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S<Ul three national banks
p . with combined assets
IT EH CISCO greater than all assets
O of national banks in i
naS any of 30 states.
Gunmen and Leader Are
Dumped on Alkali Plain—
Threats to Make Auto
Driver Proceed Fail When
Trona Managers and De
tectives Appear on Scene
Party With Laborers
Is Unable to Get Beyond
Searles in Time to Work
Claims—Third Expedition
Likely to Be Abandoned
by Attorney Claimant
Started with grim determination to
force entry upon disputed potash
claims at Searles lake, the third armed
expedition financed by San Francisco
capitalists and directed by Los Angeles
and San Francisco attorneys came to an
ignominious and almost farcical end in
the Mojave desert yesterday.
Before the raiders had sighted the
?rreat Slate range bordering the south-
shore of the American Dead
I the gunmen and their leader, Lou
Rasor, civil engineer of Los Angeles,
were dumped unceremoniously from
their big: touring , car and were left on
the chilly alkali in the early morning
with their maps, utensils and supplies.
Searles lake lay 17 miles to the north
ward and the nearest railroad station
was 25 miles away.
The coup, which was conceived by
■eph K. Hutehinson, San Francisco
torney and director of the California
ona company, and by W. A. Mundell,
Pacific -oast superintendent of the
r.urns detective agency, went through
with greater precision and dispatch
- its originators dared hope.
The "hero" of the affair was M. A.
"ney, automobile man of Los An
les, who was Hired by Attorney
ll«*nry E. Lee of this city. Varney
ye the five gunmen anl Rasor Into
heart of the Mojave p'nk and upon
the border of the alkali flat railed Lake
Elizabeth the chauffeur, who owns the
machine, informed his employers that
had decided to turn
Vainly the men in the machiv,
iulatp'l and threatened. For rea
vrhtch ho did not deem necessary
. <--al Varney decided that the
■''ful boulevards of Los .Xngreles
■vwre mor<* attractive than the bleak
de*ert and the surveillance of armed
b. While Varney's passengers were
.■-tering two automobiles containing
tectivefe, Los Angeles and San Bet*
oino deputy sheriffs and Hutchinson
Irled up and Varney's revolt received
firm and adequate support.
Slowly the gunmen and their leader
■■<] out. The detectives sprang into
stalled touring car and dumped
maps, camp supplies and cooking
gear. The deteetiv-s remained in the
i with all three cars started
■ ard Garden station, the rendezvous
of the Trona company's men.
A man named Ambrose announced
it he was going to hike back to
t-»arles station. 25 miles away, and he
ripparted, leaving the others sitting be
-Blde the roadway. Meanwhile a second
TV, headed by Ed Rasor, had left
Lob Angele-s by train for Searles sta-
The program <>t the claimant*
send the gunmen to the lake
1 then return to Searles and pick up
The second party, deprived of its
automobile, faces a stay at Searles.
This town consists of a platform for
fading freight and a vacant restaurant.
The Trona people were elated at the
outeema of the third Lee raid, the first
of which resulted in location of the
claims, the second in the death of
Charles Davidson, a civil engineer and
graduate of the University of Califor-
That the third raid ended peace
ably is due to the careful plans of the
Trona people, who, from the moment
[earned that Lee again was active
Iμ revive his Interests, had his
■watched night and day by detectives.
L*e was under surveillance yesterday
and will be kept so until all danger of
ttemptlß* to revive title to the
disputed claims has been eliminated.
Considerable excitement occurred nt
fill* building when Lee's photo
graph was sought.
