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be put before the police commission.
How the specialists fleeced their
Victims, even going to the extent of
"X-raying their clothes," is told in
detail by the former museum floor
man, who is in business in San Fran
cisco at the present time.
Flick's statement, in part, follows:
"While living in Chicago I was en
gaged by a man named Giles, who
said he was connected with the Cook
Medical company in this city, to come
jyest to manage the museum main
tained by the company at 85 Third
Street. 9 * .. .. * *
."The understanding I had with Giles
was that I was simply to take care
of tlie lower floqx. where the wax
figures are kept. On arriving here I
found the Cook Medical company was
owned by Giles, C. K. Holsman and
Dr. Otto Joslen.- * When 1 presented
myself for duty they told me that in
addition to the Work of caring for the
wax figures I would be expected to
interest patients and get them to go
up to the offices of the "doctors' on
, the floor, above the museum. In other!
words, they expected'me to be what'
I learned later is called a 'floorman.'
"I was to pick out victims and put
■ scare into them, and after finding
out how much" hioney they had. send
them upstairs, "Yfhere a casetaker
' would take them in hand and, with j
the assistance of, others in the com-!
pany, fleece the 'vjctlm.
"Before proceeding with this nan a
tive I will say' that many times when I
a. floorman cap not • get from the. in-j
tended victim his financial standing!
t?;at the company lias- other means of j
ascertaining his' rating..
instance: A victim goes up- j
stairs. He is tQI4. to 'fllsrobe In one
room. The case- taker takes him into
another room,, presumably the opera- :
ting room. While.'.he Is fn there an-'
other employe goes through the cloth- j
.-ing of the victim. By this way he
find* .out how m»ch ready money he )
has with'hlr», and if.he has a bank-,
.book., iotf. miwlr be.hjss in the bank.
• f "This, in the la.ngua'g'e of the busi- j
ne/:s. Is 'X-raying- a sucker.' Many I
jtimes'the. sTgare change of the victim
Is boldTy taken- from his clothes. I
hav€'assisted In X-raying patients in '
the'Cook"-Medical' company's office at
S5 Thir4 .Street./ :■
"After aboijt : : 10.'inonths with the
Cook company. -I became disgusted ;
with the method's Of the concern. I
felt sorjsy-fort-the men who came there
and had .their-' money practically
: :olen from* therh.' Instead of work
ing Vor the firm. I began to tip off to
, who; made frequent visits
that ihes were being "skinned."
"The break-:, came one day when I
wised up" ;a' patient, and saved him j
IftO after be-had - told me he had spent |
$800 with, T':] H. Brown, at that time j
manager Of the Third street office, i
but ndw with One of Holsman's offices .
Sn Los Angeles. |
"This fellow', whose name was John 1
Jones,".- .cahn.e' to. San Francisco from j
Chirfa.l -Brown gave him an examlna- >
tion and told him he was in bad '
shape- snd- could not think of being j
"married-'unless he took some of the
treatments offered by the Cook Misd
eal company.-. •'.'. '■.
"Joneß'was thoroughly scared. He
pecame a patient. : One day while on
his- way''for. 1300, which Brown de
manded for-further treatment, he told
me he h.ad .already , spent 18-00. I lnti- }
mated ;tb.' h.itn 1 "that If; I spent. that
much . money; T '.w-oald- want ;to ' .see i
some results'. .' -.He got wise and . Went'
back andref-use'd to pay more. Brown
suspected - , me,, and rrpm- thst' time on
till I quit'a''few-days.-latpr they made
life miserable' for. nje.'; '= C"
"My quitting- the'company did not
.end my troubles,'either. They found
jjhat 1 had collected evidence against
JMMee, who pretended to be a regis
<s*JtsSed' dV>ct'or* a"nd . performed opera- '
tifll.s. They de.emed me. .a dangerous
ma.n and began plans to -'get- me out
5-«yEthe country. One day 1. was caljed
--*«£ the Market streat office of the com
pany, at .No. 721, : ow.ned sin'd controlled
by Holsman arid Otto Joslen. ■ • • .-•
"Here. wUfi the latter, Joseph Ble's
ser, manager of this.office", and'an at-'
torney named Vassey and a, city de
tective, I wasitQld.to- get out of townl
"The detective did most Of .the talk
ing. He tried .lo wcare. me ,and told
me that he had thp goods on hie and
I bad better depart .or he would take,
me to . headquarters. -He was some
what taken aback .when I arose from
my chair and said.: 'All fight, come on,
I am ready to.go-to headquarters.' "
"He said, 'I have.no warrant but
for you, but we are. investigating and
you had better call at headquarters
and see me once in awhije.'-" • •. • .•
"I did go and sea hira and. he-.triec'
to smooth things saying-that'T
need not be afraid.' ' ; " '•"**.* +
"I was further- harrassed by the
Cook Medical : compahy- owners, who
hired an attorney.and tried to fix up
some kind of a charge" against me.
