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* PapeiV&r • C alifornia Homes. V _) VOLUME 114.—N0. 145 FICKERT AND KNIGHT IN WORDY FIGHT U.S. WILL HELP MEXICAN REBELS SLINGSBY INFANT STARTS FUSS District Attorney Passes Packet of Language to Old Friend, Who Re turns Compliment What They Say: "When the British consul has con cluded his inquiry I will resume mine and prosecute it to the end. * * * George Knight is the last man in San Francisco with the slightest license to question the good faith of any one. * * * He waited until my back was turned before he struck, as always."—Charles M. Fickert, dis trict attorney. "The criminal procedure around the Hall of Justice should be purified in some cases. * * * Down deep in my heart I am sorry for Mr. Fick ert."—Attorney George A. Knight. When District Attorney Charles M. from» Bakersfieid this morning' he from aßkersfield this morning he' rolled up his sleeves and drove a score of verbal smashes at Attorney George A. Khight for "sneaking into Judge Dunne's court behind my back" and impugning Fickert's motive for activ ity in the Slingsby baby substitution case. Staggered by the heavy blows of the prosecutor. Knight covered up, but re gained his wind quickly. He settled down at a sturdy typewriter and coun tered with three pages of left jabs and right hooks. Each said bitter things about the other. While the battle of the skirmishers • was more fierce than ever before, the main event proceeded before the Brit ish vice consul in a prosaic manner. iWmi OV HANDWRITING The original advertisement seeking ;i baby for adoption, said to be in the handwriting of Mrs. Slingsby, was offered in evidence. Two employes of the San Francisco Examiner, the business manager and the clerk who took the ad over the counter, were examined. A detective who worked on the case also testified. Theodore Kytka, handwriting ex ■ •■rt, will testify Tuesday when the • .ise is resumed. Kytka expects to contradict the statement of Mrs. SlintTKhy that she did not write the advertisement by other specimens of her writing, par ticularly a sentence from a letter to Mra Blain, in which she says: "So your little rat terrier Bobby does not fancy certain strangers." This passage contains the letters "f." "b" and "t," formed exactly like the letters In the advertisement. Kytka claims Mrs. Sylngsby disguised her writing carefully in other speci mens. According to Andrew Thorne, the case will be completed next week. COURT THOROUGH IXQUIKI Thorne said he will aid Fickert's grr.nd Jury investigation at the close of the taking of depositions. "We court a thorough inquiry," Thorne said, "but we want to know what is going on and we want all of the truth to come out." "Mrs. Slingsby and myself will be *lad to give our evidence before the Continued on Pane 2, Column S THE CALL AUTO RIDE SUNDAY IS FOR THE EDUCATION OF HOME SEEKERS Believing that home seekers here are not familiar with the beautiful residence tracts in this vicinity, The Call has planned a trip for Sunday to the district west of Twin Peaks. The purpose of The Call in doing this is to show home seekers the possibilities of that part of San Francisco. You can not register for this ride later than today, as tickets must be mailed to you. For details see Page 9. THE San Francisco CALL Wife Found Dead in Bed With a Bullet Through Her Brain Barber's Mate Believed to Have Ended Own Life After Quar rel With Husband Mrs. Mary Agnes Creeda was found dead in bed at 510 Fifth avenue with a bullet through her brain at noon to day by the physician whom her hus band called. The husband, Philip Creeda, a barber, said she must have committed suicide, as they had been quarreling frequently of late. Ser geant Bunner, who was detailed on the case, believes' also that the woman ended her own life. Creeda said he came back to his wife to be reconciled to her. A 15 year old daughter, Jennie Creeda, effected "a reconciliation be tween her parents two weeks ago after many heated quarrels. Nevertheless they had another dis pute last week and the husband left home, saying he was going to live ejsewhere. He returned today and told the physician he wanted to make things right with his wife. Woman Sorry to Find Handsome Policeman Is Not Her Husband Wife Deserted Eight Years JourneyS From San Francisco to Venice on False Clew VEXICE, Oct. 31.—Mra WtU!am Cavanaugh Journeyed from San Fran cisco to Venice to see Police* Captain William Cavanaugh of this city, o be lieving that In him she would find her husband who deserted her eight years ago. She had read in the papers of the handsome polite captain and believed he fitted the description. After she had seen him she declared that he was not her husband. Mrs. returned to San Francisco this morning a disappointed woman. To Complete Pearl Harbor Dry Dock The big drydock now under con struction at the United States naval station at Pearr harbor will be com pleted. The reports to the effect that the work would be abandoned and a floating dock substituted are without official foundation. This was learned today from Lieutenant Commander R. E. Gaylor, a civil engineer of the United States navy, who arrived on the Siberia. He has been called to Washington to confer with depart ment officials regarding the new method of construction that has been decided upon. Bark Burns at Sea, 22 of Crew Rescued HAMBURG, Germany, Oct. 31.