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Commonwealth Club Votes
to Form Plan to Have
Judges Appointed,
Not Elected
LAW'S delays are
American Court Procedure
Said to Be Less Expe
ditious Than British
• The Law's Delays," from dragging
procedure to procrastinating attorneys,
aired before the Commonwealth
it its monthly meeting at the St.
is hotel last night, and a dlscus
which began with needed reforms
in criminal procedure and passed
through the time honored, lawyer-lay
man controversy, ended with a vote re
cording the sense of the meeting as in
favor of having the governors of the
ppoint a section to formulate some
for the appointment of judges in
stead of their election at the polls.
Officers of the club were elected, as
follows: President, Beverly L. Hodg
head: vice president, E. W. Wilson; gov
ernors. Edward F. Adams, T. D. Board
man and C. E. Grunsky; governor for
short term, Manfred S. Kohlberg.
The report of a committee which had
worked jointly with the San Francisco
Bar association committee on needed
changes in criminal procedure was pre
sented by Randolph V. Whiting. The
most important questions taken up were
the method of selecting trial jurors, the
number of jurors which should be re
quired to secure a verdict, weight to be
given to testimony of accomplices and
instructions to juries. Limiting the
challenging of prospective jurors and a
jury verdict of nine members, except
Whore capital punishment may be in
volved, were recommended.
Charles Wesley Reed, A. P. Black and
Rolla V. Watt were among those who
spoke on this report.
Lester H. Jacobs, chairman of the
committee on civil procedure, read a re
port calling for numerous changes to
expedite trials and outlined a complete
new scheme for appellate procedure. He
finished by criticising American proced
ure, saying that cases settled in Eng
land in 90 days took from three to five
years in this country to finisfi.
I. F. Moulton suggested more ade
quate pay for judges, and O. K. Gush
ing urged the appointment, system for
the judiciary. William Denman also
urged appointment, and A. B. Anderson
finally mo»ed the appointment of a sec
tion to investigate the question.
Thirty-five Years In Prison Is Penalty
For Wholesale
WTETHVILLE, Va., Dec. 11.—Thirty
five years in the penitentiary is the pen
alty Sidna Allen will pay for his part
in the shooting up of the Carroll county
courthouse in Hillsville last March,
when five persons, including the.presid
ing judge, the sheriff and the common
wealth attorney, were killed by mem
bers of the Allen clan and a number
of others were wounded. Allen's
nephew. Wesley Edwards, will spend
27 years in the penitentiary.
These sentences were the result of a
compromise this afternoon following a
verdict of voluntary manslaughter in
the case of Sidna Allen for the murder
nmonwealth Attorney William M.
Foster, the. jury fixing the penalty in
that case at five years' imprisonment.
A lion already had been found guilty of
second degree murder at a former trial
for the killing of Judge Massie, for
which he had been sentenced to 15
In the penitentiary.
Another indictment pending against
him for the murder of Sheriff Webb,
va.s compromised by letting him plead
guilty to second degree murder and
take a 15 year sentence.
Cuts Throat. After Otherwise Mutilat
ing Body and Then Jumps Into
Oakland Estuary
LAND, Dec. 11.—With a deep
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. I* 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.
JSkinner 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 tire members
of his family. >
Campus Activities Are Virtually Closed
l ntll Spring Semester
BERKELEY, D<;c. 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
Taii 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. Bllick '13,
!:. C. Eisenbaosr '13 and R. R. Morse
-k and Dagger honor society,
;iud literary, has chosen four
'.nt-mbership—R. G. Ham '14.
V. i\ Collins '13. L. L Levy '14 and.
• . ; mberlain '13. The society de
cided to give its next play in March,
The Gymnasium club elected officers
for next term as follows: President,
W. M. Coffey.'ls; secretary and treas
urer, D. T. W. Bergman '15; manager,
Holman '14-
.-.LAND, Dec. 11.—Tickets to the
- given by the nswboys at
Maple hall Saturday evening, Decem
-21, are going rapidly, and the af
fair promises to be a great success,
unds raised will be used for a
celebration of Christmas day with a
big dinner consisting of the usual
Requisites, including cranberry sauce.
