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Secrecy Marks Deliberations
Between Special Assistant
and Former U. S. Dis
trict Attorney
Nature of Disclosures Made
to Jury Has Not Been
Made Known
Si-ATTI-E, Feb. 21.—A se--rct c"r.
ferrnrc between John McCourt. ■pedal
appiptant to the attorney general who
arrived tare from Portland today, and
E. Todd, former United States
attorney in Seattle, and the examina
tloe of three witnesses by the federal
prand jury were today's developments
in the investigation of the telephone
and telegraph merger.
The witnesses examined by the grand
jury today wore J. B. Middleton. secre
tary and manager of the Home Tele
phone company of Portland; J. C
Potter, auditor of the same company,
nnd W. D. dp Verne, special agen. of
tiio Pacific Telephone ami Telegraph
company, which is the subject of the
The government is guarding the
trend of the investigation carefully.
and the nature of the disclosures •nade
to the jury has not been made known.
Tomorrow being a legal holiday, the.
grand Jury adjourned until Monday
morQinc when the investigation will
he resumod.
Death W arrant Unprofitable
SPOKANE. 21.—William Gold
blatt, who sued a physician, alleging ,
that, after he had been advised he
was going to die, lie disposed of his
business at a loss, was refused a ver
dict today In the superior court. The
physician denied having told Goldblatt
that he was going to die.
Wholesalers Fined $8,450
PORTLAND. Feb. 21.—Fifteen Front
street wholesalers pleaded guilty to
violating the Sherman anti-trust law
before Judge Bean in the federal court
today, promised to dissolve the Produce
Merchants* association, to refrain from
further violating the law. under pen
alty of a heavier sentence, and were
fined an aggregate of $8,450. on the
->mmendation of Assistant United
States Attorney Johnson.
The wholesalers, in pleading guilty,
a-knowledged that they made a con
tract with brokers by which the brok
ers were to send out of town that
produce which the Produce Merchants'
association did not wish to buy.
The defendants also acknowledged
that they warned the producer not to
send his products into the market ex
cept when so ordered by the associa
Explosion Kills Doukhobors
KELSON. B. C .. Feb. 21.—Two Douk
hobors were killed and five seriously
Injured, one probably fatally, when
three or four sticks of dynamite, which
were being thawed out on top of a
heater in one of the buildings at the
pumping station at Brilliant, exploded
late yesterday afternoon. An inquiry
■will be held
Legislative Grind Slow
OI.VMPIA. Wash.. Feb. 21.—Two
thirds of the 60 days' session of the
Washington legislature has passed
tvithort a single important matter be
coming law. Both houses have passed
i hiM for a larger highway tax and a
ge omnibus appropriation bill. Tt
B expected that Governor Lister will
J both measures.
The house has passed a mothers" pen
sion bill, two bills to abolish capital
punishment, one of which refers to the
death penalty for treason, and a con
gressional apportionment bill. The
senate has passed a teachers' pension
Mil ;ind the bill for minimum wages
for women. Both houses have passed a
bill repealing the enti-tipping. law.
The state senate today passed the
senate women's minimum wage bill,
with only two dissenting votes. The
bill creates an industrial welfare com
mission, to consist of five members and
to be charged with the duty of investi
gating the conditions surrounding the
employment of women, cost of living,
etc., and to fix minimum wage scales.
\% aid of Baj Clty and Hickey of Mel
ru»e Suspended Fifteen Da;i
for Recent Collision
'Hptain Peter F. Wald. master of the
ferry steamer Bay City, and Captain
John Hiekey, master of the ferry
steamer Melrose, each suffered the
suspension of their licenses for 17> days
yesterday by the loral inspectors "of
hulls and boilers, James Guthrle and
James T. Dolan. Th* captains were
convicted of unskillfulness in allow
ing their steamers to collide in a heavy
fog on the bay.
A telegram was received from Super
vising Inspector John K. who
is in Washington. D. ('.. by the local
inspectors, directing them to investi
gate charges recently made by Attor
'ienry B. Lister concerning the
ferryboats of the Northwestern Pacific
railroad plying between San Fram-isco
. ••.] Sausalito. The charge was made
Attorney Lister before the state
railroad commission.