— Twenty-two of the 25 members of the crew of the French bark Patrie were rescued in mldocean today by the Hamburg-American liner Kron Prinressin Cecilie. The Patrie was burning and dis abled when discovered by the Ham burg liner, according to wireless dis patches. "Not Guilty," Coulson Plea; Trial Nov. 18 "Not guilty" was the plea entered by Arthur R. Coulson, feed merchant, this morning when he appeared before Superior Judge Dunne to have the date of his trial set. Coulson seemed to show little interest In the proceed ings. His case was continued for trial until November lSv He Is charged with the murder of George Kovack and William Archer September 19 in the Atlas garage. Suicide 'My Business/ But Doctors Interfere Brooks McKeever, baggageman, 569 Tenth street, Oakland, tried «to end his life last night by drinking poison, but was rushed to the emergency hospital and resusitated. He was discovered by his landlady, Mrs. M. Burnett. He had left this note: "To Whom It May Concern —My business. Mac." SIXTEEN PAGES-SAN FRANCISCO, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1913 —PAGES 1 TO 8 BAIRD SUES MOTHER AND SISTER Brings Action Against Them for $67,000, Which He As serts Relatives Owe Him "With the filing today of a' com plaint in the superior court by Miles T. Baird, in which he alleges that his mother, Mrs. Veronica C. Baird, and his sister, Mrs. Marie Sproule, are in debted to him to the extent of $67, --000, the troubles of the Baird family will once again be rought out in the courts. Baird alleges that he borrowed $33,000 from the Wells Fargo bank in 1905 and gave as security 225 shares of stock in the California Powder company. He states that later his mother and sister paid the money to the bank and took over the stock. AGREED TO SKI.I. STOCK In ISO 7, the complaint further states, they mutually agreed to sell the stock for $100,000, the women to keep $33,000 and hold the remaining $67,000 in trust for Baird upon his demand. He states thac he has de manded the money, but that it has been refused him. He now asks judg ment for the sum and interest since the date of demand. Mrs. Marie Sproule is the wife of William Sproule, head of the Southern Pacific railroad. The couple were married in 1905. FAMILIAR* WITH COURTS Miles T. Baird has figured in the courts of this city marfy times. He was arrested in 1908 for" contempt of court in failing*, to appear and give his deposition In the case of Miss Valencia against his brother, David Jennings Baird. He began suit against, his former wife, Ruth Jackson Hill, in 1911 for the recovery bf $8,221.25, which amount he claimed was bor rowed on promissory notes from his mother, Mrs. Veronica Baird. Whoopee! Every Man His Own Ram Maker, So Says Mr. McAdie San Francisco's Former Weather Prophet Tells New England of Future of Aerology Plans to take th* bad kinks out of New England's weather are .being experimented upon by Prof. Alex ander G. McAdie, formerly' weather prophet here, according to advices from his station in Blue Hill observa tory at Cambridge, Mass. "Ultimate consideration of immense importance are the hopes which aerology holds ou£ to us that some day «we shall be able to make our own weather, so to speak,' he has told the New Englanders. Husband and Wife Are Burned to Death CHICAGO, Oct. 31.—Grafton S. Ste vens.a wealthy Chicago architect, and wife were burned to death in their fashionable suburban home at Wil mette today. Men have been put to work searching the ruins of the man sion, which was destroyed. Mr. and Mrs. Stevens returned home soon after midnight. The fire was discovered an hour later. Before the village fire de partment arrived the roof of the house had fallen. Gates Quits Charities Job He Held 17 Years W. Almont Gates, for the last 17 years secretary of the state board of charities and corrections, has resigned owing to ill health. At the meeting of the board last night William A. Mathews of Glendale was appointed in Mr. Gates' place. G.W. SMITH COMMITS SUICIDE Former S. P. Contracting Freight Agent Takes Life on Account of 111 Health Despondent on account of ill health, which prevented him from-working, G. W. Smith, up to four months ago contracting freight agent for the Southern Pacific company, committed suicide by slashing his throat this morning. The tragedy occurred in the garage underneath the apartments oc cupied by the Smiths, 783 Page