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O'Day Threatens Police Scandal With Chief as Central Figure CHARGES FILED AGAINST O'DAY BY THE CHIEF Three Sergeants and Four Po licemen Also to Be Tried for Neglect of Duty iMason Street Patrolman Makes Threat to Tell the "Or= ders" He Received In -December I found''that four gam- blliig clubs . had-started up." 'Captain O'Day said last night. "I told Chief of Police; Seymour that I could close'them all in 24 hours. He said, 'I don't want them blockaded.' More recently the chief told me to blockade the gambling clubs jat;4.6.Gpary street, 35 Grant "ave nue/and lQ24Kearny street. He did not mention; the Saratoga club,.where Post let subsequently met his death, or'the Alaska^-club, at 241 Powell street, though, we-knew of them." ,• Servant Philip Frahcr, one of those charged with neglect of duty yesterday, declared that lie had visited the Sara toga -flub,; found poker being played there and. reported this to his superiors." Fraher declared, however, that he saw no faro or roulette paraphernalia there. Patrolman Oliver T. Cox, smarting un der,-,.th'ft-. charges, promised to make a full;-statement. of conditions # and tlie orders', lie received while patrolling Mason street. AVl'.] the riiarges be more than usu •artling?" he was asked. . :, ■ Yes." Cax" returned emphatically. Then he became reticent and refused to discus's- Die scandal further. The charges were "being prepared yesterday. ■by Chief of Police Seymour and Coptain Duke, but they can not be taken up at the regular meting of the.'.police commission Thursday be cause nt the . .ordinance which com mands that five days must elapse be tween ;the time the accused men re ceive '.their '-charges, and the time of hearing -them. ' Probably a special meeting will - be held early next week. HIDDKX HISTORY COMIX; . , . There is every indication that the hearing of; charge^ before the police commission will bare the whole, hidden of the connection of the gamb lers and the police.. An interesting indication of the re newed activity under Captain. Duke was the granting of the request of Sergeant Arthur Layne for five addi tional patrolmen to aid him in sup- pressing- gambling in Chinatown. Em boldened at the openness of gambling among .the. white?, ' and cheered at the temporary, injunctions against -^poB8« raids granted by the courts, the orient als s are starting up gambling joint* in profusion, -and LaynV Intends poing after;them in earnest with his aug mented force of picked men. 'f: IXSIDE MEN MK\TIOXED £' ■Lieutenant William J. Mullender ■nd I,teu.tenant Michael Carroll," Chief Seymour saifl yesterday, "'though sec- on.d .in command in the district, have r>ffl'~e positions, and therefore they are presumed- to have no knowledge of any Kamhling on the outside. They may be brought into the affair through later developments, of course, but at present ; there ;is nothing that indicates they; .p.v knowledge of conditions in the gambling world without. "The legal proof that Captain Duke refers to in stating that he knows the paraphernalia of faro and roulette were in the clubrooms of the Saratoga club at least nine days before the shooting of Postler is the evidence of a witness who saw the paraphernalia there. This witness did not see a policeman in the rooms at the same time that he. saw tl.e paraphernalia there, however. "I notice that Mrs. Postler says she called upon me and asked me to keep her husband from gambling, but as a matter of face she did not. She called ■upon Captain Shea, but never visited me." said the chief. DIKE imU OF I HAR».KS Captain I Hake's announcement of charges against the policemen was Bade in the following form: •'Charges of neglect of duty for fail ure to discover the gambling parapher nalia in the Saratoga club will be pre pared again«t Officers Krank McConnell. Thomas Curtis, William O'Keefe, Oliver T. Cox, as I am In a position to present legal proof that this apparatus was there for nine days previous to the tragedy.. The officers made written reports that there was no evidence of gambling Ourlng these nine days. Chief Seymour has also ordered charge* preferred against Sergeants Fraher, Donovan and Griffin for failing to discover gambling paraphernalia at the Saratoga club. ■ THuMAS DIKE. Captain of Police." DIKE SEES SO EAdSE "it wai the duty of those, men to make frequent and searching examina tions of the premises to discover ■whether or not illegal gambling was being done there." Duke explained. "The paraphernalia Is so bulky that It could not he easily concealed, and if the searching had been done the appa ratus must have been seen." The police are compelled, even when operating in the best of faith, to ex ercise considerable discretion In war ring on gambling, for numerous statutes, laws