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. a o VOLUME 114.—N0. 111.
Princess Rospigliosi. Wife of
Dead Nobleman, Has Many
Relatives in San Francisco
Prince Don Rospigliosl. head of the
band of Mrs. Marie Reid Parkhurst
of New Orleans and Boston, died in
Rome, today.
Princess Rospigliosl is well known
in San Francisco, where she has
many relatives. She was, a guest" of
the George Whittells when she vls
■feers of* the princess' family who live
Here are Mrs. Cyrus Peirce, a sister,
an,d' t*o, brothers. Rowan Reid, who
I? connected with the hydraulic de
partment, of the Pacific Gas and
jEJlectrle company, and Harney Reid,
Prfneepg Rospigrliosl came here
fr»m Rome in 1912 to attend the
fcurial of her mother, Mrs. Josephine
Rowan Reid, who was -interred at St,
•That was the first visit made to
San Fvasctaco by the princess since
rfer marriage to the Italian noble
man. She was married to Frederick
H. Parkhurst of Bangor. Me., but
later divorced him. In 1901 she met
the Prince Rospigliosl and a civil
marriage ceremony was performed.
The religious sanction of the church,
which the family demanded, was re
fused. ° ,
For nearly 14 years the princess,
endeavored in vain to obtain from the
r o led to Pankhurst she had not been
' °b J aj>tized. s
commanded the little merchant brig
General Arm.' which, in the
harbor of Fayal. Azores, fought oft*
ah attack by a of armed
lamily of Kowans ana was reiaiea to
the late Vice Admiral Stephen C.
Ilowan, U. S. N.
4 Killed, 1 Missing
And 20 Injured by
Dynamite Explosion
Dupont Works at Gibbstown Blow
Up, Shaking Many Nearby Cities
and Destroying Property
men were killed, another is missing
and 20 were injured in an explosion
at the Gibbstown. N. J.. plant of the
Dupont Powder company at 9:55
o'clock this morning. The detonation
shook Gibbstown. which is 16 miles
below Camden, and was severely felt
in the latter city and to only a trifle
less degrees in South Philadelphia and
the river side of Delaware county.
Three of the dead men lived in Pauls
boro, N. J., the other in Gibbstown,
N. J.
Robbed, Perhaps, 12
Days Ago, Man Tells
Police the Details
But Detectives Doubt Story of Ralph
Chamberlain, Who Claims He
Was Bound and Gagged
Ralph Chamberlain,' 20 years old,
who lives at the Golden Eagle hotel,
255 Turk street, reported to the police
today that he was bound, 1 gagged and
robbed of $47 by an unknown man
September 3 0 while he was rooming
at a lodging house at 249 Truk street.
He alleges that he did not report
the occurrence until today because he
did not think it would do any good.
Detectives doubt the truth of Cham
berlain's report.
Police Hunt Slayer
Of Infant Found
At Reduction Works
i The police today commenced a rigid
investigation into the finding Wednes
day afternoon last of a 3 day old baby
whose dead body was discovered
among the debris at the Sanitary Re
duction works, Alameda and Rhode
Island street. ■
tectives Mooney this morning has
stirred the police to visit all physi
cians' and midwives' offices through
out the city. The autopsy at the
morgue showed that the bay was suf
focated to death and Detective Earle
is in charge of a posse that is bend
ing every effort to locate the slayer.
It is the supposition of the authori
ties that the baby was born between
September 14 and 17.
Mexico City Hears Rebel
Leader Meets Doom
in Juarez
i MEXICO CITY, Sept. 22. —General
I Francisco Villa, the rebel leader,
| known as "Pancho,"' is reported from
I government sources* to have been cap-
I tured at Las Paionias Thursday and
executed Saturday at Juarez after a
court martial.