Hundreds of merchants are purchasing
liberal supplies of tickets. I
Soldier oi Fortune Loses Tilt and Gold
New York Millionaires
Son Leads Father a
Merry Chase
Like Phineas Fogg in Verne's "Tour
of the World In Eighty Days," Hector
F"uller, war correspondent and soldier
of fortune, is about to start east from
San Francisco on the last leg of his
trip around the world, having won a
SO.OOO mile chase after an eloping
couple, only to meet failure in his mis
sion to separate them. Like Phineas
Fogg, if Fuller be a mathematician, he
may discover that he has gained a day
on the sun, but this will not console
him for the failure to gain $25,000
wbieh had been hung before him as a
prize in event of a successful mission.
Fuller goes back to tell Gordon L.
Mott, the New York millionaire iron
worker, that his son. J. Lawrence Mott,
is basking in the sun in a little city in
interior China, and said he would not
separate from Mrs. Hewitt Bowne, an
actress, for anything in the world.
Last May the chase started. Young
Mott. a Harvard graduate, driver of fast
automobiles and writer of blood curd
ling tales, became infatuated with Mrs.
Hewitt Bowne. He had plenty of money
and, stirred by an adventurous dispo
sition, embarked on a British freighter,
the Indradeo, bound out of New York,
for Shanghai, via Gibraltar, Port Said
and Manila.
No passengers are allowed en
freighters, that's why the couple galled.
Mott signed the ship's articles as purser
and Mrs. Bowne as stewardess.
Mott's parents learned the news
about a week afterward. They hired
Hector Fuller as private secretary, and
with him started In pursuit. On an
Atlantic greyhound they sped to South
ampton. As the parents and Mott
stepped aboard a channel packet the
Indradeo was tied up at Gibraltar and
Mott and his pretty companion were in
ectasy, looking into each other's eyes
'and pretending to be sightseeing on
tho big rock.
A fast train conveyed Fuller to Gib
raltar. Mrs. Mott became ill near
Algeciras and the couple stopped there,
sending Fuller ahead with a promise
of $25,000 If he could bring their son
back. Fuller reached Gibraltar just in
time to learn the freighter had left a
day before. Delayed two days waiting
for i Spanish mail packet. Fuller was
left far in the wake of the couple.
So it continued half way around the
world. He reached Port Said, Aden,
Sabang and finally Manila, only to
learn that the couple, leaving news of
an idyllic voyage, had departed a day
or so before his arrival. At Shanghai
the couple left the freighter and went
to an interior city to live in one of
the summerhouses for which the old
celestial empire was famous before the
revolutionary days.
Fuller found them, but his persuasive
glibness failed to break the charms
in which the elopers were interwoven,
and they politely and sweetly said that
life was better to them In China than
if they were separated and back in
New York. Young Mott told Fuller to
go back and tell Papa Mott not to
worry any more, nor spend any more
money in round the world chases.
So Hector Fuller has been trying to
forget the $25,000 he missed by looking
into the question of whether "San Fran
cisco knows how," and will try and
Booth Mr. Mott Sr. by telling Just how
much San Francisco knows and dwell
ing lightly on the story of the chase.
And what Fuller has cared to say
about the case since his arrival in San
Francisco is:
"For the time being I am private sec
retary for Gordon L. Mott. The matter
on which I have been engaged is his af
fair, and he is the only man at liberty
to discuss It."
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Decree Ts Granted In Superior Conrt on
U Testimony Which la Buried In
X the Secret File
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 commissioner 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
wldsly, 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 fiarried I once broke off
the engagement by 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
have only the wish, without vindlct
iveness or a desire to injure Doctor
Porter in any way, to consider my
marriage to him a thing of the past."
_» _».—
Oakland Police Puzzled by Demonstra
-1 tlon Following Threatening Note
* OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—The police are
trying to find out who fired three re
volver shots early this morning near
the home of Andeno Delfaro, 1201
Fifty-second avenue, who recently re
ceived a threatening note demanding
$1,000. Although the Delfaro home has
been watched by the Melrose police
since that time, a man was seen in
front of the house this morning by J.
H. Hinkley, a neighbor. One of the
bullets was embedded In a doorjamb of
the Delfaro home.
From indications the police believe
that the man intended to frighten Del
faro Into paying the $1,000. The man
was seen by Hinkley, who was aroused
by the shots, climbing over a fence in
front of the Delfaro home.
