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Fear Fugitive Millionaire From
Prison Farm Will Attempt
to Reach England
Coincident with the disappearance
of Walter A. McCreery. the eccentric
millionaire who a year ago was de
riarp'l incompetent by the court, the
local police are keeping a close watch
on the liner Korea, which is sched
uled to sail early this afternoon, to
prevent McCreery leaving California
on the ship.
Since the court declared him an in
competent McCreery has been held at
the Los Mertos ranaho near Hollister
until last night, when after a wild
ride at midnight, a subsequent meet
ing with a friend in an automobile, he
vanished completely from sight in
company with A. H. Fredson, a
A reward of $500 has been offered
for his rapture, and Detectives Kalm
bach and Nolan of the local depart
ment, who have been assigned to the
case, figure that McCreery may have
taken a launch at Santa Cruz to board
the liner at sea.
Detectives also are at work
throughout the state. The hotels' in
this city are being closely watched
and little fear is entertained that the
eccentric millionaire will be able to
get away without being detected.
Both were prepared for a long jour
ney. Arrangements for the trip were
made a few days before on the Fred
son ranch, when McCreery met with
Fredson and George Moore, an attor
ney of Hollister.
McCreery's flight comes as a climax
to troubles extending over several
years. He is the son of the late
Andrew B. McCreery and heir to the
greater part of the McCreery estate,
•which embraces large holdings in
California and England.
In April, 1896. McCreery married
Emilia Jane Adam, daughter of a
British army officer. Domestic
troubles started in 1908, and came
to such a point that McCreery packed
up, left his home in England and
came to California He returned to
England a year later. Then he com
plained that at their fashionable home
in Bilton park, Rugby, Warwick
county, England, his wife conspired
to hold him under constraint and had
three men seize him and confine him
in an unclean room in the house for
seven months.
His wife instituted proceedings to
declare him incompetent.
He again came to California and
started suit for divorce against his
wife. In an answer the wife demand
ed maintenance of 52,400 a month and
$24,000 for incidentals. A compro
mise resulted. McCreery allowing her
$14,500 annually and $50,000 settle
Two years later. In August, 1912,
McCreery was declared incompetent
by Judge Graham, who appointed At
torney H. H. McPike as guardian. The
Incompetency ruling was based on
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grounds of chronic alcoholism. Since
then McCreery has been held at the
Los Mertos rancho, which is one of
the parcels of the McCreery estate.
Former Police Sergeant Dis
missed for Complicity in
Santa Cruz Case
Superior Judge Buck of San Mateo,
sitting for Judge Cabanlss, dismissed
the case this morning against former
Police Sergeant James McGowan on
motion of the district attorney. Mc-
Gowan, now serving nine months in
the county jail for conspiracy, was
indicted with five other policemen on
a felony charge of grand larceny,
growing out of the fleecing of Louis
Dodero, wealthy Santa Cruz man,
who was bunkoed 18 months ago out
of $7,700 by members of the "bunko
ring" who connived with the police
and secured protection.
The decision of Judge Buck means
that McGowan will not be prosecuted
when he is liberated from the county
jail at the end of his present term,
j Louis Drolette, William McHugh,
Charles Joseph and John H. Sullivan,
policemen sentenced with McGowan,
appeared bfeore Superior Judge
Dunne half an hour after McGowan
had secured his dismissal from Judge
Buck. Prosecutor Berry asked the
court to dismiss the grand larceny
charges against the four because of
lack of corroborative evidence, but
the petition to dismiss was postponed
for decision until next Tuesday.
Woman Refused Him;
Kills Her and Himself
Because Mrs. Nellie Stone, double
his age, laughed and chided his pro
posals of love, Leonard Schall, 22
years of age, streetcar conductor,
shot and killed her last night at her
home, 1392 Golden Gate avenue, and
then committed suicide. Mrs. Stone,
who was 45 years of age, conducted a
boarding house and Schall lodged
there. Bernice Stone, the woman's
daughter, and William Dunn, man
ager of the Saint Mungo apartments,
were in an adjoining room when the
double tragedy was enacted.
Taxicab Driver Is
Charged With Felony
For running down Tony Beer of
3312 Steiner street at Fillmore and
Haight streets, and failing to stop to
aid his victim, Joseph Cuello, taxicab
driver, was arrested today on a fel
ony charge.
"Scientific Salesmanship" will be
the topic of an address by George H.
