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i AN INTERVIEW WITH A
NICKELODEON FIEND
i WHICH STRIKES A VERY HU]LL\ CHORD,
V ; WILL APPEAR IX
THE SUNDAY CALL
VOBUME CVIIL— NO. 77.
LEGISLATURE TO
BE ASSEMBLED
TO AID THE FAIR
Governor GHlett Will Call a
Special Session to Order
Bond Election
$5,000,000 Proposition to Be
Submitted to the Voters
of the State
California Will Go to Congress
With an Assured Capital
of $17,500,000
fSpecfcf Dhpaich to The Call]
SACRAMENTO. Aug. 15.— A special
session of the California state
legislature is in probability to be
called for the purpose of authorizing
an election to raise $5,000,000 to help
California and San Francisco land the
Panama-Pacific international exposi
tion for 1915.
The governor is in receipt of a lei
ter from the Panama-Pacific interna
tional exposition management of San
Francisco, in which he is asked to
convene the state legislature in, extra j
cession for the purpose of passing an
amendment to the state constitution, to
be voted for at the election in Novem
ber, with the object of bonding the
state for $5,000,000 to support the
proposed world's fair in 1915.
The amendment will provide for an
ennual state tax of 4 cents on the $100
for five years.
Governor Gillett Willing
Governor Gillett discussing the mat
ter today said:
I believe the bonding of the state
for $5,000,000 to bring the exposi
tion here would be a good thing
for California, as it is of statewide
Importance. Now is the time to ~
act in the matter.
The state of Louisiana has called
a special session of the legislature
to raise $5. 000.000 ajid if we do not
do something we will get left, for
the next congress will give the
tirr'to W«?eYf?" imvlng the coin and
to compete with New Orleans we
must have the money by December.
I am looking up the law on the
piatter of permitting the exposi
tion company to pay the expenses
©f an extra session and will refer
the matter also to the attorney
general.
I will be ab!«» to announce a de
cision in a few days.
I am inclined to believe that the
whole state is so intensely inter
ested in getting the Panama-Pa
cific international exposition for
T^an Francisco on account of the
i?reat good it will be to the state
«nd to the whole Pacific coast for
that matter, that there will be no
cbjection to the calling of an ex
tra session of the legislature. We
\u25a0want to be ready when congress
convenes to show it that we have
ihe money. It is a question of.
money. We want to appear in
Washington with a sum of money
f o large that New Orleans will
<juit. It will take a big amount
>>.2id we want "to be there with
the goods."
Eyes of the World
The canal will sc»on be completed
end the eyes of . the world will
>c upon us and upon San Francis
00. We don't want to be bumped
eff the map by New Orleans.
The exposition people say that
they will pay for the expense entail- j
«d by the meeting of the legislature
In extra session, and the state will
be to no expense whatever. The
legislature can convene, a resolu
tion calling for an amendment to
(he state constitution by which
\he entire state may be bonded in
the sum of $5, 000,000 be adopted
and the whole work done in three
or four days at the outside. This
emendment can then be submitted
to t?.« voters of California at the
next election in November and
they can then pass upon it.
If the legislature does this, the
exposition will become a state af
fair, and t:iis will insure sufficient
money to carry on the work.
Slate Commission
Jn 'order that the state shall have
the disbursement of this great sum it
is proposed to have the governor ap
point a commission which shall have
complete charge of all expenditures
ar.d the closing up of all details of the
work of the exposition.
;Another thing that v.-ill be voted on
if the legislature meets will, be a
change in the Kan Francisco charter,
allowing the city to increase its "bond
ed indebtedness, as it is close to the
limit at this time. This will be done
to permit that city to become more
liberal with the exposition fund if
necessary. :1: 1
San Francisco businessmen
I pledged the sum of $7,500,000. The
city is bonded for $5,000,000 more, and
with the J5.000.000 to "be raised by state
taxation there will be the sum in the
aggregate of $17,500,000 to be presenf
ed to congress when it meets next Dec
ember, if the constitutional amend
ment is made.
Letter to Governor
' Coincident with the announcement
by Governor Gillett in Sacramento that
he had received the communication of
Continued on I'nnc 2, Column 4
The San Francisco Call.
OTTO SCHULZ,
CAUGHT, ADMITS
KILLING WOMAN
Mrs. Frieda Schulz Castine's
Slayer Is Found Hiding in
• Lodging House
"She Called Me a Dirty Bum,?
