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Every Lover of Books
Wffl Be Interested in
The Call's Announcement
On Page 4
Quarrel Following Discharge of
Milton Humphreys Ends
in Tragedy
Wounded Restaurant Man Tells
Police That Assault Was
Assailant in Jail Maintains
That Victim Fired at
Him First
taurant and cafe man, known to
almost every member of the finan
cial community of San Francisco
as 'Pop" Floyd, was shot and mortally
wounded last night at his place of
business, 118 California street, by Mil
ton Humphreys, one of his bar tenders.
The shooting followed a quarrel, which
had its inception when the bar tender
was discharged, "pop" Floyd was one
of the. best known cafe men in the city,
particularly in the wholesale district.
Lat^ last night, after an operation
had been resorted to at the Hahne
mann hospital to probe for the bullet,
which lodg-ed In the abdomen, Floyd's
condition was critical, and small hope
was held out for his recovery.
Humphreys, the bar tender, was
locked in a cell in the city prison,
charged with assault with attempt to
commit murder.
In a statement made to Assistant Dis
trict Attorney Don Carlos Barrett, in
the presence of Detective George Gei
man and Humphreys, the prisoner,
Floyd declared that the assault was
unprovoked and that Humphreys drew
the bar revolver and shot him when
he discharged him for drinking.
"I was in front of the bar and I
discharged Humphreys. I asked him
for his keys. He refused to give them
to me. but reached Into a drawer, drew
the bar revolver and ahot three times
at me. There was no provocation and
no fight; I did not hit him." said
The bar tender's story ig consider
ably at variance with that told by the
proprietor of the California street cafe.
Humphreys insists that Floyd attacked
him and drew a revolver on him, firing
one shot. The bar tender's nose is
broken, and Detective Geiman, who
examined the premises, stated that
they bore evidences of a struggle.
Bar Tender's Story
'I always got along all right with
Pop and we are good friends yet,"
said Humphreys, who was apparently
too much under the influence of liquor
to realize whmt had happened. "I had
the argument with Pop over drinking.
He wanted me to stop, and I did stop,
• to take a little now and then
with friends, as a bar tender must do.
time ago Pop sent me this note,"
and he produced a scrap of paper which
he carried in his pocket.
The note read as follows: "Milton
<~ut the booze out while on watch
here for your own good and mine-
Pop." The note was taken by the
"Pop demanded my keys and ordered
.me out," continued Humphreys, "and
then came around behind the bar
after me. I went around too, and
got on the outside of the bar and
he chased me around until I got be
hind again. Then he grappled with
me across the mahogany counter and
struck me. Then he drew the der
ringer he always carries and fired.
I thought I was hit so I crouched
down, reached into the cupboard where
the bar pistol is, and drew it and
fired either two or three shots."
Victim Didn't Fall
"Pop didn't fall down and I didn't
known he was hit until after the
police came In and examined him. I
don't remember much about that part."
Sergeant Philip Fraher of the harbor
police station, who heard the shots, ar
rived in the saloon at 118 California
street Just as several passersby en
tered, also attracted by the noise. The
place was deserted of customers when
the trouble occurred.
"That's the man that shot me!" cried
Floyd to the officer and pointing at
:reys, who was behind the bar.
Floyd was reeling uncertainly, though
still on his feet, and his face was
ghastly pale. He was taken to the har
.hor station and examined by Doctor
Howell, who ordered his removal to the
Hahnemann hospital at once. Hum
■ was locked up.
Notified of the affair by an attache
of the saloon, Mrs. Humphreys hm-rled
to the station. She sat quietly in a
chair while the bar tender was being
"hooked 11 until the sergeant asked what
the charge wm against the prisoner.
"Assault with Intent to murder," an
swered Fraher.
Woman Swoons
At the word "murder," Mrs. Hum
phreys pitched forward in a swoon.