Bulger directed Inspectors Guthrie
and Dolan to summon Attorney Lister
to accompany them on the boats and
to have him point out in what way
tke ferries are unseaworthy or other
(Special Dispatch to The CalH
SACRAMENTO, Feb. 2J.—The Mount
Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railroad
was incorporated with Kecretary of
State Jordan today* with a capitaliza
tion of $500,000. It plans to take over
the Mill Valley and Mount Tamalpais
Scenic railway and to extend the lines
eight miles from West Point to Bolinas
bay. The directors are: J?seph K.
Lynch. Frank F. Bostwick, Charles V.
Cricker, R. H. Pease. Kenneth C. Gillls
and W. E. Fitzpatrick.
(Special Dl*p»tch to Tlie Call)
Simple memorial services In commem
oration of the cigiith anniversary of the
death of Mrs. Jane Stanford
will be held on the afternoon of Feb
ruary US at the mausoleum of the
Stanfords, which is on the campus.
Formietters written and multigrraphed.
Mailing lists. Ramsey Oppenheim Co..
fc 112 Kearny St. Pkcme Sutter 1266.—Advt.
So It Appears as "Hikers" Near Washington
Taft Promises Cavalry Escort
For the Procession Down
Pennsylvania Avenue
Neither President Nor President
Elect Will Be in the
Reviewing Stand
HAVRE T>E GRACE, M<l., Feb. 21.—
With slightly depleted ranKs, "Gen
eral" RosiHe Jones' little band of suf
frage pilg-rtm.s straggled Into Havre de
Grace just at dusk this evening, a'ter a
I march over thr> worst and rnuld'est
; :<>ad the 'army" has encountered s.'m-e
it started last week on the inar-h to
; Washington.
Three of the hikers were nvssing
J when the miii body readied here, out
they Marched into town late, tonight.
One of the ti'o. •"Colonel" Ida ('raft,
was suffering !nt«O«e*y from badly
blistered f"<:t. The other two remained
behind to assist hor.
So ba-1 Ml 'he walking in stretcnes
that when the "troops" reached North
east for luncheon the marchers looked
more like mud Images than •women.
To add to t ieir troubles, the com
missary automobile suddenly took fire
on the ro.Kl. but it was quickly extin
guished, with but slight damajre to
either the oar <>r its contents.
The "army" expects to leave here in
the morning;, stopping at Belair, Md.,
tomorrow riyrht.
Taft Sends Regrets
WASHINGTON. Feb. 21.- According
to information received at the suffrage
headquarters today, neither President
Taft nor President elect Wilson will
be present on March 3 to review the
suffrage parade that will march down
Penneyl *inia avenue from Capitol hill.
Mrs. Taft, however, will occupy the
presidential box with a party of
President Taft s«*nt word in response
to an invitation that it would not U*
possible for him to review the puzeant
because of the great pressure of busi
ness incident to the, transfer of his
executive duties to his successor.
President elect Wilson can not be
present because he is not dife in Wash
ington until after the parade is over.
It was announced today that Presi
dent Taft has promised the suffragists
a special cavalry epeort of honor for
their procession. The detachment will
act as a guard along the line of. march.
Indrintrial Accident Board Hold* First
Session Since Creation—Decision
in Abeyance
PACUAMKNT'O, Feb. 21.—The state
industrial accident board is holding its
first session since it was created at
the capito! today, hearing the evidence
in the case of the application of Mrs.
Charlotte Belknap, widow of C. L.
Relknap. foreman for the Merry-
Klwell company, construction contract
ors, who was killed near Clyde's pump
November 27, last year, while unloading
a car of piles for the Oakland, Antiocli
and Kastern railroad.
Mrs. Delknap's application, under the '
law, calls for three times the annual |
saiary of her husband, $1,800, or $5,400. :
The employers have set up a claim of j
willful misconduct owing to neglect in •
the use of safety apparatus by the
Evidence was introduced to show that
Belknap had protested against the
The case was taken under advisement
and a decision will be announced from
San Francisco.
Warrant for Sobrenee —F. Marro, 217
Columbus avenue, swore to a warrant
for the arrest of Marian! Sobrenes on
a charge of passing a worthless $300
check. <
Contest Picture No. 1!
The Call's Great Free Game and Your Chance
To Win $8,750 Begins
Get tomorrow's Call, whatever else happens!