Jie Tells Police in Story
of Murder
Shovel and Ax Implements of
Crime, but Robbery Theory
Is Denied
LOS ' A.VGELES; * Aug. 15.— Otto
Schulz, accused of having mur
dered Mrs. Frieda Schulz Castine.
whoFe body was unearthed by a dog
yesterday at her ranch near Lancaster,
was arrested tonight by city detectives.
He was hiding in a lodging house in
Central avenue, and a fellow lodger,
who recognized him from published
descriptions, betrayed him to the po
lice.
f When taken to the central station
Schulz was questioned through a Ger
man interpreter and, according to the
police, freely confessed the crime of
which he was charged in the verdict
rendered at the coroner's inquest.
Epithet Caused Crime
"She called me a dirty bum. and I
hit her with a shovel and finished the
job with an ax."
This is the substance of the confes
sion which" Schulz is alleged to have
made.
"After calling me a dirty bum, she
scratched my no.«e, and that made me
mad." Schulz Is said to have added.
The arrest of Schulz followed a day
of vigorous search in which most of
the men in the city detective depart
ment and the sheriff's office were en
gaged. It followed the arrest of three
young men who partially tallied with
the description of the alleged slayer.
They also were unable to speak Eng
lish and principally because of that
fact were taken into custody, but were
able easily to establish their Innocence
and were released. One was arrested
at the Arcade station of the Southern
Pacific, another as he was boarding a
north bound steamer at San Pedro, and
the third aboard a Salt Lake train. ~
Telephone Brings Clew
Definite knowledge of Schulz' pres
ence in Los Angeles came to the police i
over the telephone from a Central aye- \
nue lodging house.
'•The man who killed Mrs. Castine is
hiding in a room here," said the voice
over the wire.
Two detectives were hurried to the
address given, and a man who met them
at the door piloted them to a dark lit
tle room on the third floor.
They knocked, and after a wait of
several seconds the door was opened.
There appeared a slerfder, red faced
little man, who said he could speak
only German. He was hurried, to the
police station and there admitted that
his name was Otto Schulz. He added
that he had just passed his twenty-first
birthday.
Robbery Is Denied
He denied that he had sought to rob
his sister in law and declared he did
not know she had gone to Lancaster
Friday — tbe day she was killed — to pro
cure a large sum. which she believed
had been remitted to her from wealthy
relatives in Germany.
He had only $1G with him when ar
rested, and a search of the effects in
his room revealed no additional sum.
Schuls said lie had come to America
a few months ago on the invitation of
his sister In law to take charge of her
ranch, but said their relations became
unpleaseant a short time after his ar
rival, -^-^f^
: "She insulted me many times," iv
said. "Then once more, and it was too
much."
Mrs. Martha . Chatt, the Los Angeles
woman who was reported missing after
she had started last week on a trip
to Lancaster, has been located safe on
a ranch near that town.
1.112 DEAD AND MISSING
IN JAPANESE FLOODS
3,953 Houses Washed Away and
Thousands Homeless
TOKYO, Aug. 15. — Casualties from
the great floods which last week inun
dated many districts in Japan and on
Friday and Saturday almost submerged
two of the principal wards of Tokyo
were given out today, after official In
vestigation, as 1,112. dead and missing.
Three thousand nine hundred and
fifty-three houses were Washed* away,
in addition to the thousands which
were under water durfng the' flood but
resisted the strain. \u25a0
Thousands of persons are homeless
and dependent on public relief.
37 DEAD AND 58 HURT
RECOVERED FROM WRECK
Six Cars of French Excursion
Train Telescoped
ROYAN, France, - Aug. 15.—Thirty
scven dead and 58 wounded- have'been
recovered from the wreck of 1 the Bor
deaux excursion train which yesterday
crashed ,into a freight trains at} Saiijon
while running, at a speed of 'oO ; miles
an . hour • .Six cars of the- excursion
train were telescoped. ..The.- accident
was caused by a misplaced. switch. -
SA^ : '-FR^Gl^v : ST^Sl>Ay^^Jgffl^^^l^|
SURVIVOR TELLS
OF THE WRECK
OF THE PHOENIX
Assistant Engineer of 111 Fated
Steamer Tells of Trip
Into Hold
Break Is Thought to Have Oc
curred in Forward Head or
Combustion Chamber
Probably the only authoritative tes
timony that will ever be given relative
to the cause of the boiler explosion on
the steamer Phoenix, which turned
turtld off Point Arena early Sunday
morning,, after having caused . the
death of four men, was given in an
I affidavit brought to Inspectors of Hulls
and Boilers' Bolles and Bulger yester
day by George P. Murphy, first assist
ant engineer of the wrecked vessel.