and ordinances hedge, their activity. Games of chance are made a misdemeaner under a city or dinance, and article 330 of the penal code prohibits games of chance, or any games operating on a banking or <ntage basis. Faro and roulette are thus under the ban of both of these There is another angle to the mat ter. Draw poker has, by a derision of the supreme court, been declared a game of science. "Stud horse" poker, on the other hand, has by the same high authority been named a game of chance. GAMBLING MIST BE PROVED An ordinance forbids the playing of poker in a public place, so these •clubs" are incorporated to give an air of privacy to the precincts and thus defeat the ordinance. Therefore, the only way the police can suppress these clubs is to prove that the poker game is run. as it is run In these clubs al ways, on a percentage basis. But even when this is proved the law must be considered. Judge Van Fleet of Sacramento, now a federal Judge, in 188* defined a per centage game as a game in which a "fixed, running percentage" went to the keeper of the game, with no equiv alent in return. And here the gamblers have their defense. They claim that the percentage is taken out for re freshments which go to the players. TRAGEDY BREEDING GAMBLING MUST STOP COMMISSIONERS BACK SEYMOUR'S CRUSADE j"I Have Confidence in Chief/ Says Sullivan I JOSEPH F. SULLIVAN Police ConiinlKnloner I .have the greatest con (ldencc in Chief of- Po lice Seymour, and believe that he will stamp out gambling- in this city. The police . com- * mission will give him -its entire sup-* port . and back him in every move that will stren gth c n the depart ment. in oth er words, I coincide with i • the views of my broth - c r com ml sioners.; Th(< chief was right in not-« raiding those clubs that had incorporated them selves and those which had ob tained Injunctions. The' law must be upheld, and it would be a bad example for the police to break the law. If I were chief of police I would do Just what Seymour is doing. - As far as the charges are con cerned. I don't want to see many of them made, at least no more than are really necessary, for it won't help the city in getting the fair. The least done in the "shakeup" line the better. When these men who have charges against them appear before the, commissioners, I wilt use my Judgment and act accordingly. The affair at the Saratoga club Friday noon was unfortunate, and I sympathize with the family of the victim. The fact that Captain Duke has been placed in charge of the central station shows that Sey mour Intends to wipe out gam bling. Puke will close the gam bling places if It is possible to close them, and the public can rest assured of that. — ♦ J. F. Sullivan 1 —: -*. pAPTAIX DUKE ON TOUR Police Official Makes Quiet Visit to Grant Avenue and Tenderloin Evidences of unusual activity have become apparent at police headquarters since the advent of Captain Thomas Duke as commander of the central sta tion. From lieutenants down there Is a spirit of bustle, for th<> word haa gone forth that Duka means business. The captain himself inaugurated the. new order of things with an inspection ypsterday afternoon of Chinatown and the tenderloin. He went alone, on foot, and without uniform. H^ traversed every foot of ground in the district, including the alleys and byways where crime seeks refuge. Special attention was given the pseudo shops an.l al leged stores In which the oriental car ries on his gambling game. After leaving ChlnatoSvn Duke went through some of the alleys of the un derworld and then into that section of Pacific street known as the "Barbary coast." All of the many glided resorts on both sides of the streets were close ly scanned, but none was entered. So quiet and unobstrusive was the visit that none of tha denizens was aware of his presence. After going as far east as Sansome slreet he returned to his office at the Central station. In discussing his trip of inspection through Chinatown yesterday after noon Duke saiJ: "Sergeant Laynn having complained to me that his present force of eight men in the .district was not sufficient to cope with the gambling situation th*re. owing to the injunctions against the police breaking Into the socalled social clubs and the activity of the small fry gamblers taking advantage of this fact by opening up games af every opportunity, I requested and re ceived the sanction of the chief to de tail four additional men in the district. The men selected are Patrolmen Jones, Stlsllch. Sullivan and Roedßpr. My in spection of Chinatown, the Barbary coast an.l the tenderloin was merely a cursory me to familiarize myself with the outline of conditions there. I went partly on foot and partly on the street cars. No one accompanied m.?. as I de sired only to look around