Eberhard of the National Sales Man
agers' association today in a down
town cafe. The occasion is the meet
ing of the Electric Development and
Jovian league. *
At the regular meeting of the Home
Industry league Thursday, at 12:15
p. m., in the Palace hotel, C. E. Pierce
and Rollin C. Ayres will be the prin
cipal speakers.
George Hamlin Fitch will deliver an
address on "Impressions of a World
tour," Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock in
the art gallery of Paul Elder & Co.,
239 Grant avenue.
Delegates to Chicago Biennial
Convention to Be Picked
Clubwomen of the San Francisco
district of the California Federation
of Women's Clubs are gathering at
Santa Rosa from the counties of the
district for the annual convention
there tomorrow, Thursday and Fri
Mrs. Percy L. Shuman, the presi
dent, is there with members of her
board, holding a preliminary meeting
this afternoon at Hotel Occidental.
The preliminary courtesies, ad
dresses of welcome, responses, greet
ings and the like will be disposed of
this morning, and following that re
ports of the officers and open forum
for presidents and delegates will be
in order.
The subjects for discussion at this
forum will be "Home Industry," "Cap
ital Punishment." "High Cost of Liv
ing" and "Kedistricting."
Three minute reports from club
presidents and reports from standing
committees and departments of the
federation will be heard during tf»e
succeeding days, with special ad
dresses on subjects of general inter
est from outside speakers.
Nomination of district delegates and
alternates to the biennal meeting of
the General Federation of Women's
Clubs in Chicago next June will take
place Thursday afternoon, and Fri
day morning the report of the nomi
nating committee will be heard, fol
lowed by the election of officers.
Mrs. James S. Sweet, president of
the Saturday Afternoon club of Santa
Rosa, is chairman of the local execu
tive board, Mrs. John Rinner is vice
chairman, Mrs. O. L. Houts secretary
and Mrs. Robert Mitchell treasurer.
The other chairmen of local commit
tees are Mrs. H. W. Le Baron, Mrs. C.
M. Carpenter, Mrs. P. A Meneray,
Mrs. C. O. Dunbar, Mrs. J. K. Smith
Jr., Mrs. L D. Jacks, Mrs. G. M Lut
trell, Mrs. Minnie Mills, Mrs. F. O.
Pryor, Mrs. M. T. Vaughan, Mrs. Ira
D. Pyle, Mrs. H. L Hall and Miss
Frances O'Meara,
"The Traffic" Is
Barred by College
City as Immoral
Berkeley Supervisors Pass Ordinance
Giving Mayor and Chief of Police
Power to Prevent Performance
The city of Berkeley will not per
mit "The Traffic," the melodrama
which was suppressed in Oakland, to
be presented in the college city. An
emergency ordinance, prepared at the
request of Mayor Hey wood, was
passed this morning by the city coun
cil giving the mayor and chief of
police power to prevent the produc
tion. "The Traffic was to have been
presented Saturday evening at the
Berkeley high school auditorium.
Peaks Tunnel Office
To Give Facts on Bore
By unanimously adopting the city
engineer's Twin peaks tunnel plans
the board of supervisors has cleared
the way for actual construction work.
In order that everybody interested in
the big municipal measure may obtain
any technical or general information.
Twin peaks tunnel headquarters will
within a few days be opened In the
Lick building, in Montgomery street.
Chief Wants Blinding
Headlights Abolished
Use of blinding headlights on auto
mobiles should be prohibited by ordi
nance, according to a petition which
Chief White is to present to the su
pervisors because of the continued at
tempts of autoists to run down
mounted policemen who seek to stop
speeding in Golden Gate park.
Introduces Bill to
Exclude Hindu Coolies
WASHINGTON, Oct. 27—Repre
sentative Church of California has
introduced a bill amending the immi
gration laws so as.' to exclude from
this country all Hindu immigrants,
granting admission only to Hindus
who are traveling for pleasure and
merchants and professional men.
California Peace Officers Ex
pect to Launch Weekly to
Keep Tab on Crime
California will soon have the first
publication in the world of its kind,
an official magazine devoted entirely
to crimes and criminals, with a view
to recovering stolen goods, prevent
ing swindles, apprehending offenders
and keeping every constable in the
smallest hamlet informed as to the
daily affairs of the police departments
and sheriffs' offices 1 of the entire state.
