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Men Prominent in the Trade on
Pacific Coast Called by the
Evidence of Pact With Railroads
to Kill- Competition Is Re=
ported Object
1 al ***** magnates barod the so
-rots of ,1,,-ir business again y.^r
.'llTnoim under the searching
t|urn> s>O f James R. Knapp, special
;.r..socutor. * C :it west by Attorney Gen
eral "Wickersham to investigate sugar
companies here The inquisition will
>"" cominuod for several days. A long
i'*t of businessmen <on<erned in the
nnd importation of sugar have
Wsen subpena.Hl. and the inquiry gives
every promise of being an exhaustive
Though what transpires before the
fo.jora.l grand jurors is kept :i pro
found secret, it has boon said on good
authority that the primary purpose of
Ihc investigation is to ascertain
whether or not the leading sugar com
panies ncrc are In a comoinatlou that
is in effect H trust, restraining trade
;t!i<3 acting with the American sugar re
iiinng: company, the great sugar trust,
in arbitrarily fixing price*.
To ascertain whether or not this is
true Knapp was detached from drtty
with the New York office of the at
torney gen^raJ, and made special prose
cutor under P'ederal District Attorney
Robert T. Devlin.
Robert P. Rithet, president of Welch
£.- Co., and George M. Rolpli, manager
of the California and Hawaiian sugar
icfining company, which is one of the
Welch & Co. concerns, were called be
fore the grand jury and quizzed by
Special Prosecutor Knapp yesterday
afternoon. Both are subject to re
call, and will be further questioned
A. A. Brown of A. A. Brown & Co. and
Wallace JL Alexander, vice president of
Alexander & Baldwin. Ltd., were also
<alled as witnesses, but time nas not
found to examine them, and they will
STo on the grill today.
"I have been sent out here to investi
gate th<s sugar companies," was all that
Special Prosecutor Knapp would say
vosterday regarding his mission to San
J'rancisco. and what was going on in
the grand jury room.
"That was done under orders from
Attorney General Wickersham, was It
not?" he was asked.
"Naturally, I am always under the
.ittorney general's orders," Knapp said.
"I was made a special assistant to
Mr. Devlin here,"
William Matson, president of the Mat-
Ron navigation company, was examined
before the hearing Friday, at the open
ing day of the inquisition, and A. B.
Spreckels of the Western sugar refin
ery was subpenaed, but not called upon
to testify.
United States District Attorney Dev
'iii returned from Sacramento, where he
i-.jjs been on business for a. few days,
last night and he will work with Knapp
;:i the Inquiry. When the hearing goes
on this afternoon, indeed, it is said
that Devlin will occupy a seat beside
Kiiapp in the jury room.
' As sugar imported from Hawaii and
tlio Philippines is not dutiable the in
vostigatioii can not take the same trend
as that concluded recently in New
York, when underweighing by the
sugar trust mulcted the government
of almost $2,000,000. It has been as
serted that such frauds could not have
been practiced here, and that there is
no reason for the sugar companies here
attempting any ,«uch practice with the
iHa.ti\e]y small amount of sugar
1-rought from Central and South Amer
That Knapp will look for a freight
tate pact between the railroads and the
sugar interests, which would enable a
combination of the greatest growers to
undersell their smaller competitors in
the middle west, has been stated also.
Witnesses both from the larger and
smaller companies will be called.
Lake Lajjunita Incident to Be
[Special Diipcich to The Call]
Tli<? Question as to whether or not any
action will !»<» taken by the committee
on student affairs against the studrnts
who threw Erie M. Leaf into Lake La
grunits*. last Friday night because of
articles that appeared in the Sequoia,
which were supposed to have caused
ihe suspension of D. P. jCrawford and
H. L. Ilorton. has not yet been an
swered. A stoical silence is main
tained by Prof. A. B. Clark, chairman of
the committee, in regard to the matter,
although it is known that he has been
investigating the circumstances of the
occurrence for the last two days.
