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YOIATttK (XIII.—NO. ::48j"'
Wife of Executive Cordially
Greets Legislators, State
and County Officials
and Press Folk
Decoratrons of Blooms and
Greenery Striking Even
for California Event
January Iβ.
The storm which ra.g-ed durinpr the
first half of the day failed to pre
vent the reception tendered this after
noon by Governor Johnson and Mrs.
to members 4>t the legisla
ture, state and* county officials, news
paper ;md tlrei'r families, being
most brilliant focia! vvent in the
• -' ■ in many . •
The mansion, the wetiH of
rov'.<3.ed from'.: A to 7
ji srracious hoste*s.
}fcr welcome in ea--h. truest was Cordial
and hearty. .•*•_ \- :•."'£,<'.■*■■
Af-isMne MrF. Jpbnsoii in the .receii.v-'
incr icfne :v r<- ■ •".;. ••:.;... ■..
Hiram \\\ .Thhnpon: Jr..;-. San
Franci --. ifr*. r.C. U&vevs., .Pierfmont;
Mrs. r , . i . an-1 Fair-r
weather, Oakland: Mrs. F,.: Roberts:
»na Miss T.outse San Rernar
d me; Mr;s. E. &. Ri rjffm 1 i,; IJa ft" Ajrb nij\ ,.
nno Mr?. .T. F. N<-yl^ n /. /■ -^;--.y.[''
•■OVERVOR HKADS >K< <)M) ll\t:
The quests M-prfi. ■i-i-fibPrc-'.i- into the.
■:i.i }.arl.->:-. v ikt,. i ;ove.rnr>r . John
son, nfram W. .lohnson -Jf:,' ' John-!
* r <n. P. E. and . .>:. V. K'-y]\£n ' .ex-'-"J
tended the..) * wolr-.vni*-.
Tmp affair was marked , 'hy ■■•an
mallty typical of the povr-rfior in I
all matters. Punch was. pefved !
•iigT; the- afternoon/ while a buffet !
; T va.< spread in the, dJnjnß- r<»om. j
pneheetra rendered a three, hoiirj
■•• A pa-):))- majtiuiau • ent«rv
taitie o d in the reception room. Vltb
mdgr : and sleight of hand
of the euests fell easy victim* of hi*
mjretJfylng tricks njth cards.
Tbe decorations were splendidly
lavipH. Festoons and g-arlands of j
ernllax h v<\ asparagus fern running
• j tire sides of the rooms, ranopi*>d
m Hip ceilings and along the lrall
ways transformed the lower floor of
the mansion into a. veritable flower
A wealth ©f cut flower!" relieved the
greenery. Tn the parlor ferns and
smila-x with r«d and pink rose buds
made up the ej>lor motif.
The decorative scheme employed in
the reception and dining rooms tailed 1
for pink carnations, red rose buds asd *■
white liljef. Palms, potted plants and '
Knglish box trees were placed about >
the rooms.
The Wlliard room decorations were ;
the most striking. On one of the bl]-
Hard tables a miniature Japanese
trarden had been constructed. Tinyi
streams of water ran through the gar
den, with its typical Japanese hou.««.
with tea drinking refuges. Ttny goij
fish darted to and fro in the miniature
The women ie the receiving Urte
were exquisitely powned.
Afre. Hiram \\*. Johnson wore a beau
tiful brocaded emerald green dress
with gold lace and br-UHant .girdle sasVi
of black mouline. A Jeweled- ornament
was worn in the hair.
Mrs. Bowles was costumed in a, black j
•atm go*n and a bodice *oT st«e! blue
velvet brofca&ed in silver.
Mrs. Hiram W.: Johnson Jr. was
charming In a hafldsomfe orchid bro
caded velvet trimmed with white and
gold lace.
Mrs. Frarik Haverw wore a govrn of
black charmeuse wi t tlv a hodice of white
tulle embroidered wjth brilliants, and I
black aigrettes..
