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I; See the Sunday Call .
; Next Sunday
Alfred Berber Says He Married
Her While Posing as Pres=
ent Spouse's Sister
Declares She Admitted Bigamy
and Pleaded That Love for
Him Led to Duplicity
Hubby No. 3, Who Is Fighting to
Evade Alimony, Corrobo«
rates No. 6
The Reputed Husbands
Of Eugenia France
+L. — _ +
At 21 married to John A. Harden
at Kew York. January 2, 1596.
At 25 married to AucmM John
Clapham at \ew York, Novem
ber, 1903.
At 29 married to James Stevens
Tarrell at \fw York, July 25,
At 30 married lo William B. Mar
vin, time and place unknovrn,
At 31 married to — — — Lawrence,
time and place imktmwn. 1006.
At 32 married to Alfred Berber
at Sew York, February, 1906.
ACCORDING to an affidavit filed
yesterday in the superior court
by August John Clapham, whose
mystic maze of matrimony has tangled
court and counsel for the last seven
months, the distressed and unhappy
spouse of Eugenia France Barcelo-
rence, never knows just when he Is
meeting a fellow husband or on what
kindly or unkindly zephyr another
claimant to the lady's affections may
be wafted into his presence and iden
tify the present Mrs. Clapham as his
P'or yesterday another name was
coupled to the long list, and hereafter
Attorney Frank Gould, who is strug
gling to release Clapham from an or
der of Judge Seawell directing him to
pay $250 a month alimony during the
divorce proceedings, will refer to the
lady of riotous conjugal pledges, as
Eugenia France Barcelo-Hayden-Far
rell-Marvin-Lawrence-eßrber, the last
named gentleman having dropped into
town a few days ago and declared to
Clapham that he had married the lady
in the case at New York in February,
ISO 6, while she was the wife of the
present defendant in the divorce action, i
the couple then living in Brooklyn, N. Y.
Alfred Berber Latest
Alfred Berber, the latest husband to
admit the situation, has been living in
Pfisttle for the last year. A week ago
hf came to this city and read In «The
Call the story of Clapham's domestic
kaleidoscope. One look at her picture
and a short review of her history con
vinced Berber that she was the woman
he had led to the altar from merry
Broadway in the spring of 1906. Having
Wt her a few months after the cere
mony, convinced that he had been
duped, Berber did not hear of her ajrain
until he read of the action now pend
' ing in the local courts. Yesterday he
went to the offices of Frank Gould and
swore that he believed himself one of a
half doz«m husbands Eugenia France
Barc*lo has had within 11 years. The
greeting betwen the "husbands" was
almost like a happy family reunion, for
Berber is the first man to present him
self and offer to take the witnessstand
in Clapham's defense, while Clapham Is
the first man to give Berber news of
his missing "bride."
Met in Restaurant
According to the voluminous affidavit ]
filed -with the county clerk yesterday,
Berber met Mrs. Clapham in a restau
rant in New York city, where she was
employed as a cashier wider the name
of Miss Clapham. After a short court
ship of three months they were married
in February, 1906. At this time Clap
ham and his wife were living in Brook
lyn in Sixth avenue. To explain her
place of residence the woman told Ber
ber that she was living with'her broth
er and that the marriage must be kept
secretJfor some months. Clapham verifies
the story told by Berber as to the place of
employment and the place of residence.
Some months after the wedding Berber
Induced her to persuade her "brother"
to move into the same building where
Berber had apartments, and here he
and the "bride" often met.
The mystery of her conduct aroused
the suspicious of Berber and he re
solved U» interview the "brother/ On
informing the woman of .his resolution,
according to the affidavit, she confessed
tier duplicity and released Berber, pay
ing hi* fare to Boston to get him out
of New York. He stayed away from
the city a year and has drifted across
the continent to the north coast, finally
arriving here just as the Claphams
were airing -charges of bigamy;. cruelty
Continued on Page 2, Columu 4
The San Francisco Call.
Girl Claims Fortune
Names Baldwin Father
Anita Turnbull Begins
Fight for Share Of
Big Estate
[Special D'upalch to The Call]
LOS ANGELES, July 25.. — That
Blanche Anita Baldwin Turnbull, who
claims to be a daughter . of the* lata
"Lucky" Baldwin, means to make a de
termined fight for. what she considers
her share of the horseman's, millions,
was shown today when she appeared
in court and had L. J. Maguire ap
pointed her guardian.
