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Why this Is the aeroplane's har
vest moon makes a very read'
able article in The Sunday Call.
Government Alleges That Rail
road Secured California
Patents by Fraud
Thousands of Acres Worth Alii*
lions Said to Have Been
Procured Illegitimately
•Federal Agents Gathering Evi
dence to Start Fight for Res- -
toration of Vast Areas
J" {Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON. Nov. 11. — For the
alleged fraudulent procuring of
patents on lands in southern
California the Southern Pacific railroad
Icompary is soon to be sued by the gov
ernment Agents of the department of
Justice and the Interior department are
"busily engaged In going over the rec
ords of the interior department gather
ing evidence which they may use in a
It im alleged that the Southern Pacific
has thousands of acres of land in its
possession which were illegally ac
culred. It is believed that it can be
Shown that the Southern Pacific pro
' cured 6,000 acres of land from the gov
: eminent -which it knew to be oil bear
fr.g land and which are said to be worth
• millions of dollars today.
.Taft Orders Action
President Taft decided to act in the
matter after several conferences with
Secretary Ba^linger and the attorney
greneral, just before he left Washing
ton on his trip to Panama.
Dallinger and Wickersham had an
extended conference on the j subject
yesterday. The allegation has been !
made to the president that thousands
cf acres of public lands have been
patented to individuals with the knowl
edge that they contained oil and In
many cases found their, way into the
fcands of the corporations. In direct-
Ing the attorney general to begin an '
inquiry into the patents of the lands
t>y the Southern Pacific company the
president Is said to be making only a
The Southern Pacific's lands now in
question were patented several years
ego. Thousands of acres of other land
in the same vicinity was patented at
the same time. In the meanwhile dis
coveries of oil gushers in California
have occurred on some of the land. •
President Taft's instructions to
Wickersham are to conduct an investi
gation «rith all the facilities at the
command of the government, and if the
results warrant such a course to begin
proceedings for restoration to the pub
lic domain of all lands so patented.
Oil Lands Patented
tSpecial Diipctch to The Cell]
BAKERSFIELD. Nov. II. — At the re
quest of the Wells-Fargo company,
patents to all of the lands In Kern
county in the Independence district in
cluded in the railroad grant to the
Southern Pacific railway company un
der the act of congress on July 27,
lSGtf, and approved June 2?, IS7O, have
heen recorded In the county recorder's
crrc*. This gives thousands of acres
of valuable land in the Independence
district to the Southern Pacific under
primary limits, which means that no
reservations are made of any nature
The patents are without precedent,
•es heretofore the government has al
: "ways reserved mineral rights in home
•fcteads and previous grants.
The patent was recorded on Novem
ber 9 and includes between 180,000 and
• £00.000 acres, as follows:
Sections 13, 15. 17. 19, 21. 23, 25. 27,
S3. 31. 33. 35' 31 -3S; the odd sections of
S2-3S;' the odd sections of 31-39; the
odd sections of 32-39: sections 31. S3, 35.
SO-40; the odd sections 31-40: the odd
sections 32-30; sections 31. 32 and 35.
20-41; the odd of 31-41. the odd sec
tions 32-41; the odd sections of 31-42;
the odd sections of 32-42; the odd sec
tions of 31-43; the odd sections of
S2-43: <he odd sections of township
22-44; sections 31, 33. 35. 31-46; por
tions of odd sections of 32-26. 31-37,
SO-39. 30-43.
Oilmen to Protest
{ Special Dispatch to The Call]
BAKERSFIELD. Nov. 11.— What is
expected to be the largest gathering of
oilmen ever held In California has been
called for tomorrow In this city. The.
call has been made by the Western oil
producers* association, the California
Oilmen's association, the Kern county
board of trade and the Coallnga cham
ber of commerce.
The meeting will consider the action
of the government In withdrawing a
large area of valuable oil lands in Cali
fornia. The oilmen declare the action
unjust and will seek a remedy.
It is hoped that some definite. action
may be taken that will alleviate the
situation at the present time and, if
possible, bring about a change of policy
of the government ln^ its' attitude to-
Trard undeveloped oil lands. •
The San Francisco Call.