generally. I may make a more detailed examination later," he added emphatically. HOMES IN GLOOM OVER ARRESTS Searchers for Missing Men Find Them in Jail on Gambling Charges An uncertainty among gamblers re garding the future attitude of the po lice toward gaming houses Is responsi-. ble for woe in many homes and the enforced stay of 60 men, from all walks of life. In the city prison on the charge of visiting a gambling place. Ball money Is at a premium. John Collings, keeper of the place in Sixth street from which 130 men were taken, has welched. The police were kept busy yesterday by anxious relatives and friends who were trying to locate persons missing since Saturday afternoon when the big police raids entrapped 154 men. The morgue and all the emergency hospi tals were also asked to aid in locating the missing. Desk Clerk C. H. Bates had the busi est time In years entering names In the prison register and tabulating ac commodations. To the lot of De«k Clerk James Reavls fell the task of allaying the fears of worried relatives and finding the missing men. many of whom had taken assumed names. A typical case by telephone follows: "Hello! Is John Bertrarr. In Jail? He's not at the morgue or me hospitals." (Female voice.) "There's no Bertram, but there Is a John Burt. Better come and see him." Bertram was released, but he fur nished the bail. John Ooglan, the veteran turnkey, sent a wandering missionary into the ward where the prisoners were, to THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL, MONDAY, JANUARY 30, 1911 Ahead'SaysO'Gmnell W. E. O'CONNELL -■■ Police CommlMioarr-; - I inter •viewed v: the chief for a ,brl#f period fiaturday and hs then out lined to me tb*e policy he prt po«*d to inaugurate to m c t the present con dition*. His 8 v g 4 % estlons met »-ith my compk^« aP provaV Any-, thins *hat is done iU> sup press • gam bline, te> stop crime and, to W. E. O'Connell I .__ — ■» give - us bet- | tar 001-.ic «♦ regulation*, lor -• the city V't" have mv support. I am satisfied that Chief Sey mour will* go forward with this mam-r in a most ef ficient way. I have full confi dence in him. He is a competent officer, and I f m convinced that it is his desire tv> correct the things which we heve found to be wrong. Whatever transfers he Intends to maJ«. I am certain will be for the .good of the serv ice. As far as" I am concerned, he is free to go ahead. This has been a very ■ unfor tunate affair. 11 has "demon strated that effective measures are necessary to stamp out gam bling and crime. I. expect the biggest shake up Old department has ever had. There will be transfers and removals ,to strengthen the arm of- the chief. The board of poOiee commis sioners will meet next Monday, and I expect then that Chief Sey mour will discuss the matter freely with us. I anticipate that he will come, before us with plans- that will eradicate these things of which we want to be rid. J feel cer tain that wa will ratify his plan of action. "I Will Prefer Charges Against Captain O' Day," Says Seymour By CHIEF OF POLICE JOHN F. SEYMOUR "In pursuance of my intention to go to the bot tom of this matter I have in preparation charges of neglect of duty which I will prefer against Captain Henry O'Day, who until last Thursday was in charge of the central district, and against Sergeants Donovan, Griffin and Frahcr. Why, Captain O'Day personally went into the rooms of the Saratoga club, or so he reported to me, in search of evidence of illegal gambling! "On January 19, I called O'Day into my office and told him that I suspected there was illegal gambling going on in that club. " 'I suspect the men, captain,' I said to him. 'and I want you to go up there yourself and take a look at that place* "Captain O'Day came back and said that there were no evidences of illegal gambling being car ried on there. I told him to inspect the place from time to time, and on January 24, which was two days before he was transferred to the Ingleside district because of the 'Kid' Sullivan case he reported again that he had visited the place and found no evi dence of illegal gambling. It seems strange that he could have gone about his district and directly to this club) and never discovered this bulky paraphernalia. "We have the absolute evidence in this case, and we will dig down to the bottom of the affair. In the case of the other gambling houses we are not supplied with the evidence. But with the Saratoga club we know. A witness who saw the paraphernalia for the faro and roulette games there nine days before the shooting has supplied us with information, and again at the time of the shooting the tables were discovered. "I thought that only poker or a game of craps, perhaps, was being indulged in at the Saratoga club, and I was led to believe this because of the