No clew lias been obtained. -^
Hector fuller, who lost $25,000
Administration's Campaign
to Be Opened Tonight
in Sunset District
Active campaigning in behalf of the
bond Issues to be presented to the
voters on December 20 will be started
tonight by Mayor Rolph and the board
of supervisors at the joint meeting of
improvement clubs to be held in For
esters' hall, Tenth avenue between
Ivory and Judah streets. This will be
the first of a series of meetings held
by the administration in advocacy of
the bond issues approved by it Novem
ber 15. The proposed issues are:
Sutro properties $ 700,000
City and county hospital
and jail 1,700,000
Aquatic park 800,000
Twin Peaks 200,000
Police and fire signal sys
tem 750,000
The opening gun of the campaign
planned by the supervisors' publicity
committee will be fired by the mayor,
members of the board and citizens of
the districts south of the park, com
prising the Sunset and Farkside. The
improvement clubs ©f these districts
made the arrangements for the meet
ing. The speakers announced for to
night are Mayor Rolph. Supervisors
George E. Gallagher, J. Emmet Hayden
and Ralph McLeran, Judge Thomas F.
Graham, Emil Pohli, Alexander Rus
sell, D. S. O'Brien, R. G. M. Armstrong,
J. R. Jones and W. Waller.
Mayor Rolph will make a special plea
for the acquisition of the Sutro prop
erties comprising the land between
Lincoln park and the ocean and which
would give Lincoln park an ocean
frontage, one and one-half miles of
shore lands extending from Sutro
Heights to Thirty-third avenue and in
cluding the Sutro baths, museum and
Sutro Heights. The option on these
properties is in the hands of the mayor,
according to the wish of the late
Adolph Sutro, who desired that the peo
ple should have this property devel
oped by him. The option expires on
the last day of this year.
The Sutro baths, which are tha,
largest in the world, were built at a
cost of $800,000. Sutro Heights, includ
ing more than 21 acres, will be donated
in the event of the purchase of the
rest of the properties at the option
price, $687,000. The lands involved
have a combined area eqnal to 39 50
--vara blocks. The arguments of the
speakers will be illustrated at tonight's,
meeting with moving pictures taken
on the properties under discussion.
Oakland Merchants Plan to Discard
\1 Present Delivery Service When
N Parcels Post Is Ready
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—It is expected
that one result of the new parcels post
law on the first of January will be the
discarding of automobiles now used to
deliver small parcels to customers by
the merchants of the city, who will
reach their patrons through the mails
at a greatly reduced cost. Postmaster
Paul Schafer has been informed that he
has been allowed $600 for the employ
ment of clerks, carriers and vehicles,
these being regulated according to the
amount of business. Few merchants
have responded to the circular sent out
by Schafer asking for an estimate of
the amount of business they will do
through the new system, but the post
master expects that they will be able
to give this information before the
opening of the service. On January 15
Schafer will submit a report to the fed
eral department as to the amount of
business being done through the new
system, to aid in making an estimate
of the appropriation needed.
Challenge to Winston Churchill Cause*
a Scene of Confusion
Special Cable to The Call
LONDON, Dec. 12.—A challenge to
Winston Spencer Churchill, first lord of
the admiralty, on the subject of the
resignation of Vice Admiral Sir Francis
C. Bridgeman-Bridgeman, from the
position of first sea lord, produced an
angry scene in the house of commons
Lord Charles Beresford was the chief
questioner and Churchill's first reply
was that the resignation was due to
reasons of health. This did not satisfy
the opposition, who sought to get at the
truth by Other questions.
The general impression among serv
ice members is that Vice Admiral
Bridgeman retired after a serious dis
pute with Churchill, either in connec
tion with the navy budget or the new
rating of navy officers.
Wednesday. December 11.
9:50 p. m., stmr Eureka. Paulsen, 0 hours
from Santa Crui; merchandise to Monterey
Steamship company.
Wednesday, December 11.
0:50 p. m.. stmr Francis H. Leggctt. Annndsen,
Grays Harbor.
H.YNA—Arrived Dec 10—Sebx Defender, pence
Nov. 14.
HitxorA-'lX—Sailed Dec. il. 6 p. m.—Stmr
Honolulan, for San Frawistfj,
Arrived Dec. 11—Br attnr St. Kllda, from
Newcastle, Au*.
STEAMER. SANTA MARIA—Dec. 11. off Cape
Arago. »aw steamer Davenport with schooner
i Mahukoua in tow, hence Dec. 9 for Ludlow.
Managers* Association Files
Objections to Censor
ship Ordinance
Proposition Said to Impose
j Unreasonable Hardship
J Upon Proprietors
OAKLAND, Dec. 11.—Members of the
Theatrical Managers' association met
in conference tonight with Charles A.
