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Decree Is Granted in Su
perior Court on Testimony
Which Is Kept in
Secret File
Mrs. Porter Lies in Hospital
Awaiting Operation While
Case Is Being Tried
OAKLAND. Dec. 11.—Judge Waste
granted an interlocutory decree of di
vorce to Dr. William S. Porter today
from Mrs. Dorothy Deering Porter on
the ground of extreme cruelty. Testi
mony given by Doctor Porter yesterday
before the court was
, submitted to Judge Waste, together
with an agreement by the Porters mu
tually releasing the parties from all
property and alimony obligations. On
" this the decree was issued. The tes
timony was afterward sealed.
Doctor Porter testified along the
lines charged in his complaint. He ac
cused Mrs. Porter of causing him great
mental suffering by twice pretending
to commit suicide by firing a revolver,
and also of making false charges
against him regarding his relations
with other women.
His professional dealing with nurses
in his employ were misconstrued
widely, he said, and they formed a
considerable portion of the cruelty
allegations' against Mrs. Porter.
Mrs. Porter let the case go by de
fault, but she was represented when
the testimony was taken by Attorney
B. F. Woolner. who also was present
when the decree was signed. She at
present is undergoing treatment pre
paratory to a capital operation in St.
Francis hospital, San Francisco.
Whether she would have contested
the suit had her health been good Is
a question. She is said to be pos
sessed of property valued at $300,000
in her own right. The Porters were
married in Santa Cruz in April of this
Mrs. Porter, from St. Francis hos
pital, issued a statement today through
Attorney Woolner.
"I did not defend the suit because I
wished the marriage terminated as
speedily as possible." she said. "Be
fore we were married I once broke off
the engagement h_»- telegraph, after re
ceiving a letter from Doctor Porter
mentioning finances. Later he told me
nothing mattered if I cared for him.
I am sorry there should be any pub
licity given to our marital differences.
They ought to have been sacred. I
h&ve only the wish, without vindict
iveness or a desire to injure Doctor
Porter in any way, to consider my
marriage to him a thing of the past."
Berkeley Citizens Will Organize Cen-
tral Committee to Urge Recrea
tion Parks for Children
BERKELEY, Dec. 11.—Represents -
tives of various organizations of this
city will meet Friday evening at the
Shattuck hotel to form a central com
mittee, which will urge the question of
acquiring property for playgrounds
This committee, to include Improve
ment clubs and kindred associations,
was determined upon at a recent meet
ing of the municipal affairs committee
of the City club. The committee will
<ietormine what plan for reservation of
playground sites would meet with gen
eral approval, and will devise means of
informing the public on the play
grounds problem.
Presidents and secretaries of various
clubs are expected to attend the con
ference Friday evening. If organiza
tions in the meantime have not met to
name delegates. William Carey Jones,
professor of jurisprudence at the Uni
versity of California and chairman of
the committee on municipal affairs of
the City club, will preside.
Englinh Club at University Publishes
Volume of Student Literature
BERKELEY, Dec. 11.—Writings by
Frank Norris, Mrs. Eleanor Gates Tully
and Gelett Burgess while they were
undergraduates at the University of
California are put into permanent form
in "California Play and Pageant," a
new book which was issued today by
the English ch)b. Original literary
work produced in the university and
now -published in the book include
"Two Pair." a junior farce by Frank
Norris*;*•* "Ephraim," the 1312 junior
farce written by Nelson Hackett, and
'The Parjheneia," the poetic pageant
written "last term by Miss Anne
HAYWARD. Dec. 11.—The men and
officers of company H, Fifth infantry,
N. G. C. .wijl be the guests of honor
at a reception at the armory Thursday
evening, December 19, by the Hay
ward Social center. The affair is in
recognition of the splendid records
made by the militiamen at the recent
state shoot at Sacramento. Many
prominent speakers have been invited,
including Adjutant General E. A.
Forbes. A short musical program will
be followed by an exhibition drill and a
dance. The committee in charge con
sists of J. D. Armstrong. M. J. Riggs
and Peter J. Crosby.
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.— J. W. McCly
monds. in answer to many inquiries
from parents, issued circulars today
announcing that all pupils of the Oak
land school Will not be required to be
ami under the provisions of the
state law passed two years ago and
which will be enforced for the first
time . after the Christmas holidays.
Pupils showing a certificate that they
have been successfully vaccinated
within seven years, and a letter from
a parent or guardian showing bias
against,th« use of the lancet will be
sufficie/it to forego vaccination.
