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UNITED POWERS BREAK TENSION IN THE BALKANS Great Britain at Last Joins Other Nations in Accepting French Proposal Austrian and Russian Rulers Exchange Telegrams Tend ing Toward Peace BILLETIX CETTIXJE, Montenegro, Oct. 7. —A sanguinary engagement Is reported to bare occurred yesterday In tbe Berana district between Turkish troops and insurgent Christians. BULLETIN VIEWA. Oct. 7.—A Vienna news paper announces that an exchange of telegrams has occurred between the emperors of Austria and Ruaaia tend ing to the maintenance of peace. Oct. 7.—The tension in the Balkan situation, it is thought tonight j at the foreign office and among diplo mat*, shows a slight slackening. It Is ; a hard fact, however, that the danger from martial enthusiasm remains, and it is realized that the crisis will persist as long as a million troops spoiling for a fight continue under arms. The European powers have decided to intervene at the Balkans and at '"onstantlnople as soon as it is possible to make arrangements to that effect. Great Britain today signified her ac ceptance of the French proposals, so that all of the powers now are in accord. Overoptimism, therefore, is discour aged, hut it is pointed out that Rus sia and Austria, when really united, can go far in the Balkan states. There appears to be solid ground for the i belief that the governments of Tur key and the Balkan coalition, though not necessarily their peoples, are still amenable to pressure from the powers. The combined ultimatum demanding reforms, which the Balkan states were to have dispatched to Turkey, has now. under the guidance of diplomacy, taken the form of "a note which will be sent simultaneously to all the great powers and Turkey." The Ottoman government, which pro tested that it would not listen to pro posals touching on the internal affairs from any source, has itself opened the door to receive the demands the pow ers intend to make by voluntarily granting the Christian vilayets a wholesale measure of reffjrm. Official France has noted these signs of concession as hopeful. The government thinks that with some extension and an adequate guar antee that the powers themselves will take in hand their accomplishments, these reforms ought to satisfy Bul garia. It is believed that Servia, Greece and Montenegro can easily be induced to accept, but there is not the same confidence that the Bulgarian govern ment will be able to control the war fever that has clutched the people of that country. Threats are heard that King Ferdi nand will risk the crown if he shows signs of weakening. He remarked on an occasion previous to the upheaval: * I shall maintain peace as long as I ran without exposing myself to the stabs of a knife." Recognition of the fact that danger threatens the king of Bulgarfa is now proving a check on the optimism to which diplomats otherwise would be inclined to give rein. Turks Still Wavering CONSTANTINOPLE. Oct. 7.—The people of Turkey are skeptical that war will be avoided by the Porte's nff-r to carry into effect article XXIII of the treaty of Berlin. It is felt here that matters have gone •"n far. and now that all the armies ■ bilized it would be preferable to settle accounts once for all. War preparations continue with un abate.i enthusiasm. The committee of the Red Crescent society has decided to establish nine hospitals with 200 beds, two each at Constantinople, Adri anople. Saloniki and Ealassona and one at Scutari. Thf- government has proclaimed a of siege in Constantinople for three day?. .* state of siege has been proclaimed ip Macedonia. The British ambassador today conferred with the grand vizier concerning the application of reforms in Macedonia. St. Petersburg Doubtful ST. PETERSBURG, Oct. 7.—Several of the diplomatic corps called at the foreign office today, but acting P'oreign Minister Neratoff was unable to give them definite information with respect to the success of the Russo-French proposal. The general feeling in diplo matic circles here has been that war between Turkey and the Balkans could - not be checked. Pope Offers Mediation LONDON, Oct. announcement that the pope is prepared to offer me diation in the Balkans was made by the Vatican after a meeting of the Sacred Congregation today, according to a news agency dispatch from Rome. BARS MAY FALL BEFORE * PRETENDER TO ROYALTY WASHINGTON. Oct. 7.—Prince Lud ovic Plgmatelli d'Aragon, son of Don Jaime, pretender to the throne of Spain, who has been held at New York since last Friday threatened with deporta tion, will be authorized to enter the United States unless' Information Is soon received from France justifying his rejection by the immigration offi cials at Ellis island. The state department undertook to ascertain through- diplomatic channels the details of the prince's alleged ex pulsion from France on a charge of infringing the gaming laws, but no re ply has been received to cablegrams .sent to Paris. The department of commerce and labor today instructed the commission er of immigration not to hold the prince an unreasonable length of time, and if American immigration agents abroad are unable at once to show that the visitor should be deported, to release him. AMERICAN SHIP BUILDING SHOWS LARGE INCREASE WASHINGTON. Oct. 7.