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WOMAN ON TRIAL
AS WHITE SLAVER
ACCUSES OFFICIAL
Mrs. Moore of Hamilton
Embezzlement Notoriety
Charges Inspector
With Wrong
AGEIfTS HOUNDED
HER, SHE ASSERTS
Day's Hearing Closes Ab
ruptly When Defendant
Faints on the Stand
SEATTLE, Feb. 19.—Sensational
charges against Immigrant Inspector
Thomas 1C Fisher, upon whose com
plaint she was arrested, were made
today by Mrs. Florence Hazel Moore,
when she took the stand in her own
defense in the United States district
court, where she is on trial accused of
bringing Mena Barrett from Vancouver.
"• C.« to Seattle for immoral purposes.
Mrs. Moore, who was frequently
mentioned as the woman In the Ortis
Hamilton embezzlement case in 1909,
testified to her acquaintance with
Fisher.
Mrs. Moore asserted that she had
been hounded by g-overnment agents
and had been driven from hotels and
from legitimate employment because of
th» espionage to which she was sub
jected.
Mrs. Moore declared that she signed
a statement, purporting , to be a con
fession, without reading , it and at the
request of Fisher because of her wrong
doing with him.
Immigration Inspector Fisher, when
called to the stand by the government.
denied emphatically all the charges
made by Mrs. Moore and said that he
had never seen her prior to her arrest.
The day's hearing was brought to an
abrupt close when Mrs. Moore fainted
on the witness stand after being , re
called for further examination by the
district attorney.
C. P. R. Office Looted
SASKATOON. Sask., Feb. 19.—The
Canadian Pacific railway land office
here waa robbed of checks and bank
notes to the extent of more than $8,000
Monday nigrht. An accounting , showed
that $1,200 In cash and $7,000 in checks
had been taken.
Drunken Indians Kill Miner
FAIRBANKS, Alaska, Feb. 19.—Vic
tor Ekengren. a wood dealer and
miner, residing- 100 miles below Fort
Yukon, who is said to have had
wealthy relatives in "Worcester, Mass.,
was attacked by drunken Indians last
month and beaten so severelyfjthat he
died, according: to Archdeacon Stuck,
Episcopal missionary, who arrived here
yesterday from Fort Yukon. Ekengrren
waa buried near his cabin in a grave
dug- In froxen gTavel with the tempera
ture 56 degTees below zero.
Miller Loses Long Fight
TACOMA, Feb. 19.—After being out
all night the jury returned a verdict of
guilty of perjury in the first degree
against Peter Miller. In his second
trial two years ago for burglary in
Pierce county he swore he had never
in prison in Joliet. 111., and Clin
ton penitentiary. New York. The evi
dence which convicted him was on his
positive identification by prison offi
cials and detectives.
In his last trial the Jury found him
guilty under the habitual criminal act
1n having served time In Clinton pen
itentiary for burglary.
Husband Believed Slayer
ASTORIA, Ore.. Feb. 19.—Barney
Chamberlain was shot and killed late
yesterday at the home of Mrs. "Jack"
Adams in this city. Adams, who is
separated from his wife, is being
sought by the authorities in connec
tion with Chamberlain's death. The
police say that ill feeling has existed
between Adams and Chamberlain for a
long time, largely, they assert, on ac
count of alleged attentions Chamber
lain is said to have paid to Adams'
wife.
Cannerymen Are Indicted
VALDEZ, Alaska, Feb. 19.— W. O.
Whorf, a cannery man of Cook Inlet,
and several prominent operators from
Seattle and San Francisco have been
indicted by the Valdez grand Jury for
violation of the Alaska game laws.
Fourteen indictments were returned,
but the names of the others have not
been made public. The Indictments
arose from the practice of the fishing
companies of hiring natives to kill
came for the canneries. It Is alleged
that the hunters are hired for $1 or $2
a day, and that they kill hundreds of
moose each summer. The law pro
hibits the killing of moose except by
prospectors or ranchers, and then only
for their own use.