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—Deputy District
Attorney Burpee refused a warrant for
the arrest nf Leroy L. Hoffman on a
complaint' of nonsupport by his wife.
Mrs. Verbena Hoffman. The refusal
was based on the ground of Hoffman
being in Nevada for the last two years.
Hoffman was said to have been ar
rested at Reno, pending the expected
arrival of the warrant. He is engaged
in mining* business there. The Hoff
mans were divorced here some time
ago. -Mrs. Hoffman may go to Reno
to pr*,ss bar charges. A
Adrienne Augarde a Hit
Dr. Cook, Explorer, Gives Splendid Lecture
Vaudeville folk raho are popular with Oaklanders.
Orpheum and Pantages Theaters Give Patrons
Fine Variety in Their Programs
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—Theater goers
who visit the Oakland Orpheum this
week are given a pleasant surprise in
the form of an introduction to, dainty
little Adrienne Augarde. This* neat
little English comedienne, who is prov
ing such a favorite here In "A Matter
of DutyV' a clever comedy sketch from
the pen of Mrs. Richard Burton, is
enjoying her first visit to this coast.
Although she has made four trips to
this country, Miss Augarde is seeing
wesiern scenery and pleasing western
critics for the first time.
Miss Augarde is one of the most
popular actresses in the land of Britons,
where she is an established favorite.
In the eastern states she has been
given many laurels, and there is no
question of the success of her first
western venture. Her clever creation
of a number of difficult roles has dem
onstrated her ability and versatility.
On her four successive visits to this
country she has created the roles of the
Madcap in "The Duchess of Danzig." the
leading role in "Peggy Machree" and
Daisy in "The Dollar Princess," the
last named of which established her as
pre-eminent as a musical comedienne.
On the occasion of her last visit here
she was greeted by a clamor from every
producer of musical comedy in the
country, but was persuaded to sign a
vaudeville contract for a limited tour.
Before the execution of this contract
No Dividends Will Be Paid
on Stock, Organization
Being Charitable
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—Articles of in
corporation of the Children's Hospital
association of the east bay cities were
filed today with the county clerk. The
association will endeavor to prqvide a
hospital and home for sick and disabled
children and women and will also es
tablish a medical dispensary.
The directors, five in number, are
Mary V. Stuart,27o7 Twelfth avenue;
Edna B. Kennedy, 123* Parkside drive,
Berkeley; Lizzie Fieenor, 2303 Twenty
fifth avenue; Georgia Russ, 667 Sixty
third avenue, and Alice M Sykes, 6002
College avenue.
The capital stock will consist of 75,
--000 shares, with a par value of $1 a
share. Among subscribers to the stock
are Mrs. Harry C Carleton. Mrs. Isaac
N. Chapman, Mrs.. Rosa Heofeldt, Mrs.
Edward Hoffman, Mrs. Matilda Brown,
Mrs. Edgar Jones, Mrs. F. C. Russ, Mrs.
Maxwell Taft, Mrs. Hubert Rowell,
Mrs. Walter Reed, Miss Bessie Woods,
Miss Mollie Conners, Mrs. Guy Lilien
crantz, Mrs. Walter Wood, Mrs. Albert
E. Sykes, Mrs. J. I. Moyer, Mrs. Ca
milla Buergermeister, Mrs. J. M. Cturnp,
Dr. Lavisa Lambert, Mrs. J. Y. Millar.
Dr. Mary V. Stuart, Miss Edna B. Ken
nedy, Mrs. Lizzie Fieenor
The association will not pay divi
dends on the stock, the organization
being strictly on a basis of charitable
aid. The articles give the organiza
tion power to purchase land and con
struct buildings and to perform the
general functions of a hou>ital.
_— » »
OAKLAND. Dec, 11. —A whist tour
nament will be held tomorrow night at
Rice institute by Oakland branch No.
60, United National Association of
Postoffice Clerks. The general public
Is invited. The affair is in charge of
kiss Grace Lane. Miss Stella Boland,
Miss Ella Field. Miss Baxley. Miss Ball.
Hewitt Bond. Walter Bohan. M. Burke,
George Hill, Max Selzer. Will Stephen
son, Charles Hansen and Frank Esch
■ •
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—Peter White, a
well known municipal expert on sys
tematized accounting, arrived In Oak
land today. He will be the guest of
the Alameda County Tax association
for a period of 10 days, during which
time he will lend his advice and knowl
edge to experts who have been engaged
to work out a plan for federating city
and county government.
