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Registered Sacks Abstracted
From Piles While Guards
Watch on Ferry Boats
Detectives Suspect Former Con
vict Who Performed Similar
Mysterious Operations
Stephen* received word of the theft.
At first he was Inclined to believe his
deputies -were Jesting:, but soon realized
that they were in earnest. i
Clerk Ward and the two Inspectors
'•istltutad a hurried search among th«
tiiisspngers gathered about, th* mole.
They called upon the police for aid and
the pier an.i ferryboat were pone over
■with the utmost car*. There was no
trace of the mlsslngr hag.
"-"I stayed on th» Job every minute.
every second of the time during, th«
trip across." said Ward, "and I can not
conceive how that bay pot away. I
took most "unusual precautions* I was
atunned when I found that th« bag waa
gone. I have not the remotest idea
how it could have been abstracted."
THEFTS I.NVOr.VI? £KBfl,ooo '.
The value of the contents of the
pouch has not been determined accu
rately, but it is thought that It con
tained articles worth approximately
110,000. The loss entailed! in the theft
of the other three bags was estimated
st $50,000. The total is now placed at
"While there are many theories to
account for the strange circumstances
of the four thefts, the postofflce de
partment has been unable to obtain the
slightest clew to encourage it In the
hunt for the highwayman. Postofßce
Inspector H. B. Hall has detailed extra
m.en to assist in the search. He has
also the help of the state and city po
lice, the secret service, the 1 Southern
Pacific detective bureau an?t several
private agencies. -
It is thought that the banks of
the city are the most seriously af
fected by the thefts. All the financial
institutions make it practice to settle
" their balances with the turn of the
year and in so doing send out much
paper by registered mail. All the local
banks that forwarded registered pack
ages during the period of the thefts
have ordered payment stopped on the
checks and drafts and other paper in
the leters.
There is no doubt in the minds of
those working on the case that the
four thefts were the work of the
name man or set of men. The method
of operation was identical in each in
Harold Chrisman, J. W. Naylor and
P. I* Hammond, the three clerks, were
robbed in exactly the same manner as
"Ward. Each was conveying a truck
load of mall across the ferry boat to
the train" at, the Oakland mole when
the theft occurred.
Naylor was in charge on the night
-of December 26 and hud left .this tide
with hi* shipment of mall on the
eteamer Piedmont at 6 o'clock In the
evening. He remained beside the truck
during the entire distance, but when
he checked up on the other side he was
one sack short.
Hammond was in charge on Decem
ber 29 and took his consignment across
on the steamer Berkeley. He scarcely
took his eyes from the sacks, but one
■was removed during the bay run.
There ia no doubt In the minds of the
postal officials that the robber Is MO
,<iuainted with the rrfethods of the postal
department, for he was able in each in
stance to select a registered pouch.
Oqi theory has It that he stationed
him»e]f at some point cleM to the ferry
jjnMAfflce and watched the clerks within.
Th» registered has: is easily distinguish
able in the postoftVe by the red and
white stripes on the pouch. However,
■when it is to lie Shipped, it is dropped
Into another hag very much like thai
used for ordinary mail, but taergred for
the information of the distributing clerk
in the car.
There is also general agreement
among the detectives that the robbery
was committed in each instance either
on the Oakland mole or as the steamer
drew into the slip on the Oakland side.
Chief rental Inspector Hall, with 13
yean of experience ferreting out post
office thieves here and in the northwest,
is confident that the thief is an old
offender. In discussing the case yester
day he said:
•Some years ago in the northwest a
fellow operated for some time along the
fame lines as this one. He specialized
In stealing registered pouches from
trucks at railway depots In much the
name manner as this thief.
Council Believts Revenue Could
Be Increased
[Special Dispatch to Th« Call]
GILROY, Jan. B.—Gilroy will prob
ably give up her municipal lighting
riant —at least for a time. The city
< onncll last night received a proposal
from the Coast electric light end power
company to lease the plant. The city
n believe that the revenues might
be increased under outside management.
A petition asking for a reduction of
the saloon license from $600 to $400 a
year was tabled.