As Miss Turnbull is only 16 years
old, the necessity of a guardian was
pointed out by her attorneys, and Ma
guire, a realty dealer, " was chosen.
Asked in court today who her father
was the girl replied: "Elias Jackson
Attorneys for Miss Turnbull stated
that a petition for the revocation of
Baldwin's will, which will be the next
step in the fight to break the docu
ment, will be filed within a few days.
After hearing evidence submittedjjy
the girl and her mother, Mrs. William
G. Turnbull of Brookline, Mass., to the
effect that Baldwin was the father of
Miss Turnbull, the court fixed Ma-
quire's bond as guardian at' ssoo. The
court stated that if the claims of: the
girl for a. share of the Baldwin mil
lions was borne out that a much larger
bond than the one named would be re
quired later.
The girl testified that she was born
in Los Angeles December 7, 1593, which
evidence " was corroborated by her
mother. The latter was formerly Lil
lian Ashley and the contention of Miss
Turnbull is that she -was the issue of
a marriage between Baldwin and her
mother, the marriage afterward being
declared void.
CHEYENNE, Wyo.. July 23.— Word
has reached here of a series of severe
earthquake shocks at • Rock Springs,
Wyo. They were so severe that houses
were rocked and the walls of a coal
mine moved bo badly that work at the
mine has been abandoned. The first
shock was felt at 6:30 p. m. yesterday
and the last at noon today.
Pictures were jarred from the walls
and houses badly shaken by the first
quake at 6:30 p. m. yesterday and ans
other shock at midnight seemed. equally
severe. Another quake followed at 5:30
a, m. today and still another at 7:30
a. m. The last reported was at noon.
The walls of coal mine No. 1 were
bo badly wrenched, the electric wiring
being disconnected, that it was aban
doned. It has been since 1868 one of
the best producing mines in the state.
Slight Shake at Santa Clara
SAN JOSE, July 25.— A slight earth
CARSON CITY. Nev., July 25.— Under
sentence to die on the •gallows next
Friday for the murder of his wife,
C. C. Petty, whose legal fight for his
life has been one of the longest and
most persistent ever waged in Nevada,
committed suicide in a sensational man
ner In the prison yard of the Carson
penitentiary today.
While being given his daily exercise
on the walk in front of the row of cells
Petty broke from the guard and rushed
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo., July 25.—
While racing with a westbound Den-
ver and Rio Grande passenger train in
an automobile this • afternoon "Walter
Hodgins of Grand Junction, Miss Leona
Adams of San Francisco and Miss
Gladys Carlyle of Chicago were in-
stantly killed. C.H. Carman of Grand
Junction and Chauffeur Thomas Rock
of Denver were seriously .
[Special Dispatch to . The, Call]
, LONDON, July 25.— The Henry
Charles Omers Augustus Somerset, .'who
posed as "Lord /Somerset,"; against
whom suit has been filed at Independ
ence, Kans., for divorce by Mrs. Ade
line' Hunter de Marie Somerset, ; is .a
fraud so; f* r as his title goes. Who
this Henry Charles Somers Augustus
Somerset may" be' is not known here:
But there is no such titled person 'as
Lord- Somerset. ,-•. —
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SAN \u25a0; Fi^NGISGO^TIJESDAY,: JULY;: 26, 1910.
| Blanche Anita *Turhtiiillj^Ti>h<?
says she is the daughter^of" Lucky '
quake was felt at Santa- Clara this
morning, but was not experienced in
this city. The seismograph at the Santa
Clara college recorded the quake at
9:40 a. m. and it ended at 9:44 a. m.
The double amplitude was 12 milli
meters, and the period varied from one
to two seconds. So far as heard from
the shock was not felt at any other
point in the valley.
Washington Unshaken t
WASHINGTON, July 251.— No earth
quake shocks of any description ;were"
recorded here during the last 24 hours
either on the seismograph of the
weather bureau or by the instrument
atGeorgetown university. At the last
named institution the'opiriion was ven
tured" that the disturbance in Wyoming
probably was local' in nature' and did
not extend 'farther', than the northern
Rocky! mountain region.
across the yard to a tall electric light
pole.' . \u25a0
Mounting the pole he climbed 20 feet
and- then plunged headlong to the.bi
tumen below.\ He was badly' mangled
and died a few minutes afterward.
The state board of pardons has held
three sessions for tlie consideration of
the Petty'case' and last-Saturday .de
cided finally. that he should die accord
ing to the decree of the court. r , Petty
was^ convicted of shooting *'hls/ wlfe_- to
death at Sparks, -Nev. - . . .