OAKLAND. Dec. ll.—After a close
contest Robert J. Scott was elected
president of the Carmen's union, di
vision 192, »t the primary election of
officers. Scott won by one vote over
Joseph W. Smart, who has held the
position for several year*.
she created the title role in "The Rose
Dr. Frederick A. Cook, arctic ex
plorer, who is telling of his experiences
in the far north at Pantages theater
this week, is proving a valuable draw
ing card for the new vaudeville house.
It is the initial endeavor of Doctor
Cook in vaudeville and his debut is
satisfactory. Doctor Cook occupies the
stage half an hour, during which time
he tells the audiences of his trip in
search of the pole and his dash back
to civilization. His lecture fs illus
trated with interesting colored lantern
slides. His talks have proved highly
interesting and educational to the peo
ple who have seen and heard him.
Vicing with Doctor Cook in taking
the hearer into far lands is Harry
O'Connor in his travelogue on a trip
to "The Garden of Allah." The pic
tures are entertaining and are watched
with keen enjoyment, while the scenes
are shifted to different points along
the route to the garden, showing the
different points and some characters
remembered in the novel by the same
Abranfs and Johns in a playlet are
well received, while Howard's bears and
dogs offer a treat for the little ones.
Menlo Moore's "Stage Door Johnnies";
Leo Fillier, violinist, and the Mabel
Fonda troupe of clever jugglers com
plete the card.
Wife's Sentence for Gam
bling Prevents Reconcilia
tion Offered by Husband
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—A sentence of
six months in the county jail imposed
on Mrs. Alma Duncan today will have
the effect of postponing her reconcilia
tion with her husband, Andrew Dun
can, for that length of time. She was
convicted on a charge of making bets
on horse races, and when she asked
probation Duncan publicly offered to
overlook their separation of the last
two years and to take her back into
their home. The report of the proba
tion office was in her favojr, but Judge
Wells declined to te moved. He said
Mrs. Duncan had told willful untruths
on the witness stand and her attitude
then was the ground for the sentence.
She appeared only slightly affected.
Mrs. Duncan ran a poolroom in
Tenth street which was raided. She
was arrested, with John Southerland
and Mrs. Laura Brink, and the three
were charged with gambling on races.
Mrs. Brink pleaded guilty and was
released on one year probation. South
erland pleaded not guilty, was tried
and then had probation granted after
his conviction. Mrs. Duncan was also
tried and found guilty by a jury.
Duncan testified today that he had
made up with his wife and that he
would provide a good home for her and
exercise general supervision over her
if she were given a trial. Mrs. Duncan
at on time lectured on occult philoso
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—Contest over
proposed closing of stores at 8 o'clock
Saturday evening is imminent, as a
canvass made by a committee from the
Merchants' Exchange has met with op
position on the part of the merchants.
The canvass was made at the request
of the butcher's board of trade, who
have been informed by the members
of the Meat Cutter's union that they
will insist on the closing of the meat
shops at that hour Saturday evenings.
_■ „ ' ..■■■": "■.'"'. j ■ , .' '■■-ix.
Dr. Frederick Cook
Discoverer of the North Pole
With Six Spectacular Pantages
; Features •
\UmMf | ZSJwwsNJfttty j f0,2.,30c
Women of Smart Set Will Be
Hostesses at First Dance
in Hotel Oakland
Dramatic Club of Berkeley
Plans Interesting En
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—The score and
more hostesses who are uniting in giv
ing the brilliant ball at Hotel Oak
land the evening of Friday, December
27, the occasion marking the first dance
which will be given in the new hotel,
sent out their cards this morning.
About 300 of the smart set are in
cluded in the Invitation for what will
surpass In elaborate detail any func
tion of. the season. Mrs. William G.
Henshaw and Mrs. George McNear Jr.,
who were to have been among the
hostesses, have departed dn an eastern
tour and Mrs. Charles Parcells has
withdrawn from the original list, hav
ing gone Into mourning for her mother,
the late Mrs. Kimble.
