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British Columbia Is Full of Big Came'
Photographs in The Sunday Call
Trainmen Declare Suspects in
Every Way Resemble Bandits
* Who Held Up Express
Officers Warned to Look Out for
Two Supposed Companions
of Men in Oakland Jail
f Special Dispatch to The Call ]
OAKLAND. April 20.— Trainmen
i onfronted Fred Hanson and
Tames Franklin, the railroad ban
\u25a0.:';• ...i! it suspects, in the gloomy tanks
"*'i"«f the city jail this forenoon, and part
~"'\}y identified them as the desperadoes
\u25a0\u0084:.\u25a0;• who robbed the China-Japan mail train
;v.;..5t Sunday morning in the Suisun
*-. The identification served a double
;' j'urposp. It gave the police justifica
.'v.'.tibn for the arrest of Hanson and
t : Franklin and for holding the men in
\u25a0'\u25a0/. •\u25a0jail. Rut. more important, it disclosed
•'\u25a0/\u25a0.\u25a0• that there werr probably four train
' ;V<'iibers instead of two.
/\u25a0\u25a0.: The identifications ohtained today are
.v ; 'W>f :such a nature that Captain of Detec
• tives Petersen came ?.t once to the eon-
'.iueion that the men arrested in San
-:•! Francisco yesterday were not the same
\u25a0\u25a0 m^n who lived at Martinez for' four
..days and disappeared immediately after
\u25a0.the holdup, and who. it has been
:• -learned, stole dynamite with which to
\u25a0 ' icreclc < ars.
;; v; Seek Two Other Men
\u25a0/;\u25a0 Tlii? ticw theory, which more than
: ,any other accounts for certain unex
v. .pained in>-idents of the bandits" es
yy-\.ape. i.as been communicated to the
f; local police, to the # men directed by i
'•: \u25a0'\u25a0;: sheriff Vcale of Contra Costa, county.
\u25a0•'\u25a0' :o the raitroad secret service under
1 Patrick Kindclon and to the federal
r_-. postoffice inspectors. With virtual
:^| -identification • of Hanson and Franklin
V ; '>.s the men who boarded t!ie train and
..'v'fripjxed open the stolen mail sacks, the
v.' officers are bending their energies to
-.••vthe capture of the other bandits — the
\u25a0 : roughly dressed men, who inhabited
; : ..' t*i;e cottage En the outskirts of Marti
:'. riex. and who left "plants"' to mislead
\u0084 th* pursuers.
i. 1 Tii» police workrd in the dark before
Hanson and Franklin were arrested.
Thf-y had descriptions of the suspects
v. no dwelt at Martinez for a few days,
and drg.jriptions of the men who robbed
the train. Until today they had sup
• posed ill* 1 Martinez suspects and the
actual robbers were the same. Xow
they have rrason to assert that th*
robbers were really four. Two were
lookouts and the other two were the
actual perpetrators.
It was by process of elimination that
the police drew their conclusion. This
ir.orning State Railroad Policeman Pen
derville saw Hanson and Jefferson, and
partly identified them as the robbers.
Last night Harry Knight of Martinez
?aw th*>m t but could not identify them
is; the Martinez suspects. Other bits
of evidence pointed in the same direc
. :".;on — that Hanson and Franklin were
•;;\u25a0' jot the men who rented the Martinez
.-ottage, and. therefore, not the men
. vho stole dynamite by night from J. J.
'.^.''.Kamara's store at Alhambra valley
«"sr Martinez.
Viewed by Trainmen
•Hanson and Franklin were confronted
by George Marsh, engineer of the mail
V train, and by Benjamin Blakely, the
fireman. When the trainmen arrived
at the jail today Captain of Detectives
P^trrsen fixed a trap for the prisoner*.
Hanson, the shorter of the two, is sus
pected of boing the man who stood
•; jruard with revolvers over Blakely, the
..fireman; franklin as the one who
Marsh and ran tlse engine.
. . Petersen had two cells prepared with
'.<iim light, such as might be in any en
\u25a0• gine cab at night. In one he put Han
son, and sent in Blakely. In the other
"'.cell were Franklin and Marsh. Thus
" . were put face to face the engine crew
• arid the supposed bandits who held
\u25a0 '.them up.
