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VOLUME 114. —NO. 56.
PACIFIC HEIGHTS ASSOCIATION IS A SHADOW, CHARGE Improvement Club That Is Opposing Municipal Rail way Bonds Only United Railroads Ghost MAYOR'S SECRETARY HUNTS DOWN MYTH City Officials Show That No Such Association Has Tangible Existence A myth, a ghost that has not and never did have a body, the talking shadow of the United Railroads, is the definition of the Pacific Heights Im provement association as given yester day afternoon by Edward Ralney, sec retary to Mayor Rolph. and Richard J. C'lne of the department of public works. And both these men say they have the facts to prove their asser tions. Furthermore, they produce the proof. 2017 Bush street is nowhere near Pa ciflc Heights, and Rainey and Cline point out that it is a bit peculiar, to put it mildly, that the headquarters of an improvement club should be located so far away from the district that the club professes to bo trying to benefit. Harry 11. Falk. says Mr. Cline, Is not the prominent man that might be ex pected from the fact that he subscribes himself president of the improvement association. He Is merely the collector for a master plumber named Levy. As for John P. Renslow, who, the last time the club came Into prominence, was, and may still be, secretary of the Paci fic Heights Improvement association, his name appears in neither the telephone directory nor the city di rectory, and Ralney and Cline ex press the opinion that he is probably as much of a myth as the Pacific Heights Improvement association itself. (.HOST ISSIES STATEMENT The question of whether or not there really is any Pacific Heights Improve ment association Is rendered important by the fact that last Thursday the as sociation, or what at certain times passes for it, issued a statement an nouncing that it was opposed to the proposed issuance of $3,500,000 bonds for the extension of the municipal rail nay system and that it had obtained a "committee of 150" volunteer workers to resist the bond issue. Xobody around the city hall knew of any such organization as the Pacific Heights Improvement association until Richard J. Cline of the department of public works remembered that back in 1916 a purported organization of that kind made a vigorous effort to put I through a scheme fathered by the | United Railroads to acquire title to a portion of certain city streets for the purpose of reconstructing the curves i and track in Presidio avenue, com mencing at the intersection of Presidio avenue and Jackson street. "At that time," says Mr. Cline, "we made an Investigation and discovered that the Pacific Heights Improvement association had no real existence. We «nt an officer out to 2017 Bush street, which appeared on the stationery of the association as Its headquarters, and could find no improvement club there at all. DIRECTORS MYTHS "We tried to look up the names of the directors of the association, but found that not one of them appeared in the city directory, the telephone directory or on the great register. Neither could we find the name of the secretary, John P. Renslow. "The whole thing is a myth. There is no such thing as the Pacific Heights Improvement association; of that I ftsa convinced. It is merely a proposi tion of the United Railroads to block the bond issue. The Pacific Heights Improvement association Is nothing but a little private promotion committee for the streetcar company, and I don't believe lt has any membership." Edward Rainey was equally em- \ phatic. "The only time anybody ever heard of the Pacific Heights Improve ment association," he said, "was when ln 1910 it tried to put through a scheme of the United Railroads to grab appor tion of the streets of San Francisco. And now lt again appears as the tool of the monopoly, trying to defeat the bond issue. What Is a Pacific Heights Improvement club doing with head quarters away down on Bush street, I'd like to know. The whole thing Is ridiculous. If there Is any such thing as the Pacific Heights Improve ment association, it is merely a part of the United Railroads." I, AST HEARD FROM Tn proof of their assertions, Rainey and Cline produced excerpts from the minutes of the board of public works, showing the last activities of the asso » latlon. From these it appears that on April 4, 