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VOLUME (__■— 14.-..
McMANIGAL CONFESSES DYNAMITING
James McNamara Accused of Wrecking Times
FIVE DAYS’
TRUCE IS
SIGNED
Made, and Federal Commander
at Juarez Formally Settle j
Armistice Terms
BELEAGUERED CITY MAY
BRING IN PROVISIONS
Neither Army Will Make Any
Move While Leaders Try
to Arrange Peace.
DIAZ REPORTED TO BE
OFFERING CONCESSIONS
Summary of One Day's
Developments in Mexico
M-fieri.. Inaurrecto leader, and
General -\avarro, ftiiiiniannini
federal forces at Juarez, alpn
fire days' truce to allow dis
cussion of peace terms.
President Diaz is reported to be
ready to -Brant concessions to
pot an end to the revolution.
Jose l.lmantmir to take leading
part in pomlnn peace confer
ence*.
-General Reyes, former minister
of war, now In Paris, prepares
to leave for Mexico la responae
to cable from Bias to aid in
seenrina; peace.
EI. PASO, Tex.. April 23.—An
armistice of flve days. beginning
at noon today and affecting the
district between Juarez and Chi
huahua and west of the latter, was
made effective in an exchange of identi
cal letters signed by General Francisco
I. Madero Jr. for the rebels and General
Juan Navarro for the government.
The truce provides there shall be no
movement of troops of either side dur
ing the next five days, and that pro
visions and medicines may be brought
to. either camp from the United States
without payment of duty.
The moral effect.of the cessation of
hostilities In Chihuahua is regarded as
certain to make settlements in other
parts of the country simple.
It was known that a truce was
agreeable to Madero, and a telegram
from Mexico City informed General
Madero that General Navarro had been
instructed by President Diaz to enter
into the agreement.
.Known for Two Weeks
The concessions which the govern
ment Is willing to make have been
known to General Madero , for two
weeks, ever since Frederico Moye. a
businessman of Chihuahua, visited Gen
eral Madero at Rancho Bustillos. They
were, discussed In the meeting by the 1
leaders and members of the peace com
mission. Those present were:
Francisco Madero Sr.. father of the
rebel leader; the latter's brothers, Al
fonso. Gustavo and Raoul Madero; Pas
cual Orozco, the original field leader of
the revolution; Pancho Villa, former
bandit and present staunch supporter
of Madero; Giuseppe Garibaldi and
General and Benora Madero.
It may be said that General Maduro
lias the most authentic assurances of
a liberal attitude on the part of tho
government., in fact, it may bo aa.it]
President Diaz is anxious to adopt
every measure that will insure the rt>.
turn of the revolutionary soldier** to
their farms and shops with the tenting
that the government In Mexico City la
their government and that tsvory aid
the government can give them t„ re.
pa. the ravages of neglect' is theirs
for the asking.
The government wants no r_fl~-t* t<*.
remain on either side. The-liberality
of the president on every point immea*
-lately affecting the daily life af the
people, as shown in the ■ _s-UFiine.es
given General Madero, exceed the
dreams of the revolutionists them*
selves. * ■ .y,'
Terms of Armistice
1, Both forces which operate la
the rectangle formed by Chihua
hua, Juan*., -Casas Oraa.— and *
Ml nam shall remain at the; points
they actually occppy oa this day
(April 23) with neither aide ad*
vane-las, nor the forwarding' of
reinforcements. -
2. All **tork on . fort lons,
■i . , ——————•"——— ————
Continued on l'age fi. Column _
' -AAaAattmmt
THE San Francisco CALL
JOHN J. McNAMARA
International secretary of the bridge and. structural iron workers of America, under arrest on the charge of
complicity in dynamiting the Los Angeles Times building October. 1, 1910. by which: 2 1 persons were killed.
CITY ASSESSOR UPHELD
BY STOCKTON COUNCIL
Protests of 'Property Owners!
Prove Ineffectual
STOCKTON. April .23.—A11, petitions
for reductions in city assessments have
I been denied by the city., council. Many
property 'owners, especially those hav
ing"" business '■blocks', filed protests
against : the; increase in the assess
; ments.asmade.by City Assessor, Floyd
Kenyon. He held that'the property
had, not -been assessed, high, enough. *■ A
; shortage of J3.000.000 iln the 3 assessed
valuation *of : city .property due Ito con
i stitutional amendment No. 1, which'ex
j eludes . corporation property, also made
lit necessary # to increase the rate.'