They intimated they would have-nje
arrested for practicing medicine in
their Third street office. .But as I
did not show any fear of any such
procedure' they finally .dropped their
efforts and attempted to buy me off to
keep quiet. • •". .•'•' •
"I took the evldence l had gathered
regarding Giles and other cases dur
ing my last few days with the Cook
Medical company to the police, to the
former state board of medical exam
iners and their attorneys, but on,
every hand at that time I was dis
couraged and told I had no case. I
felt satisfied that the quack 'stood in'
with the" proper authorities and finally
lost all interest until, I saw that The
Call was in a campaign against them
to the end.
"I have as evidence In my posses
sion now, and which can be produced
at any time, several case cards with
names, the treatment they received,
the ailments they were told they were
suffering from and how much money
they were fleeced out of.
"It has been, months since I worked
with the Cook company, and the things
I saw there makes my blood boil,
and if there is anything I can do to
assist the medical board and The Call
in driving out of existence these
charlatans I stand ready to do jo. I
am not moved by a desire for revenge,
but with a genuine hope of saving
some unfortunate his money by expos
ing the methods of these quacks who
prey upon the ignorant.
"1 could recite many cases where
men were robbed. It was a common
thing to have victims whose clothes
had been frisked by the X-ray meth
od, to return to the office with a de
ft, trying to get money back
which ha«i been taken from his
clothes. Not only was money taken,
but many times what Jewelry a pa
tient had with him. So far as I could
find out none of the victims ever got
their money back.
"The whole business of the fake
specialists is based on fear and worry.
If a patient can be scared into be
lieving he has some awful disease he
is easy prey for the specialists. They
assure him they have the cure, and he
wfll #0 to any end to get the money
to pay the exorbitant fees charged.
"In closing I will say that another
Chenoweth Case
"Victory," Says
Dr. Pinkham
Dr. Charles B. Pinkham, sec
retary state board of medical
examiners-—I consider tbe clos
ing of the M. S. Chenorreth com
pany offices a big victory. • This'
firm of quack specialists has
been one of the worst In the
city. That the board, vrljb the
able assistance of The Call,
shonld be successful in driving
the Chenoweth company out of
business in one week simply
shows what can be accomplished
when a crusade is properly or
ganized and supported by a
newspaper like The Call. This
Is only the beginning. We will
close every office before we are
way the specialists have of making
the victim completely scared is the
calling in of a 'European specialist
who Is visiting the city.' Tbe patient
' will be told that the company's doctor
j can not do anything for him, but they
jwill call in this specialist from Europe,
j who may be able to help him.
I "An attache of the concern commu-
I nicates with a doctor of a friendly
] office, and this doctor, dressed ex
travagantly and bearing an Impressive
front, calls to see the patient.. He
j has been told what the victim is sup
j posed to be suffering from. When
! ushered into the presence of.-.the pa
i t'lent the visitor recounts trie symp
i toms without an , examination, posi
j tively convincing the poor unfortunate
I that he is with a man who knows.