Millionaire's Wife
Denies She Placed
Poison in His Food
WHEELING, W. Va., Nov. 11. —
In a room in the tower of -the
ciiunty jail, filled with" comforts
from her palatial home, Mrs.
Laura Farnsworth Schenck ' re
mained today, detained without
privilege of ball, awaiting devel
opments in the illness of her hus
band, John O. Schenck, a million
aire pork packer.
Arraignment of Mrs. Schenck
on charges of attempting to pof
son her husband by putting ar
senic in hia food will be "delaped
pending the outcome.
At the Xorth Wheeling hospi
tal, where Schenck was taken two
weeks ago, he is reported as im
proving, but still critically, ill.
That further arrests are to be
made was admitted today by
Prosecuting- Attorney Handling
and Chief of Police Hastings. The
numerous suspects are expected to
throw light on the manner in
which arsenic or drugs may have
found their way into the Schenck
At the jail today Mrs. Schenck
\u25a0was questioned anew, but she re
peatedly declared her innocence of
any attempt upon her husband's
life. She is the daughter of a
poor family In Marietta, 0., and
came to Wheeling 23 years ago
and found employment as a do
mestic. She worked as such in
several homes until, 10 years
later, Schenck, who was then 27
years- old and wealthy, married
her. They have two children.
Virginia, aged 12, and Robert,
aged 7, who have been placed in
the care of relatives and who are
kept in Ignorance of the charges
against their mother.
Schenck is president of the
pork packing firm of F. Schenck
& Sons and is a brother of A. H.
Schenck, who recently announced
his candidacy for the United
States senate against Senator
Xathan B. Scott.
San Mateo's Distridl Attorney Escapes Injury But His
1 ouring Car is Broken to Pieces
SAX MATEO, Nov. 11.— Leaping from
his automobile, which was stalled on
the Southern Pacific track about a
quarter of a mile from Beresford, Dis
trict Attorney J. J. Bullock barely
saved his life yesterday afternoon when
the 5:45 southbound train from San
Francisco swept down upon him. The
locomotive crashed into the machine
and carried It more than 200 yards be
fore a stop could be made. The auto
mobile, a large touring car, was crum
pled into a worthless mass of scrap.
Bullock's leap for life was made Just
in time. Had he hesitated a second he
would have, been killed. Bullock was
returning to his home at Beresford
after a trip \o Redwood City. He man
aged to cross the north track, but
NEW YORK, Xov. 11. — Charged with
writing a threatening letter to John
D. Rockefeller, demanding $50,000,
Peter Lillijohn, 23 years old, is held at
police headquarters here." J*;
Hugo Kardoff, who accuses Lillijohn
of sending the letter to him to be for
warded, made the complaint.
Kardoff "told detectives he received
two letters from Lillijhon this after
noon. One written in Hungarian was
addressed to the Standard oil chief
and contained the demand for $50,000.
The other was addressed to Kardoff
LONDON, Nov. 11. — That London
hotels depend on American visitors for
a profitable existence has been proved
again by Walter Harris, chairman of
the Carlton hotel company.
Harris made the remarkable state
ment that, of the guests of various
nationalities at the Carlton last year,
38 per cent were Americans.
Nearly 5 per cent more Americans
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
SALT LAKE, Utah. Nov. ill.— Service
was secured in Seattle today upon Mrs.
Althea Walker, widow of D. F. Walker,
whose sole heir she Is to an estate In-
San Mateo county, California, valued at
$1,500,000, and her son and daughter.
About three 1 weeks ago 'the fedtrai
court here Issued an order restraining
Mrs. Walker, and others from removing
certain negotiable securities, '.valuedtat
Plurality for Governor Will Ap
proximate 22,500 Votes and
Ticket in Proportion ,
Close Fight in the First District
May Make Judge Raker
Scattering returns yesterday from
counties that had not previously re
ported results from Tuesday's primary
election and from- missing precincts in
various counties have had, no result
upon the general outcome of the elec
tion, other than to swell the estimated
republican plurality, and to show a few
unexpected changes in the legislature
The latest indications from the re
ports received up •to date are that
Hiram Johnson's plurality for governor
will approximate 22,500 votes, and that
a similar proportion will hold good
throughout the ticket. , The one contest
that is still undecided is that in the
first congressional disrlct.