Leaf was closeted with Professor
• Mark this afternoon, but refused to
divulge the names of any of his as
The committee docs not meet regu
larly until Wednesday afternoon, but
from the statement of Professor Clark
it is probable that a special meeting of
the committee will be called to investi
gate this matter. ; .?/.}'\u25a0\u25a0'
President Gleason of Santa
Clara Makes 1 Announcement
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SANTA CLARA, 'ApriI 25. — Rev. Rich
ard \u25a0 A. Gleason, S. J., president of
Santa Clara college, arrived home yes
terday after a two weeks' trip to Idaho,
where he went to attend the golden
jubilee of Bishop Gloreaux of Boise
Cjty. Rev. Father Gleason was bene
fited by the brief journey.
According to a statement made by
President Gleason soon after his ar
rival, a concrete building, modeled In
the mission style, may replace the ruins
of the Santa Clara mission, now be
ing torn down.
The adobe walls, which would have
stood for many years under ordinary
circumstances, were so badly damaged
by the lire of last December that they
had to be razed.
ODD FELLOWS' PlCNlC— Redwood City, April
20 — The Odd Fellows and Rebrkabs of Jhe
fortr-fonrth district, which comprifs . lbe
towns of South San Francisco. UurHD^a-nf.
Nan Maten. Bedwood City, r«lo Alto «nd
Mountain Vl*w, will hold their annual picnic
at Congress Bpring« tomorrow. Special trains
V will coorry tlw members tn th* outinß. which
«r|i! oon^ist ollrack and field cveuts, Fpcecnes.
music «nd dancing. '.'-'.. - -..;
< ]jr jl 23.— Philip S. Kinjrsland. l! 2 yeans c!d.
until recent'/ |<rr-sident «>f a pus «ncinr o.mh
j»Hur and • inMnbor of od«* nf tbo oity'a wi*t
prorotmnt families. ' cominJliw! suicide this
aftTn<H>n »fter • quarrel ivilb a Eon.
Many Are Summoned
By Special Prosecutor
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At the top James R. Knapp, special government prosecutor; at the bottom George M. Rolph, one of the sugar
magnates he has called to testify.
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Strange Happening After Musi
cal Instrument Had Been
Mute Half a Century
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
PARIS, Ky., April 25: — More than 50
years ago Dr. Edward' O wings", leading
physician and wealthy, citizen of this
city, purchased an expensive imported
Italian music box and installed it in
his mansion. He was very fond of
music, and as the day of grand opera
and concerts in. the south had not ar
rived, this was his only chance to hear
the works of the great composers.
One Sunday shortly after the pur
chase-of the instrument, Doctor Owings
wound it up and adjusted it . to play
his favorite air, rested his head on a
table in the room and fell asleep, and
.when found an hour later was dead.
The muf=ic box was left just as
it was found by Kdward and Thomas
Owings, the dead physician's sons, 1 and
has never been used or removed from
the table where it was placed by their
father in the half century that has
elapsed since his death.
About 10 o'clock last Sunday morn
ing members of Kdward Owings' fam
ily heard music coming from the room
.where the music box was kept, and
when they entered the room they were
mystified beyond expression to find the
old instrument playing the air that it
had. played last as the breath left the
body of Doctor Owings.
A minute examination of the mech
anism of the machine failed to offer
any solution of--- the strange occur
Willard E. Thomas Sentenced
by Judge Seawell
[Special Dispatch to the Call]
SANTA ROSA, April 25— Willard E.
Thomas, who was • convicted last \u25a0 week
of murder in the first degree with pen
alty fixed by the Jury at life imprison
ment for the murder of the infant child
of his wife. May Chio Thomas, was
sentenced this morning by Judge Sea
well. Thomas had to be supported by
deputy sheriffs when ordered to stand
and be sentenced. Mrs. Thomas will go
to trial in the morning on the charge
of having murdered the babe. They
were indicted Jointly, but were granted
separate trials. .;/,'.' *
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Robert T. Devlin's Reappoint
ment to Office is Approved
by the Senate
WASHINGTON.- April 25.— -Robert T.
