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"Citizens Suffering From
Famine Can Look to Mem
bers Who Are Obstruct
ing Plan," Says Mayor
Vote Expected to Menace
San Francisco Supply
From Hetch Hetchy
Continued From Page 1
•very member who voted 'no' to change
Mm rote ta 'aye." so that the responsibil
ity for this may be placed where It be
followed considerable objecting
and protesting from the McCarthy fol
lowers; upon whose heads would fall
the hot coals which the mayor suggest
ed his supporters should heap.
Supervisor Vogelsang, one of the
stanehest supporters of the mayor's
measures, volunteered to make the sac
rifice. He changed his vote to "yes."
There was some further attempt at
argument., but Mayor Rolph leaped to
his feet and struck the desk a healthy
blow with his gavel.
"Argument Is ended!" he cried. "The
resolution Is carried!"
This resolution, with a slight amend
ment, was the same as that adopted by
the board the day before, when McCar
thy offered it as a substitute to reso
lutions framed hy Mayor Rolph, in
dorsed by the advisory water commit
tee and presented by Supervisor Cag
It -was amended on motion of Super
visor Bancroft, the amendment con
sisting of a clause which eliminates
the Searsville lands, the Market street
lot and the 1,850 acres of Merced prop
erty from the deal with Spring Valley.
These are the same properties which
all recent negotiations have permitted
the water company to retain.
By the adoption of the McCarthy
resolution the board asks Spring Valley
to consent to arbitration by the state
railroad commission and at the same
time rejects the solutions offered Mon
day by the mayor, which Supervisor
Vogelsang hinted would be acceptable
to Secretary of the Interior Fisher,
who has on his hands the granting of
the Hetch Hetchy permit.
The proceedings were the aftermath
of the regular meeting Monday, when
Mayor Rolph presented his message
and the resolutions, both hacked by
the advisory water committee.
One of these proposed that the city
make the water company a flat offer
of $3T.«nn.'mo. leaving the impounded
money question to the courts, where it
now rests.
The other that the price of
$-*:.nrm.ftoo offered by the city and the
jn7.snn.ono asked by the water com
pany should be arbitrated by a board
of three disinterested men. one chosen
by the <Mty, one by the company and
the third by the other two.
When these were presenter Monday
Supervisor McCarthy offered his reso
lution as a substitute. It was adopted.
the vote beina; S to 7. As Supervisors
Hay den. Mauzy and Koshland were ah- j
sent _!"_ there had been little argu
menl because of the lateness of the J
hotir. Supervisor Vopejsanp moved a
reconsideration, resulting,in the spe
ia) meeting.
The battle royal hepan with direct
opposition to tie mayor, denunciation
in strongest terms of Spring Valley and
a spirited speech from the mayor urg
ing the board to support the recom
mendations of the advisory water com
Supervisor Koshland opened the de
*•• for the opposition by declaring
it the state railroad commission, if
- ted a? arbitrator, would be a corn
disinterested and satisfactory
Supervisor Vogelsang replied by de
claring that Spring Valley would not
a< c»pt the railroad board as arbitrator.
The hoard knows and the advisory
water committee knows that we
strained every nerve to get Spring
Valley to consent to this particular
form of arbitration." he said. "It was
suggested during the Hetch Hetchy
hearing In Washington and there re
fused by representatives of the com
pany. It was suggested repeatedly
during the progress of the negotiations
in the mayor's office, and repeatedly
declined. It is a useless and vain thing
to do. He know in advance that it will
bring uk nowhere."
Mr. Vogelsang then said that by the
adoption of the mayor's resolutions
there would be exerted "a profound In
fluence upon our permit to use the
mountain waters of Hetch Hetchy."
"We are now given an opportunity,"
he added, referring to the adoption of
the Rolph measures, "to do one of the
most progressive legislative acts that
we < an hope to do ln all our term of
office. It will make easy the conditions
imposed on our mountain rights."'