Declined Medh-nl Aid B*c»u»c of Cost
nnd Died Together
LOUIS, Dec. 26.; — ■ Examination of
ody of Mrs. Sarah Johnson who,
with her sister. Miss Mary Scott, died
Christmas eve apparently in want, re
; that a bag around her waist
f ,-nt*ined |fi.«W ajhj three gold
PS. In Miss SeottS effects were
found deeds and paper* sfeowtns bank
deposit.-. Tlk.v arrtwd about two
«vf>eks ago. both suffering- from colds
which developed into pneumonia, re
fused mediral attention because of the
md declined to gro to a free lio?-
Akbough living in the
room, they slept in SiBBIS b«d. and
.oparate tables AtshS* and stiver
"The People's Newspaper"
Admiral Dervey on Seventy-fifth
Birthday Tells How He Re-
tains Youthfulness
WASHINGTOK. Der. »«.—Admiral
Ctoorge IVwey. hero of the battle of
Manila bay. today celebrated quietly
hip seventy-fifth birthday. The vetoran
spa fighter said he never felt better In
his liff.
The admiral attributed his splendid
physical condition to constant riding
and to the further fact that he
away from midnight banquets.
"So should any man," he declared.
"who wants to feel as young , as I when
he is 75."
Taxpayers of County Bonded Them
selves for »arly 73.000,000 to
Build lliifhm«j«
(?pp<-is! Dispatch tn Tb* Tall I
STOCKTON", Deo. 26.—8y July 1 San
Jcai-piin county will have completed
235.',6 miles of highway built of mac
adam, bitumen, asphalt and oil.
The people voted $1,890,000 for this
purpose. The bonds found ready takers
and have brought in premiums the
sum of $145,799.
As fast as the roads have been com
pleted they have bef-n turned over to
the county by the highway commission
and are being cared for by the mainte
nance department in charge of the
county surveyor. The roads are con
sidered the best in the state.
Interest In Great Vational Pike Propo-
sition Kern In Middle West States
(Special Dispatch to The Cell»
NEW TORK. Bee. 2t>.—lnterest in the
proposed national highway from ocean
to ocean is said to he increasing at a
rapid rate throughout the middle west.
According to W. S. tempo
rary chairman of the iruu-ement in the
absence of Carl G. Fisher, motor and
commercial organizations of Colorado
and neighboring states are keen to have
the road put through. Letters express
ing- enthusiasm and showing great in
terest in the road are being received
daily at headquarters. The writers seem
confident that the success of the project
is assured.
Widow «»' Airship Victim Sues to
Collect Accident Insurance
XEW YORK. Dec 26.—The first suit
ever brought to recover damages
tor the dpath of a passenger in an air
ship was filed today by the widow of
Victor L. Mason, killed in London. Eng..
on May 1:1. Mr?. Mason sued an acci
dent and euarantee company of Lon
■r $i.i,(W which insured her hus
band against violent death. The policy
was issued in 1906. Masnn was a pas
senger in an aeroplane - 'for pleasure"
and he fell out.
p. h. McCarthy injured
Former Mayor Suffers Stranee Accident
While Plnyins Hole of Santa Claus
On Christmas eve P. H. McCarthy,
president of the Building Trades coun
cil, while playing Santa Claus at his
home in Collingwood street, was seized
with a violent fit of coughing, which
resulted in a simple fracture of one of
his ribs. A physician set the fracture.
After being bandaged, McCarthy was
confined to his home until laet evening.
when he attended the meeting of the
French Premier Tells Friends Hr In
Wflllac to Rue for Presidency
PARIS. £>«C 26.—Premier Raymond
Potneare, yielding , to the insisfpnep of
friends in the .«rnnte nnd chamber, has
consented to b« a candidate for presi
dency Of the republic.
The members of the senate and of
the chamber of deputies, mating as the
national assembly at Versailles January
IT, will choose a successor to Presi
dent Fallieres.
Boy Gladdens Home of Germany Km-
peror'a Fourth Son
BERLIN, Dec. 26.—A son was born
today to Prtnoe August William, the
fourth son of the emperor, and Princess
August William, who was Princess
AJf-xandra Victoria of Sehleswig-Hol
stein. Prince William and the princess
were married October 22, 190S, and tbi*
1g the first child of the union.
