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Portraits of Beautiful Women
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San Francisco's beautiful women.
VOLVMK (Will.—NO. 7.
London Conference May
Fail, in Which Event
Turkey Will Be Compelled
to Fight It Out With
Balkan League and Trust
to Fortunes of Arms
With Strongholds in Thrace
Defying Enemy and Win
ter and Cholera as Allies,
Ottomans Might Be Able
to Reverse Victories and
Drive Out the Invaders
gpeetel Cable to The Call
LONDON, Dec. 6—The disposition
in certain quarters to regard the ar
mistice between three of the Balkan
allies and Turkey. and the agreement
for a peace conference in London, as
indicating an end to the Balkan war,
h premature—this apart altogether
from the "Greek fire" now playing
upon the shores of the Adriatic.
Peace is probable: it is not certain by
any means. The peace commissioners
may depart from London as they
come. The white angel may take
wings and the barking of the dogs of
war g<
Many otherwise well informed per
sons u>e the word ''armistice" without
knowing its-meaning. An armistice
is a suspension of hostilities. Its ac
ceptance does not necessarily imply
that a treaty of peace sincerely is de
sired by both sides, though it usually
signifies that one of the belligerents,
at any rate, has had enough of war.
Two Fortresses Are .Doomed
■ an armistice generally
le for a zone of neutral territory
between the opposing forces, and in
variably lav down the conditions to
be observed as to besieged fortresses
and other such questions which com
plicate the agreement.
In the present case, for example, the
fate of the Turkish fortresses which
are still holding out—Adrianople,
TebatAlJa, .Tanina and Scutari—must
b* regulated. The last two certainly
are doomed, ami may be yielded by the
Ottoman negotiators without much
The bept- that t!;e garrisons of these
two places ran effect for their country
would be to detain a part of the Greek
and Servian armies for a brief period.
Turks Have Chance to Win*
The Turkish strongholds in Thrare.
however, are a very different case. If
Adrianople !a provisioned for two
months, as the Turks assort, there Is
no va'id reason why its defense Should
■ successful and should not en
' c Ottoman army to resume the
offensive, with a fair chance of ultimate
From what has happened in the short
campaign, however, it is reasonable to
conclude that the Turkish morale has
been subdued. From the beginning of
the war the Turks held a military posi
tion which, on the whole, was more
favorable than that of their antago
nist &
Porte Lacks Organization
Conscription in a hardy and warlike
population placed enough soldiers at
• disposal of their war office to hold
one gToup of their enemies In check,
' .• " overwhelmed the other.
Tint their execution of this design
wars bo feeble, their administration has
proved so corrupt and incompetent and
the direction of the operations has been
so lacking in determination and energy
that no one believes the Turkish power
capable of -xploiting the formidable
resources which still remain Intact,
•■sequently, ail the fortresses may be
surrendered, particularly' if the porte
Is revolved to accept the conditions of
pea<~o to be imposed by the allies and
which It hopes to see watered dowti by
the powers, as the treaty of San Ste
plinno in IR7S was mutilated in Berlin.
A- nt juncture it is inter
how the armistice will
affe.-t the- belligerents in case hostili
ties are resumed later. If all the
Turkish fortresses arc surrendered,
further resistance to the allies hardly
thinkable, except to defend the Sul
tans dominions in Asia Minor. Hut if
Adrianople and Tchatalja are held by
the Turks the armistice enables the
■allies to reinforce their army in Thrace,
with strong Servian and Greek con
tingent?, whenever they choose to do
so. and It compels the garrison of
Adrianople to consume its provisions
during the duration of the truce.
On the other hand, the Turks can
complete the organization of their
troops in Asia Minor, can restore their
military administration and can pre
pare for offensive operations against
the Bulgarian flank by sending troops
over the Black sea to the land ill the
- ion of the little Balkans.
Fending the assembling of the peace
.gates in T,ondon, the Balkan allies
■i Continued on rase 4, Column 4
"An Independent Newspaper"
Capt. Mitchell Offers Nationals to Escort'Knocker'to Christmas Eve Pyre
WITH a whoop and a shout San Francisco approves
The Call's plan to celebrate Christmas eve by
burning the hammer of knockery at Lotta's
All yesterday the management of this paper was busy
receiving offers of help from individuals and organizations.
Reading The Call's announcement and the mayor's tele
graphed sanction for the use of Lotta's fountain and the
streets in that vicinity on Christmas eve, the live people
of the city—the organizers and promoters of systematic
work for the public good—hastened to express their satis
faction with the idea. They all want to help and they'll
all have that chance.