Mrs. Roberts was gbwrjed tn a beau
tiful blue and silver brocaded dress '
Among Men Who Work
With Hand or Brain
A New Weekly Feature That Will Appear
In The Call Beginning Next Sunday
* *
The Subjects Discussed in the
Opening Page Are:
A Spendthrift Cured —Work Looked
Good to Him After Month of Loafing.
Credit Man Has Difficult Job—Re
quirements for Position Many.
How a Middle Aged Man Won Suc
cess by Individual W^ork.
Think About Job YouVe On; That's
the Way to Get a Better One.
Lost Account Puzzles Banker.
Tip That Helped to Get Trade.
Remember Next Sunday's Call
I , „ .
Governor's Reception Capital Epoch
Mansion Is a Bower of Flowers
Two downstate matrons who assisted Mrs. Johnson at governor's reception.
trimmed with Dutch lace and rose
V Mrs. Birdsall was attired in a grera-
Tfjum colored charmeuse with beaded
tuTiic of black and white
■\frt!. Fnirweathcr Tvore a black rhar
.nj.eu3c overdraped with embroidered
Mrs. Xp>l»p wrs gowned In a corn
chiffoa creation 9nd deliiate
.«;had«» of lace.
Miss Roberts wore a turquoise blue
brocade finished with ftegh colored
shadow la ,, ' 5 , and bodice of silver bead
rmbroidered work.
For Third Time C lerer Skit Will Be
Given a* Feature of Junior
(sT>p<-inl tp. Tee OalU
For the third year/..in succession Stan
ford students will stag** an original
opera this year as one of the features
of Junior w-ck. A committee of third
year ."students announced today that
tb« work of Miss Emily E. McCord of
San Diego and A. T. BtMHI of St. Louis
had been chosen from a number of
others as th«* one which will be pre
sented by the junior class on March 27.
The successful authors will be
awarded medals for their labors. Miss
MC'ord I s a sophomore student regis
tered in the economics department. She
v.-rote the words and the music.
Tbe junior opera committee was not
satisfied with the name given the opera
by the authors and has decided to give
it a nev. , one. The opera is in two
acts. Part of the book is founded on
an old Indian custom, the burning of
the "maiden flrep." Thoee who have
read the book say that the opera fur-
excellent possibilities for a high
<-lass performance.
Tryouts for parts ycil] b* held about
February 1 under tlrV» direction of Coach
Fred Carlyle of San Francisco.
Fifty-one Shipped to Redding; and
Turned I none tn HilU
(Special Dispatch to Tbe Cal*j>
REDDING, Jan. 16.—-Two carloads of
e^k, 51 head, arrived ffi Shasta county
today from the Yellowstone national
park and w%re turned loose at Win
throp, between the McCloud and Pitt
rivers. Not one died during the long
journey of Ift days. The herd was re
ceived at Winthrop by a delegation of
Elks from thhe Reddittg lodge.
First Poultry Display on the
Peninsula Open to Fan
ciers of State
(Special Dispatch to The Call)
PAN MATEO, Jan. 16.—The San
Mateo County Poultry association,
which was organized by private fan
ciers here recently, has issued the pre
mium list and rules of entry for the
first poultry enow ever held on the
peninsula. The show will be held in
San Mateo Athletic hall January 23, 24
and ?5. The prizes will be to all
poultry raisers in the state and it is
expected that the best fowl in the bay
counties will be exhibited.
The show will have the backing- of j
the San Mateo County Development
association, the San Mateo Board of
Trade and other booster bodies in this
section. The premium list issued marker
the following announcements:
The association offers a handsome
first, second, third and fourth ribbon
on each breed and variety of fowl ex
Sweepstake special ribbons will be
given for best cook, best hen. best
cockerel, best pullet and best pen in
all standard varieties competing:.
Special attention and prize rihbons
will be given to novice clase—those
■whrt have never exhibited before.
The Rhode Tslaticl Red Club of Cali
fornia offers special ribbons for that
The National Elack Langshan club
offers five specials.
'The Wyandotte Club of California,
two ribbons for exhibits by members of
the ciub.
Five Specials are offered to club
members of the White Rock club.