Wealthy Heiress Remember* Array
Y. M. C. A. With Picture Machine
FORT TOWNBBND, Wash., Dec. 26. —
Miss Elelen Oould remembered the army
V M. C. A. here when doing , her Christ
mas shopping, for a telegram was re
ceived by Superintendent Stafford today
saying that a moving picture machine
had been shipped by Miss Oould to the
association as a Christmas gift to the
men at the coast defense forts here.
(Special Dispatch to The Call)
SACRAMENTO, Dec. 26.—Sacramento
is to have a board of censors for thea
ters--. As a result of a row between
Miss Polly Bunch, former leading lady
for the James Post stork company, and
Post, Ctty Commissioner of Education
Mrs. A. J. Johnson has announced her
intention to Investigate all theaters In
the city. Under the charter she has
authority W establish a censorship over
theaters. Rhe will appoint the board
within v ;
Harrison Street Rooming
House Is Destroyed in a
Blaze Marked by Thrilling
Escapes—Half Conscious
Sleepers Are Dragged to
Street by Department Men
Firemen Trapped on Roof by
Flames Saved by Quick
Work—Bed Works and
Three Flats Damaged—
Total Loss Is Estimated
to Be Nearly $50,000
Sleeping through the confusion of a
fire that gutted the rooms in the lodg
ing house, an unidentified man was
burned to death last night in a $30,000
blaze that ruined the Capitol house at
733 Harrison street. The Sobel bed
manufacturing establishment, which
occupies the ground floor of the build
ing, and three flats adjoining In the
rear of Perry street were damaged.
The body of the man was charred
alir.ost beyond recognition and was not
found by the firemen until 7 o'clock,
an hour and a half after tiie alarm was
turned in. The bed on which the man
had been lying was burned away be
neath him. The police and firemen
ipent several hours in looking through
the ruins to see if others had lost their
lives also. Up to a late hour none had
been found.
For confusion, narrow escapes and
rescues of emoke-overcome lodgers the
fire was as notable as any in the last
few months. Scores of men rushed out
through the smoke, some of them near
ly overcome, while others were dragged
out in a semiconscious condition by
Xearly a dozen f.remen who had as
cended by a ladder to the roof of the
wooden structure were cut off by the
flames, and but for the timely aid of
Lieutenant Harrington, who brought
another ladder, they would probably
have been severely burned.
The fire began in the basement of
the Sobel works, and spready rapidly
upstairs into the lodging house, filling
the corridors and rooms with smoke.
Choosing a window as the quickest
exit, James Truman, a marine fireman,
jumped to the sidewalk and incurred
only slight injuries. Thinking of the
safety of his comrade, Daniel Pharkey,
he rushed inside to sec Sharkey fall
ing down the ptairs, overcome by the
smoke. Truman dragged him out.
Fireman J. W. Anderson pulled one
man out of bed and got him down the
stairs and out into the street, and
Lieutenant Sullivan performed the same
feat with another lodger. Police Lieu
tenant Sylvester of the southern sta
tion found a third occupant of the
house nearly unconscious from the
flames and dragged him to safety. Two
fireman Avere reported injured.
The building , was owned by the es
tate of Jerry O'Neill, and the Capitol
tXHISe was run by Mrs. J. W. Hill. The
flats in Perry street were occupied by
throe families. Barsel lived at
Ino Perry Ptr*>*>t. the middle flat was
occupied b> , Mrs. J. IT. Walter, while
Anton* PapjMS monmii in the top story.
\'<>. i",: , . The owner of the building is
A. Wirkersham.
A two story frame building; ndjoin
injt the lodging house on the west, or
crupied on tli«» ground floor hy the
Tbeacmn saloon and restaurant, con
ducted by Chris Pappas, and upstairs
by Mrs. May Morgan as a lodging
house, was only slightly damaged. It
was owned hy Joseph Schultze.
Superintendent of San Mnteo County
Institution Realign* a* Manager
REDWOOD CITY, Dec. 26.—John F.