— American ship building made a substantial in crease for the three months which ended September 30 last, compared with the same period of last year, according to figures made public today by the bureau of navigation, department of commerce and labor. During the three months period just ended there were built in the United States 485 sailing, steam and unrigged vessels of 80,281 gross tons. For the like period in 1911 462 vessels of the same classes were built, with a gross tonnage of 76,048. Phone Girls to Define Course of Duty Question of Switchboard Ethics Open What would you do, San Francisco teiephone girls, if you were in the shoes of Marjorie Wood, who is Wanda Kelly, the switchboard girl in Belasco's drama, "The Woman," which is to open at the Colum bia next Monday evening? Girls, 30 of you will have an opportunity to answer this question after the matinee party to be given by The Call in your honor on Wednesday, Oc tober 16. On this day a number of the most expert switchboard operators will be asked to write for this paper what they think of Wanda Kelly's problem. These special criticisms* will be printed during the week. The questions which the telephone girls will be expected to answer are: «*■_•* i—if you were Wanda Kelly, would you do as she did? Why? •**«*• 2—To save a woman's good name, would you "kill" a call? <ir 3—Would you disconnect a wire to save your nation's honor? *-r 4—ln your opinion, is Wanda Kelly a practical operator? Why? For the first time in the history of the drama iv America or, for that matter, in any country, the tele phone switchboard operator has been made the hero ine of a real play. When Wanda Kelly grasps the reigns of things for her few minutes, there is brought to the notice of the public in general the fact that a great percentage of the world's business goes through the hands of a woman telephone operator. Few people give the girl at the switchboard a thought when sending in a call, and fewer still ever see some of these interesting and indispensable women, each with a heart, a mind, a soul and problems of her own. How often does it occur to you when using the telephone, that somewhere beyond your vision there is a girl with a receiver strapped to. her head operating the big switchboard, who, by a simple exchange of wires, could mix up the business and personal affairs of half a city. Yet if you stop to think it over, you will realize that this is just that way. GENERAL WEAVER TO INSPECT GUNS Chief of Coast Artillery Corps Will Arrive at Fort Scott Tomorrow General E. M. Weaver, chief of the coast artillery corps, with his aide, Captain W. K. Wilson, will arrive at Fort Winfield Scott tomorrow morning from Washington, D. C. by way of Puget sound, for an inspection of the coast artillery of the San Francisco dis trict, which embraces Forts Winfield Scott. Miley. Baker and Barry. Battle and fire command subcalilner practice, will be witnessed by- General Weaver during his two days' stay here. He leaves Friday night for Los Angeles and Fort Rosecrans at San Diego. The annual target practice with the big guns of Forts Winfield Scott and Miley has been completed, but several -lays' more shooting will be necessary to complete the practice at Forts Barry and Baker. It is probable that General Weaver will witness this prac tice should the weather be clear. Fog prevented any practice being held yesterday. The boards of officers recently ap pointed by Major General Murray to formulate jWans for the beautlfication of the Presidio post and Fort Win field Scott met yesterday for the first time. The Fort Scott board, consisting of Colonel .lohn P. Wisser. coast artil lery corps, president; Colonel F. \V. yon Schrader, chief quartermaster of the division; LieutenaiV Colonel George Williamson, quartermaster: Lieutenant Colonel Reea, chief engineer of the division, and Captain .Tohn Geary, post quartermaster recorder, organized and ordered th** making of blue print plans of the pos-r. which will be examined at the next meeting of the board and defi nite plans made for Improvements, The Presidio board, of which the personnel is the same, save that Colonel Cornelius Gardener. Sixteenth infantry, is president and Major K. J. Hampton, post quartermaster, is the recorder, or ganized and drove through the post, viewing the buildings and fences pre liminary to recommending which shall be torn down and what improvements shall be recommended. A board of officers, consisting of Major Crowley. Sixth infantry; Captain Knowles, Sixteenth infantry, and Lieu tenant Munro, First cavalry, has been appointed for the examination of five enlisted men—three of the Sixteenth Infantry, one of the signal corps and one from the marine corps—for com missions in.the Philippine