat of the most
powerful aristocracy, the home of un
yielding -etiquet, this democrat, who
last night mingled in a train with fel
low Americans -as a man among men,
today had imperial honors paid him and
carried them off with the same equa
nimity and the same characteristic
camaraderie he displays at home. It
is hardly necessary to say that Roose
velt is not at all dazed at what is being
donei for him. As a matter of fact, he
accepts it as his right, just as every
good American should. He has not
sought the audiences which are being
accorded him, as they have come to
him, and this is a gratifying thing to
American pride, because he is looked
upon as a vigorous representative of a
vigorous and powerful republic of the
new world, f
Roosevelt has said time and time
again tbat no matter how great a man
might be, he would receive compara
tively slight recognition were not his
country strong. And he finds in the re
ceptions that are being extended to him
less cause for personal . gratification
than as a demonstration of the wis
dom of his policy for a strong navy, of
which he has consistently been an ad
vocate.
Blow at Aristocracy
To say that Roosevelt's stay in Aus
tria is entirely pleasing to the aris
tocracy probably would be untrue; not
that they do not admire and respect
him as one of the very great men of the
world, but because he typifies a tri
umphant democracy, and because he
is a striking illustration to the people
of the power they have in themselves.
The Austrian aristocracy is breaking
down. The people are shaking from
their limbs its shackles. Their realiza
tion of what Roosevelt is and of what
he typifies was demonstrated again and
again today when, thousands of people
collected before his hotel to see him
leave and re-enter, and when other
thousands lined the sidewalks along
the palace or the emperor's hussars
parade ground, and by their respectful
removal of their hats, followed by the
explosive •' **Hohoho," the national form
of approval, and the handclapplng by
the women.
Baron yon Hengelmuller, Austrian
aVnbassador at- Washington, as repre
sentative in person of the sovereign
met Roosevelt at the railroad station,
as did American Ambassador R. C.
Kerens" and his staff. Count Aerenthal
received him promptly after breakfast,
which paved the way, according to offi
cial etiquette, to an audience with the
emperor.
Power of Democracy
"He i-v receiving precisely the same
honors as Kaiser Wilhelm or any other
powerful sovereign," remarked one
noble with some awe. It was a striking
evidence to him of the position democ
racy has' assumed in the "world.
It Is natural that there should be
some slight friction'ln a country such
as this, but that which thus far has oc
curred seems almost too trivial to men
tion. For instance, some Americans
here believe the American ambassador
should have had charge of Roosevelt
and not the . Austrian ambassador.
Kerens dismissed" this suggestion by
saying that- Roosevelt long, ago had
made arrangements for: visiting Aus
tria and Hungary through Baron Hen
gelmuller and that some sensational
journals" would like to stir up trouble
between Austria arid- the Huns by using
Roosevelt for this purpose. Roosevelt
is tactfully keeping out of all such
situations'. His every step is carefully
considered before being taken in order
that he may jjiot tread upon tender
toes of any one. At the same time
Roosevelt is proceeding, on the theory
that the, right thing. is the right thing
to do, just as he did in Rome. . '\u25a0""
Nobles Anxious to Please
"' Picturesque, the 'drill ; of i the em
peror's ' hussars today : was more in
teresting as showing the anxiety of the
Continued on Pace JO, Column 4
FATE COMBINES
IN CAPTURE OF
BRUTAL SLAYER
Charles J. Wezler, Who Mur«
dered Mother o! Divorced
Wife, Is Caught
Arrested as Suspicious Charac
ter and Recognized by
Police From Photo
A fateful combination of- circum
stances led to the imprisonment here
yesterday of Charles J. Wezlor, who
brutally murdered his divorced wife's
mother, Mrs. Henry Schulz, at Gig Har
bor, near Tacoma, April 4. Wezler was
traced to this city through letters ad
dressed to Mrs. Alma Lottie Freeman,
with whom he lived in Portland, ap
prehended through the vigilance of
Kdward Pidgeon. mounted patrolman,
who arrested the murderer merely a3 a
suspicious character, and identified
while in the docket at the city prison
by detectives who had seen photo
graphs of the slayer sent here by
Chief of Police .1. M. Duley of Tacoma.
lie was positively identified later by
Mrs. Freeman in a dramatic scene in
the prison. The woman fainted when
Wezler denied he ever had seen her.
