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VOLUME CXI I!.—XO. 60. FORMAL OFFER OF $37,000,000 MADE TO SPRING VALLEY Before Delivery of City's Ultimatum Water Com pany Directorate In dorses Report CONDEMNATION SUIT BELIEVED IMMINENT Corporation's Officials Say They Will Not Call a Special Meeting "Formal offer of $37,000,000 and half ♦he Impounded rate money was made to the Spring Valley Water company yes terday morning by the board of super visors in accordance with resolutions passed by that body Monday. Sergeant at Arms Tiv Kreling placed the find ings of the board ln the possession of John E. Behan, secretary and manager of the company*. The presenting of the official deter mination of the board is said to mean that the Spring Valley Water company must either accept the city's offer or face condemnation proceedings in line with a resolution introduced by Super visor Bancroft, which is in the hands of the public utilities committee. At a meeting of the directors of the water company in the forenoon, the board stood by the report of its spe cial committee, which demanded that the city pay $35,500,000 for the plant in addition to all of the impounded rate money. The meeting of the Spring -Valley directors was held prior to the arrival of the ultimatum of the supervisors. It is said, however, that tiie directors were fully aware of the purpose of the board to prepare the way for litiga tion by delivering the city's offer fully attested andin conformance with legal procedure. COPIES OF REPORT READY The Spring Valley company already had prepared copies of its special com mittee's full report on the subject of sale and Secretary Behan said that co far as he knew there would be no deviation from the stand taken therein. The report says the company offered at the Hetch Hetchy hearing in Wash ington, D. C, to leave the matter in the hands of Secretary Fisher for ar bitration, but that this proposal failed of approval. i The directors of the water cornpirany declare that they will call no speicial meeting to deal with the city's ultima tum, but may take the matter up in an informal way in the near future. They do not appear to be in the least in clined to give way from their original stand, and in defence of their position all of them simply refer to the report of Messrs. Payson, Anderson and Mc- Cutchen, who were appointed from their body to place the water company's side of the controversy before the pub lic. The report of this special committee for the water interests says: "After two or three meetings be tween this committee and the commit tee of the city, known as the advisory ■water committee, and consisting of Messrs. Lindley, Rolph, Vogelsang, Jen nings and Long, we were informed by the chairman of the city committee that its members were tentatively consid ering a plan to appoint a board of three engineers which should be en trusted with the duty of determining and reporting to the board of super visors the value of the property of the company. This suggestion met with our approval. NEW PLAN CONSIDERED "We thought then, and still think, that the opinion of an impartial board of engineers would command respect and have very great educational value. At a later date we were informed that those representing the city had de termined not to have an appraisement made in the manner theretofore sug gested, but that they were considering, tentatively, a new plan by which a joint effort should be made to reach an agreement on value, and that, to ac complish this purpose, an engineer should be appointed by the city to act for it, and that one should be appointed by the company to represent it; that these two engineers should agree upon values of all the elements of the com pany's properties upon which they might be able to agree; that a list of properties as to which they could not reach an agreement be made; and that a third engineer be selected by the two, to act with them, and a majority of *Vh<*- three thus appointed should fix the \aiues of any of the properties upon which the first two might not have been able to agree. APPROVED BY COMPANY This suggestion also met with the hearty approval of the company, and it was considering the selection of a|i engineer when It received word from the chairman of the advisory commit tee that that committee had concluded not to recommend this plan, and, be cause of *that notification, nothing further was done in that direction. "We have always considered it a matter of very great regret