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CALL Chronicle 78
9 2 Examiner 76
Both Quantity and Quality in The Call
Prosecutor Says McNamaras
Planned to Send McManigal
to Blow Up Locks
Panama Incident, He Declares,
Occurred Just Prior to
Dynamiters' Arrest
(By the Aaporiafd Press t
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.. Oct. 7.—Pages
from the careers of the McNamaras*
and Ortie McManigal. as leaders of
"the firing squadron of dynamiter*."
with conversations !n which they were
said to have plotted to send McManigal
to Panama to blow up tb* locks of the
Panama .-anal, were fad by District
Attorney Miller before the jury at the
trial of the accused dynamite con
spirators today.
The incident in reference to Panama,
ler said, occurred just before the
arrest of the Los Angeles dynamiters,
when they were becoming desperate in
their efforts to obtain explosives with
out betraying their identities.
"John J. called James B. McNamara,
- brother, and McManigal to the
headquarters of the International As
sociation of Bridge and Structural Iron
Workers," said Miller, "John J. said to
Mr-Ma nigal, 'We cant get any more
dynamite around here without steal
ing it. Now you go to ranama and see
what you can do down there. The
Mci/lintio-Marshall Construction com
pany has a lot of dynamite stored down
re. You could easily get hold of It
and blow up the locks. That would
make 'em sit up and take notice and
tak" their minds off th* I_os Angel©"**;
affair.' McManigal refused to go. at
that time. Soon after they all were
p. Tested."
"Open Shop" Contractor
'he contractor mentioned was one
W these who Jiad declared for the open
J"-op in the United States.
other developments of the day were:
Edward '"lark, Cincinnati, former
president of the local Iron Workers'
union, changed his plea from "not
guilty" to "guilty" and was locked up,
pending sentence.
Olsf Tveitmoe, San Francisco, now
nn trial, was accused in the govern
ment**s statement to the jury as having
been the "protector" of the dynamiters
on the Pacific coast, who pointed out
how the Los Angeles Times building
and the Llewellyn Iron works were to
he blown up, who wanted the Baker
Iron works and the Times auxiliary
plant blown up, and who promised to
the dynamiters that his (Tveitmoe's)
friendship with P. If. McCarthy, then
mayor of San Francisco, would insure
'protection from the police. Tveitmoe
then was editor of a trade paper and
secretary of the Building Trades coun
cil of California. McCarthy recently
was in Indianapolis.
Event* implicating the present de
fendant, as charged by Miller before
the jury, follows:
"A Citizen" at Conference
W. Bert Brown, then business agent
nf a local union at Kansas City, Mo.,
James B. McNamara and "A citizen,''
whose name was not divulged, in Au
gust, 1910, had a conference about
blowing up a $1,500,100 bridge heing
( onstructed by an employer of non
union labor across the Missouri river
at Kansas City. Previously negotia
tions had been conducted by Brown
jrind William J. McCain, also a business
IllVpnt at Kansas City, with the iron
•workers' headquarters in Indianapolis.
James B. offered to employ the "citi
zen regularly, saying: "There's lots
of money in it. We are going to Los
Angeles and blow the whole town to
hell. We have unlimited money back
of us, and if we ever get in trouble
1 have the best lawyers that money
Part of Cans Recovered
The citizen did not go into the deal, j
''v August 22, McManigal, after being
three days in Kansas City, placed 12
quarts of nitroglycerin beneath the the
undorstructure of the bridge. The
I losion did not occur until the next
.lay and after McManigal had replaced
the weak batteries on the bomb timers
with stronger ones. Part of the cans
recovered by the government.
Meantime James B. had gone to ar
range for the Los Angeles Times explo
after accomplishing which and
hiding for two weeks in Salt Lake
ty, he returned east, being met in
Nebraska by Frank Eckhoff of Cincin
with a message from John J.
nes B. said:
I have been keeping pretty low. If
I could get by for five years like J. E.
rin Halt Lake they'd forget
the Los Angeles affair. Coming
ba< k on the train 'everybody was read-
Continued on Page 2, Column 2
Tiger Obliges By
Giving His Keeper
A Classy Mauling
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
CHICAGO. Oct. 7.—"Head
Keeper Snyder of the New
York zoo was gored yesterday
by a gnu, whatever that is," re
marked Head Keeper Cy Devry
of the Chicago zoo. "but when
ever we pull off anything like
that here we are going to have
class. Nothing less than a tiger
or lion for us."