Mr. Vogelsang concluded by "Implor
ing and begging" the board to submit
the matter to Spring Valley, as sug
gested by Mayor Rolph, in order that
the entire proposition might speedily he
presented to the voters. In answer to a
question from Supervisor Giannlnl, he
said that he believed thet the Rolph
offer of $.",7,000,000 would be acceptable
to Spring Valley.
"I feel." he explained, "that, with one
possible exception, everybody connected
with Spring Valley regrets that the last
offer made by the city was not accepted,
and I don't believe that the one hard
head is as hard as it was."
Supervisor Murphy inquired if there
was any srood reason why the water
company would not agree to the raii
i-na.i board as arbitrator.
'The company's refusal to accept them
is as good as a thousand reasons," re
torted Vogelsang.
At this point Supervisor A. .1. Gal
b lHt called to account the supervis
ors who were, unlike himself, elected
on the Rolph ticket but were not sup
porting the mayor.
"If I were a member of the admin
istration elected with you I would
ff-pl obliged to vote for the resolu
tions you propose." he said to Mayor
Rolph. "All are pledged to carry out
the wishes of the administration as
expressed through you."
Super*, isor Murdock agreed with Mr.
Gallagher, .--•axing: "The board owes
support to the administration. I wish
M c could submit the direct proposi
tion of $37.O0O.f»0O to the people. I
feel that we have no right to pat our
personal feelings Into the matter."
Members of the opposition objected
t.. their attitude being interpreted as
disloyalty tv the mayor, explaining
Yamamoto Is New Head of the Government
New premier of Japan, the one who resigned, and the minister who retained
the portfolio of foreign affairs in the new cabinet.
that they were voting from the dic
tates of their own consciences, and
that they were sure the mayor would
not ask them to do otherwise.
Supervisor George Gallagher launched
a startling phillipic against Spring
"We are in the hands of a set of
gambling men, heartless, grasping and
rapacious." he cried. "They are more
than gamblers—they are thieves and
crooks. Why should we giv# them this
chance? They would not hesitate to
gamble on this with the flip of a poker
chip. 1 refuse to be one of those white
Supervisor Giannini also favored the
McCarthy plan.
"If we were»votinsr to give a figure
lower than the market value of the
plant, then the company's ljnyielding
would be justifiable," he said. "But
we are giving them a handsome profit,
a big return on the Investment." He
characterized the company as hard
fisted and hard headed.
Mayor Rolph then asked the sten
ographer who was reporting the pro
ceedings to retire. The mayor re
lated a history of the entire negotia
tions, its bearing on the situation in
Washington and other intimate mat
ters which had taken place during ne
gotiations, emphasizing facts of which
the supervisors had previous knowl
He concluded with remarks couched
In the strongest terms, terming the
McCarthy proposition "ridiculous" and,
telling the supervisors that it was
their sworn duty to place the Spring
Valley purchase before the people to
relieve the suffering from the Inade
quate water supply in outlying dis
tricts, and that the McCarthy resolu
tion would result in nothing but de
lay, since the water company had al
ready declined to accept the railroad |
commission as arbitrators. The vote
was then taken on the McCarthy reso
Reviewing the action of the board
of supervisors in the negotiations for
Spring Valley, Mayor Rolph said:
"Nine members of the hoard of su
pervisors, William H. McCarthy, George
E. Gallagher, Andrew .1. Gnllaglicr.
Daniel C. Murphy. A. H. Giannlni,
Adolph Koshland. Paul Bancroft. Ralph
McLeran and Edward L. Nolan, re
jected the proposal made by the city
advlsorv water committee to arbitrate
the difference of $500,000 between the
city's offer and the Spring Valley .
Water company's demand for the com
pany's properties, and decided, instead,
to demand that the company submit to
arbitration by the state board of rail
road commissioners, without restric
tion, the question how much would he
paid by the city for the properties Of
the Spring Valley Water company.
