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VOLUME CVIIL— NO. 84.
CONFLAGRATION IS STARTED BY CHILD Three Homes Destroyed in Corte Madera Despite Efforts of Neighbors Whole Countryside Joins Ama* teur Brigade in Struggle Against Flames CORTE MADERA, Aug. 22.— Young society girls, women and men battled for three hours here today against a fire that destroyed three residences and barns and threatened for a time to wipe out the entire eastern section of tlie town. Four persons fainted from heat and t-xhaustion. a. woman was forced to flee from her bathroom with only a coat wrapped about her, while girls and matrons formed bucket bri gades and carried furniture side by side with the riremen from San Ansel mo. Larkspur and Mill Valley. The damage is estimated at $17,000, aside from the breakage of furniture, that wa.s rescued from the flames. Among the young women who per lormed heroic work was Miss Eva .;•.-.. uiec« of former Sar. Francisco Supervisor L. A. Rea, who organized a number of her girl friends into a fire lighting brigade to pass water to the men and help carry out the furniture. Mi?s Rea is leading the contest for queen of the coming Larkspur booster Jay. and is as pretty as she is plucky. As her lieutenants in the brigade were Mrs. Frank Martin a.nd Be mice Cagwin, a former carnival queen of Larkspur. WOMAX GIVES ALAIOf Mrs. Martin was the first io give the alarm. From the porch of her home she saw a blaze on 'the veranda of the residence of Robert Kendall, a. plumber, about 1:30 o'clock this afternoon. Mrs. Kendall's 5 year old niece. • Viola An drews, started the fire while playing with a bunrh of matches in a heap of excelsior that had been removed from n«-w furniture on the porch. Mrs. Ken dall heard Mrs. Martin screaming for her to escape. She was taking a bath »t the time and wa.s forced to seize the i first garment handy, a long coal, and rush, into the hallway, which was al ready filled with smoke. Mrs. Martin hurried to the rear of the house and. entering, led the half suffocated inmate jo the open air. The child was found cafe in the garden. Mrs. Martin took the baby and Mrs. Kendall to her home near by. Meanwhile a general alarm had spread. The home of Mrs. Mary Reiger, a widow, caiisrht lire and she escaped while the roof was blazing. The hand some residence of Jules Godart. the architect, ftext was food for the flames. Three barns were burned to the ground in rapid succession. GIRLS TO RESTIE • The fire had been raging but 15 min utes when Miss Rea arrived on the scene after a run of half a mile from her home. As she rushed to the scene she hailed every young woman friend in hearing and directed them to follow !it. The girls thought nothing of their light summer dresses, nor did they hesi tate to scorch their hair as they worked in the heat of the tire aiding unfortu nate neighbors. Miss Rea was the leader, and kept her fair helpers busy passing pails of water, except those who reamed valuables from the threat ened dwellings. Mrs. J. E. tSnultz. whose home was in danger, fainted and was carried to a nearby residence. Dolf Dougherty, a former town trustee of Larkspur, labored *o strenuously helping the women and children and directing the fire fighters that he was overcome and remained unconscious several minutes. Lucian Godart. the 17 year old son of the architect, also fainted when he ar rived from San Francisco and' found that his home had burned. Such excite ment prevailed that his sister Blanche, aged 15, also swooned when she re turned from school and saw the havoc the flames had wrought. The flames spread to the hills back of the town and spread over 20 acres of uninhabited grass land Sefore tliey were checked by a force of men using wet sacks. Scores of men from Larkspur, Oorte Madera. Kentfield, San Anselmo. as well as small delegations from Mill Valley and San Rafael, aided in fighting the flam"!. Particular credit is due to the Larkspur volunteer fire department, whose heroic work did much to subdue the flames. Eight young men from the , Marin golf and country club also came in an automobile and assisted. IS.NTIRE SECTIb.V AROUSED The entire countryside was aroused, »nd the town was only saved by united and superhuman effort. Maurice Dore and "Buck" Anderson, young members of the polf club, did good work. The following buildings were burned: Itetidonre 'of liohm Kendall, plumber; value £:;.'