Devlin, United States .attorney, for, the
northern district of California, was
confirmed today, for an additional term.
The fight against him continued for
nearly two years- and .attracted much
attention. Devlin was , opposed '. by Dr.
E. B. Perrin, one of the defendants in
the Perrin-Benson land' fraud cases in
California. Perrin , was convicted,' but
the case was reversed 'by the. supreme
court and during the administration of
President Roosevelt a special attorney
from the department of justice investi
gated the "case- and recommended the
indictments against Perrin be dis
missed. Perrin fought against Devlin's
reappointment and, after the appoint
ment had been made, against confirma
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The senate judiciary - committee.- on
the strength _of the showing made by
Perrin, voted to reject the nomination.
Afterward the case was reopened and
Devlin proved to the ; satisfaction of
the committee- that the report of -the
department of Justice official on ; the
Perrin case. had never reached. him. •
SOUTH ..BKND, Ind.,'' April 25.—Mar
ried in their teens, divorced .27 . years
ago, each taking another 'mate a short
time afterward, only; to come back to
each • other and be married again in
this city, is the experience of Henry
Ranstcad, a retired farmer. SI years
old, and Mrs. Jane Frame,,7 7, of Terre
Coupee, Ind. They were married yes
terday by Justice Wright.'
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Can Be Seen Without Aid of
Glass, Says Astronomer on
Mount Wilson
Public Warned Against Mistak=
ing Venus, Morning Star,
for the Wanderer
PASjVDIiXA. April 2. r ,._ Malley's \
comet is now plainly visible from tljc !
summit of Mount Wilpoiu Professor;
Ad am .s, who has charge of making the!
observations, said today that the spec- i
truni showed the head of the comet to i
bo surrounded' by cyanogen gas, which i
is a. combination of carbon and nitro- \u25a0
gen. The tail is composed of hydro
carbon gas, a mixture of carbon and
hydrogen. In some parts, one gas will
prevail,, while in others the other is
. ... pjxteiisiyo preparations are being
made on Mount Wilson for observing
the electrification of the earth's atuios
phero May 18, when thu comet will
[cross the sun and -the earth pass
through the great tail of the wanderer.
It is believed that the electrification of
the earth's .atmosphere will be dis
turbed then, but how much or in what
way is not known.
The evening of May 17 and also the
evening of May VJ, according to the
Mount Wilson scientists, there proba
bly ' will be . a wonderful display of
shooting stars. This will occur just
before the comet crosses the sun and
just after.
Professor Adams said today lhat the
aerial maverick, became visible at S:so
o'clock in the morning and passed out
9 — ; \u25a0— _ «.
of. sight at about 4:30. When first seen
it is just above the 'horizon and it
moves up into the sky rapidly until the
brightness of the rising sun prevents
further observations.
The .comet is only one-tenth the
brightness of the planet Venus, the
morning star. Thousands of persons
are gazing at Venus each morning, mis
taking it for- the. wanderer, which is
barely visible' to the "naked eye. The
comet stands several' degrees to the
north of Venus.
Greatest of American Artists
Lies at Death's Door
NEW YORK.- April: 25.— -Little hope
was held out today for the recovery of
John la FargeV • the greatest living
American artist, who is critically ill
at his residence in Fifth avenue.
. So weak from the infirmities of age
that. his thin hand had to be guided by
another, the artist yesterday signed his
will and made final preparations for
the end. J
A fortnight ago the physicians sum
moned his son, who is a Jesuit priest
attached to the Vatican in Rome, and
the latter is now at his father's bedside.
La Farge is, to a considerable extent, a
martyr to his work. For more than a
year, he has been confined to his home
almost continuously and has been' able'
to visit only.rarely Ills studio in' West
Tenth street. The artist is 77 years
old. . . .0 ;.
Son Born to Wife of the Writer
in Paris
[Special Dispatch to The Call] . .
' NEW -YORK, April 25. — Will Irwin
has received, a letter from .Paris stat
ing that a .boy has been, born to Mrs.
