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02,tl 5,300 acres of fire pro-
Francisco tcc,ed temtof y- 2 * 300
more acres than INew
A-L2IS York city can claim.
Ship of State Sailing Close to Deficit Waters, Prediction of Tax Tinkers
Measure to Exclude Fromj
Country All Immigrants
Unable to Read Their;
Own Language or Dialect j
Will Precipitate Bitter |
Fight Today in Congress;
Foreign Societies of Sanj
Francisco Condemn Law,
and Have Asked California
Delegation to Line Up;
Against Its Proponents in
Effort to Force Passage'
Special Dispatch to The Call
WASHINGTON. Dec. 13.—One of thej
hardest fights ever waged In congress i
-will be witnessed tomorrow on the j
floor of the house of representatives;
■when the Burnett immigration bill, i
which provides for an illiteracy test to j
all Immigrants, -will be brought up for]
four hours' debate under a special rule j
adopted by the house committee on!
The bill is part of the democratic pro
gram for the present session, but tbe |
light will be nonpartisan because many
of the most stalwart democrats oppose
the illiteracy test.
Governor elect Sulzer of New York,
who represents a New York district In
•jse. will be one of the leaders in
- U against the Burnett
Some of tiie foreign-Ameri
can societies and in San
Francisco have telegraphed and written
tn the members of the San Francisco
delegation going on record against the
Harnett bill. They say that if such a]
law had been in effect 100 years ago thej
country would have been deprived of j
some of its present leading citizens. In j
fact, they argue, some of the presidents I
of the United States had grandparents
who, when thej- came to the United
States, neither could read nor write.
The main purpose of the bill is to ex
clude from the United States alien im
migrants over 16 years of age who are
unable to read their own language or
dialect. In order that there might be
no doubt about Hebrew and Yiddish
being considered as either language or
a dialect, .they are both named in the
Several exceptions are made in the
bill. One of them allows aliens to en
ter without the Illiteracy test if it is
proven they are fleeing from religious
persecution. Another exception allows
families which have been separated by
immigration to settle in America. A
bill similar to this exclusion proposi
tion was brougfot up in the house five
years ago and was turned down be
cause it was thought a careful study of
the facts should be made. A commis
sion was appointed and a four years'
study resulted in a report wirh con
tained this statement:
The commissionas a whole rec
ommends restriction as demanded
economic, moral and social con
Eight of the nine members of the
commission favored the reading and
writing test as the most feasible single
method of restricting undesirable im
President Cleveland vetoed a restric
tion bill of this general character in
ISS7, but Representative Bur&etl of!
Alabama, who framed the pr
is of the opinion that his measure is a
more liberal document.
v At any rate, there is going to be ■ J
fight in the house tomorrow when the!
four hours of debate gets under way,
The strength of the bill's adv.
is shown somewhat in the following, [
I is an extract from Burnet
port: *
Within the last few years revo
lution- have been passed by the
American Federation of L-ahor. t' c
Farmer-' union, the National
-range, the Farmers' National con
gress, the Junior Order of Ameri
.-an Mechanic- and many other in
■riai and patriotic organizations
at every one of their great annua!
meetings favoring the very remedy
v» hich this bill provides and their
petitions have come up to congr
It is urged that the illiteracy teal
will not keep out the black hand
leaders This is admitted, but we
ady have laws to reach this
class. Besides most of the illit
erates from the country of the
k hand live in mortal terror of
I criminal and do not reveal
■ rimes nor his presence when
the. know them. I'm* this reason,
. C uatiaued on Page 2, Column 7
"An Independent Newspaper"
New Yorl? representative j
who will vigorously op- j
pose the proposed immi- '
gration restriction bill and \
the Alabama author of
the measure.
Walter Edwards Falls Hundred
Feet, Lighting on Island
With Few Injuries
SKATTLE, Dec. 13.—Walter Edwards,
flying a Seattle built aeroplane, fell
100 feet on Harbor island late today as
lie -was preparing to make a flight over
the business portion of the city.
