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Every Day Bargain Day
The Classified Advertising Pages
of The Call contain bargains of all
kinds every day. Read them over %
T and see for yourself.
Suit Will Be Filed in Fresno This Week to Retover California Oil Lands Valued at About $1,000,000,000
Rolph Says Fisher Practi
cally Ordered City to Try
to Consummate Purchase,
but Would Be Satisfied
With an Effort to Make
the Deal at Fair Price
Executive Declares Convinc
ing Demonstration Was
Given That Hetch Hetehy
Is the Only Safe, Avail
able Source of Water Sup
ply for San Francisco
Ftill possessed of the same quiet
optimism with which lie set out on his
mission three weeks ago, Mayor Kolph
arrived home yesterday from Wash
ington, bringing direct word of San
Francisco's battle before Secretary of
the Interior Walter L.. Fisher for Hetch
Het'hv water.
The fight is not yet won, nor would
th>=> city's chief executive indulge in
any speculation as to the final outcome,
"TV*, have enjoyed a fair and thor
ough hearing," was the way he summed
up the results of his trip. "For myself,
1 rome back from Washington con
vince/-] that Hetch Hetehy is the only
safe, available source of water supply
for San Francisco. I believe that fact
■was clearly demonstrated to Secretary
Case Ably Presented
"Our :ase was ably and skillfully pre-
t pc] at the hearing fey Engineer
Frfpmsn. who proved himself an a.ss»et
of immense value to the city. Hβ dis
posed of every question relating to
every other source in a most thorough
manner and showed beyond question
that Hetoh Hetehy supply is the one
absolutely needed by the people of
Pan Francisco and tho* bay region."
No decision in the matter ran be
exported before the latter part of Janu
ary, according to the mayor. The gov
ernment requested both the city and
the Spring Valley company to furnish
certain supplementary data, before sub
mitting the case to th» board of army
engineers, and this data will not be
reedy until December 23. After the
army engineers have made their recom
mendation, based on the evidence that
•will be before them. Secretary Fisher
nili issue his final ruling and the fate
of San Francisco will be known.
Spring Valley Purchase
An important part of the recent
hearing was the question of the nego
tiations between the city and the Spring
Valley for the purchase of existing
plant. Secretary Fisher made it known
That he would not consider making the
Ketch Hetehy grant operative until an
agreement for the purchase of Spring
Valley had been struck, and in order
to remove this objection Mayor Rolph
intends to resume negotiations with the
■water company at once.
A conference of the advisory water
committee will be called for either
Tuesday or Wednesday evening of this
week, to be followed immediately by a
special meeting of the board of super
>re to decide upon the course to be
4k' Mowed in acquiring the Spring Val-
Jey plant. As Secretary Fisher stated
at the hearing, there are two ways
open to the city—arbitration and con
demnation—and one or the other of
these will be followed without delay.
Price Must Be Reasonable
Mayor Rolph pointed out that while
Secretary Fisher virtually had ordered
San Francisco to purchase the Spring
Valley plant, it was not with a view
of forcing the city to pay an unreas
onable price for the property.
"Secretary Fisher told me later,"
4 said the mayor, that he did not pro
pose to liavr. ihr city of San Francisco
held up by the Spring Valley company,
and that if we could show him we had
made every effort to acquire the Spring
Valley property at a fair price both
to the city and the company, he would
b<? satisfied.
"The question of the purchase was
raised by E. J. McCutcheon, attorney
for Spring Valley,, who asked Secre
tary Fisher if the proposed permit to
iise Heidi Hetehy should not include
the purchase of Spring Valley as a
condition before the Iletch Hetehy
right became effective. Fisher said the
point was well taken and in this way
made it known tliat he believes the
city .should a.quire the existing com
pany before entering Hctch Iletchy.
"Secretary Fisher was fair and thor
ough all through the hearing, and I feel
■*> at he means to be just to the city of
San Francisco. When I saw him last,
which was on my return to Washington
from New York, he assured me that he
Continued «m I'age 4, Column 4
"An Independent Newspaper" j
City Enthuses Over Diva
Pasquali to Get Ovation
M/ie. Dernice de Pasquali who will sing on the Lotla Foun
tain plaza on Christmas eve, when the big hammer is to be burned.