Derrick Plunges 11 Stories
SEATTLE, Feb. 19.—A steel derrick
mast that wae being lowered today
from the top of the 42 story Smith
building became detached from its
chain at the thirty-sixth floor and
plunged down through the building,
piercing 11 completed concrete floors
and being halted at the second floor
by a pile of steel. No one was In
jured. The financial losfe is small. The
escape of the mast and the noise of
its descent through the. steel skeleton
caused great excitement in the neigh
borhood.
Indians Lose Occupation
VAJLDEZ, Alaska, Feb. 19.—Aβ a re
sult of the Ellamar mine changing
from wood to oil for fuel, the natives
of Tatitlek have all lost their occupa
tion as wood cutters and are In a des
titute condition. For several years
these Indians have relied entirely upon
the wood business to make a living.
They have ceased to put up flsh for
food and there are no fur bearing ani
mals left in their district which they
can trap and sell. Local federal offi
cials have telegraphed to Washington
asking , that assistance be given the
Indians.
Portland Japanese Slain «
PORTLAND, Ore,. Feb. 19.— G. Ml
yanchi, a Japanese, died today of knife
wounds inflicted last night, it is be
lieved by the police, by a fellow coun
tryman. The authorities are search
ing for a man named Sato in connec
tion with the killing. Sato and Mi
yanchi are eaid to have been on bad
terms.
Seattle Solons Nominated
SEATTLE. Feb. 19.—Complete re
turns from all but four precincts of
the 281 in the city show that Austin
K. Giifflths, Charles Marble, Thomas
.V Parish, E. L. Blame, Ralph C. Me-
Allaster and Norman E. Abrams were
nominated In yesterday's primary for
the three seats in the city council to
be voted on at the election March 4.
Mr. Griffiths led the field of 43 candl
tatusfi with, 9,617 votes.
Babes Exhibit Feature
Cloverdale Fair Opens
"Grandma ,, Kennedy,
103 Years Old, Pre
sides as the Judge
OLIVE MASOTTI
CLOVERDALE, Feb. 18.—A baby
show, including: several sets of sturdy
triplets, a judge who has passed her
one hundred and third birthday anni
versary and an honored guest who has
the distinction of being the first white
child born in Sonoma county, were a
few of the unique features of the Clo
verdale citrus fair, which had been
made possible through the ambition
and Indefatigable efforts of Mrs. D. W.
Dineen, scion of one of Cloverdale's
leading families, when she opened to
day the doors to her baby show, there
by adding dignity and attraction to the
first day of Cloverdale's twenty-flrst
annual institution.
Besides the babies, wee red infants
to lusty chaps 2 years old, represent
ing almost every nationality and al
most every town in the nine north of
the bay counties, there was seated
upon a dais the judge, Mrs. Electa No
ble Kennedy, 10" years of age, in full
possession of all her mental powers,
mother of a baby 76 years of age,
grandmother of J5 native sons and
daughters and great-grandmother to
two more.
PRIZES FOR THE BABIES
Upon her right hand was seated Mrs.
W C Grant, prominent for the achieve
ments of her children, even if she were
not singled for distinction by being
thf first white child ever born in the
northern home of the orange and olive.
The babies, one of each sex, more
than 1 year of age and less than 2, who
find special favor in the eyes of Grand
ma Kennedy, will be awarded silver
cups lined with gold.
To those between 6 months and 1
year of agf. who shine in pulchritude,
will be given silver feeding spoons.
The two lustiest infants less than
6 months upon earth with unusual at
traction in Grandma Kennedy's sight
will be presented with cash prizes of $5
each.
GRANDMA'S IDEA OF BEAUTY
Grandma Kennedy has not lived more
than a century In vain. She has seen
generations come and fade away and
has Ideas of her own regarding babies.
"Indeed." said she a few days ago
in an interview, "I do not like babies
that are nothing but a lump of fat.
Of course, I love to see a nice plump
baby, but I also want intelligent fea
tures and an agreeable disposition. I
had two babies of my own. and the
plainer infant turned out to be the
handsomer and more useful man. If
I am to judge, I can not say whether
I shall choose blue eyes or brown, dark
hair or fair, for I'll first have to see
their smiles and feel of their heads."
During the trip from Healdsburg to
Cloverdale this remarkable woman was
under the watchful care of her neigh
bors and friends, Dr. and Mrs. J. R.