It .will contain the first picture of the remarkable Booklovers' Contest—
the third and greater contest.
Cut out picture Xo. 1. solve it, and put it aside. Then clip out picture
No. 2 the day after tomorrow, solve it and put it aside.
And so on for the 77 pictures. When the seventy-seventh picture has
appeared you can hand in your set, with your answers, and then the prizes
■vkII be awarded to the most successful.
Tomorrow's picture is without doubt the most interesting one, the meat
vital one, of the contest. It sets the pace for the whole contest. If you
solve tomorrow's picture, if you can name the book title it represents, you
will be on the road to success, for it will demonstrate that you have the Book
lovers' contest mind!
Get going tomorrow. Don't let the first picture slip by you, with the idea
of oatching up later. Start with the first one, and with nobody ahead of you.
Then nobody will pass you in the race for first prize!
Turn to today's object lesson picture, so that you will know how to
solve the first contest picture tomorrow. There will be 77 pictures in all,
and each will represent a book title.
A $1,800 Buick touring car will go to the most successful solver of those
77 pictures, and the total prizes will aggregate $8,750. Better get YOUR
slice of this money, and better Ktart tomorrow. Take a look at the picture
anyway. It will be a mighty good one.
'General" Rosalie Jones shouting suffrage arguments through a megaphone
and "hikers" on the march* *
Coat of White Paint Applied
to Wilson's Desk One of
"Finishing Touches"
WASHINGTON, Feb. 21. —A coot of
white paint applied today to the square
reading desk from which Wooirow
Wilson will deliver his inaugural ad
dress March 4 constituted one of the.
real "finishing touches" to the grea*
temporary structure that has gone up
on the "ast front of the capitol in
preparation for inauguration.
Across a stretch of asphalt pavement
carpenters are working on the rampart
like stand from which the battery of
cameras and motion picture machines
will bo trained upon the inaugural
scene, but *he managers of affairs at
the capital promise that a week before
the day of action practically every de
tail of the arrangements at the capital
will have been completed.
Demands from photographers for
space on ~ho camera stand have re
sulted In the extension of the structure.
Provision is now made for at )ea«t GO
cameras. These will be trained upon
the square center platform rising a few
feet above the outside edge of "the im
mense 8,000 seat stand, which stretches
back in a gentle rise to the doors of
the capitol.
In front of the inaugural platform,
flanked on the one side by the midship
men from Annapolis and on the other
I by the cadets from West Point, will be
Major General Leonard Wood and Ms
i staff, guarding the space between Wil
son and the camera rampart. As he
begins his inaugural address these
guards will draw in toward the stand,
so that the crowd behind may come
within range of tlwiifr*sident's voice.
After some difficulty, provision nas
been made to get President Wilson's
personal guests, ; who will number
nearly 200, off the inaugural stand and
up through the crowded streets to the
White House to the official review.
Speciiil stairways in the rear of the
stand* and a fleet of motor cars wih
be used.
President Taft and President elect
Wilson will pass into the capitol up the
I broad steps of tbe senate wing a.ml,
! after the "»remonips in the senate
chamber, will 90 thrrmgh the e*ntrml
door of the capitol to the inaugural
"Did You Think of Me Today?"
"Yes-Here's Some BBEBB^fr.
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Reports of Swindling Harbor
Commission on Coal Pur
chases Bring. Neylan
to This City
No Suppression of Investi
gations by His Office;
Quite the Contrary
California will add its forre of in
vestig-ators to those of the federal
government who are"searching the af
fairs of the Western Fuel company,
according to John F. Neylan, presi
dent of the state board of control, who
said yesterday the board would begin"
proceedings immediately to determine
If there had been shortages in the
amount of coal sold to the state har
bor commission.
His attention was called to the mat
ter by United States Attorney John L.
MeNab, who told him it was common
talk that the harbor commission had
been defrauded. Mr. Neylan replied
that he would be glad to co-operate,
and would start the state board of con
trol to work Immediately. Secretary
I-t V. Merle of the harbor commis
sioners said if the commission had
been swindled its members did not
know It.