A moment later Devry was
engaged in a grand high and
lofty tumbling act with Rajah,
the largest and finest Bengal
tiger in captivity. He was close
to the bars, when suddenly the
tiger's left paw shot out and im
planted itself in Devry's right
arm. Devry finally dropped to
the floor, minus the flesh torn
from the arm by the animal's
Rajah was later roped and
tied and his claws clipped.
Notable Paintings
From French Salon
To Find Home Here
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
LOS ANGELES. Oct. 7.—Making good
his claim, in a controversy with the
French government, to the ownership
of "The Feast* of Liucullus," one of the
most noteworthy cavases exhibited in
this year's salon. John W. Mitchell is
now on his way home from Europe,
bringing with him a number of famous
paintings, which will be exhibited both
in Los Angeles and in San Francisco
before they are placed in Mitchell's
private* gallery in this city. The col
lection is the most notable, perhaps,
ever made by a private owner in Cali
Sans Baths, Sans Shaves, They
Work on Invention
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
NEW YORK, Oct. 7.—Tft the north
east corner of the Edison shops at
West Orange. N. J., there Is a long.
low. many windowed room known as
the perfecting laboratory. From this
room there stepped, or should be said
staggered, yesterday afternoon six
men. They were grimy men; their
clothes sodden with oil; their eyes
bleared and sunken; the sag of the
last stage of weariness in their shoul
ders; the shuffle of exhaustion in their
One of these men was Thomas A.
Edison, the inventor. The others were
five of his skilled workmen. Four
teen days before they had followed
him into that long, low. many windowed
room. They had expected that they
would come out the same day—he, too,
had expected they would come out then.
But something had gone wrong with
the last touch he was putting on his
new talking moving picture machine
and it had taken just 14 days to set
During those 14 days neither the
inventor nor his workmen had left the
room; neither he nor they had eaten
cooked food; none had slept more than
three hours a day—sleeping in shifts;
none had shaved, none had washed.
Edison today left on an automobile trip
to rest up. His destination is secret.
Ethel Went to Game Instead of
Sunday School
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
OROVILLE, Oct. 7. —Ethel Warner.
the 16 year old daughter of Mr. and
Mrs. Louis Warner of Chico, pretty,
vivacious and a favorite with her
friends at Chico, was today committed
to the Whlttier reform school because
! she ref us_d to obey her parents. The
! girl disappeared from her home on
I Sunday, September 29, after she had
! told her mother that she was going to
! Sunday school. When she did not re
! turn home her parents became anxious.
jlt developed that she had gone to
j Marysville to see a baseball game and
j after that all trace of her was lost. She
j was found in Sacramento Saturday and
J taken before the Butte county court
Colonel Making Sure of Some
Kind of a Job
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
NEW YORK, Oct. 7.—After election,
unless he should be chosen president,
Theodore Roosevelt will become a real
editor, according to a circumstantial
story which is current here today in
well Informed circles. He will not be
contributing editor of a periodical
merely, but the chief editor of the
chain of daily papers owned by Frank
A. Munsey In New York, Boston, Phila
delphia, Baltimore and Washington. It
Is further stated that other papers, now
strongly bull moose, will be added tr
the circuit which will have the bene»
fit of Colonel Roosevelt's editorials.
THE San Francisco CALL
Daring Job Exposed by Bravado
Unaccountably Shown, as
Launch Men Flit
Bullets of Immigration Officers
Fail to Reach or Terrify
Escaping Crooks
Under cover of a dense gray fog that
settled over the Golden gate after sun
down Sunday night, a power launch
loaded to the gunwales with contra
band Chinese and manned by a trio of
daring smugglers, nosed its way cau
tiously through the heads, crossed the
bay to the mouth of Oakland estuary
without being detected, and there
landed upon American soil 60 whimp
ering, half starved Chinese.
It was one of the most adroit smug-
gling feats 'In the history of the illicit
trade. The frightened Chinese, after
being stealthily landed *_d receipted
for by the smugglers' agents, faded Into
the night and are now in hiding—no
one knows where. Except for the curi
ous bravado of the men on the launch
after they had consummated their .dan
gerous contract the arrival of the
human cargo still would be unknown
to the Immigration authorities.