Popular and Beautiful Artist Will Help the
Obsequies of Hammer With Song
With one accord, the music lovers of San Francisco offered up an
enthusiastic "Hurrah" yesterday when they read in The Call that Madame
Bernice dc Pasquali, one of the best loved operatic stars who ever sang
here, would be back Clrristmas eve to take part in the great celebration
at Lotta's fountain.
Memories of Madame de Pasquali are still fresh in the minds and
hearts of musical San Francisco, although it has been more than two years
since she was here on a concert tour with Scotti. the famous tenor. Her
later great triumphs in New York and abroad give her coming visit an
additional interest above and beyond the fact that she is to help San Fran
cisco in its very newest enterprise—the burning of the hammer!
It long has been decreed'that the hammer must go, Such an instru
ment of petty strife and jealousy has no place in a city of half a million
souls who have a mutual, common interest in the greatest project of the
decade—the Panama-Pacific exposition.
Concefted action—everybody pulling together—is needed, instead of the
dull, vicious thud of the knocker's hammer, sounding a melancholy dirge
to all unified effort toward civic betterment.
"Burn it up; destroy it," is the cry on the streets, in the market and
in the homes, and in response to this demand The Call has arranged a
Christmas eve ceremony that will undo the hammer of knockery forever.
What Madame de Pasquali will do will be to usher in the new "pull
together - ' spirit with a burst of rapturous song that will cheer and glad
den the hearts of the men and women after the grim execution of the
ancient symbol. No one in Europe or America is better able, by virtue
of native gifts or training, to express the feelings of the glad new San
Francisco on this happy Christmas eve than is she.
Her enthusiastic response to The Call's invitation, offering her services
for the city's good, is typical of trtie way the suggestion is being received
on all sides. "For the good of San Francisco"' is a powerful appeal, and
it will be "for the good of San Francisco"' that Madame de Pasquali will
trill her highest, clearest notes on Christmas eve.
Boldest Holdup in History of Vancouver Perpetrated by
Lone Highwayman at City Boundary
VANCOUVER, B. C, Dec. B.—A train
holdup that for boldness has never been
equaled in Vancouver, was perpetrated
last night just as the Canadian Pacific
railway's Imperial Limited train, leav
ing Vancouver at 7:45 p. m., was pass
ing out of the city limits.
A single bandit, disguised by a black
mask, boarded the train as it was pass
ing the British Columbia sugar refinery,
a mile and a half out, entered the Pull-
Lloyd Burns of Cnlc© Wβ* *o Marry
Red Bluff Girl Thie Week
Special Di<.patrb to The Call
CIIICO, Dec. B.—The sudden death at
Red Bluff of Lloyd Burns has termi
nated a romance that was to end in the
marriage of the young man to Miss
Opal Norris of the Tehama county seat
Burns, a resident of Chico, was a car
inspector in the employ of the Southern
Pacific company. The wedding was to
take place this week.
THE San Francisco CALL
man car, and at the point of a revolver
forced the passengers and the Pullman
conductor to pass over their money and
valuables. The man dropped off the
train just before it arrived at Barnet,
which Is six miles from the city.
The total loss was $308 in bills, two
watches and one chain, one diamond
ring and two English sovereigns. The
conductor contributed $30 ojf the $308.
There is no trace of the robber.
Heavy Temblor Felt la Ohio, Indiana
and TllinoU
Special Dispatch to The Call
CLEVELAND, 0., Dec.V— An unusu
ally heavy earthquake shock within a
radius of 300 or 400 miles was recorded
at St. Ignatius observatory Saturday
night. The maximum came at 6:53
o'clock with a vibration of six milli
meters and lasted five seconds. It is
thought the shock occurred in southern
Indiana or Illinois.
Man Suspended for Pummel
ing Officer Accuses Cap
tain Pretti of Undue
Attention to Nieces
Commissioner Punishes Rob
ert Cuthbert and M. P.
Dolan of Engine No. 2
OAKLAND. Dec. *. —As the result of
a fist light in fire engine house No. 2,
Fifty-sixth and Dover streets, the
cause of which had Its inception three
months ago, when Captain Frank R.
Pretti was accused of paying too assid
ious attention to two pretty young
nieces of Fireman Robert Cuthbert, the
last named has been suspended for 30
days and fined a month's pay by Com
missioner of Public Health and Safety
P. C. Turner, in addition to being ar
rested on a charge of battery. M. P.