«i<i. in.-uraco- $I.i«mj: owuert by Mrs. <; X K*-tfla!l. IU-t-idr-niT of JuW <;»lart. architect; value f£.<K*t. insurant $5.000. ~;-.-. K«-si'J«-ni-c of >irs. Mary Kk-ger; value $4,000. Insurance- $l.<VHi. Burn of J. E. Sciiultz. contractor;, value $500, no tnsnrane*-. Barn of C. V. linker, lithographer; value JSOO, uo insurance. Barn "of C. I. MchlTc, contractor; value $600. Bo insurance. ' The homes in the immediate vicinity that were 'saved by the firemen and young women were as follows: Residence of C. P. Moore, ruof dsmagfd. Residence of J. E. Scbults, roof and walls damaged. H»^ideno«? of W. A. James, merohant. BeMdecec «>f Benjamin -Faur*, employed in City of Paris. s-»n Francisco. tte-Kidt-cee of IJenJtmin Scoul»t. shoe mer chant. KesMriK-e of B. Burciiall. itc«>%. keeper Among the, young women and girls who assisted 1 in fighting the fire and I saving the effects of the residents were the following: MUs Myrtle r;«lhnff iMics HazM Hanna Mi*x niisabofu James Mis* j.iJlisn Gardner Mrs. R. Klnny |Mtu Elm» Bailey "J Mrs. H. L. Stevens j MUs Eva R^a Mrs. J. F. I»<- I.u<y Mr*. Frank Martin Mrs. n. Sr-ouler | Mi«s Bernieo Cag^in Mrs. H«-nry Orlta ! Mrs. 1.. A. Rea Mrs. C Little j Mr*. 1,. Vnnrhien Mi>. Frank Murphy , Mr*. Charles Wilson Mr*. H. c\ Hiiilki.T jMiss Gertrude Him- Mr*. TV. Kanard 1 mond Mi»K Olar«- Mcformick j Mrs. A. V. Moderctt* Mtfs A lie* Harden Mrs. J. Fay Miss Winnie Si-ouler Mrs. Arthur Studley Mrs. TV. Weaver ' Town Marshal George Martin of San Anselmo and Constable George Agnew of San Rafael worked hard, as did a hundred others. JOHN H. FARMER CONFESSES TO THEFTS Decoy Packages Used to Trap Railway Mail Clerk John H. Farmer, the railway mail cjerk arrested at Sparks Sunday for rifling the malls, has made a written' confession of his peculations, ac cording to advices received by ths lo cal postal inspectors' office, hers' yes terday. Farmer was caught by .decoy packages of- mail. He received -a sal ary of 51.500 per year, and had served in his positipn. since 1892. His trial will take place* in Nevada, where In spectors Webster. Madeira, Lowe and SwaSn. his captors, will be the prin cipal witnesses against him. . . Society Girls Aid In Fight on Fire 4 . ; . . . : : .. — — — — \u2666 Tv>o society women who performed heroic service -in fighting flames at C or le Madera. . ORPHANAGE BLAZES; BABES ARE RESCUES San Rafael Women Carry the Youngsters From Nursery of Burning Structure [Special Dispatch io The Call] SAN AXSELMO, Aug. 22.— A blind fire raging in the basement of the Presbyterian orphan asylum here at s o'clock tonight threatened the lives of 110 children housed in the institu tion, all of whom had retired for the night and who only escaped from the blazing structure in their night dresses after an alarm had been sounded by IS year old Wanita McCoy, one of the charges of the orphanage. Her prompt act and presence ' of mind saved the lives probably of 30 young girls sleep ing in the east 'wing of the building and on the third floor. Superintendent F. A. Doane and his wife, assisted by Nursery Matron Miss H. Close, Marga ret Starr, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Dollar and Mrs. Aigeltinger of San Rafael, carried 20 infants from the nursery while the smoke curled up from the basement through the halls and'about the frame structure. Every one of the children was taken from the building when the tire fighters arrived on the scene. Fearing for the fixtures of the institution, furniture, beds and clothing were thrown from the windows and the firemen made a successful attack on the smoldering wood, coal and underninnins: in the basement. The cause of the fire is be lieved to have been r-pontu.ueous com bustion. After the danger was eliminated tents were pitched on the lawns of the grounds and beds spread for the some what startled youngsters. It is esti mated that the loss, covered by Insur ance, will be in the neighborhood of $SOO. NY» injuries