This strange arrogance was displayed
when the launch, known as the Samp
son No. 2, was leaving the bay In broad
daylight, and it came near costing the ,
smugglers their lives. For an hour, as
they sped out toward the sea, they were
under fire from rifles in the hands of
immigration inspectors on board the
revenue cutter Hartley, which gave
chase from Meiggs wharf, and they had
a narrow squeak in effecting their es
Had Been Expected
As they had been expected since Sat
urday, their discovery on the return
trip gave the immigration officials
proof that the contraband Chinese were
hidden somewhere about the bay, and
an active search was commenced im
mediately both in San Francisco and
on the Alameda shore. The oriental
districts are being combed thoroughly
and the authorities declare ft will be
imposi'n'o'h? "to any considerable
number of _trarffce Chinese concealed
for more than a few hours.
According 'to the advices which had
been received previously by govern
ment agents at this port, the Sampson
left Ensenada, on the coast of Mexico,
early last week with a <argo of yellow
i »;laves. Assistant Immigration Com
missioner Harry Edsell notified the
barge office Saturday that the Sampson
was coming and asked that a sharp
lookout be kept for the outlaw craft.
On board the launch in charge of the
enterprise was one Dave Main, a man
named Gregory and George Thomas,
the engineer. All three were known to
the immigration authorities as men to
be watched.
Hinged on Cup of Coffee
Both Main and Gregory are believed
to have had considerable experience
in the smuggling trade, and if they had
been willing to leave as quietly as they
arrived their departure would not have
been noted. Drunk, perhaps, with the
success of their venture, they could not
resist the temptation to laugh in the
faces of the officers whose vigilance
they had outwitted. They could have
gone to sea by way of the east shore
without attracting any attention, as
their boat was not unlike a dozen oth
ers engaged in perfectly legitimate
Instead of hugging Lime point, how
ever, the smugglers steered a course
that carried the Sampson between the
barge office and the pilot boat America,
anchored a stone's throw from the
wharf. Even then they might have got
away with it if, just as they went by, j
Jimmy Black, lookout for the Chamber
of Commerce, had not refused a third
cup of coffee. He had drunk two cups
in the galley of the America and stepped
on deck just as the Sampson shot by.
It was just 10 minutes past 10.
Smiles Answer Toots
He noted the name and recognized it
as that of the boat the immigration
officers were seeking. Hailing Meiggs
wharf through a megaphone, he called
attention to the outward bound launch.
The immigration officials had gone
up the bay on the liner Shinyo Maru.
The revenue cutter Qolden Gate had
accompanied the liner. There was
nothing at the wharf but the little old
Hartley. Customs Inspectors James
Foley and Al Buckley Jumped aboard
the Hartley, and with Pilot John Wil
son at the wheel, the veteran cutter
took up the chase.
By the time the Hartley reached
Black point it was seen that the cutter
was no match for the launch. Pilot
Wilson had tried to recall the Smug
glers by tooting the Hartley's whistle.
The smugglers merely smiled, and as
each toot had the effect of reducing the
Hartley's speed, Wilson abandoned the
whistle cord and suggested that they
try bullets.
Not Awed by Bullets
Arms were served out and the men
on the Hartley blazed away until the
launch had increased Its lead to a dis
tance greater than the artillery would
j shoot. A soldier on the army transport
Continued on Page 2, Column 2
Crane Did Not Give $70,000 to
Either La Follette or Wil
son Campaign
Primary Election in the Empire
State Was Notorious for
Third Term Corruption
[Special Dispatch io The Call]
WASHINGTON. Oct. 7. — Alleged
fraudulent practices of the Roosevelt
campaign managers in the New York
and other primaries, and a denial of the
charges of Senator Dixon and Treasurer
Hooker of the bull moose party, that
Charles R. Crane of Chicago had con
tributed $70,000 to Governor Wilson's
primary campaign and an equal amount
to Senator La Follette'B, were the
features of the hearing before the
Clapp committee today. ,
Six witnesses testified before the com
mittee. They were Louis Hammerling
of New York, connected "with various
foreign language newspapers; John
Hannan, manager of Senator La Fol
lette's pre-convention contest; Charles
Edward Russell, socialist candidate for
governor of New York state; Judson
Welllver of Washington, Charles R.
Crane of Chicago and Ogden Mills of
New York.
