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Magnificent Galleries and Museums for Golden Gate Park
BOULEVARDS TO
JOIN THE MANY
FAIR BUILDINGS
Committee Plans to Make the
Whole City a Network of
Fine Driveways
Keynote of Scheme Is Holiday
Attire From the Ferry
to the Beach
W. H. Crocker, who is traveling
In Europe; Dent H. Robert, who is ill in
a. hospital, and J. H. Crothsrs. who wu
too ill to attend an* 1. whose- resignation
■was then on file with the directors.
Hom^r S. Kins, the first president of
the exposition company, arrived home
yesterday morning from travels in
Europe and Egypt and sat with the di
rectors for the first time at a discus
sion of the fair site question.
The special committee appointed by
the chair to consider and report upon
the relative merits of three sites then
under consideration — Lake Merced,
Golden Gate park and Lincoln park, and
Harbor View—was ready to report.
That committee consisted of I. W. Hell
nian Jr.. chairman; Captain John Barne
son and Andrew M. Davis. They had
been appointed as representatives of
the advocates of the three proposed
sites. They presented a report on the
new "*ea line" site, which report was
backed by the recommendation of a
committee of architects consisting of
Ernest Cox head. Willis Polk, Fred H.
Meyer, Arthur Brown and George How
ard.
By unanimous vote the directors ap
! the report of the subcommittee.
That action was taken at 12:30.
The directors then adjourned until 2
o'clock in the afternoon, when impor
tant business was transacted. The ex
ecutive committee of the board of di
rectors will meet this morning at 11
o'clock and begin work on the plans
for proceeding with the construction
of the exposition buildings and the lay-
Ing out of the extensive grounds. A.
date will shortly be set for the cere
mony of breaking the ground for the
exposition, which will he magnificently
celebrated by San Francisco and Cali
fornia.
SITE AREA I.SOO \( RKS
the directors considered the report
of the committee yesterday they had
before* them a large prospective draw
ing of the scheme, showing the grand
sweep of the exposition grounds half
around San Francisco, practically from
the ferry building to Golden Gate park
With this drawing Chairman Hellman
of the committee explained the scope of
the site. •
The site which was selected yesterday
places at the disposal of the exposition
company an elastic area of from 1,300 to
■ 1,800 acres in extent. »
In its grandest scheme, the exposition
idea, may be said to start at the ferry
building, where the boulevard and pos
»Jbly the intramural railroad, which will
operate within the walls of the exposi
tion,, will start. , This extreme of the
boulevard will be exterior to the expo
sition grounds and one of the gratuities
which .7 " , accrue :to San Franc!sco
I rom the ferry depot the boulevard
«il extend along the water. front in a
northerly direction to Telegraph" hill,
which is included definitely in the plan.
Telegraph hill wil! he surmounted
with the largest wireless telegraph
tower in the world, a rival in plctur
esqueness to the Eiffel tower which
distinguished the Paris exposition.
which will keep in mystic communica
tion with the ships that 4' steam from
the Panama canal en .route to San
Francisco The city park on Telegraph
hill will be terra, and a marine ob
servatory erected there. from which
the splendid expanses of San Francisco
bay may be scanned. This scheme is in
conformity with the plan of David H
Burnham, prepared, several years ago
for the committee on the Improvement
and adornment; of San Francisco. Burn
ham, by a happy coincidence, was di
rector of works of the World's Colum
bian exposition at Chicago.
HARBOR VIEW "MIDWAY"
From Telegraph hill the boulevard
will continue either along Bay street
or on the water front to Harbor View
and the fool of Van Ness avenue.
There will be Die center of festivity
exposition, the gay arcades of
laughter, the splendid courts of lljjht
nnd color where the merr/makers of
the. exposition will hold their
course, where celebrations will be
Blven and mirth and delight will rule.
There will he the concessions and the
Panama-Pacific equivalent for the
"Midv,
. In the.* Harbor View area, too. will
»"> the aquarium, the harbor for yachts
and water front park. Transbay , fer
ries will land there and Van Ness
avenue, a\ gorgeously decorated and
lighted street. ..will bring its peoples
Into the fair at that point.