Prisoner Breaks Down
Confronted with indisputable evi
dence, founded upon the murderer's
actions here since his arrival from
Portland by steamer April 8, the pris
oner later broke down, under a
grueling examination, and admitted
his fdentity. He still denied, however,
that he murdered Mrs. Schulz. This
the Tacoma officials declare they can
prove, and Chief Duley telegraphed
congratulations to the local police last
night. The authorities of Pierce coun
ty, Washington, offered a reward of
$500 a few days ago for Wezler's ar
rest.
Feeling in the north has run high
since the crime, for Wezler, nursing a
sense of wrong against his former
mother in law, whom he accused of
having come between him and his wife,
lured her to a lonely part of the forest
near Gig Harbor by a decoy/letter tell
ing of the illness of Mrs. F. Habe
recht.. another daughter. Wezler. con
cealed himself along the road Mrs:
Schulz had to take and shot her as she
hastened to her daughter's home. Then
he beat her head to a pulp with a club
and dragged the body into the brush,
where it was not found until April 9.
May Attempt Lynching
Chief Duley will send a special guard
tb take the murderer north. It is
feared the citizens of Tacoma may at
tempt to lynch him.
The local detective department had
Wezler so surrounded that he never
could have escaped, even had Police
man Pidgeon, riding his beat on the
Great Highway about 2 o'clock yester
day morning, not arrested the mur
derer as a suspicious character. Detec
tive Sergeants Tim Bailey and Farrell
had located the residence of Mrs. Alma
Lottie Freeman at 1003 VS Valencia
street and from her obtained postal
cards and letters that acquainted them
with the fact that Wezler intended to
be at Dunn's saloon, 1118 Market street,
to meet Mrs. Freeman yesterday
morning.
Recognized From Photo
Detective George M. Geiman and Po
liceman Louis J. Becker meanwhile,
working on their own clew, had found
Wezlerjs room and they also were
about to *seize the murderer. When
Pidgeon, innocent of ' the man's Iden
tity, picked him up on the Great High
way, found a revolver on him and
booked him for carrying a concealed
weapon he.wss as surely placing the
long sought murderer in jail, though
he was anticipating the fruition of the
detective's days of working. Geiman
and Becker were in Judge Shortall's
court by accident when Wezler was ar
raigned on the charge of carrying a
concealed weapon/and they recognized
the slayer from photographs in. their
possession. '<
Mrs. Freeman and Wezler met sev
eral i times in the postoffice, to which
Wezler was sending postal cards to
the woman through general delivery,
but . she denied yesterday that- she
knew anything of the murder. Trie
woman is the wife of a former United
States soldier, C. F. Freeman, who de
serted in time of peace aft-ar a record
of valor in the Philippines ari.i was
later pardoned. by the president through
his wife's efforts. When Freeman de
serted, here last fall the pair went to
Portland and \u25a0 there the soldier was
caught and sent to Alcatraz. ; His wii>
remained in Portland, and, being out
of funds, took up with Wezler. When
she secured her husbandV release, she
came to San Francisco. Her desultory
correspondence with Wezler, found in
his rooms in Portland, led- the -'search
here" and resulted in his capture.
Hated Mother in Law
Wezler was living in this city at the
Central lodging house, - Market and
Sixth street,, where he got a tramp,
James McMa'th, to write letters to the
Post-Intelligencer, Seattle, and the
Oregonian, Portland,: to the effect that
Wezler had committed' suicide, also 'a
letter to his .wife to go ahead with' her
divorceV/McMath notified /the police
Continued on Face 10, Coltuq* 5
MURDERER, TRACED BY
LETTERS, IS CAPTURED
The top picture is of the man believed to be Charles J. Wezler, wanted
at Tacoma for the murder of his mother in lav>. BeloT» is a portrait of Mrs.
Lottie Freeman, through ivhom he was traced, and also a facsimile of
Wezler's. handwriting.
CRIME OF OLD AGE
CAUSES DISCHARGE
Thirty Years of Faithful' Ser
vice No Excuse With the ;
Government
r .. , .- ;
The United States government; dis
charged .two of the. oldest men in the
customs service yesterday. 'Benjamin
F. Small, 75 years old and for more than
30 years in the service, was the first
one to go. He. was old. and had outlived
his usefulness, so he was discharged.
Small had $58 coming, and when he was
handed the few dollars and told that
his services were no. longer needed he
broke. down, and cried. He has an in
valid wife. During the last few months
he had been absent from his duty,' as
inspector, at the sugar refinery, ,on r ac
count of sickness.