Forrl. superintendent of the San Mateo
county farm and hospital, announced
today that he would resign his office
January 1. Superintendent Ford has
had considerable difficulty with the in
mates of the institutions under his
care during his four years' tenure. A
week ago he was charged with battery
by one of the inmates, and some
months previous a woman nurse in the
county hospital made a similar charge.
Ford was appointed by p. H. McEvoy,
chairman of the county board, who
was defeated at the November election
by William IT. Brown.
Railroads Suffer Prom Hmtjp Sand
Drifts Iμ Southern Part of State
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 26.—Sand drifts
which interrupted traffic and caused
the detouring of trains southeast of
Los Angeles today were cleared away
by large forces of laborers and tonight
trains were running over their own
tracks and on schedule time. North of
Los Angeles a heavy wind prevailed
all day and did considerable damage.
At Oxnard telegraph poles were blown
down by the wind, which at times
reached a velocity of 7,0 miles an hour.
The gale subsided at sunset.
General Rosalie *Jones An
nounces Her Army, Plead
ing "Votes for Women,"
Will Probably Arrive in
Capital in Time for Wood
row Wilson's Inauguration
Rousing Receptions Are Al
ready Being Planned in
Philadelphia and Balti
more for Legion-—Hikers
Tramp Through Mud—
Now 130 Miles on Road
I'Special Pispatrb to The Call)
26.—General Rosalie Jones, leader of
the suffragette army which Iβ march
ing six strong upon Albany announced
today that the present campaign had
been so successful that ahe was con
templating marching on Washington to
attend the inauguration.
"Of course, it Is not definitely settled
yet." the greneral said, "but the plans
are so nearly completed that I do not
mind having them mad* public. If
we do go, we propose to leave New
York about the middle of February.
We shall take our time along the road.
We have many letters from prominent
suffragists in the cities between here
and Washington who are enthusiastic
over the idea.
"They are making plans already for
a rousing , reception in Baltimore and
Philadelphia. This first little march
on Albany was arranged so hastily
that the friends i\c -way hevetTt
always had time to welcome us with
the ceremony they would have liked.
However, we are ?o well satisfied with
the re.xults that we have decided it is
the only w.-iy to convert the country.
"Comparatively few attend suffrage
meetings or subscribe to suffrage pub
lications, but when a band of women
march past their homes they rush out
to takf , the leaflets and they think
about us after we have passed. That
is all we nped. to get people to think
ing about this question.
"Our opponents bring it up against
us that women can't go to war. Well,
Wβ have proved that we can march.
We aren't afraid of blisters or enow
storms, and we will go to Washing
The general marshaled her little
army promptly at 9 o'clock this morn
ing ami they were off for Stockport
before the frost had melted. But alas!
the sun of the brief December day
rose brilliantly over hills of gray and
before noon the roads were one melting
puddle of three inch deep slush and
mud. General Jones stumped along in
her rubber boot?? and her army picked
their way enviously behind her.
In the fields behind the traveled road
youngsters found enough snow for
coating, and riding merrily they
■boated to the pilgrims to "get on and
have a ride."
Aids Katherine Stiles and Gladys
Courses, th* , youngest soldiers, could
not resist the temptation to "take, just
one.' . The result was they had to
travel double quick time for half an
hour afterwards to overtake the army
plodding on ahead.
The entrance into Ptockport was
marked by what was intended for a
celebration, but just escaped being a
A. J. McGuire had the stage set for
a pyrotechnic display to welcome the
pilgrims. A skyrocket fizzed and sput
tered over the back of a chair, then it
darted straight toward Surgeon Gen
eral Dock. Before the startled pil
grim could dodge the fiery thing
struck. Fortunately her long woolen
cloak was so thick that the rocket
merely struck it and fell to the road
where it sputtered a moment and died.
Little Doc trudged serenely on.