Californians on Travels
i [Special Dispatch to Th* Calf]
U NEW YORK. Jan. 6.—Californlans i
i have registered at New York hotels as
. follows:
From .s«n Fraqrlaeo—L. W. Bostlck. Waldorf-
Astoria; W. H. Hearer. Mr«. Bearer. Mini I.
' Bearer. F. 11. Bearer Jr., Hotel S«ril1«; A. E.
K4w»r<l. Hotel Navarre; J. .A. Emery, New
: Amsterdam hotel; M. J. Ewaxt. Hotel' Albert:
11. 8. Werthcimer, Mm. Wcrtbeltner. Hotel
N'TBiandt'-: Mm. H. Wlttham. Hotel Cadillac
• •J. A. Beciwltb. Hotel BelmoDt; G. S. Chenck
■ Jr.. Herald Square hotel: Mr*. C. A. Ferrln,
' C. A, Ferrln. Mia* C. Ferrln, Hotel ■ Seville
(.'. C. i"iro«s, Herald Square; W. A. Haas. Ketb
rrland: M. H. Harris. Mr*. Harris, Hotel Flan
«•«■;■ V. Dale, Hotel York: Mrs. H. A. Hunt
Hotel Latham; If. C. Morris, T. O. Morris. Mrs'
Moiri". Hotel ;Woleott; C. A. Triw, M.r». Trow
Grand t'DiiHi botf!; M. 8. Burner. Marina Wasb
inttnu botel; w. P. Horn, Hotel (Jexanl.
i l.na I £.<•■. J. H. Banning. Hotel .Belmoot
('. H. Cent ley,, Hotel rnlllmprrmd, Me*. B*ntley,
. Hotel Colllnjrwood: Mrs. O. H. Indite. Herald
Kqiiare hotel; N. ■»!. Hill. Hotel Belmoat; Ml»»
■ Mationn. Colllngwood. : •'.■■"•'■ > •
Oakland—Mra. S. J. Barrelle. E. R. Sill. '■ Mr*.
v Sill, Park Arenue hotel; (i. IW. OauM. Herald
v(j»Hrf» hotel; A. H. (ttfford. Hotel St. Denis.
. Sacramento—O. .Miller, Hotel Victoria. 7 -•.','
\%*ti\-ut~ Mrs. N. W. Bpooner, Martini With
iiiKton hotel. - • , ' "
fan Rafael—H. W. s Dudley, Hoffman house.
Sun lilcgo-J. A. Atkinson,: Crand hotel.
• Mf-nli, park—C/ (j. Brown,, Hotel •> Wood ward.
WMfaIngtoa, Jan. 6. A bill to reorganize the
public ln-alth and marine hospital wrrice, en
turning its activities and. Increasing Its < im
• iinruncp. has l"*n introduced by Representative
Maou of Illinois- -
■,-*.:■ ■■ -
Can They Make It Work?
Government Presses Suit Under
Wilson Tariff Law, Passed
in 1894
WASHINGTON. Jan. 6.—Oral argu
ment of the proposed dissolution of the
so called "tobacco trust" began today
in the supreme court. J. C. Mcßeynolds,
special assistant to the attorney gen
eral, made the opening address. He
had not concluded his remarks when
court adjourned until Monday. Coun
sel on both sides agreed to conclude
thetr arguments in 12 hours. This
will bring the close of the presenta
tion about 3p. m. next Wednesday At
that time the Standard oil dissolution
suit will be taken up for oral argu
Meßeynolds surprised some members
of the court by saying the dissolution
was asked not only, under the Sher
man anti-trust law, but under the Wil
son tariff act of 1894, and that this
was the first case ever brought under 1
the act. This, he explained, applies
to instance* of " restraint of trade i
where an Importer was a party.
Mcßeynolds went into the history of
the so called "tobacco trust" from the
time the first American tobacco com
pany was organized in 1890 for the al
leged purpose of effecting monopoly
in the cigarette trade, down to the7in-
corporation in 1904 of the new Ameri
can tobacco company as a holding com
pany, controlling 65 companies.