Small when a young, man was prom
inent In Nevada. He. was a man" of af
fairs In that state and was -the pro
prietor of "the Arlington hotel' in"Car
son in"; the early days. .HJs character
was tested in the days when - dishonest
men were in the local custom house and
hundreds of ; thousands \ of. dollars were
made, by handling contraband' opium.-
At that time Small was in the treasury
department. -where he remained until
recently, when he was made an in
spector on the docks. .
Perkins H. Bagley was the ' second
old man.. to go. Bagley is 67 years old
and has also been serving the United
States government over 3o, years. He is
a veteran of the civil war.and for many
years has been a night -inspector on the
water front. Bagley: has also been ill
a€ odd times during the ;last year. : .••
U. OF C. DEBATERS
DEFEAT' STANFORD M EN
Berkeley Students .Opposed to
Granting Suffrage to Women
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
rsTANFORiX- UNIVERSITY,; April >ls.
The University of' California, debating
team. tonight defeated the representa-,
tives of Stanford before a? large audi
ence, the | question being the granting
of suffrage Ito women 7in the United
States.. w California opposed giving .the
fair -sex the right to vote." , ..
Stanford- was represented .. by -three
seniors,. P. J. Badkln,' J. E. Shelton and
Q F. Mordan. while three under
class men, VJ.J. Miller;* F.; M. -Shipper
and'N.:B. Drury,- carried off the honors
for , the state university. .,..,: ,' , '_.. -£\u25a0 . :
. President X David \u25a0" Starrs Jordan pre
sided at-thei debate, Iwhich- was 1 . held?in
assembly lhall. \ j Many, women j present
applauded -the utterances 'of
theT Stanford team,; buti Shipper *scored
heavily and presented what'c was} judged
to be the, most convincing 'address,
Wi THE WEATHER
— Clear; maximum . tempera
ture, 80; minimum, 54.
FORECAST FOR TODAY— Fair; warm
in the morning; cool in the afternoon; light
north winds, changing to brisk west.
BEATS ADMIRER
OF HIS SISTER
Young Railroadman Takes It
Out Upon Caller to Whom
He Objects
OAKLAND, April 15. — Fred Carlson,
a strapping ; .young Southern Pacific
company yard employe, objected to
the attention which R. J. Gray, a clerk
in the Southern Pacific offices at Thir
teenth street and Broadway, was pay
ing to pretty Carrie. Carlson, Fred's
sister. v
Gray called -at the Carlson home/1217
Eighth street, Wednesday . evening to
meet the young woman. Instead he
encountered the belligerent' brother,
who set upon the visitor and gave him
a severe drubbing.
'- Suchwas^the story Gray narrated to
the .police court prosecuting attorney.
.Carlson will be called upon in the
police-court tomorrow to explain. Miss
Carlson Is . between ' two fires. She
rather likes -the young man. but still
she can not quite forgive him for caus
ing her. brother's arrest.
EDITOR OF BYRON TIMES
ACCUSED OF LIBEL
Organizer for Prohibition Party
Makes the Allegation
[Special 'Dispatch to \u25a0 The . Call]
MARTINEZ. April 15. — H. T. Ham
mond, of the Byron* Times, Is
defendant here In a trial for criminal
libel -brought by. J. L. Hlmrod. an or
ganizer for the prohibition party. The
case is being heard by Justice Hayden.
, Hlmrod : arrived |in Byron a month
ago,' r and " Hammond attacked tbe or
ganizer, stating In his paper that the
man should be run out; of the town.
-Former Ghief pf Police' Dishman of
Los Angeles way a witness today. He
told'of Hlmrod's life in Los Angeles, as
It came under the scrutiny of the police
department. .
KING EDWARD'S BROTHER
: WILL VISIT CHICAGO
Reservations Made at Hotel for
_ • .Duke of Connaught
|§ CHICAGO, April 15.;— Reservations
were made at a Chicago hotel today
for. the' duke of Connaught,. brother of
King Edward VII, who expects to visit
Chicago in August.
