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VOLUME riX.—NO. i) 7.
STORM KING
LASHES
CITY
Rain and Wind Cause Damage
to Streets and Buildings
and Empty Stores
FILLMORE TURNED INTO
RIVER FOR MANY BLOCKS
Sewer Manholes Hurled High in
Air by Geyserlike Pres*
sure of Waters
NEW SEAWALL SUFFERS
FROM BUFFETS OF BAY
SWKPT by a heavy gale from the
south that brought with it sharp
squalls of rain, culminating in
a terrific downpour early in the
evening. San Francisco yesterday went
through the worst storm that has vis- j
ited it in several years.
It was at" the vortex of a turmoil '
that held the Pacific coast in its grip
from the Tehachapi into Canada.
From the buffeting of the wind and !
the drenching rain the city sustained
considerable loss. Signs, fences, awn
ings, poles, scaffolding, wires were torn
away by the wind.
The near cloudburst of the early
evening overflowed sewers and sent
torrent! of water into basements and
lower floors of buildings in many parts
1 of the city.
Fillmore a River
Fillmorc street became a stream from
Gutter street to McAllister, the water
sweeping over the sidewalks in tor
rents, poring into basements and stop
ping all streetcars for half an hour.
Damage was done to merchandise in
the basements, of scores of business
houses along Fillmore.street and the
side streets before the crest of the flood
was carried off in the overtaxed sewers.
At noon the wind-had'reached a
velocity of 32 miles an hour, with
many short gusts that sent the official
aerometer on the Merchants' Exchange
building-'spinnlng at the dizzy rate of
from 60 to TO miles an hour. I
The driving rain continued through
It all. By night the precipitation in ■
San Francisco had reached 23 Inches
for the season, or five inches more
than normal. The total rainfall has
been more than three inches in the six
days f* the storm has been working
up to its climax, amounting to* nearly
an lnclr yesterday. '
*
Lowlands Warned
The federal weather bureau sent a
general warning last night to all the
lowland districts throughout Califor
nia to be prepared for a rapid rise Jn
the rivers.. today.
The Sierras are blanketed with
snow, which' was reported yesterday
as 23 feet l«ep at Summit. The move
ment of trains became uncertain fast
night. Washouts have been reported
in many directions and several trains
were annulled.
Roaring- in the street canyons among
the big office building down town, the
storm made traffic almost impossible at
times yesterday: At some of the windier
the usually easy act of crossing "the
street became an adventure fraught
with such fearful .possibilities as to
cause more timorous pedestrians to
«>ek shelter In doorways for a time or
to beat an Ignominious retreat.
Ferries Storm Tossed
The bay wash lashed into a white
froth that set ships at anchor to jerk
ing threateningly upon their cables^and
tossed the ferry boats about like chips.
11 o'clock, when the wind reached
its greatest velocity, storm signals
were flown from the Merchants" ex
change and the ■ ferry buildings as r a
warning to shipping in the bay. At
that hour it was blowing 54 miles an
hour at Mount Tamalpais, 60 miles at
Point Reyes and between 60 and 70
miles an hour at the Karallones and out
at sea.
, The swift passenger turbiner Yale.
bound for I/« Angeles from this port,
at 4 o'clock had 4 perilous passage
across the bar at the Golden gate,
where the sea was a foaming waste of
whltecaps. The Yale was ' blown so
close inshore just, off the Cliff house
that hundreds of persons gathered
there to watch the vessel's battle be
lieved for a few minutes that it could
lot escape the rocks.
Vale's Close Call
Several mariners who* witnessed the
Yale's struggles' expressed a belief that
It had passed closer to the reefs with
out striking than any vessel of equal
tonnage ever' „,-id ' before, and * that
Sad it not' beep for a- lull in the storm
that made it possible to head farther
•ut, it , would undoubtedly' have struck.'
It was at-the Cliff house and along
the beach and the heights of Sutro park
and Fort Ml ley that the greatest, force
• f the storm was felt in San Francisco. j
. Although the very power of the wind
beat down the heavy roll of the ocean
to some extent,' the- surf along 'the
ocean beacli was *, the heaviest it has
OntUued on I'age 14, Column 2
THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL
THIRTY PAGES—SAN FRANCISCO, TUESDAY, MARCH 7, 1911.—PAGES 13 TO 30.