Among those who will receive will
Mesdames— [ Mesdames —
Reorge Green-rood lEdsoo Adams
Harry Knowles |A. S. Mac Donald
Charles Minor Goodall ilr-ring Lundborg
Bernard Ransom* [Stewart Hswley
Edward La rev Drayton -iPUillp Clay
Frank Hunt Proctor -Mark Requa •
Frank C. Ha-rena Dennis Searle*
Wlllard Williamson Edward M. Walsh
William Thornton White F. M. Smith
Wick ham Haven. I Robert Fit-gerald
Leon Bocquera- Ernest Folger
Charles D. Bates Jr. |
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With Mrs. Leon A. Clark, formerly
Miss Viva Nicholson, as her guest of
honor, Mrs, Prank Proctor entertained
this afternoon at the Claremont Coun
try club, offering bridge as the diver
sion of the mid December affair. A
group of the younger matrons were
asked to meet Mrs. Clark, who was a
brid.e of the late fall.
# * ¥■
Mrs. Arthur Tasheira will open her
Linda Vista home Monday afternoon
for bridge, followed by tea, her guests
numbering the members of the Linda
Vista club.
# * *
Mrs, Edward Hale Campbell left hur
riedly for the Atlantic coast this week
to Join her husband in New York for
the few weeks he has been granted
leave by the navy department. She
left her children with her sister, Mrs.
Charles Hubbard, in her absence, ex
pecting to return later In the month.
Mrs. Campbell has been the house
guest of her father. George Strong,
since the early fall and has been feted
by her former friends about the bay.
This evening she was to have shared
with Mr. and Mrs. Leon A. Clark in
the honor of the dinner which Mrs.
Charles Youngberg is giving at her
home In Linda Vista. Mrs. Youngberg
has included among her dozen guests
Mr. and Mrs. Clark. Mr. and Mrs.
Robert M. Fitzgerald, Mr. and Mrs.
Charles Hubbard, Miss Mona Crellin
and Walter Frick.
* * *
Mrs. J. P. Neville is again at home
after several weeks in Merritt hos
pital. Mrs. Neville is convalescing
rapidly after a serious operation, but
her absence from many of the affairs
of the mid season will be regretted
by her friends.
Over 100 guests have been included
in the invitation of the Dramatic club
of Berkeley for a program of skits,
followed by a dance, Saturday even
ing. The young people will entertain
In the Piano clubhouse. "The Step-
Mother," a clever play, will be pre
sented by Miss Mary Shafter, Miss
Helen Bailey. Harris Allen and Austin
Sperry. In the cast of the farce en
titled "Household Affairs," or "Cause
for Divorce," will be Miss Carol Day,
Miss Christine Rose, Allen Lewis and
William Willits. A dainty song and
dance will be,participated in by the
Miss Marjorie Page !Bamnel Day
Miss Virginle Van Loben Fred MeC.raw
Sels Warren Perry
Miss Joy Wilson | Leslie Taylor
Miss Frances Rider J Maurice Auger
Miss Carol Day
* * *
The Oakland club followed a buffet
luncheon this afternoon with a pro
gram devoted to Christmas song and
story. The gathering was the last of
the year. Numbers were given by a
group of children in tableaux, Miss
Katherine Sullivan in a series of
Christmas carols and Miss Evans in
monologue. Mrs. John Ronald was
chairman of the day.
* * *
One cf the interesting Christmas
parties of the season will be that at
which the Ladles Relief society, of
which Miss Matilda Brown Is president,
will entertain in honor of the members
of its big household on the afternoon
of Tuesday, December 24. at 4:30
o'clock at the home in Forty-fifth
street. Judge Everett J. Brown will
assume the role of SantS. Claus, dis
tributing the gifts from the big tree.
Miss BYown and her board of directors
extended a general invitation for the
Alameda Activities
ALAMEDA, Dec. 11. —Mrs. J. M.
Gresham and family moved today to
San Francisco. The marriage of Miss
Ivy May Gresham and Angelo Hewit
son is to take place the latter part of
January, date depending upon the
return of Dean Gresham of Grace pro
cathedral, who is at present absent
from San Francisco.
The engagement of Miss Helene Mar
jorie Deetken and Clarence Albert Web
ster is announced. Miss Deetken Is
supervisor of play in Washington park. ■
There can be no doubt that for the
great majority of families the best
Christmas gift this year will be a
player piano. Hundreds of families are
solving the vexatious Christmas prob
lem at one stroke by buying the Auto
piano for the whole family.
No one can investigate the player
pltfho proposition without coming to
the Arm conviction that no gift in the
whole category comes nearer to ex
pressing the Christmas spirit than the
new artistic designs of player pianos.