,' At Fort Mason, adjoining.the Harbor
View district, which is a government
military reservation, ti is anticipated
that the government 'will erect its
building:, and main its federal exhibit
The government will construct such a
building which'may be used for divi
sion headquarters for the United States
array at the conclusion!of the exposi
tion. The directors of: the exposition
have had assurance from high army
.officials that the government • would
appropriate 13,000,000 for improvements
which would fit Into the, fair scheme.
The army ha.s wanted a military road
linking ; the- transport,;docks a Fort
Mason, the Presidio .and Fort Mlley,
above the Cliff house, and .this work
can be carried; out In 'conjunction ■.■with
the plan ;of the exposition ' Engineers.
ROAD ALONG QOMMCn GATE
continuance of the boulevard
or Vfeiv to Bakers beach
ilncoln park will be through the
Presidio south of the batteries that
frown over the Golden gate—that Is,
along the ridge above the golf links.
Along- this road, or neai it, will be
the intermural railroad.
As the vi&itor at the exposition passes
west on this road through and beyond
the Presidio he will come suddenly
upon the magnificent sweep of the
Golden Gate and Uio Pacific, the grand
ocean in whose honor the exposition
will be held. There, stretched before
him. will he the era, and through the
strait before his eyes will pa.«
mighty ships that have circumnavi
gated the lower half of the North
American continent and paused through
the channel by which man divided the
western hemisphere.
■ Along the , bold , bluffs r over Baker's
beach the road will wind, paralleling
the Golden gate with its - splendid
prospect. or sea and -bay, ' *ith the
WHERE THE SITE COMMITTEE PLACES THE FAIR AND WHY
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X Report of special site committee—l. W. Hellman Jr.; John Barneson and Andrew M.
X Davis — on the site, which report was unanimously adopted "by the board of directors of the
X exposition, who thus selected the site for the fair. ' J '"' i • „
♦ - V: San Francisco. Cal., July 25, 1911.
X To the I 'President and Board of Directors- of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition
4 Company. V ,
♦ .* Gentlemen: We 4 take /pleasure herewith'in presenting to you our report on thtvari*
£ ' ous matters which this committee-was appointed to examine. . ■".
:On the reports previously presented to you by the committee of the parks,* the '■• Harbor 1
<\ View and Lake Merced sites, taking the Lake Merced • site, first, we have no further evi
-1 dence than that which was presented to you by Mr. Foster/ and must render our opinion
♦ that : the Lake Merced site is not available. . - /
♦ Regarding the other two sites mentioned, "we beg to present,to you herewith reports
t of the California Title Insurance -rand Trust company and the Pacific Title Insurance
♦ . company respectively, whom we, have asked to :render an ; unbiased, report concerning
♦ .-\ these matters and who have done same without charge to this corporation. . We'beg to
4 _•.; present these reports herewith. .> . ." ' "> ;'. V
X ACCESSIBILITY, PER.WANEN T BUILDINGS
I■;.'. - Regarding the general matter of presenting to you a site for a world's fair ron which
♦ all of the board of directors might agree, we have. taken the liberty of presenting an. en
♦ tirely new plan, although parts of it are taken from various suggestions previously made
» to this board. ; ';^M| '•" ■.;-'•': ''-:':'■ '• '~J , '.. 1; ** ' ':
♦ We have had in mind that there are three great matters in which the board of direc- -
I tors of the exposition : company are particularly interested, namely:',.- ' ', ,' -° .
" To place the exposition where it ; . will be most easily accessible both .to all
♦ parts of San Francisco and to the surrounding territory.
♦ • :To leave, after the exposition is closed, the greatest i possible number of real .