that one of these plans was not pursued. Al though a \aluatlon arrived at as a re sult of either of them would not have been binding upon either of the par ties, it would have commanded respect, and would probably have afforded a substantial basis for arriving at a price which the company could afford to ac cept and which the city could afford to pay. OFFER OF AUGUST "After we were advised that the city committee had determined not to en deavor to arrive at a valuation of the property by either of the methods pre viously suggested by them and on the ninth "day of August, 1912, the company received an offer signed by the mayor and the other members of the advisory water committee and by 17 members of the board of supervisors, which has heretofore been placed before you. "The reply of the company to that letter under date of September 14, 1912, was approved by you before It was transmitted to the city. On the 19th day of October, 1912, the city ad dressed us another communication, to which reply was made on the 13th of November, 1912, which correspondence has heretofore been submitted to you. I After the letter from the city dated ober 19, 1912, we had no communi cation whatever with the city commit tee until after the hearing before the secretary of the interior in Washing ton, which began on November 25, 1312. Spring Valley Directorate Board Numbers Thirteen Directors of the Spring Valley Water company: Frank B. Anderson T. B. Berry AY. B. Ho urn A. Borel S. F. Eastman E. L. Eyre C. Osgood Hooker I. W. Hellnian Jr. Homer S. King E. J. Metwtohen Lou** F. Mnnteagle A. H. Payson .1. M. Quay It may not b*» out of place to siiKKfl here that at that hearing the company offered to stipulate that it would sell its property to the city at a price to be fixed by the secretary of the in terior. This suggestion did not re ceive the approval of those represent ing the city at the hearing." "FORMER OFFER LIBERAL" The report adds that the city's orig inal offer was $38,500,000 and all of Its property exrppt Lake Merced ranch, in cluding 2.300 acres, the company to have all of its impounded money. The company considered this a liberal offer and thought it would be followed by an acceptance by the city. The com mittee then says: "In a spirit of give and take we suggested that, we would recommend $37.:,oo.000, 2,000 acres of Lake Merced, the Portola property and the Market Ftreet lot, on condition that the com pany should retain all of the impounded money. This was really dividing the Snapshots after the accident on the Geary street car line yesterday. The upper picture shows the smashed front of car No. 3, as it appeared in the car shops. Below is a view of the wrecked bakery wagon, as it lay on its top, having turned upside down, the driver being mixed up with his load of pies, but escaping injury. The por trait is that of Mark C. Morehart, conductor of the car. difference between our offer and the figures suggested by the city. "When we made this offer we were encouraged by the attitude of the city committee—we do not intend by this to reflect upon their good faith or the honesty of their intentions —to be lieve that they considered the suggestion eminently fair and that after consid eration an offer to purchase the prop erty on those terms would be made. "We were much disappointed to be Informed that the committee could not see its way clear to recommend an offer on the terms indicated, and that they considered that the city should have at least 1,000 acres of the Lake Mer ced land." The committee reported to the direct ors that they had made what they con sidered sincere effort to arrive at terms of purchase, and had even gone ter an extent that might have been construed as weakress, although it was far from the intention of the company to weaken. The committee asked to be relieved fro*n service, and it was the sense of the meeting that it had performed its duties to the full extent of its obliga tions and that the city of San Francisco would have to settle the water ques tion for itself hereafter. POOR SERVICE ALLEGED AGIST RAILWAY LINE Mayor Mott Informs Com pany Charges Filed Have Merit in Them OAKLAND. Jan. *__. —Complaint against the California railway, an ad junct of the San Francisco and Oak land Terminal Railways, was made to the city council today by A. Hunse, real estate dealer, and the corporation was informed that the charges had merit and certain changes would have to be made. Ilunse claimed that the railway gives very poor service. He also claimed that the company gives more time to the freight than to the passenger traffic and that the streets were often blocked with freight cars for hours at a time. Hunse's statements were borne out by a number of other protestants. Mayor Mott will investigate a report to be submitted by J. Q. Brown, repre senting the company. HONEST ATTEMPT AT SUICIDE OAKLAND, Jan. 28.