Few Millions Only
Reason for Making
Marriage a Secret
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
KANSAS CITY. March 6.—De
tails of the secret midnight mar
riage of Mrs. Odelia R. Clark,
widow of tlie late Harry D. Clark,
owner of the Orpheum theater In
tins city, to Frank Smith, the
millionaire cook, < amo to light to
day. The wedding was performed
by tho Rev. J. If. Cramer at the
residence <<f Mrs. Clark, 3300
Broadway, one week ago tonight.
The couple rtcn*trtcid to have the
ceremony performed after Smith
had explained that he soon would
be compelled to gro east to claim
an additional $2,000,000 or $3,000,
--000 inherited from an uncle in
Staten island. That other heirs
of the estate might not be
brought up unpleasantly by fam
ily changes, it was decided to
keep the wedding a secret, but
that seret was divulged by
friends today.
"Our only reason for keeping
the marriage secret," said Mrs.
Smith, "was that Mr. Smith
thought it best not'to create any
talk among the heirs of his un
cle's estate back east. Mr. Smith
lias .iust come into $3,000,000 more
from that uncle, and he thought
it just tCa well not to have the
news of the wedding made pub-
Jlrs. Clark is said to be worth
-mlth received J300.000
from the estate of his late sister,
Mrs. Charles Fair, who, with her
husband, was killed In an auto
mobile accident In France several
years ago. Smith formerly was a
rook for the Santa Fe at Topeka.
DEATH PENALTY BARRED
FOR WOMAN BY TALESMEN
Sex Entitles Her to More Consideration Than a Man,
Even When Charged With Murder, Is Theory
ALBANY. Mamh 6.—That a woman
charged with a capital offense should
receive more consideration at the hands
of a jury than a man and ought not
to be put to death for murder, was the
opinion expressed by several talesmen
today at the trial of Mrs. Edith Mclber
of PehPTieetady, charged with having
poisoned her .1 year old son George in a
MINISTERS' DISPLAY ADS IN
NEWSPAPERS FILL CHURCHES
BIKQHAHTON, X. V.. March 6.—
The churches "f this city have just
made an unusual demonstration of the
value of newspaper advertising. As
the resutt of an advertising campaign
of just on^ day, an average increase In
the attendance in the churches of
about M per cent was brought about.
The plan was participated in by all
the Protestant churches. The clergy
MINERS BLOWN DOWN HILL
IN CABIN SURVIVE SHACK
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
KEXNETT.-March 6.—A two room
cabin at the Uncle Sam mine, four
miles west of Kenn*tt, was blown
from its underpinning during the
wind and rain storm last night and
rolled 100 feet down the mountain
side. The cabin was occupied by two
miners, Ed Brown and John Hansen.
The cabin was demolished, but neither
"NAUGHTY MAN," COOK WIRES
TO TAFT CONCERNING PEARY
CHICAGO, March 6.—Dr. Frederick
Cook, arctic "explorer," gave out today
the te\t of a telegram he said he had
sent to President Taft last night op
posing the Peary bill being signed by
APPELLATE COURT SAYS
BISHOP MUST TESTIFY
Petition to Restrain Contempt
$ Proceedings Is Denied
The district court of appeal yester
day denied the petition of Courtland S.
Bishop asking that an alternative writ
of prohibition be made peremptory and
restraining Judge Graham from pun
ishing,him for contempt of court.
The superior court Judge declared
Bishop guilty of contempt when he re
fused to appear before a notary public
and be examined on behalf <<f the
widow, Emily W. Benedict, in the case
of the estate of E. J. Benedict. The
entire estate, consisting of more than
$1,000,000, was bequeathed to the
widow.
The petitioner, after filing contest
against the validity of the will, re
fused to testify concerning the allega
tions of undue influence exerted by
Mrs. Benedict, the widow, and of
habitual drunkenness, with which lie
charged his son Bert.
By the ruling «»f the appellate court
he will have to testify before the bu
perior court.
GIGANTIC COAL
FRAUD CHARGED
BY UNCLE SAM
Federal Indictments Returned
Against Officials of Devel
opment Company
48,000 Acres, Valued at More
Than $50,000,000, Said to
Be Involved
DETROIT, March 6.—Government In
vestigation of alleged Alaskan coal
land frauds involving approximately
48,000 acres of land valued at more
than $50,000,000, resulted In the issu
ance tonight of federal indictments
charging several individuals with con
spiracy against the United States gov
ernment.
The defendants are: Wilbur W. Mc-
Alpine. Albert H. Roehm, George TV.