° permanent 1 improvements. .' ,
!' - To build up the city generally, in place of any one particular location. '
; We have not attempted, in presenting this plan to you, to infringe in any way on the
',',. practical grouping of exposition buildings, we feel -that this '. is a \ matter which must
<> finally be decided upon ,by expert architects " and engineers, who will, according- to our
♦ president's statement, be at your disposal immediately, who who will look on the matter;
',', both from the standpoint of, architectural beauty, practical results and costs.
♦ BOULEVARD TO BEGIN AT TELEGRAPH HILL v -
0 Quite unconsciously, after having canvassed the matter thoroughly, we find that our
♦ ideas have centered themselves on a plan which is largely a combination of the ideas of
X t Messrs.- Burnham and Leavitt. .
1 It is the sense of the committee that, commencing if possible at Telegraph hill, a
f • boulevard be constructed, first following the line of Bay street or the water front to the
♦ Harbor View site, thence along the bay shore to the Presidio; from that point through
« the Presidio on the shore line to Lincoln park, and thence to Golden Gate park, through
♦ the lands'acquired by the Golden Gate park committee, thus giving to the city aboule
-4 yard suggested by Mr. Burnham, which would be of permanent benefit and give to the
♦ exposition committee a combination of sites. '. ',' . ' ' • i :
♦ This committee has received reasonable assurance that, if this plan is adopted: we
I would obtain the enthusiastic support of the war department' for an appropriation : from :
♦ congress for the building of that, part of the permanent boulevard located on govern
? ment property and that the appropriation would probably include the ■" construction of a
I '• permanent exposition building: at Fort Mason, which could afterward be turned: into a -
♦ division headquarters. iHPiHMp' < . ■■■■.'
♦ We suggest that the original use of Telegraph hill be commemorated by erecting the
The same special committee of exposition directors to vhich B»as due the inspiration
♦ that led to the final selection of the fmir site yesterday has been appointed to obtain sufficient
♦ property somewhere in the vicinity of Van Ness avenue and Market street for the erection of
♦ the combined convention hall and theater con templaled as a part of the exposition plan. The
Marin shore and Mount Tamalpais be
yond, to Lincoln park, so, as the archi
tects said in their report, "the beauty
of the Golden gate would be brought
into th-e general plan."
Lincoln park will probably be the
keystone of the exposition arch. Tow
ering from its splendid height over the
sea will rise a wonderful statue, sym
bolising the welcome which California
extends to the world. This monument
will be permanent, a contribution to
the art of America. It is the tentative
plan of the directors to hold_ a compe
tition, open to the sculptors of the
world, by which to secure a monument
that will be expressive of the art in
stinct of the twentieth century, a work
which will be worthy to face the eter
nal Pacific and stand for California
and for the western aspect of the
United States.
In Lincoln park will be placed ob
servatories, cafes and exhibition build
ings appropriate to its environs.
Sutro's baths are also calculated now
as a part of the stupendous scheme for
the Panama-Pacific exposition, and the
boulevard improvements will probably
be extended to the' Cliff house and
along the ocean beach, although neither
of those areas will be included In the
exposition grounds.
STRIP OF LAND OBTAINED
A strip of land probably a block wide,
obtained already by the Golden Gate
parksite committee, will be utilized to
connect Lincoln park with Golden Gate
park. Other land contiguous will be
obtained as needed. As projected by
the committee's report, on this strip and
adjacent areas may be located the agri
cultural exhibit, the electrical build
ings, the cities, counties, states and
national buildings and other exhibition
buildings.
Golden Gate park Is to be utilized,
but, as the committee says, "Only such
attractions will be located In the park
as can be placed there without serious
damage to the park, with a view toward
the permanent improvement of the
park, with the least destruction to ex
isting improvements and with the plan
of adding to the beauty of the park."
GREAT ART GALLERY
Included In the plans for the perma
nent Improvement of Golden Gate park
will be the building there, at a point as
near the^city as possible, that is, as
far east as possible, a permanent art
gallery, probably built of gleaming
white marble, which will stand as a
splendid specimen of modern architec
ture to commemorate the exposition.
The stadium will be completed by the
exposition company as a noble coliseum
and athletic and aviation field where
athletes and aviators from all the world
will compete for the rich trophies which
the exposition will offer.