•'The responsibility for the further
conduct of negotiations with Spring
Valley is now on those nine members
of the board, who took the matter into
their own hands.
"I would be, of course, delighted to
have the members of tlie state railroad
commission act as arbitrators In this
or any similar proceeding in which the
city was interested, for. in common
with the great majority of the citizens
of California, I admire the intelligence,
the expert knowledge and the broad- j
mindedness with which they have de- !
cided the important. public questions
litigated before them; but the com
pany, by its representatives, stated
more than once to the city advisory
water committee that 1t would not ac
cept the members of the state railroad
commission as the arbitrators; and I
know, therefore, as every member of
the board of supervisors knows, that
the offer to submit to arbitration by
the state railroad commission will be '
reiected by the company.
"It will be most unfortunate if thej
negotiations for the purchase of Spring
Valley fail at a time when the city and!
the company have come so close to an
agreement. The city has offered $3 7.- j
000.000—the company has agreed to take
"The proposal of the city advisory;
committee was to select three trust- j
worthy arbitrators who should decide j
whether the proposal to be submitted
to the people should be for the purchase J
of the Spring Valley properties for $37.- j
000,000 or for $37,500,000, and the mat
ter to be arbitrated was definitely re
stricted to those two prices. The ar
bitration could have been concluded in
a few days and the matter, If the com
pany accepted the proposal, would then
have been ln a condition for submission
to the people.
"I believe strongly that the people
who suffer most' from the need of aj *
water supply and who are to pay the!
price for the purchase of the Spring
Valley properties—a self-sustaining
utility—should be permitted to decide
whether they want the Spring Valley
properties at the best price to which
we can bring the company, and that the
negotiations should not be cut off and
the whole matter thrown Into the
courts, without giving the people an
opportunity to express their will.
**l believe that if the proposal of the
city advisory water committee had been
adopted, by the board of supervisors. It
would have materially improved onr
chances of getting a favorable an 1
speedy decision from the secretary of
the interior. I can see nothing but
harm and dela*- from the adoption, by
the votes of those nine supervisors, of a
proposal which the Spring Valley has
notified us in advance it will reject,
and by which nothing can be accom
plished except further delay.
"I regret exceedingly that those nine
gentlemen have declined to follow the
city advisory water committee in what
appears to me to be the obviously sen
sible course. 1 believe that the people
expected us to submit to them a pro
posal for the purchase of Spring Valley.
"The purpose of the negotiations
was to obtain from the Spring Valley
a contract for the sale at the lowest
possible price, but the people desired
the administration to submit to them |
some proposal before the city entered
upon the necessarily long and prob- '
ably expensive procedure of condemna
tion. However, as I have stated, the
responsibility is on those nine members
of the board of supervisors and they,
doubtless, know what they are doing.
"In the meantime the people of the
outlying districts who want relief
from the water famine may apply to
those nine members of the board of
Frank Manning; Partially Identified a*
(Rperifll Dispatch to The Call)
HANFORD, Feb. 11.—Frightened by
the cries of an elder sister, a man ap
parently about 30 years of age desisted
In his attack on the 4 year old daugh
ter of Samuel Jenkins in this city Mon
day morning and fled. Frank Manning,
arrested last night at Guernsey, nine
miles south of here, has been partially
identified as the assailant by two per
sons who saw him fleeing.
Deer Park Landlord. Missing Since
Jan. 14, Believed Dead In Snow
TRUCKEE. Feb. 11.—It is feared here
that Sebastian Shorer. keeper of the
Leer Park Inn at Lake Tahoe, has
been lost in the snow between Tahoe
and the inn, as he has not been seen
since January 14, when he left Tahoe.
The night he left Tahoe he said he did
not like the idea of going home in the
snow as he was not sure of his way.