The aeroplane was wrecked, but Ed
wards escaped serious injury, suffering
a few cuts about the head.
Edwards had risen to a height of 900
feet when his engine went dead and
he began to circle toward the earth.
Within 100 feet of the ground he at
tempted to make a landing turn when
a gust of wind caught the left wing
of the plane and caused it to fall.
Edwards jumped just before the aero
plane hit the ground and got clear of
the engine. He was taken to his hotel
for treatment.
CtiMioni* Inspector* Trace It to Clay
Street House, but There
(lew In Uont
Through Charles A. Stephens, deputy
surveyor of the port, it was learned
yesterday that the federal government
had been informed Novemher 30 that
trunks containing 2.1 39 ounces of co
caine were concealed at 1567 Clay
street, and that the drug had been
smuggled into the United States over
the Canadian border. The cocaine was
packed in packages resembling an egg.
The house was surrounded that night
by a guard of customs inspectors and
tne premises searched, but only the
empty trunks were found. George
Clunk and Bert Mayfield, waiters, who
wrn supposed to be. in on the deal,
arere dotal—ad by Deputy Surveyor Ste
phens, hut were not arrested.
B-l I Wlll-H Six Flour-* \flrr Taking Stuff
lo Prove He Hail a taut
Iron Mnmncli
"Mine Is a east iron stomach that
will digest anything from rocks to
horse-hoe nails." boasted Private Jesse
.1. Thomas, Thirteenth company, coast
artillery corps, to a crowd of compan
ions in the l-ort HI ley barber shop
yesterday afternoon.
■Ret you can't .Irink a pint of whisky
and keep >r down," challenged one of
the bystanders in a jocular tone.
thl- i">tt!e of hay rum? Site's
>_<>t pretty near b quart in her In sides.
Watch me dotrs her." .
An hour later Private Thomas, un
conscious, was taken to the Fort Miley
hospital; where four hours later he died.
< Imln* for Erring Bankers
ATHENS, Ga.. bee. r3.—J. A. Griffin,
president, and R. n. McCrary, cashier
of the Athens Banking and Trust com
pany, pleaded guilty today to charges
of violating t "anking laws.
They \v< > serve five
years each on the chain gang.
! Money "Trust" Inquiry
Brings Out the Facts
About "Manipulation"
and Short Sales
Many Big Operators Work
Individually to Prevent
Being "Double Crossed"
WASHINGTON, Dec. 13.—"Manipula
i tion" and short sale*!, on the Xew York
stock market as a means of gambling
i and the methods of stock exchange
*\ brokers, formed the basis of today's
hearing before the money trust com
mittee of the house.
Frank K. Sturgis ,and Rudolph Kep
pier. governors of the New York
Stock exchange, and Harry Content,
Samuel F. Streit and J. P. Grier, brok
ers, were the witnesses examined to
day. After they had been questioned
Samuel Untermyer. counsel for the
I committee, took up the relations be-
I tween the stock exchange and the New
York Bank Note company, which can
j not secure listing on the exchange
j for stock certificates or bonds which
! ,
{•it engraves.
Untermyer in his examination of
the stock exchange representatives
tried in vain to secure a -description
of methods* of manipulation employed
to advance or depress tiie price of
stocks. Bach of the witnesses denied
that he had ever been a party to a pool
arrangement foi manipulation.
Sturgis and Eeppler testified, how
ever, that in their opinion some of the
operations on the exchange, includ
ing manipulation and short selling,
wefe of a "gambling nature."' Both
agreed that these matters could not be
regulated by the exchange as a body.
"'Short selling is a matter which
every individual must settle with his
own conscience," said Sturgis.
At the conclusion of his testimony
Sturgis put into the record part of a
speech he had made before the Hughes
commission which investigated the
stock exchange and a copy of the re
plies made by the law committee of the
board of governors of the exchange, to
questions submitted by the Hughes
Samuel F. Streit of the arbitration
and clearing house committee of the
stock exchange told the committee, that
the exchange maintains a securities
clearing house, where the transactions
on the floor are cleared between brok
Untermyer suggested that this clear
ing house might insist on having brok
ers deliver the numbers of certificates
of stock in which they traded to the
clearing house and thus prevent deal
ings in stock which is not owned.