There, too, in the prk, it is planned to
have the oriental villages, the Japanese
and Chines* gardens, which will be
made permanent features of the park.
There will be little or no perceptible
change of grade in the park, and the
splendid sweep from Strawberry hill to
the sea will be preserved In its natural
beauty.
The intertnural railroad will con
tinue to Golden Gate park.
M\\v ring boulevards
But this extensive system of boule
vards and centers does not conclude
the grand scheme as recommended and
adopted yesterday by the directors of
the exposition.
From Golden Gate park, through the
panhandle and to the vicinity of Mar
ket street and Van Ness avenue, the
boulevard system will be continued.
Thpre will be created a civic center, as
planned and plotted by David H. Burn
ham In his comprehensive scheme for
the beautlflcatlon and adornment of San
Francisco.
There an auditorium will be con
structed to be used as a convention
hall, a permanent building to belong to
the city. An opera house will also be
constructed there.
This convention hall or auditorium
will be located outside the exposition
grounds. Discussing that one of the
directors said: "We have sent invita
tions all over the country for associa
tions and societies to hold their na
tional conventions in San Francisco
during the Panama-Pacific exposition
We must provide a place for them to
meet and It is best that that place be
located outside the exposition grounds,
convention hall were located
Insidf the grounds we would of neces
sity have to charge a delegate an ad
mission fee to enter, but with the hall
on the pntside that embarrassment
would be obviated."
PLAN '• TO ; IMPRESS; VISITORS
Radiating from this civic center, Van
Ness avenue and Market street will be
• THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL. WEDNESDAY, JULY 26, 1911.
illuminated and decorated. Of this
plan President C. C. Moore said:
"Our idea is to impress our visitors
on their arrival that they have reached
an exposition city and to suggest the
holiday atmosphere before they reach
the exposition grounds."
The commitee's report spoke in a
similar strain of the civic center and
the decorated street*, saying:
"It is suggested that at a a civic cen
ter somewhere In the location of Van
Ness avenue and Market street a suit
able site be purchased for the building
thereon of a combination opera house
and convention hall, and that from this
point to the ferry and in Van Ness aye.
nue to the Van Nest avenue entrance
to the fair such decorations be fea
tured as will commend themselves to
your architects and engineers, so that
a visitor on entering the city at the
ferry, or from the union depot, would
f«el that he was entering an exposition
city."
HALL SITE IRGED
At the afternoon aesslon a motion
wa« made that the committee on sites
be authoriied to obtain location at or
n»ar Van Ness avenue and Market
street for the auditorium and opera
house. All- offers of land are to be
submitted to I. W. Hellman Jr.. chair
man, and sent to his office at the Union
Trust company. Market street and
Grant avenue.
In Its report the committee had said:
"We have had in mind that there are
three great matters in which the board
of directors of the exposition company
are particularly Interested, namely:
"To place the exposition where it wilt
be the most easily accessible both to all
parts of San Francisco and to the sur
rounding territory.
"To leave, after the exposition Is
closed, the greatest possible number of
real, permanent Improvement*.
"To build up the city generally, in
place of any one particular location."
In conclusion It declared:
"We know that -we have not placed
before you a concrete exposition plan,
nor have we attempted to do so, as,
after consultation with the architects,
they have informed us that this Is a
matter which will require long delib
eration and mature study on the part
of experts In order to get the best
possible results.
"In submitting this report your com
mittee, made up from advocates of each
of the sites suggested, are unanimous
In their opinion that the best interests
of this city and the exposition will b*
served by the combination herewith
presented."
LAKE MERCED EMMIXATED
The Lake Merced site was eliminated
from consideration by the committee as
impossible to obtatn.