The question of the fate of an in
vestigation several years ago was set
tled when it was shown that any
blame for its failure to bring results
could not be laid to San Francisco
officials. Papers and correspondence
unearthed went to show that Col
lector of Customs F. S. Stratton had
been active in urging strong action on
the part of Washington officials, and
had even made recommendations for
extra government weighers to prevent
fraud, and had asked that private
weighing scales be prohibited. This
was corroborated by Special Agent
William H. Tidwell.
"Any Intimation that I have pigeon
holed or suppressed any reports re
garding the Western Fuel company
or any other concern Is without any
basis whatever." said Mr. Stratton.
"Spircial Agent Tidwell advises me that
he has never made any such statement
of any character to the press.
"All reports are available to the spe
cial agent, both in the surveyor's of
fice, United States weigher's office, the
collector's office and also the records
of prior special agents.
"Further, when complaint was made
in 1905 by Importers relative to short
age In weights on the part of con
signees, I forwarded reports on Jan
uary 9, 1305, and I at once recom
mended to the department that it in
stall government platform scales at an
expense of approximately f2,177.
was done.
"The special agent In charge haa
seen this statement and advises me
that he is making no Investigation
whatever into my conduct in the mat
The Western Fuel is said to have
had a much perplexed board of di
rectors, who for some time before the
announcement of a federal grand jury
investigation noticed the continual ap
pearance of "overs" in the monthly
statements compiled from the dock
books of the company. These entries
they were unable to account for, and
no explanation was offered by the
company's officers.
Deputy Collector of Customs Newton
Farley has issued a statement calling
attention to the fact that drawbacks
on duties on imported coal are only
allowed when such coal is used on fuel
on American steamers engaged in th<»
foreign trade or in the trade between
Atlantic and Pacific port.". The canal
zone, for all customs purposes, is
treated as foreign territory. The
drawbacks do not apply to domestic
coastwise traffic
(Special Dispatch to the Call)
Albert TO. Worthy of Santa Ana was
today elected to edit the 191,1 "Quad,"
the annual year book published by the
junior class. S. 1C Hawkins of Wat
son vi lie was elected to manage the
business affairs of tile publication.
Fugitive I* Arreeteil — J. Silvia, 22
years old. and who is wanted in the
east for killing , a negro, was arrested
in Market street yesterday by De
tective Georgp Richards and Secret
Service Operative Harry Mofntt. Silvia
admitted his identity and confessed to
killing- the colored man.
Absolutely Pure
Economizes Butter, Flour,
Eggs; makes the food more
appetizing and wholesome
The only Baking Powder made
from Royal Grape Cream of Tartar
Lotus Moore, Former Tivoli
Favorite, Ends Life in
Her Room
Actress, Recently Cafe En
tertainer, Despondent
From Facial Burns
Because her beauty hart been acci
dentally marred and her once exquisite
voice had lost its power to charm,
Lotus Moore, one time Tlvoll favorite
snd more recently an entertainer In a
downtown cafe, ended her life by
drinking: poison early yesterday at 1149
Divisadero street in her room.
Since the death of her husband, Mil
lar Bacon, who dropped dead In Fill
more street two years ago. Mrs. Baron,
assuming her maiden name of Moore,
worked as an entertainer in cafes and
recently filled a vaudeville engage
ment in Sacramento.
Several weeks ago. while administer
ing , aid to her 4 year old child, her
face was severely burned by a prepa
ration she was heating:. Although as
sured by her physician that the burns
would leave no permanent scar. Miss
Moore feared otherwise. Worry over
the destruction of her beauty and the
fact that her voice was failing her,
caused her to tako her life^
At 2 o'clock Miss Moore left a party
of friends Jn a downtown cafe saying ,
she was tired and in need of rest. A.
few hours later George W. Walbridge,
a roomer in the house where Miss
Moore lived, heard groans coming from
the latter's apartment and entering
found Miss Moore in a dying condition.
She died before medical assistance
could be at the central emer
gency hospital.
Olympic Club Bonds—Permission to
issue $200,000 in bonds is asked by the
Olympic club in a petition filed yester
day in the superior court. The cor
poration's action is instigated by a
desire of bond subscribers to have
bonds instead of directors' certificates
for their subscriptions. The subscrip
tion for bonds reaches $189,000, to meet
the cost of the new $395,000 building
at Post and Taylor streets.

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