Streit did not favor this suggestion and
said he could tell nothing of the ef
fect of such a regulation on short sales.
Harry Content said he had never man
aged a pool for manipulating a line of
stock. He said that the idea of form
ing a pool was an old one no longer
employed. A numher of big operators
worked individually, he said.
"Why is that?" Untermyer asked.
"They find it safer to have no part
ners," said Content. "The pool mem
bers used to sell each other out."
Content said he believed cross orders
of sales and purchases of the same
stock were legitimate. He did not
think manipulations to raise or depress
the prices of stock deceived the public.
coi/lusion over pbintinu
George A. Field, vice president of
the American Bank Note company, tes
tified that the exchange had ruled the
work of his company off the stock list,
and that the bulk of the work for ex
change stock was done by the Amer
ican Bank Note company. He produced
a voluminous correspondence charging
the American company with monopo
lizing the engraving of stocks and
bonds with the aid of the stock ex
A similar charge in the report of the
Hughes commission was placed in the
record. This phase of the inquiry, Un
termyer .said, was introduced at the
request of Mayor Gaynor of New Tork
and Governor Pothier of Rhode Island.
Bonds engraved by the New York com
pany for New Tork city and for tiie
state of Rhode Island, Field testified,
"have been refused listing on the ex
——i • _—
PITTSBURG, Dec. 13.—Colonel John
Taylor, a civil war veteran, is missing
and 11 persons were injured as a re
sult of a fire today which destroyed
Liberty place, a four story brick apart
ment building, causing a lo_s estimated
at $200,000.
I Hammer Being Draped for Funeral Pyre
Madame de Pasquali Anxious
To Sing Jinx's Requiem
\ »
Madame fiernice de Pasquali, the noted operatic star
who is to sing Christmas eve in The Call's big celebra
tion at Lotta's fountain, will arrive in San Francisco this
afternoon from Paso Robles and during the next few days
will have an artive part in planning the festivities thai are
to follow the burning of the symbolical hammer.
She had intended originally to come to San Francisco
yesterday, but when she looked at the calendar and saw
"Friday, the Thirteenth" staring forth at her,, she can
celled her reservations and refused to leave the southland
for fear "something might happen"—she didnt know
what ,but she was not inclined to risk an experiment. So
she wired her friends to expect her this afternoon at 4
Her official welcome to San Francisco by all the city
will not take place until she faces the great crowd in the
streei Christmas eve, but in the meantime she will be
showered with attentions from her admirers among the
music lovers of the city. Last Tuesday evening she sang
before an audience in the Paso Robles hotel, which in
cluded President Charles C. Moore of the exposition
and Mrs. Moore, and they enthusiastically declared San
Francisco would await the diva with extended arms.
Deep interest in The Call's plans for destroying the
hammer of knockery as a part of the Christmas eve fas
iival is being shown in the cities throughout the slate and
\t is likely that thousands of people from the region about
the bay and from the interior as well will come to San
Francisco lo take part in the significant ceremony:
Invitations will be sent out today to leading citizens,
commercial organizations and city officials of all the
neighboring communities, asking them to come and have
a part in the birtii of a ne v * civic spirit m the metropolis
of the west. The ralroads will offer reduced rales for
the occasion and fecial trains are being arranged for by
some of the outside commercial organizations.
Meanwhile the great hammer, which is to be burned
on a bonfire as a sign that discord and "knocking" are at
an end in San Francisco, is being built by a corps of
men. Draped in black, the great emblem will be paraded •
Trinity County Treasure
Hunters on Fresh Trail of
Murdered Pioneer's
$84,000 in Gold
REDDING, Dec. 13.—1t was learned
here today that a party of nearly a
dozen men are searching the hills of
Trinity county for a fortune in gold
dust, worth $84,000, buried in cham
pagne bottles in 1852. Several attempts
previously have been made to find the
gold, and newly found information, the
source of which has not been disclosed,
has again set the treasure hunters on
the olj quest.