marked the rescues or the tight to quench the flames. SZAFCSUR FACES JURY ;vON CHARGE OF MURDER Alleged to Have Shot Wife for Refusing Support • A jury was impaneled by Judge Ca bani&s to try Alexander Szafcsur, accused of the murder'- .of his wife, Irma Szafcsur. The killing took place the evening of April 4, 1910, at the home of the. Szafcsurs, 516 Frederick street. It is claimed by the prosecution that Mrs. Szafcsur had saved a considerable sum of 'money by conducting a clothes cleaning establish ment, and that the trouble with her husband resulted from her statement to him that she did not intend to sup port him any longer. Szafcsur went to the house and demanded a meal, and when bis* wife refused to supply him with fooi.l ho became angry. At the instant she started toward the dining room, it is alleged, Szafcsur pulled a revolver and lired three shots at his wife, two taking effect in her head. She died instantly. Szafcsur then went into Golden Gate, park and shot him self, but did hot succeed in inflicting a fatal wound;- CRITIC OF COOK FINDS HIMSELF IN THE SOUP Ship's Chef Faces Trial in Fed- eral Courts Steve O'Leary.is a mighty poor cook, according to the- judgment of Henry Gottbery Gottberg. Steve, who is a negro, Was cook on the- steamer F. X j Kilburn until it took fire yesterday in •jh« bay and retired, for repairs. While I. the vessel was coming into Sari Fran cisco bay last Saturday night Henry expressed his opinion of Steve's cook ing. T -V'; ' ; "He dumped a kettleful of soup right down mf back." Steve ".complained to the federal district attorney yesterday. Gottberg was arrested by the police and turned over to the United States marshal. O'Leary says he will prose cute the salloc to the f.ull extent of the la w. \u25a0 . , - LOCAL POSTOFFICE IS AMONG CITIES Receipts for July Amount to $192,796.19 In amount of receipts for July, 1910, the San Francisco . postofflce stands seventh among those of the country. The sum total for the month, 15*5192. 796.19. July, 1909. showed but . $179, 672.91, so the increase for the last month over the corresponding month of last year is J13.123.25. • San Francisco has touched the sev enth-mark several times, but it is much to her credit that she ha^ done so again in such a quiet month as July. ; New York leads , the postoffices of the country for July, with receipts of $1,477,951.22. — The Spread . of Tuberonlonig Prevented A famous Inventor has at last per fected an antiseptic telephone; mouth piece which: prevents the danger*"of tuberculosis and other contagious dis eases. It works automatically day and night, never " Address lied Cross Germ Proof Telephone Glass Mouthpiece Co.. 26S Market St; Kearny 2866;;C3530. ..;-,•\u25a0•* THE SAN FRANCISCO, CALiL, SPECIAL MEETING OF BAKERS' UNION Further Effort to Unionize the Employes of French and Italian Bakeries 0. M. BOYLE Bakers' union No. < t^>d^^^cwwc!l> 21 has arranged for a special, meeting in its headquarters for the second Sat urday in September to devise ways and means for unionizing the French and Italian- bakeries of the city. \u25a0 At the meeting: Saturday night a committee was appointed for the purpose of set tling: the controversy in the bakery in dustry in San Jose. The trouble has been dragging- along for several years. It' is reported that the co-operative bakery' started in San Jose, by the union bakers is meeting with success. • At the last meeting of beer drivers' union No. 227 the. following delegates were elected to the Los Angeles con vention of the state federation of labor: George Wagner, M. W. Silk and P. Valk mann. George Wagner was chosen to represent the local at the Chicago con vention of the international, I , which con venes September ll: Wagner will be absent from the city about a month. President TI. Murrin of the district council of electrical workers, now in Sacramento.: reports that the strike on the Northern 'Electric company is progressing. All the men called off have secured work elsewhere and it is announced that several men quit work last week. • ' ' \u25a0 The Sacramento building trades coun cil and the central labor body, of the capital city have promised both