No one was near and she sprawled
heavily to the floor, cutting and bruis
ing hor face. Cold water was dashed
on her and she soon revived. Hum
phreys tried to reassure her, telling
|er "it would be all right," with mo-
CwaUuueU •> Page ' *» ; Column' I
THE San Francisco CALL
San Francisco Couple Injured
Seriously and Brought to
City for Treatment
Passenger Walks Several Miles
Although Hurt to Summon
Aid for Victims
Two Others Bruised, but Horses
Remain Uninjured in the
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
POINT ARENA, April 2.—One per
son was killed and five others
badly hurt when a stage coach
overturned and plunged to the
foot of a rock pass, a distance of about
100 feet, near Stewarts Point yester
day. The victims were:
Thomas Hitchcock of Gua|ila, driver !
of the coach.
William H. and Mrs Bonney of San
G. Berlin!, farm hand, of Point
Pedro Valrntinl, laborer. Point Arena.
Unidentified man.
The accident is believed to have been
caused by one of the horses stumbling
as the coach rounded a sharp curve in
the narrow road. Hitchcock was
thrown from his seat and the heavy
coach rolled over him, inflicting in
ternal injuries, from which he died in
a short time.
Woman's Hip Fractured
Mrs. Bonney sustained a compound
fracture of the left hip, in addition to
numerous cuts and bruises about the
head, body and limbs. She was ren
dered unconscious by the shock of her
fall. Bonney . attempted to save Mrs.
Bonney from injury, but was -unable
to clear the side of the coach. He
sustained a fracture of the shoulder
blade as well as many cuts and bruises.
Bertini and Valentin! were cut and
bruised, but were not seriously hurt.
The identity of the other passenger who
was injured is not known. His injuries
wer e not serious. He walked several
miles to secure aid for the victims of
the accident.
Succor for Victims
Worw was received at Ponnt Arena
by telephone. Stewarts point is about
20 miles from Point Arena, but the
distance was soon covered by the rescue
party, consisting of Manager .7. C. Holi
day of the stage company and Dr.
Frank Biddle, who went in an automo
The injured passengers were brought
to this city after receiving emergency
treatment. Bonney and his wife were
sent to San Francisco. Of the other
passengers Bertini was the more seri
ously hurt.
The horses were not killed. The
king bolt key was loosened and the
rear truck and the main body of the
coach went down the canyon, leaving
the forward truck and the horses in
the road. The coach was demolished,
except the two forward wheels and the
Treatment at Hospital
Bonney and his wife reached San
Francisco yesterday evening and were
taken to Trinity hospital. Mrs. Bon
ney was suffering considerably from
shock and pain. An operation may be
found necessary in her case. Owing
to her weakened condition. Dr. E. S.
Howard made over a preliminary ex
amination last night, however, anj the
surgeon in charge said there was no
Immediate danger.
The woman's husband, who is a bar
tender, is also suffering 'from shock.
His injury caused hi mgreat pain, but
no permanent disability is likely.
Neither Bonney nor his wife was able
to e-xplaln the cause of the accident nor
what happened afterward.
EL PASO. Tex., April 2.—Francisco
Sonoro, a federal soldier, is dead and
three men are ■wounded as the result
of the explosion of three bombs In
Calle Diablo, in Ciudad Juarez at mid
night last night. Unless an attack was
being planned on the Jail, the purpose
of the explosion is Inexplicable.
The first explosion occurred in the
street in front of La Favorlta dance
hall, and as the revelers ran out a
woman shouted that two men on top of
a roof opposite the dance hall had
thrown the bomb. A number of spe
cial policemen and soldiers, who were
in the hall, dashed into the fiuilding
where the men were supposed to be
and two more bombs were hurled at
them as they got into the court of the
building. The two bomb throwers es
The holdup of two American horse
men. Jesse Burtschell and .1. A. Sock
ington. by two negroes last night has
added to the excitement in Juarez. Two
•hots were fired by the negroes, one of
them wounding Burtschll, who died to
Rebels Killed in Fight
CHIHUAHUA. Mex., April 2.—Thirty
four rebels were killed and scores were
wounded in a Hash between a detach
ment of 350 federal soldiers and 150 in
eurrectos at Aldama Friday night.
