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AWARDED DIPLOMAS Mission, Polytechnic and Commercial High Schools Hold Final Exercises The graduation exercises of the Mission high school were held last night in the school auditorium. 19 Kirls and 14 boys getting their diplomas. About a thousand parents and friends of the graduates attend eJ. The address of the evening was made by Supervisor William H. Me * arthy, who promised to use his in fluence as a member qf-the finance committee to secure a $300,000 appro priation next year for a new school building. The commencement exercises of the Polytechnic high school were also held last night at First avenue and Frederick stre-t. Nineteen boys and girls graduated. An address was made by Principal James E. Addicott. The Commercial high school held final, exercises in the girls' high school. There rt graduates in the four year course and 72 in the two year course. Fairfax Wheelan was the principal speaker, his subject being "Trade Service to Civilization. Dr. A. A. d'Ancona. president of the board of education, presented the diplomas. The Franklin and Bay View gram mar schools will graduate classes to morrow afternoon, 13 students get ting diplomas at the Franklin and 24 at the Bay View. The exercises of the Jean Parker school are being held this afternoon. Sixteen are in the graduation class. Highway Bond Case Submitted to Court T,he ias» in which Supervisor Jo seph H. Keltey of Oakland Is attempt ing to restrain the state atid county ireasurers and the county auditor from buying $200,000 worth of state highway bonds was submitted last evening to Judge Harris and will be decided December 26. At closing session yesterday afternoon Attorney John T. Nourse, ♦•rpresenting the attorney general's office, dec lared th4t most of the coun ties which buy the bonds will lose money on the investment, but that they will be repaid by having the Mate highway run through their ter i itory. I The Truth j Will Out | » So Col;! f j Books Read— | HowPiet,alittleDutch ♦ boy, came in an J asked | for a To/. t How the dear little | China folk came dowh | to tne floor and spoke. have books to | please all ages from • babies to grannies. —See the — | Golden Book for children - - - $1 | Motor Boy series - - - 50c | Little Colon?! series - - - $1 | Wizard of Oz series - - - $1 ! Peter Rabbit t series -- - 50c % UNION SQUARE 77 Year Old Singer Plans to Take Part In Musical Services Elaborate Program in Oakland Church to Be Featured by Aged Woman's Lyrics In spite of her 77 years. Mrs. Mar g-aret Blake Alverson. the oldest singer in the state, will take part In the musical services Sunday morning at Good Samaritan chapel. Ninth and Oak streets. Oakland, of which Rev. R. Franklin Hart is rector. Others who will be heard are Miss Margaret Mulgrew. soprano, a pupil of Mrs. Al verson: Miss Alice Davies, alto and violinist; R. Davies, tenor, and Miss Whitmore, organist. Mrs. Alverson is the author of "Sixty Years of Cali fornia Song." which is rapidly taking its place as a classic and has been placed in most of the libraries of the state. Her home at 1429 Second ave nue, Oakland, has for years been the mecca of musicians. HAWAII'S CHIEF WELCOMED HERE Governor Elect of Islands De layed From Sailing by President's Cold Because President Wilson caught a j bad cold when he attended the army navy football game, L. E. Pinkham, I governor elect of Hawaii, was unable to sail on the Mongolia today. Gov ernor Pinkham arrived at the Stewart hotel this morning, four days late. Pinkham will leave on the Hono lulan December 23. He was given a right royal welcome by San Francisco and island friends In the lobby of the hotel this morn ing. Everybody shook him by the hand, and Clerk Charles Green was jso overcome that he pocketed the pen I with which the governor signed his name upon the register. "This pen will be historical some day," was Green's explanation. "My administration will be con servative," said Pinkham, "and the rich and poor will be equally consid ered. I can not talk about the sugar situation." DIVORCEE JAILED AS A SWINDLER On the charge of being an amiable swindler. Miss Nettie Putnam, a charming divorcee, 26, and her com panion. C. Campbell I>enman, the scion of a well known London fam ily, will leave here today for Los An geles under police escort. They were both arrested last night In her apart ments in the Hotel Glen, where she had arrived a short time ago, with four trunks, three aliases and a for tune in diamonds and other Jewels. She is accused of having swindled merchants and banks of $1,200 by the use of a trick in Juggling her bank accounts. According to the Kick Harris de tective agency. Miss Putnam, alias Lule Rogers, alias Lule Reeves, alias Mrs. Renman, reached Los Angeles November 17, and C. Campbell Den man arrived several weeks later. The woman opened an account with a Spring street bank, depositing $200. A like amount was deposited in an other bank. The couple then char tered an automobile and made a tour of the Broadway stores, making small purchases and giving checks In excess of the goods bought. Shortly before the banks closed checks were pre sented at the banks for the full amount of the Putnam deposits, and Immediately the couple arranged to leave town. They were traced through a taxlcab driver. When the couple reached San Fran cisco she opened an account with the Crocker National bank for $62i. The police believe she planned to repeat the Los Angeles trick. In the city prison today, where both she and her companion spent the night. Miss Put nam indignantly denies