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PART TWO
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.

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