Tt is likely that the hammer will be escorted to its con
suming pyre by a martial body that has marked time—when
it wasn't actively fighting for the right—ever since vigi
lante days. In San Francisco.
The Nationals helped make the city what it is. The
Crowded Car Overturns
Ten Seriously Injured
Many Cut by Flying
Glass in Accident
In San Jose
Special Dtspatcb to The Call
PAX JOSE, Dec. 7. —Ten persons
were seriously lnjure'd and a number
of others received cuts and bruises
when the eouthbound theeter car from
San Jose to Campbell, Saratoga and
Los Gatos, containing 60 passengers,
overturned shortly before midnight at
the turn at Josefa and San Carlo*
Nearly evpry person 'n the car was
cut by broken glass and bruised when
the car turned over. The cause of the
accident Is not known definitely, as
high speed was not being maintained.
Those seriously injured were:
August Menu Jr., well known liquor
merchant of Kan Jose; arm broken and
probable internal Injuries.
George H. Stipn, Hty editor or the
San Jose Mercury, a resident of Los
• 'ntprnal inju
Pete Simon of Los Gatos, Southern
Pacific engineer; cut badly about head, I
and possible fracture of the skull.
Joseph Converse, Los Gatos, bad cute
from glass and possible fracture of the
W. M. Williams, Ix>» Gatoe, broken
thumb, sprained wrist, severe brulsee,
Mrs. W. M. Williams, bad cuts from
glass on the arms, head and upper part
of the body.
S. G. Magetti, Loe Gatos, cut about
the head and shoulders.
L. L. Mattlnger. Los Gatos, cuts and
W. B. Shaw. Campbell, bad ruts on
the head and body.
W. O. llutHilns, Los Gatos, cute and
i bruises.
The injured were all taken to their
i homes on a car which had "been fol
j lowing the wrecked car closely.
The theater car left Ran Jose at
11:35 p. m. On reaching the turn the
rear trucks left the track and the car
then overturned, throwing the pas
sengers in a heap against the broken
Institution Ha* Been Under Investiga-
tion by Board «>f Managers Owing
XAPA. D<"\ 6. —Pγ. A. K. Osborae.
superintendent of the Napa state hos
pital, today resigned from Ms position.
His r«sigriati< n comes as the result of
an investigation conducted here Thurs
day by the board of managers of the
institution. One of the principal mat
ters discussed was the case of Mrs.
Battman of Yolo county, who was an
aged woman patient at the state hos
pital. She was in a very weak con
dition and was taken to her bom* in
Tolo county by her daughter, Mrs.
Fraasee, about a month ago. Mrs.
Frazee reported that her mother's body
was in a filthy condition and charged
attendants or officials with being re
sponsible for the neglect of the pa
tient. No successor to Osborne has
been named here as yet.
Confnme* in an Irrealntfhlr I .net to
See Agony of C hildren
Special Dispatch to The Call
BUENOS AIRES, Dec 6. —A strange
case of juvenile perversity has Just
come to light. A boy 16 years old has
been arrested accused of the murder
of a baby. He confessed not only to
this but to about 10 other similar
crimes. He declared: "Since the age of
9 or 10 I have had an irresistible lust
to see the agony of children." His
father is a workman.
>ncturnal Ptetol Battle With Prleoner
May Prove Fatal
EL. CENTRO, Dec c.—A. C. Sen son, (
night watchman, was trying to arrest
J. B. Greaeon at Imperial late last night
when Greason drew a revolver and shot
Senson, probably fatally. The wounded
man shot his assailant three times,
breaking - one of his arms. The latter
is in jail. Greason "was said to have
Lull intoxicated.
Newspaper Man Is Injured
Others Hurt in Accident
-♦ ••
Those seriously injured wer»:
AUGI'ST MEXX 4R., liquor
merchant of San Jo«f.
(,Kflß(,i; H. STIPP, city ed
itor of tfce San Jotr Mfrcnry.
I'KTK MMON, Southern Pa.
••Iflp dninter, !.<•■ fiatoa.
>ik!*. w, m. williams.
S. SL4GBTTI, l.oa Gatoa.
1.. 1,. MATTUTGBR, !.<•■ Gatoa.