reports brought me by my subordinates, upon whom I depended. Now I propose to punish any subordinates who have neglected their duty for any reason." "I'm Victim of Dirly Job, Declares 0 Day By HARRY O'DAY, Captain of Police i; • When '■ I i returned - from fmy '. vacation ', in December " I , found' that . four ■ ram • bling clubt hid started up. I told Chief .of Police ' Seymour . that . I could close \ them til in 84 hour*. He Mid, "I don't want them blockaded." '- ' ■ :■■ ' ' .» • . ; Mot* - recently the chief '■• told m» to blockade the rambling club* at 44 Oeary * street, 35 -Grant avenue and a place at 1024 Rears? street. He did net men tion the - Saratoga club, - where - Pottler"; * subsequently met his " death, or '■• th« Alaaka club at *4« Powell street, though «we knew of them. ~ ' '.-- , * '-"" '. ■' ' , ■ Seymour ■ asked, "Do you Intend to ' put men inside th» clubs?" , ■ :''..*-' :.;■-! aaid, "Tea." ■ •;. ' ;■'..-. ;.'r.: '.'.'■ Seymour then said, "I don't want you - to put a mtn inside. Put them down .stairs, on the sidewalk." : I . knew: that '. I «could ■ not . clou • the ■ placet by - that method. >It is ridiculous : to think * that ' you can stop -: one < of these' fames * unleM ■ you do put ■ a , man ■ j inside. ' • '.■:-'-'.-; •-.• But I had no idea that faro or rou lette was being played in th» district. ■; , Concerning the "Kid" BulliTan inci dent which led to o'Day's transfer from -.. the central ■to ' the t logleiide " district, O'Day aaid: ' - : ■.>",;'■■:-:,■■-:■■: ' When I was ' instructed to summon a ~ jury i panel! in > the ■ "Kid" Sullivan ' case, .; I 1 selected i Policeman' J. B. Kurd,' - one, .' •of J th* beet men in ; the I department, to brint- in-the venire. I told < S*rf«aQt • • O'Keara >to • detail • Kurd • for ; that duty. - ■ I didn't s know ? until ; the ; ; panel ~ was * ', brought • in t that ■ OXeara * had :: detailed :; ■■ i Policeman William Isaac*.' I : don't - like. . to think that i O'Keara would pat up a 1 ' job ■on me, i but - I ; was - the victim of ! the dirtiest job erer pot over in this police department." give a Sunday morning lecture on the evils of a gambler's life. "This Is a bad bunch," said Coglan. "They'd gamble away the shoes on their feet and think nothing of it." The sermon on gambling occupied 'We'll GiveChiefEvery Aid/ Declares Spiro I. H. SPIRO Police ( ommlmlfiner Every one of the four mem bers .'"of the board of po lice commis i! oners is with Chief ofi Police Sey mour to a man ' in his plans for the ' stamping out of the gam bling evil and, the. suppres- ■■ sion of crime in San Fran cisco. ■ Our: confidence in the chief la such that there is not a change he de sires in the personnel .of the depart- ment or a • »tcp he may* wish to take in this work that all four of the commissioners . will not back up. The revelations of the last few days have astounded not/only the commissioners and' the chief but the entire city and we are forced to the conclusion that there is something radically wrong in the department. • The chief charges that he has been double crossed ,by his own men, whom he trusted to report conditions on the va rious beats • truthfully. Person ally I think the chief has the cor rect, solution, and I am sure the other commissioners feel the same way, as every one of them has expressed to me his absolute confidence in Chief Seymour. We all felt that Chief Saymour made the right 'move when he brought Captain . Duke Into the central district. to close out the gamblers, but none of us dreamed that such conditions, were exist ent as were brought to light by the Postler shooting. The chief has declared his views,on the situation and what he proposes to do to the men who have betrayed him and ■- to stamp out the evils just exposed. The commissioners will render him every aid possible until San Francisco is freed from the para sites who are responsible for dragging the good name of our police department in the mud. - —: ♦ '.■ I. H. Spiro I ._ -» I Chief J. F. Seymour I more than 30 minutes. After that per sonal chats with the imprisoned men followed until noon, when the mis sionary left the prison. The gamblers have been trying to persuade Collings to furnish the bail money, but without success. Friends and relatives are furnishing the $20 guarantees as fast as they learn the abiding place of the prisoners. To Aid Widow Emll Liess, formerly the attorney of August Postler. the victim of the ramblers, who lost his life in the Sara toga club last Friday, may represent the family at the coroner's inquest, which will be held soon. L.fess has also offered his services to the widow to straighten out the tangled affairs of Postler. INVESTIGATION FOLLOWS * DEATH OF CAR VICTIM Louis Mannerson's End Not fee- ported to Coroner Louia Mannerson, a sailor who