street. Policeman P. J. Rourdette was at tracted to the scenrf by a pedestrian who was parsing the garage and saw Smith writhing on the floor in a pool of blood. Smith was taken to the Central emergency hospital, where he died shortly after 11 o'clock. Smith's wife and son were with him when he passed away. Mrs. Smith said that her husband had been ill for some time and was very despondent over his condition. The family came to San Francisco a little more than a year ago froig Eureka, where Smith was forced ttt give up his position on account of ill health. Soon after coming here he entered the employ of the Southern Pacific, and was With them a little less than a year, when he was com pelled to give up that position as well. Smith was born in West Virginia and was 45 years of age. Besides his wife and son, he leaves a daughter. The body was removed to the morgue, where an Inquest will be held next week. Maxwell McNutt Out Of District Attorney's Office, He Announces Assistant Prosecutor Resigns Be cause of Continual Differences With Fickert Maxwell McNutt, assistant district attorney, today resigned his office. The resignation of McNutt had been ex pected for some time owing to con tinual differences with District Attor ney Charles M Fickert. McNutt has been connected with the district attorney's office for some time and has always been recognized as an able prosecutor. During the raids on the gambling places of the city Mc- Nutt was a strong factor in bringing the cases to trial, and at one time was framing an ordinance that would make gambling an impossibility. Rumors have been current from time to time in the past that McNutt was about to resign. At first little credit a was given them, but lately the breach between McNutt and his chief has been noticeable, and when the rumor again gained circulation it was given cred ence. Its confirmation came about to day. 1912 Pacific Coast Commerce Totaled Four Billion Dollars WASHINGTON. Oct. 31.—The im ports of the various ports on the Pa cific ocean totaled $2,333,000,00 yin 1912, and the exports aggregated $2,000,000,000 more, according to re ports issued today by the bureau of foreign and domestic commerce. China led, with imports of approximately $:;50,000,000, Japan with $300,000,000, the Straits $200,000,000, western South America $200,000,000 and western North America $200,000,000. The United States supplies about 12 per cent of the imports at ports other than our own, while the United Kingdom handled 25 per cent. 2 Killed, 20 Hurt In Railway Wreck MACON. Ga„ Oct. 31. —Two are re ported killed and 20 injured in a wreck on the Southern railway near Griffin, Ga., this afternoon. YOU CAN BRING IN AIGRETTES IF YOU WEAR'EM ON A HAT Mrs. Harold Dillingham of Honolulu, formerly Miss Hyde-Smith of San Francisco, who arrived today on the Siberia and demon strated how the forbidden aigrette may be carried through the customs lines. Mrs, Harold Dillingham Boldly Demonstrates Way to Get By Customs Lines Mrs. Harold Dillingham of Hono lulu, who W«S Miss Hyde-Smith of S;in Francisco, showed her sister travelers today how to bring the for bidden aigrettes into the United States. Instead of hiding them in her trunk, or otherwise concealing them, she wore them proudly In her hat. When the law forbidding the Impor tation of aigrettes first went into ef fect the customs Inspectors at New York had one stormy morning snatch ing feathers from the ha*s of the women arriving from Kurope. The women protested to Washing ton, and so effectively, that orders were issued to customs inspectors that they must enforce the law po litely, and need not bother about for bidden feathers that were actually in service as hat decorations. Mrs. Dillingham came up- from Actress Has Companion Jailed for Ring Theft David Martin, a vaudeville actor, accused of embezzling a diamond ring valued at $300 from Mrs. C G. En quist, is In jail in San .lose, and will be brought here today by Detective Kracke. TMartln, according to Mrs. Enqulst, borrowed the ring from her and dis appeared. She swore to the warrant two days ago. She also is a vaude ville performer. Honolulu to meet her husband, who has been, in Washington. She is going back in the Siberia, and it would have broken her heart, she said, if Uncle Sam had grabbed her pretty feathers. "I bought them in San Francisco 10 years ago," she said, "and have been shifting them from hat to hat ever since. It wouldn't be fair to take them away from me now. just because of a new law." Mrs. Herman Focke, another Hono lulu society woman, who came up on the Siberia, also brought aigrettes, but she also saved them from seizure by having them in a hatbox, which was not opened by the inspectors, be cause it was with the sealed baggage from the island port. She is going to Europe and will leave her feathers in New York. Mrs. Focke is a daughter of the late Paul Newman. Revenue Cutter on Lookout for Opium The United States revenue cutter Golden Gate, with a squad of customs Inspectors on board, escorted the liner Siberia in through the heads this morning for the purpose of prevent ing the throwing overboard of opium. The liner was given a thorough search at Honolulu, where eight blad ders, containing 12 pounds of the con traband drug, were found concealed In the bathroom. San Francisco's Great Daily Founded -1856 - j Bill REFUSES TO RESIGN, IS NIB TROOPS ON BORDER Wilson Plans to Recognize Carranza and the Rebels' Cause—Envoy Lind Holds Significant Conference With Commanders of German War ships—New Monroe Doctrine Is Being Written WASHINGTON, Oct. 31.