1910. the board of public works by resolution denied the petition of the United Railroads for permission to reconstruct the curves and track in Presidio avenue, commencing at the intersection of that thoroughfare with Jackson street. On May 5 Harry H. Falk, signing himself president of the Pacific Heights Improvement association, wrote to the board, asking to be kept Informed when the meeting would take place in regard to the controversy between the I'nited Railroads and the light way In Jacksoti and Presidio avenue. <>n May 11 Falk again wrote to the board of public works, stating that the officers and members of the Pacific Heights Improvement association asked that a permit be granted to the street car company for the reconstruction of its street railway in Presidio avenue. The letter concludes: "As the Pacific Heights Improvement association are vitally interested ln this movement and know it is for the welfare of our district, we earnestly ask that the per mission requested be granted." July |, 1910. Vice President and General Manager Charles N. Black, of tlie United Railroads, wrote to tha board, again asking the same request. Four days later another communica tion from Harry H. Falk, president of the Pacific Heights Improvement association, was received by the board of public works, backing tip the re quest made by Vice President Black, commending the United Railroads for having "devoted its utmost energy toward the upbuilding" of the business section of the city, and strongly urg ing that the United Railroads be per mitted to complete the reconstruction of Its line ln Presidio avenue. The permission asked for was granted Bering the absence of Commissioner <'asey the following day, July 13, 1910. When Casey returned and found that the United Railroads had done the work and constructed a crossing in Sacramento street, he immediately asked James McElroy, superintendent of street repairs, to tear it up, which Le did. Meantime, however, on August Federal Jobs Awarded Democrats Get Spoils Democrats whom President" Wilson has appointed to federal positions in California 17, the Pacific Heights Improvement as sociation manifested its gratitude for the favor that, in the absence of Com missioner Casey, had been granted to the streetcar company, Harry H. Falk on that date writing to the board of public works that his association had on August 14 passed a ex tending a vote of thanks to the board for having granted the United Itall roads a permit to rebuild its Presidio avenue line. Edward Ralney and Richard J. Cline both contend that these excerpts above mentioned show that the only times when the Pacific Heights Improvement association has given any indication of being on earth have been when the United Railroads wanted something from the city. At such times Harry H. Falk added his pleading to that of the streetcar company. But there has never been any Indication that the as sociation consisted of anybody except Falk And tiiis is the association that now comes forward and opposes the issu ance of the bonds for the extension of the municipal street railway system and the consequent curtailing of tha privileges now enjoyed by the United Railroads. "Doesn't it look as If there were a nigger In the woodpile?" asks Rainey. Pacific Heights Improvement association! Nonsense! There Isn't any such thing. It's only a myth, the ghost of something that never existed." McCONNELL SUCCEEDS TO MACPHEE'S PLACE Chief VYblte Promotes Defective to Vacancy ( aun'd by Convicted Sergeant's Dlnmlaaal Detective Frank W. McConneil was promoted to be detective sergeant yesterday on Chief White's orders, to fill the vacancy caused by the dismissal of former Detective Sergeant Arthur Maephee, convicted of conspiracy ln connection with the Italian bunko ring. McConneil has been assigned to spe cial duty in the central police station. He held the rank of detective aer geant during 1911 and part of 1912, but was disrated. TO TAKE UP IMMIGRATION Interdenominational Movement Will Prepare for Panama Canal Initial steps to organize an inter denominational movement to provide for the immigration that will come in through the Golden gate following the opening of the Panama canal, will be taken Monday night at a meeting of the San Francisco Church Federation in the auditorium of the Y. M. C. A. Charles W. Blanpied, immigration sec retary, will speak on "Immigration Conditions on the Pacific Coast," Alameda Bathing Bearhea Reached by Southern Pacific Ferry Boats to Alameda Pfer, thence by Elec tric Line t«. Fifth Street Station. Surf and Sunny Cove Beaches. See Agents, Southern Pacific.