The new publication, which probably
will soon be issued, is projected by
the Peace Officers* association, of
which Chief of Police Vollmer of
Berkeley, Chief Petersen of Oakland,
Chief White of San Francisco and
other law officials of the bay region
are leading members.
The Journal will appear weekly and
circulate among peace officers.
Either the sheriffs, police chiefs
and district attorneys will appoint a
managing editor from their number,
or the supervisors of the counties of
the state will name an editor and pro
rate the cost, or the periodical will be
edited and printed by the state printer
in Sacramento. Each peace officer
will submit his weekly copy, consist
ing of details of crimes committed,
property lost or recovered, fugitives
wanted and other data.
By such a publication one object
hoped for will be prevention of state
wide check swindles. The police
Journal will* give advance news of
such offenders, making capture easy.
"I believe the publication will im
measurably increase the efficiency of
the law,'' said Chief Vollmer. "Police
departments are now out of touch,
more or less; a weekly Journal will
keep them fully informed of their
coming problems as well as of the
capture of criminals, sentences and
property lost or recovered.
"The only system now in vogue is
the police bulletin—published by
cities. Not all have these bulletins,
and there is no general state organi
The Eaton defense closed its case
this afternoon.
PLYMOUTH, Oct. 28.—Mrs. Eaton
today showed the flrst sign of emo
tion during the second day of a ter
rific cross examination that she M has
shown during her trial. Traces of her
seven hour grilling to which she was
subjected yesterday were seen in her
blanched face, twitching hands and
the tears which at times filled her
Mrs. Eaton declared that she be
lieved her husband would have "given
a large sum of money to have June
(her daughter) live with him."
After describing Eaton's queer con
duct when she obtained a trained
nurse, Miss Rooney, to watch him,
Mrs. Eaton said:
"I never dreamed of having the
admiral put in an insane asylum, but
I did think of having him placed in
a hospital."
After 16 hours upon the witness
stand Mrs. Jennie Eaton left the stand
at 12:45 o'clock today. She appeared
calm and cool.
Mrs. Eaton in the closing hours of
her cross examination related again
the death scene in the Asslnipi home
when the admiral died. In no way did
she change direct testimony. Through
out the trying ordeal she retained her
composure, and it was agreed by those
in court that she made an excellent
witness in her own behalf.
John Mooser, New York representa
tive of the Oliver Morosco enterprises 1 ,
who has been in the city for several
days, will leave tonight for Los An
geles to confer with Mr. Morosco. His
visit to the coast was principally to
see the performance of "Help Want
ed " which was played here last week
at the Alcazar theater. This play is
to be put on in New York very soon
and Mr. Mooser is to confer with his
chief regarding the production before
returning to the east.
Among other plans of Mr. Morosco,
as announced by Mr. Mooser, is a six
weeks' engagement at the Savoy the
ater in this city of Irish plays which
are to be done by a specially selected
company. The opening play will start
December 21.
While here recently Mr. Morosco
engaged Miss Lois Meredith, now a
member of the Alcazar theater to be
come a member of his Los Angeles
stock company and later to be starred
In a "Peg of My Heart" company,
which ls to be organized.
Mr. Mooser is a theatrical man of
wide experience. In addition to be
ing eastern representative of the Mo
rosco enterprises he is interested in
"The Marriage Game," a new play
that will have its premier in New
York tonight. He is also vaudeville
director of John Corfs Anna Held All-
Star Variete Jubilee company, which
opens in this city next week.
Nephew of Senator
Found Dead on Train
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 28.—Isaac Ste
phenson Jr., 40, a nephew of United
States Senator Stephenson of Wiscon
sin, was found dead in his berth on a
train as it was pulling into the Mil
waukee station today. The report was
given general circulation here that
Senator Stephenson was dead.
Josephine Bastain, sister of "100,000 burglar," to whom confessed
thief transfers $12,000 home that she may hilve plenty while he
is behind bars.
Bastian Quit Law for Sea;
Then Became a House
Continued From Page 1
no wagon waiting for him, appar
ently, but there was always a hope.
Then came the first theft,
"Necessity was what drove me to
it," he said. "For the good of my
stomach, I stole."
It was in Oakland that his career
of crime began.
One evening about 7 o'clock he
walked up the front steps of a house,
opened the front window and went
in. No one was at home and he took
all the money he could find —$8 or $9.
That was used for his living. Six
dollars must pay the rent, a dollar or
thereabouts for his laundry and the
rest was used for food.