SAN. FRANCISCO, .MONDAY, APRIL 24, 1911.
EARLY POTATOES BRING
FOUR CENTS A POUND
Price Paid Ranchers Along the
. - Sacramento River f
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
-■SACRAMENTO, April--i 23.—Reports
from the delta lands of. the Sacramento
California potatoes: are grown, that the
growers *are V contracting -*■ for j? the sale
of their early f potatoes **■ to. the whole
salers at 4 cents a pound, Indicate* that
the fresh; tubers ar.e to be somewhat of
a 'luxury'this season. Quite a number
of down, river ranchers have sold their
potato, crop at _this fancy- price, which
doubtless will mean * from ?8■ to 10 cents
a* pound to \ the " consumer." jV*-: '*;*,_*v
FEW CONTEST PLACES
ON PRIMARY TICKET
te; t._^...., ,: , „ . ■
Stockton's ■ Mayor-; Seeks Re
election Second Time ;i: V
STOCKTON. April 2.3.—The city prima
ry election will be held, Tuesday. There
areVno'__*-.contestsTon "the: democratic
ticket for nominations, but ithe *, demo
crats have no candidate for councilman
from the 2 first ward. The republican
have - two candidates , for mayor. They
are '■ George f-F.-, Hudson, former: mayor,
and J. D. McGaughey. The democratic
nominee ,■ is" R, R. Reibenstetn. ; :; incum
bent." c Relbenstein was -mayor; 20 years I
ago* and "¥, was * electedi* two' years, ago,!
when he defeated George Hudson, who
maybe his opponent again" thl_ year.
DEATH DEALING PLOT
IS REVEALED AFTER
HOURS OF'SWEATING'
Detective Burns and Assistants Wring
Details From One of Accused Pair
Following Searching Examination
*.'""""..:'.■' ' ' i *^. " ' ' "' *,".':*,
BURNS WEAVES POWERFUL CHAIN OF EVIDENCE
Damaging Evidence Found Secreted in Home of
Alleged Conspirators and Also Explosive
CHAIN OF EVIDENCE
AGAINST ALLEGED
DYNAMITERS
Detective Burns and aids raid
barn at Tiffin, 0., owned by
father of Ortie McManigal, and
find between 300 and 400
pounds of dynamite in secret com
partments. „--."'■'. ■'■■'■:'--". y?~*"
Indianapolis police seize books
and correspondence of iron work
ers' union after breaking safe in
headquarters.
Raid on home of mother of
McNamara brothers at Cincin
nati results in finding large quan
tities of electric wiring.
Burns, in interview, says ar
rests will clear up big plot and
"reign of terror" under which
building contractors have been
living for 'months.
President Compers of Ameri
can federation . of labor says,
"legalized kidnaping" of accused
men is plot on part of capital to
destroy unions.
President Ryan of iron Work
ers alleges that McNamara is vic
tim of plot, and refers to method
of arrest as showing that it was
feared he could prove innocence.
Confession of Ortie E. Mc-
Manigal implicates two Mc-
Namara brothers and two other
men in Times bomb murders.
A confession implicating four
men and including . the .complete
story of the wrecking of the Los
Angeles' Times building is in the*
hands of the Los Angeles authori
ties^ •• ".-
The maker .of the confession,
in addition to the Los Angeles ex
plosion, has told how he and the ',
same four men have planned and
carried out : more than a dozen
othe rbomb explosions, resulting
: in the loss of several lives and up
wards of $3,000,000 worth of
property ; damage. '.
; The capture of "both Harry
Kaplan and Malt Schmitt is only ;
a, question of hours, it was said
: last evening. W. J. Burns per- ;
sonally is believed 16 be trailing
Schmitt in Ohio, and a dozen op
eratives of his agency are ". near
Kaplan, 'Who is said to be on the ;
Pacific coast. ' When - they are
captured they will be hurried to
Los Angeles and held will] the'
other three prisoners now en route ,
to that city.
BARBER ASCERTAINS
EFFECTS OF PEPPER
He Lands in Jail, Charged With
t Disturbing Peace
"While standing at the bar of a sa
loon at First Folsom streets last
night,* James Mclnerney had red pepper
thrown into his eyes by. Peter Smith, a
barber, with whim-he was talking.