scouts. This board will meet November 1. A detachment of 330 recruits from the various commands of the Presidio will leave next Monday for supple mentary target practice at the Rodeo rifle range at Fort Barry. They will be absent about 12 days and will be commanded by a major not yet desig nated. Major K. J. Hampton, Presidio post quartermaster, is busy these days ex pending the money held up for several months by the delayed passage of the army appropriation bill, for supplies and materials for use at the post. Large contracts are being let for plumbers' supplies, paints and other materials. Captain W. H. Monroe, coast artillery corps, has arrived at Fort Winfield Scott after three months' leave of ab sence, and has reported for duty as commanding officer of the Sixty-fourth company. Lieutenant W. E. Hall, medical corps, has arrived at Fort Winfield Scott and reported for duty. Lieutenant Ballard, medical reserve corps, who has been at the Presidio since his return from the Philippines, left Sunday for his home In Natche*. Miss., on four months' leave of absence. * * » Major Beverly A. Read, judge advo cate, is relieved from further duties aa judge advocate of this division. The grading for the gardens in front of the new officers' quarters at Fort Winfield Scott has begun, and lawns and shrubs will be planted as soon as tha ground Is leveled and prepared. * * * Captain Edward K. Massee, assistant of the judge advocate of this division, is appointed summary court officer at division headquarters. CHURCH IS SOBBED—N. v. Robinson. "OS Faxi-ii avenue. re|>ortf_ to the lujrleside police that thle-ep broke into the I'nfted pr-ebj-terlan church, ocean aud _ol<ie_ State avenues, aud ransacked/tbe place. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL. TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 1912. Wanda Kelly, the little telephone operator in the Hotel Keswick, Washington, where the scenes of "The Woman" are laid, is cloaked in the mantle of romance; she knows the power that is in her keeping. Even though threatened with loss of, position and later with imprisonment under the statute which makes it fk a penal offense to refuse to transmit a message, she ' is not afraid to act according to the dictates of her own conscience. In spite of threats and offers of bribes, to obtain from her information which has passed over the wire, Wanda can not be scared. Taking things in her own hands' she plays fate for all the characters concerned. In the world of business, bustle and progress it la only the thoughtful who have been able to realize the importance of our telephone.system, and last, but not least, of the operators. It is almost impossible to understand the temptations which beset these girls from a standpoint of bribery, where politicians have been known to make exorbitant offers to gain a cer tain amount of knowledge. Perhaps there has not been pointed out before the strength of character which is required to over come such emergencies, which must be instilled within the operator who has so much of the world's confidence within the realms of her own .knowledge, to be maintained under a sphinxlike demeanor. It is not an uncommon expression that a woman can not keep a secret. Some believe that as soon as she hears anything she will tell it at once to her husband as a coatter of duty, if nothing else, or confide what she knows to her dearest and best friend. The best and truest delineation of the so called weaker sex's character in this respect is portrayed in "The Woman." Fifty of the best operators in the best telephone city of all the world will go to the Columbia as The Call's guests on Wednesday, October 16. Some, perhaps all, of them will tell The Call's readers what they would have done in Wanda Kelly's place—and why. Hawaiian News By Federal Wireless TONGA ISLANDS 1 DEVASTATED By Federal Wireless HONOLULU, Oct. 7.—Most of the su perstructure and spars of the Norwe gian steamer Hornelen. which crossed from the quarantine wharf this morn ing, are brand new and somewhere around the Tonga islands floats much of the good ship's architecture. On this trip up, reports Captain Nil sen, heavy northeast winds delayed the steamer. The weather experienced almost sent the Hornelen to the bot tom 12 miles southeast of the Tonga islands. Incidentally, this hurricane. which was the worst in years, devas tated the Tonga islands. Captain Nilsen states that they were sending supplies to Tonga from Syd ney even at the late day he left that point. The hurricane had blown down the cocoa palms, destroyed all the boats and canoes and almost cleared the islands of vegetation. MAN LEAPS FROM A TRANSPORT By Federal Wireless HONOLULU, Oct. 7.