The automobile .passed the train and
Rock attempted? to cross-in front, of
the locomotive..j The locomotive struck
the rear of the rautomobile, throwing
Hodgins and the two women under the
wheels of the "train.". Carson and Rock
were thrown clear of the track. They
will recover. _
The" accident took .place five miles
from Grand Junction. * \u25a0
The individual, in question has fre
quently ..been described : as a' son of
Lady Henry Somerset;; daughter, of "the
duke of Beaufort, and known 'the world
over as \u25a0a . temperance advocate. He
lias also appearedj. as '\u25a0; :• Lord ';'.'" Henry
Somerset.'. '\u25a0 *
Adeline Hunter,.,\yh6 married "Som
erset,"was socially^ pfbminen.t-iniKan-.
sas'Ci ty.: and Independence^ H«r ! ? father
Morton" Craig Hunter, '*' /'/-" -"•
Mrs. Edwin A: Thayer, Former
ly Mabel Gunn of This Cit^:
Sent to Hospital " j
Tells | Supposedly Tales
"' of Robbery Jto Police in '\u25a0
Leaves Husband in I Porto Rico
to Regain Health and Be
comes Object of Charity
[Special Dispatch lo The Call] „ . .; ;
PHILADELPHIA,. July 25.-^Said to'
be "aY, daughter .of \ a* .wealthy >San
Franciscan, and the . wife of ; an'
official ih; the government insular
service at^Jßorto , Rico; Mrs. Edwin A.-
Thayer,", who has been stranded and; ill
in this- city, was ; today sent to the
Philadelphia r hospital under orders
from Captain of Detectives Souder,-to
gether with her (little son.' She had
visited the detective. bureau for several
days, where she ' complained of what
the police term mythical robberies. :
Remarkable Letter <j
After, a .thorough Investigation Cap
tain Souder said he learned that the
woman,, who shows every, evidence of
wealth and ..refinement, was the daugh
ter in-law/of the Thayer family of Bal
timore. She has a' copy of a letter
written by, -Houston T. Thayer of Bal
timore to her father", William' J. Gurin
of^San^ Francisco, in which ne states
that the Thayer family will not aid
their absent son's \i wife, and advises
that, she be^committed | to.- ah" asylum.
The letter concludes with this 'state
ment: ; "-\u25a0•. -"• '\u25a0 ' ;y , '' .-. -\u25a0:
"You need not be "surprised at hearing
any strange thing: of Mabel."* \u25a0-:
She also has . a letter from Gunn,
written to the Thayer family, in'which
the father 'pleads 'that'"', they care;for Ms
daughter; until he^can withdraw' % suffl-'
cient funds v frorivja;vs2o,ooo investment'
to- serul for her. --Captain \u25a0< Souder saye
he willY not be^ a party to \u25a0 committing
Mrs. Thayer to ' an 'asylum f or i the lin
sane, and expressed some .indignation'
at:, the "manner in* which her relatives
had : treated her. • He says that 'he*? In
tends to communicate i with her.-hus-'
band • through the government authori
WelT Groomed and Penniless
, Mrs. Thayer first appeared -at 1 "'" the
city hall last Friday. She was magnifi
cently gowned and was accompanied by
her 4 year old lon, Edward Jr. She
explained that she .was without funds
because she had given the youngster a
handbag to: play with, containing, a
large suni of; money and a quantity of
diamond rings, which: he "had lost ; in
Broad street station. ''
The next day Mrs. Thayer
agaln : with, her son \u25a0 in charge of 'a
nursemaid.-: She said that she had just
received a" letter from her husband
containing $50. Sfie said that the peo
ple with whom she had engaged apart
ments were holding .her baggage and
asked the police to recover* it. ' No
ticing her ', strange actions, Detective
Shay questioned her and she explained
that she had left her husband' in Porto
•Rico because' the climate, there did not
agree 'with her. ..
Shunned San Francisco . -.•_\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0\u25a0"
She admitted having been in a sanl- 1
tarium at • Elizabeth, N. J., for some
time, but had planned^to join her hus
band next month. She seemed in fear
that she would be sent to San Francisco.