—Advertisement California Posts Are Filled by President Revenue and Treasury Vacancies Fall to Party Leaders WASHINGTON. July 25.—President Wilson today made a number of Cali fornia appointments, in addition to naming George Carroll Todd, a Vir ginia lawyer, now in the department of justice, to be assistant to the at torney general in charge of anti-trust work, succeeding James A. Fowler of Knoxville, Term; Charle3 S. Hamlin of Massachusetts, assistant secretary of the treasury; and Adam E. Patterson of Oklahoma, register of the treasury. The California appointments follow: Assistant treasurer of the United States at San Francisco, William J. McGee of California. Superintendent of the mint at San Francisco, Thaddeus W. H. Shanahan of California. Appraiser of merchandise, district of San Francisco, Ed E. Leake. Collector of customs, district of San Francisco, John O. Davis. Naval officer, district of California, James H. Barry. Surveyor of customs In the district of San Francisco, Justus S. Wadell. Collector of internal revenue, first district of California, James J. Scott. Collector of Internal revenue, sixth district of California, John P. Carter. APPOINTEES FIGURE HIGH IN AFFAIRS San Francisco became' politically alert yesterday when news came over the wires from "Washington announcing the names of the local men who are to be appointed by President Wilson to the high federal offices in this city. Some of these names had been hang ing ln a balance for days and more than one man last night breathed a sigh of relief. The names of eight appointees were sent to the senate for confirmation. John O. Davis of Berkeley, who is to be the collector of customs, was chairman of the democratic state cen tral committee and has been identified with democratic affairs for years. His name was among the first on the po litical slate. The position of naval officer of the district of California goes to James H. ! Barry, printer and owner of the Star, who was once a candidate for con gress. He is a democrat and a single taxer, too. Justus S. Wardell of San Francisco, known as a "democratic warhorse," who is to be the surveyor of customs, Is now a publisher. Wardell was for merly an assemblyman. James J. Scott, secretary of the exec utive committee of the state central committee and a newspaper man. Is the president's choice for collector of in ternal revenue. The appraiser of merchandise at San Francisco is to be Ed E. Leake of Woodland, publisher of the Woodland Democrat for more than a quarter of a century. He is a brother of Sam Leake and is known as a dyed in the wool democrat. Leake was formerly In the assembly. He has also served as state library trustee and commissioner of public works. The plum of assistant treasurer of the United States at San Francisco falls to William J. McGee of San Jose, an attorney, who was active in more ways than one in the last campaign. T. W. EL Shanahan of Shasta is to be mint superintendent. This appoint ment was expected, as Mr. Shanahan has been a well known figure ln north ern California democratic affairs for 20 years. John P. Carter of southern California is to be the collector of internal rev enue for the sixth district. Leake Is Surprised (Special Dispatch to The Call) WOODLAND, July 25.—After being introduced in Washington recently by Secretary Lane to the heads of the various government departments as "the California democrat who la not looking for any office," Ed E. Leake was somewhat surprised when he re ceived news from Washington that he had been nominated for appraiser of merchandise ln San Francisco. says that he had indorsed Cam Whitthorn of Vallejo, who was nom inated assistant appraiser, for the po sition of head appraiser. He is re luctant to believe that he has been j officially nominated. Leake is editor of the Woodland Democrat. He has been a factor In democratic politics in California for 30 years. SUPERVISORS REFUSE TO PAY DOCTOR'S BILL Contend Victim of Burglar Conn Bat tle Should .Not Have Been Moved Vrom Clty'a Hospital