was hurt in a car accident at East and Market streets last November, died in the lAn« hospital two days ago. As a result of the failure of doctors there to notify the police and coroner im mediately after the death, as required by law, an investigation will bo made. ODD FELLOWS HOLD BANQUET AND REUNION The forty-fifth annual banquet and reunion of Concordla lodge of the In aependent Order of Odd Fellows was neid last night at a downtown cafe. One hundred and forty members of the lodge and their wives attended the supper. Hugo Scheunert acted as toast master. Among those who spoke were Otto Lemcke, Fred Meyer. H. Dor »elon, Christ Roeber and Powell Stransch. district deputy. The com mittee in charge of the affair was as follows: Hugo Scheunert, H. Dorgeloh, M. D. Meyer and William Ilelnkel. "111 Press Charges ol Neglect," Says Duke THOMAS S. DUKE Captain of Police "I have determined from the state ment of witnesses who will be brought forward when the proper time comes that the roulette wheel found hidden in the closet of the Saratoga club after Post ler's death was in full view in the large room cf the chib for at least nine days prior t» the expose following the trsgedy, and I am determined to press charges cf neglect of duty against every officer who patroled 'he beat on which the place was located. "These men are Patrolmen Frank He- Connell, Thomas Curtis. William O'Keefe and Oliver T. Cox. Chief Seymeur also has ordered charges of the same nature to be brought against Sergeants Fraher, GrifSn and Donovan. Donovan and Pa trolman Walker Wilson have already been suspended for their actions on the day of Postler's death. "The neglect of duty consisted in fail ing- to discover the gambling parapher nalia in the clubroomi. It was the duty of these men to examine this club thor oughly for evidences of illegal gambling, and to search the place often. The para phernalia used in faro and roulette is too bulkly to be carried in a gambler's pocket. I know that the tables were in full view in the main room. "From whom we secured the evidence that the paraphernalia was out in full view and in working order nine days before the shooting I do not care to say. That will come out at the hearing of the charges before the police commis sion. "I have the full and unqualified sup port of Chief Seymour in the effort that will be made to bring the department up to the high ttate of efficiency I know can be reached. The personnel of the department is comparable in capabilities with an? in the United States, and there are no better policemen on earth than the majority of those on our force. Those who do not do their duty will hare to go, and the weak places in the force will be filled with strong men." "STATEMENTS NOT* TRUE* -SEYMOUR "O'Day Will Have Chance to Tell His Story to the Com missioners," Says Chief Continued-From Page 1 tioning a roan inside to prevent illegal Play. Opened During Vacation A sensational feature of O'Day's story is that at the time he went on his va tion last fall there were no gambling clubs existing in his district, and that wlien ho, returned, about the first of December, he found that four were operating:—the Saratoga, 149 Mason street, the scene of the killing of Gus tave Postler on Friday; the Alaska, 246 Towell street; the Athenian club, 46 Geary street, and the Bridge club, 35 Grant avenue. "I told the chief," said O'Day, "I could put them all out of business in 24 hours, but he told me he didn't want them blockaded." Chief of Police Seymour, when told last evening of O'Day's statements, de enled thorn categorically and reiterated that he had transferred O'Day from the central district, not so much on account of the "Kid" Sullivan trial fiasco, but because he did not like the condition of affairs in O'Day's district. Not True, Says Chief "There is nothing to O'Day's charges that he offered last December to close all gambling houses within 24 hours and that I told him not to blockade them." declared Seymour. "O'Day told me that he had men on the gambling detail and I ordered him to close all the gambling houses, to blockade them and to use whatever methods were necessary. We never discussed placing policemen inside the gambling clubs. I told him to blockade the places on the outside. "I grew suspicious of the reports that were being made by the gambling detail and I told him to visit the clubs himself and to let no one know that he was going on that inspection. I tranefered O'Day to the Ingleside dis trict, not on account of the 'Kid* Sulli van case, but on account of what I considered his dereliction in the gam bling matter and on account of the re ports on gambling. "I understand that O'Day says thut Sergeant O'Meara changed the detail he ordered in the Sullivan case, assign ing Policeman Isaacs instead of