Scarcely had the army recovered its
poise when it had another warning
that it was reaching the enemy's coun
try. Young Louis Wilcox fired a shot
gun. Every pilgrim Jumppd. in the
slush and the war correspondents made
a dash and collared the lad. Where
upon ho explained that he had meant
the shot as a salute of honor. He was
forgiven and allowed to go free.
Romance Joins Rosalie
romance ha 3 resulted from the suffra
gists' hike to Albany. Tonight the en
gagement was announced of Miss Gladys
Coursen. one of "General" Jones' army,
to Griffith Bonner, a Poughkeepsie
newspaper man and a grandson of the
late Robert Bonner. The young people
first met when the suffragists left
Poughkeepeie, and the announcement of
their engagement was made in Hudson
tonight. Mies Coursen is the daughter
of Alfred Coursen, president of tlie
AmerAan Mineral Wool company.
Mn Independent Newspaper ,,
Will Contest Involves Millions
Mrs. Marie E. Gamble Wilson Gebhard, widow of Freddy Gebhard.
multimillionaire, whose will ignoring her she is trying to break in New York
Deceased Society Man Devised Estate Prior to
Secret Marriage With Florodora Girl
(Sp*?lal Dlnpatcb to T*e Call)
WASHINGTON, Dec. 26.—Mrs. Marie
E. Gamble Wilson Gebhard, former
member of the '"Florodora" sextet and
secret bride of Freddy Gebhard, the
New York society man, admitted in
this city today that she had started ac
tion in New York state to break the
will of her late husband.
Mrs. Gebhard says that Gebhard's
will, which ignored her. was the result
of a eonspira'-y. and that while she
prefers to remain in private life and
avoid trouble. «he feels compelled to
enter the acrion to sret her just dues.
The will was made prior to Gebhard's
marriage to the former "Florodora"
l»irl, and it is alleged was written un
der undue influences. While admitting
that she -intended to contest the will,
Mrs. Gebhard insisted that the fact that
her name was omitted from the in
strument d'd not mean that Gebhard
had ceased to love her.
In reference to various Btort** whi<'h
have been printed Mrs. Gebhard paid:
Was Mr. Oebhar<j the only man
in the world who had some wild
acquaintance."? Why Is it neces
sary for newspapers to reflect
whenever his name is mentioned in
connection with some matter not
even indirectly related to his life?
Practically all other men are no
better than he was, and it seems to
Six Floor* X'p Klre K*cape. Down Shaft
on Greasy Ropf and Reinrn
KANSAS CITY, I>er. 26.—T0 obtain
$80 worth of jewelry, a robber early
today climbed a fire escape six floors
to the top of a building at 1023 Main
street, made a perilous passage down
a greasy rope in an elevator shaft to
the fifth floor and squeezed himself
through the transom of Ray Bengert's
jewelry shop. The building was locked,
and in order to get away safely the
robber returned the way he entered.
The jeweler's valuable stock, worth
$5,000 had been locked in a safe, which
the robber did not attempt to open.
Secretary of War Taken Action In Cane
of General McClernand
WASHINGTON, De.\ 26.—Acting on
the advice of the attorney general and
the Judge advocate general of the army,
the secretary of war has directed that
General Edward J. McClernand, on his
statutory retirement for age next Sun
day, shall be retired -with the status
of a brigadier general of the line. Gen
eral McClernand is at present at the
head of a board of cavalry officers
which is inspecting foreign military
me most unfair, not only to the liv- '
ing, but to the dead.
This will was drawn up prior to
my marriage to Mr. Gebhard and
before we were acquainted. Mr.
CrPbhard intended to revise it, but
didnt get at it, and so this insist
ent harping:, without explanation.
, on the fact that my name was not
mentioned in the will distinctly is
unfair to me. How could my name
be mentioned in the will in view
of these circumstances?
This was all Mrs. Gebhard oared to
say relative to the suit she has insti
tuted, except that "this suit is not a
matter which should concern the pub
lic, nor do I believe the public is in
terested in it."