:D. "J. Murray, business agent of
butchers*,, union,.N6." 1.-, said yesterday
that \ there .was a- greater ' demand for
Saturday < workers ; than there • had been
for ;two. months/ ; There 'was : a job
for every unemployed -man.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
ACID THROWER
DODGES POLICE
IN LONG CHASE
£uspect Proves His Innocence
by Facing Girl's Parents
After Arrest
Ruth Frances Wilson, Her
Mother and Girl Friend
Deny Flirtation Story
"'So matter how long it takes or
what the difficulties, the pursuit/ ofi
Van Camp Kedfern will be prosecuted
vigorously until that young mjan Is
captured and placed in jail. Every re
source available to this department will
be- drawn on and I am confident that
before very long he will be fn custody.
It is evident that he is b?3n~ pro
tected by those with whom he livet
recently and this may delay 3ii* arrest,
but he will be run down.'* — Chl3f of
Police John B. Martin.
Failure to capture Van Camp Tted
fern, accused of throwing: acid In the
face of pr«tty Ruth Frames Wilson
resulted in the issuance of orders by
Chief of Police Martin yesterday in
which he directed his subordinates t<>
redouble their efforts to bring 1 to jus
tice the alleged perpetrr.tor of the
fiendish crime.
Suspect Proves Innocence
Early in the day A. D. Scott of 231*
Bancroft way. Berkeley, took into cus
tody R. C. Padgett, the young' man who
pawned an overcoat at the Attell loan
office April and exhibited to the
broker the portrait of a beautiful younff
girl, about whom he wove a tale of
romance. Padgett had the photograph
In his possession and at once agreed to
come to San Francisco to face the par
ents of Ruth Wilson at their residence,
1624 Octavia street.
He did not answer the description off
the missing Redfern and his innocence
was quickly established. The photo
graph of the girl exhibited by Padgett
resembled that, of Ruth Wilson in a,
general way, but proved to be a like
ness of Miss Sarah Sweet, formerly of
Xew Tork, but now residing with hep
mother at- 2632 Durant avenue, Berke
ley.
After the elimination of Padgett tha
police quickly disposed of the fanciful
story told by R. Peterson, the amateur
detective who declared that he saw
Redfern on a >Haight street ear Thurs
day morning.
Former Convict Tracked
This was followed by the elimination
of a former convict, who answered the
description of Redfern and excited tha
interest of Detective Sergeant Me-
Grayan and Detective Robert Wren for
several hours.
The police received telegrams from
Slssons, Salinas and Monterey to tha
effect that a young man answering Red
fern's description had been seen in those
places.
Injured Girl Improves
While the police were pursuing the
young man accused of the crime Ruth
Wilson showed further improvement at
the hospital, although early yesterday
she suffered great pain. Dr. Louis C.
Deane, the eye specialist, said last
night that the condition of her" left
eye was still very critical.
Joseph A. Wilson, father of tha
pretty victim, accompanied by his wifp.
visited the girl several ltm*s durinsr
the day. During one of these visits
the contents of a sensational article
published yesterday mornins: were in
advertently made known to the patient.
The article stated that Ruth Wilson on
one occasion had allowed Redfern to
make desperate love to her in the gar
den at the side pf the family residence
while her mother watched from near
by shrubbery. The little patient in
dignantly denied the Implied reflection
on her character, and was greatly
grieved over the Injustice done her.
Sensational Story False
Miss Ruth Squires, a daughter of Rev.
J. E. Squires, and a companion of Ruth
Wilson, was given as authority for the
sensational recital, while some of the
details were supposed to have been
supplied by her brother.
To a representative of The Call Mis*
Squires yesterday morning Indignantly
denied ever having given the slightest
ground for the attack on Miss Wilson,
and characterized the published Inter
view as vicious and slanderous.
Mrs. Wilson resented the imputation
that she had looked on while her*
daughter made love to a youth who
had \ been absolutely repulsive.
5 The fact that Redfern was repulsive
to Miss .Wilson was also brought out
yesterday by youthful boy companions
of the girl who had paid her marked
attention and were frequently at the
family residence. Walter Dlnmore, son
of a prominent businessman and a stu
dent at the Lowell high school, who
seemed to have divided highest honors
In the girl's esteem, declared yesterday
that Kedfern had been looked upon as
a common pest and not in the light of
a rival. -
SLEEP WALKES H» JXXKZD — Oavtd Darrpy, who
live* at 17T»3 Valencia srtreet. tell 15 fe«t fwna
his bedroom window early yesterday raorniaff
nhilf walkins in hi* >le«p. He was remcrrefi
to the central emergency hospital kuSattns
from seTere cuts and braises.

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