EL PASO, Tex., Sept. 22. —P'rancisco
Villa, Mexican rebel leader, is very
much alive, at the head of his troops,
150 miles south of Juarez, according
to the Information of Juarez military
and consular officials and General
Hugh I* Scott, commanding Cnited
States border troops. Miguel E. Die
bold, inspector of Mexican consulates,
has returned here from Palomas,
where Villa was reported wounded, a
prisoner, and says the report was
false. . Colonel Juan N. Medina of
Juarez says he has heard that Villa
is with his own troops at Caaas
Grandeß, southwest of Juarez. Gen
eral Scott has a similar report.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22. —Lieuten-
I ant Colonel l-'rancisco Cardenas, al
leged by the ' constitutionalists of
j Mexico to have been the assassin of
• Francisco I. Madero, former president
of Mexico, has been assassinated, ac
cording to advices received at the
headquarters of the constitutionalists
here today.
Concord Ranchman
Disappears, Friends
Suspect Foul Play
After leaving his home in Concord
September 16 to go to Fruitvale, Paul
T. Tate, a wealthy Concord rancher,
dropped mysteriously from view and
has not been seen or heard from
He is 48 years of age, 5 feet 7
in< hes in height, 127 pounds in weight
and has gray hair, blue eyes and fair
complexion. His friends fear he is a
victim of foul play. The disappear
ance of E. M. Hubbard from'the Hotel
Rex was also reported to the Oakland
police by his wife.
WASHINGTON. Sept. 22.—The nom
ination of Joseph W. Folk of St.
Louis, former governor of Missouri,
to he solicitor of the state department
today was confirmed by. the senate.
Flames Sweeping the Hills of Fairfax
Ruling of Judge Bledsoe onj
Testimony of Witnesses
Favors Defense in Trial
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 22.—Many of
the handsome young women who, the J
state declares, proved the undoing of |
George H. Bixby, Long Beach mil- I
lionair-?, took the witness stand in the
trial of Bixby today and said they
had met him and knew him quite j
well. For a moment Bixby appeared]
as the "Black Pearl," and then his j
identity changed to King and final? .r j
Tlie. defense scored a big point
When Judge Bledsoe, after more than
a half hour of consultation with the
attorneys on both sides, announced
that the young women who have been
called by the state to tell their stories
are not to be permitted to relate any
of the events that they relatad to the
The defense kept the stories of the I
young women off the records by ad
mitting that the Jonquil was a very j
bad place and that Bixby occasionally j
appeared there. It was also admitted
by the defense that Miss Barker did
not bear the reputation the average
young woman does.
The young women called to the
stand today were like Miss Barker, in
that their complexions had sadly de
teriorated since the grand jury probe,
their dress was much quieter and their
deportment very retiring.
But one exception was found. This
was Miss Grace Redwine, who, prior
to the opening of the trial, had
amused herself by dropping out of
sight occasionally.
Miss Redwine strode smilingly to
the witness stand, seated herself,
crossed her feet and waited. She was
handsomely gowned and appeared
perfectly at ease. < *
The spectators craned their necks
to hear it all, and they did. The
substance of Miss Redwlne's testi
mony was that she didn't know
whether she had seen Bixby at the
Jonquil or not She smiled again and
left the stand.
The prospect of hearing the story
of Mrs. Trene Marie Brown Levy
proved a great attraction for spec
tators. The line outside the doors of
the courtroom wound in and out of
the corridors and was 100 yards long.
Court was called to order at 10:28.
Judge Bledsoe ordered the jury to
withdraw. He then said in brief:
"I believe the purpose of the district
'attorney in calling other girl wit
nesses is to prove the character of the
Jonquil and that the defendant
knew it.
"There is a rule of law that evi
dence which tends to prpve matters
foreign to a charge on trial can not
be barred because of possible preju
"However, the defendant admits
that the character of the Jonquil was
as alleged. Uiat Miss Barker was a
young woman of questionable char
acter and that Bixby went to the
house. ,
"The prosecution has called other
young women to testify to the char
acter of the house and Bixby's knowl
edge of it.
