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Board Members Believe That
Former State Official Pro
tected "Specialists"
2 Arrests; Jury Inquiry
WS. CARD and Homer
. C. Edwards arrested,
Accused of bribery, attempting
to buy protection from state
board of medical examiners.
Dr. Charles B. Pinkham,
secretary, appears before the
grand jury, with Attorney
Louis H. Ward. Tells star
tling tale of practices of spe
cialist fakers. Grand jury an
nounces investigation for next
Dr. S. L. Higgins gives him
self up after being hunted by
Reputable physicians indorse
effort of board and announce
"higher ups" everybody'ln the grand
Jury was surprised to learn.
Although the board of medical ex
aminers is bending all its energies at
present toward the "routing" of the
field of legitimate practice, some mem
bers of the grand jury who heard the
skirmish fire of the examiners believe
the board's sights are lifted toward
some former official of the state.
Both Card and Edwards, the two
men arrested yesterday, are alleged
to have paid $25 each to A- G. McDon
nell, special agent of the board.
McDonnell says Edwards paid him
$25 in a private box in a" Market
etreet cafe early this month.
Before McDonnell went Into the
box to meet Edwards he was searched
by two Burns detectives. After Ed
wards left the Burns men searched
McDonnell again and found the $25.
According to McDonnell, Card ap
proached him a dozen times and
moved about very carefully before
finally consenting to meet him in the
offices in the Butler building, recently
occupied by the state board of medical
Before Card arrived all of the fur
riture of the office was removed,
save the desk and two chairs.
A letter file on the desk contained
the detectaphone.
From the desk the wires ran to the
office of Doctor Pinkham, two floors
below, where Doctor Pinkham, a
Burns detective and a stenographer
sat close to the receiver while the
conversation from above flowed out
more clearly than through the clear
est telephone.
The records of the conversation
contain more than 1,000 words- and
will be presented to the court as the
case of the board against Card.
97 of 1,526 Students
Physically Perfect
PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 27.—There
are only 97 physically perfect men
among the 1,526 students in the fresh,
man class of the college department
of the University of Pennsylvania, ac
cording to statistics compiled by Dr.
R. Tait McKenzie, the director of
physical education. Doctor McKenzie
said today that although the percent
age of physical defectives 1b large, the
number ta smaller this year than in
any previous freshman class.
Patrick McDonough
Dies at Age of 77
Patrick McDonough, retired police
man and father of Peter and Thomas
McDonough, the saloonmen, died at
3 o'clock this morning at his home,
200.6 Bush street McDonough was
77 years of age.
He was one of the first to be re
tired from the department under the
HcCoppin pension act.
'!"be funeral will be held Saturday
•with police escort.
Floats Bogus Checks;
Merchants Warned
Merchants were warned today to
look out for a man who is flooding
San Francisco with bogus checks and
who gives the name of Chester L
Robinson, is about 22 years old and
says he is engaged in the furniture
and drapery business. A warrant
has been issued for the arrest of
Robinson and merchants habe been
asked to detain the man if he calls
at their stores.
Grabs Man as He Runs
With Chocolate Loot
Fred Coleman was arrested at
Thirty-fourth avenue and the South
ern Pacific tracks in Oakland last
night by Railroad Officer J. A. Butler
as, according to the sleuth, he was
endeavoring to escape with a sack
containing 11% dozen tins of choco
lates. He was charged with looting
a freightcar.
Joseph Kennison, 41 yeara old, of
1645 Sixth street, Berkeley, was re
ported missing this morning to the
police. He left home two days ago
to attend a union meeting in Rich
mond and has not returned.
For San Francisco — Fair tonight
and Friday; southerly winds.
The warrants were issued yesterday afternoon against Dr. W. C.
Card in the Westbank building and Dr. Homer C. Edwards, 51 Third
street, charging them with bribery.
The warrants were sworn to by the state board of medical examiners.
The bribery is declared to have been committed when the two doctc ra are
said to have each paid $25 to A. G. McDonnell, special agent for the ward
of examiners.
McDonnell says that Edwards paid him $25 in a* private box «
Market street cafe early this month.
The detective was approached by Edwards, who, it is said, wanted pro
tection, and permission to do more advertising in the newspapers.