Police man J. B. Hurd to secure the jury. I examined O'Meara on that and he told me that Hurd was on some special duty at the time and that the venire order lay around for several days unserved, and he then directed Isaacs to bring in the panel. O'Meara said Isaacs did not want to bring in the panel. "O'DAY WILL HAVE CHAXCE" "O'Day will have the opportunity of making his explanations to the com missioners," concluded Seymour, "I will prefer charges against him." It is of the "Kid" Sullivan jury pane! that O'Day yesterday threw a new and interesting side light on the affairs of the police department. The captain spoke for the first time on the facts laying behind his removal from the central police district Ifter the ridiculous efforts of the police de partment to convict "Kid" Sullivan, "King of Pickpockets," of vagrancy. O'Day was instructed to secure the panel and he ordered Police Bergeant John O'Meara to detail Policeman J. B. , Hurd to bring in a venire. O'Meara. for some reason, which O'Day could not fathom, countermanded his super ior's order and detailed Policeman Wil liam Isaacs. Isaacs brought in a venire which Included men who, according to the chief, would not have convicted the notorious Sullivan of anything. "It was the dirtiest job ever put over in the police department," declarea O'Day. WILL FIGHT CHARGES "I intend to fight the charges if they are brought against me, and while I have tried not to mix up with the rows in the department, I will not permit myself to be made the scapegoat of "I'LL TELL ALL I KNOW," SAYS O'DAY Captain Declares That Gambling Clubs Were Opened During His Vacation Seymour Objected to His Put ting Man Inside Places, He Says \ the : department/ asserted O'Day vehe mently. V The Call reporter was the first to in form Captain. O'Day that Seymour In tended to bring charges against him of neglect of duty. The captain was.rest ing at his home, 3632 Eighteenth street, | and was amazed at' the accusations of his superior. O'Day while yet a lieutenant was ap pointed acting captain of the centra! district on April 21. superceding Cap tain Thomas Duke at a time of sporadic virtue in the department under Chief of Police Martin. On June 30 O'Day wasc made a captain. Duke was re moved from the central district and was put out at the Ingleside district. In October Martin was removed by the police commissioners and Seymour was made chief of police. POLICE SMILED AT ORDER O'Day yesterday told a full story of his actions as captain of , the central district in "relation .to the suppression of gambling.- He declared that under Chief of Police Martin ho suppressed 12 gambling houses,; and the - gamblers did not start up again until O'Day went on his vacation about the first of Sep tember. When O'Day came back from his vacation he found that four clubs were flourishing, though he did not suspect' that anything "stronger** than craps or poker were being played. The recital of O'Day's throws a curl ous light on the attitude of the police department toward these clubs. O'Day declared, that,. Seymour ha/1 certain methods of seeking to blockade the known gambling clubs, but even the patrolmen would smile over them and flippantly characterize, them as "old fashioned." " ; "I can not understand why charges should be preferred against me," said O'Day after he had recovered from his first amazement. "I was always ready to suppress gambling: in the district. CLOSED 12 CLUBS "When I was placed in charge of the district under Chief of Police Martin, I put 12 clubs out of business. There were no clubs operating when I went on my vacation. When I returned to duty, about the Ist of December, I found that four clubs were oper ating—the Saratoga, 149 Mason street; the Alaska. 246 Powell; the Athenian, 4S Geary; the Bridge club, 35 Grant avenue. I did not know that there were any roulette wheels or faro lay outs in the district I thought that the clubs conducted craps and poker games. "I said to Thief Seymour, 'I can close those clubs in 24 hours.' "He replied. 'I don't want you to blockade them.' "Later on, in th» latter part of De cember, I think, the chief sent for me and told me to put a blockade on the club at 46 Geary street and 35 Grant avenue, *nd Parenti's club, 1024 Kearny street. "I said, 'All right, I will close them." "Seymour then said to me, 'Do you intend to put men inside?" "I said, TM.' "Then Seymour said, 'I don't want that. Put the man downstairs. In front of the door." DISAGREES WITH CHIEF "Now," continued O'Day, "a man In front of the door of a gambling- house can do nothing but note who enters the place. The only way a club can be stopped is to put a man inside the club rooms to actually preven* any illegal game being played. Every man on the force knows that. The policeman used to discuss Seymour's method of sta tioning a man at the door and lightly refer to it as 'old fashioned.' "More recently, I think about Jan uary 18 or 19, Seymour sent for me and asked me about the Saratoga club. "He asked, 'Do you ever go there?