W. B. SHAW, CamabelL
W. O. HITCHINS, l.oa Gatoa.
Blind Physician Gives Money
Received From Man He Be
friended for Cure of Blind
Bp*c!a! TM«p«tcli to The Cull
PHILADRLPNTA. De<\ t.—t>f. Wil
liam Newton, a blind physician of this
city, recently received word from Cali
fornia that Philip Sheridan, whom he
befriended in 1898, had died and had
bequeathed him $30,000. That Doctor
Newton received the money became
known today, when he announced that
he was about to give $15,000 for the
erection of a building In which the
blind would be taught to be skilled
While a student Doctor Newton be
came acquainted with Sheridan, who
had trouble with his eyes. He ad
vised the ('alifornian to come to the
Jefferson hospital In this city and to
have an operation performed by a local
physician. This was done and the
operation was successful. Doctor New
ton later was stricken blind with glau
"I can't be cured," he said today,
"and the best use for the money is to
make other persons happy."
Deaths From Malady Crow
Fewer Each Year in
SACRAMENTO. Pec. 6.—Deaths from
typhoid fever in California have de
creased year after year since 1906,
notwithstanding , the Increase in the
population of the state. This remark
able decrease if shown by figures pre
pared by Statlttician George Leslie of
the state board of health, Indicating
that whereas there were 657 typhoid
deaths in 1906, there were but 44V
in 1911.
From 6G7 typhoid deaths in 1906
they dropped to 461 in 1909, then rose
to 477 in 1910. only to decrease to 444
last year. The proportion of typhoid
fever deaths per 1,000 from aJI causes
decreased from 22.4 to 33, or a drop
of 9.4 In the five years.
The deaths were found to be more
prevalent in the interior counties of
northern and central California and
south of the Tehachapi, except I,os An
geles. Colusa with 61.1, Madera with
48 and lessen with 41.2 had the high
est rates. San Francisco's rate was
12.3 and other bay counties 14.3. Los
Angeles" rate was 11.4. Alpine, Del
Norte and Mono had none. Sanitary
regulations inaugurated by the state
health board have been responsible for
the gradual eradication of this disease.
Americaa Couple Found Dead In Bed
Iβ English Town
LONDON, Deo. 6.— Junius Booth, an
American, and his wife were found dead
in bed today at Brightling Sea, Essex.
They both had been shot and it is be
lieved their deaths were the result of a
suicide agreement. Both recently had
been running a moving picture snow
at Brightling Sea.
Nationals come forward promptly to help make the city
better than it is.
"The Call's unique proposal to burn the hammer of
knockery at a splendid cremation ceremony, to be held
under the sanction of Mayor Rolph and all the powers that
be, at Lotta's fountain, strikes me as the most fitting Christ
mas cv» celebration any city could have," Captain H. H.
Mitchell of the Nationals , told The Call.
"That feeling is not merely my own, but my company's,"
Captain Mitchell went on. "The Nationals to a man regard
The Call's proposal in the light of a call to arms. Here's
work for the Nationals. I come on behalf of the organtza
* tion to offer ourselves as official escort to the hammer of
knockery as it parades through the streets. We shall
march as a guard of honor, but it will be the city's honor
not the hammer's—that we guard, and our chief duty will
be to see that nothing whatsoever hinders the progress
of that hammer toward the spot where it shall be con
sumed. Since the days of the vigilantes the Nationals
Best Clothes Are Taken
With Her; Also Handbag
and Father's $25,
But No Hat
BERKELEY, Pec. 6.—Mies Elsie
Baehelder of 1516 Carlton street es
caped from the house by way of her
bedroom window this morning before
daybreak and left the premises, taking
with her |25, which her father had left
the night before on a dresSer. The
girl took her best clothes from the
closet In her apartment, but ehe wore
no hat.
Her father, M. A. Bachelder, learned
that she was seen in the,#arly fore
noon in San Francisco near the Palace
hotel. The runaway girl was then
alone and bareheaded. A married sis
ter, living in Psn Fr . ' w>, was eeen,
but the girl had not gone to her. Fall
ing to trail- their daughter themselves, j
the parents this afternoon notified the ,
police of San Francisco and Oakland.
Mrs. Bachelrler missed her daughter
when she was preparing breakfast this
morning. She found the window of
Elsie's bedroom open and clothes scat
tered on the floor. L<ater the money
and a tan handbag were missed.
She was described as a pretty girl,
1?o pounds in weight, with brown eyes
and ruddy complexion. She wore
either a black or gray skirt, those gar- !
ments being missing, but the parents !
are not able to describe the rest of her
Exhausted from hunger and cold, and
the long: walk to this city from San
Mateo 1n thin slippers and clothing
that offered but little protection from
the chill night winds and dews, 14 year
old Martha Boud'ry. who mysteriously
disappeared from her home in San
Mateo three days apo, and for whom
the police of the bay cities have been
fruitlessly searching for 48 hours, stag
gered across the threshold of the home
of James Battonley, a conductor, at 413
Naples street, about R o'clock yesterday
morning and begged piteously for food
and shelter.