The Ancona club offers a silk club
ribbon for every first won by a mem
The association gives the following , :
$lii <*anb fir b#at display by one exhibitor.
55 cast for b?«t display in each claw, not Ims
than 10 competing.
Jr. lv {fold for b«>et. display of barred Plymouth
$5 in gold for best dieplaj of white Plymouth
$~> in gold for bot-t display of bnff Plymouth
t r i in gold for best display of single comb
Uhnde lulauJ Rede.
f< In gold for beat display ot tingle comb black
f.'i in gold for be*t display of single comb
white Leghorns.
$.". In g"M for best display of single comb
brown Leghorn*.
$.*> In gold for best display of single comb buff
$5 Id gold for b*>»t display of white Orpiug
$5 in gold for best display of black Orping
$."> in gold for beat display of buff Orpingtons.
TVbere fewer than six ere competing, the cash
prize* will be BO per i.ent of the abore scale.
Wberr there is no reaapetlUoev cash prisea will
not be paid.
ifK) rballengc cup anl sweepetakf for
b«'st male in tbowfooaa, all standard varieties
rorup>'rins--water fowl and turkeys excepted.
Prfsentrd by Kenneth M. Green. Tbe cap to be
won three times.
Silrer cup for best female, presented by T. L.
Green of Saa Mateo.
Silrer enp for best display of Leghorns, pre
sented, by T. 1.. Green.
Silver cup for besr barred Hock cockerel, pre
sented by Peninsula Meat compaDy, San Mateo.
to San Mateo county breeder.
V> silver cup for beet Wyandotte pullet, pie- j
sented by Palln Brothers' cyeiery. Sao Mateo. \
$.'i earring s<m for hest Rhode Island Hetl i-wk
or cockerel, prewrted by Wiaaou-Bonner Hard
ware company. San Mateo.
Standani nt r>.«!tT7 Perfection, Talu* tor
b»*t while Wranrtott* cockerel, by rosier Kle«
trical wor!:r.. Han Mateo, to county breeder.
The same is gireu by 11. W. Regan of Bur
lingara* for best male buff Wyandotte. county
Besides the other cups, the following
contributions have been received to
date, and will be placed by the secretary
on the most deserving variety after the
entries are made:
$I.*. silver cup. presented by Albert S. Samuels,
jeweler. S*n Mateo.
SfO fc-'.rer cup, the San Mateo Board of Trade.
$10 BilTfr <-t;p, San Mateo County Development
$10 silt*." cop. T.ei-jr Brothers, Rao Mateo.
$10 filver cup. Rorhex & WUetnan, San Mateo.
$10 sliver cup, National Bank of Sao Mateo.
$10 «Jlver cnp. W. W. Casey. San Mateo.
$10 silver cup. M. J. Conwaj, San Mafeo.
$10 silver cup, B*nolt Bro*., San Mat**.
#5 silver cup. Palace market. Sac Mateo.
,T. W. Fox. BnrUogam*. $5 race of wine.
$2 order. Home Supoly company, grocers, Sao
C. H. Woodham*. breeder of Orpingtons and
single mmb wb'tp Redwood City, of
i ten beautiful framed picture.
Hulj Brothers, Bedwee4 City, otter cutglase
! tropby. .
Fred W. Lipproan, Jewelry, Redwood City,
A. i». W«lfh Pruc company, Redwood City,
Ky»n"s drug ftor». HHwooO City, trophy.
G. Einstpfo. Redwo«d lr«pby.
H. klarfWL Redwood City, trophy.
H. Lamb. Redwood City, trophy.
Southern and Western Pa
cific Lines Each Work
to Clear Tracks
Rotary snow plows are now being
operated by the 'Western Pacific and the
Southern Pacific in the Sierra for the
first time this season. In fact the
present fall is the first of serious mo
ment since two years ago because the
company had no rotary available. Dur
ing the following: summer a plow was
purchased, but it stood idle all last
winter because of the light snowfall.