—John Whelan estimated that he would use. $10 worth of gas In an attempt at suicide and left the money In gold coins beneath his mattress. Whelan was revived at the fecelving hospital and he asked the at tendants to notify his landlady that the money was due her. Whelan Is a la borer whose home is at Vallejo. He will recover. PRINTER LEAVES HOME BERKELEY. Jan. 28.—Mrs. William L. Bailey of 2304 Fulton street reported to the police this morning that her hus band disappeared from home January 9. She believed he had gone either to Spo kane. Wash., or to Los Angeles, as he has friends and relatives in both cities. She wants the police of the two cities named to take up the search. Bailey is a printer, 47 years qld. THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL SAN FRANCISCO, WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29, 1913. CAR CRASHES DOWN GRADE Runaway on the Municipal Line PEOPLE PROTEST ORDER OF BOARD Berkeley Citizens Will Hold Anti-Vaccination Meet ing Thursday BERKELEY, Jan. 28.—The Anti-com jpulsory Vaccination league has called a j mass meeting to be held Thursday even ing at the high school auditorium, when public protest will be made against the action of the board of health in de barring from public schools all children not vaccinated. Assemblyman George Gelder, former attorney for the league, has been asked to come from Sacramento to speak. Oth ers will be later announced. The health and school boards con tinued their action today of rigidly en [ forcing the vaccination law. The board |of health members, keeping headquar ! ters at the school board rooms, either I vaccinated or gave certificates of vac- I cination to 200 pupil.*. were as [many as 500 children at the building j during the day and again Chief of Po lice August Vollmer kept a detail of police there to enforce order. Although the health board worked all day yesterday and today examining pupll3, it is reported officially that more than 1.000 children are still out of school because of not being certified as vaccinated by the health board. No action was taken today in the cases of willful disregard of the health board orders. The children of Mrs. Newton Cleaveland. a North Berkeley clubwoman, and of John M. P"oy, former secretary of the state board of harbor commissioners, again attended the Hill side school. The school authorities have reported these cases to the health board, which is expected to act tomorrow morning if the children again appear at the school without certificates of vac cination. The teachers have been instructed not to resort to force in any case. Dr. J. J. Benton, health officer, re plied today to Dr. H. N. Rowell and Dr. Woodson Allen, who criticised the health board for opening bandages to Inspect vaccination cases instead of merely accepting a physician's certifi cate. Doctor Benton merely quoted the state law, which gives the health board plenary power. BROKE, HE TRIES SUICIDE Marine Engineer Reaeued From Bay by Firemen Disconsolate because he had been held up and robbed of all his money, then thrown out of his hotel because he couldn't pay, and suffering from hunger, Dan Linden, a marine engineer, tried to end his trouble in the bay last night. He jumped from the Folsom street pier and was disappearing beneath the sur face when Captain Denahy of the fire boat Dennis Sullivan saw him and sent two members of the crew to the rescue. He waa taken to the harbor hospital a little the worse for his bath, but under the promise that he would have a- good meal as soon as he was put in condition he soon recovered. HIGH LIFE IN CAPITOL CAUSE FOR SEPARATION Injured Husband Says Wife Flirted With Man in Dome at Lincoln, Nebraska OAKLAND, Jan. 2S.