Swisher.
When the fair was opened It showed
many elaborate displays in addition to
the great quantity of fruits in compe
tition. Robert Newton Lynch, manager
of the California Development board,
made the opening address.
The North Counties Development
board Is in session. Visiting delegates
were guests at a dinner given by the
Cloverdale Chamber of Commerce.
SPANISH WAR HERO DEAD
Wae Aboard Hudson, WWch Saved
KnslKO Baglej 's Torpedo Boat
NEW YORK, Feb. 19.—Unscathed by
the Spanish bullets which flew about
him in the rescue of the torpedo boat
Winslow in the harbor of Cardenas 15
years ago, Gustavus Anderson feU dead
of heart trouble on the deck of the
revenue cutter Hudson yesterday. He
was boatswain of the Hudson when she
went Into the harbor of Cardenas in
the Spanish-American war and pulled
out the torpedo boat Winslow after
she had been disabled by Spanish shot,
and Ensign Bagley, her executive of
ficer, had been killed.
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FIRE DESTROYS WINERY
SACRAMENTO. Feb. 19.—The Elk
Grove winery, owned by the J. L.
Daroza estate, was destroyed by flre
this morning. The flre threatened for
a time to wipe out the town of Elk
Grove, because of a high wind. Three
other small buildings were destroyed.
The loss is $75,000. Probably 150,000
.gallons of wine were destroyed.
THE SAN FRANCISCO OALL. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 1913.
Three toomcrt taking prominent part
in Cloverdale baby shorn. Mrs. Di
neen is its director. "Grandma" Ken
ned}) presides as judge, and Mrs. Grant
enjoys the distinction of be'mg the first
white baby born in Sonoma county.
HENDERSON CAR ENTERED
Billy Knipper Will Pilot Machine In
500 Mile Indianapolis Race
CHICAGO, Feb. 19. —C. P. Henderson,
president of the Henderson Motor Car
company of Indianapolis, announced to
day the formal entry of a Henderson
car In the 500 mile race that is to be
run on the Indianapolis motor speed
way Memorial day. Billy Knlpper will
pilot the car. The announcement marks
the entry of a new concern In the
competition game and It is believed to
be only a forerunner of what is to
conre , just as soon as the promoters
divulge their season's plans. Mr.
Henderson said he believed that com
petition should be encouraged.
JOURNALIST MAY ENTER
Edward F. Mjllus, Ltbeler of King,
Secured Habeas Corpus Writ
NEW YORK, Feb. 19.—Edward F.
Mylius, the English Journalist, con
victed of libeling King George of Eng
land and detained by the immigration
authorities at Ellis island, received per
mission today from Federal Judge
Coxe to enter the United States. Judge
Coxe sustained a writ of habeas corpus.
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JAPANESE COOK
SHOOTS WOMEN
Davis Matron and Daughter Se~
vercly Wounded by Discharged
Oriental Servant
SACRAMENTO, Feb. 20.—Because he
was discharged, a Japanese cook en
tered the home of Mr. R. B. Armstrong,
two miles from Davis, early this morn
ing, firing five shots at her and her
young daughter, according to a mes
sage received by this city's police.
All the bullets are said to have
taken effect. Miss Armstrong was shot
through the neck.
Constable Wilson, who notified the
local police of the tragedy said the
Japanese bad escaped.
Mr. Armstrong, who was In the
house during the shooting, was unin
jured.
Latest reports state the women are
[stin alive.
EIGHT INDICTED
BY GRAND JURY
FOR FUEL FRAUD
Coal Company Officials Give
Bonds for Appearance in
Federal Court on Seri
ous Allegations
Continued From Page 1
em Fuel indictments were returned the
officials, accompanied by Warren Olney
Jr., the corporation's attorney, silently
filed into the clerk's office in the Fed
eral building and signed ball
in the sum of $3,000 for each defendant
They will appear before Judge Van
Fleet Monday morning for arraign
ment.
"Perfectly ridiculous! Wβ demand an
immediate trial," was the official state
ment of the corporation attorney, War.
ren Olney Jr.