Mrs. Gebhard continued:
T always sought to give news
papers a truthful and accurate
pt.itement wb&n they came to me
<m<l in?»i*t<-i on my speaking:, hut
invariably they have added an at
tack on Mr. Gebhard to what they
made me say, quoting me some
times correctly and sometimes not. -«
For myself, I have wished to
live a quiet, obscure life. lam not
on the stage and Mr. Gebhard is
dead. It seems as if we might be
left alone. But certainly one who
is gone ought to be treated with
some consideration.
Mrs. Gebhard and her deceased hus
band were married in 1906.
Oroville Father Save* Fire Children,
but Flames Preveat Laat Rescue
(Special Pispatrh to Tbe Call)
OROVILLE, Dec. 26.—Awakened by
groans, H. E. Larson, an orchardist
near Oroville, went to the upper story
of Is is home early this morning and
found his children nearly overcome by
smoke as a result of a fire that had
The father carried flve of the chil
dren to safety. Returning to rescue
his 2 year oIJ eon, he was driven back
by flames and emoke.
The frantic family were compelled to
stand about while they listened to the
dying 3creams of the boy, who was
burned to death.
MiffraKeUe* Blamed for Attempted
Train Wreck in London
LONDON. Dec. 26.—The levers of
the railway signals were found tied
together in a manner to prevent their
proper working at Potters Bar station
on the Great Northern railway Christ
mas evening. A note attached by a
cord indicated that the perpetrators
were suffragettes. No accident oc
Fair; ligrht e«»t wind*: frost In the niornlnar.
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Turks and Balkan League
Stand by Guns and De
clare It Impossible to Re
cede From Their Positions
—Chief Envoy of Sultan
Says Demands of Enemies
Are Absurd and Never Can
Be Granted by the Porte
Ottomans Refuse to Surren
der Fortress and Ask Why
They Should, Especially
When Bulgars Can Not
Take the Stronghold and
Greeks Have Lost on Land
and Sea in the Campaign
Against the Dardanelles—
Stamboul Offers Proposals
LONDON. Dec. 28.—Both the Turks
and the Balkan allies are standing by
their guns on the peace terms. Both
say it is impossible to recede from
their positions.
Nevertheless, those -who think they
know what Is going on behind the
scenes still believe the probabilities of
the conclusion of peace are greater
than of the resumption of the conflict.
The exchange of cipher dispatches
between the administration in Con
stantinople and Rechad Pasha con
tinues, but the chief of the Turkish
declines to dimlge the
nature of the reply he will present to
the allies Saturday, when the confer
ence reassembles.
It is understood this will be as al
ready outlined, with the additional
promise that Turkey will apply to the
European territories remaining to her
the reforms ■which Count yon Borrh
tholdt, the Austro-Hungary foreign
minister, proposed before the war.
"While I can not discuss the reply
of the Ottoman government," said R**
chad Pasha tonight, "nothing pre
vents me from saying that the terms
the allies have proposed are simply ab
surd. They have produced this im
pression wherever heard, even outside
Turkish circles. ' It was never known
that after the conclusion of an armis
tice one belligerent party could ask
the other to concede territories bravely
defended and still resisting with hero
"Why should we do this, especially
when the Bulgarians had three re
verses at our hands , just before the
armistice, while the Greeks, who con
tinued to fight, were defeated both on
land around Janina and at sea off the
"Turkey was induced to accept an
armistice only on the advice of the
powers in order to avoid useless car
nage on both Rides. The same hu
manitarian considerations led the Otto
man government to afk for the revic
tualing of the besieged towns, and
might induce the government to yield
certain conditions for the sake of
peace. But there is a limit which the
allies have far surpassed."
The allies, on the other hand, say
that the armistice was arranged to give
Turkey an opportunity of making
peace terms without suffering further
losses' in the field, and they charac
terized Turkey's talk of keeping
Adrianople, Janina and Scutari and re
gaining Saloniki as laughable. Genera!
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