Father and Brother of Insur
gent Leader Confer With
Members of Junta
Men Fighting in Field to Pre
pare Demands for Pre
sentation to Diaz
EL PASO, April 2.—Revivals of peace
rumors were started tonight with the
arrival of Francisco I. Madero Sr. and
Alfonso Madero, father and brother of
'• xican insurrecto president, and
Rogue Estrado, a Mexico City lawyer,
and Rafael Hernandez. Asked if he had
came here on a mission of peace, the
senior Madero said:
"Perhaps so. r will tell you later."
Replying to a question as to when he
last saw his son, Francisco, he said:
'I have not seen him since he left
San Antonio three months ago or
Gonzales Garza, insurrecto secretary
of state, met the Maderos and accom-l
panied them to their hotel where a con
ference was held. For some time Garza
has been declaring that he did not be
lieve in the peace rumors. -
So far as can be* learned, there are
no representatives of the federal gov
ernment here, but the insurrecto junta
is supposed to be in communication
by courier with Francisco Madero with
the army near Chihuahua.
At the close of the conference '. Al
fonso Madero said that he expected to
be able to give out something tomor
row or Tuesday that would throw light
on the situation.
"Will you meet Francisco I. Madero
Jr. here?" he was asked.
"No. sir," he replied.
"Are peace negotiations pending? Will
there be further fighting?"
"That depends. If the government
grants our demands, there will be no
fighting: if not, there will be more
"What are the demands?"
' "That I can not say," answered Ma
"ithg^a-fe^tparlng the, demands?'"
"Trie men who arc fighting in .the
"Senor Llmantour, then, did not take
the demands back to Mexico City with
"That I can not say."
"May it not be presumed that the de
mands have not been made in Mexico
To this final question the answer
was a shrug of the shoulders.
Francisco I. Madero Sr. declined to
be interviewed.
Madero's Uncle Arrested
LAREDO, Tex., April Mexican
authorities early today arrested Sal
vadore Madero, an uncle of Francisco
I. Madero, leader of the insurrectos,
when he arrived at Nuevo Laredo, en
route to Monterey, to visit his sick
father, Evariste Madero. He was
placed In Jail incommunicado.
Don Salvadore left here early this
morning. When he reached Mexican
soil he was taken from the train.
Six Thousand Greet Diva in Hippodrome, and With
High Spirits She Responds Generously to Plaudits
\Special Dispatch to The Call]
NEW YORK. April 2.—Mme. Tetraz
zini gave her farewell concert tonighi
under the direction of Manager "William
H. Leahy before one of the most re
markable audiences ever assembled in
New York. The huge Hippodrome, with
a seating capacity of 6,000, was entirely
inadequate and the overflow was seated
on the stage in a semicircle. Nathan
Franck's orchestra was compressed Into
a small circle with a little path in front
of the stage for Mme. Tetrazzini.
The presence of a great crowd proved
a true inspiration to Mme. Tetraazini,
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
BERKELEY, April 2.—A pet hound,
anxious to seize a bundle of meat
his master was carrying on his bicycle
late last night, hurled J. G. Patterson,
a special policeman, off his wheel, and
fractured his skull.
Patterson was riding down the steep
Forrest avenue hill toward College and
was found unconscious several hours
later by Bart Campbell, also a special
EVERETT, Wash., April 2.—Virgil
Bell, aged 30, of Lowell, Wash., was
accidentally shot and killed by Mrs.
Sarah Watson near Mud lake, two
miles south of here, late today. Ac
cording to the account given to the
authorities. Bell and a friend were
target shooting near the lake when a
Wilson Exults in His Election
Dawn of New Era, He Declares
Mayor-Elect Says
Party, Not He,
Was Victor
Telegram Deluge
Envelops His
Mayor elect J. Stltt Wilson believes
that in his election the Berkeley city
charter—and socialism—have been vin
Wilson was elected mayor of Berke- '
ley Saturday by a majority of 281 votes j
over Beverly Hodgtiead, the incumbent. I
Hodgrhead was elected two years ago J
as the candidate most earnest in the
cause of the new Berkeley charter. On
Saturday Wilson, who took the same
charter and emphasized the principles
of municipal ownership of public utili
ties contained therein, defeated Hodg
Wilson insists that his support came
j not alone from the working people of
West Berkeley and South Berkeley,
who were solid for him, but from min
isters, businessmen and, most signifi
cant, from professors and students of
the University of California, and that
in districts where many students and
professors live, as well as the well to
Continued on Page 2, Column 1
While th/> Mexican officials refuse to
state the charge against Don Salva
dore. It is known that the act of tho
officials was one of precaution. If.
upon Investigation, It is found that his
sole object is to visit his sick father
In Monterey, he will be released.