All the reports received yesterday
tend to bear out the belief that Judge
John E. Raker, the democratic candi
date for congress, has 'defeated Con
gressman-William F. Englebright, but
so close is the fight that a few votes
one way or the other in the precincts
still missing may be sufficient to swing
the victory either way.
Few Seats in Doubt
A few of the contests for state sen
atorial and legislative J positions are
still in doubt, but with indications that
there will be no further changes In
results and that the complexion of the
Continued on Page 2, Column 4
when the south track was reached his
engine was suddenly "killed." The car
was directly across the track. Bullock
worked his spark and throttle for a
few seconds without avail, and was
about to climb out of the car to try
the crank when the headlight of the
locomotive flashed upon him. Bullock
did not wait to investigate the result
of the collision, but made his way
quickly to his home. The train service
was delayed for more than half an
An odd feature of the accident lay in
the fact that Franklin Swartz, who
succeeds Bullock as district attorney
of the county, , and Joseph H. Xash,
county clerk, were passengers on the
and directed him to translate and for
ward the message to Rockefeller under
threat of death.
There was a second letter threaten
ing Rockefeller with death, intended to
be sent If no reply was reecived to the
Lillijohn was arrested in the offices
of a firm of Hungarian money ex
changers where' Kardoff, the complain
ant, is employed. The prisoner had
trustingly sent his threats to the firm
for translation. The police believe he
Cable to The Call]
than British patronized the hotel in
that period; 33 M per cent of the guests
were British, 9 per cent French, 7 per
cent German, 12 % per cent South
Americans, Austrlans and travelers
from all parts of the world.
But the Carlton is outdone by many
hotels in the Bloomsbury district. Half
their guests are Americans.
hundreds ; of thousands of dollars. The
restraining order \u25a0 was not served at
the time because ; Mrs. "Walktr l and; her
children, took an automobile out of
town 'and headed for Washington state.
The United States marshal ,of that'state
notified . the -local' federal officers-'to
hightfthat service had been' made. Mrs.
-Walker, is required, to^appear in ; the
federal'- court . here'{wlthlns 10 - days.'
j Four of the. six\ debutantes of last season, who have' championed feminine liberty b\; lading the vows' of spinsterhood. j
Six Society Girls Dodge Marital
Mart and Take Vows of
Seeing in society's martimonial mart
nothing but a gateway. of sorrows lead
ing to a' divorce court, six debutantes
Of 'last- season hay* taken the vows of,
spinsterhood. flouting 1 the cherished},
edicts of Mamma Grundy, 1 . flying in the"
face of all convention, with youth-?
ful enthusiasm discarding man and all
his works. The champions of feminine
liberty are: j .
Miss Agnes Tillman, Miss Dorothy
Van Sicklen, Miss Lillian Van Vorst,
Miss Anna Olney, Miss Marion Davis
'and Miss Josephine Johnson." In all
they form as dainty a cluster as can
be found in a season's bouquet of buds.
They, have vowed with solemnity, sin
cerity and ceremony that never as long
as the moon rises In full and spring
sings its song through the trees, never
while diamonds sparkle, arid bells
chime, never while maid waits and man
woos will they consent to be shackled
with the bonds of marriage.
Chivalry's Days Dead
And this they have done because they
have found the world as, its is, because
In a season's whirl they have' observed
that glamour fades and romance passes
away, because. they see- thatjthe- prince
cuts; a sorry figure in a'-dlyo'rce court
and because they reallze^th'at^the days
of chivalry., died with the < days when
knights ceased garbing themselves In
tin clothes' and' coal scuttles.";. 1 It', was
on the eve^ of : her debut that 'one; of
them learned of the ways of ' the-matri
monial. mart.', ' \u25a0 • -..,•
Up to that moment life tocher and
her five companions was a happy dream
of waltzes, flowers, music, •gimcracks
and whatnots/ all culminating' '-.in the
peal of a, church organ \u0084 booming : out
the wedding march. It was.jtheav
erage .dream . t of the average-s ociety
girl, and .the -Indications were- that; it
would(be- realized." •" r : .7 r " '
Then T one< of them cHanced^; to 't read
something^that some .unpleasant person
with \ misanthropic' Ideas'? had .written
about the" marriage.market^of.^society
how girls are presented like.: wares fto
be. disposed^of [ as n soon \u25a0 as '. if
not at ' high , figures, .then,' at .* reduced
rates that become' lower each'year f until
the premiunvof a dowry. may;be offered.