Our houses carry by long odds the
strongest line of player pianos in
America. If you want the player piano
that is the standard on the battleships
If you want to spend t«00 for n
good player piano and wnnt to get
full value, we will sell yon n pluyer
piano that will stand the test with
every 9000 player piano In Son Fran
cisco and the price to yon will be
•r of a player piano can afford to
close his purchase without thor
oughly Investigating our wonderful
music roll proposition, which gives
you the free use of 600 roll* in
your hone during the year*
Line to Tap New Territory
Congestion Will Be Believed
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—The new
car line of the Oakland Traction
company, called the East Six
teenth street line, which is to
relieve traffic on the East Four
teenth sntreet line-, will he opened
Saturday morning. The new line
will have Its terminus at Thir
teenth and Washington streets
and —rill run with a double track
via Thirteenth, Twelfth, First
avenue, East Sixteenth street to
Foothill boulevard and Ignsclo
avenue to its Junction with Fifty
fifth avenue. The new line repre
sents an outlay of 9172,494.19. It
will serve a rapidly growing-- sec
tion hitherto without transporta
Society Folk Buy All Seats
Within Two Hours; Queen
Still a Mystery
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—Society bought
up every ticket for tomorrow's opening
performance of "Jappyland" two hours
after they were placed on sale at 10
o'clock this morning. Friday night's
tickets and those for Saturday after
noon were also in demand, and when
the curtain raises tomorrow night it
is expected that every ticket for the
three performances will have been
The board of managers for the chil
dren's hospital, which promoted "Jap
pyland," is happy tonight at the finan
cial success of the undertaking, while
every one of the 400 performers In
the opera are nerved to carry cut the
spectacular program.
Judge Samuel P. Hall of the district
court of appeals will make the opening
address tomorrow evening before the
curtain, explaining the charity for
which the opera 13 a benefit. Other
prominent citizens will address the
audiences at the succeeding perform
Trees from the private estate of
Frank C. Havens were taken to the
theater today and dressed in cherry
blossoms for the grand opening scene
In the "sacred cherry grove," where
60 geisha belles "make up" in prepara
tion for the advent of the emperor, who
Is to select one among them as his
The identity of the "Miss Oakland"
who has been selected to fill the role
of empress is still kept resolutely a
secret, society having accepted Miss
Dorothy 'Capwell's assurances that it
is not she. The principals who will
carry the burden of the operatic roles
rehearsed today in Castle hall, but
those who figure In the 16 society spe
cialties rested.
Campus Activities Are Virtually Closed
Until Spring Semester
BERKELEY, Dec. 11.—Final exam
inations were begun at the University
of California today, and campus activi
ties are virtually closed until the open
ing of the spring semester. The Theta
Tau mining, engineering and geologi
cal fraternity has elected to member
ship A. R. Whitman, assistant in
structor in geology and mineralogy;