finan cial aim moral' support to the elec- The following officers have been in stalled by the barbers' protective as sociation: President, .William Becker; vice president, Alexander, Fischer: re cording secretary, Robert Oppenheim; financial secretary, A.' Nitschke; treas urer, E. P. Roche; sergeant at arms, P. Vicchie; trustees, William Barron, John liederer, A. Strohmeier; employ ment secretary, William Barron. General President Huber of the unit ed brotherhood of carpenters and join ers has sent a communication to a Sac ramento union instructing it thajtthe assessment levied by the state build ing trades council to aid the Los An geles strikers in their, battle for union conditions must be paid.' Secretary Emil Muri joined the party of labor leaders who left ' last night for Los Angeles. ' In the party are O. A. Tveitmoe, A. J. Gallagher, A. W. Sef ton Jr., C. J.. Pratt; Judge James G.- Maguire, "Daniel- O'Connell, .George Appel and Austin Lewis. \Delegate Thomas "White- of stable men's union No. 404 will make his re port of the proceedings of ' the inter national convention, recently held in Peoria, 111.," at the meeting, of the 'local tonight, 335 Franklin street. He re portsuhat tho convention went on rec ords as indorsing.San Francisco as the proper place in. which, to- hold the pro posed Panama-Pacific- exposition. it was decided to finance", the 'strike of the .chauffeurs' .union.' invChicago- and also- the teamsters'., strike ;in J Portland. John McLaughlin .:\u25a0 of » local teamsters' union. No.^ So was elected- delegate to the next convention of the American federation of labor. Indianapolis was chosen as the next place for'the inter national convention of Uhe brotherhood of teamsters and San Francisco was the choice for tho 1915 convention. \< The national board of arbitration of the international-typographical' union and the American publishers' associa titn. sitting at; Indianapolis, has come to an agreement whereby, the scale of the printers '\*orking in daily news papers in Denver" is raised. Five, candidates were obligated at th« last, meeting of. the Janitors'* unionand seven" 'applications received., .-' As the next regular' meeting'night falls on Labor, day the" local decided to- meet August" 31. Vice President " Reilly,'; was .in the chair at the Saturday ;night meeting of building; material teamsters' union. No. 21ff. 'Five candidates were admitted to membership and 12*tapplications are pending. The delegates. from the Peoria international convention i made reports of the proceedings/ >The ; usual ,weekly assessment, of the Los" Angeles strikers was paid. .Delegates ' JJ J.; Morris and J. H. Trumphour, ; jus,t , returned from the international convention, made re ports of. the" proceedings. - '.-; The. results of the'agitation, for union made goods in this cityikre. already in evidence. .' The | retail;: clerks' union has unionized three hat stores,? and several others .will follow, shortly:- President Max B. Licht,: who; hasH just /returned from a", trip"- throughout"- 1 the state./re ports; that v Vvithina* few s months, two unions of clerks with:"over-300-mem bers haye r been formed \u25a0 iri* San: Jose. • In Fresno thel union:: is ; growing, fast, and In Los Angeles at'-each^ nieetlng' mem bers are'being added vto- the roll. : UNITED RAILROADS OPENS TRACK WAR Legal Fight Against State's Ac- tion to Confiscate Fran chise Begun. Two Demurrers Filed Allege Improper Uniting of Ac tion Causes The United Railroads yesterday opened legal fire 1 on the action insti tuted by' the state to declare forfeited the franchise under which.the'corpora tion claims the right to operate cars over the "outer track", in lower Mar ket street from' gutter street to ;'the water, " front. Two demurrers "to -the complaint, one in \u25a0behalf, of the. United Railroads and the other for the Sutter street railway company, were filed with the county clerk, as well as two 'mo tions to "strike out portions' of the complaint. The chief ground of the demurrers is that "several pretended causes, of action" have : been improperly United. These "pretended causes of action" are enumerated -as .follows: : An .action