"The European specialist finally
pronounced some hertofore incur
; able disease and names a high figure
for a cure. The patient will be ready
to sign a check, a note or give a
I mortgage on his house, if he has any.
'The schemes worked in the Cook
! offices are many, but the few I- have
recounted will serve to give a good
idea of how thousands are fleeced of
their money. The Third street office
of the concern made $8,000 during.one
month I was there. On one occasion
they got $2,500 in cash and a note for
$2,500 more from an old man in Oak
land. Four days after they started
treatment the old man died."
State Medical Inspector E. A. Som
ner is prosecuting quack specialists
in Los Angeles for the state board ot
medical examiners.
Two bench warrents for the arrest
of C. H. Holsman and T. H. Wilkin
[ have been issued as a first step in
i the fight in Los Angeles. The
! charges are "exhibiting obscene and
! lndeeent casts."
Dr. W. W. Vanderburgh, president
of State Board of Medical Exam
}_The nerß passing of "Chenoweth" is
a great victory for the board of medi
cal examiners, and for The Call, but
a .still greater one for the. people of
the state. The advertising of this
quack has been an insult to the in
tel'lgence of the public.
The board has caused the arrest Qf
a number of fakers connectied with
this firm, and in several Instances has
secured convictions, but each time the
court has imposed a light -fine and the
concern continued to rob their vic
tims. The Calfs campaign has been
eminently successful In educating the
.public. Now that lt is generally
known what thieves these vultures
are, convictions are sure to follow
each arrest. We shall continue the
campaign until all of the so called
specialists, malpractioners. Chinese
quacks and unlicensed physicians in
California are driven out aa Cheno
weth has been.
On behalf of the board of medical
examiners, I wish to extend to The
Call our sincere thanks and aongratu
latlons on the excellent results of the
campaign to date.
Wheedled out of his last penny by
a quack specialist in Klamath Falls,
Ore.,' Charles Georgia walked to San
Francisco for medical attention, Ar
riving "here yesterday.
• Georgis applied for admission to the
central emergency hospital. Only to
.find he could not enter because he is
a nonresident Georgis was referred
to the University of California clinic,
where he was cared for. The man
Is suffering from an affection of the
He told a pitiful story of being at
tracted to the specialist by the ex
travagant claims. He was treated by
the specialist for several weeks, until
he had no money left, he says, and
was then told to stay away from the
specialist's office, although his trou
ble was worse than when he started
taking the treatments.
Piles Cared In 6 to 14 Days
Druggists refnnd money if PAZO OINTMENT
falls to cure Itching. Blind. Binding er Pro
trading Piles. First application gives relief.
House Coats and Robes
Always Acceptable
Our show windows will indicate to you that we have the
finest assortment in San Francisco of House Coats,
Lounging Robes and Bath Robes (slippers to match).
house Coats $4.50 to $25 Bath Robes $3.50 to $20
Lounging Robes $W to $35
Hastings Clothing: Co.
Post and Grant Avenue
INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 3.—The flrst
bloodshed of the third day of the
teamsters' strike occurred about 10
o'clock, when Eugene Rutledge, a
white teamster, aged 18, was shot
thro igh the leg, the bullet coming
from the revolver of a strike breaker.
Rutledge was standing on the side
walk In front of a saloon when a
coal wagon came along. Two shots
rang out, apparently coming from
within tlie sUIOQn. One strike breaker
drew his weapon' and fired,and Rut
ledge fell. . • •; • • '•
That an,-effort will be made to move
a large number of wagdns from' dif
ferent supply establishments in the
wholesale district became evident to
day when between 50 and 100 -im
ported strike breakers armed ' with
clubs ." marched -from their quarters,
headed .by C. Loeb, a professional
strike breaking contractor from Cin
cinnati. . '
WASHINGTON, .Dec. 3. —Jjohn./P.