Mrs. Battonley, the mother of four
children, took the bedraggled girl, who
was thought to be in the hands of
white slavers, to the breakfast table.
where she at* like one famished.
The girl told Mrs. Battonley she left
the homo of her father, Frank Boudry,
a cement worker, because of his ex
treme cruelty to her. She said she was
afraid he would kill her if she returned
home, because of her alleged relations
with Charles Hurles, who is now be
ing held in detinue in San Mateo.
After breakfast the girl told Mrs.
Battonley that she was going down
town to get a position in some depart
ment store for the Christmas holidays.
"If I secure a position I will be back
this evening," was her farewell to
Mrs. Battonley. At midnight laet »{ght
she had failtd to put in an appearance.
Battoniey notified the San Mateo po
lice that Martha had been at his home.
Mrs. Boudry, the girl's mother, arrived
at the Battonley home about 11 o'clock
last night and when she was told that
her daughter had not returned accord
ing to her promise, she broke down
and wept bitterly. She eaid Martha
was a good girl and that she knew her
intimacy with Hurles was of an inno
cent nature.
Martha told Mrs. Battonley that
Hurles was guiltless of wrong toward
her and that he had always treated
her like a sister.
Twice the Boudry girl has eluded
her pursuers. Thursday njornlng she
was cared for by the inmates pf a.
house at 800 Montgomery street They
telephoned to San Mateo. The con
versation was overheard by Martha,
who hurried from the houso by the
back door.
Because of the yellow veil and a
full description of her clothing and
personal appearance, the police «ay
she will probably be taken Into custody
today. 1
"All the Sews All the Time"
have had one motto and one bright hope—'the city.'''
Officers of the Nationals merely expressed a sentiment
that went over the city in a way that was like nothing so
much as the way the flames once spread over the town
from the ferry to Van Ness avenue. The Call's announce
ment kindled a new flame. There can be no doubt of that.
The heart of the city was as tinder to the inspired spark
that fell. The hammer of knockery typifies exactly and
unmistakably that careless and terrible evil which is to be
eradicated from San Francisco Christmas eve, even as the
emblem fades out of existence in a purging flame too
intense to leave even a reminiscent ash.
The Call had the honor of starting this thing; it is the
people's campaign now.
The hammer is already on the way to the bonfire. Watch
The Call for details of the great ceremony that will make
splendid the final rites. This affair is going to be dif
ferent —it Is going to be the most signal celebration ever
held in San Francisco.
Triumph for Actress
Entire Claim Allowed
Tn>o poses of Miss Edith St. Clair, "ti/ho has n>on suit against Klaw & Erlanger.
Jerome, for Klaw & Erlanger, Refused to Sum Up
Case After Court's Ruling
NEW YORK, Dec. 6.—After being
out but 10 minutes, the jury in the case
of Edith St. Clair against the firm of
Klaw <fc Erlanger returned a verdict
for the full amount she claimed, $25,000.
The theatrical firm therefore will be
required to pay the actress 522,500 to
complete the contract and meet the
Judgment. The contract entered Into
with Miss St. C.air was for 10 years at
$2,500 a year. Klaw & Krlanger lived
up to It for one year.
Serpents Escape From Sack in
Station, But Rabbit Meat
Quiets Them
Special Dispatch to The Call
PARIS, Dec. 6.—Two huge serpents
took complete possession of one of the
Paris police stations for several hours
early today. They had been brought to
the station house in a woolen sack left
lin a subway car. The sack was thrown
into a corner to await a claimant. Sud
denly the policemen on duty noticed
the sack moving slowly across the
Several patrolmen rushed toward it
and ripped it open with their sabers,
when two great snakes of the boa con
strictor species raised their heads and
caused the policemen to evacuate the
station in terror.
Shortly afterward the owner of the
serpents, the manager of a show, ar
rived to claim the sack. Hearing that
the snakes were loose, he fetched some
live rabbits, which he fed to the rep
i tiles, and after their meal they were
easily captured.
Special Dispatch to The Call
When court convened Justice Pendle
ton announced that he had adhered to
his ruling of yesterday and that Mr.
Jerome, counsel for Klaw & Erlanger,
must sum 4 up for the defendants first
if he wished to address the Jury. Under
this ruling Jerome refused to sum up
and Mooney alone addressed the Jury.
Neither Erlanger nor Klaw was in
court when Mooney vigorously attacked
the private life of Erlanger.