\u25a0 ITChen asked to aid his sister, in lawi
Houston Thayer is said to have replied:"
• "I have' done all in my power for-my
brother's"; wife 'and \t\ her ! parents do
nothing for'her, let her go to an asy
lum."-.;; \u25a0, .-', ,' "\u25a0'-'\u25a0 \u25a0:\u25a0:-'\u25a0 \u25a0 '\u25a0'.'\u25a0:\u25a0;.\u25a0\u25a0 \
Was Socially Prominent
I Mrs. Edwin A. -.Thayer, mentioned in
the above dispatch, 'is well known in
San Francisco. ' As Mabel Gunn, *the
charming daughter, of Mr. and Mrs. "Wil
liam J. Gunn, she was a prominent fac
tor in the smart set of this city up to,
six years ago. ' ' , She -th'en . became > the
bride of Dr. Edwin Arthur Thayer,- the
wedding taking place in Porto Rico,!
where, her- husband is; in^ the 'federal
service." Two years after her marriage
she, returned here for a brief visit and
was ihe honored guest at many func
tions. Mrs. Thayer is 28 years" old
and. has two children, a son and *a
daughter/"- She is 'a sister of-DrJ»Her
bert'Gunn and of Miss Amy Gunn. Her
eldest ; brother, William -J. Gunn Jr., is
a; mining engineer In Mexico.- / .
;'; Dr.\ Herbert; Gunn, who'- resides i at the
Chismore apartments, at Bush f Vand
Jones; streets, was greatly .perturbed
when informed last night of his - sis
ters plight:; "' ; ._ " ;.' '-" ;..".\ -• v~- /. . \u25a0
iirjHeaith the Cause
"I can; not -understand it," he said*
"My /father and, mother; are out of the
'city > at ; present, so •, there is no way \ of
ascertaining; what correspondence,'. If
any, has^ taken \ place between i him :and
(Houston? Thayer ,of ' Baltimore relative
to- my sister. \^ l. am positive.^ however,'
that' : there : has *not!at:-anytime3 been
\u25a0question -of \u25a0'h«;;comingV;back'vto 'San
Francisco. \u0084 IJ t ;, is «true^'th*a_t • Uny •' sister
has >, been ; i i nil 1 •health^ and % t hat ;• aJf c w
'niontha i^agVisneS^A'^P^tP^^fep'^fth*
j c?atUueji on rase !% \u25a0 Column ' 5\u25a0 \u25a0
Social Queen Stranded
Asks Help of Police
Mrs. I Ediv my Ajf Thayer,. daughter} of j Mr. and Mrs. \u25a0 William J. j Gunn { of
th'tSi city, . vho * i»as : sent -to a . hospital tby \u25a0 the police.
Government Brings Suit to Re*
cover Big Tract of Forest |
in THisiState
;Suit to;annul'patents<tb';ls,s2o .acres
of timber; land /in /northern California'
was instituted, by ;>fthe'vUnited States"
against; the . Pehnsylvania plumber com
pany, Curtiss, Holbrdok^&VCollins.deal-.
ers in lumber ; , Charles **E. * Gregory * and'
William Donaldson, all of {Pennsylvania, 5
yesterday 'in the "United ? States'; -circuit,
court.' It is claimed byithe;fedeVal goy-
ernment that the lands .we're; secured [by!
fraud in which' dummy applicants fwere'
imported; from the eastUo^proveiup'on;
the land. A large "number 'of 1
are also mentioned, as^def endants in'the^
suits.;- ".•- f ;'.. - : ;';..";;;•;.:%'\u25a0:*\u25a0 : -j '.]