Taking the atand that John Peter son, who was Injured by a bullet from Patrolman Hughes' revolver while Hughes was attempting to arrest O. H. Conn, the $100,000 burglar, should have been left at the park emergency hospi tal Instead of being removed to the St. Francis hospital, the finance committee of the board of supervisors yesterday refused to approve the demands of Dr. T. 11. O'Connor for $500, for services rendered, and other bills Incurred In cidental to the shooting amounting to $431.75. On June 24 the police commission rec ommended that the bills be paid out of the surplus in the salary fund of the police department, and at a subse quent meeting of the finance commit tee Chief White and Commissioner Roche appeared before the commlttea and urged that the bills be allowed. The finance committee contenda that Peterson should not have been removed from the park hospital, and that Doc tor O'Connor and others who have bills against Peterson must look to him for settlement. LEAGUE GETS CONVENTION Photographers* Association to Meet In Saa Francisco ln 1815 The Convention league announced yesterday that the convention of the National Photographers' Association of America has been secured for San Francisco for 1915. This information was contained ln a telegram received from T. C. Muller, representative of the league at the present meeting of the photographers being held at Kan sas City. The attendance will be about 5,000. THE iff CALL PUGILIST WARNS POLICE, THEN KILLS WOMAN AND SELF Joseph Archer, Fighter, Writes of Intentions and Evades Officers on Way to* Hotel NOTICE OF 12 HOURS FAILS'TO HALT DEED Wife of Salesman, Spurning Intruder's Love, Shot to Death in Room Five days ago, Joseph Archer, a young pugilist, wrote an impassioned letter to Mrs. William H. Green, the 23 year old wife of a salesman, re minding her of a promise to return his love and intimating that disaster would overtake them if she refused. Yesterday morning, shortly after the husband's departure for his place of work, Archer Invaded the young wife's apartment ln the St. Daniels hotel, 20 Sixth street, and, after upbraiding her, shot her to death. Then he turned the weapon on himself and ended his life before persons could break into the room. Mrs. Green was shot five times, sev eral of the bullets passing through her body. Archer shot himself three times. That steps could have been taken to avert the double tragedy is indicated by the fact that Archer left a note with a friend, Arthur Rice, ln which he gave a reason for the act then contemplated. The slayer requested Rice to turn the note over to the au thorities. This letter was given to Patrolman Tracy. The detective de partment also was communicated with. Despite all these measures Archer evaded the police, lingered in the vicin ity of the hotel several hours, await ing the departure of the husband, al most 12 hours after the police had been notified. Patrolman Tracy de clared that he made every effort to find Archer on his beat. According to Green, he and his wife were married in Boston five years ago. It was only recently that he became aware of the young fighter's infatua tion for Mrs. Green. From letters and memoranda found in her room the dead woman was known by several names, one of them being Lillian Sadie Fer nard. She had been known as an actress on the smaller theatrical cir cuits. Her mother, Mrs. Entrlssle, lives in Santa Monica. Archer's letter to Mrs. Green was a pathetic plea for love, coupled with an incoherently expressed regret that he had learned to love her. The note to the police requested that his mother be kept in ignorance of the manner ln which he had died. Archer was 22 years old. OCEAN SHORE RAILROAD APPLIES FOR FRANCHISE Would Extend Tracks Across Mlsaion Street to Terminal at Twelfth and Market The Ocean Shore railroad yesterday filed a formal application with the board of supervisors for a franchise to extend its tracks across Mission street to a terminal in the block bounded by Market, Mission, Eleventh and Twelfth streets. Together with the application was filed a condition to the effect that, after maintaining its tracks at a street grade for a period of 15 jears they will be raised to a height of 19 feet for the purpose of conduct ing the line as an elevated railroad. The company also promises that