Still waiting impatiently for some
occupation, believing that it would
come, he ran out of money again.
Another house was entered and that
time he got about $100, on which he
lived carefully for several weeks.
By that time he knew that he
might steal and thus live with less
trouble, and, he declares, less uncer
tainly than by honest labor.
"Intuition guided me aways in my
robbing," explained Bastian. "Not
every one would be so successful, be
cause he would not have that to guide
him. It was very simple for me. I
would go out and see a house, then I
would go in the evening and get
It was early evening burglaries that
he practiced always.
"I was never out after 10, or at the
latest 11 of clock: in the winter it was
often over by 8," he said.
"Then I would come home, play the
piano a little, eat an apple and early
to bed."
It was after about three months of
entering houses In which no one was
at home that Bastian first began to
enter those where he knew people
"I read the details of robberies
given in the newspapers. I knew
how then and I would go in prefer
ence always to those where the peo
ple were downstairs. My intuition
helped me. I depended on it abso
After some time of taking nothing
but money, Bastian began to collect
Jewels. j
"Diamonds I took flrst, just because
I love them so. I took a pair of ear
rings. These I traded at a jeweler's
for a diamond ring with one stone. I
wore that for a long time myself. I
love diamonds —they are so beautiful."
But now Bastian is through with
He says it quite simply, with no
possible hint of ulterior motive. "If I
had only devoted my wits and my en
ergies to some good purpose, I believe
firmly that I would now be better off
and my name would not be dis
"It is very hard for me, because I
am the only one in my family who has
ever gone wrong. If I could only
make you know from what a home I
came. It was so good, so full of pur
ity. You can see from my little sis
ter. When I went across the sea to
bring her here, I did it because I
knew that into my own home I was
bringing that purity which I must
have in the home."
Then he stopped with a queer little
smile and said:
"It may seem strange when I have
Imported Champagnes are now giving way
to the
P. Italian Swiss Colony's
M Golden State
> Produced at,
Best Bargain in Richmond
Confessed Robber Provides
for Girl While He Is
Behind Bars
Two lines in the prosaic real estate
transfer list today chronicled the love
of San Francisco's most remarkable
gentleman burglar for % an innocent
little sister.
The luxurious home of William
Bastian at 1177 Stanyan street was
deeded over to the sorrowful girl who
does not understand. She is Josephine
Bastian, 17 years old, who is being
shielded from some of the hard facts
of her brother's downfall by the
motherly arms of Mrs. James Cottle,
wife of Detective Cottle.
Bastian called his attorney, Thomas
O'Connor, to the city prison yesterday
and asked him to arrange the trans
fer. The property, with its modern
and complete furnishings, is valued at
$12,000. The house and lot could not
be duplicated for less than $8,000, ac
cording to real estate experts.
"Josephine can live in the house If
she wants to," Bastian said to O'Con
nor. "She can sell it, or rent it, any
thing to insure her comfort. I want
her to know she is taken care of when
I go behind the bars. That is all the
comfort I can ask."
Bastian was taken to the home of
S. N. Wood at 1450 Page street yes
terday and gave a vivid portrayal of
the manner In which he entered the
bouse and robbed it of $3,000 worth
of jewelry last December.
While demonstrating his prowess,
Raffles was introduced to Mr. Wood.
When the owner of one of the homes
he had looted offered to help him in
every way possible to be a real man
the strange burglar showed big tears
in his eyes.
The police keep jogging Bastian's
memory to lengthen the ever growing
list of "jobs" Bastian says he has par
ticipated in during the Aye years of
his regal career as a burglar de luxe.
Captain of Detectives Mooney in
dicated tne first figure of $100,000 will
not be large enough to encompass the
total of Bastain's work since he was
graduated from the honest white
stained overalls of a journeyman
plasterer to the silk lined coats and
immaculate linen of a Beau Brum
done what I have, but in all other
things of my life I have lived as I
was taught in my own home.
"I can say that every dollar I ever
gained was spent for the best uses. I
helped my mother in Germany and my
sister here. I never wasted it or used
it for bad purposes."
Then Bastian said, more soberly
than even before in this serious con
"You see why I could never marry.
I could never let myself do that last
and worst of crimes for a man living
as I did. How could I have a wife
and work as I did? Suppose now I
had offspring on whom to bring this
When Bastian's little sister Jose
phine was first convinced of the
truth of his crimes she said in the
midst of her sobs, in her quaint
broken English:
"If he did those things that they
say. he was away from himself."