—Spending a long time in the dome of the state capitol at Lincoln, Nebraska, on a wintry day with another man, was charged against Martha Belle Bishop ln an action for divorce filed by Robert H. Bishop. Mrs. Bishop was very .often in the company of strange men, the husband com plained, and. when he sent her to a business college he said she put. in about all her time parading the streets with her new acquaintances. Irwin McKellar Fox of the marine service, at Yerba Buena island, seldom made trips but he returned with pic tures of young women in his pocket, as testified by Mrs. Katherlne Mac Fox. McKellar had a particularly good friend in Miss Ida Babb of Little Rock. Ark., whose picture and letters were found by his wife, and he had the name and address of Misa Lillian Miller of the same city. Mrs. Fox said he promised many times- to give up the other women, but he never did. and she got an interlocutory decree of divorce. Their two year old baby rebuking Anthony W. Small for rising hard lan guage to Mrs. Bonita Small provoked a great outbreak. Mrs. Small testified today. The little girl said. "Daddy, don't you talk to mamma like that," Mrs. Small said; and Small threw down his knife and fork, kicked over a chair and left the house. Mrs. Small secured an interlocutory decree. George L. Masow treated Lillian Ma sow so well she forgot she had any ob ligations, according to Masow's testi mony. She sold his furniture for $200, he said, ran around nights, and refused to prepare his meals or take care of the house. Judge Harris gave Masow an interlocutory decree. DEAD MAD DOG SENT BY PARCEL POST MAN Hygienic Laboratory Recipient of Bundle Thought to Contain Live Animal BERKELEY. Jan. 28.—The members of the staff of the state hygienic labor atory were the recipients today of a dead mad dog, sent by parcel post. Al though various objects have been re ceived by the laboratory since the par cel post law went into effect and before that, the package containing dog is awarded the palm. The package was neatly wrapped, properly stamped and was delivered on the campus. On the corner of the wrapper were the words "mad dog." None of the laboratory staff would open the bundle without first taking precautions, not earing to take chances with a live canine bearing the virus of hydrophobia The package was sent from Florin. Cal., where the dog had been shot. Dr. W. A. Sawyer made an examination of the dog's head and discovered negri bodies' and pronounced it a case of rabies. The laboratory officials have notified the postofflce officials to accept '■ no more packages of this kind. I in Two Collisions Motorman and Conductor Remain at Posts During Ride, Striving to Re assure Passengers G. W. THOMPSON OF CREW CUT BY GLASS Thirteen Ton Motor Truck Partly Demolished; Bak ery Wagon Bumped Bravely standing at their posts pre venting panic stricken passengers from jumping frona a runaway Geary street car, Motorman George W. Thompson and Conductor Mark C. Morehart. as sisted by Patrolman Harry Seguin<\ saved 14 passengers from probable death or serious injury yesterday morning when inbound car No. 3 be came ungovernable while going down the steep grade from Lyon street to Divisadero. and established a record of the first accident of the municipal railway. Motorman Thompson was the only person injured, being slightly cut on the scalp with flying glass. Five women and a little girl were among the pas sengers. A 13 ton motor truck was partly de molished, a bakery wagon was over turned and badly damaged and its con tents scattered over tho pavement.' and the horse to which it was attached was fatally injured by the car in its flight. RAILS SLIPPERY The heavy fog which settled over the city yesterday morning caused tlie rails to become slippery, and owing to the fact that the streets are torn up between Lyon and Baker streets traffic is confined to the car tracks, accentu ating the danger. Inbound car No. 3 skidded when it encountered the greasy rails, but Motorman Thompson believes he would have regained control of his car had it not collided Avith the 13 ton truck, carrying seven tons of sand. The truck, driven by John Granfield, was standing on the inbound right of way. The impact broke the airbrake couplings, leaving the hand brakes as the only means of stopping the car. Granfield and his helper. Frank F. Mc- Kenna, jumped before the crash. MOTORMAN CUT BY GLASS Flying glass struck Motorman Thompson in the head, cutting a deep gash. Continuously he sounded a warning with the gong, however, while Conductor Morehart, Patrolman Se guine and a male passenger struggled with the hand brakes. Near Baker street the car struck the bakery wagon owned by the Boudin bakery, 387 Tenth avenue, fatally injuring the horse and hurl ing the driver. Jean Pratt, to the pavement uninjured. The car was halted in front of the firehouse between Divisadero and Scott streets where Dr. Charles V. Cross examined the injuries to Motor man Thompson and ordered his re moval to Mount Zion hospital, where a two inch piece of glass was taken from his skull. Superintendent T. A. Cashin of the Geary road places the blame for the damage to the truck upon Granfield for bringing the vehicle to a stop in the car tracks. The damage to the streetcar amounts to about $200. POLICE OFFICER SAVES THREE FROM BURNING Modest Patrolman Keeps Secret Heroic Deed of Several Day- Past OAKLAND. Jan. 28.