It is now feared he wandered from the
trail and was lost 111 the blinding
Gfetal Company, Named in Trust Suit,
Enjoined Krom Dividing Surplus
NEW YORK. Feb. 11.—The General
Film company, ■ co-defendant in the
governments pending suit against the
moving picture trust on charge of vio
lation of the Sherman anti-trust law,
is enjoined under an order granted by
the supreme court today from dividing
a $1,000,000 surplus, ?s preferred stock
holders set forth the company was
about to do. The writ is returnable
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Emperor Calls Council of
Elder Statesmen to Take
Action on Forming
New Cabinet
TOKYO, Feb. 11. —Official announce
ment was made today of the resigna
tion of Prince Katsura, the Japanese
premie"*, together with his cabinet.
Count Gambei Yamamoto is to be
officially installed In the office of pre
mier tomorrow. Baron Takaaki Kato.
formerly ambassador to Great Britain,
will retain the portfolio of foreign af
The coun»"ll of eld?r statesmen was
called together by the emperor at the
Imperial palace this afternoon.
Following these meetings it was
semiofficially announced that the res
ignation of Katsura and his colleagues
would he accepted hy the emperor.
Count Gambei Yamamoto. formerly
minister of marine, signified his will
ingness to accept the premiership, to
gether with the leadership of the old
constitutional party, of which the
Marquis Saionji is now chief.
Prince Katsura will in the meantime
proceed with the organization of his
proposed new progressive party.
Official announcement of the change
of administration will be made before
the diet meets again Thursday.
The situation in this city was quieter]
today. The rioting of last night, in I
which 70 persons were killed or se- |
riously injured, ceased In the early |
hours of the morning. The severe cold
compelled the mobs to seek shelter.
There were no further disturbances
up to midday and the authorities with
drew the patrols of soldiers from the
The rioting appears to have con
vinced the government of the futility
of endeavoring to continue the Kat
sura regime.
Katsura and his cabinet, who assem
bled at 10 o'clock last evening, re
mained in session until noon today. The I
building where they met was strongly
guarded by police and soldiers.
Violent political riots broke out in j
the city of Osaka today. The offices
of the newspapers which support ,
Prince Katsura, the premier, were at- j
tacked by great mobs. Several deaths!
are reported. >
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ArmouY ft Company Chicago Pabst Brewing Company Milwaukee
Cambria Steel Company Johnstown. Pa. Peoples Gas Light & Coke Company.. Chicago
Canadian, Steel Foundries, Ltd Montreal. Canada Rice & Hutchins Boston
Cluett Peabodv Company Troy. N. Y. Simmons Hardware Company St. Louis
Duouesne Steel Foundries Pittsburgh Singer Sewing Machine Company New York City
N. K. Fairbanks Company St. Louis N. Snellenburg & Company Philadelphia
W. S. Forbes & Company Richmond. Va. Spokane Dry Goods Company Spokane, Wash.
Gulf Refining Company/. Pittsburgh Swift & Company Chicago
T. C. Jenkms* Pittsburgh Union Steel Casting Company Pittsburgh
Kohler & Campbeli ....'WW... New York City V. S. Express Company New York City
Francis H. Leggett & Company New York City Wells Fargo & Company Express St. Louis
Lord & Taylor New York City Westcott Express Company New York City
Some Local Alco Truck Owners
Alaska-Gastineau Mining Co San Francisco J S Jones J re5 £.°„„,..«,.,*
Associated nu r«« <?an Francisco Macßorie-McLaren Co San Francisco
Associated Oil Co.. San j ranctsco Pacjflr Tiink and Pipe Co San Francisco
H & g. <... Bucovich £ ak, * nd Parafflne Paint C 0... San Francisco
California Fruit Canners Association ran Francisco Sherry Freitas Co Modesto
Cartwrigbt Draying Co San Francisco Standard Oil Co.. San Francisco
J. B. Chase San Jose Union Oil Co San Francisco
City and County of San Francisco San Francisco Ctah Construction Co San Francisco
Dairy Delivery Co San Francisco Wagner Leather Co San Francisco
General Construction Co San Francisco Western Fuel Co San Francisco
General Petroleum Co San Francisco Willett & Burr San Francisco
Golden Eagle Milling Co Petaluma E. K. Wood Lumber Co Oakland
E. Clemens Horst Co Sacramento Young & Swain Baking Co San Francisco
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Twins? Then Speed It Up
"Grand Excuse"—Judge
CHICAGO, Feb. 11.—Speed If
yoa like. If tbe * tork leave*
tvrln* at borne, la the rule Judge
Fry put into force In the "apeed
era'" court today.