President Moore was gratified with
the plan anrl became Its most enthu
siastic advocate. He Issued an im
portant statement concerning it. laying
emphasis on the permanent value the
plan will be to San Francisco. "The
boulevard." he said, "will give our city
an attraction equaled by no other city
In the worln. The boulevard will ex
tend five miles along the hay and
Golden gate. "We may look forward for
50 years in carrying- out the further
beautlfleatton and adornment of San
Francisco along a consistent and com
prehensive plan which' we will inau
gurate with the work on the exposi
tion site."
The architect's report also was en
thusiastic. "It Is obvious," said the
report, "that the scheme Is susceptible
of high artistic development."
Of the cost of the exposition as out
lined in the plan adopted yesterday
many of the directors contend that it
will be less than would have been the
cost of either the Golden Gate park or
the Harbor View site as taken alone.
This argument is supported by the fur
ther statement that, as proposed, the
fair grounds will require a minimum of
engineering work. The land in Golden
Gate park will not have to be graded,
which work would have been costly,
and the land at Harbor Vley will not
have to be filled In, which would have
been expensive. Those savings are pos
sible' because of the vast extent of the
site. Nowhere will there be congestion.
In the park the buildings that are
erected will be placed on the natural
slope of the land. At Harbor View only
the blocks already permanent, will be
needed and the submerged lands will be
used for the yacht harbor and the
aquatic park.
NAVIES IX THE BAY
Jn the bay the navies of the world
will assemble. In keeping with the
ne spirit of the,age, the Taftian ideal,
there v.iil be nests for the (Joves of
peace constructed in the exposition
largest wireless telegraph station which ible to crest, from which the passage of
the fleet through the canal can be continually signaled; that the city park adjoining be
improved with a permanent observatory and that the sides of the hill be properly terraced.
PLAN AMUSEMENTS AT HARBOR VIEW
We would expect, from its proximity to the city, that at Harbor View would be
located such amusements and attractions as would be mostly patronized at night, and
such exhibits as would naturally follow that location.
It is also suggested to you by your committee that the Fulton Iron works lands might
be purchased and utilized for a permanent yacht harbor, park and aquarium. •
That at Lincoln park the suggestion of a giai.it commemorative statue be carried out,
with such other attractions as would naturally commend themselves to that location: that
of the intervening space between Lincoln park and Golden Gate j>ark, one block in width
be purchased for connecting by boulevard the two parks permanently; and as much of the
adjoining land be used as may be necessary for agricultural and such other exhibits as
may be recommended; that adjoining Golden Gate park a feature be made of such ex
hibits as electrical, city, county and national buildings, and especially of the oriental ex
hibits, and that in the park the suggestion of a reproduction of the Panama-Pacific canal
by connecting the chain of lakes be featured.
That at a location at the nearest p< :it to the city in the westerly portion of
the park be placed a permanent art gallery; that the stadium be completed; that this be
made the center of athletic and aviation sports, and that such other attractions be located
in the park as can be placed there without auy serious damage, the idea being to use the
park property, so far as possible, for permanent improvements and such other exhibits as
would be least destructive and add most to its beauty.
INTERMURAL RAILROAD TO JOIN SITES
In connection with this plan we submit plans for an intermural railroad connecting
the two sites, an examination of which will show that all heavy grades arc avoided and that
no cuts or fills are necessary. The route*of this railroad has been determined from these
features, and while we consider it would be better not to cut up the boulevard with a
railroad at this time, if the question of cost comes in, the railroad may, to avoid duplication,
be placed on the boulevard, th« present plan of the railroad being the least costly under
the present conditions. It is suggested that at a civic center somewhere in the location
of Van Ness avenue and Market street a suitable site be purchased for the erection
thereon of a combination opera house and convention ball, and that from this point to
the ferry and in Van Ness avenue to the Van Ness avenue entrance to the fair such deco
rations be featured as will commend themselves to your architects and engineer-,
that a visitor upon entering the city at the ferry or from the Union depot would feel that
he was entering an exposition city.
COMMITTEE SEEKS CONVENTION HALL SITE
We have taken the liberty of requesting the opinion of a number of San Francisco's
best known architects who happen to be personally known to the members of your com
mittee, and their reports are also herewith presented to you.