Until Murphy appeared with this state
ment it was a complete mystery to the
owners and inspectors as to : what part
of the boiler gave way. Now it seems
reasonably certain that the break oc
curred in the forward head or thecom
bustlon chamber, and not,, as ; was at
first surmised, in the welded^section
that was put on the front sheet by the
Union iron works last May. ' ' V*
The welding was done by the elec
tric process, a method rather recent in
San Francisco, but thoroughly tried In
the east. This process was tested by
the government, ; and . found satisfac
tory; and its use was sanctioned by the
federal board •of supervising inspec
tors. According to Murphy's statement
the welding proved satisfactory in this
instance.
LOW- WATER IX BOILERS?'
Judging from the character of the
explosion, engineers believe that it
could only, have been caused by low
water in the boilers. In previous ex
plosions /of this nature investigation
has disclosed that the water was low,
and that the explosion resulted from
the contact of the overheated steam
and water.
It is. thought that the official inves
tigation to .be held tomorrow morning
by Inspectors Bolles and Bulger will
disclose the fact that the body of the
chief engineer was not found in the
engine room, but above the nreroom.
At tomorrow's inquiry all the survivors
of the wreck will be called. . -~
Henry Templeman, owner of the
Phoenix, said yesterday that he ex
pected the steamer" to be- washed on
the rocks - near Point Arena,, as the
latest intelligence he had of the vessel
was' that it was being driven landward^
bottom up. *>- - -;^,-
MURPH^S AFFIDAVIT
* Following is the affidavit telling *of
First Assistant Murphy's descent into
the boiler roonvafter the explosion: .
When" I went down I' thought
that the welding of the front sheet *-
had probably given .way. I T found
it. intact, as well as the tube sheet
overhead. Then I saw the furnaces
standing out-.of at an an- .
gle of 45 degrees. I came to the .
conclusion that she had let go the
staybolts on the forward head;
either that or. the combustion .
chamber. That is all I could , see.
\u25a0 My candle at that time went out. '
The ship now commenced listing
heavily and I. thought it best to es
cape in order to save my life. \u25a0 I
couldn't get to the forward part of
the boiler on account. of. the water
that was in the bilge, and on ac
count of the deckload shifting and
the ship lying on her beam ends.
I shouted in the hold, but got no
answer. I tried to get along the
sides of the boiler, but could not on
account of the breeching; being
shifted and in the way; there was
much wreckage there and the bulk
heads were torn out of place. Our
ordinary gangway for walking
along the boiler was also gone, as,
were the stairs. Then I went to
the forward, end of -the house and
removed the bark so I could look ;.
in the port in the forward end of
the house. I showed my light in"
the port where the firemen's room
was. The flooring- in the room
was completely gone; also the beds.
In fact,, everything was \u25a0 gone. I
shouted, but got no answer. "••
I was present at the last inspec
tion of the Phoenix, May 20. when
Assistant Inspector pf Boilers
Wolters inspected us,- and I think
wo counted 8 or 9 during that in
spection. Wolters went inside and
found 18 staybolts gone. The
boiler maker also went* through
and located all ho could and re
newed them. After the inspection,
which was on May 20, the snip was
laid up and put out of commission.
She went to the Union iron- works,
where she lay from May 20 to June
S, when all repairs, as \u25a0 ordered,
were completed and she was again
placed in commission on June 10,
'having left the Union ironworks
with everything tight. '
When the Phoenix was examined
May ,l7 last by Captain Frank Turner,
assistant inspector of hulls, and John
B. Wolters, assistant'inspector.of boil
ers, she was sent to : the drydock to
have IS staybolts and a fiat brace put
in and the welding : done. \ At .that
time a ; hydrostatic pressure of 210
pounds was put "on the boilers,, and a
pressure of 140 pounds of steam al
lowed.