Beardsley, assistant city attorney, to
take up the objections of this organiza
tion to the proposed theater censor
ship ordinance. The discussion was
devoted mainly to the clause in the
measure dealing with licensing places
of amusement, and many arguments
were given against this provision.
Following the conference held to
night B. F. Woolner, city attorney, will
frame another ordinance containing
certain amendments and this will prob
ably be ready for the council next Fri
day. Because of the opposition of the
theater men the ordinance has already
been put over a number of times and
the councilmen are Insistent that the
measure- be passed as soon as possible.
A communication was filed with the
council today by the association in
which objections to the ordinance were
set forth. These were taken up to
night with Beardsley.
"We believe that there is no occa
sion for haste in passing upon this
important matter," the communication
reads, "there being nothing In local
conditions to Justify the notion that
the theaters of the city are conducted
except on an absolutely high class
plane. We are confident that in order
to protect properly the legitimate in
terests which we represent we have
your support and approval and the
support and approval of every mer
cantile organization and the vast ma
jority, of the best citizenship as well.
The licensing clause is condemned in
the communication as follows:
"The association believes that an or
dinance providing for such regulation
of objectionable features can be framed
without the necessity of granting
licenses to the theaters and without
the cumbrous and probably illegal pro
visions which would make possible the
revocation of any such license to the
great detriment of the theaters In
"The association regards it as a dis
tinct stigma upon their business .that
they should be classed on a plane with
liquor saloons, disorderly houses and
the like which "exist only by tolera
tion, licensed, and whose existence de
pends solely upon their ability to keep
within the bounds of laws that regulate
such saloons, disorderly houses, etc.
"The association believes that a very
great wrong would be done the high
class and entirely reputable amusement
institutions of the city, in which the
community takes a just pride, as a
result of the adoption of an ordinance
providing for licensing them and sub
jecting them to the danger of confisca
tion if their business did not happen
to meet with the approval of one man.
To place in the hands of any one man
the power to revoke a license and to
subject a theater to the great monetary
loss, besides the.loss of its dignity and
prtstige, without providing for any
way of redress for such loss, would
seem to be improper and unjust. Wo
desire to point out that in the ordi
nance which it has been proposed to
adopt, the chief of police is given
power to close the theater for more
than 48 hours, pending an appeal to
your honorable body, and if your hon
orable body should then reverse the
decision of the chief of police, abso
lutely no redress is provided for the
theater whose business has been great
ly damaged by such action of the chief
of police."
Prominent Officials Will Make Ad-
I dresses at Annual Gathering
I of Organisation
BERKELEY, Dec. 11.—Charles D.
Heywood, president of the Berkeley
Chamber of Commerce, will preside to
morrow evening at the annual banquet
of the organization, which will be held
at the Shattuck hotel. The speakers
will represent the city, the University
of California, Oakland, San Francisco
and the Panama-Pacific exposition, and
their speeches will deal with the rela
tion of the isthmian canal to the bay
Some changes have been made in the
list of speakers first announced, so
that the list is now as follows:
J. Stitt Wilson, mayor of Berkeley;
Frederick V. Fisher of the Panama-
Pacific exposition; John M. Eshelman,
president of the California state rail
road commission; Dr. David P. Barrows,
professor of political science at the
University of California; Adna A. Den-
Ison, secretary of the Oakland Cham
ber of Commerce; Francis Hope, secre
tary of the California Development
board; Frank K. Mott, mayor of Oak
land, and Prof. C. L. Biedenbaeh. prin
cipal of the Berkeley high school.
OAKLAND. Dec. 11.—After a close
contest Robert J. Scott was elected
president of the Carmen's union, di
vision 192, at the primary election of
officers. Scott won by one vote over
Joseph W. Smart, who has held the
position for several years.
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
piano proposition without coming to
the firm 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 yon want to* spend fOOO for a
good player piano and want to get
full value, we will sell you n flayer
pinno that will stand the test with
••very *flon slayer piano in San Fran
clseo and the price to yon will be
er of a player piano can afford to
close his purchase without thor
oughly Investigating our wonderful
music roll proposition, which gives
yon the free use of 800 rolls In
your heme during the year.