Roosevelt Charges Discredited
While the testimony brought forth
nothing sensational, many Roosevelt
charges were discredited and the cam
paign tactics of the bull moose leaders
were shown In anything but a favorable
light. Since the Chicago convention,
when Roosevelt was defeated for the
republican nomination, he and his lieu
tenants have been shouting fraud. They
also have been misrepresenting the cam
paigns carried on for La Follette, Gov
ernor Wilson, Governor Harmon and
Last week on the stand E. H. Hooker,
treasurer of the national progressive
party, and Senator J. M. Dtxon, Roose
velt campaign manager, asserted that
fabulous sums had been spenti in be
half of the various candidates; that
Charles R. Crane, tjbe Chicago capi
talist, had been lavish In his expendi
ture of money for both Senator La Fol
lette and Governor Wilson, and that
fraud and corruption had been prac
ticed openly on primary election day in
New York.
Testimony Clears Situation
The testimony of several of the wit
nesses today discredited in a large
measure these charges and at the same
time cleared up much misunderstanding
throughout the country as to the size
of La Follette's campaign fund and
the part taken by Crane in behalf of
La Follette and Wilson.
The testimony of Mills was illuminat
ing and set forth very clearly the meth
ods employed by the Roosevelt follow
ers in New York county to win na
tional convention delegates. Mills,
who is a member of the well known
New York family of that name, Is be
tween the age of 30 and 35 years. He
proved to be one of the most satisfac
tory witnesses who has come before
ton-tinned en Page _, Column 5
One Man Missing; Fire Fighters
With Oxygen Helmets
Work Desperately
KELLOGG, Idaho, Oct. 7.—-Fire which
started early today from an unknown
cause in the Bunker Hill and Sullivan
silver and lead mine, still was beyond
control late tonight. One man. F. A.
Benz, a pump man, is missing and it
la believed he was overcome by smoke
In the mine. Fire fighters, equipped
with oxygen helmets have been at
work all day in four hour shifts, but
have made little progress. The gov
ernment's mine rescue car at Rock
Springs, Wyo., has been ordered here.
Departure From Orient of Amer
ican Ambassador Significant
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7.—The unex
pected departure of Ambassador Page
Bryan from his post at Tokyo just
before Secretary Knox sailed from
Japan has given rise to a report that
a change in the ambassadorship to
Tokyo is imminent. Bryan is return
ing to the United States by way of the
trans-Siberian railway, and the fact
that he did not return with Secretary
Knox on the battleship Maryland in
creases the speculation as to the
rumored change. So far as known,
Ambassador Bryan bad not planned to
visit this country, although he has been
absent a long time and is entitled to a
leave of absence. It was stated at
the state department today that
Bryan's plans were not known.
Becker Loses Fight for Delay
On Trial for Gambler's Slaying
* . . . «
Three central figures in New York's sensational J
police trial: Justice John Goff, presiding; District
Attorney Whitman, chief prosecutor, and former
Police Lieutenant Becker, charged with murder in
the death of the gambler Herman Rosenthal.
! i i -.
Rebels Retreat From Leon After
Suffering Heavy Loss in
Dead and Wounded
SAN JUAN DEL SUR, Nicaragua, Oct.
7. —The American forces lost three
killed and four wounded in the attack
on Leon and Chinandega, which were
occupied by the rebels. Fifty rebels
were killed and 40 wounded. The others
have been disarmed.
Chinandrega i» the capital of the de
partment of the same name, lying about
24 miles southwest of Leon. Both towns
have been in the hands of insurgents
for weeks, and the residents have suf
fered much distress.
According to advices received here,
a large detachment of marines and
bluejackets under Lieutenant Colonel
Long went from Corinto to three points
on the National railroad—Chinandega,
to the northwest; Leon, to the south
west, and Chiehigalpa, almost midway
When the American marines and
bluejackets under Lieutenant Colonel
Long marched into the city of Leon to
take possession they were met in the
streets by a mob which opened fire.
After a sharp fight the rebels were
driven out of town. The American
force in the vicinity of Leon and Chi
nandego numbers 1,200 and has the
situation under control.
Eridently influenced by the capture of
Masaya, the liberal leaders at Leon
asked for a safe conduct to leave the
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country, agreeing to surrender the city.