"Damned liars! The grand jury is a
bunch of pinheads!" ejaculated James
K. Smith, vice president of the corpor
ation.
The other officials of the company re
(naad to talk and avoided Interviewers.
The Western Fuel company and its
officers are charged with having a
monopoly of foreign coal handled in
this port; of controlling the coal weigh
ing system of the port; swindling the
government on duty; robbing the gov
ernment on drawback of coal going
out; filching on weights of coal sold to
government transports, and bribing the
marine engineers of trans-Pacific ves
sels to keep them from disclosing these
frauds to government officials.
Embodying all these charges In an
official statement. United States Attor
ney John X McNab declares that the
"only reason the government was not
beaten In places was because
there was no other place to beat it."
This situation parallels the sugar
frauds of New York. How far reach
ing the case will be was not disclosed.
The present, federal grand Jury will go
out of office in a very few days. This
is one reason why the Western Fuel
officials alone . were indicted. When
other officials whose names were
brought to light in the investigation
will be brought to the attention of the
next grand jury is not known. The
government officials are silent upon this
question.
One of the most salient points de
veloped in the hearing was that the
Western Fuel company in the last five
years has sold 64,000 tons more of coal
than the government records show that
duty has been paid upon. This discov
ery was the basis of the investigation.
It was from this that the system of
short weights was disclose^.
Another important point in the alle
GRAND JURY PINHEADS
Western Fuel Officers Angry
United States Attorney John L. McNab issued the following state
ment concerning the coal fraud indictments found yesterday:
"The indictment* aprnk for tbemielve*. Titer are the Inevit
able result of Incontrovertible facte. The Western Fuel company
ha* a practical monopoly on all foreign coal bandied at the port
of San Francisco. It baa In Its control the coal weighing system
of the port. It not only Imports on Its own vessels* but buys from
shippers bringing; cargoes from foreign countries. Every pound
Kuci over the scales of the Western Fuel company.
"The government was swindled on the duty comlntc mi It was
robbed on the 'drawback* on the coal going outj It was filched on
the weights sold to the army transports; the only reason It was
not beaten In other places was because there was no other place
to beat it.
"I naturally sympathise with any defendant In trouble, but a
prosecutor can be no respecter of persons. No corporate man
agement whose accounts disclose that since the great flre of 19041
It has sold and delivered out of Its bunkers nearly half a million
dollars more coal than ever •went into them has any right to com
plain when the government seeks redress.
"The company's record* show that the coal brought In, and on
which duty had to be paid, suddenly leaped over 64,000 tons on
being sold out to customers. ,.
Here is what James D. Smith, indicted vice president of the West
ern Fuel company, says:
"Damned liars! The grand Jury Is a bunch of pin head*"
And Attorney Warren Olney, representing the eight indicted men:
"Perfectly ridiculous! We want an Immediate trial. ,,
gatlon is that the records of the com
pany show an enormously larger
amount sold to the American registered
vessels in foreign trade than has actu
ally been disposed of. On coal fur
nished to euch vessels no duty is levied.
The indictment charges that the West
ern Fuel officials bribed the engineers
of the Toyo Kisen Kaisha Steamship
company.
It Is charged, also, that F. C. Mills,
superintendent of the Western Fuel
company, paid the marine engineer of
the liner Shinyo Maru 2hk cents for
each ton loaded on the vessel to keep
him from disclosing the fraud. It Is
also charged that James B. Smith, vice
president of the coal company, paid a
similar sum to the chief engineer of
the liner America Maru.
It is intimated that the indictment of
Western Fuel company officials is only
the beginning of a government investi
gation into what promises to be a more
comprehensive and startling revela
tion than has ever before been devel
oped in a case of fraud against the
government.
It is alleged that the amount
the government has lost on duties will
reach $50,000. It is the plan of the
attorney general"s office to commence
civil suit against the concern to re
cover this amount after the disposal of
the criminal charges.
The offense with which the eight
officials are charged is punishable by
two years' imprisonment or a fine of
110,000, or both.
Among the charges in the indict
ment are the following:
"That the eight defendants did wil
fully, unlawfully, wickedly, corruptly
and feloniously conspire, combine, con
federate and agree to defraiid the
United States out of a large part of im
port duties on coal.