.Men Show Nervous-ness
;\u25a0;\u25a0 Petersen himself went from one cell
S. to the other and asked the suspected
• men questions. Each tried to disguise
"his voice and answered queries only in
. monoeyllables. When the taciturn
.; : prisoners were sent back to their cells
• • *>ie!r nervoucness and Hanson's at
.: /impt to walk unnaturally were no-
." ticca ble.
( .. : . When the railroadmen left the cells
"they were almost prepared to Kay that
Continued on' Pa^e 3, Column S . •
The San Francisco Call .
THURSDAY, APRIL 21. | 1910
Still harpinj: na a lost raiiF*. Pace •
Thr mxrino hospitui inquir.r. Pase 6
Pf-Tel<>pDnMit of th<- oil in<luslrr. Vrmr 6
Monning of »h<? Rochester clcciion. Page 6
SterHn? Caraptv»U of KoroUa likes his frdTal
job 100 well to liclp Anderson. Page IS
Don't miss the census man, as o*or? name
helps. Page 18
Preparatory school for girls is Rim of asso
ciation. i«a c t g
Five girls defy school board and will be bus
pended. Pare 8
California dCTclopment board plans ficht to
boost state. Page 7
Chinese, who riolated ton? ostli. is in danger of
being tlain. Pace 7
Knights Templar will assemble tomorrow at
annual conolaTc. Pas« IS
Maad Allan auii Dr. I-Aidwig Wulloer to bo
ri»al attractions. Pace 9
Ifslaod life proTts too strenuous for Colodpl
Bellißger"* clerks. l'ase a
Board of education formally accepts new Por
tola school building. Pace 8
World's records may be smashed at Shriners'
automobile meeting. . Pagr IS
Mrs. ••Dodir" Dunphy and sir others testify
James Dcnphy was sober. Paije 0
Battalion chiefs obtain injunction against ap
pnintee* of present fire commission. Pace 8
Asiatic exclusion league charges that Hindu*
haTe been admitted contrary to order. Page 1
Baffled man hunters sgo orer oM gronnd in
search for lost clews. Pace 3
Trainmen say prisoners in Oakland jail re
semble robbers in erery particular. Page 1
Tailor shop l'^ted of ? 1.500 worth ft
go^ds. I'ace 10
Man fails to <iie and isues to recorer hi*
property. face » »
Women student* of univerNity jirc May fiances
in Coed i-anyon. . t'njje 11
Boy hit by c-ar: women scream when they s-ee
bamburgf-r on tra<-k. i'uicc t\
Blind students of state institution at Berkeley
to appear in c-omedy. Pace 10
Miss Bessie Best of J=gn I/ean'lrn becomes bride
of Charles Manning, inancicr. Pace 11
Stormy scene at trial of Dr. Flyile orer notes
of lestitnoay druyinj poison. Page 5
Carjro of wr«*ked liner Minnehaba prores boon
to Soil ly islanders. Pace 1
British Tißlitweishr puts in s hnr-1 dny's work
at J-an Rafa.l. " Pace 12
Peceari oa*i!y wins Hose stike and layers sire
odds of S lo 1. Pace 13
J«e Cboynsfcl com»>s to try now training metfa
\u25a0 ods on Jeffries. * Pace 12
Talent bits trfemory books at Emeryrille when
6tc faroritf-s win. Pace 13
Alameda bxh y-.iTi.il ball team defeats Oakland
by score of U to 2. . Pace 14
Kutry !!«t for Stanford track and field meet
breaks r«ia*t record. Pace 12
Seals -t*in easy Tictory over Senators in poorly
i played prme cf ball. Pbkc 1^
Bees almost break up ball game between Los
Angele* sad Vernon. Pase 12
Addle Jom piti-h^s first m> hit game of season,
shuttins out «:hioago. Pxge 12
Kling's theats to appear in TaudcTille Veep
Lynch <>v nnxii>u? seat. Pace 12
raste--t sprinters on coa^t are entered for G. A.