Ross, Frank U Andrews. Arthur L.
Holmes and McCurdy C. LebaU. all of
Detroit, and John M. Rushnell of Chi
cago. They are officials of the Michl
gan-Alaska development company. ,
The government's contention is that
the defendants conspired t>« Induce 200
to 300 individuals to become stockhold
ers in tiic company by making "fraudu
"f certain
I lands." thereby violating,
lid entry laws of l!H0, which ma<le
it illegal for more than foisr persons to
form a company for locating Alaska
Continued on Page 14, Column 7
lonely swamp, near Albany, last Janu
ary.
Twenty-four talesmen were e\arh»
fned, but only Ml
accepted.
The courtroom was crowded, and
some of the women brought opera
glasses to enable them to get a better
view of the prisoner.
men are conducting a special move
ment to increase attendance at the
services and fill empty pews.
On Saturday nearly all th 4 mer
chants by agreement gave up their
regular advertising space in the news
papers to the Ministerial association,
which filled tins papers with display
advertising, urging the public I
tend church. As a result every church
was filled to overflowing yesterday.
of the miners was killed, though both
were badly hurt. The shoulder and
arm of Brown was broken and Hansen
was cut up by nails that were driven
into his flesh. The injured miners
were brought to Kennett to receive
surgical aid and medical attention.
Scarcely a whole board was left of the
cabin.
the president. The telegram accuses
the discoverer of the north pole of
gross Immorality, exploitation of the
public and other irregularities, per
sonal and commercial.
100 TRAMPED OR BURNED
IN CINEMATOGRAPH FIRE
Victims Mostly Children in Hor
ror in Russia
.ST. PETERSBURG, March 6.—A mov
ing picture machine in a small theater
at Bologie, in the southern part of
j Novgorod province, exploded yesterday
and set fire to the entire building. In
a panic among the spectators, accord-
Ing to reports, nearly 100 persons,
many of them children, were crushed
or burned to death. Half a hundred
others were injured. Baron ' Taube,
chief of the gendarmerie at St. Peters
burg, and two of his children are re
ported among the dead.
RECOUNT IS ORDERED
IN CHICAGO PRIMARY
Carter Harrison's Victory Is
Questioned by Dunne
CHICAGO, March 6.—County Judge
Owens ordered today a recount of the
ballots cast at the primary last Tues
day. The order was issued at the in
stance of E. F. Dunne, who was de
feated on the returns for the demo
cratic mayoralty nomi»iuon by Carter
H. Harrison. *
FERVID LETTERS
TO ANOTHER DO
NOT BOTHER HER
Witness in Divorce Suit Says
Man's Poetic SouJ Must
Have Its Outpouring
Passionate Passages to Woman
Next Door Only' Call Forth
Approval
Mr?. Bertha Duncan, wife of Robert
Human, a middle aged Scot whose fer
vid love letters to Mrs. Mabel Rhoda
Wolff are the mainstay of William
Wolffs -suit for divorce, defended her
husband yesterday in some of the most
remarkable testimony ever heard in
San Francisco courts.
Such •flowery letters," she said, made
no difference to her. Her husband was
>ader of "Caesar," "Romeo
and Juliet," and such like, a highly sen
tHhental man, and did not mean what
he wrote, she explained.
The recipient of the palpitating epis
tles received nothing except kind words
from Mrs. Duncan, who testified that
Mrs. Wolff was a good mother, kind
aiid considerate, and, in the opinion
(>f the witness, was never guilty of any
wrongdoing with Duncan.
"You knew about these letters that
jronr husband wrote to Mrs. AVolff?"
1 askul Attorney John 8, Partridge, at
torney for Wolff.
Those flowery letters? Sure!" was
"Ami I don't care, because
he is a good writer." ■*
"You know tfcit he wrote to Mrs.
Wolff that he kissed her while on the
stairs?" :
"Kiss Her? All Right"
"Yes; and it doesn't' matter."
"Does it matter to you that he wrote
that he hugged her. In the park?"
"That's all right, too."
"Does it matter to you that on one
of these letters he wrote that he loved
her, and her alone?" .
" "I know that was in the letters, but
I don't mind."
"Did you know he called ■ Mrs. Wolff
.'My darling sweetheart'?"
"Yes." m^Bi
"That he signed himself 'Your de
voted lover anil worshiper, Robert'?"
"Yes."