"Should they testify to this, and
in doing so testify of acts which
might influepce or prejudice the Jury,
the good faith of the court and dis
trict attorney might be questioned.
"Therefore, no testimony of other
yrtnnt? women can be given which
refers to alleged criminal acts oc
curring only between themselves and
the defendant."
Mrs. Levy was then called to the
stand to b« questioned within the
Continued on Page 2, Column X
Developments of
Day in Merriam
Suit for Divorce
LONG Hit—laj letter which
Captain Merriam said "let
In the light" upon hi* life
with his wife produced by
the officer's attorney*.
Defense taken off Its feet, and
Mrs. Merriam's counsel nsk for
adjournment of court to read
the message.
Xote tends to show relations
of Mrs. Merriam with Major
Clarence Murnhy.
Pofice to Charge Seed Mer
chant With Slaying; Woman
to Testify in Hospital
The police are ready to place a
charge of murder against A. R. Coul
son. the Market street seed merchant,
suspected of killing two men and
wounding Kntherine Gallagher in the
Atlas garage Thursday morning
Hearing that his attorneys, Levy A
Lipmann, have taken steps to secure
his release by habeas corpus, the offi
cers have planned drastic action to
forestall this move.
Because of the lack of evidence
against Coulson, the police depart
ment had decided to leave Coulson
alone with his thoughts until after
the coroner's jury fixes the blame for
the death of William Acker and
George Kovack at the inquest tomor
row evening.
Coroner T. B. W. Leland and his
Jurymen will be taken to the city
and county hospital in the almshouse
tract during the inquest, in order to
hear the testimony of the injured
woman, Katherine Gallagher, who
was shot through the neck.
Coulson was not subjected to the
morning "showup" of prisoners.
Every day the prisoners are paraded
before the detectives.
Captain Mooney decided it would
be bad policy to subject the suspect
to the scrutiny of the plain clothes
men, thinking such discomfiture might
steel Coulson against telling any
Early today it was learned at the
central station that Ooulson's attor
neys planned'a coup to free him.
Detective de la Guerra, who is han
dling the case for the detective bu
reau, announced that the minute
habeas corpus proceedings are begun
the formal charge will be lodged
against him.
An interesting development of the
case is the expected revelation of
Mrs. Julia Kovack, widow of the
garage employe who was shot down,
which is promised for the inquest.
Mrs. Kovack was temporarily de
ranged by the tragic death of her
husband and is under observation at
the detention hospital.
Mrs. Mary G. Stafford, who accom
panied Katherine Gallagher on the
Joy ride and tour of the beach that
preceded the shooting, was released
from detinue yesterday.
The appearance of the wounded
woman, the only living witness to the
triple shooting save the man who
committed the crime, at the inquest
will fix the lines of the police attack
on Coulson.
If she remains loyal to Coulson and
refuses to Identify him as the man
behind the gun, the police say it will
be impossible to connect Coulson with
the crime except in the most round
about and unconvincing sort of way.
Captain Introduces Officer's
Warning Despite Wife's
Lawyers' Objection
| A long missing letter interjecting
a sensational turn into the divorce
suit of Captain Henry C. Merriam.
IT. S. A., supervisor of coast defense
on the Pacific coast, was produced in
Judge Graham's court this morning
and took Mrs." Merriam's attorneys off
their feet.
This evidence, startling enough in
itself, had force added to it later in
the morning, when Captain Merriam
toid of the "Hridescrejid goseip of of
ficers at the Now Orleans posT con
cerning his wife, which he heard when
he returned from his field duty on the
Texas border.
The note tended to show Mr:-*. Mer
riam's conduct previous to the return of
Captain Merriam to Jackson barracks
from the Texas border in 1911, and
was written to the captain by Lieu
tenant Halliday, post surfeeon at
Jackson barracks, New Orleans,
where Mrs. Merriam is said to have
been indiscreet with Major Clarence
Murphy, a member of the staff of the
governor of Louisiana.
