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VOLUME 115.—N0. 2
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$5,000 Offered for Capture of Sunset Express Bandit
4*3> <*>♦<*
DR. S. 1.. HIGGINS not p>—
eat Kkta rose is called.
Judge Crist announces ball
will be forfeited if he does not
appear at hearing Thursday.
Higgins in hiding. Detectives
unable to serve warrant issued
"Dr." C. A. Baxter pleaded
"not guilty" to charge of ob
taining money by false pre
tenses. Jan trial set for De
cember 11, at 2 p. m.
Dr. W. S. Card and Dr. Hor
ace C. Edwards were arraigned
-on charges of bribery. Both
pleaded not guilty. The rase
against Card was postponed un
til 'Iliursday after preliminary
examination to get some state
records from Sacramento. The
Edwards case is on this after
The rase against Edwards was
continued until Thursday.
Fnless Spencer L Higgins appears
in Judge Crist's court Thursday morn
ing to answer the charges made
against him by the state board of
medical examiners his cash bail of
1500 will be forfeited.
Because the specialist failed to ap
pear when the case was called today.
Judge Crist ordered the case set down
for hearing Thursday and warned
Higgins' attorneys to look out for the
ball money.
Effocti made to serve Higgins with
c warrant more serious than either
of the first two, accusing him of ob
taining money under false pretenses,
have been unsuccessful.
Detectives who have been working
on the case believe Higgins has left
..V '• : san Francisco.
When Louis Ward, attorney for the
'.medical examiners, appeared in Judge
• Crist's court, he asked that the bail
• -of Higgins be forfeited immediately
_'V because of the failure of the defend
• ant to appear.
"..Out of courtesy to James Sweeney,
Higgins' attorney, whose mother died
'•Yesterday, Judge Crist allowed Hig
: gins a respite, but set the hearing
' .peremptorily.
;.' " ''Dr." C. A. Baxter of the Globe
—.. . Medical company, 773 Market street.
Continued on Pago 2. Column 1
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i...' San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 1. 1913.
I The Call,
T San Francisco, Cal.
4' .Gen'tleroen:
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♦ and the opportunity to buy property at Havenscourt.
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♦ nlent of this district if it had not been for The Call excursion.
♦ • .* • Considering the financial condition at present, we consider the
?. sale at Havenscourt very gratifying. * **j '.'• ■• •'
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♦ prospects for at least forty more to be closed during the week.- : '
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(Left to right) Inspectors Dolan and Guthrie, who are trying the officers of the steamer President; Fred Cockburn, a witness; First Officer H. C. Ravens, Second
Officer P. L. Mathieson and Captain R. J. Paulsen,
WASHINGTON, D. C, Dec. 2.—Sen
ator Wcrke today led the opposition
to the Hetch Hetchy bill in tlie sen
ate, speaking against the measure
that provides a water supply for San
Works declared San Francisco had
no right under California laws to
appropriate flood waters for use in
the adjacent cities. He said an ex
amination of the water appropria
tions would show San Francisco has
no right to all the 400.000.000 gallons
of water reserved to its use under
the terms of the bllL
He asserted the bill did not repre
sent the wishes of all the people of
San Francisco.
He was frequently interrupted by
Senator Thomas and other democrats
who favor the bill.
Protests against the bill were pre
sented by Senator Root from Alden
Simpson on behalf of three-fourths of
the members of the Sierra rlub of San
Francisco and from the Institute of
Arts and Sciences of Columbia uni
versity of New York.
Captain and 2 Mates Charged
With Negligence When 4
Men Lost
[ ° ■
With officers, mombera of the crew
and passengers present, the ottloiai
j trial of Captain R J. Paulsen, Ktrst
Ofßcer Ravens and Second Officer
Mathieson of the steamship President,
charged with negligence in the loss of
one passenger and three sailors
Wednesday night, began today before
Halted States Inspectors Dolan and
In all the testimony the bravery of
! Fourth Officer Shane and his suhordl
; nates, who went to the rescue of the
drowning passenger, becomes more
: and more apparent.
Testimony differed on minor details,
but practically all the witnesses
agreed that the men manned the boat
I knowing that they were courting
death and without being ordered to
perform the task.
"The only persons I noticed giving
any orders on the President were the
bartender and the night watchman."
This testimony was given this
morning by W. W. Sweet, a passen
Sweet's testimony substantiated the
previous' story told by passengers re
garding the inefficiency of the crew.
None of th« officers of the President,
he said, ordered an yone to man the
boats or went to the boats themselves.