This was a feast day in Nueva La
redo and was lavishly celebrated. It
is the anniversary of the victory of the
forces of General Diaz over the French
at Puebla.
and she overreached even her good na
ture .in responding? , to their plaudits.
The crowd caught her high spirits, and
the scene after some of her numbers
was more like a gala night In some
Latin country than the demonstration
of a New York audience. The enthusi
asm was almost like a riot at the close
of the : performance.
At times the audience stood up and
cheered wildly. After the performance
Mme. Tetrazzlnl held a reception on the
stage, hundreds crowding 'to grasp her
policeman In the Clareraont district,
who started out to search for his com
panion. Patterson was lying In the
roadway with his dog on guard.
Patterson, who lives at 1884 Alcatraz
avenue, was removed to the Roosevelt
hospital and remained unconscious all
day. He was attended by Dr. Q. W.
Page, who fears his patient may not
party of Everett people, among whom
wai Mrs. Watson, happened along. The
newcomers aaked permission to try
their' skill with the rifle and while
Bell was marking the target, Mrs. Wat
son fired, the bullet passing through
the young man's body. He died in a
few minutes. Bell's mother lives at
Portland, Ore.
Berkeley's mayor elect, his wife and two daughters.
[Special Dispatch (o The Call]
NEW YORK. April 2.—William
Stuart Leeds, heir to a large part of
the $40,000,000 left by his father, Wil
liam B. Leeds, the "tlnplate king,"
eloped March 14 with Mrs. May Joyce,
a Bostton divorcee. The couple were
married at Nashua, thr> New Hamp
shire Gretna Green, by the <-ity clerk.
Leeds' mother Is Mrs. Annie S. Leeds,
who has a beautiful summer home at
Lakewood, K. J., and a New York resi
Mrs. Leeds, who, It was reported, re
ceived $1,000,000 when she divorced
the late "tlnplate king" In 1889, di
rectly after which Leeds married Mrs.
Nannie May Stewart Worthtngton. a
Cleveland beauty, said tonight the first
news of her son's marriage was
gleaned from bare announcements ap
pearing In Boston papers.
Young Leeds was a member of the
class of 1910 at Harvard, but left col
lege In his sophomore year. Ho first
met Mrs. Joyces In the fall of 1906
whon he entered the university. Dur
ing the three years Leeds spent at
Harvard, where he was popularly
known as "Billy," he paid much atten
tion to the young divorcee. His mother
tried to discourage a match between
her son and Mrs. Joyce.
Under the will of his father young
Leeds will receive three-fourths of the
residuary estate upon the death of his
f s^
YESTERDA?\~JiighcsI temp*yturd 54;
lowest Satvir^Q^^kCSO.
FORECAST FOR^XytnY^kuiy; brisk
north wind. ; . :';
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Tokyo Cabinet Ready to Revise
Treaty With British and
Promote Arbitration
[Special Dispatch lo The Call]
WASHINGTON, April 2.—The Japa
nese government in an effort to carry
out all reasonable peace provisions and
conventions among the great powers,
and desirous not to stand in the way
of pending negotiations for arbitration
treaties, will agree readily to a revi
sion of the Hayachi-Lansdowne treaty
of 1905, if this should be found to in
terfere with the terms of the Anglo-
American treaty.
This decision, cabled to Washington
from Tokyo and received this after
noon, is the result of important and
hurried exchanges since Friday be
tween the Japanese embassy and the
foreign office at Tokyo. The circum
stances that led to it were purely theo
retical, but notwithstanding this they
have given way to an important decla
In taking the stand of being ready
to revise their Anglo-Japanese treaty,
the authorities of the Japanese empire
are acting on the assumption that the
convention of six years ago may be
found to class with the arbitration
agreement between the United States
and Great Britain. As this contingency
was published widely Friday, even if
without color of official positiveness.
the Japanese embassy lost no time in
transmitting to the home office the
point of view it sought to carry.