He described the "plug war" about
1595. resulting in the organization of
the Continental tobacco company, by
which, he alleged, peace was restored
and competition ;of independents | was
eliminated. He told of similar combina
tions in snuff, cigar and stogie trade.
These, combinations, lie said, were de
signed to remove competition. He told
how competing plants:were purchased,
with;the;agreement they were not to
engage in the business of manufactur
ing or selling tobacco within from 10
to 20 years in the United States, ex
cept Nevada and a territory or two.
He turned ito ,■ the contracts' of the
American tobacco company with the so
called "British tobacco trust," "the Im
perial tobacco company. He said the
trade of the world in tobacco had been
parceled out, ! the.. American "trust"
taking the United States and Cuba for
its own; the British "trust" Great
Britain,- Ireland and the isle of Man
and the British-American tobacco com
pany, organized >by the i two "trusts."
carrying' on the tobacco : business in
the rest of the world. " . i-s *%i
H> alleged that competition for the
purchase of leaf tobacco had been elim
inated in the United States.
[Special Dispatch it The Call]
WASHINGTON. Jan. 6. — President
Taft has Invited Earl Grey and Pre
mier Laurler to a state dinner at the
White House next Wednesday night
to discuss reciprocity with Canada and
a general arbitration treaty. A large
gathering la expected.
Jan. «.—Wbil* passing tbroogh the PlnkMton
tunnel on the. Raltimore and Ohio railroad near
here today. Foreman Ben Querney and three of
lii, Uii-u were killed br a train.
■ Wjo.. i Jan. ■* ii. -The ranch ' bane of > William
, Todd, eight miles south of Plnodale. burned last
. night and two ranch hind*. Charlie Netton and
John Mediae,,, were cremated In Uit ruins, s~-
Democrats' Incubator Is Work
ing Full Blast Bringing Out
Pet Schemes
Continued From Pan* 1
today his proposed constitutional
amendment for the redemption of the
woman's suffrage pledge. The civil
service and employers' liability bills are
in. The short ballot amendments and
bills, the pure Australian hailot bill,
the removal of the party circle bill and
the amendments tn the direct primary
election law are yet to come.
The direct primary amendments will
probably be ready before the end of
next week. Senator A. E. Boyntors. who
will present the administration hill, is
in no haste. He intends to thrash the
whole matter out thoroughly and care
fully. His bill will undoubtedly he in
troduced. Including the Oregon system
of nominating and electing United
States senators, as recommended liy the
governor in his inaugural address'
That the Oregon system will be
adopted is not believed by the leading
reform senators, and I believe it may
be said that Governor Johnson does not
mean that he Is not in favor of the
Oregon nonpartlsan. It does mean that
he is not confident that the system can
be put through this legislature.*
The reorganisation of the fish and
game commission program will be in
evidence soon. It is the purpose of the
administration and the administration
senators to make the fish and game
commission self-supporting. The new
bill will provide for the payment of all
hunting and fishing licenses into a
support fund for the commission. The
members of the legislature have never
been able to learn the amount of the
receipts of the commission, but many of
them are convinced that they are more
than sufficient to meet the expenses of
an adequate and comprehensive de
The ousting of State Labor Commis
sioner Theodore F. Grant from the
berth picked out for him by Johnnie
MacKenzie will probably come through
a measure that will not only reorganize
but revolutionize the labor commission
er's department. The scalping of Mac-
Kenzie's successor may be accomplished
through a law providing for a free em
ployment bureau, fluch a law would
not only serve to ouM Gillett's eleventh
hour appointee, but it might go a long
way toward curing the employment
agency evil that has been presented to
the legislature biennially for years. ■
Aged Man, Worth $50,000, Sold
Ballot for $10
WEST UNION, 0., Jan. 6.—-The liigli
«st fln» imposed on a vote seller by
Judge Blair wa» inflicted today, when
William Grooms, who pleaded guilty to
selling Mr vote for $10. was sentenced
to pay |200. Judge Blair placer! the
flne at 9(90, lnlt IW w&» remitUd.
grooms, who is 83 years old, owns 400
acres of good farm land and is reputed
to be worth $50,000. He lives three
miles from West Union. He refused to
come to court and Deputy Sheriff Wil
liam Cooper went after him. Judge
Blair was angry and threatened to
seivl Grooms to the penitentiary.