SURVIVORS . ARRIVE
The survivors of the crew of the
Phoenix arrived here- early yesterday
morning on ' the steam schooner Brook-^
lyn. They brought, with.them the bod
ies.'of Chief Engineer Thomas Houston
and Second - Mate Randolph - C: Ras
mussen. Chief Officer Larson, who sus
tained burns of the left hand, and;Sea
manEric Olsen, who suffered ; a spVain
of the right ankle, .were taken to;the
harbor hospital, where their injuries
were dressed jbefore they were }taken
to their homes. v \u25a0 ' -; ' t v-yv r-X'-'--
Captain Peter Halverson of .the Phoe
nix -. declined to make' • any- further
statement. , His- report made? by. tele
phone on Sunday, he said, 1 was as com
plete as he cared to make it.
| Seven "laborers were'-' passengers ion
the Phoenix. They were uninjured by
the explosion,' but so badly scared that
they were unable' to; lend a hand in the
boats!. The crew of \the - Phoenix - had
to literally throw them into the boats
in the bottom of which they lay, shiv
ering and 'helpless, until land was
reached. They refused . passage on the
Brooklyn, sayingithat they ;had;all-the
sea experience they wanted 'for; a: long
time to come. : ... . -.-.* .;.;,".>
'.The Phoenix was valued at $30,000
and' very little insurance; was .'carried
; by the owners. '\u25a0: . ; - .:...; .
' .VWhen\:'lastf seen .by' the .-. crew the
Phoenix .was, floating/ off pFish "\u25a0- rock,
bottoniside'Hp.; The^tanker^WV S; Por
ter,*; bound "i from VMoriterey ; ifor; v Nome7;
passedjthe \ pilot house (of the •Phoenix
arid a: lot ,'of- tanbarkv abo'utV 6 'o'clock
"yesterdayfrnorning."; , • Wm& : '- : ' \u25a0 '"i
Dead Girl Identified as Nurse
Anna Pierson Suicide by Lake
Dismissal From Her
Place Prompted
Fatal Deed
Associates in vHospital
Suspected Her of
Dishonesty
In the identification' of the body
found, last Sunday; on the . shores of
Lake Merced- as* that of . Miss Anna <
Pierson, a student nurse at the city
and county hospital, there was un
folded yesterday a tale- of outraged
girlish pride, intense and bitter, ex
pending itself in death; of suicide fol
lowing the belief that her companions
at the institution questioned/her hon
esty. That the girl committed suicide
there is not the.-least doubt. All theo
ries of murder disappeared with the
development of the facts. , It ,-was
evident to the detectives investigating
the case that the .young woman, tern- ,
permantally emotional in' the ex
treme, discovering last Friday- night
that she was suspected -of .stealing the
belongings of other nurses, lost abso
lute control of herself \u25a0; and fled blindly
from the hospital "grounds' to" the
lonely and desolate,, spot .where her
dead, body ; was discovered later.
Miss Olive McGinnis, : head .nurse of
the hospital,' while admitting that she
was forced to discharge Miss Pierson,
declared that the latter's honesty was
never questioned, but that- 7 the action
followed a long" series of" infractions
of the hospital rules and was ' made
necessary to. maintain' proper disci
pline in the institution. The nurses,
nowever, state that the girl was made
the object of . susplclo'n in .connection
with numerous .petty.' thefts »of late
and. that this, reaching her : ears, was
the probable cause. of. her suicide!
Girl Fond of: Pranks- ? . f
'"Miss Pierson was*' continually^ vio
lating .tlie"resiii<Jttl«>ifs of, tlfe' tfospital/'
inun, who \u25a0» was ; detailed ' on the case
when the nurse-first disappeared. 1 ; *'She
was always; playing pranks -.upon .the
other ./nurses and .so flagrant became
her .conduct that ultimately I was
forced to suspend her; 'passes' .for two
weeks'... I had hoped that this would
cause her to behave herself, but a' few
days later one of the* nurses com-,
plained that she had. put cayenne pep
per in her bed. _ In the face of this' I
came to the conclusion that.it would
be best for ;the discipline of the in
stitution '\u25a0'to": ask her'rto leave." -
The girl> accompanied by her sis-
I ter. Miss Clarice Pierson, entered' the
training schoolof the hospital October.