the charges against her, but says she will not fight extradition and will stand trial. The police, on the other hand, say that if she is the Mrs. Denman for whom they have been seeking she is one of the cleverest check passers In the country and is wanted In several cities. She is a native of West Vir ginia and went to Los Angeles from Buenos Aires, South America, THE SAN FRANCISCO CALL AND POST, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 1913 MARY'S LAMB WENT TO SCHOOL ONE DAY; THIS DOG 4 YEARS Mrs. Charles E. Gross, her son and "Spratts," pointer dog who was given promotion for school attendance. "Spratts" Wins Blue Ribbon Promotion Certificate for Being Neither Absent Nor Tardy During Long Attendance This certifies that SPRATTS] CROSS has completed the Teor\( in the sixth A grade of the school and is promoted to the sixth D grade.' , Oakland, Cat. Dec. 12. 1913. Proudly bearing the above certifi cate of promotion, properly sealed and ribboned, in his mouth, Spratts Gross, a beautiful pointer dog who has been attending the Lakeview school in Oakland for the last four years without a day's absence, came home after being the central figure in the graduation exercises. Today he is the pride of the neighborhood. Spratts was more fussy than a girl attending her first dance in the prepa rations for the promotion exercises. He ran around the house and by a THEFT OF PICTURE UNSOLVED PUZZLE "Indian Girl" Taken Because of Beauty, Theory of Dealers in Art The mysterious disappeara.no© of the painting entitled "The Indian Girl," by Mrs. Alice Coutts, from the art galleries of Rabjohn & Morcom, 240 Post street, yesterday, is still puz zling Mrs. Coutts. the art dealers and the police. No clew has yet been found to the thief, but it is the belief of the firm that the picture was stolen on account of its dainty beauty rather than its value. The painting was listed at SB5. One of the proprietors said that he hung the picture in the morning. Later in the day he noticed that it was gone, but supposed one of the clerks hail taken it down to show to a Customer. It was not until an hour later, when he noticed that the pic ture was still missing, that he found, upon investigation, it had been stolen. The screw by which it was hung had been Jerked -<rom the wall. Color is lejit to the theory that the picture was stolen by some one who particularly admired it by the fact that adjoining It were several paint ings of much higher value, including canvases by William Keith. "The Indian Girl" was a small can vas, only six by eight inches, and easily concealed. It is in Mrs. Coutts' best style, being an exquisitely dainty work. Mrs. Coutts and her husband, Gor don Coutts, who is also an artist, re turned recently from Europe, where they were studying and working. They live at 406 Pacific avenue, Oak land. $1,500 IS COLLECTED IN TUBERCULOSIS CAMPAIGN Nearly t1.500 has been collected in the last three days in the campaign of the Alameda County Society fot the Prevention of Tuberculosis. The sale of Red Cross seals has been the method and 400 persons, mostly women, have volunteered their serv ice* for the cause. The campaign will continue all week. The proceeds will be devoted to the operation of free clinic* in too-east bay cities. ] series of short barks conveyed the to his mistress, Mrs. j Charles E. Gross, 31.1 Perry street, i Oakland, that his ribbon was not on | straight. Previously the animal had insisted that the bath water should be at Just the right temperature, that his coat be nicely smoothed out and that his nails be trimmed and filed. Then, with a box of candy in his mouth for the teacher, Spratts pranced to the school for the ceremonies. "I am almost as proud of Spratts as I am of my children.' - said Mrs. Gross, owner of the intelligent ani mal, today. "He can do almost any thing except speak, and even does that in his dog language. I hope to have him graduated out of grammar school Into high school. I have not decided whether he will take a clas sical course at the university or not." SPRING VALLEY SUIT TO BEGIN Acting Mayor Signs Ordinance for Condemnation Action Against Company The ordinance directing; the city at torney to begin the condemnation suit against the Spring Valley "Water com pany has been signed by acting Mayor Jennings, and Thomas E. Haven, spe cial counsel for the city, is ready to file the complaint. City Attorney Long is authority for the statement that this will be the largest suit in condemnation ever instituted in this or any other country. The amount Involved depends on the value placed on the water properties, and is in the neighborhood of $37,500,000. Three Judges, selected jointly by the city and the water company, will try the case in this city. Early Morning Blaze Scares Hotel Guests Three engines, two chemicals, three hose wagons, one truck and the water tower were called out at 7 o'clock this morning- when a Are alarm was turned In from Fourth and Market streets for a blazing chimney at the New Fashion restaurant, 78 Ellis street. Guests in nearby hotels were frightened by the Are bells, but the apparatus left In short order. No damage was done the cafe. NO POSTOFFICE ADDITIONS Explaining that there are at pres ent 740 plans waiting the considera tion of the government architects. Senator George C. Perkins has noti fied the Merchants' exchange of Oak land that it will be 10 years before the necessary additions are made on the Oakland postofflce. GIVES FAREWELL ADDRESS Rev. C. Telford Erlcks6n, mission ary to Albania, gave his farewell ad dress on the Balkan independence In