Card was caught in a more conclusive fashion.
McDonnell says the doctor wanted to see him and make arrangements
to be let alone by the authorities and to be given the privilege of doing
more advertising. Card wanted the meeting to take place on a ferry boat.
McDonnell finally prevailed upon him to. meet him in the offices vacated
recently by the medical examiners in the Butler building. Before Card
arrived all the furniture was removed except a desk and two chairs. On
the desk, a letter file containing a detectagraph was placed. .
The number of the room was 927. From the detectagraph a wire was
run to the office of Dr. Pinkham, 727, two floors below. The conversation
was heard by a court stenographer. Dr. Pinkham and a detective.
It follows in part:
Doctor Card —You guys could get 1000 doctors any time you say so.
You never could- get them convicted in front of a jury.
Mr. McDonnell —The new board are all young fellows.
Card —I met a fellow —what is his name?
McDonnell—Pinkham. He just moved the office up to Sacramento.
Card—Did he go up there?
Card—What is the object of moving the office to Sacramento? It is
too far to go We don't want to fight them. All we want is to be left alone.
We are pretty good people down here. Everybody knows us. Nobody's
making any complaints against us. If you fellows let us alone it will be all
right. (Here McDonnell answers evasively and they continue talking
about other practitioners in the same business as Card is in.)
Card—Edwards is a darn nice fellow, but he has got a stand in. I
don't know whether I am telling you anything or not. He got so d
mad at me he wouldn't say anything. I have been particularly good
friends with Edwards and worked with him. We had a stand in there for
Card —I would like to have fairly good protection. I would like to
have a stand in with Pinkham I believe if you fellows would let us alone
we could make more money in a month than we are making now.
Card—l shall be perfectly willing to pay any reasonable—
If I pay for protection I want protection. I don't want you to think
from an ad like that (points to advertisement) you might think we were
making $200 a day. But we are not.
About the middle of August I was going pretty good. Right now we
are not doing so well. Some of the cases that come into our office we
turn away on account of the postoffice and the district attorney's office
and the women's club, and they are all after us.
But in calling a doctor he makes an examination. He makes an ex
amination and goes right out of the room. You could not expect to prove
anything by him because he has nothing to do with it, except make the
Now, I want -protection, and that is all I came for. I never have
infection and don't expect to have a case in the hospital. The only kick
I have here —. What is the kick?
McDonnell—Just the business, that is all.
Card—We should like to pay for the protection.
McDonnell—Well, how much would you pay?
Card—We have been through quite a little. It costs us a couple of
hundred dollars to get through court —
. McDonnell—l suppose you realize on the other hand—
Card—Oh, yes. Now, if I get protection, there will be other trouble
all the way along. You would let us alone. (Here Card asks if McDonnell
knows of others who have been given protection.)
McDonnell—l have only been here since the 17th of June —
Card —Edwards has got a stand in with the police or they would
arrest him every three days. I don't want to kick against any doctor.
Now don't come too high. I have sat there for four days and nobody
came in. Suppose we take in one case a day, $25 a day.
Our advertising was $150 a month when I was arrested. Those
Oakland "V" Runners
Win Merritt Race
Covering the three miles around
Lake Merritt, Oakland, in the fast
time of 12 minutes, 23 and 3-5 seconds,
a team of the Oakland Y. M. C. A.
won the relay race from the San
Francisco Y. M. C. A. this morning.
The course was from Lake Merritt
park. Each runner negotiated a 440
--yard dash. Bocchlo of San Francisco
and H. McCarty of Oakland were the
The teams were:
Oakland X. M. C. A.—T. Doyle, B. Hntcn
lnsoo, H. Mohr, DeWitt Cook, L. Crow, R.
Yager, P. Gilbert. K. Ronald, H. McGurty,
H. Probst, U. Miller. S. Thuller.
Ssn Prsnciaco Y. M. C A. —SaDches, Lsn
dreTllle, Herrers, Llppert, Bocehio, Propfe,
Newhaff, Giasson, B. (jlasson, Magiary, Ros
ter. Schraemli.
Officials —Frank Bock, starter; Dr. Ed
Hume, H. fitarratt. timers.