—Recognizing In some houses on the shores of Pearl harbor a semblance of cavalry quar ters, C. Rigley, formerly a teamster in the quartermaster's department, who is an immune patient, jumped from the deck of the transport Sherman as It passed th© Lochs this afternoon and started to swim toward the channel. The captain of the transport, estab lished a record for getting men over board back to the deck, for the elapsed time irovn the moment Rigley jumped until sailors carried him to the hospi tal was nine and a half minutes. Rigley was standing on the deck with a number of soldiers and navy men watching the island as they passed when suddenly he raced across the deck and took a dive into the shark infested waters. Life lines were thrown to him, but he laughed at them and struck out for shore. A boat flashed out from the white sides of the vessel toward the swimmer. As it came alongside he looked up at the crew with a grin and calmly permit ted himself to be hauled aboard. The Sherman* drew up at its cfock about 2 o'clock after a pleasant and uneventful voyage from Nagasaki. The transport did not get Into any typhoon in the China sea, but was in Nagasaki when one was reported coming and so stayed in port until the worst of it had passed. The transport sailed for San Francisco this afternoon at 4 o'clock. CAILOR SAVED 3 FROM SHARKS By Federal Wireless HONOLULU, Oct. 7.—The United States revenue cutter Thetis, Captain C. S. Cochran, reached Honolulu this afternoon after a quick voyage from Valdez. All on board are well, includ ing two pet bears. When off Diamond head one of the crew fell out of the rigging into the sea, but was rescued before the sharks got him. old McCarthy sleuth gets back on force Fanningfi Reappointed!, Afters a Period of Pensioning Policeman Peter Fanning, who was retired on a pension for disability No vember 2, 1911, ww restored to duty yesterday by the board of police com missioners, sitting as a pension board. Fanning said he no longer suffered from the disability offered as an excuse when he was retired. Fanning probably will be assigned to duty in the southern station where a vacancy exists. He was indicted by the grand jury last year on a charge of agreeing to accept a bribe from Thelma Le Roy, keeper of a Washing ton alley hoyse, and* acquitted. During the McCarthy administration Fanning ranked as a detective sergeant, while assigned to duty in the mayor's office. The board granted- pensions to the widows of the late Policemen Charles Bates and Arthur Sprlngett, who were killed In the discharge of duty. rAITER UZLD 70S ZJ-Bo_arT—George Paries, a waiter, was arrested early yesterday moral-*/ on the Barb-TV coast sad charted with (rand l-rcen-f. He la aec-aed of picking- the pocket at Peter Seattnela. 1937 lUJoo street, of f_.so and a watch. I AUTO MAKERS PLAN FOR RECORD YEAR Charles S. Howard Says Fac tories Will Establish New High Production Mark LEON J. PINKSON Charles S. Howard, president of the Howard Automobile company, coast dis tributers of the Buick and National cars, returned yesterday from a month's visit In the east dividing his time be tween the Buick factory at Flint, Mich igan, the National plant in Indianapolis and a. short stay with his father in New York city. Howard reports condi tions in the automobile industry throughout the east as booming and he says that the manufacturers generally are backing their earlier predictions for a record season by placing con tracts for material that will enable them to turn out a far greater number of cars than ever before. "It is refreshing to see the display of confidence for the 1913 season," said Howard yesterday. "On all sides op timism prevails. The manufacturers , are losing no time in turning out cars land the agents and factory representa tives are fighting eagerly for them. "At the Buick factory in Flint the officials are reporting an unprecedented demand for the new models, and, while the factory today has given assurances that it would build 30,000 cars for the soaison. it is generally intimated that the number will have to be raised at least 5.000 to satisfy the demand. "According to my contract with the factory, I will get 10 per cent of the total production for the coast and the cars will be rushed westward as fast as possible. At the present time the plant is shipping 600 cars a week and it is expected that by the middle of this month the number will be between 700 and 800 cars. "At the National factory the activity is equally brisk and the cars are being eagerly competed for as fast as they are completed. The Indianapolis Speed way victory and "the laurels captured in other speed events during the current year h%ve certainly done much to in crease the popularity of the car; "Wherever I visited the citizens dis played much interest in coast affairs, and thousands upon thousands are said to be planning to visit San Francisco during the exposition." Howard will remain, in San Francisco for a few days and will then go to the branch in Portland, and upon his re turn will visit the Los Angeles branch. ** * r Oakes Off for ~mmt This Meek—R. F. Oakes, president of the American Ever Ready company, makers of the popular Every Ready . starters and batteries, will leave at the end of this week for the general headquarters In New York. After arranging for the 1913 allotment for the coast he