If the franchise Is granted extensive im provements ln the form of freight and passenger terminals wll) be constructed on the property owned by the company at Twelfth and Market streets. GOVERNMENT WILL PAY $320,000 ON ACCOUNTS In All, $400,000 Will Be Distributed t*> San Francisco Merchants for Army Purchase* San Francisco merchants who fur nished supplies to the quartermaster s department of the United States army during May and June have received advices from the San Francisco Cham ber of Commerce that the depot quar termaster at San Francisco has been authorized by the war department to pay $320,000 on accounts charged dur ing May and June. Complaint had been made by local merchants that bills for supplies dur ing these months had not been paid from the appropriation available Julyl. An additional $95,000 will be author ized early next week to cover the com plete cost of expenditures under this head. LAUGHING MAN FAILS TO AMUSE THE JUDGE Fulton Mestto Seat to Jail for Stub bornness, bnt Treat* Whole Matter With Mlrthfnlneaa That time worn adage, "Laugh and the world laughs with you," was given a knockout blow in Judge Wiley Crist'a court yesterday when Fulton Meslto was convicted of refusing to move on and sentenced to 24 hours in Jail. When Meslto's case was called he laughed. All through the trial he laughed, until the infectiousness of his chuckling took hold on the courtroom spectators; then the judge delivered a reprimand. Still Mesito's risibilities re fused to be quieted. He was still laughing when they led him away to prison. h LOCAL BREVITIES Convicted of selling; liquor without a license, Lozaro Zenelli yesterday was fined $100. Andrew Frlpo, 122 Connecticut street. convicted of selling liquor without a license, was fined $100 in police court yesterday. Jewelry vnlued at 9210 wni stolen from the residence of Miss Florence Egan, 1247 Franklin street, according to a report made to the police yes terday. Thomas O'Dowd, steward on the steamer Tale, was held to answer for assaulting Albert Gerard, waiter, yes terday, by United States Commissioner Francis Krull. The Swiss Relief society will hold Its annual excursion and picnic in Schuetzen park Sunday, August 3. Members of Swiss societies of the bay cities will participate. Forty Chlneae were gathered In last flight by Corporal O'Brien and the Chinatown squad for gambling of all sorts behind closed and barricaded doors ln full view of the p^ssersby. The Knighta of St. Patrick will give a banquet to Captain Thomas F. Mc- Grath, a veteran of Gettysburg, at Knights of Columbus hall in Golden Gate avenue Thursday evening, July 31. Judge Deaiy laaned a warrant yes terday for the arrest of Leo Patter son, charged with grand larceny. Mrs. Nano Sweeney, IS6O Folsom street, al leged that on July 13 Patterson de frauded her of $100. IV. B. Runke, 184 Sixth street, yes terday swore to a warrant before Judge Wiley Crist, charging B. Ald ridge with forgery In connection with the drawing of a check for $23 on the Crocker National bank. Accused of stealing stood* from the firm of Klopstock Brothers, 3320 street, John Reynolds, a teamster, and Emil J. Nuess, a ship ping clerk were booked at the city prison for robbery yesterday. A resolution cnlllng for an amend ment to the city charter to provide 18 supervisorial districts for San Fran cisco was adopted at a meeting of the San Francisco Nonpartisan organization last night at 1254 Market street. Burton B. W ilcox will apenk on "Three Sovereign Life Verbs" at the Sunday afternoon vesper service of the Young Women's Christian association. 1249 O'Farrell street. A quartet from the West Side Christian church will sing. In lowering heraelf hy a rope made from bed sheets from her room ln the second story of a Jackson street resort, Miss Gladys Owen fell to the ground and sustained injuries for which she was treated last night at the harbor emergency hospital. Urging; the appointment of Demoa thenes P. Damascus as Greek inter preter to succeed Nicholas Valianos. recently convicted of a felony. Police Court Judges Deasy. Shortall, Crist and Sullivan sent a communication to Mayor Rolph yesterday. Stating that he wI * hod to get a re port from the Associated Charities con cerning the condition of the family of Nicholas Valianos, recently convicted of a felony. Judge