No "Them Was the Happy
Days" for "Doc* Cole as
He Stands at Altar
Special Dispatch to The Call
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11.—With his
grandson acting as his "best man" and
a cousin %vho was present at his first
wedding 50 years ago acting as brides
maid for his bride, Dr. Samuel Cole, 72
years old, formerly of Kansas City,
Mo., will be married to Mrs. Eliza G.
Viekers before Helmet lodge, Knights
of Pythias, Friday evening, December
20. The colonel fs a doctor of phys
ical culture. A man of 72, he declares,
is right in his prime. Mrs. Viekers is
a widow of 62. Doctor Cole a few
months ago acted as physical trainer
for a large number of policemen, who,
he said, were not as strong and active
as they should be. Reluctantly the
officers admitted that the physician was
stronger in many ways than they.
New Hampshire. Short Both Men
and Coal, Leaves Norfolk
Under Hurry Orders
NORFOLK, Va.. Dec. 11.—The battle
ship New Hampshire left at midnight
for Santo Domingo under hurry orders.
The New Hampshire is said to have
considerably less than a normal supply
of coal in its bunkers, but it will not
wait to replenish it. Members of its
crew who were on shore, it is said,
did not sail with the ship.
It is understood, however, that an
other serious uprising has broken out
in the island republic.
Orders may be issued for it to return
there with the marines to afford pro
tection to the custom houses and to
American and foreign lives and prop
Today on Your Letters Is *'12
--12-12"; Tomorrow Friday ,
That Terrible ) 3th Day
Letters and documents written today
may bear the date 12-12-12. Not until
January I, 2001, can another date be
indicated by writing the same tiuraber
three times. The stenographers of
that day may put 1-1-1 at the head of
their letters. And, coming back to
these times', tomorrow is Friday the
thirteenth. There will be one only
Friday the thirteenth next year—in
June—but the superstitious may re
gard it as a particularly unlucky day
owing to the number of the* year, 1913.
Elderly Owner Knocked Down
j by Animal and Badly
\J 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
820 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
66 years of age. The injury wag treated
at the receiving hospital..
Warning Given to Those In Saloon
Before Fatal Shot Is Fired
With Revolver
Special Dispatch to The Call
GRASS VALLEY. Dec. 11.—'.'You fel
lows had better run," remarked
Thomas Green, a well known man
about town, entering a saloon tonight,
whereupon he reached into the till,
secured a revolver and shot himself
through the neck, dying immediately.
W. T. Ross Commits Suicide by Shooting
Himself; Daughter Finds Body
W. T. Ross, a carpenter residing at
233 Ariderson street, committed suicide
by shooting himself yesterday morning
at his home. The body was found by
his little daughter Mary In the attic of
the house. Ross, whose wife was com
mitted to Napa insane asylum three
months ago, is believed to have become
insane from grief. He was 45 years old.
Bakery goods salesmen of Oakland will enter
tain at a dance in Germania hall Saturday
evening. The committee in charge consists of
Henry Ford, prealdent: Joseph Toele, vice
presMent; James Wright, recording secretary;
Frank Nelk. financial secretary; Paul Fuhrer,
treasurer, and James Shea, business agent.
of the United States navy and the army
and the government transports, the in
strument that has earned every highest
grand award In the international ex
positions the last six years, then you
will have to get the Autoplano, sold
exclusively by us.
If you want the most modern, moat
complete and most artistic of all in
struments, one that requires no pedal
ing, then you must seek your ideal
in the Checkering Stoddard-Amplco.
sold only by us.
If you want the best reproducing
piano on the market, one that faith
fully reproduces works of the greatest
pianists, you will fin* that only in the
_ home of the: Ysks2v
Sausalito Supervisor Says
Women Intoxicated and
Proceedings Unseemly
Special Dispatch to The Call
SAUSALITO, Dec. 11.—Fortified in his
stand by a letter from one of the young
women entertainers who attended the
hilarious "low jinks" of the San Fran
cisco Yacht club October 25, Super
visor L. C. Pistolesi, who tried in vain
a week ago to have the town board of
trustees investigate the alleged occur
rences at the clubhouse, will go before
the board again next Monday night and
reiterate his accusations.
Last Thursday night Pistolesi, who
is said to cherish a deep enmity toward
the yacht club, shocked the town trus
tees, as well as the members of the
well known organization, by asserting
that four women had been taken out of
the clubhouse on the night of the jinks
in an intoxicated condition and stowed
away on one of the boats anchored
near by.