Dolan, a fireman at the Dover street
fire house, also has been suspended for
seven days for his pa>t in the affair,
while Cuthbert threatens to enforce a
further investigation of Pretti's actions
with regard to liij nieces, 15 and 17
years old, respectively, both pupils of
the Grant school.
Affair is Hushed.
The fight oecurr4<l -on the ground
floor of the engine h#use last Monday
afternoon, btit the" 4#fj» ir "was hushed by
the fire department,- and only became
known when Cuthbert was arrested
last night on the charge of battery,
preferred by Captain Pretti. Inci
dentally it became known for the first
time also that Pretti was on the carpet
before Chief N. A. Ball about three
months ago on charges preferred by
Captain Pretti Hvcg with his wife
and children at 5017 Grove street.
Cuthbert lives at 698 Fifty-sixth
According to Fireman Dolan, who
lives at 4201 Lusk street, the fight oc
curred when Cuthbert and Pretti quar
reled over the former permitting his
nieces to come to the flrehouse to see
him. Cuthbert accused Pretti of hav
ing attempted to take the older of the
two girls on an automobile "joy ride" I
while she was on her way to school.
Pretti emphatically denied this allega
tion and called Cuthbert to account
for permitting his nieces to call upon
him at the flrehouse, which he said,
was against the rules. Angered by
his superior officer's words, Cuthbert
knocked Pretti down with a blow on
the jaw.
Dolan Interferes
Pretti arose, picked up a piece of
timber, according to witnesses, and
tried to strike Cuthbert with it. Cuth
bert disarmed him, and Pretti again
was knocked down. Then, according
to witnesses, Pre*ti grasped a hammer.
It was then that Dolan interfered and
played the part that cost him a week's
salary. Hβ struggled with Pretti and
after a hard tussle, succeeded in tak
ing the hammer from him. He also
prevented the men from renewing their
hostilities. The last part of the fight
took place on the sidewalk in front
of the building, and a large crowd
gathered to witness the combat.
Cuthbert's home is only a few
doors from the flrehouse. His nieces,
the Misses Scott, live nearby.
Cuthbert will appear in the police
court tomorrow*morning to answer to
the charge of battery. He is out on
baiL He has retained counsel and sen
sational testimony is expected.
"I have had trouble with Pretti for
more than a year," paid Cuthbert to
night, "and the tight we had the other
day was the climax of the hard feeling
existing between us. Pretti had in
sisted on meeting one of ray nieces,
who is only a schoolgirl, and asking
her to go automobile riding with him.
"Pretti used to meet her on her way
to and from school, and once took her
automobile riding. He took her a long
distance, and at. last she begged him to
turn back and take her home.
"She told me all about it the next
day. I told her to have nothing more
to do with Pretti. Twice after that he
asked her to go riding, and she re
"I felt that since I occupied a subor
dinate position and Pretti was my
chief it was best not to quarrel with
him, but It was only by exercising all
of my self-control that I was able to
keep my hands off Mm. I had the
sympathy of all the other firemen. I
told Pretti that the girl had no par
ente, that I was her only relative in
Oakland and that he shouhl not annoy
Special DUpatch to Tho Call
1 "All the News All the Time" [
Men On Whom
Rests Result of
Oil Land Suit
The portraits are of the following
officials: First (or top), president of
the Southern Pacific; second and
fourth, special assistants to United
States attorney general; the third is
chief of second division, general land
Women Cover Retreat of
Their Men, but City's
Forces Capture Six
teen Prisoners
Sixteen imprisoned gipsies and 12
policemen with bruised faces and torn
uniforms was the net result of a fight
at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon in a
gipsy camp at Buchanan and Lombard
streets. The fight started over a
horse trade between the local nomads
and a tribe that had come from Oak
land and resulted in a riot call to the
North End police station.
Sergeant Patrick Herlihy headed 12
picked policemen of the station and
started for the scene of battle. When
the police arrived they found at least
100 gipsies, men, women and children,
in a hand to hand battle. Clubs, beer
bottles, stones and knives were being
used for weapons by the warring
tribes. The police soon closed into the
fray armed with clubs. The gipsies,
seeing that they were being attacked
by .the police, turned o ( n their com
mon enemy, and it was not long until
their own differences were forgotten
and their combined force centered on
the police.