"I.XT IX I.liaiT," ME SAYS
Captain Merriam declared that it
"let in the light" upon hie life with
Mrs. Merriam. At the first hearing
of the case it was missing, but was
found during the long adjournment
of the case, while Major Murphy was
coming all the way from Paris to
help clear Mrs. Merriam's reputation.
The captain's attorney, Walter H.
Linforth, presented it over the ob
jection of Attorneys Barclay Henley
and Judson W. Reeves for the de
fense. They appeared to be taken
by surprise and Henley asked a re
cess of court so that he might read
the letter.
i i:iti:r is ADMITTED
Linforth objected, declaring that he
wanted to continue the captain's ex
amination. Judge Graham admitted
the letter and the captain's testi
mony concerning It, subject to a mo
tion to strike them from the record
should they be found not material.
A deposition from Doctor Halliday
which Captain Merriam's attorneys
sought will not be forthcoming, ac
cording to Linforth. Lieutenant Hal
liday is now at Jolo, in the Philip
pines, and the cost of getting his
deposition is too great for Captain
Merriam's pocketbook. Linforth says
that he relies on Halliday's letter in
Captain Merriam's' testimony tra
versed the ground of the former evi
dence given by him at the opening of
the trial. He told of the friendship
he had for Major Murphy, of the
major's visits to the Merriam house
at Jackson barrackß and of his im
plicit trust in Major Murphy when he
departed for the border.
The captain said that when he re
turned all the officers of his mess
were talking of a scandal in which
his wife's name was mentioned. He
said that Mrs. Merriam* herself told
him of t,his talk.
Merriam said Major Kephart. com
mandant of the post, told him of hav
ing ordered Mrs. Merriam off the res
ervation. Other officers mentioned by
Captain Merriam as speaking of the
scandal were Captain Lomax, Lieu
tenat Keeler, Lieutenant Hanna, Lieu
tenant Williams and Major Boce.
Still the captain had faith in his
wife, according to his testimony, and
acceded to her pleadings that he aid
her by appearing friendly to Major
Murphy. I.*iter he went to Wasfcing
ton and learned other facts which
caused him to break with Murphy.
Major Murphy sat in the courtroom
listening to the testimony of Captain
Merriam. Mrs. Merrian and the cap-
Continued on Page 3, Column 4
San Francisco's
Fir<st GreatDaity
Founded. -1856
Good Pozishun for
Sum One Who Kan
Spel Kat Korrectiy
CHICAGO, Sept. 22 There
Is a good poilshun awaiting
sum one who wanta to he
a simplified spelling press
agent at a liberal salry. If v
want the job, al v hnv to do Is
to be abl to think ordlnarlle,
rite like this and poses the fol
lowing qualihkashuns:
I' must mear.ur up In general
atninmeut and personalite to
the avreg eolege profesor or
skul superintendent.
Be familiar in a general way
with hlstry of spellng and the
verdiks and arguments of fllo
logikal skolnrs In favor of rek
tifylng It.
In other language the com
mittee on simplified spelling of
the Illinois Teachers' associ
ation today announced that it
necessarily needs men and
women of scholarly attninment*
to spread the simplified spell
ing propaganda throughout the
northwest and will pay liber
ally to any one who can do the
work. Dr. E. J. James, presi
dent of the I nlverslty of Illi
nois; Dr. A. \V. Harris, presi
dent of the Xorthwestern uni
versity: Professor Nathaniel
Butler of Chicago nnlven»lty
and many other prominent edu
cators signed the general let
ter that was sent out today.
Railroads Rush Special Trains
to Scene; Blaze Beyond
A big forest fire is raging in Fair
fax Manor.