Densmore, solicitor • for . the depart
ment of labor, was today appointed
mediator- in the teamsters' and chauf
feurs" strike in Indianapolis by Acting
Secretary of Labor PosL Densmore
has gone to Indianapolis, ' •
Many Employes of
iS. P. Are Laid Off
Several hundred employes .of 'the
Southern Pacific company have, been
lopped off the payroll within the last
two days and the annual fall re
trenchment program has begun. The
employes say the- layoff comes a bit
early this fall and they point to the
fact that in the. past the force has
not been cut dqw-n until after the
moving of the southern California
citrus crops. Officials of the road said
this morning that the.various depart
ments will not be. trimmed down any
heavier this year than before, al
though rumor has it that the con
trary is expected.
President Wilson
In Bed With Cold
WASHINGTON, Dec. B.—Owing to a
slight cold In the head President Wil
son remained in bed today on orders
of his physician. Dr. Cary T. Gray
son. The president was suffering
from a cold when he made the trip to
the capitol yesterday to -deliver his
address, and his physician told him
to take no chances of Its making
further progress today.
Frank Falconi, who is on trial for killing pugilist;
Mrs. Falconi, over whom the slaying came about,
and their two children, Evelyn and Virgil, who are
in court .as Ferrari makes closing argument urging
Accusations of murder are being
faced in the superior courts of San
Francisco today by two men who are
thus lifted into .thrilling, dramatic
conditions oX interest.-.
Frank- Falconi,- who shot to death
Etriilio de Vincenzl last March, and
Arthur R. Coulson, who is "accused of
•entering a. garage in .the small hours
of a night In September, shooting the
woman who was known as* his wife
and killing a chauffeur. and garage
•attendant, are the men on trial.
Save that the crimes' are based on
matters Involving the affections of
women, there is practically' nothing
of similarity between them.
. That Falconi shot Is not denied,
There'were many who saw it.
Jn Cpulson's case the evidence is en
tirely circumstantial.
•No ■ one living saw the majx who
ended the two men's lives and
wounded the woman, save the woman
.Herself. Her testimony thus far has
been contradictory, confused as well
as confusing. .
Falconi declares he killed because
of the vicious stories circulated by
De Vincenzl regarding his wife, the
gentle little mother of his three chil
If Coulson did kill, lt was for the
sake of a woman not his legal -mate,
who was returning from a 12 hours'
Owner of Famous Racers
Tries New Mineral With
Great Success
"White Hat" McCarty, who claims
to have owned more trotters and
runners than any other man In the
world, is busy telling his friends
around the court of the Palace hotel,
where he has been almost a fixture
since the early days of the old Palace,
is shouting the praises of Akoz, the
new medicinal mineral discovered by
John D. Mackenzie, because of the
prompt relief it gave him In treating
rheumatism, neuralgia and stiff neck.
When "White Hat" Isn't telling
about having owned C. H. Todd, the
! winner of the American derby In 1887;
i Sorrento, who finished second in the
same classic in 1889, and Dexter
Prince, for whom he refused $80,000,
he is talking about the marvelous
work done by Akoz.
"Akoz is surely the goods," said he,
"it cured me of rheumatism, neural
gia and stiff neck. If there had been
anything else the matter with me I
am sure Akoz would have cured that.
My neuralgia was so bad that I was
nearly wild and could hardly speak.
Akoz took all the pain out in a day.
i Rheumatism in my foot was also
knocked out in a hurry. A stiff neck
responded over night in an applica
tion of the Akoz compound. I be
lieve Akoz will cure almost anything.;'
"drunken carousal at the beach, and
.the two men were innocent victims of
his jealous rage.
As for the two men themselves, no
greater contrast could be imagined.
Falconi is a»sturdy American-Italian,
virile, strong of temper and of right
arm—and quick of both as well, one
might say—loving and hating with
Latin fervor. •
It was easy to comprehend the ten
derness with which he embraced his
pale, slender, .little brown eyed wife
t and his babies as they joined him In
"the courtroom. Quite as easy to un
derstand that after he had shot De
Vencenzl five time? with an American
revolver he stabbed him with a Jong
Italian knife.. •
After his case was called this morn
ing he paid no attention to any one,
except occasionally to give glances of
hatred toward Attorney Ferrari dur
ing the latter's merciless arraignment
of him to the jury.