will return to San Francisco and then, accompanied by Mrs. Oakes. will make an extended tour of the orient. * * * Ford Leads In Registrations—Accord ing: to* the tabulated statement of auto mobile registrations lp California for the month of September, the F*ord leads with 434 cars. This is 129 more than the second make on the list. Manager J. B. Lund of the company, while pleased with the showing, states that had the California branches been able to secure more cars from the big De troit plant, the total number of deliv eries would have greatly exceeded the appearing figures. # ♦ # PT»t»er Again nt Desk—Phil T. Pra ther. the popular manager of Don Lee's northern California Cadillac organiza tion, .who was stricken with appendi citis, was again at his desk yesterday. Prather escaped having to be operated # * * Stndebakera far Government Service— The United States government has just Furchased eight more Studebaker cars or work in the reclamation service and Indian bureau. For more than half a century the government has been one of Studebaker's best customers. Milwaukee Again* to Hare Big Race- Milwaukee. Oct. 7.—Milwaukee will get the Grand Prix and Vanderbilt cup races next year, according to an an nouncement made here today. * # * San Joaquin Valley Good Auto Field- George w. McLeess Hudson and Hup mobile agent of Lindsay, Tujare county, waa in the city yesterday and reports that the buainess outlook for the com ing season in hia territory is very good. Conditions in the interior are very favorable for a good fall business, which will have a buoyant tendency on the motor car industry. TWO SuaPXCTt HELD—Pan! Smith and Frank Mathewson were arrested yeaterday morning by Policeman George Bennett and placed In det inue. The Curbstone cafe at* 433 O'Farrell street, waa broken Into daring tbe morning and the <-bb_ register rifted, bat nothing waa taken. Smith and Mathewson were found by the police man tottering In tbe neighborhood, and a chisel I and knife were foaad ea their person. STEAM ENGINEER MAY LOSE TRADE Electric and Gasoline Motors Begin to Make Inroads Upon His Vocation Matt Commerford, president of the In ternational Union of Steam Engineers, who was In this city a short time ago. In a letter to the offi cial organ of that association, In which he tells what he' saw on his trip through the state, calls attention to the fact that the trade of the steam engineer is slipping from him because of the new methods in which electricity a*d gasoline motors are the great fac tors. He says: In San Francisco I came upon a little scene on one of the vacant lots, which carries an impor tant lesson wlt,h It to the portable and hoisting men of our organization. Right out on the middle of that lot I discovered a group of old hoisting engines, all In a more or less advanced stage of decay Tuev had been sent to the scrap heap and their places had been taken by either electric motors or gasoline engines. Some of the engines showed plainly that they had been aban doned only _ short time before; others showed frnni their utterly rusted condition that they had met their fate long before. Their day of useful ness bad passed; their places had been taken by mere modern appliances. This is something that we can not. afford to pass by thoughtlessly. It means that the men in the hoisting department of our work must get busy and make themselves tboronghly familiar with the operation of the electric motor, and especially with the gasoline engine. The latter has a great future before It. It will probably be a leading factor In all hoisting undertakings, especially in the building lines, in the Immediate future. The Worsting-man who is nag familiar with its operation should get wise *_■ find out all about it la soon as he possibly can. * * • ** A meeting of the members of the Carpenters* Hall association will be held at the headquarters, 124 Fulton street, this evening, for the purpose of discussing the subject of a new loca tion. The present building has been acquired by the city as part of the new civic center site. The attendance of all members at tonight's meeting is urged. * * * It was reported at the meeting of local No. 24 of the Bakers' and Con fectioners' union last Saturday night, that the differences between the ma chinists and the stationery firemen and the management of the Swain A Young bakery have been amicably settled and that the plant is now thoroughly union ized. It was announced that Richard Schwartlg, formerly secretary of the local, has been appointed manager of the Labor Union bakery in San Jose, vice John Breitwelser. The president was empowered to ap point a committee that shall see that o n all occasions the local shall be pro tected to the extent of having only union employes of the culinary craft on Jobs where several crafts are at work. . A class of seven candidates was ad mitted to membership after election and •obligation. Harry Bolton, ninth vice president of the International body and a member of the executive board, has been in Sacramento for