R. encampment handicap-. ,Pag;e 13
Colonel Sharpe puts ban on prize fighting on
board transport Sbcridsn. Pace 13
Jeffries makes Armstrong quit after three
rcjods of strenuous boxing. Pace 13
Santa Clara Bohemians plan big marathon walk
betweeu bachelors and benedicks. Pace 12
Edward Payson Weston reaches Rochester and
deliTcrs h lecture at V. M. C. A. Page 14
Army transport arrWes from Manila
seren day* hobicd time. Pace 17
Miss ZclUli I^e Gibson and Dr. Henry Matthew
Elb«rg married at Woodlawn. Pace 9
The stabl c men"s union bars national, state anft
munlrfT«i < ffice holders. Pace 7
Big Vessel Is" at Mare Island
Awaiting Necessary Repairs
.[Special Dispatch lo The Call]
VAL.L.E.TO, April 20. — The mammoth
naval supply ship Glacier was brought
up from the Mare island lighthouse
this afternoon and anchored at the
quay wall where the vessel will remain
until the early part of August. Orders
received this afternoon were to the ef
fect that J50.000 will be expended in
repairs upon the refrigerator ship. The
Glacier is to accompany the West Vir
ginia. Washington, Maryland and Cali
fornia to South America. ,
Orders received at ,the Mare island
navy yard this 'morning were to the
effect that the monitor Cheyenne, which
has been out of commission for the last
six months, should be put in shape at
an early a date as possible in order
that It may be sent to the Puget sound
navy yard at Bremerton, whore, it is
said, the monitor will be given a com
plete overhauling. The intentions of
the? department with reference to the
cussion. : : .V
Cheyenne are unknown, and today's or
ders are creating considerable discus
Old Time Athenian Cltjbman
Suffers Stroke of Apoplexy
OAKLAND. April 20. — Thomas Pheby,
for 20 years a member otf th« Ath
enian club, and formerly prominently
Identified with, mining Interests on the
Comßtock lode and in Arizona, lies
seriously ill at ihs home. 1301 Alice
street, as the result- of a stroke of
apoplexy that developed three days
His condition this evening was Raid
by his physician, Dr. D. D. Crowley. to
be no worse than it was yesterday,
and there are hopes that the patient
may rally. Pheby is 71 years of age.
He came to Oakland in 1870. He re
tired from active. business s'om« years
ago. retaining only a directorship in the
Giant powder company.
Island Inhabitants Grow Rich
From Salvage of Wrecked
Liner Minnehaha
Tons of Valuable Cargo Cast on
Water to Be Caught by
HUGHTOWN. Scilly Islands, April
20. — The inhabitants of the rocky
Scilly islands were famous wreckers of
primitive times, but they will forever
remember this as the greatest day in
their history. The Atlantic transport
liner Minnehaha, wrecked Monday, dis
gorged part of her 17,000 tons of val
uable cargo, casting it upon the waters
all day long to be gathered up by those
who cared to take the trouble.
Farming and fishing were abandoned
and even school was dismissed, while
most of the population of the nearby
islands, men, women and children, de
voted themselves to obtaining treas
ures from the waves. The salvagers
decided to try to rescue the Minnehaha
by cutting her in half in the same way
the White Star steamship Suevic, which
went ashore near the Lizard in March,
1907, was saved. ,
Every effort to lighten the ship is
now- imperative. Today the waves beat
up too high and strong for the tugs to
go alongside. Consequently goods were
thrown overboard from • the forward
hold as fast as the stevedores and a
large crew, could .raise them to . the
Hugh cases containing automobiles
and pianos followed one another over
the side, striking the water with a
great splash. Sewing machines and
clocks went with them, while furniture
floated everywhere. Many bales of cig
arettes covered the -face of the water
and tons of cheap American novels
drifted to the nearby "shore of Bryhor,
where they were piled like seaweed:
Tidings of the jettisoning of wealth
spread early and a flotilla of fishing
oraft. luggers and rowboats scurried to
the scene.
As fast as the cargo hit the water
the enterprising boatmen pulled up the
smaller cases, while they took the
larger ones in tow.
Most of the machinery was taken
from the wreck and transported to St.
Marys, where the customs officials took
charge of it.