He also said that a mob of passengers
surrounded the fourth mate, pleading
that something be done, and that he
(Sweet) timed the casting loose of
the two boats, which operation, he
said, was very slow.
F. G. Palmer, a sailor, denied that
there were no plugs in the boat he
was in, and testified that the plugs
were lashed to the boats to secure
their safety. The doors of passen
gers' cabins, he said, had been lashed
shut, but several passengers had cut
the lashings.
The hearing was ended with a re
cess at noon and will be resumed at
2 o'clock this afternoon on the fifth
floor of the custom house.
According to Third Officer McCarthy,
he had received no orders to get Into
the boat, but was only prevented from
doing so by the presence of storm nets
which were lashed around the decks.
Jacob Gunderson, one of the men
rescued from the sea when the first
boat capsized, testified that the boat
was lowered to the water's edge on a
perfectly even keel and did not cap
size until after It had reached the
Gunderson said that no orders were
given, although he remembered that
he had heard the fourth mate say:
"Come on, fellows! Let's get Into
the boat."
Gunderson said that he had called
out several times to "lower away"
after getting into the boat.
He also testified that life preservers
were thrown in great numbers by the
passengers, many of them landing on
The flrst stories related by the pas
sengers when they landed here on tlie
President are being contradicted In
all major details by the members of
the crew.. '• • - *
The propeller was not started while
the passenger and sailors were'strug'
gling lnithe water, according'to Fred
Cockburn, of 12-54.Filbert street.. - *' •
•I-t also developed In the ■ hearing
that cries for help, could be' - h'eard
even after the men were lost to-°sight..
Aviator for Winston
Churchill Is Killed
EASTCHFRCH, England. Dec. 2.—
Captain Wilrlman Lu?h'ng*nn, com
mander of the naval branch of the
aviation corps, with whom First Lord
of the Admiralty Winston Churchill
made two flights Saturday in secret,
was killed here today when his bi
plane collapsed. Captain Fawcett, a
passenger, was Injured.
A woman Riving' the name of Esther |
Ellsworth who yesterday rented a
room in the Aloha apartments, 2793
Mission street, was found dead in her
room at noon today from gas asphyx
The woman left a pathetic note to
the coroner and another to the land
lady, in which she apologized for tak
ing her life in the room.
The letter to the coroner was as
"I am sick and out of work. I am
discouraged and so unhappy. lam all
alone and have no friends or rela
tives. None will suffer for what I
shall do. I have always tried to do
what was right, and this can not be
very far from wrong. I am leaving
the name of a mere acquaintance.
Send him word. No one is responsible
for this. I simply have no courage or
strength to fight fate any longer. My
only wish is that my body be cremated
and that this be kept as quiet as pos
At the bottom of the letter appeared
the name of F. Fisher, 58 Sutter street.
The dead woman was neatly dressed
and refined looking.
11 Are Drowned in
A Texas Cloudburst!
FORT WORTH. Tex.. Dee. 2.—Eleven
were drowned at Belton today when a
30 foot rise swept down Nolan creek,
following a cloudburst.
Eevry house on the bank of the
stream was swept away. The flood
?aught the home of W. C. Polk, drown
ing Mrs. Polk and five children. An
other family also was lost. • ■ ; , •
Rains throughout Texas put many
rivers out of their banks and scores
of bridges were washed away.
The gas supply at Dallas was .cut
off today when the pipe line from the'
natural ga-s fields' was- damaged by
water. '..• . '■: ..' ■ .. • '•'
1 Killed, 3 Wounded
In Indianapolis Riot
jinijianafolis, Dec. I.—One man
was shot and killed, another probably
'afcally -wounded and two shot but not
leriously wounded in a strike riot here
it noon today.
A man on an ice wagon drove up to
l saloon in Indiana avenue and start
ed to unload ice. A crowd gathered
md rocks were thrown. Suddenly
iome» man in the melee pulled a gun
tnd four or five shots rang out in
■apid succession.
One negro was found dead and two
ithers, one a white man. were shot.
President Wilson's
Message at a Glance
HUERTA MUST GO—There can be no certain prospect of peace
in America until General Huerta has surrendered his usurped
authority in Mexico; until it is understood in all lands, indeed,
that such pretended government will not be countenanced by
the government of the United States. General Huerta has
forfeited the respect and moral support even of those who
. were at one time willing to see him succeed.
earnestly I hope for the early enactment of the currency bill
into law. The pending currency bill does the farmers a great
enactment of legislation which will provide for primary elections
throughout the country, at which the voters of the several par
ties may choose their nominees for the presidency without the
intervention of nominating conventions.