This was satisfactory to President
Diaz and Admiral Southerland.and per-
mission to leave, with the proviso that
they should not return, was granted
to General Iraa and a dosen other gen-
Prisoner Coaches Counsel
In Selecting Jury;
One Man in Box
Scores of Gunmen Mix in Motley
Throng of Spectators To
Watch Accused Man
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
NEW YORK, Oct. 7.—Threatening to have John F. Mc
lntyre, leading counsel for Police Lieutenant Becker,
under indictment for the murder of Herman Rosenthal,
ejected from the courtroom when the lawyer Insisted
on arguing for delay after the court had overruled the motion
of the defense for a week's adjournment, Justice John Goff
ordered the trial of Becker to proceed early this afternoon.
The incident was only one of the many that characterized
the opening session of what promises to be the most sensa
tional trial since Harry K. Thaw faced the bar of justice for
the murder of Stanford White in the same courtroom —the
criminal branch of the supreme court.
A moment later Mclntyre charged that District Attorney
Whitman had made a false statement when he claimed "Big
Jack" Zelig, the ; notorious gang leader and gunman, shot to
death Saturday, was to have been a witness for the state.
Mclntyre asserted Zelig was under subpena to testify in
behalf of Lieutenant Becker, and that District Attorney Whit
man knew perfectly well that Zelig was to have been a witness
for the defense.
Defense Alleges Bias
The alleged false statement by the district attorney, ace*. G
ing to Mclntyre, had created additional prejudice and bias
against Becker, which warranted a week's delay to counteract
the effect mitigating against the defendant.
The effort to defer the trial met with prompt defeat from
Justice Goff, as had the previous one based off the illness of
John W. Hart, attorney of record for Becker.
Mclntyre first endeavored to have the trial postponed for a
week on the ground that Hart is* seriously ill with bronchitis,
and certain important facts were entirely in Hart's possession.
Mclntyre professed the belief that with Hart absent the inter
ests of the prisoner would be irreparably jeopardized "Should
the trial go on.
Other Motions Defeated
Two other motions put up by the defense were dealt with in
similar manner. They were made by George Whiteside,
associate counsel of Mclntyre. He moved first for the dis
missal of the indictment on the allegation that it was uncon
stitutional as specified in the affidavit. Submitted to the court
by Hart September 6, the second was aimed to have dismissed
the panel of 250 talesmen from which the trial jury is to be
The case proceeded and the examination of jurors began.
After the defense had used four peremptory challenges
this afternoon the first juror was selected of the 12 who will
try Becker on the charge of causing the murder of Rosenthal.
The first man selected was Harold B. Skinner of 601
"West One Hundred and Thirty-fifth street, and he took his
Insurrectionists Gradually Gain
ing New Hold on Madero
I [Special Dispatch to The Call]
WASHINGTON', Oct. 7.—Advices |
from Mexico to the state department
indicate that the Modero government is
in a bad way, and that the rebels have
made some headway In their movement
In the last week. The unrest seema to
be widespread, although there Is an
absence of effective organization. There
are several revolutionary leaders acting
Disturbances along the border have
become pronounced again, according to
dispatches from the war department.
A report from Brigadier General
Steever states that a rebel band Is
operating near Sanderson. Tex., and
that he has dispatched a troop com
pany from Fort Clark as a protective
Americans in the vicinity of Micho
can are menaced by the appearance of
rebel bands, and appeals for protec
tion have been made. Property has
been looted.
p j e of pift p ect M Em j
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 7—Joseph
Stephenson aviator, late today leaped
trorn hia "j**"' Which had b * com<J
unmanageable, at an elevation of 50
*?#• and **«*™d injuries which physi
clans say will prove fatal. He had
been aloft about two minutes.
YESTERDAY — Highest temperature, 68;
lowest Sunday night, 52.
ate northwest wind.
For Details of the Weather See Page 15
place in the jury box, thereby be
coming foreman in the case.
Becker, directing his counsel, John
F. Mclntyre, gave the final decision
on each talesman offered, and at his
command two peremptory challenges
dismissed talesmen he did not like
among the first seven examined. From
the line of interrogation he submitted
came the fact that Becker feared any
talesman who might have had any re
lations with Chief Inspector Max F.
Schmittenberger, his sworn enemy in
the police department.
Gunmen About Court
A sinister feature of the opening of
the trial was the presence of a swarm
of gunmen around the courthouse.
The police estimated that there were
fully 1,000 gangsters filling the halls
of the criminal court building.
Bluecoats were stationed at the stair
ways, and no one except he who proved
he had business on the second floor was
permitted to go up.
Justice GoiT encountered some of
them hanging about the corners of
the building when he went to lunch,
and gave instructions that they were
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