-Two hundred and twenty-four cattle
swam ashore, while 10 were drowned.
The seamen here think that it will
be impossible to save the Minnehaha
and they look for the first strong wind
to break her to pieces.
Interesting Session Closes Con
vocation of Clergymen in
Menlo Park
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
MEN'LO PARK. April 20. — The San
Jose convocation of clergymen of the
Episcopal church, which represents all
of the parishes from San Mateo county
south to San Luis Obispo county, came
to a close in Menlo Park this evening
after a very interesting session.
The first meeting was held at Trinity
church at 2:30 o'clock yesterday after
noon, when J. C. Astredo, the bishop's
aid for boys, spoke on the subject
"aaving Work Being Done for Chil
dren." He was followed by Rev. C. H.
L.. Chandler, superintendent of the Ar
mitage orphanage, who told \ of the
work being done among children by
the 4 church. Rev. W. A. Brewer,
head master of St. Matthew's school at
Burlingame, made a few remarks on
the same subject.
In the evening a service was held in
Trinity church and Rnv. X. B. W. Gall
way of San Mateo and Row John A.
Emory, archdeacon of California, spoke
on "Missionary Work."
A celebration of the holy communion
was held at ft o'clock this morning,
with Dean Gallwey as celebrant, as
sisted by Rev. A. B. Chirm, pastor of
the local parish. Rev. David Evans of
Palo Alto followed , with a v talk on
"Missions Study." Rev. James Otis Lin
coln of San Mateo also spoke. The
morning ended with a business ses
Luncheon was served to the visit
ing clergy in the garden of the Menlo
Park hotel by the women members
of the local parish, after which auto
mobiles took the members of the con
vocation for a ride through Fair Oaks,
Palo Alto and Stanford university.
The officers of the convocation are:
Dean, Rev. N. B. W. Gallwey of San
Mateo: secretary, Rev. E. H. McCollister
of San Jose, and treasurer, Rev. G. H.
B. Wright of San Jose.
The, next session will be held at the
new Church of St. -Matthew in Sari
Mateo during the early' part of Xo
Fire Patrols" to Be Maintained
During Dry Season
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SACRAMENTO, April 20. — The Jlen
docino forest fire association \u25a0 is the
name of the organization made up of
the Union lumber company of Fort
Bragg, the Northwestern, lumber com
pany of Northwestern, Irvine & Mulr
of Willits and the New York and
Pennsylvania timber company of Hardy
Creek, organized in Mendocino for the
protection against fire. -..
The holdings of these interests rep
resent about 200,000 acres from the
ocean as far inland as Willitp. The dif
ferent'companies work together build
ing trails'. to the deep woods and main
taining patrols during fire season.
-The expenses of*; fire fighting are
shared by the members of the associa
tion. '.' ; . •: ;\u25a0 .;.\u25a0 -;\u25a0 \u25a0• ..\u25a0 \u25a0 \u25a0\u25a0;;..,:
20.— After two • dajs* hearing Adolph XSI
fichon«>k, whom th*> police b»ll<=-TP to'b« th«
man who terrorized the city ' recently ; bv««et
tlDg flr*> to a s dnz*n buildings, I wmj held Iby
Jartlrt Thorp today • for • trUl , In ' th* superior
\ court. -' In def anlt of - bail -he is in J the countr
Jail. \u25a0\u25a0'\u25a0•-\u25a0 '; \u25a0 •*\u0084 \u25a0\u25a0.]'.->,.. *..V.-.-. -:.'<
Asiatic Exclusion Organization
Will Ask Labor Bodies to '
Protest to Congress
Commissioner North Is Charged
With Favoring Aliens to .
Aid Contractor
. Aroused to action by the landing of
a large number of Hindus in the city
from the transpacific liners Siberia and
Manchuria during the last two weeks,
the Asiatic exclusion league will seek
the support of organized -labor in a
protest to congress against the conduct
of the local branch of the immigration
That a charge of undue 'influence. in
favor, of the Hindus- will be registered
against Commissioner Hart North .is
known, and it is also intimated that the
authorities in Washington will be asked
to institute an investigation into the
causes for a sudden reconsideration of
the' decision of an inquiry board which
had excluded a number of the aliens,
Charles Chiften, the man in jail at San Jose, who has confessed that
he killed Night Watchman Whybark m Santa Clara and who is accused by
the Bell woman of having committed numerous robberies and at least two
other murders. \
but later admitted them on the plea of
a labor contractor.