W. A. English '10, D. C. Billck '13,
R. C. Eisenhauer '13 and R. R. Morse
The Mask and Dagger honor society,
dramatic and literary, has chosen four
men for membership—R. G. Ham '14,
V. F. Collins '13, L. L. Levy '14 and
R. H. Chamberlain '13. The society de
cided to give its next play in Manch,
The Gymnasium club elected officers
for next term as follows: President,
W. M. Coffey '15; secretary and treas
urer, D. T. W. Bergman '15; manager,
R. R. Holman '14.
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—The disappear
ance of Walter B. Griffith from his
home at Pleasanton more than a month
ago was reported to the police today
by his wife, Marie Griffith. Griffith is
a carpenter, 36 years old, and his wife
believes that he may have gone to
She Is a talented vocalist and is a mem
ber of church choirs in Alameda and
San Francisco. Miss Deetken is the
daughter of Mrs. H. B. Hobson and
sister of Mrs. George Hill. Webster is
the son of Mrs. Edward A. Mulford and
is a resident of Stockton. The wedding
will probably be celebrated in the
Mrs. Dora Werner was hostess at a
card party given yesterday at her home,
1317 Bay street. The house decorations
were in keeping with the approach of
the Christmas season. Four prizes were
awarded. The guest* Included:
Mra. T. W. Leydeeker Mrs. Henry Wichman
Mrs. William Tappan lam, nenry Hahn
Luna ; Mrs. T. .Sommers
Mrs. W. H. L. Hynes Mrs. Adolph Grout)
Mrs. Adrlau Merle Mrs. A. Wilhelm
Mrs. A. H. W. KoerberMrs. H. Heinson
Mrs. J. H. Walker Mrs. L. Raxchen
Mrs. W. A. Lieber ! Mrs. H. Hennlngs
Mrs. S. E. Bain Mrs. T. Altona
Mra. A. V, Clark Mrs. R. A. Lauenstein
Mrs. James Dunn | Mrs. Cart Werner
Mrs. Richard Wange-lMra. Richard Harms
maiiu ' Mrs. A. C. Ney
Mrs. Kingman B. Putnam entertained
at an informal sewing bee yesterday in
honor of Miss Alice Baker. The latter
is an Alamedan, but is spending the
winter with her parents in San Fran
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Censor Your Civic Center
Meeting and Cut out the
Eugenics, He Says
Expurgate School Textbooks
and Train Parents Before
Attacking Theaters
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—That the meet
ings of the Public Welfare and Cen
sorship committee should come under
the list of subjects to be officially cen
sored was the gist of a communica
tion filed with the city council today
by John P. Irish. Irish did not mince
his words in denouncing this commit
tee and similar institutions. The let
ter was referred to F. C. Turner, com
missioner of public health and safety.
Irish objected to the drastic cen
sorship outlined for the theaters. He
"The extra official censorship of man
ner and morals Is making- a com
mendable effort to protect theater au
diences against the too suggestive fea
tures that appear on the stage.
"My attendance at tbe theater Is so
infrequent that I am able to protect
myself by mere absence from the play
house. But I do attend civic center
and other meetings, in all of which
there are very open discussions of un
derworld matters and of what is called
Eugenics, in these meetings I have
heard things said and statements made
that take the blush off Pinero's 'Iris.'
The teaching of Eugenics in the public
schools means .the disclosure to the
children of the relation of the sexes.
"Inasmuch as the audience of a
theater Is only a public meeting after
all and the morals and modesty of the
people are as needful of protection in
one kind of public meeting as another
I respectfully request that your hon
orable body provide by ordinance for
the censorship of the civic center and
other club meetings to the end that
public .morals may not be more marred
than mended by the discussion in mixed
audiences of subjects that our fathers
and mothers regarded as either too
sacred or too nasty to be" dealt with
in common intercourse.
"As plays are to be censored this
new scheme of censorship should in
clude also the strict t supervision of
books used and methods of their use
in revealing to children the secrets of
Cuts Throat. After Otherwise Mnttlat-
log Body and Then Jumps Into
Oakland Estuary
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—With a deep
gash in his throat and other mutila
tions, self-inflicted, John Skinner, a
tailor living at 214 Sixth street, was
found, calling for help with his re
maining strength, in- three feet of
water in the estuary at the west end
of the Seventh street bridge at 3:50
o'clock this morning and taken to the
receiving hospital, where he died an
hour later. Skinner was insane when
he committed the deed. He was 26 years
old and lived with his parents and
Skinner was arrested on suspicion of
insanity last Saturday after he had
broken a plate glass window in the
office of Dr. J. L Azevedo, Eighth and
West streets. When taken to the po
lice station he begged to be killed.
Skinner was taken before the lunacy
commission and released by Superior
Judge Harris last Monday.
Skinner has been mildly insane for
some time and had done no work. It
was not thought, however, that he
would take his own life and he was
allowed his freedom by the members
of his family.
Five < Houses Are Looted, But Haul*
Amount to Little
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—Burglars made
a number of small hauls in Oakland
last night. John Leveria, who lives
near the end of Thirteenth avenue, re
ported to the police today that a num
ber of articles were taken from his
home by burglars.
The home of John Flemming 304
Ninth street, was entered and several
articles of jewelry were stolen. Joe
Annunzi, 332 Market street, reported
the loss of a watch taken by a burglar.
The room of David Innis, 1450 Broad
way, was entered and money and jew
elry valued at $25 were taken. The
room of Richard Wyckoff. 414 Fifteenth
street, was entered and an overcoat
was stolen.
W. W. Patts. St. Mark hotel, had his
pockets picked of $15 while riding on
a streetcar.
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—The city coun
cil today refused the request of the
merchants, represented by B. P. Miller
and Louis Bernstein, for the appropria
tion of |500 for the celebration of New
Year eve. Mayor Frank K. Mott ex
plained that this sum could not be
taken from the entertainment fund at
this time.