Arnold Smith, who had a tavern at
Junction City, accumulated the gold
dust as the current medium of ex
change of the time, and, lacking a
safe, kept it hidden in champagne bot
tles in his cellar. The murder of Smith
by Andrew Johnson and James Martin,
a negro, and the theft of the gold is
a part of Trinity county history. John
son later killed the negro and buried
the dust. A few years ago he died in
Salt Hake City, confessing his crime
and leaving a map showing where the
gold was buried.
Among those who have joined in the
searrii for the hidden treasure are
Chris Given, Henry Lorenz and Louis
Rabb of Trinity county and J. E.
ljorenz. a hotel owner of Redding.
Hurries to Parent Who Will Share Hta
Alaakan Gold
Special Dispatch to The CaU
EVERETT, Wash., Dec. 13.—From
the frozen north, where "he had ac
cumulated a fortune, George Kilburn
of San Francisco, mourned as -flead by
relatives, arrived here today and as
tonished an uncle, David C. Watt, a
former resident of San Francisco. From
Watt Kilburn learned that his mother,
whom he believed killed in the fire of
1906. was alive in San Francisco and
in poor health. Kilburn at once took
steps to inform her that he was alive
and then left for San Francisco. Kil
burn has been In Alaska seven years.
He sal dhi s mother should live in com
fort the rest of her life.
"The People's Newspaper*
through the streets and finally consigned lo the flames,
where it will flare up and vanish and will be known no
Judge Decries Thievery When
Stock Exchange Yawm for
Men of "Shark** Instincts
Special Dispatch to The Call
NEW YORK, Dec. 13.—Justice Goff of
the supreme court today extended
mercy to a confessed thief in a little
homily upon comparative stealing. The
justice spoke of the futility of plain
thievery when Wall street yawned for
men of predatory instincts. ,
Thomas O'Donnell had entered a plea
of guilty to the larceny of $350.
"O'Donnell," said Justice Goff with
asperity, "why didn't you go down to
Wall street? Tou have made the great
est mistake of your life. If you had
gone to Wall street and done something
like this you would have been called a
successful financier and there would
have been an air of respectability about
you. But, O'Donnell, a man who steals
small sums like this is only a common
He sentenced O'Donnell to the peni
tentiary for four months.
Denver Detectives Expect Bird
to Tell Story of Double
Crime it Witnessed
DENVER, Dec. 13. — A parrot, the
only known witness to the tragedy, is
the chief reliance of the Denver police
in their effort to find a solution of the
murder and suicide which ended the
lives of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Johnson,
whose bodies were found in fhelr hotel
here Tuesday.
The bird is a fluent talker and has
belonged to the Johnsons for the last
four years. It was in the room at the
time the bodies were discovered.
Believing that if a quarrel preceded
the shooting the bird might be coaxed
to repeat the conversation, the police
turned it over to a bird fancier today.
Two Temblors Scatter Rook* and
Wreck Barn* Near Oxnard
OXNARD, Dec. IS.—Two severe earth
shocks overturned desks and scattered
books about at the Ocean View school
today and wrecked two barns nearby.
Although the temblors were pronounced
In the district all about Oxnard, they
were but slightly perceptible within
the city.
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.-'or Continuation of Thf»e Advertlse
nicnt* See (laMlHed Pastes
President Taft Takes Up Ad
ditional 29,541 Acres in
Buena Vista Hills,
Kern County
I Special Dispatch to The Call
WASHINGTON. Dec. 13. — President
Taft today extended the withdrawal
order of July 21, 1010, to Include 29,541
acres in the Buena Vista hills, Kern
county, Cal.
This greatly enlarges the area pre
viously withdrawn in the Elk hills re
gion in order that there may he as
complete assurance as possible that the
United States retains control over a
body of fuel oil adequate for the future
needs of the United States navy.
The total acreage now for
oil to supply the navy exceeds 67,000,
as a result of recent investigations by
the geological survey which showed
the difficulty of estimating deflnitely
the quantity of oil available within the
Elk hills region.