TRUST LEGISLATION—I think it will be easily agreed that we
should let the Sherman anti-trust law stand, unaltered, as it is,
with its debatable ground about it, but we should as much as
possible reduce the area of that debatable ground by further and
more explicit legislation.
RURAL CREDIT REFORM—The congress recently authorized the
creation of a special commission to study the currency systems
of rural credit which have been put into operation in Europe,
and this commission is already prepared to report.
PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE—In regard to the Philippines,
we must hold steadily in view their ultimate independence, and
we must move toward the time of that independence as steadily
as the way can be cleared and the foundations thoroughly and
permanently laid.
OUTLOOK FOR ALASKA—The people of Alaska should be given
the full territorial form of government, and Alaska, as a store
house, should be unlocked. One key to it is a system of rail
ways. These the government should itself build and administer.
PROTECTION FOR WORKMEN—Our bureau of mines ought to
be equipped and empowered to render more effective service in
improving the condition of mine labor. We owe it in mere
justice to the railway employes of the country to provide for
them a fair and effective employers' liability act.
Rebels Capture Tuxpam;
Hold English Oil Fields
Tarahumare Indians* .heretofore
friendly to the federals, have, gone
on the warpath and joined the rebels.
The combined force of Indians and
insurgents today, attacked a body of
275. federals encamped on ' Smaloa.
river'and; killed 65 pf them.- •
.' . BULLETIN.' .
• MEXICO CITY, Dec. 2.—Several
hundred' bandits and Zapata rebels
have united south of here to*a*ttack
the capital, according to reports that
reached the government this after
noon. The minister of war immedi
ately countermanded the orders
which were issued for federal troops
to leave Torreon.
MF.XICO CITY, Dec. 2.—Battered by
heavy reverses within the last 48
hours, the Mexican government has
now reached, a condition indicating
that it can live dnly a short, time.
Following close upon -the news that
the federals In Chihuahua city- had
fled .before the .approach of 'General
"Villa, word was received here today
that Tuxpara, the key to the oil fields,
was taken- by the insurgents':under
Aguilar after a.sharp flght. • The'cap
ture .of Tuxpam is reported in a pri
-vate dispatch. • . *
The possession of tliat city would
"put the rebels in the position to cut
off the oil supply of the republic.
Tuxpam is the distributing tfenter
for oil produced by the Aguilar com
pany, which is owned by the Pearson
syndicate. It has extensive contracts
with Mexico, the National railway sys
tem and the British government.
With practically . all. of northern
Mexico in the possession of the rebels
and the rebels holding important
ports on both coasts. Mexico City will
Continued on i*uce 2, Column X ,
Sol HpcLncisco'^
WASHINGTON, Dec. ; .2—Far, the
fourth, time since Woodrow Wilson
became president tie addressed the
senate and house, assembled in joint
session, today. He delivered the first
annual message, conveying important
Information about the chief execu
tive's policy, giving a line on the po
litical career of the sixty-third con
gress. . ° ..'.'' '•' -'!'■> • .
The galleries were well filled with
spectators hours before the president
arrived, manff suffragists being pres
ent. Members were slow in arriving.
Not until the senate marched through
the corridor of the capitol and en
tered the house chamber did the house,
members begin to take their seats in
force. Afte rthe door keeper had an
nouncetUhe arrival of the senators,
headed by Vice President Marshall,
the senators were seated in the front
of the house chamber. The assembled
bodies then sat quietly, awaiting the
arrival of the president. As on former
occasions of this kind. Vice President
Marshall was seated at the speaker's
table at the right of the speaker.
As soon as the president's arrival
was made known a committee of
three senators and three representa
tives was appointed to escort h|m
from the speaker's office. ..
Text off Me§sage : s ,[
The following is President Wilson's
complete message, delivered to Con»-.°
gress today: ' . .-.'•...' ■ • '..