The fire department of Ross, San
Anselmo and San Rafael have been
called out to aid the 200 inhabitants
of Fairfax to tight a fire which had
already burned over 30 acres of red
wood trees at Fairfax manor. At 1:30
the fire was progressing rapidly
toward the Bothin ranch. General
alarms were sent out at 1 o'clock and
the railroad is rushing special trains
to the scene.
It is believed l»y Manager Gray of
the new inclined railroad at Fairfax
that the railroad will be saved if the
wind remains In the south. There is
no water In the vicinity and the men
are forced to fight the flames with
fire trails, wet sacks and brush.
The fire is beyond control.
chief B. H. Schneider of San Rafael
and Chief Henry Cartwright of San
Anselmo have sent men from their
departments to aid in subduing the
The fire is burning over territory
more inflammable than that covered
by the recent Mount Tamaipais Are,
and although it is burning away from
the town of Fairfax, it is feared that
it will cover a greater territory and
work more damage than the recent
three day forest fire on Tamaipais.
Volunteers have been called for
from the surrounding towns.
Paris Press Chilly
To King of Greece
PARIS, Sept. 22. —She Paris press
today gave cool comment to the
speech of King Constantino of Greece,
lauding the work of French instruct
ors in the Greek army. They believe
that it does not offset completely the
Greek kongs Berlin speech, in which
He gave the German's credit for the
effective discipline and fighting
strength of his army.
Congratulations on
Second Decies Baby
LONDON, Sept. 22.—Messages in
great numbers were received today
by Lord and Lady Oe' ies. the latter
formerly being Miss Vivien Gould of
New York, congratulating them on
the birth of a second daughter. The
child was born at Sefton park, Buck
inghamshire, yesterday.
Wireless Operator Says Com
munication With 111 Fated
Craft Stopped in Midst
of Terrific Storm
S.VJLT STE MARIE,'.Mich., Sept
22.—An unconfirmed rumor is cur
rent in the Soo that the steamer
Huronic, with 200 passengers, hat
foundered in Lake Superior in one
of the roughest storms experienced
for years. The Huronic was due
Sunday noon, but has not yet been
The wireless has been unable to
get in communication with the
Huronic since leaving Port Arthur.
The operator on the steamer Tio
nesta, which arrived this morning,
six hours late, says he started a mes
sage from the Huronic early Sun
day, but suddenly lost communica
The Huronic is now 24 hours over
due. The boat belongs to the North
ern Transportation company.
Smart Set Members
Fight Chimney Fire
in Burlingame Club
White Flannel Trousers and Golf
Skirts Soaked When Bucket
Brigade Gets Action
Luncheon guests organized a
bucket brigade at the Burllngame*
Country club yesterday and quickly
extinguished a chimney Are which
for a time threatened the $100,000
clubhouse. The most serious, damage*
was to a dozen or more white flannel
trousers and golf skirts which were
soaked with water and blackened by
soot. The blaze was discovered at 3
o'clock. The men and women at th»
luncheon tables were promptly or
ganized under the 1-adership of Stew,
art Lowery and Raymond Armsby,
who manned a hose on the roof.
Mrs. Roosevelt to
See South America
NEW YORK. Sept. 22. —Mrs. Theo
dore Roosevelt will accompany her
husband when he sails for South
America next month.
Colonel and Mrs. Roosevelt will sail
for Buenos Aires October 4 on the
liner Vandyck. Mrs. Roosevelt will
not accompany her husband through
out his tour over the South American
continent, but will return home in
time to be with her family at Christ
The colonel will lecture in Buenos
Aires on "American Internationalism*
October 22.
President Wilson to
Visit at Princeton
WASHINGTON*. Sept. -.'2.—President
Wilson plans spending tomorrow in
Princeton, N. J. He intends to go
there to vote at the primaries anfl
also to pay a visit to Princeton uni
versity. He will leave here at £ a. m,
tomorrow, returning in the evening.
Secretary of War Garrison and Secre
tary Tumulty will accompany him.

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