Parent of Child Kidnaped 3£ Years
Ago Succumbs in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13. —Mrs.
Sarah Anne Ross, the mother of
Charlie Ross, who was kidnaped 38
years age, died at her home in Phila
delphia tonight. She was 78 years old.
She was the widow of Christian K.
The fate of Charlie Ross, who was
stolen when he was 4 years old, has
never been learned, although number
less clews from all sections of this
country and Europe weref ollowed by
detectives employed by the distracted
Animal Apparently Mad Runn .Amuck
In Public School Building
BALTIMORE, Md., Dec 13.—Appar
ently mad, a large dog ran through a
public school building here this after
noon and pefore it was driven, out 10
children avere Severely bitten. A woman
teacher by vigorous attacks with a
ruler finally succeeded in driving the
dog into the street, where it was
killed by a policeman.
iFear Next Legislature Will
Be Called Upon to Cope
With Big Deficit; Segre
gation of State and Local
Taxes Leaves Only Two
Loopholes to Be Used
Must Raise the Rate of
Gross Earnings Tax Paid
by Corporations in Segre
gated Class or Levy
an Ad Valorem Tax on
All Classes* of Property
If the fears of leading members of
the state senate are well founded the
next legislature will be called upon to
cope with an economic question far
graver than any of the organization
problems now puzzling the politicians.
Men familiar with the finances of the
state believe that the legislature at the
ensuing session must accept one of two
unhappy alternatives. It must provide
for increased and increasing state ex
penses by raising the rate of gross
earnings tax paid by the corporations
in the segregated state tax class or
they must levy an ad valorem tax on
all classes of property in addition to
the segregated corporation taxes for
state support.
The adoption of the gross earn in sts
tax system for corporations and the
segregation of the revenue produced
under that system for state support
can not be charged to Governor John
son or his legislature. The constitu
tional amendment was framed, submit
ted and ratified by the people before
Johnson went into office.
The segregation of state and local
taxes was made complete. A sufficient
number of classes of corporate prop
erty were included in the gross earn
ings scheme, it was believed, to provide
the necessary revenue for the state
government. The people ratified the
amendment, believing that they were
to be relieved from payment of any
tax for state support.
After the ratification of the amend
ment Senator Charles P. Cutten, chair
man of the finance committee, insisted
that it would not produce sufficient
revenue for the growing needs of the
state and that the state then faced a
deficit of $450,000. State Controller
Nye vigorously disagreed with Cutten.
Cotton has nm\ changed his opinions
and numerous senators, including New
ton W. Thompson, the tax expert of the
legislature, and A. E. Boynton, presi
dent pro tern., are convinced that Cut
ten is right now, whether or not fie
was correct two years ago. Cont*»ller
Nye's report to the governor will esti
mate the deficit on June SO, 1913, at
$630,000 and at more than $1,000,000 for
the year ending June 30, 1914. Cutten
will not be a member of the next senate.
He is unwilling to discuss methods, but
he adheres to the correctness of his
"It is my opinion," said Cutten, "that
under the present rates the annual
deficit will increase rather than dimin
ish, as the needs of the state are in
creasing faster than the revenues of
the public service corporations. At the
last session many appropriations were
not made because it was feared that
unless strict economy was practiced
the appropriations for the support of
the state would exceed the receipts.
"There are many special appropria
tions that can not wait longer than
the next regular session. The general
appropriation bills must necessarily in
crease from year to year. The reform
atory for first offenders must be
28,000 ACRES
Nevada; near 2 railroads; half
good fruit and alfalfa land; 2
streams on land; $8.50 per acre;
easy terms.
8,000 ACRES
Early fruit land; $_o.o>> per A.
2,900 ACRES
SE. Oregon: controls 10 to 20
sections government land; can
cut 1.000 tons hay; all fenced;
controls 2 miles of creekf splen
did cattle ranch; $16.00 per acre,
or will trade for country proper
ty nearer San Francisco.
345 MontflTomery St., S. F.

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