In pursuance of my constitutional
duty to "give to the congress infor
mation on the state of the union," I
take the liberty of addressing you on
several matters which ought, a> it
seems to me, particularly to "engage
the attention of ypur honorable
bodies, as of all who study the wel
fare of the nation. '
T shall ask your indolgence if I
venture to depart in some degree
from the usual custom of setting be
fore you In formal review many mat
ters which have engaged- tho atten
tion and called for "tihe action of the
several departments, of. the govern
ment, or tohich look to them for early
treatment }n the futufe, because the
•lrsl as long—very long—ajid would
suffer in*the abbreviation to wsich I
should' have to subject it, I shall
submit to you reports of the* heads
"of 'the several departments in which
these subjects are set forth in careful
'detail, and beg that they may receive
the thoughtful attention of your com
mittees and of all members of the
congress who may have the leisure to
study them. Their obvious import
ance, as constituting the very sub
stance of the business of the govern
ment, makes comment and emphasis
op ijiy part unnecessary.
j.- Country 5s at Peace
THE country, I am thankful to say,
is at peace with all the world, and
many happy manifestations multiply
a*bout us of a growing cordiality and
sense of community of.lnterest among
the nations, foreshadowing an age of
settled peace and good will. More and
more readily each decade do the na
tions manifest their willingness to
bind themselves by solemn treaty to
the processes of peace, the processes
of frankness and fair concession. So
far .the United States has stood at the
fiont of such negotiations. She will,
T earnestly hope and confidently be
lieve, give fresh proof of her sincere
adherence to the cause of interna
Continued on i'age 2, column 4
S. F. Persons Robbed
„'• . Victims of the bandit who
.held up the Sunset Express
were: *
-18?2 Cedar street, Alharnbra,
Southern Pacific traveling pas
senger agent.
Gramercy place, Los Angeles,
$6. •
.W.S. CONDIT, Van Nuys
hotel, Lbs Angeles, $60.
M.R. and MRS. A. M.
COLEN, 239 Webster street.
Sari Francisco*- ring valued at
$250, and $40.
. MRS. J. S. DOTY, Oakland,
$60: ;
MR. and MRS. W. J.
BROWN, Yurna, Ariz., $60.
, j.. W. COMPTON, Los An
geles, Pullman car conductor,
$95: •
' -F. J. ROBIN Los Angeles,
train flagman, $8 and watch.
W. R. Scott, general manager of the
Southern Pacific, announced n reward
of 95,000 this morning for informa
tion lending to the arrest of the ban
dit who robbed the Sunset Express
and shot H. E. Montague to death.
Southern Pacific detectives think
the Sunset Express bandit Is the same
man who held up the California Lim
ited at Richmond three weeks ago and
the Shore Line Express between San
Jose and San Francisco.
LOS ANGELES, Dec. 2.—Following
a conference of the sheriff, chief of
police and special agents of the South
ern Pacific railroad, a dragnet was
thrown out over the city early today
in search of the lone desperado who
last night held up tlie Southern Pa
cific Sunset Express near El Monte,
shot and killed H. E. Montague and
jobbed nine* passengers of approxi
mately $300 and Jewelry valued at an
equal amount.
The officers believe the bandit Is in
hfiiing in the city.
•During the night three posses of
armed men, comprising approximately
50 members, scoured the country in
the vicinity of the holdup.
Officers tracing the movements of
the bandit today declared that Im left
Los A*ngeles about 3 o'clock yesterday
afternoon and* arrived* at Pomona
about 4:50 o'clock. He made his way,
they say, to the Southern Pacific rail
road station and inquired for "Boll
inger, tlie baggage rr.an."
The suspect was told that Bollinger
is a towerman and not a baggageman,
and that he would not begin work un
til 6 o'clock. The bandit replied
pleasantly that he would see him
then. The man then walked down
the railroad track in the direction of
Los Angeles. At 8:10 o'clock last
night he reappeared and purchased a
ticket from Agent Botsford. He was
the only purchaser of a ticket for
that train from Pomona to Los Ange
les. When the train arrived he swung
upon the rear coach and stepped in
When the train reached Spadra he
drew a pistol and leisurely demanded
tfiat the passengers deliver their val
uables. He appeared more like a boy
playing a dangerous Joke, but his
careless handling of his pistol con
vinced the passengers it would be
well to be on the safe side and offer
their valuables.
Among the passengers were Mr. and
Mrs. A. M. Colen of 239 A Webster
street, San Francisco. Mrs. Colen was
compelled to surrender a $250 diamond
ring and her husband gave up $40.
Colen is a Southern Pacific engineer.
Mrs. Laura Ellen Doty, 402 Grand
avenue, Oakland, contributed between
$40 and $G0 to the robber.
J. W. Compton, tlie Pullman car
conductor, was the first approached.
The bandit thrust his gun hard
against Compton's body and gruffly
ordered him to "come through."
Compton gave him $70 of the com
pany's money and $25 of his oWaV,
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