WASHINGTON, Nov. 27.—The dem
ocratic majority of the senate today
went into conference on the currency
bill. The senate took only a short
time for lunch and postponed its
Thanksgiving feasts until tonight.
Of the
of M. Adams, F. Kane and others.
Near 10th St., Oakland,
At 10:30 a. m.
Open for inspection Thursday
Comprising in part, 1 upright
piano, odd upholstered parlor pieces,
davenports, couches, pictures, lace
curtains, carpets, large and small
rugs, bookcase, round extension din
ing tables, leather seat dining chairs,
china closet, weathered oak buffets,
glassware, silverware, drop head
sewing machine, brass and iron beds,
folding beds, bedding, oak, cherry
and maple dressers, chiffoniers, steel
range, gas range, etc., etc.
J. A. MUNRO & CO., Auctioneers.
Two Clubhouses For
Stanford University
The contract for the erection of two
clubhouses for the men and women of
the university was let yesterday to a
San Francisco building firm. The ag
gregate cost will closely approximate
$50,000. The men's building will cost
$32,370, the structure for women $16 -
400. Operations will begin at once*
John O. Miller, a graduate Stanford
civil engineer, will superintend the
New Rates Will Save
$250,000 to Shippers
Reduction of freight rates affecting
points between San Francisco and the
Oregon line, amounting to more than
$250,000 a year, became effective to
day through the acceptance of the
state railroad commission of the
Southern Pacific railway's new sched
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ads cost something. I have not put a single dollar in the bank since a
year ago September. I have to put the money in the business to do busi
ness with, but we are making a little now. If we could feel that we could
go ahead without watching everybody that comes in there, and, of course,
we could never do that. The postoffice authorities are always watching us.
(Here follows several moments of commonplace talk. Aiding in con
versation that was not clear to stenographer but which was answered by:
McDonnell—The police come and ask me about this one and that one
and whatever I tell them—
Card —Tell them that you want to let us alone.
McDonnell—What is it worth to you? -
Card—You tell me what you want. I have never paid a dollar to any
body. I told Pinkham that I wouldn't, but we would be tickled to death
t0 McDonnell—Well, what will it be worth? What is your proposition?
Card—Yes; let us fix it up; $25. Anything that suits you. Make it
as reasonable as you can.
McDonnell —What is it worth to you?
Card—lf we get behind we can jK>t do it, but just make it as rea
sonable as you can and let us alone. If we had the business that Doctor
West has—we have not got the business that he has—we would come
here and sit from 10 to 2— (Stenographer was unable to hear the com
pletion of the sentence.)
McDonnell—What is it worth to you?
Card—Now tell me what you want and now make me a reasonable
deal. If we get a little bigger ad we can do more business
McDonnell—You know better than I do what tt is* worth to you. If
it is not enough I will tell you. .
Card—Oh, make it $25 a month; will that be enough?
McDonnell—That is a go. .
(At this point Card paid to McDonnell $25 m gold, according to
thC Card—All right, now tell me when you want the rest.
McDonnell—How am I going to get it?
Card-I will see you again. You ring me up or I will come down
and pay you any time you want-we can get that little thmg that we
have been wanting. I will do anything- (Conversation is md.st.net here,
the interview ending by Card saying, boodby. )
Continued Froae Page 1
Metropolitan opera house and that a
big; scandal promises to develop. On
his visit east Rolph will go to New
York and inquire into the details of
the Metropolitan opera house manage
ment to guard against any faults
which might enter into the manage
ment of the municipal opera house
""The" public welfare committeemen
will place their compromise sugges
tions before the subscribers and ex
pect to have a definite proposition to
put before the mayor when he shall
return from Washington.
Supervisor Andrew J. Gallagher de
clared today that enough votes in the
board of supervisor had been pledged
to uphold the mayor's veto.
"The opera house situation has
taken a Very favorable turn, and we
have strong hopes of agreeing upon a
new ordinance that will suit both
sides," said Supervisor Henry Payot.