That is Laxative Bromo Quinine. Look
for signature of E.W. Grov*. Used world
ever to Cure a Cold In One Day. 25c •
Defense of Schedule Meets Ap
proval of Growers in
PORTLAND. Jan. 6.—Election of offi
cers was postponed until 10 o'clock to
morrow morning by the national wool
growers' conventi(fh- today in response
to a general demand for a continuation
of the debate on "Schedule X" of the
tariff to give' Joseph R. Grundy, a Phil
adelphia manufacturer, time In which
to reply to thfl onslaught on the wool
schedule delivered by State Senator
Frederick H. Blume of Cheyenne. Wyo.
Orundy presented farts and figures
calculated to confirm the Intention of
Die majority to give the present sched
ule straight out indorsement.
The annual report of Secretary O. S.
| Walker of Cheyenne, Wyo., showed that
the total expense of the association
during his five years Incumbency ha*
been less than $35,000.
He strongly urged that the associa
tion organize a tariff board of Its own.
It Is understood that Secretary Walk
er's re-election tomorrow will be con
Daniel P. Pmythe, secretary of the
Oregon growers' association, Pendleton
Ore., asserted that livestock, especially
sheep, are the only practical and proved
insurance against fires in national for
ests. Smythe ridiculed the policies of
Glfford Pinchot and closed with the
declaration: "One old ewe is worth a
dozen forest guards." <
Oil Concern Shuts Down Most
of Its Operations
[Sptcial Diipalch lo The Call]
BAKERSFIELD, Jan. 6.—The Hono
lulu oil company has adopted a policy
of retrenchment for the first part of
the new year. Eighteen strings of
tools were running a short time ago,
but most of these have been put down,
and it is not expected that orders to
resume work will be received much
before the middle of the new year.
The Standard oil company has filed
its answer In the suit of J. M. Halleway
agalnat A. 11. LJpscomb, J. W. Briscoe.
E. E. Jones, John Conley, the Big Four
oil company and Josephine Conley.
The suit was started to cancel the con
tract on section 30-32-24, it being al
leged that the Standard refused to
carry out the contract. In Its answer
the Standard alleges the well at the
northeast corner of the southeast quar
ter did not flow 50 barrels for 30 days,
as stipulated in tha contract.
The Sunset Security oil company has
resumed operations in its well on sec
tion 29-11-23. The well is down 1,600
feet and an effort is being made to
shut off the water.
Donning a fearsome mask and hug«,
false, red whiskers, Gebhart Wlttig. a
waiter 68 years old, living at 400 Green
wich (>troft, emerged from a hidden
cellar at Baker and Post streets last
night and nearly drove a nuinbtr of
women and children Into hysterics by
hi» peculiar actions and sudden rushes.
He was captured by some men after a
short clta.se and handed over to the
police. Wittig wore two hats, one on
top of the other, and was attired In an
eccentric manner. He was charged
with disturbing the peace. Th« polic*
believe he Is mentally deranged.
Seymour Objects to Frequent
and Long Continuances in
Criminal Trials
List Shows Sixty-one Important
Cases Pending With Prison
ers in Jail
Continued From Page 1
community lawlessness and disorder
met with stern vengeance in the courts.
He explained that his plan was perhajjs
the only correction for the evil.
Pending Cases Listed
When the police judges called upon
Chief Seymour they expressed surprise
at" the" nature of the complaint of the
! head of the -department. The magis
i trates protested that no congestion of
; cases ron the: court calendars existed.
They all were certain that they rushed
the. cases through as quickly as was
consistent with the rights of the de
fendants who appeared before them.
At this point Chief Seymour displayed!
a list of the 61 important cases that
were awaiting hearing in the police
courts and told the Judges to give the
document close attention. They discov
ered that some cases had been lingering
for five weeks and had been continued
from time to time until nearly all in
terest had gone from them.