It appears, according to information
about this matter obtained today that
Japan wishes to go on record as being
"ready to support, in practice as well
as in spirit, its policy of good under
standing and friendly terms with both
the United States and Great Britain.
Feeling that it has nothing to lose
by permitting the Anglo-American pact
to go through, and that nothing In
Japanese statesmanship will suffer
from Its enactment, Japan will Inform
the two principals through Its ambas
sadors of its Intentions.
Message to Wife Found in
Pocket of Powell Resembles
Suspect's Handwriting
Mrs. Powell Is Kept Hidden in
Santa Rosa, as Was Lv Etta
Smith in Burke Case
Authorities Hope to Obtain Con
fession, but She Has Added
But Little to Her Story
[Special Dispatch to The Call] .'
SANTA ROSA, April 2.—Evidence
corroborating the multitude of
facts upon which L. C. Chisholm
was arrested on the charge of
having murdered John D. Powell waa
obtained today by a comparison of his
handwriting with that of a letter found
on Powell's person, the examination
indicating that the accused man wrote
the note for the purpose of leading to
a theory of suicide. It was but an
other link in the chain of circum
stances and facts connecting him with
the killing.
The note was found by Sheriff Smith
on the leaf of a notebook in Powell's
pocket. It read:
"To Blanche . What is the
use ."
It was the discovery of this note
which first led to a belief that Powell
had shot himself irv a fit of despond
ency. The presumption was that ho
had started to write to his wife, a
housemaid in San Francisco, and had
killed himself in its midat Tn view
of the developments that followed,
however, the note was given a careful
examination by District Attorney Lea,
and today he came out with the an
nouncement that the handwriting in the
note was very similar to that of Chis
"It is evident," said Lea, "that the
note was'a blind for the purpose of
throwing the officials oft* the scent. The
presumption was that Powell had writ
ten it, just prior to committing sui
cide. When Chisholm was arrested,
however, and we felt certain that the
case was one of murder, I secured the
note and compared it with the hand
writing of Chisholm taken from his
receipt book and letters. The compari
son strongly indicates that the hand
writing is the same."
Mrs. Powell Hidden
Mrs. Powell is kept hidden. None of
the officials will divulge her where*
abouts. District Attorney Lea says that
she is not a prisoner, but it is gener
ally known that while officially sha
may not be in custody, there is very,
little chance of her getting away front
Santa Rosa without the consent of
Sheriff Smith. Contrary to prediction,
she was not put into the county jail oa
being brought here, but was immedi
ately smuggled into a private resi
In this Lea is following the sama
line of action as he did in the cass
of Dr. Willard Burke. He did not im
prison Lv Etta Smith, but put hen
with a trusted friend, with strict or
ders that she be kept under guard and
away from everybody. Mrs. Powell is
not considered a prisoner, but no ona,
knows where she is, not even Attorney.
Butts, who has been engaged in th«
Fear Habeas Corpus
There 1b a fear that a writ of habeas
corpus may be asked for before th«.
woman has had full opportunity to
confess all the details. Under the cir
cumstances it is a puzzle as against
whom the writ could be dlrectedL.
Sheriff Smith vows he does not know
where she is; District Attorney Lea,
pleads the same ignorance.
Officially Mrs. Powell has disappeared
from Santa Rosa, If she waa lodged in
the county jail she could be seen by
her attorney, but as it is Lea is hope
ful that she may be prevailed upon to
confess before outside influences can
be exerted upon her.
Lea said he had talked with her
regarding the case, but that she did
not give any other Information than*
that which she had giver, the pollc*
of San Francisco.
"She has gone more into details,"
said Lea, "but in the main the facts
are the same."
Detectives Find She Is Wil
ling to Betray Chis
holm's Part in Crime
That captivity will hay« th« affect
of making Mrs. John D. Powell, ar-
Continued on Face S» Col urn* a.

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