26, 1908. "She was" at' that time- 19
years ; of age:;and her sister a year
younger. The two came from Walnut
Creek, where : they had been born- and
brought : up. ' ' ;
According to the' nurses Miss Anna
Pierson, almost, from the : outset of
her career, showed a' rebellious spirit.
She was in trouble frequently and re
fused to be checked. \u25a0
"The more . they .try to stop me the
worse I'll act,"' she: once;. remarked -to
a friend, and her attitude thencefor
ward showed; she was determined to
carry out her intentions.
Nurses: Miss Belongings
. Recently the nurses began to miss
some of their belongings, and as time
went' onjthey came to the conclusion
that Miss Pierson was connected with
the thefts. Last Friday when Miss
Pierson was again in trouble with the
authorities of the institution on ac
count of the- cayenne pepper episode,
the suspicions .were renewed and be
came more open. . . ; . ,*.
It is evident that she heard of them.
She , was ordered to 'appear before Miss
McGinnis and .was then told that :it
would be better for her and the hos
pital' if she left. ; The action seemed
to numb the" girl. Returning to her
companions" she wrote a brief note to
the Hibernia . bank asking that her
small savings be turned over to her
s}stef, and handed the ; note' to one of
her friends. __^ , ;
"Do tyou think : she will get the
money?" she asked.
' "There ; is no reason why we should
not," . she was told. .
Without another word the girl turned
arid fled. 'it was after dark at this time
and \u25a0 the gates of i the hospital were
closed.'but heedless cfc all the girl -rah
through the darkness : blindly, sobbing
and moaning, brokenly./ She had dis
carded her nurse's uniform on receiving
her discharge^ . but she "did not wait ' to
put on her hat. ' She plunged through
the^grouridsr stumbled and fell in- the
darkness, but, J herself up^ ran.
on again. Her' companions, realiaing
that the girl was beside herself, called
to her'and attempted;to follow, but she
outdistanced them easily. Coming to
the^fence she .flung \u25a0 up .her hands,'
caught the top railing and pitched her
self-over. Thelothers ran to the scene
in time to see her. fleeing down the road."
murmuring-and sobbing. '
Pbiicet Search i/in^Vain ' Z^MmM
': Knowing 'jth'e \u25a0* temperamental nature
of : the girl \u25a0. it jwas] hoped '.that ' after- the
first .: excitement » had 5 faded ; she would
Contlaued ra'Fage 3, Column 5
Anna Picrsons the student nune- who. committed suicide on the shores of
Lake;Merced because she had been suspected of dishonesty.
MRS. H. OELRICHS BUYS
CIGARETTES FOR SAILORS
[Special Dispatch to' The Call} ...^^^w^^r^j..-^.
p. NEWPORT. . Aug. 1 5— Mrs. . Hermann"
belrichs', has bought 2,400 packages of
cigarettes to distribute among the-sail
ors of. the .North. Atlantic' fleet, which
arrived here- today and will; remain a
week. • \u25a0" . :
Besides, Mrs.; Oelrichs; has made ar
rangements for the -sailors* entertain
ment at the open air vaudeville show in
Peabody park' on." the ".'afternoons and
GERMANY PLANS
4 DREADNOUGHTS
Kaiser Will Gain a Lap in Race
s With England for Naval
;•;; Supremacy
.Aug. 15.— The government
naval vbill to be' laid-before the* reich
stag this autumn. will ask for an appro
priation to build < three battleships and
one battleship cruiser, according; to an
article published today by Count Rev
entlow.jthe* German naval expert and
naval f'. editor. \u25a0of the Deutsche Tages
Zeiturig. _• • ; *
'Included; with these four., superb
dreadnoughts wiil, be appropriations to
replace .the two old battleships jWelseyn
buerg^ahd Kerf urst Friederich Wiihielm,
just',sold to' Turkey, which, 'under, the
regular V naval program, would \u25a0 not be
asked, for'ibef ore the r - autumn 'Of 1. 1911.
% Germany/will .thereby gain a- lap in
the ('race - wlthi England for supremacy
in dreadnought construction. "
LAWYERS A-PLENTY
IN SUIT FOR LAND
Case Invbiyes'Title to 100 Lots
Valuable Residence
Property
I OAKLAND, Aug. .15.— About a ; score
of -'lawyers • filed into f Judge . Harris*
courtroom today when the trial -of the
suit: brought by George M. , Davis to
recover ; valuable .property near w the
northern end of ; the north arm of Lake
Merritt began. They \ represented; as
many defendants, whom Davis is suing.