Therefore,; the -vows of spinsterhood. '•
Mamma Grundy Cracks/ Whip
According to their views, the-* rosebud
is presented'and^the eliglblesTvlew her
dispassionately and critically. Mam
ma Grundy cracks her whip: "
"What am I offered, my merry mas
ters? Here we have her— blondo, beau
tiful, accomplished. Plays the; piano,
sings and; talks with an .English 7 ac
cent. Hurry up, gentlemen, please;
don't j keep the lady waiting.".
Such is th e idea the six • have ; formed*
of .the matrimonial mart, and they dis
covered that society contained certain
elderly members of the spectator class
who waited for. a girl, longing to', an
nounce her engagement to ; some man—
any" man— before the close of the first
- They . studied >; the question, did the
six : mal Js, * and • going, into •it ...still
deeper concluded that theusual .sequel;
of divorce V did not ! appeal to them:
They Vlearned- that i it was an - unpleas£
ant process -and that;. the; simple.; way;
of evadlng.-it was , to remain single. ; - -;-•
"Why *'i acquire /"a r husband," they
asked, '''who later must^ be 'disposed of
by-law?" 1 ,".'-.*/ ;\u25a0;;'"' '\u25a0\u25a0'\u25a0 '.''\u25a0'. ;V '.':'.
'.. .They : asked^thej; quesUj>ns/of J them-
Continued on Page .2, Column 5
Will Urge Additional Fortifications • ' Immediately for
Pacific— -Special Agent Reports on Hart North
[Special Dispatch to The Call] \
."WASHINGTON, D. C., Nov. • 11.—Ma
jor- General Wood,. chief of staff of the
army, will make a report to Secretary
of War Dickinson replying ;to \ the Mc-
Lachlan resolution" passed .by. congress
asking for. information regarding,'de
fenses on the .Pacific coast. : The'^report
will not be made'piabllc until* congress \u25a0
convenes, but ,it is" believed > that
eral; Wood will recommend that the de
fenses of the 'Pacific' be strengthened
and that additional ' fortifications ,be
erected immediatelj'. • ' : .
:-\u25a0 Special 'Agent Taylor, . \ who- has -been
engaged- in investigating the immlgra-.
. ' KANSAS . CITY. Nov. - 11.--Charles \W.
Armour, head jof the : Armour interests
here, said todays that ; he believed ;[food
prices had reached their'/ climax : and
were now on the down-grade. j
"General . food prices are to
ward a lower ; basis," he said. "The
cereals are getting down. People- are
going to take advantage of lower prices
and that will have* a -tendency: to^re
lievethe'•..\u25a0 stringency \u25a0-, In meat prices,
especially .pork.'
"But we .welcome the time, for no
dealer likes to sell stuff •at such high
'.. .LEXINGTON, .: Ky.., Nov. . 11.—While
armed posses numbering more than 200
men searched'- throughout • Breathitt'
county .today ; for . JacobX Noble,^who j
kmed".Tailer Tues- 1
day, the feudist^eluded -his^pursuers \
and : at;a*laj;e hourjtonight.was-ln hid- ;
ing somewhere in'the mountains. . .
; posses sentjout todajvheaded by j
deputy.'; "sheriffs,, 5 , have orders ;to "j arrest^
the '"dead oc r ".-an(i•vit <ia
YJ^ERDAY— Highest temperature. 58;
JaawS Thursday nighUhA.
-T&RECAST FOR TODAY— Cloudy; light
north wind, changing to south.
tion office at ; San - Francisco, ; arrived , in
Washington ;today and made a report to
the , secretary of 'commerce andf labor.
The report,^which' deals with tlieiactlon
of - Hart': North,"^ suspended immigration
commissioner, was not made public.'