Reports received by the Southern Pa
riflc- jrestergsy were that fully five feet
of snow had fallen at Truckee, This
gives assurance of plenty of snow and
ioe for th*» winter sports, for which
uairtual arrangements have been made
th<s yio a r. An incline has been built
and a. donkey engine installed for the
purpose of carrying the toboggans back
to the top of the hill. The pond is also
!n fine condition for pkating - . The
Southern Pacific is planning a number
of special excursions to Truckee.
* * *
Thomas H. Lark, general agent of
the White Star line, has gone to south
ern California for a few days.
* * *
Robert Capelle. general agent of the
North German Lloyd, is expected back
today from a business trip to New
* «• *
Representatives of terminal lines
held a conference at the St. Francis
yesterday regarding special summer
and excursion rates. Among those
present were Charles S. Fee, James
Hor*burgh Jr.. F. E. Batturs and C.
B. Seeley of the Southern Pacific; J.
J. Byrne, H. K. Gregory and F. J. Held
of the Santa Fe; Thomas Peck and A.
T. Lewis of the Salt Lake, and Her
bert Engle of the Western Pacific.
* # *
F. A. Miller, formerly general pas
senger agent of the Chicago, Milwau
kee and St. Paul, become passenger
traffic manager of the system Wednes
day. At the same time H. E. Pierpont,
formerly general freight agent, be
came freight traffic manager.
* # *
Railroads operating out of Chicago
have given orders that no lower berths
will be reserved for employes travel-
Ing on passes. If railroad men and
their families fortunate enough to
secure sleeping car transportation de-
Fire to use certain trains on which the
general passes are accepted they will
bo given lower berths if any are left
after the train departs. Employes with
free tickets will be allowed to reserve
upper berths on the assumption that
there always are some of this class
unreserved or unwanted by paying
Convention at Santa Clara Attended by
Many Leading; Clergymen
(Special Dispatch to Tbe Call)
SANTA CLARA, Jan. Iβ.—Rev. Guy
Porter of southern California, Rev.
George J. French of Santa Cruz and
Dr. 11. F. Carpenter of Santa Clara
were the principal speakers today at
the convention of the Advent Christian
cburchea of northern California now In
session here at the Advent church.
Tomorrow morning the delegates
from northern California will assemble
for a business session, with the presi
dent, Rev. F. W. Shattuck of Oakland,
In the chair.
Mrs. Ella J. French of Santa Cruz,
Rev. C. W. Whitney of Santa Rosa and
Elder J. J. Schaumberg of Oakland will
b* the principal speakers.
(Special Dtepatch to Hi* Call) "
SACRAMENTO.. Jan. Iβ—The Oak- \
land and Antloch railway, now in
course of construction between this
city and Oakland, has purchased a site
at Third and J streets for a depot, i
The road will not be Iα operation for
several months. The formal transfer
of the property was made today. !
Discoveries by District At
torney Ferrari Tend to
Show Plot in Famous
Slingsby Case
Lieutenant Received Mes
sage at Victoria Herald
ing Birth of Son
Two important and startling discov
eries $n the Slingsby baby substitution
case made by Assistant District Attor
ney Louis Ferrari yesterday afternoon
tend to introduce the theory that after
all the whole rase is a conspiracy. The
final value of the discoveries will rest
with the report of handwriting experts.
The most important revelation in that
In November, 1910, a detective repre
senting the brother of Lieutenant
Slingeby went to the office t>f a local
newspaper and "borrowed" the original
copy of the adi'ertisement which Mrs.
Slingsby is alleged to have written
seeking the adoption of a child.
The original was kept by the de
tective and a photograph, declared to
be a copy of the original, was sent to
the paper some days later.
The othor discover? is that Lieuten
ant Slingsby in Victoria received a
telegram on September 1 or 2, reputed
to be from Mrs. P.lain, heralding the
birth of a son to his wife.
The handwriting in the photographic
copy returned for the original of the
advertisement is believed to have been
a forgery of the handwriting of Mrs.