"Did y«u know that ', he wrote to
her in words suggesting improper Inti
macy?"
. For the first time Mrs. Duncan' ex
hibited resentment.
"No; that is not true," she said,; bri
dling. "I don't look on the bad side.
I don't like to misconstrue things."
"Does it matter to you that your hus
band, wrote to Mrs. Wolff: 'Now, sweet
heart, just love me and let me have
scope to pour out my heart and soul to
Continued on Page 16, Column 5
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Love Notes but Froth
Wife Defends Hubby
Principal figures in Wolff divorce case, in which wife defended her
husband, named as affinity, for writing letters to neighbor's wife that made
Byron's efforts seem like schoolboy's composition.
MONSTER OVATION
GIVEN TETRAZZINI
San Francisco's Favorite Is
Wildly Cheered in New
York Concert
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
XEW YORK. March 6.—Mme. Tetraz
zini on her first appearance here this
season, in a concert tcfiir under the di
rection of Manager W. H. Leahy, re
ceived a welcome at Carneg-ie hall to
night that amounted to an ovation.
The audience was a. brilliant one,
composed of New York society people
who were so enthusiastic in their dem
onstrations that the songstress was
kept bowing and kissing her fingertips
throughout the evening between the
numbers.
The audience was especially rap
turous in applause at the close of the
flute obligato and rushed to the stage
to shake her outstretcßed hand. At
tim?s the audience actually cheered.
Tetrazzini's selections comprised the
mad scene from Thomas' "Hamlet." Ros
sini's "Bel Ragglo," from "Semiramide";
two sons, "Voi Che Saprete," by Mozart,
and Grieg's "Solveigh Song," and the
aria "Mysoli." with flute obligato, from
David's "Perce di Bresil."
Among various encores were an air
from Donizetti's "Suida di Chamounix,"
"Luce di Quest Anima," and Dinorah's
first air from Meyerbeer's opera.
Tetrazzini will return to New York in
April for another appearance at the
close of her Boston engagement.
LORIMER ASKECLTO TALK
ON PURITY IN POLITICS
Bailey Also Invited by the Texas
Legislature
AUSTIN, Tex., March 6.—ln the house
today Representatives Terrill and Shan
non Introduced a resolution inviting
United States Senators Bailey and Lori
mer to come to Texas at an early date
and address the legislature* on the sub
ject of "Purity in Politics." Senator
Bailey's friends instantly protested
against a second reading of the reso
lution. • -'— —-
rri|/F WEATHER
YESTtR&AYA-Highest temperature, 56;
s _/on>es* Sunday nighf, 50.
3JF&k&ASTIFOR TODAY—Rain, brisk
--'""■' south' %md. :
TIDELANDS BILL NO
LONGER OPPOSED
Merchants' Association With-
draws Objection After Con=
ference With Southrons
The objection of the Merchants 1 as
sociation of San Francisco to the Los
Angeles harbor bill, made before the
legislature, unless specifications were
ma'Je in the bill providing for a mini
mum wharfage rate to be lixed by the
state, was withdrawn unequivocally
yesterday afternoon by tlie board of
directors of the association at a con
ference held In the Palace hotel with
the delegates of tha Los Angeles
chamber of commerce.
The bill, which provides for the
ceding to Los Angeles of tide lands in
the San Pedro harbor, and also for
tho appointment and control by Los
Angples of pilots and pilot fees, was
opposed in the legislature by Senator
Wolfe.
Two years ago a committee ap
pointed by the legislature, including
among others Senators Wolfe anj
Wright, investigated harbor condi
tions in the state and recommended
(iit- Issuance of a state bond of
$9,000,000 for improvements in San
Francisco harbor and a $1,500,000 bond
for Sail' Diego. The committee con
sidered whether a Vmpd issue should
he recommended for San Pedro harbor,
but Los Angeles preferred to develop
an adequate harbor without outside
help.
The Los Angeles delegation yesterday
declare/! that at the time of the bond
issuance to San Francisco the Los An
gelos chamber of commerce did all in
its power to further the interests of
Shu Francisco while the legislative
committee was in the soiMh.
After hearing the arguments of the
Los Angeles delegation, the board of
directors of the Merchants' association
unanimously withdrew its objection and
passed a resolution recommending that
support be given the measures wteich
will 'give Los Angeles control of San
Pedro harbor.