several days settling a difference between bakers and a large concern In that city. * * * Special Organizer E. H. Misner pre sided at a meeting of the Flour Mill and Grain Warehousemen's union No. 14,145, in the Labor temple last Sun day, called together for the purpose of reviving the organization which of late has been dormant. It was decided to open the charter for 30 days to enable those who are eligible to membership, and there are between 500 and 600 who can join, to come in at "ground floor rates." Local No. 104 of the Sheet Metal Workers* International alliance, on last Saturday night received a report to the effect that the trade in this city is fair. Six members from other locals were ad mitted by card and three applications for membership were presented. The local adopted a resolution to fine any member $1 who fails by next Saturday 1 night to turn in his Labor day badge. TT TT W Two of the local labor leaders re turned from the east on Sunday, where they had been in attendance on inter national conventions; P. H. McCarthy, who was a delegate to the United Broth erhood of Carpenters' and Joiners at Washington, D. C, and John I. Nolan, who was a delegate to the Interna tional Association of Machinists at In dianapolis. * * * From the latest reports to the Sailors' union of the Pacific in this city from agents at various branches of the or ganization it appears that shipping is good at Portland. Ore., San Pedro and Honolulu; fair at San Francisco, Vic toria. B. C, Vancouver, B. C and Eureka; dull at Tacoma and Aberdeen and poor at Seattle and Port Townsend. * * * The Panama-Pacific International Ex position company has notified the San Francisco Labor council that it will give due consideration to the council's request for a concession to Fire Chief Shafnit of Bakersfleld In order to ex hibit improved fire extinguishing ap paratus. » * * * Local No. 65 of the Wood, Wire and Metal Lathers* union will meet tomor row night to select a committee of five, whose duty it shall be to confer with contractors on the subject of revising the working rules of the organization. * * * Local No. 164 of the Molders* Inter national union paid to members on the sick list during September benefits ag gregating 1325. At the last meeting two candidates were elected and obli gated and five new applications were presented. * * * The Moving Picture Operators' union has made a demand on the managers of moving picture houses for one day's rest In seven, and it expects to have an answer to present to the Sarf Fran cisco Labor council next Friday night. # * * At the next meeting of local No. 48 of the Watresses' union the members will vote on a number of amendments to the general constitution that have been submitted on referendum by the international union. How She Acquired "Feminine Charm* 9 A nicely dressed woman sat beside me In the train. Every one stared at her. I couldn't help doing the same. It was not her beauty of feature that held our eyea, nor her costume. But there was something about ber face and expression—I risked it ' and naked: "Would you mind telling me how you keep your complexion so dazzllngly pure? Don't think me impertinent, but you seem over 30, yet haven't a line in your face, and your cheeka are quite peach-like. How do you do it?" Laughing, she said: "That's .easy; I remove my akin. Sounds shocking, doesn't it? But listen. Instead of cos metics I use only pure mercohi-d wax, procurable at any druggist's. I apply this nightly, like cold cream, washing it off mornings. This gently absorbs the * soiled, weather-beaten film-akin, without pain or discomfort, thus reveal ing the fresh, clear under-akin. Every woman has a beautiful complexion un derneath, you know. Then, to ward off wrinkles I use a face bath made by dis solving powdered saxolite (one ounce) in one-half pint witch haael—a harm less astringent which 'tones' the skin wonderfully. Very simple, Isn't it?" I thought so. I'm now trying her plan and like it Immensely MUJicent Brown In The Story Teller, lIH_L If __r 11 I! -Vfitii BaMng Grape PflWfler Xs*^^<[rffl#tot Royal DaKingPowder §_jß_______-lO> JVo -fllttHi Ml |!N No Lime Phosphates )TCy GOSSIP OF RAILWAY MEN IT is reported on fairly good author ity that the offices of the Union Pa cific railroad were deserted a few days ago while the entire force rushed for the headquarters of the local lot tery companies. Each railroader wanted the ticket numbered 6,003, and ! no other. It was discovered that the tickets bearing that number were gone and the attendants stated that they had been purchased by a "dark, handsome man." It was' decided by the disap pointed seekers after fortune that Henry Avila had been there before them. The meaning of it all. of course, was that every one wanted the number that proved so successful for Mrs. Henry Avila, in the drawing for an automobile at Tait's. It is true that the Avila ticket was the third one drawn from the box, but the unknown holders* of the first and second numbers drawn did not appear, so the auto was received by the smiling Avilas. Some disappointed persons are said to have started a rumor which con GOULD PAYS DUTY—BUT HE'LL SHOW UNCLE SAM Millionaire Wails About $2,844 Charge; Plans Suit NEW YORK. Oct. 7.