.It is the; claim. of^the'government that'
those who / applied to^purchase th'e^lands^
acted for 'the? forelgn^corporaV
tions.>Tlleir. expenses/ including -gov-^
ernment fees -and- the purchase. price 'of
the land, were "advanced by i the cbrpOr-';
ations. ;—-... \u25a0:;\u25a0"';\u25a0; : ' ' .\u25a0\u25a0 - \u25a0\u25a0 •'•\u25a0\u25a0j
• The Jaw provides that a-timber entry ;
can be made only ; for; the
fit of . the - : applicant. = This • investigatlori|
was \u25a0 commenced •'. six - months g ago/ and
the suits -were .brought 1 "on." ''recom-;
mendation of ' the secretary . ofj ' the',; ln-'
terior. 'It' was found that •many^of the
entrymen ; 'had - been .: imported; -from
Pennsylvania.- - • -;"•. '.-•;"' . - i
' The lands are located. ln Plumasf I»as-"
sen arid Sierra; counties and "are > worth:
$1,000,000.? The lands 'were; all" entered
at the Susariville I land' office."* But;jitile
timber has been _ cut .on ( the viands; 'it
haying 4 b'een held forthe- advance'in -the
price ' of lumber.^The : entries .were made
In' 1902 and asthe statute of ttime'liriil
tatiori has " run . in : the -. the ; de
fendants could not'be prosecutedcriml
nally. ' . . '^.r'j'U ";; ; ,''>r > ,O : ;
All Hope of Arbitration Between
Trainmen and the Grand
? Trunk Ends ;
-Montreal; ; July 25.— : aii hope of
settlement ;by ; arbitration of ; the Grand
Trunk strike was lost today, for the first
time since the strike started. Tlie Grand
Trunk Vr'ailway .'. officials •. issued* 'this
'statement: tonight':.';; ' / ' .^jjf^S; ' ' /- : - ; ;
ft "We I \u25a0announced- this?/ morning; just
are' pleased itojsay^weldld "a?gfreatfdeal:
more."; J Oh;the'eastern',diyislon^we : stated
that: 14 ireights (Would -be operated^The
records!up to 9 "; o'clock are"'23, and more
arelgoing'outl" ' \- V- :. ', ..'._\u25a0\u25a0 '-'.', :.'' f -'\ . ;
statements ; of - ; the, company,, re-;
gardjng«the|operation:of.,freightttrains <
are^verjr, much'S exaggerated," | said '^V ice'
President; Mard^ck\of jthjßitrainmeh.'* "It
lß|tnje i itysT£Qnning'a.fewjfreights.*.but
\u25a0they^doTnqt: amount: to" ( 2'per cent of the'
aormal'! business 'ofithe line.' 1 - .. - - \u25a0;'\u25a0.:
Notorious Counterfeiter in Toils
, Once More for Issuing
v j .''•: ; BogiisVTickets
"Joe" i^Upson/; known 'to^the-. police as
a" notorious counterfeiter, arid all around
rogue,*iß : agaln ; .innhe'itoilsof the law
for-'havingi flooded' the 'city during the
last- two^or/three\weeks r with between
'20,00*0 " arid "3O"o'6O\ bogus^lottery tickets.
:Taken;into:custody. with': hinv last night
by arid* Crowley is
Robert. F.^ Collier, about^whom* little is
known. ..Bothimen*areiheld-in detinue
in the city prison 'and will 'be charged
today:' >;' : : i " f •*--.?.«-•
.' Upson-first-,began his criminal career
in? 1897, when-he 1 was^caught issuing
spuriousJlottery tickets' from a printing
press 'he had;, installed In ; a houSQ in
Commercial streetr**But he secured most
notoriety-;. when he was. arrested and
cbnylctedjin" August. ti: l9o7,* for having
libeled' Mayor W.*Paj-ker Lyonof Fresno
because .the latter refused to allow him
to run' h'ousesvof ill repute in Fresno.
: ; At'* the/time Upsbn- published a book
containinj^.'a vile attack. on the mayor
*and T his;wife: 'He served a year in the
clty'prlsbn: in Oakland for the offense.
Just previous to this crime he had been
"released "from jail in Fresno, where he
had^been : serving time fox^ keeping a
'disorderly .house..' Since he left the
prison' in Oakland he. has been In trou
bleTsey'eraL times for circulating lottery
tickets.; .' ' • '-- . '-;
j ;It r is ""claimed -by _the police .that Up
son; a'«feV weeks : "ago approached the
head i^ofr a flattery, company and de
manded* $8,000,, and .upon being, refused
he" began; circulating the^bogus tickets,
'.charging': solicitors 5 cents: for the 25
cent/tickets -and ' 10 cents for the 50
cent "tickets.*
Capitalist 'Attacks -Mayor and
; City Mssessor Before Oak-
land City Council
-.OAKLAND, July 25.— A. L. Stone,
capitalist- and president of San Mateo's
exclusive colony, appeared before the
city \ council, % sitting as' 'a board of
equalization tonight, to ask a reduction
of i the. assessment.. value. placed by City
Assessor • Gross "„ on %the £E. B. * & A. L.