against the United Railroads, for oper-' atingcars without authority on the tracks of the Sutter street railway company; an action against the Sutter street company for the: forfeiture of franchise from Market and gutter" streets to Central avenue for failure to operate a service thereon for six years: an action against the Sutter street company for failure to operate cars on the lower portion of, Market street;, an action against the Sutter street company for forfeiture of its franchise for failure to run sufficient cars to accommodate the public : In its complaint the state affirms that the Sutter street company Is not run ning cars on lower Market street in good faith, but solely to prevent the use of that part of Market street by any railroad not controlled by the United Railroads. It is further claimed that the franchise originally owned by the Sutter street railway' company is not severable or divisible, and that "in 'pretending to operate cars over but a few blocks the company has forfeited the franchise. Besides asking that court to so decree, the state asks that fines of J5.000 be inflicted on the United Railroads and the Sutter street railway company. :-' »\. CHINESE GETS HEARlNG— Assistant United States District Attorney Clark withdrew his opposition- yesterday to tbe habeas corpus pro ceedings instituted by Attorneys Carroll Cook and Sam Newburßh for Young How.- a young Chinese woman imported into this country: il legally, aecordiujr to the. allejratlons of tbe gOTernment, for immoral purposes.: The case . will now po to the circuit c«urt. Eiiter— -the Kewoies Ft delightful little .people, created by Rose jCecil O'Neill, bid fair to I rival the^popularity of Palmer Cq^ s Brownies. They will in troduce them- JL selves to the children in the September Woman's Home Gompaniox — two pages of them, in color, with a fascinating story of their doings told in swinging verse. But the Kewpies occupy but two of the one hundred pages ofthis great number. Read THE NEW DEPARTMENT ON -HOME DEC- THE DEPARTMENT OF HOUSEHOLD NEWS ORATION and handicraft, covering 'the planning . —full <of vitardomestic hints,' ranging from an ice of ahome; the arrangement of rooms, how to fur- chest suggestion to a lawn party invitation, nish them, :how'to;buy, how to use what^ou^ have THE DEP A RTMENT FOR YOUNG HOUSE- '— in short, everything that; makes a home attrac- KEEPERS.the doctor's page, the home page, by THE. PICTURE STORY of the making of the Re- THE TIVE FASCINATING SHORT STORIES, camier Coiffure— the smartest coiffure of the hour, and finally •; the thirty pages of authoritative fashion information, every page practical, interest- ing, and every description made clear with accurate pictures — -many in color. This department, with its wealth of details of correct costuming, answers every possible \ question as to the Autumn wardrobe. Such, in part, is the offering of the Advance Fashion Number FOUR LIVES SAVED IN BURNING HOTEL Heroismiof Two Plucky Women -and Young Man Check= mates Hungry Flames Early Morning Fire Breaks Out in ; Cypress Villa at San Rafael [Special Dispatch to The Call] \ SAN RAFAEL, Aug. 22. — The lives of four persons were saved through the heroism of two plucky women- and a young nian in" a fire that broke out at 5 ; o'clock this morning in the Cy press Villa hotel in' B street. . Mrs. I. J,Ci .'Bethel, wife of the pro prietor,'carried her 6 months old' baby, Agnes, and her daughter, Alice," aged 3, to safety through the smoke filled hall ways. Mrs. A. Zinkey, a widow, guided her daughter, Mildred, aged 10. from the burningVhuildlng. Howard Friel dragged Miss Mary Ward .in a, fainting condition to the The .guests, panic 'stricken when the alarm was sounded, . leaped ;from their beds and struggled into the open air in their night .garments. All escaped injury. The building, which belongs to I John F. Jordan, father :in law of Senator E. B. Martinelli. was damaged to the extent of ?5,000; $3,000 of which is covered by -insurance. Rats gnaw ing at matches in the laundry at the rear'are thought to have caused the blaze. . \u25a0•<•-" William Gray, a railroadman, *whose room was at the rear on the third floor, gave the alarm. He was awakened at 5. o'clock by the smell of smoke and looked 'from the window and saw the laundry aflame. After . awakening th.c guests a scene' of the greatest con fusion and terror followed. Women and children screamed and fought for breath in the fume clouded building. bn the seconds floor. Howard Friel, who is employed at the Carson glove factory, found Miss Ward in a stupor at the door of her'bedroom. He lifted her in his arms and half dragged her down the stairway to the street. 