Other supervisors are also optimis
tic and believe that the opera house
may be saved by a compromise ordi
"We are all, including the mayor,
most anxious to secure the municipal
opera house for San Francisco,' said
Supervisor Payot. "A compromise
must necessarily mean an amendment
to the present ordinance. I feel that
this may be accomplished. The sub
scribers are all agreed on the pro
posal that the city may take over the
building at any time by payment of
the amount invested by the donors.
Our meeting tomorrow morning will
not be a formal conference. We will
simply talk over the situation with
Mayor Rolph and go further in the
compromise plan, so that lt will be In
better shape when he returns from
the east."
Supervisors Murdock, Qlannlni and
Hayden, who attended yesterday's
meeting also hinted that a compro
mise was In sight and that chances
for the ultimate success of the proj
ect were good.
"I am still convinced," said Super
visor Murdock, "that the opera house
will be built. Nothing tangible came
out of our meeting yesterday, but,
from th© desire of all concerned to
get the opera house and the sugges
tions toward a compromise, I feel
quite hopeful."
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Officials Want Facts
THE state board of medical
examiners is anxious to
hear from all victims of mal
practice due to confidence in
quack specialists. All com
munications will be treated as
confidential. Address Dr.
Charles B. Pinkham, secretary,
727 Butler building, or Louis
Ward, attorney for board, 1003
Phelan building.
Constable Who Lost
Prisoners and Buggy
Advertises for Them
Edward Welch Is Wanted by Officer
of Novato; Wind and Hat Help
Alleged Burglar to Flee
The constable of Novato, T. Sutten,
Is advertising for his escaped pris
oner, Edward Welch, who drove away
in the constable's buggy. Several
days ago Constable Sutten arrested
Welch for burglary, handcuffing him,
placed him in a buggy and started for
the county jaiL The prisoner's hat
blew off; the constable alighted to get
it, and the handcuffed prisoner drove
Rev. M. Mullineaux, chaplain of the
Seamen's institute, will address the
Commonwealth club on "What Shall
We Do for the Future Sailors When
the Canal Is Opened?" at the luncheon
at the Palace hotel Saturday.
1915 GUESTS DEC. 5
Tour of Grounds and Ban
quets Planned for Visit
ing Publishers
Members of the Southern California
Editorial association will be guests
of the exposition officials when they
visit San Francisco Friday of next
week. The visitors will be taken over
the fair site, after which they will
attend banquets and luncheons given
by the Exposition company and the
San Francisco Commercial company.
Walter W. Schultz United States
commissioner to Europe, returned yes
terday after a three months' trip
abroad. He says that keen interest
is being evinced in the fair, particu
larly by the Germans. Approximately
1,400 German industries so far have
agreed to exhibit.
The architect for the Missouri
building will arrive in San Francisco
with his plans and specifications about
January 1.
Zelaya Arrested for
Murder of Americans
NEW YORK, Nov. 27.—Ex-President
Zelaya, deposed dictator of Nicaragua,
who was wanted by the department
of justice for the murder of Leonard
Groce and Leroy Cannon, Americans
in Nicaragua, during his regime, was
arrested shortly before midnight last
night. Zelaya was locked up in the
Greenwich street station.
Bookbinder Finds It at Bed
side; Says Nemesis Fired
It From Airgun
Mystery attaches to the finding of
a 12 inch sack needle on a small table
near the head of the bed In W. H. Kel
ly's room, 825 Alleen street, Oakland,
this morning.
Kelly told a strange story to the
police of being persecuted for three
years by some unidentified man who
pays midnight visits owen and prowls
around the house to scare Kelly and
his wife.
That the needle was fired at him
from an air gun is the belief of Kelly,
but the police are inclined to beilevo
it had been used by an intruder to
pick the lock of the house.
Nothing was missing from the
house. Kelly is a book binder.
The United States civil service com
mission announces that the examina
tions listed below will be held in San
Francisco at an early date:
Anatomist, army medical museum, Washing
ton, D. C salary $1,600 per annum.
Marine engine and boiler draftsman. Mars
Island navy yard, salary $4-72 per diem.
Copyist ship draftsman. Mare Island nary
yard, salsry $2.40 per diem.
Deckhand, immigration, service, salary $780
per annum.
Messenger, United States district attorney's
office. San Francisco, Csl., salary $30 per

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