William P. Lawlor yesterday put over the case of the Greek interpreter until next Wednes day. Valianos is seeking probation. "Bucks and Blar.es" will be the sub ject of Rev. Louis J. Sawyer's sermon tomorrow evening at the Hamilton Square Baptist church. The address is the third in the series on Vacation Memories and will be illustrated with stereoptlcon views of the pastor's re cent trip through the high Sierras. Following the excitement of seeing a police alarm rung and a patrol wagon sent for from Montgomery and Pacific streets last night, Frank Cordino of Vallejo missed his pocketbook. He at tempted to seize Frank Foley, a steve dore, who ran away for several blocks, but was captured and arrested for grand larceny. I.nut* A. Schwabacher of Schwabach er Brothers & Co.. paper house, re ported to the police yesterday that burglars entered the residence of his mother, Mrs. A. Schwabacher, 2100 Jackson street, who Is away ln the country, and stole a $45 watch belong ing to George Taklda, a caretaker. Schwabacher stated that the thieves took away a key to the house, and feared that they intended to return. ORIGIN OF FIRE TO BE PORTRAYED AT CARMEL Mrs. Austin's Indian Legend Marks Re vival of Ancient Poetic Forms- Staged July 26 The Western Drama society recently organized at Carme! will present Mary Austin's play based on the local Indian legend of the origin of fire, at the For est theater on July 26. This play was begun while Mrs. Aus tin was in England, and received its impetus from the discussion going on there as to the value of the revival of ancient forms of Gaelic verse, which have been used with success by the poet William Butler Yeats. It Is generally conceded that while the Gaelic revival may be of Immense importance in developing a modern lit erature in Ireland, it is not well adapt ed for anything but Celtic thought. - ATTORNEY HENRY ROGERS MARRIES FRESNO GIRL Young People Are Wedded In San Ra fael, but Will Live In Oakland Henry J. Rogers, an attorney con nected with the legal department of the Spring Valley Water company, and Miss Persia Gorrie Alexander of Fresno were married tn San Rafael yesterday by Rev. Lynn T. White. The young couple will make their home in Oakland, where Mr. Rogers has lived for many years. The groom Is a graduate of the Uni versity of California and was enraged In newspaper work in Oakland and this city. LIFE PENALTY IS IMPOSED Walter Scott, convicted of murdering his employer, Egbert Annand, a butcher, was sentenced to life Imprison, ment in San Quentin yesterday by Judge Frank P. Dunne. A stay of exe cution of 10 days to argue for a new trial was granted. PETITION DEFECT STIRS ACTIVITY Proponents of Referendum Election Act Seek New Signatures Intense interest was displayed yes terday by persons interested in the different referendum petitions filed with Registrar Zemansky for certifi cation. • With the announcement that thou sands of forgeries had been discovered »n the - 2 to 6 o'clock saloon closing faw petition, those behind in the red light abatement referendum and other petitions immediately became alarmed lest the same methods had been em ployed by the circulators of their pet petitions. It developed that the fathers of the redlight abatement law referendum pe titions had anticipated the "double cross" and had purged the petitions of more than 4,000 fictitious names before filing their petitions with Registrar Zemansky. Zemansky was informed yesterday that the saloon men were .busy with new petitions to make up for the large number of forgeries. The 2 to 6 o'clock closing law petition seems the only one in jeopardy. The registration office wili be open until midnight tonight, and it is esti mated that several thousand voters will register. Nearly 2,000 names were added to the list of registered voters yesterday. The total number will prob ably reach the 143.000 mark. BANK BUYS SCHOOL BONDS Proceeds to Be I'scd in Constructing; Glen Pnrk Building City and County Treasurer John E. McDougald sent word to the board of public works yesterday that the Anglo and London-Paris National bank, act ing for Messrs. Carnahan and Mulford, had purchased $84,5A0 of per cent school bonds of the issue of 1904. Mul ford said that the proceeds would be used In constructing the Glen Park school, for which work his firm has the