Janies Hopper, wife of the former Cali
fornia, writer. Hopper now has; two
girls and a boy. . .He has been in
France, the country jof his birth, for
six months, and as he 'writes \u25a0 French
almost; as well, as he does English,
has 'contributed ' to the Paris periodi
cals as well as.tosome magazines in
New York.'
Exciting Day Follows Continued
Report of Ruin of New
v Crop in South
Preparations Rushed for Enor=
mous Delivery of Old
Product in May
NK W.YORK. April- 251— Not since the
big break of January last has the New
York cotton exchange seen so .much ac
tivity and*. excitement as today.
It i was a time of triumph for the
bulls, whose already strengthened posi
tion as regards the old crop was sensa
tionally stimulated by reports of disas
trous weather in the south. This led to
rumors that the bull campaign was to
be carried on throughout the end of
the Current senson and possibly into
early new., crop deliveries, us It/Was in
tlie season 1002-03, when, after Sully's
successful. deal in May contracts, Brown
&. Hayne, .who are prominently men
tioned in connection with the' present
bull' movement, Carried the bull cam
paign through into -July, August and
Jt is -argued that even, if the south
iinds enougli seed to replant the entire
area reported damaged the cold snap
has made it look like a late crop, and
mills consequently will be dependent
upon old crop' supplies for a long
period.^' .
Preparations for enormoifS deliveries
on May contracts are steadily going
forward. It is said that the New York
cotton exchange had a larger force of
men engaged in preparing cotton for
delivery, yesterday than ever before and
according to the official figures the
stock of certificated cotton at New
York which was reported as 57,000
bales- toward the end of March had
mounted up to 151,000 bales by the
elost: of business Saturday with predic
tions that between 180,000 and 200,000
bales would be ready for delivery on
May 1. Moreover, the May shorts have
until the end of May . to secure cotton
for delivery on contract.
Damage -complaints from the south
were in many instances accompanied by
southern buying orders and almost all
the fresh buying for long account was
said to be for new crop delivery. It
was believed around the local ring that
the bull leaders were selling the near
position, at times during the. day to
prevent too rapid an advance or to re
duce their holdings, and it was the new
crop that chiefly reflected the broaden
ing of bullish sentiment. October cot
ton sold at 12.£Mc"or 57 points above
the close of last Saturday, while May
touched 14.92 c, or' si gain of only 21
points "from the closing price of last
The opening advance in the New York
market was greatly encouraged by the
strength of Liverpool, which had the
bad weather reports before the trading
here started.
Decision .. of 'Boston Court
Favors Local Institution
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
BOSTON. April 25.— 8y a' * decision
handed down today by Judge Grant of
the probate court in this city the Cali
fornia School of Mechanical Arts in
San Francisco is to receive the bequest
of $25,000 contained in the will of the
late Frederick B. Ginn of Nordhoff,
Vontura county, California. The deci
sion was given after the executor had
asked, the court for Instructions in con
nection with the distribution of the
estate. _ /'
Judge Grant held to the California
law. that, after expenses were panl in
both states, California and Massachu
setts, .one-third of the- grosfe estate in
both states should be distributed for
charitable purposes, as provided for 'in
Ginn's will.
Mrs. Ginnis to receive half of $11G.
000. The Lick school waived all other
claims. .
G. A. Duncan Says He Spent
Chiclet Firm's Coin
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
•EL PASO, April 25.— G. A. Duncan,
who claims to be- the son of William
C. Duncan, president of the Greenwich
bank of New, York, gave himself up
to the police today/asking to be locked
up. lie stated that he was formerly
manager of the Sen-Sen chiclet com-
PHny, 191 Second street. San Francisco,
lie", declared ho thought he ha,d spent
money belonging to the company while
intoxicated. He does- not remember
when he left San Francisco and talks
incoherently about his past. Ho. says
his wife is now living in San Francisco.
The case is being investigated by the
local police department. '
Tbina. April 25.— Tb»y cruiser Cbarlestcm of
the American Asiatic, squadron ' sailed for
Shanghai today. . Tlic Ruoboats Wilmington,
Callao and Samar remain hero.-
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