Coulson is a tall, slender blonde, a
trifle effeminate In his appearance,
with a shifting glance from his pecu.
liarly glassy blue eyes and a nervous
ly deprecating smile.
This smile gives at first the Impres
sion that he has adopted the "I should
worry" attitude of mind, but a min
ute's conversation dispells that idea-
He Is frightened half to death.
' : 1 w
S(™KJP^K'tfek;' ..ski RAt
"white hat" Mccarty
Akoz has given exceptional satis
faction in the treatment of rheuma
tism, stomach trouble, eczema, ca
tarrh, plies, ulcers and other ail
ments. It Is sold by all druggists,
Call Sutter 376 or go to 291 GjaTy
street, room 309, for further Infor
mation regarding this advertisement
He looks clammy with fear. His
lips are moistened constantly, his
chin, of the "spineless" variety,
twitches. .
His nerye never fails him so far
as to-cause", him to say anything. His
line of defense, he and his lawyers
declare, is "not guilty," and beyond
that he has not talked.
Polle refusal to disclose anything is
his invariable response.
It Is difficult to imagine Coulson a
murderer. If he is indeed so, the
psychology of the case is fascinating.
One more juror, the eleventh, was
gained In Coulson's case this morning.
He was Antone Garibaldi, 1728 Mason
In Falconi's trial the attorneys are
arguing and it is expected that the,
case will go to the jury about 4
Civic and social matters will be dis
cussed by the executive council of the
Recreation league of San Francisco at
tlie Hotel Bellevue luncheon tomor
row. . •
"38" PACKARD "48"
Packard cars receive their High
est endorsement from experienced
users of other cars, who when
driving a Packard ha*ve realized for
the first time the nearest approach
to complete motoring satisfaction.
A prominent motorist—owner and
driver of nearly every so-called
high grade car produced in America
or Europe—reported in a personal
letter, after a summer of high
speed and strenuous touring in a
Packard "48":
T did not believe it possible that
such a perfect vehicle could be made. "
Van Ness Avenue and Jackson St., San Francisco, Cal.
dAsk the'mariiivho owns one
=S==s=sssS* j
Villa Sends Assurances to
Chihuahua That Life and
Property Will Be Safe
Contlnoe-d From Pace 1
sort, ordered Medina to the front-
Then came Medina's* resignation.
Constant appeals to the American
consul are being made from Juarez
merchants whose stores are beinp loot
ed. Many of dollars' worth
of merchandise have been- taken by
Villa's rebela
The Banco National has * opened
quarters in El Paso, .refusing td do
business in. Juarez with ViUa in con
Concessions are being revoked ana.
given to rebel sympathizers. »
Francisco Escuerdo, the foreign
minister .of 'finance of the provisional
government of the constitutionalists,
left Juarez today for Matamoras, where
he will organize the customs service
under the jurisdiction of Carranza, the
rebel. , • ■ • » . *
VERA CRUZ, Dec. 3.—Rebels under
Bufamio JZapata'today, attacked the
interoceanic* railroad, dynamiting the
station water tanks and burning the
bridge. Zapatistas looted Much) Mar
tinez in the state of Ptfebla, killing
the mayor* and 17 citizens. Near
Chietla a band of 25 federals was am
bushed and* the lieutenant with 15
soldiers killed. • *.
The arrival "here of Envoy Lind
opens the way to a renewal of the ne
gotiations,'with Huerta, if the latter
takes the initiative. Lind today makes
a report to Washington on the condi
tions in the oil fields at Tuxpam,
where he has been making a trip of
.inspection. *,* * *•"•.*' •'
The United States scout cruiser
Chester, cruising on the east.coast of
Mexico, put into port here today.