4 , > *>i\: ' Gray turned in the alarm and Chief Daniel Schneider and his men respond ed promptly. The entire rear -of the hotel, the roof and an adjoining shed were ablaze. It-was only after an. hour of courag.eons effort in which the fire men"risked their lives that the flames were checked. Other guests who escaped were J. M. Johnson, merchant; ' C.v C. Brookins, journalist; Henry McNeal, glove niaker; August M*tta, | glove.* maker; Redenbaugli. clerk; Earl Jones, Wells- Fargo agent; Harry Parker, mechanic; Jack Miller, candy maker; Lena Bara dora, servant. -SV':^ ... f UESDAYr AUGUST 23, 1910. And the Cfiild She i Rescued In Fire Local Brevities [;* — — — : HINDUS AS BURGLARS— Fatehban Mahomed and Dee Mahomed. Hindus, were arrested yes terday, and charced with banslary. on ram plaint of Phnr Mohamed. 1200 Kuehanan street, who at-eijt.es them of breaking into his room and stealing Si'.rt. PICKPOCKET JAILED — .Tames Johnson, a well known pickpocket. arrested by Serjeant Lionel Shaw trhile op*-ratinj; on a rar. was allowed to, plesd* guilty to battery jestenlar for nreaklDg >' Shaw's thumb and was sent to the county jail for fire months. .- .--\u25a0 < . • HIT. WITH REVOLVER— Harry A. May. saWn v kpeper, .Mason, and O'Farrell. streets, wan ar rested yesterday .on a eharsre of assault with weapon; for striking L. -1... Vaughn of .'the Hotel Stewart on'the head with -a revolter. : rturinK'* dlspnte Saturday ni?ht.' ! . GENERAL DENIAL OF A FISH TRUST Defendant Corporations in Dam age Suit Say There Is No Price Boosting Combine j Three Witnesses Swear Under Oath There Is No Such v Thing in City A denial that there is any trust or combination between the wholesale tish. dealers of San Francisco to keep .up prices or v to crush competition consti tutes the defense to the $13,000 dam age suit of the Portola fish company, as outlined in testimony presented yes terday to the jury trying: the case be fore Judge Hunt. Three witnesses con nected with two of the defendant cor- . -porations — the New San Francisco fish dealers and the International fish com pany — stated under oath that there is no such thing as a fish trust in this city. The defense yesterday enlarged its battery of lawyers. Bert Schlesinger far the first time taking his place be side W. M. Madden. Walter J. Thomp son, E. O'Donnell and J. Webster. Op posed to th*y»e five lawyers James t>e voto is alone representing the Por tola company.- Emile Berzona. manager of the New San Francisco fish dealers, was the first witnes.vfor-the defense. He statPd positively that there Is no combination between the wholesale dealers and no regulation of the market price; that he and others bought from the fishermen at the best prif-e they could get. and sold to the retailers at prices fixed by themselves. He denied having re fused fish to the Portola company, ex cept when he had onry enough for hl3 regular customers. Cross examined by Attorney Devote, Borzona. admitted that before the sen ate committee he said he was tired of two companies "hogging it all." H« also admitted that during the senate investigation he answered "Yes" to the following question: "You were glad to see this combination broken so that the profits might be divided and not enjoyed by one or two people?" S. Denticl and Gustave. Partenico. partners with Berzona in the New San Francisco fish company* both gave similar testimony, denying the exist ence of a combination or an agreement to fix prices. Partenico Insisted that the testimony of four retailers who ha<l stated under oath that he gave them notice to quit buying from the Purtola company on pain of being refused soles and sanddabs was untrue.