qontract. O'CONNOR, MQFFATT & CO. School Days Again The young folks' dress needs for school are today im portant subjects for mothers' consideration. To meet this demand we are offering today an attractive list of Satur day specials in apparel adapted for school wear and prices which will effect material economies. In the Children's Department Third Floor Two-piece Balkan Dresses—Sizes 6to 12 years. Prettily made of blue French percale, trimmed with white rep tf *% QC collar and cuffs. Special Children's Ail-Wool Sweaters—Sizes 6 to 12 years. Made with V neck and pockets. Very practical and warm for CX f)f) school wear. Come in Oxford, navy and cardinal. "1/ Blue Denim "Koveralls" for the little stay at homes, trimmed in red. Also tan galatea trimmed in blue and red. Sizes 1 to 8 years ■ «Jv Coats for the Little Tots from 2to 6 years, in gray and tfO QC tan mixtures. Values up to $5.00. Reduced to.. .. White Lingerie Dresses for dress wear. Most of these are slightly soiled, and all those in sizes from 8 to 14 years, for merly "priced up to $7.50, have been T QC Reduced to • r * , */# ✓*J Undermuslin and Sweaters Muslin Underwear Outfits for young girls who will be away from home to boarding schools, convents and colleges for the Fall term. These sets are in practical garments, suitable for school day wear, and are very moderately priced. Specials in Sweaters All sizes from girls of 14 years, young women's and regular women's sweaters are included. Regular $3.75 White Sweaters 7C on Special Sale at tf/aC* I mw Regular $2.75 White Sweaters tf-f 7C on Special Sale at ' • ■ <J Children's Hats Reduced Millinery Dept., Second Floor. Pretty Sailors and Trimmed Hats in styles and colors adapted for school wear. These were priced at the beginning of the season up to $5.00 and some as high as $7.50. A QC All are now Reduced to 4) I • ✓ J About 2 Dozen Split Straw Sailors in good shapes for the little folks, many of which were formerly priced up to $1.50 and $2.00. There are only enough left for early buyers OC — at this greatly reduced price of £DC Post St. Near Kearny I Kearny St. I Entrance ♦ Sif SAN FRANCISCO CALL~ Jury 2071913 I }•> * S E jj} J • E SHAKESPEARE} HAROIV A QUOTATION USED ,or Q ' 2 • THA-T_tS NOT gT| ; 5 X The above Certificate with five others of 1 i Entitles bearer tp this $5.00 Illustrated Bible l ♦ If n>reaented at the office of this newspaper, together with the stated « • amount that covers the necessary EXPENSE items of tht. £ e at f ♦ distribution—inclndlna clerk hire, cost of packing 4 J eheckina;, express from factory, etc., etc. 4 SATURDAY, JULY 26, 1913. ELLIOTT BECOMES NEW HAVEN HEAD Northern Pacific President to Have Control of En tire System NEW YORK, July 25— Howard Elliott, president of the Northern Pa cific, was elected this afternoon presi dent and director of the New York, New Haven and HarMord. His election takes effect September 1, 1913. It was announced that Mr. Elliott would become chairman of the board of directors, in control of the entire New Haven system, as soon as the by laws of the company could be amended to create that position. This profcably will be done at the stock holders' meeting in October. President Mellen will continue In office until September 1. Successor Not Chosen ST. PAUL, Minn.. July 25.—With the announcement today of the election of Howard Elliott, president of the North ern Pacific, as president and director of the New York. New Haven and Hart ford railroad, interest locally centered ln the selection of a succesaor to Mr. Elliott. Among those prominently named here is J. M. Hannaford, second vice* president of the Northern Pacific, and George T. Slade, third vice presi dent. PETITIONS IN BANKRUPTCY A. Grimmett. a machinist living in Berkeley, filed a petition in bankruptcy yesterday in the United States district court. His liabilities are scheduled at $1,787 with no assets. A creditors' pe tition was filed against the firm of Parker & Monnett of Oroville, Butte county. Petitions also were filed by William Edward Mulcahy, a section foreman living at Sacramento, whose, liabilities are $645.60 with no asset?: Clarence Wlnfleld Crawford, a clerk living in Sacramento, whose liabilities are $1,705.30 with no aasets; Charles Alfred, Finn, a photographer of Oak land, whose debts are $798.35 with no assets.