.' .The property involved consists of
'about T loo r lots f of valuable Residence
: land.'- * Its title jis much Involved. , The
tract; once -belonged- to.; the' Oakland
Prospect* homestead Association, \u25a0 now ;
defunct.
: Irregularities- in /some ; of the trans
fers sfrom fthei original owners to ! the
association were- inadvertently /made,
.which* gave /rise \toHher present Tuncer-r
tainty.'^Davis* claims jtitleHhroughf his
.father," who?, was f one? of/ the- iricorpora'-;
; tors £'of ;1; 1 the l^; association Vand ? also?- by*
virtue v of *a" number -of tax titles to'
some of the' lots. -----'
evenings of . tomorrow. Wednesday,
Thursday and Friday. The sailors will
go. in. divisions.
j The. cottagers have subscribed $10,
000" for the further entertainment of
the bluejackets and the fashionables
have -made certain that Rear Admiral
Schroeder, commanding the fleet of 14
vessels, and his officers -will have a
good time here'- at luncheons, dinners,
receptions and clambakes.
MOTHER OF AUTHOR
CALLED BY DEATH
Mrs. Steffens Will Be Buried at
Sacramento, Where Hus-
Mrs. Elizabeth Lv S. Steffens.; wife of
Joseph Steffens of Sacramento and
mother of J. Lincoln -Steffens,' the re
form writer and author of "Shame of
the Cities" and other books, died in
this city yesterday. . .«.
| The body will be taken to Sacra
mento for burial. The services will be
held from her late residence, Sls Fif
teenth street, Sacramento, -Wednesday.
*In addition to her , husband and son,
Mrs. Steffens is survived, by three
daughters, Mrs. A.-H. Suggett/airs. J.
IJ. Holllster and Miss Laura- Steffens.
She was a native of .England, and is 73
years, 3 months and 21 days old^ •
QUEEN OF FORESTERS'.
CARNIVAL IS ELECTED
Miss Maybell Batteate to Reign
at Elmhurst
OAKLAND, Aug. 15.— With ' 10,329
more votes than her nearest competi
tor. Miss/ Maybelle ' Batteate was last
night proclaimed " queen of. the 'four
days* carnival: to be/held at Elmhurst
by the Foresters of^ America, from Aug
ust 18 to '2l. At midnight; when the
final votes had been counted,' the stand
ing of '-, the contestants was as follows:
Miss Maybelle Batteate.' 19.689; Miss
Eva VMelick, 9,360; Miss Edith Adams,
7,295; Miss Alice Anderson, 4.950; Miss
Elsie, 3,510; Miss Arline Shaw, 2,680;
Miss; Mac MesQuita, 2,270.
Miss Batteate, the queen elect, is the
15; year/ old daughter of \u25a0 Nicholas ißatteate,ißat
teate, who lives : in Bay avenue. Elm
hurst. She is a student of the John"
C. ; Fremont . high school at . Melrose.
Wjlliam " \u25a0 ; H. Donahue, grand : chief
ranger, of , the . Foresters, will formally
crown ;her queen on the opening night
of , the festival, Thursday evening, Aug
ust ilf ' possible, ., Mayor /Frank K.
Mott^wlll also assist in the~ ceremonies,
while sthe; nominees for /constables of
Brooklyn 'stownship will act as guards
of ? honor.
' iThe Foresters are making extensive
plans for : the night parade which is
to; be held Thursday, ylny ln, additioa to
the various fraternal societies that .will
be' represented, it is planned to have
the, school children of the district, head
ed |by the f Lockwobd school ; band, turn
but : In , large ' numbers. There will also
.be! a . number/ of .i floats, including the
queen's, '.which will "be 'drawn"- by six
horses. The ' streets . are ito be ~- bril
,'llantly illuminated for the occasion.
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FIREBUG PLANS
TO KILL JUDGE
AND OFFICIALS
Threatening Letters Cause the
Police to Guard Homes of
Men. in -San Diego
Writer Wants Prisoner Charged
With Arson Set Free With
out Second Trial
SAN DIEGO. Aug. 15.— Threatened
•with death unless the prosecution of
Adolph Schonek, accused of arson, was
dropped, the homes and offices of Su
perior Judge W. R. yuy. District Attor
ney H. S. Utley. Chief of Police Wilson
and Detective Joseph Myers, are being
guarded night" and day. according to
admissions made this morning.