These were felony cases where, in
nearly every Instance, the police have
been ready with evidence and witnesses
to proceed to trial upon preliminary ex
amination. •
Police Work Hindered,
Then Chief Seymour expressed dis
gust with; the way things had been
run and told his visitors that such con
tinuances as had been given In the
past detracted from the efforts of the
police to prosecute professional crimi
nals and reduced to a minimum the
power of the department to prevent and
detect crime. ■
The list submitted by Chief Seymour
Included a record of every case in which
the defendant was being held' In the
overcrowded city prison, involving al
most every offense from murder to vio
lation of probation privileges. Ten.
defendants accused Cot . grand, larceny
and 17 men awaiting trial for burglary
were on the overdue card. -Sir prison
ers charged with attempt to commit
murder,' three, accused of murder, a.nd
seven who were rounded up. by . the
police as robbers are also enjoying the
temporary respite that their "continu
ances" have brought them.
Other defendants held on "charges of
serious -nature were loitering ;in the
cells, the chief said, while their cases
went on from one page to another of
the police court dockets. The tabulated
report also : reminded the Judges-that
in the last three months there had been
442 arrests for robberies, burglaries,
grand larcenies and petty larcenies.-
In a'statement issued after the inter
views with Fickert and the judges, Sey
mour said:. ■ : ._■> i .. ■;-■.;.
"If the police courts would refuse to
grant these continuances things would
go better: in the handling of men and
women charged with crime. I. don't see
why there should be five and six con
tinuances in the police courts in cases
where the : police are ready to proceed
to a hearing. It simply, has the' effect
of deadening the issue, and In most
Instances causing. the complaining 1 wit
nesses to lag in their, prosecution or
quit "altogether for reasons best known
to themselves. :
"When ' continuances" are granted
they are ', granted.for reasons. I mean
there are reasons "why continuances'in
these cases .are asked,* and there are
some' reasons why they are granted.
Now, for the life of me. I can't under
stand the reasons. ' .■■■/.'.
"I know that defendants are entitled
to reasonable continuances, but It isn't
reasonable that they should have five
and six and seven weeks in which to
lie around the city prison before going
to the county jail to await trial be
fore the superior court. If they ever
get that far.
"I have been in the police business
many years and I know something of
the heartlessness of men engaged In
the commission of desperate deeds, and
I say now that I can't see where a man
who will strike down a law abiding
citizen In the dead of night with a
bludgeon should be shown such lavish
consideration as some of them get In
the police courts. I tell you that the
public would feel safer if there was
a little more activity in the courts.
"I am making; no excuses for this
police department. I'll take care of
that end of It If the police Judges will
take rare of their end. District Attor
ney Flckert has promised me that h«
will see that the motions for outland
ish continuances and delays in the po
lice courts will be met by his repre
sentatives Jn those places by strong
objections in the future. So much, so
"I hope that he will be successful
In making the superior courts see the
necessity of stifter sentences In these
serious cases.
• "Every winter there Is an influx of
hard character* Into San Francisco and
every other coast city. They come out'
Do Not Be Misled by Imitations !
Baker's Cocoa and
Baker's Chocolate
bear this trade-mark on every
package, and are made only by
V. B.T*t. Offlee
Big Local Option
Fight Is Simmering
RA MEXTO, Jan. «.—T,oc«l option
will be one of the big flEhtH of the
legislature. In the, assembly to
day G. W. Wyllle of Dinaha of
fered a bill similar to the one he
presented ' two • years • aso. ■ That
one was ;■ defeated, but the com
plexion *of the ' legislature ;in dif
ferent this Mission and It look* an
though Wylll* In {„ a fair. Traj- of
getting hl«' K-mpornncf legislation
Into the govern or'■ handn.
In Wyllle's bill the unit In either
■n incorporated ' municipality or
bat port of a ooimtj- ou«*l<ie the
municipal boundaries. It pro
vided that 2« per cent of the vot
er* of a unit may : petition for a
■ pecial election to ~ determine
whether or not liquor may be sold
In a district... ■
A majority vote nil be (sufficient
to carry a , local option; propoxl
'loti. , It la provided, however, that
local option election* can. not he
held closer together than 'two
years. *;.-;• - ■ .', ■•-■•:"=>■.■>/.' -
here where, the climate Is good and
they work at. their unlawful trades
while they are here. The only real
means of keeping them away "is by
making examples of those who come
here and are caught at work.