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—The police were
asked today to look for Mrs. Lena
Borges and her two children who left
their home in Vallejo November 18 to
visit friends. No trace of the missing
woman and the children, one 4 and one
2% years old, has been found and it
is not believed that they came to Oak
Stelnway Mignon. sold exclusively by
If you want a dainty little piano that
combines rare grace of design, superb
tone, yet in small size, you will find
that best in the Bungalow Player Piano
(Registered), sold only by us.
No matter what player piano you
may want you can be thoroughly sat
isfied here not only as to quality, but
as to easy terms of payment.
Our line embraces the Kimball Acme
lodic, a marvelous player, the Etlers
DeLuxe, made under the supervision of
the famous C. B. Lawson; the Chicker
ing DeLuxe, the Marshall & Wendell,
and a dozen others.
Elderly Owner Knocked Down
by Animal and Badly
Hurt in Fall
OAKLAND, Dec. 11. —Joy of her pet
dog at seeing Mrs. Mary Murphy cost
her a broken arm today. She encoun
tered the dog in front of her home at
S2O Clay street, and the animal's trans
ports were so violently expressed that
Mrs. Murphy lost her balance and fell
to the sidewalk. Her left wrist was
fractured in the fall. Mrs. Murphy" is
68 years of age. The injury was treated
at the receiving hospital.

OAKLAND, Dec. 11.— F. C. Turner,
commissioner of public health and
safety,' today announced the appoint
ments of Charles G. Connors as food
inspector, chosen from the eligible list,
and Louis E. Jackson as sanitary in
spector, to serve temporarily with the
' United States health department in the
campaign against squirrels in the out
skirts of the city and in Alameda
Kearny and Sutter Sts.
We invite your inspection of
our new store.
"An Exclusive
Men's Store"
Full Dress and Tuxedo
Suits, Bath Robes and Dress
ing Gowns, Neckwear in
every style, Shirts and Under
wear, Pajamas, Leather
Goods, Umbrellas and Canes,
Silk Vests, Sweaters.
1 SafeSy and Promptly ~~
fl Headachei from any ca_je-Jndirettion.
I!LT? MCM *__ eura, -»' i *- coM «- f ri PP«. «»«r- T
-■ indulrence—rheumatic and »!1 other pi km
■ are qnickly and safe!/ vanquished by
<m tomiconu.stimulant*orkmKtornmn. Try _____!
At All Pn.gg.gtg
10c I 25c Ve«t-l».cket-i__e3
Loss of Appetite or Distress After Eat
ing a Symptom That Should
Jiot Be Disregarded
Appetite is just a natural desire for
food. Loss of appetite or stomach dis
tress after eating indicate indigestion
or dyspepsia. Overeating is a habit
very dangerous to a person's good gen
eral health.
It is not what you eat, but what you
digest and assimilate that does you
good. Some of the strongest, heaviest
and healthiest persons are moderate
There is nothing that will cause
more trouble than a disordered stom
ach, and many people daily contract
serious maladies simply through dis
regard or abuse of the stomach.
We urge all m San Francisco who
suffer from any stomach derangement.
Indigestion or dyspepsia, whether acute
or chronic, to try Rexall Dyspepsia
Tablets, with/the distinct understand
ing that we will refund their money
without question or formality, if after
reasonable use of this medicine they
are not perfectly satisfied with the re
sults. We recommend them to our cus
tomers every day, and have yet to
hear of any one who has not been ben
efited by them. We honestly believe
them to be without equal. They give
very prompt relief, aiding to neutralize
the gastric juices, strengthen the
digestive organs, to regulate the
bowels, and thus to promote perfect
nutrition and eradicate all unhealthy
We urge you to try a 25c box of
Rexall Dyspepsia Tablets, which gives
15 days' treatment. At the end of that
time, your money will be returned to
you if you are not satisfied. Of course,
in chronic cases length of treatment
varies. For such cases we have two
larger sizes, which sell for 50c and
11.00. Remember, you can obtain Rex
all Remedies in this community only
at our stores—the Owl Drug company.
Sold only by the Owl Drug company
stores In San Francisco, Oakland, Los
Angeles. Sacramento, Seattle, Portland
and Spokane.
O CL I t Are invigora
r|rCi:er * f/ie ipsfem in
Baths 80od trim -
Bush and "Larkin Sts.
Salt Water Direct
From the Ocean
Tub Baths With Hot and
Cold Salt and Fresh Water
_-£*-£__~ -PECTATOBS
Branch 2151 Geary St

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