Leaders of the anti Asiatic movement
also declare that under, a tacit under
standing the immigration bureau had
agreed to exclude all Hindus, and had
so instructed the local representatives
of the department, but that this precept
had been disregarded by the 'local of
ficials, r
Labor Bodies. Expected. to Act
President' O. A. Tvcitmoe of the' ex
clusion league will appear before the
building trades council Thursday night
and ask for the support of that body in
the form of a resolution protesting
against the admission of any more Hin
dus. Friday night he will, take the
matter up with the labor council, and
it is generally acknowledged that the
resolution will be passed by an over
whelming majority : in both~ bodie.3.
The resolutions, it is believed, will
also contain a petition for an investiga
tion of the underlying features of -the
hearing of <the ; cases of Char ; Singh,
Lashnian Singh, Indar Singh, Param
Singh and Eushar Singh. %- Vl.V 1 .
These men arrived from the orient
on the 'liner Siberia, and at_ a meeting
of the special board of inquiry com
posed of inspectors i n the loca 1 bureau
were denied admission to the port April
5 for a number of- reasons." Subsequent
ly, but sat the same hearing, Commis
sioner Hart North; made. a personal ap
peal to the 1 board in; the interests of .the
aliens and ". of > a > contractor
Continued on Page* Si Column 5
Chiften Exposed
Crimes Revealed
The woman known as Anhie.Bell, who has told the San Jose police
an amazing story of the crimes committed by Charles Chif ten. Her name
issaidto be Annie Rios, and her home was formerly near Hollister.
Wily Detectives Use Camera to
Get Evidence Against Wife
of Turfman
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
LOUISVILLE, Ky.. April 20. — Jerome
B. 'Respess.^ the well known horseman,
was today granted, a, divorce from his
wife. Esther 'Kennedy Respess. whom
lie married in Cincinnati in April; 1903.
The witnesses* included private detec
tives, photographers and hotel attaches,
and the testimony was spicy and point
ed. Witnesses swore that theyhad"fre
quently seen Mrs.'Respess at hotels in
this city with men other than her hus
baqd and a; bellboy, testified that he saw
her ' in. the embrace ""orf r a .man named
Whitehead in* a local.hotel.
Among the exhibits were photo
graphic reproductions of signatures
from hotel registers and snap shots 'of
Mrs/ Respess 'entering 'hotels .with a
man. . " ; " " ?. \
The Whitehead who. figured so con
spicuously;;; in | the"; testimony • was de
scribed simply as a railroadman. .
Mrs.; Respess is ' an;, exceptionally
handsome, woman: and during her .resi
dence here 'with . her .husband was; fre
quently; seen, and i greatly: .admired on
the streets and' theaters,? dining: rooms
and: other! places '.; of,; -entertainment.
Drunkenness , was also'- one" of the
charges 'against' her. :
";' , '' ' ' — \u2666lyou think I'm a d n fool? It's my
business not to discuss the drug store bandit. I wasn't born yesterday."
The murders with which the Bell girl connects Chifte nare:
Murder of Deputy Sheriff A. W. Lindquist of Albany, just across the
line from Berkeley, on the night of January 12, while Chiften was attempt
ing to rob Tony Miller's saloon.
Murder of Motorman Fred Smith on the Union street line in the
Presidio grounds on the night of January 15, while Chiften was engaged
in" robbing -the conductor of the car.
; Murder of Night Watchman George Whybark of Santa Clara on the
night of March 14, in a pistol duel which started when Whybark detected
Chiften in an attempted burglary.
Annie, Bell, once the sweetheart, now the nemesis, of Chiften. is a pretty
girl, the daughter of a Spanish family who own a small ranch near Hollister.
Her real name is Anna Rois. She met Chiften in Oakland. January 1, in a
nickelodon. Up to that time she was a girl of good principles. Her downfall
has been rapid. She has done everything but participate in her lover's jobs.