[ Taylor, .who was^trahsf erred from the
treasury department for ; the purpose of
Investigating Hart North,'. will return to
his regular duties. V: The .department ; of
commerce "and labor refuses [tio "discuss
the investigation now under" way. * Not
hing is to'te'doneappareritly^until^Com
missloner > has *" looked
over ,the:San : Francisco situation,"^.
prices;as ; pork has-been; bringing, for
several weeks. But, when the packer
has to ; pay *8, f 9," \u25a0 10 , and Mlrrcents'; for
live^ hogs,, what has -he :to say about
prices?" . '
•"Armour^ said" that if the farmers
would raise bett§r, hogs the pork prob
lem', in; this . country.; would be solved.
The aggregate Increase In weight would
be 3 enormous. .
"If the, farmers. were >jto, work; harder
for healthy" hogs,, much less pork
would-be condemned 1 by. "the .United
States Inspectors,"."he said. .
expected that a battle Twill ensue when
'he is encountered. .. Nobl«, - who Is : only
21 years old, is charged with -three
other ; homicides preceding • the killing
of^Jaileri Turner. ' ' 1 ; -
\u25a0 Persons ' who arrived \u25a0 here * tonight
from Jackson; the county, seat of Breat
hittjcounty,,said that a reign of terror
existed ' throughout the county, and that
i hundreds of citizens had armed them
selves in' view of , the possibility of com
ing ;ih 'contact with! Noble, -— — s.
American Building at Ctudad
. Attacked by Angry Mexi
cans, but No One
s Injured
Iron Fence Around Methodist
Missionary Institute Torn
Down and Many Glass
Fronts Smashed
MEXICO CITY. Nov. 11.—
According to a private tele
gram received here this morn
ing the American consulate at Ciudad
Porfirio Diaz, state of Coahuila t and
just across the border from Eagle Pass.
was wrecked by a mob of Mexicans
last night. The.message stated that no
one was injured.
American Flag Burned
11.-r^ln the course of anti-Amer
ican demonstration in this city
last night an Aemrican flag was
burned amid cries of "death to
the gringoes!" Conservative esti
mates today placed the damage
to property of Americans, at
$5,000 to $10,000. The rioters
wore themselves out about mid
night. .
In spite of efforts bemg made
by the authorities to preserve
order and which prevented fur
ther rioting today, a spirit of un
rest prevailed and renewed vio
lence was feared.
Manual Cuestra Gallardo, can
didate for governor, is doing
everything possible in conjunc
tion with the commander of the
federal troops to maintain peace.
American Consul Samuel Magill
has been assured by the author
ities that there will be no further
Windows Are Smashed
Late last night a high iron
fence surrounding the Methodist
missionary , institute was torn down
by tlie mob and the windows in the
building were smashed. Glass doros
and windows in the homes of C. N.
Strotze, W. L. Kline, Rev. R. C.
Eliottc, C. F. Coruthers and Dr. W: S.
Swayzee, in the American colony resi- m
dence section, were demolished. Plate
glass fronts in the American banking
company. German drag store,. Com
mercial; banking company. National
candy company. West End realty
company, the. hardware store of Carlos
Hering and the American drug com
pany were broken. niWdows were
also demolished in the Cosmopolitan
hotel and in an American restaurant.
C. E. Meyers, of Joplin, Mo., and
Cliff Munger of York, Pa., railroad
employes, were" beaten and kicked by
the 'rioters, but not seriously injured.
Mexico,. Sends Regrets
MEXICO CITT.Nov. 11.— In an inter
view tonight concerning the recent dis
turbances In this city, Minister of For-* 1
elgn Relations Enricue C. Creel said
the Mexican government had communi
cated to Washington the profound re
gret felt' for the acts of violence com
mitted and had given assurances that
those responsible would be dealt with
by 'Judicial authorities and In conform
ity with -law. He did not believa. h«s^
said, "that there existed any danger
of a rupture of the , friendly relations
•between the two countries, because
both governments were desirous of
seeing Justice done.
' :"Ne.var," he said, "have the relations
between the countries been so cordial
or. so solidly cementeJ as at present,
and' truth and Justice will open a Tray •
to produce calm and the conviction that
affairs of this nature should be guttled
by displomacy and the departments of
justice and not by acts of violence."
The national medical school, students
of which made the first 'demonstration
which led to the riot, was temporarily,
-closed . today, by the authorities. Sev

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