—Patrolman Charles Brewick saved Mrs. John Mur phy and her two grandchildren from death in a fire a few days ago at the home of P. B. Prebbles, 1018 Colby street. according to a belated report he filed with Chief of Police W. J. Petersen today. It is believed that only Brewick's great modesty pre vented his making his report before. The fire started after Mrs. Prebbles, her two children, Alice, 2 years old, and John, 5 years old, and her mother, Mrs. Murphy, had retired. Mts. Preb bles succeeded in gaining the street, but the flames cut off the means of escape from the other members of the family. When Brewick arrived the house was a mass of flames, but nothing daunted he dashed Inside after being told by Mrs. Prebbles where her children and her mother slept. He found Alice in the kitchen, groping her way to free dom and passed her through a window to willing hands. He then returned to the kitchen, where he found the boy trying to carry a crib from the house. The lad was growing weak from smoke and Brewick carried him to a place of safety. Brewick then ran upstairs to Mrs. Murphy's bedroom. He found the aged woman in a semiconscious condition, and picking her up carried her to the K~rewlck had difficulty in fight smoke, and was almost ex fter effecting Mrs. Murphy's NEW LINE COMPLETED Better Service Promised When Cars Start Running Over Tracks ALAMEDA, Jan. 28.—The Oakland Traction company has completed the work of broad gauging its San Jose avenue line east from Park street to Santa Clara avenue and High street. Service is to be started within a few days. The company recently gave no tice that it would change the terminal of its Santa Clara avenue line from Santa Clara avenue and High street to High street nd Encinal avenue. A 10 minute service Is to be provided on the San Jose avenue extension. The carbarn at Santa Clara avenue and High street, In which the narrow gauge cars were housed, has been taken down, there be ing no further need for the building. LEAVES FOR LOS ANGELES OAKLAND, Jan. 28.—John C. Hayes, leaving tomorrow for Los Angeles to take charge of the Alameda county ex hibit maintained at the Chamber of Commerce, was guest of honor -at a dinner at Hotel Oakland tonight. Mem bers of the board of supervisors and other county official- attended. BOY YEARNED FOR STAGE OAKLAND, Jan. 28.—Fenton Harrell, 15 years old, who ran away from home to become an actor, was captured In Fresno and brought home today by his mother. He achieved his stage ambi tions from several visits to local the aters and through the steady perusal of saffron literature. ___ YOUNG OAKLAND VIOLINIST WILL PLAY IN EUROPE Miss Estelle Cray, Oakland violinist, will tour Europe. Miss Estelle Gray Meets Great Success in Ameri can Concerts OAKLAND. Jan. 28.—Miss Estelle Gray, the successful young Oakland violinist, whose rise lias been phenom enal, is preparing for a European tour with her mother. Friends of Miss Gray have heard from the young artist, tell ing of her triumphs in the east. Miss Gray and her mother are ln New York -and will book immediately for the European trip, during which they will visit in Berlin, Paris and Lon don. They plan to consume 10 months in the tour, and following her return Miss Gray will begin her next Ameri can concert tour, for which already 50 dates have been filled. The trip to Europe crowns a series of 100 recitals given by the young musician under a Chicago musical bureau. Mrs. Gray nas been with her daughter on this tour, in which they covered 19,000 miles. Miss Gray's suc cess has been meteoric since she left Oakland, and baa surprised her man agement and eastern critics. CLOVERDALE CITRUS FAIR PURSE BEST ON RECORD Premiums for Annual Show Beginning February 18 Are Increased (Special Dispatch to The Call> CLOVERDALE, Jan. 28.