«Yonr honor," Albert Ponger
aald when arraigned on a charge
of apeedlng, "aome one tele
phoned me that a boy and a girl
had arrived at my home. I for
got all speed regulations right
"It's a grand excuse and I like
ft," Judge Fry responded. "The
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mitted. Take the $fl and start a
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Three Thousand Acres of
Land in Tulare County
Changes Hands
OROfl. Feh. 11.— The largest realty j
deal that has been made in Tulare
county for some time was closed at
Visalia Saturday, February i. Thej
Hannah rancho of 3,000 acres, the loca-J
tlon of which is about half way be- .
tween Porterville and Lindsay and i
within two miles of Strathmore, which
has been own«*d for the last 25 years
by Judge J. A. Hannah, a wealthy res
ident of Visalia, was sold.
Judge Hannah being a large cattle i
owner, therefore being in a position to j
hold it, heretofore declined to subdi
vide or sell any part of the property, ]
which he used as pasture, with the ex
ception of 80 acres of vineyard. The
tract is surrounded by highly improved
ranches, consisting of orange groves,
olive groves and high class alfalfa
ranches. There is a large well and
pumping plant on the ranch.
G. H. Jones and J. F. Wetherby. two
large land operators of Los Angeles, j
are the purchasers.
Mr. Jones, up to a few years ago, was j
largely interested in lowa and Canada!
lands. Since coming to California he *
has been a nuccessful Investor In San ;
Joaquin valley lands. Mr. Wetherby Is'
well known as an experienced and suc
cessful organizer of subdivision tract 3. }
This transaction was made through
the efforts of G. W. Biswell of Orosi
and his associate, J. B. Sherwood of
Los Angeles.
Kharkov Mob of 5,000 Give T\to Horse
Stealers Short Shrift
ST. PETERSBURG. Feb. 11.—A dou
ble lynching occurred today near Khar
kov, when a mob of s.nort peasants
stormed the jail, demolished the build
ing,, seized a horsethief and hanged
.him. They then proceeded to the
police depot and repeated the per
formance with another horse thief con
fined there. •
Chauffeur Goes to Jnll—Gaston Gi
roud, chauffeur for Mrs. Charles But
ters of Piedmont, prominent in social
affairs, waa .sentenced to serve 24 hours
in the city prison by Police Judge
Deasy for speeding his automobile
down Sutter street. Glroud was fined
520 two months ago by Judge Sullivan
for speedine.
"30," 1909 seven-passenger touring car $1450
"30," 1910 seven-passenger touring car $1800
"Six," 1912 seven-passenger touring car $3500
Motor car qualities are of two classes—those hidden and
those visible. The bridgebuilder's factor of safety
is in every part of a used Packard.
Van Ness and Jackson
Captain Jump* Into Bay and PulL
Employe From Water
Georpre P. Long, a sailor on th>
schooner Alpine, was saved fron
drowning yesterday by his skipper
Captain Hans Pratt. Long fell Int<
the bay, and Captain Pratt, withou
hesitation, jumped after him. Th<
Alpine was lying at wharf No. 2
Long was treated at the harbor emer
gency hospital. He was not seriousl*
>«»t Guilty of Murder —"Not guilty'
was the verdict of a jury in Superlo;
Judge Lawlor'rf court yesterday after
Aooa in the case of Grace Shields, s
negress. charged with murdering
Charles la Selve, a negro. The jury de
liherptcd three hours.

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