French Servant in "Stage FrighC
While Attending Sarah and
Spills Soup on Her
Special Dispatch to Th* Call
CHICAGO, Dec. 6.—The life ambition
of Henri, a French waiter at the
Congress hotel, was to serve Mme.
Sarah Bernhardt. As Henri spoke
French fluently, had experience In Paris
cafes and met all requirements, Man
ager Gore assigned him to serve the
famous actress. Overwhelmed with
pleasure and gratitude, Henri prac
ticed and rehearsed his role a whole
day. But Henri got "stage fright"
His hands trembled as he passed the
coffee. Some of it spilled on the table
cloth, ilme. Bernhardt smiled. The
waiter bowed his apologies. She even
overlooked the absence of salt and
pepper, but when Henri spilled most of
the contents of a soupbowl upon the
tea gown of the actress, she was not
pleased. Manager Gore heard of this
and discharged the waiter, an American
waiter taking his place. Mme. Bern
hardt heard of Henri's fate and the
waiter was reinstated.
Fair: FlHuet In early morninu; l,l«l»t northiweitt wind.
Flow |pf Gold to San Francisco
jf /* he i Mint; report for November *
'• *. iphows that the receipts from . .*.
y* j^ Alaska were valued at
• :
'.t This is double the : record of November, 1911
Mare Island Officers Give
Dinner Party to Bar
Tender's Wife and Girl
Friend; Host's Spouse
Fractures Head of Guest
With Bottle, Is Report
Vallejo Woman in Hospital
Seriously Injured; Official
Investigation of "Acci
dent" on Gangway of
Gunboat Vicksburg Re
veals Scene Aboard Ship
Special Dispatch to The Call
VALL.EJO, Dec. 6.—A gay but sur
reptitious little dinner party given
aboard the gunboat Vicksburg last
night by the wardroom officers of the
ship in honor of two supposed actresses
from San Francisco, which almost
ended in a tragedy, threatens to split
the Pacific station wide open with the
biggest navy scandal in yaars.
One of the "actresses," who in reality
is Mrs. Andrew Muller.wlfe of a local
bar tender, is lying in the Vallejo gen
eral hospital suffering from a serious
fracture of the skull. When she was
removed from the ship at midnight, it
wae stated that she had met with an
accident on the gangway, but today it
developed that she had been struck to
the head by a bottle hurled by the v-if
of one of the officer*.
An official inquiry is on, and in tb*
course of the examination of the offi
cers the true story of the occurrence
is believed to have been brought to
light At any rate, a series of court
martials is confidently predicted when
the report that was sent eastward tv
night shall have been acted on In
Women Officers' Guests
According + o the story current in the
Mare island yard, and which is alleged
to have come from the board of in
quiry, Mrs. Muller and a companion.
Miss Jessie Gibbons, a candy store girl,
went aboard the Vicksburg shortly
after the regular dinner hour as spe
cial guests of two of the wardroom
A special dinner, specially served
! with special wine, followed, and the
J evening grew brighter as it grew
'shorter. Just who the officers present
J were -has not been divulged—the
I "honor of the navy" being at stake—
j but that one of them is married, with a
wife in Vallejo, is apparent from the
events that followed.
Somewhere near midnight, according
to the story, a boat pulled alongside the
Vicksburg, and the wife of one of the
officers came aboard. There followed
an angry scene in the wardroom, end
ing when the wife picked up an empty
bottle from among the "dead soldiers"
on the table and threw It at the fair
head of Mrs. Muller, who dropped to
the floor unconscious.
"Accident," Officers Say
What happened then Is a matter of
more definite history. A hurried tele
phone message from the cruiser South
Dakota, which is docked near the
Vicksburg, directed Dr. A. V. Doran of
this city to send an ambulance to meet
a launch at the Vallejo wharf, and at*
12:45 the apparently lifeless body of
Mrs. Muller was lifted ashore and taken
to the hospital. Mrs. Emil Swenson,
wife of the chief gunner aboard the
South Dakota, is believed to have tel
ephoned to the physician.
The story told by the officers of tie
Vlckeburg is entirely different and
makes Mrs. Muller the victim of an
acoidental fall, but this version was
discounted following the examination
of the men Involved. According to
their statement, the women were leav
ing the ship shortly after 11 o'clock.
when the injured woman tripped over
her skirt as she was climbing out of
the hold and fell back a distance of 10
feet, striking her head on the steel
Her injuries consist of a dangerous
fracture of the skull Just above the
right eye and a severe scalp wound
farther back on her head.
In their explanation to the press the
Continued on Pegre 4, Column 2
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