Stone \u25a0 company, Elmhurst . tract. '." For
two; hours he -kept up 'a -war of words
and figures with the assessor and coun
cllmenr,*': •_- .-- - V -, *"'
-- 1: Declaring V that properly in which
Mayor.' Mcf.t was- interested was as
sessed* lower this -year. than last,, Stone
was^called; tola halt; by, the councilmen
and?llsteni»dL'quietly J . while Assessor
Gross the assessment
of '\u25a0.the ; property^ref erred to had
rbeerivdoubled<;this:year. \ '~~i
;;- Later: Stone 'drew, f rom Gross^a spirit
ed J assertion;- that? the assessor's office
.was - riot •bossed.*;-- Stone had produced an
agreementimade before the annexation
election f by; city," officials , and business-,
meh* that ithe'i taxes • would ',ont' be;in
creased Jif nthe ; annex ;f or. : five years. . - j\!
i*."l *i.wasr al-:a 1 -: party >tolno r; agreement,''
said •Gross,'; "and ' : nobody \u25a0is giving me
orders.".' : >.' ; :• ... _ ~ .- \u25a0\u25a0 • . .
YESTERDAY— Maximum temperature, W;
minimum, 52.
'hi morning; moderate west Vfindi
Dr. E. I. Miller, Vice President
of Normal* School, Admits
He Is Sefeking Presidency
Case Looks Black for Chico Edu-
cator Until Witness Makes :
Startling Admission
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
CHICO, July 23. — Intensifying tha
sensationalism of the charges
against Dr. C. C. Van Llew, presi
dent qf.-the normal school, now on
trial accused of immoral and Im
proper were the admissions
of Dr. Elmer I. Miller, B. A., M. A.,
Ph. D., and vice president of the in
stitution, who, after testifying at
length against his superior, declared
on a gruelling cross examination that
for the last three or four weeks he
had been actively campaigning for the
presidency of the school, conditional
on the discharge of Doctor Van Liew.
Accused of Drinking
Doctor Miller up to the present had
been the only member of the faculty
to testify against Doctor Van Llew. Ho
went into detail as to Van Llew's
drinking habits, declaring that re
peatedly he had smelled liquor on his
breath, and that hearing unfavorable
discussions among other members ot
the faculty he had hinted to Van Liew
in arii indirect way the advisability o£
checking his drinking during school
hours. The testimony, coming from
the vice president of the Institution
created a deep impression, and the
case looked blacker for Van Liew than
at any previous time. A few moments
later, however, the aspect changed.
Doctor Miller, with evident reluctance,
in response to the questions of At
torney Seymour, admitted that he had
written to Doctor Jordan of Stanford
university asking his aid in securing
him the position in case Doctor Van
Liew was discharged and had also
solicited the aid of politicians and
others toward the same end.
"I wish to state." he burst out, "that
I have not done anything^ under
"Who* is accusing you of that, sirT*
shouted Seymour.
"The trend of the. proceedings might
give that Impression," retorted the
"You have testified to facts and they
speak for themselves," rejoined Sey
"While the presidential aspirations of
Doctor Miller were the leading feature
of the proceedings it was by no means
the only sensation. They followed in
quick succession and the day was
brought to' a close with applause and
hisses from the spectators. The day
was warm, and, to add to the general
furor and excitement the tempers of
the opposing counsel were on ragged
'edges. Verbal explosions were fre
quent. Witnesses were given rough
treatment and scorn infinite clothed
the retorts of the lawyers.
Dislikes to Testify
Doctor Miller was the second witness
of the day, the first- being Samuel
Christopher, a character -witness, who
declared the reputation of Van Llew to
be bad.
Miller, on taking the stand, made a
statement to the board, explaining his
absence from the hearing Saturday,
when he could not be found.
"I was not well," he said, "and went
home thinking a messenger would b©
sent for me when I was needed.".
To the preliminary questions he ex
plained that he was 'not 'a. voluntary
witness, sayins that on account of the
factional feeling over the- trial he
deemed it wise for the members of the
faculty of the school to keep away
from It.
• 'The faculty,** he said, "should ob
tain the undivided support of the com- -
Continuing, he testified that on many
occasions he had caugtot the odor of
liquor about Doctor Van Llew's person.
and, that on account of the personal
friendship he had for him •he went so
far as^o hint In an Indirect way that It
would be better for the president of
the normal school to be more discreet
in such matters. He said that he had
never: seen Doctor Van Liew Intoxi
"I regret to call you here," said TVebb
in the midst of his questioning:. "I un
derstand the situation and just what it
means for you to^ testify." . _^ ,>
J/Besides his testimony concerning Doc
tor .Van X.iew*s alleged drinking. Miller
said that Van Liew had been criticised - -
by certain members of the faculty.^
"jßegarding .'the drinking," - said . tka

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