At the time he declared he made this
statement on the authority of James
Sperry, a Sausalito young man. who is
a member of the yacht club, but Sperry
was present and swore that he had
never told such a story to any one, and
that It was not true in any particular.
At the close of the meeting the board
of trustees went on record as finding
Pistolesi's charges untrue.
Since then, however, Pistolesi has re
ceived a letter from Miss Nellie Clif
ford, who lives in the Valmar apart
ments in San Francisco, in which she
says she was insulted by the members
of the yacht club on the occasion of the
jinks, in which she appeared as a paid
performer. She offers also to help Pis
tolesi to prove that it was a far from
quiet evening that the club members
enjoyed in commemorating the close of
the yachting season.
Pistolesi said today that r/fe wauld
file formal charges before the town
board Monday night, formally accusing
the yacht Qlub of maintaining a dis
orderly house. He also Intends to take
the matter up with District Attorney
Thomas P. Boyd and the grand jury
and will incorporate Miss Clifford's let.
ter in his complaint.
The young woman did not mention
that any women were intoxicated on
the night of the jinks, but asserted that
nearly all of the men subjected her and
the five performers who accompanied
her to a deal of rough talk and hand
ling. She said the performers left the
club at 10 o'clock to go back to San
It is her opinion, however, that the
yacht club owes her an apology, and
she told Pistolesi she would appear to
testify at any time he needed her.
Stockton Man Asked That He Be Sent
to Jail t» Save His Family
From Distress
Special Diapatch to The Call
STOCKTON. Dee. 11.—Elmer Stan
berry, accompanied by his wife and
babe, appeared before Justice Parker
today and pleaded to be sent to jail.
Stanberry told the court that he wished
to be sent to jail to keep sober. The
court talked the matter over with the
couple and it was decided to have the
wife swear to a complaint charging her
husband with failure to provide. The
husband was to plead guilty and serve
six months on the chain gang. It was
further stipulated that the county -pay
the wife $1 a day for her husband's
work on the county roads.
Just about the time the agreement
was to be put into effect William Hor
ton of the Beraehah home for drunk
ards appeared. He offered to take the
family to his home and guaranteed to
cure Stanberry of the drinking habit
in two weeke.
The court accepted Horton's offer
with the understanding that should he
fail to accomplish the desired results
Stanberry would go to jail.
Mound Oldest Son of Csar Received
I'nfits Him as Successor to
the Throne
LONDON, Dec. 12.—The Daily Ex
press this morning revives the story
that Crown Prince Alexis of Russia was
the victim of nihilism. It asserts that
he is suffering from the effects of a
wound made by a trusted attendant,
who since has proved to be a nihilist.
The wound, says the* Express, is of such
nature that th»e prince is incapable of
continuing in the line of succession to
the throne and therefore the appoint
ment of an heir designate is being dis
cussed in court circles.
Former City Chamberlain of >evr
York Pnnished for Bribery
NEW YORK. Dec. 11.—Charles H.
Hyde, former city chamberlain, con
victed of bribery in connection with
the manipulation of city funds, was
sentenced by Justice Goff today to serve
not more than three years and six
months and not less than two years
in state's prison. The justice, however,
granted a certicate of reasonable doubt
and issued a stay of execution, agree
ing to admit the prisoner to $25,000
bail pending argument ef his appeal.
11.—Sheriff Frank Barnet gave official sanc
tion to the funeral of W. A. Peterson at Hay
ward today after runnluc down rumors that
Peterson had been murdered. Feterson died
from the effect* of a fall from a pole at Con
cord. Contra Costa county. Saturday.
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Amelia Sumerville Wants $5,000
Because One Leg Is Larger
Than it Ought lo Be
Special Diapatch to The Call
NEW YORK, Dec. 11. —Amelia Suw*
erville, once the toast of the town as
the "Merry Mountain Maid" with Henry
E. Dixie in "Adonis." never again will
appear on the stage in tights. She
says so herself, in a suit for $5,000 filed
today against the owners of the River
side Drive theater.
Miss Sumerville. who is the presi
dent of the Professional Women's
league, states in her complaint that
while endeavoring to wash her hands
in a basin in a dressing room, the
basin became detached from the wall,
and, falling upon her, severely injured
"Plaintiff will, because of her said
injuries, be unable to wear tights or
short dresses in her future theatrical
work," continues the complaint, 'be
cause said injuries have affected the
conformation of her limbs, making one
much larger than the other and thereby
affecting their symmetry, which sym
metry is a great asset to her in her
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