„ In the days of the midwinter fair
we.had our hands full, hut men of the
type of old Judge Wallace made the
sentences of thugs so unyielding that
we soon cleared the mess up. Crimi
nals fear Judicial severity. In a city
where the Judges are severe the record
of crime is low." ,
i« District Attorney Fickert had the fol
lowing to say about his interview with
the chief:
; "The purpose of the conference be
tween myself and the chief of police
was to agree upon means of ridding
the city of peripatetic criminals who
are attracted here by the mild climatic
conditions of the winter and of getting
convictions of law breakers as speedily
as possible after their arrest.
? 'We talked over the question of de
lays in the courts, and Chief Seymour
requested that these be minimized. He
Is of opinion, ' and I agree with him,
that conviction and sentence following
rapidly after arrest have a strong^ de
terrent effect upon other criminals". *
HI "Admittedly there has been 1 some de
lay in the courts, especially In the
police courts. Too many continuances
have been granted >n numerous in
stances, and the fact that Police Judges
Conlan and'Deasy have been sick and
unable to attend to their duties has
caused some congestion. So far as the
district attorney's office Is concerned
eevrything will be done to expedite the
passage; of cases through the police
courts. ;i '■ ' ' . • " ■ '-, " .
"As to delays in the superior courts,
relative to defendants' held for trial,
these have been caused chiefly by the.
slowness of the official 5 stenographers
In the police courts In preparing tran
scripts of the proceedings. •.-.
"Under the law the- defendant Is en
j titled to a transcript of the testimony
taken *on - the - hearings ' in i the police
court, and until he gets it. he can not
be forced to trial. . Cases have been
delayed SO, <jO and 90: days because of
the failure of the police court > stenog
raphers to ' get.- up their transcripts,
Meanwhile, many of the defendants are
kept in the county jail. ,
,1; "A speedy disposition of these cases
and-a. determination of the guilt or in
nocence ;of the defendants would save
the " city the expense ;of maintaining
rthe defendants in 'jail. The court
stenographers should be granted the
necessary ■ assistance to enable them
to transcribe their notes speedily. L
"Notwithstanding | tblj - cause of de
lay, the calendars in the three criminal
departments of the superior court are
clearer than they have been for a long
time." .
J. H. Graham Surrenders After
Hearing of Warrant
[Special Ditpalch /o The Call]
SAN JOSE. Jan. 6.— J. H. Graham of
Graham & Gandy, proprietors of a
garage in Van Ness avenue, San Fran
cisco, surrendered and was arraigned
here today on a charge of petit lar
ceny preferred by District Attorney
Free, who alleges that Graham stole the
batteries from his automobile. Gra
ham will act as his own attorney. Trial
was set for Monday morning and he
was released on $500 bail. Graham
was in the mountains and came down
when he saw the news article that a |
warrant had been Issued for his arrest.
Jurisdiction Over the Alaskan
Roads Optional
WASHINGTON. Jan. 6. — Refusal of
the commerce commission to assume
jurisdiction over the railways of Alaska
today wag sustained bji the supreme
court of the District of Columbia.
The opinion was handed down by
Justice Barnard in a case Instituted
by the Humboldt steamship company of
California, which sought a mandamus
to compel the commission to exercise
jurisdiction over Alaskan railroads.
Justice Barnard declares that had the
commission assumed the right to hear
the complainant's petition, "no one
could successfully question their right
to do so."
: . Mr*. Virginia Hornnng and a son, Stanley, flB
years old. and a daughter, Emily, 8 ye«rg old
■ i were, found today asphyxiated <in . their horn«
here. A robber toko canxipotinir tho gas aiain
with a stove wan found disconnected. ~—■ >^" ■
Newly Risen Boss Strives to
Maintain Joyfulness in
Face of Defeat
Mixes Vitro! With Bombast in
Feeble Effort to Present
His Views .

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