Slingsby and this creates the theory
that the advertisement was inserted by
agents of enemies of Mrs. RHngsby in
the beginning , of a conspiracy.
dkmko nor Dora telegram
As to the telegram. Mrs. Blaln, who
testified to being present at the al
leged stillbirth of Mrs. Slingsbys child
and subsequently at the substitution,
now denies that she ever sent a tele
gram. The original of this telegram
will be obtained from the "Western
Union Telegraph company and if the
hand "writ ing , corresponds with that of
Mrs. Blain this evidence will cast much
discredit upon her testimony.
The district attorney's office is mak
ing negotiations with the two local
handwriting experts, Carl Eisenschimel
and Theodore Kytka. It is possible
that both will be employed, and if not
Eisenechimel will probably b« re
tained in the case.
What is regarded as an extremely
suspicious move on the part of Attor
ney Andrew Thorne, representing the
enemies of Lieutenant Sllngsby, is that
in the Sacramento hearing he intro
duced a facsimile of the photographic
copy of the advertisement which he
returned to the local newspaper ln
! stead of the original. There ts no cvi
i dent reason why Thorne should not
! have produced the original of the ad-
I vertlnement before the state boardf of
] health.
During the course of the hearing
I Secretary aow asked Thorne for the
I original vf the advertisement, and
Thorne replied that it had been sent
to England. No further inquiry was
made, but now it appears that there
was no case in England at that time.
This now adds to the belief that the
English agents had some cause for
doing away with the original of the
advertisement. The present theory is
that the English agents inserted the
ad and it had to be written at the
business office of tfte newspaper for
the purpose of making a better simu
lation or foreery of Mrs. Slingsby's
handwriting, und, to add to the con
fusion of it, gave only a photographic
copy of the forgery back to the news
paper for its records , .
It Is learned that F. F. Phillips, for
merly with the Thiel Detective agency,
was the detective employed by the
English agents. Phillips absolutely de
nied that he ever offered any money
to Mrs. Blain, but otherwise refused
to N disCuss the case. He is the man
who secured the original ad copy from
the local newspaper and later returned
the questionable photographic copy.
The complications in the case are
now so extensive that there is despair
of forming any practical conclusions
until all of the available witnesses are
called into court and questioned.
One peculiar phase of Mrs. Blaln's
testimony in the recent preliminary
examination before Assistant District
Attorney Ferrari is that she did not
make any mention of the reputed at
tempt to obtain a Hawaiian baby, as
Rhe had testified at Sacramento. In
the Sacramento hearing siie testified
I that after the alleged premature still -
j birth, she and Mrs. Slingsby went out
:to a lying in hospital in the Mission
1 district and received an offer from a
Hawaiian woman to sell a
■ She testified that arrangements were
i entered into but at the last moment
• the Hawaiian mother backed out.
This testimony, which the 'Sacra
mento officials , regarded as weak, was
omitted by Mrs. Blain before Ferrari.
j who knew nothing of it at the time.
j Now Ferrari wants to learn why Mrs.
Blain did not tell of this and several
other suspicious circumstances which
have developed since.
That no word has been received from
Lieutenant Slingsby or his representa
tives handicaps the district attorney's
office. It is expected hourly that the
Blingsbys will send some word from
London in defense, and the knowledge
of what the defense of the Slingsbys
will be. and especially their charges of
! conspiracy as hinted at in the Sacra
i mento hearing, will prove of invaluable
assistance to the district attorney's of- \
flee in shaping out the case from two
[ sidc-s.
D. J. Hall, attorney for Dr. W. W.
i Fraset, appeared before Police Judge
i Sbortall yesterday, asking for a con
tinuance of Fraser's hearing from next
Monday until Monday, January 27. He
I read advices from Weaverville to the
effect that Doctor Fraser is unable to
leave there on the warrant returnable
next Monday because the town Is suf
fering from an epidemic of Influenza,
Ferrari stipulated that the district,
I attorney's office was willing to grant |
f the continuance on the condition that I
i th<» examination of Doctor Fraser be
commenced Monday, January 27, imme
diately after the arraignment, instead
of allowing the usual few days' continu
ance. This was agreed to by Attorney
i This nrelimlnary examination will
Woman, 105, Keeps Keeper
Turns Table on Guardian
«li«»»ijEh the superior court pro
nounced h«-r rfrfwudfi)* and brlp
le*«. and appointed a guardian
to look after her. Mm. Mar
ccltlna Kluinitn. >o.\ yrarn old.