MEXICO CfTT, Dec. 3.—-Twenty
seven federal, soldiers and eight civil
ians were executed today\at Jalpan,
state of Queretaro, after the rebels
had capttired the place and the garri
son of 19 soldiers and eight -citizens
were shbt. "General" Figueroa, for
mer bandit, rebel chief, who had been
negotiating with the government,
joined the" constitutionalists. . H- S."
KU'aei. an Amerfcan employed by the
Watel--Piprce Oil cpmpany, and ar-.
rested at San Luis Potosi, charged"with'
being a rebel spy, was released today.
Reports that Dr. Urrutia, known .as
"the firebrand .statesman of the day,"
will re-enter the Huerta cabinet "were
renewed today when he asked to be
relieved from his duties as head of
the government medfcal school hos-,
pital. As this institution is* con
trolled by the* federal government,
the senate* will have to act'upon the*
.resignation': .'. t •
The war department today 'pub
lished an order transferring General*
Pornrlo Diaz from the retired list to"
the active list. , » .
TOKIO, Dec 3.—At a meeting of
the cabinet today action on the war
minister's scheme, for strengthening
the army was postponed until 1915.
The proposed loan of $8,000,000 for
government electric works was sanc
tioned and ft was decided to float the
government loan in the spring.
Prince Yamaguta tendered his resig
nation as president of. the privy coun
cil. He will probably be succeeded 1
by Marquis Matsukata.
Is Not Guilty of
Killing, but Insane
CINCINNATI, Dec. 3.—Robert
Huber, the Chicago jeweler on trial
for the murder of John Kunzelman, a
wealthy Mount Healthy realty dealer,
was found not guilty today, but the
jurors decided Huber is insane.
The Berkeley city council has been
asked to establish a double platoon
system in the fire department. Chief
Kenney says that until the matter Is
beyond the experimental stage, only
three additional men will be required
to put it into operation.
Burglar Will Get.
Second' Sentence"
Wfm*m aaamuaaen will come he
fore Judge Donahae of Oakland to
morrow for big second sentence to San
j Quentin on a charge of burglary. He
j waa given a year in the prison recent-
Ily for the same charge, and fell into
hla old ways as soon as he was re
leased. The court denied him proba
tion and declared his case hopeless.
< B At this season of the year ■
H when' throat and lung troubles H
m are prevalent, you should take H . '
■ particular care to stop coughing ■ •':.;.
§1 as soon as a tendency to do so
I Rl appears, f<3r a neglected cough
H w **-* too quickly develop into
gi dreaded pneumonia, or consump
■ Duffy's Purs
I Malt Whiskey
9 wfll gfve the system power to throw
B off snd resist coughs, colds, grip,
■ catarrh, bronchitis, asthma and all
H lung-. troubles, it is a wonderful
■J remedy in the prevention of con-
H sumption, pneumonia, malaria, low
■J fevers and all weakening- and wast
' B ing* condition*, if taken as directed.
H Yen need Duffy's ia roar borne.
«1 At most drn«-fi*ts. erocers,
im dealers, $1.00 a Urge bottle.
■ The Daffy M»lt WhiAey Co.
Rochester. N. Y.
J*. '•• , i|i
g| has special need of a p\
jl-. sayings bank account P
|| because there are p
||g periods of idleness in |l
4 his. trade when it is g
•|j "a mighty handy thing B
m to have a little cash P
M stored away in the i
© bank to tide over the fi
1 "time when he is out P
ji" of work;
I ..Ijj When building for
i others do not forget 1
gf the necessity of build
if •' H
m mg up a little reserve p
ffl fund for yourself in 1
P a strong bank like p
n the Anglo-California |Jj
1 Trust Company.
|| trust savings 'P
1 Market at Sansome St i
m branch *jg
I Mission at !6th.St i. I
(Cor. Mason and O'Farrell Sts.)
(Under New Management)
has been , thoroughly reno
vated and is being conducted
as a
First Class
catering only .o families
and business people
The only hotel with four
street frontages in the down- •
town district and within a
block of all leading theaters.
Rates —$1.00 a day and up.
Special rates by the week or
Cor. Mason and O'Farrell Sts.

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