—Frank J. Gould today obtained release of all of the $400,000 worth of baggage which the customs authorities seized when he and Mrs. Gould and her sisters arrived Friday from their home in Paris. Under protest Gould paid $2,844 on the dutiable articles, but the greater part of the valuable jewelry was shown to have been of American purchase or to have been assessed before by the customs authorities. Gould will carry to the courts his fight against paying any duty, saying he is exempt as a nonresident and that he intended only to visit this country. Collector Loeb, however, believed the millionaire had not given up his resi dence here. He said he heard Gould intended to reopen his Fifth avenue home and to this end had equipped his house with servants. ALBERTA REALTY DEALER KILLS WIFE AND HIMSELF CALGARY. Alberta. O't. 7.—Crazed with jealousy and his inability to effect reconciliation with bis Wife, John C Davis, a wealthy realty operator, fired three bullets into her body, killing her instantly, and seriously, if not fatally, wounding Miss Mildred Dixon, a pri vate detective, and then ended his own life, shortly after 7 o'clock last night. The tragedy occurred at Miss Dixon's apartments. BE GUIDED BY OUR EXPERIENCE fl For thirty-five years have we been constantly studying the wants and needs of the piano buying public. Beginning in the smallest way, our business has grown, steadily, consistently, until it covers the entire Coast with a chain of branch stores and agencies that places our goods within the reach of every household in the West. fl Thirty-five years of piano buying and selling has given us an infallible knowledge of piano construc tion and piano values; has taught us what pianos are the best possible at their price, and has enabled us to offer better pianos at their respective prices than are possible elsewhere. fl To every intending buyer we extend the benefits of our knowledge and our experience, guaranteeing that the instrument selected will give the fullest measure of satisfaction. Whether it be the cheapest piano on our floors or the highest priced, the buyer receives the same consideration,* the same courtesy. fl By examining our stock, learning the prices of dependable pianos from a dependable house, you will be better able to judge the quality of the offerings of other stores. Safeguard your own interest by mak ing comparisons. Easy payments. VICTOR TALKING MACHINES WILEY B. -_-.L_.lf BUILDING 135-153 Kearny and 217-225 Sutter Street Oakland, 010 Twelfth and 1200 Washington. OTHER STORES—Los Angeles, Saerameato, Saa Jose. San Oiego; Phoenix, Artsonat Reao, Nevadai Portland, Oregon. nected Avila with the nonappearance of the holders of the two preceding tickets*, but so far the police have not molested him. Word comes from Texas that the first step in the reorganisation of the At lantic system of the Harriman lines came Tuesday, when W. B. Scott, who recently succeeded Cornwall Fay an president, announced the resignation of Gus Radepzki as* vice president and general manager of the Sunset Cen tral line. G. S. Waid.nf El Paso sur ceeds Radepzki and there is a full shift ing of division superintendents. # * # E. L. Lomax. passenger traffic man ager of the Western Pacific, and J. G. Lowe, district passenger agent, who have been attending a time card meet ing in Denver, are expected back to morrow. Next Saturday evening the Califor nia Association of Traffic Agents will gather in annual meeting to elect offi cers and eat. VIENNA SCIENTIST SAYS LIFE SPARK IS DIVINE Man Never Will Create It, Main* tains Savant LOS ANGELES. Oct. 7.—"Life never will be created artificially.'' •This is the opinion of Prof. Julius Mauthner of the University of Vienna, who is with the party of European delegates to the International Con gress of Applied Chemistry, which is touring the country. Prof. Mauthner takes issue with Prof. Edward A. Schafer of the Edinburgh university, the biologist who believes that life is nothing more or less than a chemical action, and that if science could bur. discover how v and In what propor tions and under what conditions to mix the elements together, man couM create life. "Man can never create life, no mat ter how much some of the scientific experiments might indicate that it might be possible," said Professor Mauthner. "Many may find all the chemical constituents of the human body, but the spark of life comes from a source regarding which science does not know, and from a power higher than man." BANKRUPTCY PETITIONS FILED IN FEDERAL COURT The following petitions in bankruptcy were filed yesterday in the United States district court: Adam Bergman, a solicitor living at Sacramento, whos* liabilities are $$70. with no assets; Leslie L. Stewart, a local confectioner, whose .liabilities arc $!>;J2. with no assets.