Iμ today tbv personal gmardian
of lier letcal aruardian, vtho In
>fre. Claudia liicn. her grand
daughter. Within a few hour
after her appointment by the
court Mr*. Fu«o became elck.
Her aared ward, declining the
•te-rvleea of n nar«e. took •••larire
of the sickroom and attended (l<e
r>iardlitn. Mr*. Klutalta lih> e»Arr
'•'to x fn««e».
last two days and the rasp wMI be tent
to the superior court. from
which subpenas will be issued for all
witnesses and arrangements made for
the taking; of depositions of witnesses
not within rea<h of subpenae. The
hearing in the police court on the 27th
will take place at 2 o'clock.
Assistant District Attorney Ferrari
set a dragnet in the underworld last
night to locate Miss Lillian Anderson,
alleged mother of the putative Slingsby
child, and her sister, Kate Gregory. Ac
cording to information recently re
ceived by Ferrari both girls are at
present workjng in the lower life oi
San Francisco.
An interesting development was in
formation that Mrs. Joe Rosenthal,
wife of the proprietor of a. clothing
store adjoining Doctor Fraeer's old of
fice at 960 Grant avenue, knows of the
birth of a child in the doctor's office
in the latter part of 1910. Whether
or n ot this was the birth of the alleged
Slingsby heir could not be ascertained,
but this is the presumption.
It is known that Miss Anderson's sis
ter, Kate Gregory, was in the under
world at the time of the birth and that
she referred her sister to Doctor Fra
ser. Doctor Fraeer established his of
fice above the Abble Drug company, at
the southeast corner of Grant avenue
and Jackson street, several years ago.
He made, a specialty of Chinese clien
tele and also introduced himself in
opposition of the municipal clinic.
Doctor Fraeer is known to have been
the physician and surgeon to a large
clientele from the underworld, ana sev
eral of his clients of this class know of
a birth having taken place in his of
fice during th« latter part of 1910. This
evidence tends to support Doctor 'Fra
ser's story that he assisted in the birth
of the Anderson baby and i , subse
quent transfer to Mrs. SUngsby.
Non« could be found last night who
knew the definite details of the birth,
whose child it was and what became
of it.
Doctor Fraser's sign is still lettered
on the windows and door of the for
mer offices at 960 Grant avenue, al
though he gave up these offices about
a year ago.
Doctor Fraser Is Excused
(Special Dlipatch to Th% Call)
WEAVERVILUS, Jan. 16.—Dr. W, W.
Fraser, who had been subpenaed to'ap
pear in San Francisco next Monday
morning in the Slingeby baby substitu
tion case, received word today from
District Attorney Flckert that he need
not come until a week from next Mon
day. The extension of time was granted
at Doctor Frasei-s request on account
of not being able to get another physi
cian to take charge of his Influenza
patients right away. Hβ says he is
very grateful to the district attorney's
Operator and Tarfman'a Estate Pro
fcated for if ore Tnae $10,000,000
NEW YORK. Jan. Iβ.—Th« will of
James R. K>ene. veteran stock market
operator and turfman, filed for pro
bate today, leaves his entire estate
valued between $10,000,000 and $15 000 -
000, to his widow, Sarah J. Keene.'
"I have intentionally omitted mak
ing any special prorision for the benefit
of my son. Foxhall. and my daughter
Jessie," the will reads, "relying upon
my wife to make such provision to
them as may be proper, enjoining upon
her, however, to be guided in this and
any other matter relating to my estate
by the judgment of my executors."
9Hig£ $4 and $5 Shoes $^.50
■HL Best'makes—Newest Styles A Pa,r
e^^~ All leathers ~ Meß ' s * and
$2.50 Women's —in our upstairs, low rent
shoe parlors —only $2.50 pair.
$s.oo—Eight-strap Black Velvet Boots
Latest Shoe novelty — just as pictured above, $2.50 pair.