—The direc tors of the Cloverdale Citrus Fair asso ciation have announced the premium list for the twenty-first annual exhibi tion in the pavilion in this city be ginning February IS and continuing through February 22. Washington's birthday anniversary, as usual, has been set aside for Santa Rosa and Soi<m;i county day. The premiums for class A, that in which all entries of elaborate displays are made, have been increased $150 over anything heretofore offered by the directory. The full list of prizes follows: Class A—General effect scores oO points or Jess, according To merit. Workmanship scorns 30 points or less, according to merit. Appear ance of fruit scores 30 points or less, according to merit. Award- to be made on the average re ports at three judges, the judges to work inde pendently In scoring exhibit*. Most elaborate display of citrus products: Kir«t. $100: second. ITS; third, $30; fourth. $4.: fifth. Ho; sixth. MS; seventh. J.JO; eighth. $2fi; ninth. $20: tenth. US- eleventh. $10; twelfth, $10; thirteenth, $10; fourteenth, $10. Class B—Best fruit In quantities, 10 boxes or more: Best Washington navels, $.">; second, $2.50. Class C— Best frnit in small quantities: Best' 2. Washington navels $1. second ."50 cents; best 24 Japanese $1, second 30 cent>: best -4 Villa France lemons $1. sccoml 00 ,'ents: best -4 Sicily lemons $1. second SO cents: best 24 Lisbon lem ons $1, second BO cents: best 24 I'omelos $1, sec ond 60 cents: best 24 citrous $1. seeood 80 cents; best PoDdeff'Sa lemons $1, second ."»i> ,'ents. Class D—Best display of greatest variety of citrus fruit grown by exhibitor: First, $*-'; sec ond, $1. Cl ass k—Best exhibit of canned fruit put up ln glass by exhibitor: First. $1.50; second. $1. C!as< F—Pried fruits and nuts: Be*t display of drW fruits $1. second 60 certs: best display of dried prunes SI, second 50 cents: l>est display of softshell walnuts. - r -o cents; best display of soft shell almonds. .".0 cents. Class _—Olives and olive oil: Best pickled olives $1.50, second 50' cents; best olive oil $1.50, second 50 cent b. Class H—Jellies and marmalades in glass, put np by exhibitor: Best jellies $1.50, second $1; best 'marmalade 11.-8, second $1. Class I—Best exhibit of wines, consisting of not less than 150 bottles artistically arranged: First. $20. Class ,T—Best exhibit of apples, not less than 10 boxes: First. $5; second. $2.50. Class X—BestK —Best exhibit of apples in lots of 24: First, $1.60; second, 50 cents. Class I.— Art exhibit, under direction of the committee. Class M —Special: Cut Bowers and plants In pots. RIT.FS I —AH exhibits must be in place by 12 ra. Feb ruary 10. 2 —Exhibits must be numbered and entered for competition under particular classes to which they belong. ;;—Xo exhibitor can enter more than one class, nor compete for more than one prize. 4__Space for exhibits under dire tion of the director general. However, nil large and effect ive designs are not permissible at entrance of pavilion. / s—All5 —All north of bay counties—-Napa. Mnrin, S.v noma, Mendocino, Lake and Humboldt—are en titled to enter for premiums. PREPARING TO FIX RATES BERKELEY, Jan. 28.—The city coun cil is preparing to fix rates for the Pa cific Gas and Electric company. the Great Western Power company, the Pa cific Telephone and Telegraph company and-the Home Telephone company (now part of the Pacific company). Demand has been made up. these four companies for data regarding investment, operat ing and maintenance expenses, indebt edness and other items of valuation or cost. SAVED BOY FROM DROWNING BERKELEY, Jan. 28.—For the second time in a few months Frank Fee. ir> years old, son of John F. Fee, a black smith, was saved from being drowned in the swimming pool at the Y. ML C A. last night. Fee was swimming with a class and broke away from the shallow water, lost his stroke and went under twice before Charles Stewart ran around the side of the tank and dragged him out. PAGES 9 TO 16 PRICE FIVE CENTS. COMMERCIAL MEN ORGANIZE CLUB TO BOOST CITY Oakland Society Will Have 1,000 Members Before Charter Is Closed, Ac cording to Plans j — Hi ALL LEADERS JOIN RECENT MOVEMENT List Remains Open Thirty Days to Give All an - Opportunity f OAKLAND, Jan. 28.—An effect.