* and I told him that I had reports from my special detail man. Then he said, 'I want you to go there personally and make a report.' "I knew," commented O'Day, "that it was ridiculous for me to hope to find anything there. I didn't expect to find anything. They would havu had plenty of time to cover up every thing. I had to wait three or four minutes for the elevator to come and by the time I reached the rooms there was nothing there, but some men play- Ing legal poker and billiards. I knew all along that the only way to stop anything was to have a man in the clubhouse all the time. CLOSED PLACE ONCE "While I would not care to say that the policemen knew of the chiefs at titude In regard to blockading only the outside entrance to the place, the men must have known of it. Sergeant Donovan must have known of it. "After my visit to the club I made-a rep6rt that I had found no illegal gambling. After my first visit I made a second visit and did not find any thing Incriminating. They wouldn't let me find anything; it was only a joke. "When Martin was chief I closed the Saratoga club and kept it closed six or seven monthß; in fact. It was closed until during my vacation in De cember, when it reopened. "When Seymour told me that I must close the Saratoga club I understood what his attitude was; that I wajs not to put a blockade Inside, and I was helpless to close the places without doing that. "I will make a fight against the" charges, you bet your life, and I will rfot protect any one nor let myself be made a scapegoat for the department." SUFFRAGE FEDERATION TO HOLD RECEPTION The California Independent suffrage federation, of which Mrs. Elizabeth Gerberdlng Is president, will hold a re ception today at 3 o'clock In the Fair mont hotel. AH members and friends of this organization are invited to meet the suffrage worker, Mrs. James Laidlaw, in whose honor the reception Is planned. Gu Bllla Reduced And your gas service taken care of'for ■mall monthly charge. Gas Consumers' Ass'n. 467 O'Farrell. Tel. Franklin 717.* CASTOR IA For Infants and Children. The Kind You Have Always Bought SEYMOUR CONSULTS THE POLICE BOARD Many Changes in Department Expected After Meeting of Commission Today Special Men Detailed to" Prepare Reports for Use of Chief at Meeting Chief of. Police Seymour was con sultation with- the police commission ers for several hours last night,'when tentative plans for the future were outlined..'*. Many of , the 'matters 'dls- . cussed will formally be brought up at today's meeting of the commissioners. The meeting last night was. not gen erally known until a late hour, when it was learned . that special men had been detailed to make reports t*> be used by Seymour at today's conference ' with the commissioners. • • ■•-• That thece will be several surprises at the conclusion of the conference be tween the commissioners and the chief to'iay is generally understood. Many changes unpleasant to members of the police department are expected. It is understood that today's program has been outlined, although the exact n*' ture of Seymour's recommendations and the decision of the commission ar# matters of conjecture only. Seymour and some of the commis sioners were seen- riding about the center of the city last night, and there. was considerable excitement at "police headquarters when the chief dashed up in his machine, accompanied by the commissioners, and went Into hli pri vate office, only to return to the ma chine in a few minutes with papers in his hands and dash away again. ECUADOR AND PERU EACH BLAMES OTHER Clash on International Boun dary Still in Dispute - "WASHINGTON. Jan. 29.—Dispatches to the ministers of Peru and Ecuador in Washington give different explana tions of the clash on the international boundary, in which several persons were killed, and which threatens a re newal of the strife between the two countries. Doctor Arizaga, minister from Ecua dor, made public today a cablegram indicating that Ecuador had no troops on the border and was only protecting a jail with its local police. The dis patch follows: "Peruvian troops invaded Ecuadoran territory, Chacras village, in order to liberate four Peruvian criminals held there. They killed two policemen and some women, wounded seven, and set fire to the house and archives of local authorities, and took as prisoners some inoffensive peasants. "Ecuador had no military force on the frontier." The Peruvian version of the fight placed the blame upon Ecuadoran troops. Minister Arizaga says. 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