—President Wilson today took up the question of the recognition of the Mexican constitutionalists. He had a long conference at the White House with acting Secre tary of State John Bassett Moore regarding the legal aspects of the situation. It is understood the recognition of the belligerency of Carranza was tentatively approved. It is said one ot the vital tcatures ot tne president s new policy toward Mexico will be the support of the constitutionalists' cause by the United States government in the same vigorous fashion as that by which Knox encouraged the anti-Zelaya- movement in Nicaragua. Opponents to the administration's former Mexican policy today set on y~~~~-~~>-~~~^ — '"*- ') | foot a movement to secure this rec ognition of the Mexican constitu tionalists as belligerents. In their efforts they emphasize the dis patches from General Carranza, say ing he has an army of 80,000. The reasons why the president should recognize Carranza are' briefly set forth as follows: That the insurgent faction, the con stitutionalists, is a legal faction, which possesses de facto control oven the greater part of the national ter ritory and is being supported by 8,000 armed troops, sufficient to maintain 1L SOI.ND XEtt MO.VROK D OCT It 1\ B The acting secretary of state today began work on the note which the* United States will deliver to the powers within the next four days, in which will be outlined a new Monroe doctrine, particularly with reference to Mexico. Events Showing The Situation In Mexico PRESIDENT WILSON, after conference with John Bassett Moore, tentatively de cides to recognize General Carranza and the constitution alists' belligerency. * * « President Huerta issues de fiance to United States and de clares he will not resign. * * * John Lind holds a significant conference this afternoon with the commanders of the Ger man warships at Vera Cruz. * * « A report is current in Vera Cruz that the Japanese are backing Huerta. * * * Carranza declares he will oust Huerta and pacify Mexico in 30 days after the United States lifts the embargo on importation of arms by the constitutionalists. FIND MAN DYING; POLICE HUNT PLOT Found flying on the street a few blocks from Ms home, J. W. Rice, proprietor of a lodging house in Twelfth and Castro streets, Oakland, is believed to have been murdered last night. He succumbed a few hours after he was picked up. A fracture of the skull, apparently in flicted with a blunt weapon, is mysti fying the police, who are Investiga ting to determine whether Rice's death was due to an accidental fall or whether he was slain. Rice was 60 years old and had come to Oakland some time ago from Fresno. He had left his lodging house a few hours before and was evidently on his way home at the time he met his fate. He did not recover consciousness before he died. Rice was formerly one of the best known journalists in the eastern states, having been associated on the editorial staffs of a number of big dailies. He was a personal friend of Hoke Smith, United States senator, former governor and publisher of Georgia A year ago Rice came to Oakland from Fresno. PRICE ONE CENT Another note will be sent to Mex ico at the same time that the com munication is presented to the pow ers. This probably will be delivered by Lind. DIAZ GOBS TO GAI.VESTOV Rear Admiral Fletcher informed the navy department that Diaz, ac companied by his two aids and an American newspaper correspondent, left Vera Cruz on the battleship Mich igan today. They will be transferred to the steamer Alabama after it leaves the last Mexican port and will be landed at Galveston. TJUERTA DEFfANT n WILL NOT RESIGN MEXICO CITST. Oct 31— Huerta will reject any demand by President Wilson that he resign the post as president of Mexico. Huerta is the legal president of the republic. This is an official declaration of Huerta's firm stand. These wishes were made known to the United States today by the Mexican foreign The CARROLTON HAT In Color*. VfA numm ... PAUL T. CARROLL ■•tail DUtrikuUr Kb ox, Stefan.. Heary Heath. D« L-axe, Carralltoa and Carroll data •tyU C»t»lofu« mailed applleaHaa, mat aromxi 70S Market. app. U; G.ary ar. Kaara* XABKBSARKEBT WlUiirt it. • VP . Call u«>.