-* temporary organization of the Oakland Commercial club was formed by 150 business men at the Hotel Oakland to night. Frank J. Woodward, a leader in the movement, was elected temporary chairman and David E. Perkins was elected temporary secretary and com mittees on membership, constitution and bylaws, headquarters and finances were appointed. It was decided to close the charter ln 30 days. The roll numbers 281, with, suggestions of 98 more, and It is de sired to close with 1,000. The permanent organization •will take place at a meeting two weeks from to night. The members of the committees are: Membership—Charles I_ Smith (chair man), L. Richardson, A. Jonas, Leslie Price and Fred Reed. Constitution and bylaws—C. J. Heese man (chairman), M. J. Laymance, A. G. Taft, George Samuels, D. E. Perkins, S. If. Kitto. E. B. Bull, Taylor Bell and Frank W. Leavitt. Headquarters—E. B. Bull (chairman). G. B. N. Clow. Dave Aronson, George W. Austin, George Lewis, C. F. Gorman, If. Ilinman, T. B. Bridges and E. N. Walter. Finance —M. J. Laymance (chairman*), W. H. Weilbye, F. W. Bilger, S. N. Marks and A. S. Lavenson. The meeting was attended by prom inent men representing every club and business element. The club will not represent the city alone, but will in clude in its scope the territory and cities contingent to Oakland. It will furnish a center of entertainment and hospitality to vi-itors. to "boost" tho city and further the live wire work of other local organizations. Those who spoke were: A. S. Lavenson, F. W. Leavitt. F. W. BilKer. A. Jonas. A. A. Denison (secre tary of the Chamber of Commerce), W. B. Gibson (president of the Chamber of Commerce). A. G. Taft (president of the Merchants' exchange). C. F. Gor man, W. S. Mackay. Harry Bishop. Wickham Havens, J. EL Springer of Los Angeles, George Samuels, Paul Gold smith, __. T. Mlnney, M. L Hadley and D. E. Perkins. The new movement was pledged the support and co-operation of the Cham ber of Commerce, Merchants' exchange, the real estate Interests and th© manu facturing interests and the civic clubs. FIREMAN LOSES LEO BY FALLING FROM ENGINE Trying to Light Headlight Loses Bnl nuce and Drops Under Wheels of Pony Truck OAKLAND. Jan. 28.—Falling as he tried to light a locomotive headlight in a dense fog today. Charles Sperry, a Southern Pacific fireman, had his right leg crushed beneath the engine wheels at the Sixteenth street station. Sperry was on the Atlantic express and Engineer Whitney observing the den sity of the fog directed him to light the head light. Sperry made his way along the run ning board and was trying to start the light after the train was in motion. He lost his balance and toppled off the pony trucks of the engine passing over his right leg below the knee. Railroad policemen picked him up and removed him to the receiving hospital. Remarkable nerve was shown by the injured man. Sperry lifting himself from the stretcher upon the operating table and refraining from an outcry or even a groan when his injured limb was lifted. Chief Surgeon O. D. Hamlin, assisted by Dr. W. If. Irwin and A. C. Smith amputated the leg at the knee. PLAYING LONE HAND IS COSTLY PASTIME Mau Who Would Recall Councilman Must Pay for Printing All Petitions OAKLAND. Jan. 28.—C. E. Ayer, who is making a lone handed recall fight against Councilman E. Q. Turner, now faces the necessity of paying for the prtlning of petitions. He appeared at the city council this morning to request that the be done by the munici pality. City Clerk W. J. Seaborn re ported that he had sent a requisition to the home of Councilman E. B. Norton, who is ill, and that Norton had refused to sign it. On this showing, Norton being com missioner of public supplies, the council refused to honor Ayer*s demand. The recaller then announced that ho would have the printing done and send the bill to the city. WOMEN OF WOODCRAFT INSTALL • ALAMEDA, Jan. 2S. —Spruce circle. Women of Woodcraft, installed the fol lowing officers tonight: Guardian neighbor, I. Mortensen; adviser, M. Burdlck; magician, M. Martin; clerk, L. Kruger; banker, N. E. Blair; at tendant, M. Ryer; captain of guards, A. Brewer; Inside sentinel, E. B. Welp; outside sentinel, M. A. Gray; musician, L. Neilson; manager, H. L. Kruger. LEFT NO ESTATE OR HEIRS OAKLAND, Jan. 28.—Leslie F. Black burn, old time figure in Alameda county politics, died without estate or heirs. so far as known, according to a peti tion of FuWic Administrator Mehr mann filed in the probate courL Black burn at one time was widely known throughout the county and his death January ,23 stirred memories of by gone days. LUMBER COMPANY SUED OAKLAND, Jan. 2S.—Trustees of the Samuel Merritt Hospital association to day liled suit for $17,750 alleged over due rental against the E. M. Derby Lumber company. The Derby company leased land owned by the association in 1906. The rent was $900 a month, and the complaint alleged that the lumber company failed to pay any in stall me at.