Tho Los Angeles delegation is com
posed of James Slßuson. president of
the chamber of commerce; Joseph Scott,
T. K. Gibbon. Willis H. Booth, Con
gressman W. I). Stephens, James A.
Anderson, A. P. Fleming and John W.
Shenk, city attorney of Los Angeles.
CHINESE TO LEARN OUR
WAYS OF TRAFFICKING
Japan's Example to Be Followed
by Sending Delegation
XEW YORK. March 6.—The Chinese
merchants' association has received ad
vices indicating that China intends to
fall into line with Japan and to send
over to this country a delegation of
businessmen to learn all they can about
industrial conditions and to foster the
growth of American trade with their
country. The visit will be under the
auspices of the board of. agriculture,
labor and commerce of th» t-entral gov
ernment, which is expected to appro
priate $200,000 to defray expenses.
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
U. S. ORDERS
TROOPS TO
MEXICO
Eight Companies to Leave the
Presidio This Morning for \
San Diego
TEN MORE TO START
FROM MONTEREY POSI
Soldiers Will Go Equipped Witb
Machine Guns and Ten
Days' Rations
INSTRUCTIONS CAUSE
OF GENERAL SURPRISE
FULLY equipped for active serv.
ice. and with rations for a 10
days' campaign, eight companies
of the Thirtieth infantry sta
tioned at the Presidio will leave the
reservation for San Diego this morn
ing. They will take machine guns,
One battalion of the regiment will re
main in garrison, two companies
j being at Fort Mason and two sta
tioned at Monterey.
Simultaneously with the arrival of
orders from the war department for
the departure of the troops here, the
information was received that 10 com-
Danies of the Ei?hth infantry at Mon
terey had been ordered into .service
and will leave for San Diego today.
The Eighth is a full regiment of 750
men. under the command cf Colonel
Charles Ma^on. Two companies were
ordered out Sunday, making a total of
1,250 men to leave tor the border at
Diego.
The late arrival of the orders at th£
Presidio last night caused a flurry
among the officers and nur, who Imme
diately became busy with their ■
rations for leaving for the front thl«
morning. Rations and 200 rouids of
ammunition were distributed to th«
troops, and the whole reservation was
alive with the excitement of "getting
Off."
Colonel Charles St. J. Chubb, in com
mand of the Thirtieth, will be ranked
on the expedition by Colonel Mason,
Colonel Chubb said last night:
"The fact that we have been ordered
out with full equipment far field serv
ice and rations for a 10 days' campaign
makes it evident that the need for
troops on the border is pressing. The
artillery has been of little use so far at
the scene of hostilities, and it is. prob
able that the work will be carried on
from this time forward by the cavalry
and infantry. We were taken some
what by surprise tonight by the arrival
of orders to proceed to the front, hay«
ing had the idea that the dispatching ofi
two companies of the Eighth at Mon^
terey Sunday would end the ordering;
out of infantr;- from the coast.
"I am in no position to state an/
probability as to how long we will b»
at the front, but some of the troops
may remain there until the end of hos
tilities across the border. The excite
ment of the situation and the thought
that they may Bee action in the south;
has wrought up tremendous enthusiasm,
amojig the companies, some of which
have never been ordered out on an ex*
pedition of so militant a character aa
this."
"CEDBRALS RUSH
1 TO ATTACK CITY
Scouts Report Troops oh
Way to Capture
Mexieali
MEXICALI, Mex.. March S— Five
rebel scouts, one of -whom apparently
had been wounded, rode back into this
insurrecto stronghold tonight with in
formation that a body of federals had
entered th e valley and would probably
attack the town tomorrow.
The report of the scouts caused Gen*
eral J. M. Leyva, commanding the in
surrecto forces, to order all noncom
batants out of Mexieali. Tho women '
residents and mervchants of the town,
most of whom are Americans, imme
diately crossed the boundary to Calex
ico.
The information of the scouts was
supplemented by reports from ranchers
that a large force of federals had
crossed the Cocopah mountain passes
and were rapidly marching in the direc«
tion of Mexican.
Big Battle Reported
NATO, Ariz., March 6.—A battle, thft
result of which is so far unknown, has
occurred between the insurrectos and
federals near Cananea, the big Greene
copper mining camp in Mexico. Pas
sengers who arrived on this afternoon's '
train from Cananea report that wagon
loads of federal wounded were being
brought into the town when they left.
As the train got under way, bound |
here, federal cavalry could ; - be :. seen *
moving rapidly toward the town. : From ]

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