We know that we have not placed before you a concrete exposition plan, nor have we
attempted to do so, as, after consultation with the architects previously named, they have
informed us that this is a matter which will require long deliberation and mature study
on the part of experts in order to get the best possible results.
In submitting this report your committee, made up from "advocates of each of the
sites suggested, are unanimous in their opinion that the best interests of this city and the
exposition will be served by the combination herewith presented.
I. W. HELLMAN JR.,
JOHN BARNESON.
ANDREW M. DAVIS,
Committee.
committee consists of 1. W. Hellman Jr., A ndrer» M. Davis and Captain John Barneson.
The structure to be erected will be used as a part of the exposition and will remain as a per
manent improvement to be owned fey the ci ty. Offers of suitable sites should be made at
once to I. W. Hellman Jr., chairman of the c ommittee.
grounds. An International peace con
gress probably will be held In the con
vention hall, while the navies are hay-
Ins their" evolutions in ;the;bay.*?3gSHPl
■ A difficulty which has been presented
already, to ' the directors in their con
sideration of the new site; is s that of
thequestion of »admission-; to the sep
arate sections of the exposition. It is
proposed; to surmount »that difficulty
tnat' an ! admission. ticket ,prepared
that -will \ bear a coupon '■ admitting; the
; bearer '.' to' separate tuplosures, /if ; pre
sented ; within a given time. The ln
termurat railroad will convey passen
gers from -on 9-section; of 'the exposition
ground* to another »o : that ■ they | will
be '.within; the jurisdiction of the expo
sition at all .tImtaXBSKSmBBBBBBSBtjm
When the committee had completed
Its presentation of the report yester
day Chairman Hellman and his col
leagues were questioned by the other
directors at length and they were abl#«
to answer all the interrogations put
and to convince their fellow directors
of the practicability and beauty of the
recommended plan. A report of sev
eral title and trust companies were
presented allowing that the property
reports made by the Golden Oate park
land committee and the Harbor View
land committee were correct. It was [
reported that the Vanderbilt and Oel- j
rich's holdings at Harbor View had
been placed at the disposal of the ex
position company.
VM>PTED l:VA:>llMol s ,^
A vote was taken on the report of
the committee and it was adopted
unanimously. With a cheer the direc
tors ratified their decision, the cheer
was heard throughout the Merchants'
exchange building, and every one knew j
that the site for th« fair had been
selected—the fair had fieen "nut."
At the afternoon session of the board
of directors Reuben B. Hale presided.
Chairman Hale appointed- a commit
tee composed of Leon Sloss. Henry T.
Scott. C. C. Moore, Curtis H. Lindley I
and P. T. Clay to formulate the duties i
and powers of the architectural advls- I
ory committee. The report is to be I
submitted to the board for approval
The resignation of J. H. Crothtrs was
accepted, and at the next meeting of
the board R. A. Crothers will be elected
a director In his place.
A special meeting of the executive
committee will be held this morning at
11 o'clock.
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
ASKS FOR CORRECTION
S. P. Fails to Mention Oakland
in Literature
OAKLAND, July 25—Because the
Southern Pacific fall* to mention the
name of Oakland as a d<utinatlon point
in advertisements lusued on an excur
sion between the bay section and T.os
Angeles, the directors of the chamber
of commerce today instructed Secretary
A. A. Denlßon to nee the railroad offi
cials and have a correction made. The
allegation in made that San Francisco
only Is named as n destination point
and that discrimination is shown.
The directors referred a plan of adver
tising: Oakland In the eastern cities by
means of movingr picture films to the
advertising committee for definite ac
tion. A. J. McMurty appeared at the
meeting and explained that he would
take 1,000 feet of moving- pictures In
Oakland for Jtoo and asked that some
action be taken by the chamber.