*- 7) Women's Gunmetal, Velvet, Mr
.J || Cravenette or Patent Colt
! S f Boots only $2.50 the Pair V
I £Z / "ewest high or reced- \ /\
I *• / ing toe models—regular $4.Q0 1 SmmL
j *■ I and $5.00 styles, here S2.SO. / mKm
/A. 5» V Patent Colt, Box / e&j JWlw
Catf, Gunmetal, fan I 0
R u>s * a Vici Shoes JfmSMi
\ ie ver . v latest button
$2.50 and lace $5 models at
Lewis , for only $2.50. g^^^^
We Prepay Parcel Post Charges on
All Mail Orders for Shoes
Patrons ordering by mail pay no more than cus
tomers who can visit our stores. Describe style and
leather wanted, give size and receive a pair of $4 or
$5 shoes by return mail for only $2.50. Satisfaction
guaranteed. Order from either store.
OAKLAND : : : Bacon Building—Second Floor
SACRAMENTO : : Stoll* Building—Second Floor
PAGES 11 TO 18
Lewers Charges Government
Is Trying to Curtail
Hearing in the Elk
Hills Suit
Federal Counsel to Resist
Move for a Month's
Intimating that the fre-rernment
prosecutor is attempting to curtail
the hearing of the Southern Pacific's
defense in the Elik hills oil land suit.
Attorney Charles R. T,ew<»rs. represent
ing th» railroad in a clash with "W. B
Mills. United £tates assistant attorney
general, declare.] yesterday that h<*
would fight for a month's continuance
from February, the time allotted to
close the railroad's case.
Lewers charged that the government
has taken up 14 months in its hearing*
and that the railroad is allotted only
one and a half months. Hβ nserted
that the company needs five months,
but is willing to complete the case by
March 1.
Mills answered that Towers was
dragging out the case unnecessarily In
requesting delays and failing to h«m
v.itn*»sses on hand. He asserted that
he would not agree to extending th<»
company's time. Referring to the 1 I
months consumed by the government,
he explained that this delay was by
agreement with the railroad.
The morning and afternoon s** -
sions were taken up by two irttn— ni
of the railroad company—T.. B. M<~-
Murtry and E. "W. Kay, both oil ope.
ators who have had long ttperiene* i"
the Midway field. The testimony <->r
the railroad company so far in
mainly from old tim* oil operators In
the vicinity of Elk hills.
The general line of defense lias h<»»n
that in the opinion of these operator a.
who have made fortunes in the oil busi
ness, E!k hills is not a valuable nil
property. But with each witness
Prosecutor Mills has shown that Hot
one of them is capable of an expert
opinion on the character of the soil,
and that the majority have been in
some way connected with either tti»
Southern Pacific or the Associated Oi!
McMurtry, who is president of the
Midway Pacific Oil company and of
McMurtry & Co.. was the morning wit
ness. Hβ testified that he was one of
the pioneers in th* , Midway fiefd end
; that he never believed that Elk hills
was an oil hearing territory. Also t£at
this was the general sentiment of oi!
Kay. an operator in the Midway fielri
in 1900-1301 and a former sheriff of
Tulare county, who assisted In the cap
ture of Sonntag- and Evans, the notori
ous train robt»ers. was on the sta.n'l In
the afternoon. Hβ told of going into
the southern flank of Elk hills in H9O
on a prospecting trip for two days Hid
coming to the conclusion that there
was no oil there.
Cross examination by Mills devHop<?l
the fact that Kay'n only knowledge of
oil bearing property was of cases where
oil croppings were visible. At " o'do« ;<
Kay's testimony was concluded mt:<l
Lowers announced he had no othei
witnesses for the day. This caused the
clash as to the time of extending hear
Prosecutor Mills announced thaf 11 c
government would take up rebuttal as
soon as the defense hearing was clnse-i.
He said that experts would be wit
nesses to establish the character of I
Elk hills territory as being vsluabli
oil bearing land. Mills said that Iβis
.experts' testimony will crush the 2"
--for.se of the railroad company so r*r

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