The two men were discussing, the
effects of, the spice when ,it was; used
upon the optic of a human.being,. when
Smith, without warning, threw.a,hand
ful "'' of," It| into l the • eyes ;of i Mclnerney^
which : produced such smarting j pains
that: it j was necessary, to ; remove i,the
Injured ■ man *to '; the emergency hospital
for treatment. >'*.■'
I Although Mclnerney refuses to swear
I to a complaint against Smith," the police
have'arrested' the f offender and charged
! him with disturbing the peace.
THE WEATHER
YESTERDAY— temperature, '52
lowest Saturday night, 48* - "
FORECAST FOR TODAY— light
West wind. - "■
In Ohio City
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
CHICAGO, April Ortie E. McManigal of Chicago, the struc
tural iron worker who was arrested !in Detroit with J. W.
McNamara for the Los Angeles horror, has made a confession
, in which he gives the details of the death and destruction dealt by
j dynamite. He told it to* Detective William J. Burns and the Chicago
police officers April 13,,1e5s than 24 hours after he and McNamara;
were arrested., His recital lof the "explosions and workings of the
I gang covers 90j foolscap pages of typewritten matter. -*,
Details of the confession ■made by * McManigal were disclosed
yesterday, together with the methods used to break the spirit of the
man who admits that he is responsible for death horrors which have
only a parallel in the story of .death and destruction told by Harry
Orchard concerning the death dealing bombs planted and hurled in
the miners' warfare in the Cover d'Alene district.
. .?■■ ■• ■ ■ „."■'■■■•:
Every method to,extort the confession from McManigal was
used by Burns before the iron worker,, thoroughly worn out, finally
admitted his. guilt < and implicated his alleged gang brothers.
Promises of immunity are said to have been made when the man was
first accused immediately upon his arrival in Chicago on the morn
ing of April 13. He denied all knowledge of the Los Angeles matter.
He kept up his stubborn fight against the officers from early morn
ing until after midnight.
MEN QUESTIONED FOR HOURS
The sweating process was carried on at the flat of Detective
William Reed. McManigal and McNamara were kept in separate
rooms, and Burns, his assistants and the city, detectives shot ques
tion after question for hours. v
McManigal was urged to tell the truth, because of his wife and
little children, and.this plea is said finally to have won him over.
For seven hours during the early morning of April 14 he continued
his story of crime before he declared, with drooping head and weak
ened voice.
"Honest to' God, that's all of it." '
, According to the confessor, the gang was concerned in the last
year in more than a dozen bomb outrages. He admitted that prob
ably more than 100 lives had been the toll of the bomb clan. He de
clared unhesitatingly that, he and others were well paid for all-of
the outrages and insisted that Secretary McNamara of the union
was the head of the conspiracy... >
TIMES BUILDING PLOT IN DETAIL
He told in detail, of the long laid and carefully perfected plans
made for the destruction of the Times building, but insisted that he
was not therethe guilty men,' according to his confession, being
his partner McNamara, Kaplan and Schmitt. He freely, admitted
that he and McNamara had "pulled off" the recent explosions in
South Chicago, Milwaukee and Indianapolis.
Once started to telling his story, it ; seemed apparent to the
watching officers that McManigal was only eager to finish it. He
spared no one, nor did he try to excuse his own acts.
In speaking, of James McNamara, McManigal constantly re
ferred to him as "Bryce,". as one of his aliases. * * '-.
"Bryce" or. McNamara and McManigal were arrested on April
12. Detectives Biddinger and Reed left Chicago April 10, osten
sibly to run down a gang of safebreakers. They were detailed on
the case by Captain Stephen B. Wood of the Chicago detective bu
reau after ; Burns had told him the evidence he had to support-his
charges against the two men. >'
MEN WERE ARRESTED IN DETROIT
'April 11 Biddinger and Reed located the men. They followed
them to Detroit; where, it is charged, they were about ; to do a "job,"
and made the arrests. , The men were given to understand that they
were wanted in Chicago for "cracking" a safe. As they, knew they
were innocent of this charge they were not much perturbed and were
easily induced _to sign extradition waivers.
7 McNamara, however, became suspicious when they got: to the
depot. He appealed to the depot master, asserting that they were
being kidnaped. *
"These men are taking us away from here against our, will by
force. . '■ '"
"; "They are armed and would shoot us if we tried to get away."
_ McNamara'sappeal was. overruled when the.detectives showed
PRICE FIVE CENTS.

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