C The gippy men did not relish the
shower'of: blows from the clubs of the
policemen and soon beat a hurried J re- .
treat. In every direction they could i
Cob tinned on Page 3, Column 4
i '{*. riond.v; Harht eouthweet wind.
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The Sunday Call
Yesterday printed more advertising than it has
in any Sunday paper for years. Business houses
appreciate the value of the new Call as an
advertising medium.
Impending Litigation Is Announced as Most Stupendous
Action of Its Kind in History of the World, and Is
Designed to Restore to People at Least 125,000
Acres of Holdings Which Store Petroleum Whose
Equivalent Soars Into Unknown Fabulous Sums
Petition Charges Railroad Corporation With Fraud, in
That It Has Developed or Sold Without Authority
Vast Mineral Areas in Which, According to Pro
visions of Grants Under Congressional Warrant.
Neither Company Nor Subsidiaries Have Any Title.
The .government's suit against the Southern Pacific company
and its subsidiaries for the recovery of California oil lands worth
aUnost a billion dollars will be filed in Fresno this week.
B. D. Townsend and T. J. Butler, special assistants to Attorney
General Wickersham, have completed the bill, except for a fe.w minor
details, and will carry out the department's instruction that it be
filed without further delay.
This will be the greatest suit in equity in the history of the
world. The greatest suit now on record is for the recovery of timber
lands in Oregon, claimed by the Southern Pacific, through its sub
sidiary. These timber lands are estimated to be worth $75,000,000. Should
the government be successful in its litigation possession will be restored
to the public of lands worth a kingdom.
Already the battle for oil lands in this state claimed by the Southern
Pacific has been begun with the Elk Hills case for the recovery of 6,100
acres, valued at $15,000,000.
Willis N. Mills, special assistant to the attorney general, now is bring
ing the trial of that case to a close and is very confident of victory for
the public.
President William Sprou'e and William F. Herrin, head of the legal
department of the Southern Pacific, have intimated in the past that while
there was a chance of losing the Elk Hills case they did not think the
government would be successful in its proposed suits to dispossess the
company of its other oil lands.
The report of Attorney General Wickersham for the current year leaves
no doubt of the intention of the present administration to institute legal
proceedings for the purpose of establishing the title of the United States
to all of the oil lands in California now claimed by the Southern Pacific
This subject lias been under discussion for some time and the delay in
instituting suits has given rise to some doubt as to the intention of the
administration upon the subject. Attorney General Wickersham explained
in his report that the institution of all suits Kas been delayed because of
the vast amount of labor involved in the preliminary investigation for the
purpose of collecting the material necessary for the institution of the suits.
Those familiar with this subject can see that this is true. There is no ques
tion that to institute suits which will present properly the rights of the
United States involves a vast amount of preliminary work.
The statement contained in the annual report of the Attorney General
is especially significant in view of the activity of government attorneys and
agents at the present time in the state of California. The prosecution of
these suits has been committed to B. D. Townsend and T. J. Butler, spe
cial assistants of the attorney general.
Butler established offices in the postoffice building in San Francisco
several months ago and has been quietly prosecuting the necessary pre
liminary work for the institution of these suits. He has been aided in tht3
work by F. C. Dezendorf, chief of the second field division of the general
land office, with headquarters in San Francisco. A large number of spe
cial agents have been engaged in the work and a vast amount of material
has been collected. This work has been carried on quietly and the actual
scope of the investigation is not disclosed at this time.
In the meantime, Townsend has established headquarters in San Fran
cisco and has made no secret of the fact that the purpose of his visit here
Peary Toastmaster for Dinner
Honoring Amundsen Given
by Geographic Society
WASHINGTON, Dec. S.—The north |
pole and the south pole, through their]
respective discoverers, will meet in
Washington, January 11, at the annual
banquet of the National Geographic so
ciety. It will be the first meeting: at*
the same board of Rear Admiral Robert
E. Peary, discoverer; of : the : north pole,
who will he master, and Captain
Raold Amundsen, who found the south
pole, and who will be the guest of
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honor. The latter will be presented
witfl'the: gold m«dal of the i society. v>:'
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