Sister in Law Accused of
Breaking Up Home and
Swindling Mrs. Maasberg
Cahrging that her slater tn law ha>l
broken up her home and duped her
out of nearly $2,500 by means of spir
itualism, Mrs. Elizabeth Maasberg of
321 Alvarado street has told her
trouble to the district attorney's
office. She says that as a result of
the interference of the relative., Mrs
Leola Fulston Moore, she has become
a physicial wreck and is forced to
earn her own living in a tailoring
She said that her sister in law. who
is the 23 year old daughter of Dr. .1.
W. Fulston of 422 Brush street. Oak
land, conjured up from a silvered mir
ror false pictures of her husband mak
ing love to other women, and finally
induced the disillusioned wife to sell
her furniture and turn over her money
to the medium.
Christian Maasberg of the Gllley-
Schmid company became her htisbaml
three years ago, when she was 21
years old. The following year. Mrs.
Maasberg says, her brother married
Miss Leola Fulston. Some time aft
erward the brother and his wife camp
to live with the Maasbergs and trou
ble then began.
Mrs. Moore, the sister in lav. -
gested once that a seance of several
of the family be held, since she had
been endowed with "second sight
when still a child, and had oceas
ally acted as a medium. At the I
seance tables and chairs float <•,
around, said Mrs. Maasberg. a
finally Mrs Moore produced the sil
vered mirror.
From that to almost continue
pictures of her husband with oth
women were shown by the medlui
said Mrs. Maasberg, and the sister
law finally announced that her vi
tim must leave her husband, follow
ing it by wiles , that resulted in dis
posal of the Maasberg furniture and
Mrs. Moore has been cited to appea
next Monday and show cause why .
embezzlement warrant should not
issued against her. Mrs. Moore is wit
her parents in Oakland, seriously ii
Doctor Fulston says that Mrs. Maa:
berg's story against hie daughter i.
false, but admits that she has won
derful mystic power.
Baltimore, Md., July 10, 1813.—
"About 20 years ago both my leg*
began to itch from ankle to kr.e.
Little pimpjes came out that looked
very much like heat. The it.-hin
and burning were something terrible
I would start to scratch and cou v
not stop. I would even srrate!
through the skin, and that, of cours
would leave a sore, which I was com
pelled to bandage.
"I tried several prescriptions an<l
treatments, but received not a particle
of benefit —no more than if the treat
ments were cold water. I then bearr.r
to have very little faith in anything
and, of course, could do nothing but
scratch away. After suffering con
stantly for 20 years a friend recom
mended Resinol Soap and Resino
Ointment. From the very first appli
cation 1 found relief and was entirely
cured in ten days. The itching and
stinging sensations have ceased anii
my skin is as smooth as a child's'
(Signd) Charles Warner, 1123 N
Strieker St.
Physicians have prescribed Reslno.
for eighteen years, and every drug
gist in the country sells Resinol S<>. ;
and Resinol Ointment. For free trial
write to Dept. 14-R, Resinol, Balti
more, Md. —Advertisement.
Take a Tablespoonful of Salts
if Back Hurts or Bladder
We are a nation of meat eaters and
our blood is filled with uric acW, says
a well-known authority, who warns
us to be constantly on guard against
kidney trouble.
The kidneys do their utmost to free
the blood of this irritating acid, but'
become weak from the overwork;
they get sluggish: the ellminative
tissues clog, and thus the waste is
retained in the blood to poison the
entire system.
When your kidneys ache and feel
like lumps of lead, and you have
stinging pains in the back or the
urine is cloudy, full of sediment, or
the bladder ls irritable, obliging you
to seek relief during the night; when
you have severe headaches, nervous
and dizzy spells, sleeplessness, acid
stomach or rheumatism in bad weath
er, get from your pharmacist about
four ounces of Jad Salts; take a
tablespoonful in a glass of water be
fore breakfast each morning and in a
few days your kidneys will act fine.
This famous salts Is made from the
acid of grapes and lemon juice, com
bined with lithia, and has been used
for generations to flush and stimulate
clogged kidneys, to neutralize the
acids in urine so it ls no longer a
source of Irritation, thus ending uri
nary and bladder disorders.
Jad Salts Is Inexpensive and can
not injure; makes a delightful effer
vescent lithia water drink, and no
body can make a mistake by taking
a little occasionally to keep the kid
neys clean and active.—Advertise
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