She aided v him. however, by selling the stuff he would steal.
While she. never remonstrated with Chiften over his work, although she
knew that he was a murderer and a thief, the girl displayed womanly caution
in advising him against too great dangers. But he scorned her warnings in
a melodramatic way. .
' * ".'lamnot afraid,' he told me," said the girl. "'I am not afraid as long
as I have my. gun with^ne. . It is always my friend."'
But the interest the girl took in her lover's crimes was more receptive
thair reciprocal. After the murder of Lindquist, the Contra Costa deputy
sheriff, the couple, then living, in the Brunswick lodging house in Oakland,
followed the newspapers for a few days to learn if the man was killed, but
soon lost interest, in the welfare of Chif ten's victim. The thug had new
crimes to perpetrate.
The girl took up with Chiften after the date of the depredations of the
"drug store bandit."
"No, I don't know anything about that affair," said the girl sharply when
questioned about these crimes by a Call correspondent today. The girl has
been willing enough to talk of the crimes committed while she and Chiften
were together, but evidently had little interest in his earlier actions.
Prior to ajnuary 1 Annie Bell was a farmer's daughter living quietly
in Hollister and only coming to the city on rare occasions for visits with
friends. Her life : since she met' Chiften in the nickelodeon in Broadway,
Oakland, has been fast and downward in its course. She has been a wait
ress in the O. K. dance hall, 533 Pacific street, San Francisco, on the Bar
bary coast, and. followed the usual course of the girls with whom she worked,
even to the extent of carrying on an affair with a soldier named Sam, a bit
of indiscretion which led to a. bitter quarrel between her and Chiften. As
a consequence she left him March 3 and returned to her home in Hollister
ana took up the quiet ranch life again.
But Chiften, who had a purpose in holding on to the girl, followed her
up. He threatened to kill her if she. did not return to him. Moved both
by the threats and her attachment for the thug the pirl left the ranch and
came to Chiften to aSn Jose, returning here March 10. Chiften, showm^
his lowest side,. forced the girl to live in a resort at 51 North Market street,
where she still dwells.. . \u25a0
She is a pretty girl, with very dark wavy hair in profusion around her
face. She is small and trim.
After Chiften's arrest she kept her own counsel about what she knew
of his crimes until the fellow started trouble. He wrote a letter to the girl
from the' city ; prison and tried to smuggle it out on William Sharatt. a dis
charged prisoner. The letter was confiscated by the police. In it Chiften
told the. girl that if she failed to visit him at the jail he would betray her
life' to ; her. parents.
; \u25a0When the. girl received that letter her "respect" for Chiften \jras jarred.
Shedecided to. do a. little Retaliation. So she went to Chief of Police H*ley
ami -Detective Ray Starbird- and told .what she knew of Chif ten's crime*. .
YESTERDAY — Clear; wesl wind; maximum
lefnpefalure, 64; minimum, 52.
light northwest wind.
Chi f ten's Feminine Companion
Gives Police Detailed His
tory of the Bloody
Bandit's Crimes
Tale of Lawless Life Links the
Desperado With Many Mys»
terious Robberies in
Nearby Counties
SAN JOSE. April 20.— Retribution
has come direct and quickly to
Charles Chiften. confessed mur
derer, for the manner in which ho
treated Annie Bell, a young Spanish
girl of Hollister. It has come from the
;irl herself. In a lons statement to Chief
of Police Haley and Detective Ray
Starbird of San Jose and Sheriff Bar
net of Alameda county, the Bell girl
has told circumstances which con
nected the young prisoner at the
county jail with three murders, one
of which he admits, and a long list
of robberies and burglaries. It is
also believed by the local authorities
'that Chiften is the "drug store" bandit
who terrorized San Francisco In De
cember last, and the murderer of Wil
liam S. Schneider, night clerk of
Burns* hammam baths, Sls Eddy
When seen at the county jail today
by a Call correspondent. Chiften was
asked to discuss the murder of
Schneider and the crimes of the
"drug store" bandit. He answered in
an imperfect attempt at enigma: "Dc

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