The lives of all four were threatened
by letters -mailed at Los Angeles, Santa
Barbara. Sacrmento and Stockton, the
writer in ech case signing himselg as
either "Firebug 1 * or "Enemy of Oppres
sion."
The handwriting of each letter is
the same, apparently, and the first was
received soon after the jury disagreed
in the trial of Schonek. who I* sus
pected of setting about 10 fires in this
city. ' ."^;.
Coupled with the "Firebug" letters,
which formed a feature of thetrial. and
the arrival from Los Angeles during
the trial of a letter exonerating the
defendant, the mystery concerning the
writer, is one of the most puzaling
the police department has undertaken
to fathom.
The four officials are threatened with
death by burning, shooting and the
use of high explosives.
Threats Against Judges
NEW YORK. Aug. 15.-A letter "in
which the writer threatens death to
several judges in this city and Brook
lyn and several district attorneys, was
received at the district attorney's of
fice today and turned over to the po
lice.
The letter was addressed to Dis
trict Attorney Whitman and read as
follows:
"I am now a free man after a three
years' sentence in Sing Slnj^toqg, with
three others whom I ha^e mad-,
friends. We have decided to deal out
a death sentence to Judge OSulllvan.
Judge Malone, Judge Fawcett. Judge
Bosalsky. District Attorneys Ely
Hart and two others, for our lives
are not worth living.
"I cannot locate my wife and child.
I was charged with grand larceny and
as sure as God is In Heaven I was
innocent, and 1 am also sure that many
a J^J 1 in states * Prison is innocent
The day Is not far when some of
the above mentioned names will be a
thing of the past. This may be taken
as a joke, but wait for results. It is
a disgrace to the world to see a mar
ried man taken from his family just
because certain people go to the dis
.^ at ;? rney and sw ear they were
swindled.
Writer Menaces Officials
ALBANY.* T.. Aug. 13.— A letter
threatening him with '-what Gaynor
got and signed by the "Chauffeurs-
Black Hand Gang" was received today
by Secretary Samuel S. Koenig.
The letter, which was evidently writ
ten by a chauffeur who had failed to
pass the examination required under
the new Callen automobile law, was
mailed from New York city Saturday.
It declares that chauffeurs who were
working at the time the Callen law
became effective should have been ex
empted from examination the same as
owners of cars, whereas many married
men have been thrown out of employ
ment by failing to pass.
"The best thing you can do," con
cludes the letter, 'is to break the law
and let the old chauffeurs go through
without examination. If you don't you
will get what Gaynor got. If this law
is not changed. in one week's time you
can prepare for your grave."
Two similar letters were received by
Secretary Koenig from New York city
about a week ago. In one of them the
lives of Governor Hughes, Secretary
Koenig and Assemblyman Callen, au
thor of the automobile law. were'
threatened. ;'>
PIONEER IS DEAD
AT NINETY YEARS
I. M. Baker, Who Came With
Commodore Sloat in 1846,
Passes Away
Isaac Munroe Baker; who. came to
California with Commodore Sloat in
134 and took part In the occupation of
Monterey _when Sloat raised the Ameri
can flag and possessed California in the
name of the United States, died in this
city yesterday at the age of 90 years.
•He will be buried in the national ceme
tery at the Presidio Wednesday under
the auspices of the society of California
Pioneers, of which he was a life mem
ber. "
" The deceased leaves three children.
Calvert Baker and Mrs. J. J. Nealon.
wife. of the well known contractor, and
Mrs/Frank J. Burke, wife of the at
torney." ,The funeral will be from his
late residence. 35 Sanchez street.
Isaac Munroe Baker was born at. St.
Leonards. Calvert county. Maryland. He
came to California in 1846 with Com
modore, Sloat as a marine on the sloop
of 'war Dale. - and . saw three years of
service in southern California and Mex
ico. -After leaving the service he be
came a merchant in* San Francisco and
later was a contractor in San Mateo
county. ; Of recent years, he has been
retired. He was prominent in the af
fairs of the Society of California Pio-

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