"That they made false -weights and
fraudulent returns on such importa
tions.
"That to further defraud the United
States they made false returns, weights
and entries on coal loaded aboard
United States transports and oth?r
government vessels.
"That the scales and weights were
fraudulently manipulated.
"That fraudulent affidavits and state
ments were made to the Pacific Mail
Steamship company In order that the
company would be enabled to claim a
greater rebate on the drawback of
coal duties.
"That all coal weighed on Western
Fuel company scales was incorrectly
measured bo the company should re
ceive a profit of grain made by said
incorrect weights.
"And that said conspiracy was in
effect from April I, 1906, up to and
Including February 18, 1913."
Special Agent William H. Tidwell
will continue his Investigation, and it
is possible that within a month in
dictments may be returned asrainst the
or employes of one or more
steamship companies.
Multlgraphing called for and deliv
ered. Proof shown. Ramsey, Oppen
heim Co.. 112 Kearny street. Phone
Sutter 1266.—-Advt.
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CELEBRATE SOCIAL DAY
Program of Music Precedes
Charming Address From
Mrs. Percy L. Shuman
Papyrus club members celebrated
their monthly social day yesterday wltn
a program of music, preceded by a
brief and charming address from Mrs.
Percy L. Shuman, president of the San
Francisco district of the State federa
tion.
Mrs. Shuman expressed her pleasure
in being present and then spoke of the
benefit of federation among , clubs and
i the closer tie produced in that way.
The following program was then
' given under the direction of Mrs. Pros
; per Reiter: Piano solo, Mrs. Max Salo
; mon; reading. "An Experiment in Mat
i rimony," by Thomas Dickeon Jr. and
! Mrs. Tvy Perkins Cerkel soprano solo,
Mrs. Tna Erlenbach, and Mrs. Alma
\ Bermingham, accompanist; songs. Pros-
I per Reiter: group of pongs. Mrs. Edgar
IR. Barrow and Mrs. George Smith, ac
| companist; tenor solo. Charles Goetting.
! and Mrs. Max Salomon, accompanist;
j musical recitation, Mrs. Celine Straus,
i and Mrs. Salomon, accompanist.
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PUCE ARE ONLY
CLEW TO IDENTITY
Handsome House of Chan
cellor Blown to Fragments
by Use of Black Pow
der and Candles
Conflnnrrf From Pace t
suffragettes or their male sympathiz
ers.
Mr. Lloyd-George is on a motor trip
in France. Nobody was Injured, a*
suffragettes or male sympathizers.
An official of the Woman's Social and
Political union told the police the so
ciety had no knowledge of the perpe
trators.
"General ,, Mrs. Flora Drummond,
however, declared that the explosion
was "undoubtedly the work of women."
She exclaimed enthusiastically, "I think
it Is grand. It was a fine act successf
ully carried out and shows the deter
mination of the women. T say all power
to all kinds , of militancy in the direc
tion of harassing , cabinet minister*
I short of taking human life."
This is the second time within a year
that violent methods have been used
against the residences of cabinet min
isters, the first being an attempt to
burn the house of Lewis Harcourt. sec
retary for the colonies, at Nuneh?tm.
The infernal machine was so power
ful that the thick walls of the house
split in all directions and most of th*
rooms were wrecked.
Two seven pound cans of blacic
powder also had been placed In two
separate rooms among heaps of wood
shavings which had been saturated
I with oil and in the center of which
burning candles had been fixed.
The only clews obtained by the po
lice are two broken hatpins, which
were found among the wreckage.
It is declared by neighbors that an
automobile containing several women
passed through the village in the early;
hours.
SAMARITAN GOES TO JAJU
Man, on Ball. Caught Smnpßllag Urns
to Pal, Is Rearremted
Edward Jones, recently released en
$100 ball for violation of the etate
poison act, was arrested again last
night when he appeared at the- city
prison with a bundle of matches in
which a package of cocaine •was hidden.
Jones intended the drug for hie com
panion, Fred Nelson, who did not have
enough money to bail himself out. *
Corporal Groat found the cocaine and
shoved the old offender back behirui
the bar?.
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