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OAKLAND, July 25.—Direct commu
nication between Oakland and the Napa,
Vaca^Sonoma and Sacramento valleys
was considered at a meeting of the
iflirectofß of the Chamber of Commerce
today. The road Is compete with the
exception of two-fifths of a mile, which
would connect Vallcjo Junction with a
road upon the bluffs above. With the
completion of this small stretch of road
automobiles and other vehicles could
run directly to the junction and be con
veyed by boat to Vallejo and complete
the trip into the interior.
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A. A. Denlson, secretary of the cham
ber, will appear at the next meeting of
the board of supervisors of Contra
Costa county and ask for their co
operation in the movement.
A committee composed of Dr. George
C. Pardee (chairman). G. B. Waddell
and R. T. Early will confer with Mayor
Frank K. Mott upon the project of
establishing the office of city statisti
cian, who is to compile reliable infor
mation upon financial and industrial
activities In Oakland. The data now
required by the chamber are tho
the shipping carried on in Oakland
harbor. Supplementary data have al
ready been sent to Congressman .1. R.
Knowland, who will use the informa
tion in securing an addition appropria
tion for work to be done in the estuary.
A letter was received from Panama-
Pacific international exposition head
quarters requesting the chamber to ad
dress the postmaster general in order
to assist in securing a cancelling stamp
to advertise the fair. -
GUS SPRECKELS ON
STAND AT INQUIRY
Identifies Three Letters Written
by John E. Searles of
American Company
Henry C. Mott Denies Louisiana
Sugar Planters Were Dis
criminated Against
NEW TORIt; July 25.-^Before con
cluding Its New'jJ'ork sessions and re
turning: to. Washington this afternoon;
the congressional committee Investigat
ing the so called sugar trust heard
Claus Augustus Spreckels accuse H.- C.
Havemeyer and the American Sugar Re
fining company Interests of causing th*»
break which existed between him an'l
his father and brother for 15 years.
"I was manager of the Sprerkels re
finery In Philadelphia." said Sprf-kels
"and after the American Sugar Refining
company had acquired a strong minor
ity interest in It they tried to dictate
its policy. I refused to be dictated tc
and they carried-stories to my father in
San Francisco, 'which caused me t<i
leave the refinery and brought aboud
the break In the close family relations
which had existed between my father
and brother and myse.lf. But a year be
fore he died my father called me to him
and said he had been imposed on am;
that my conduct of the Philadelphia re
finery had been justified."
Spreckelg submitted in evidence a let
ter signed "H. 0.," which he said was
from Havemeyer. It urged him to gee
all he could for sugar and asked dim to
"do nothing- foolish about selling re
fined" below the price asked by the
American. '
He also presented three letters from
John E. Searles, then treasurer and sec
retary of the American, .indicating that
the company had flx*;d certain prices for
sugar on certain dates, and asking
Spreckels to see that his refinery dtd
not undersell those prices.
On« letter complained that Spreckel*
was refining more sugar than Searles
had understood had been agreed on and
another said that as Spreckels had cut
the price on granulated the American
arould do JlkewUe. The letter con
cluded:
"This may be good business manage
ment but Ido not believe it. I think
you are simply throwing away money."
MOTT ON STAND
The committee will meet in Wash
ington next Monday. The subcom
mittee appointed to examine the book^
and records of the American Sugar Re
fining company probably will employ
experts within a few weeks ar
be ready to report, to the general com
mittee early In the fall.
7' Henry 'C. Mott, purchasing agent : for
and a director of the American Sugar
Refining / company,V; who was •> the - first
witness today, said that in making pur
chases of sugar the company never
discriminated against any., planters;
never t "punished" r any ; Louisiana plant
ers for selling sugar. to the independent
refiners, and never arbitrarily fixed" the
purchasing price of >*v gar.*: " ; Mott in
sisted that if there <had jbeenWhy dis
crimination against ( Louisiana planters
or boycotting? of any of them it: had
not been done* with the knowledge or
consent of : the '• American Sugar Refin
ing company. ■ '■ - ', v*
• _•'£?<> far as I know no ' Instructions
were ever given any of our refineries
•with a total capacity, of 40,000 barrels
to limit their i production," he said." *■*

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