the ivory ballroom of the Hotel Oak land yesterday afternoon. The ad dress wasc under the auspices of the new society, "The Friends of Alba nia," FLEES FROM JAIL AS 6 LOOK ON Officers Baffled by Escape of County Prisoner; Auto in Waiting Outside Fence With the aid of a confederate in an auto, John Resinger foiled six guards and escaped from the county jail to day. The tooting of an auto horn outside the prison yard gave the alarm after he had eluded the watchers. He is believed to have fled In the ma chine. Sheriff Kggers immediately started an investigation and the police began a eitywide search. Resinger was doing 90 days for a misdemeanor, having been sentenced November 4 for disturbing the peace. His escape is one of the most daring from the county jail in years. The investigators were baffled by the means used. High Property Cost Stops Ry. Extensions An extension of commutation privi leges between Oakland and San Fran cisco by tbe Oakland, Antloch and Eastern railway was taken up last night by the Oakland Merchants' ex. change committee appointed to con fer with the railway officials. The high valuations of property necessary to extend the lines originally agreed to within six blocks of the Oakland city hall has made such an extension impossible, and it is said that no ar rangement by which either a direct right of way or track privilege to a commutation point can be obtained is possible without prohibitive cost. First Bad Accident In New Civic Center The first serious accident to occur in the new civic center happened at 8:45 o'clock this morning, when J. Jenkins, an iron worker, fell 30 feet from the second story girders at the new city hal-1 building. Jenkins struck his head on a crossbar in the fall. He was taken to the central emergency hospital. Little hope is held for his recovery, as he is suffer ing from a basic fracture of the skull. He is 35 years old and single. Reports in Carabao Satires Go to Wilson By Associated Press. WASHINGTON. Dec. IS.—Secreta ries Garrison and Daniels today com pleted their report on the satires at the recent Oarabao dinner conducted by army and navy officers. It con tains certain recommendations, but whether It will lead to a reprimand or court martial was not divulged. Secretary Garrison expected to con fer later today with the president. DEMAND FOOD; MAY GO TO ROCK PILE Fresno Grand Jury Considers Answer to Leader of Army of Unemployed By Associated Press. FRESNO. Dec. 18.—A demand was received last night by the directors of the Fresno Chamber of Commerce from the •'army of the unemployed - ' traveling in this direction from Stock ton that the people of this city pro vide accommodations, food and medi cal attendance for the army, consist ing of 120 men, for a day. It was stated that the army ex pects to reach here on Friday next. The Chamber of Commerce directors discussed the question only briefly and then turned the communication, signed by A. L.. Hall as chairman, over to the mayor for appropriate action without further comment. Jt is stated today by members of the grand jury that they had consid ered and would act tomorrow on a rc-ommendation that the county es tablish a rock pile at once to assist the unemployed. The members of the army say that present labor condi tions are caused by the rush of peo ple to this coast to secure work, but do not suggest that they want work in this cit/. Saved Life of Sailor; Gets Medal of Honor Word was received today from Washington that Secretary McAdoo had awarded a silver medal of honor to .John yon Duhn of the quartermas ter's steamer General McDowell for his action in saving a sailor from drowning in San Francisco bay Sep tember 4. The sailor fell between the steamer and the pier and drifted under the dock while the propeller of the vessel was In action, and with a strong cur rent running. Yon Dulm leaped over board with heavy clothing on and rescued the drowning man. Law Books Printed by Franklin Bring $415 By Associated Press. PHILADELPHIA, Dec. IS.—A rare set of law books printed by Benjamin Franklin were purchased here yester day by the New York state library for $415. The documents, which consisted of 17 follo% executed between 1759 and 1764, were part of the collection of Robert F. Skutch of Baltimore. Property Damaged by - Heavy Cars, Is Charged The Fillmore Street Improvement association today Is negotiating with the United Railroads in an attempt to prevent damage to property which, it is alleged, results from running heavy cars on rails laid on sand. It ta claimed damage is being done in Ellis and O'Farrell streets between Fill more and-Buchanan. CALL-POST WILL REPLY TO QUESTIONS €>♦<«> <?-*♦**> Concerning State Insurance BECAUSE of the great in terest throughout San Francisco and California in the new workmen's compensation, insurance and safety act, com monly known as the work men's compensation act, and the general desire for enlight enment on various phases of the law, The Call and Post will answer questions through its columns daily on anything re lating to the proposition. Send your written questions to The Call and Post. They will be answered by Colonel Har ris Welnstock, Will J. French and A. J. Pillsbury, compos ing the state Industrial acci dent board, and both em ployer and employe will have an opportunity to obtain a good Idea of what the law Is. The act goes Into effect Janu ary 1, and Its spoanera say It will be one of the greatest legislative benefits ever given to the workJngmen j and women of California. Write your questions plainly and make them concise. Watch the columns of this paper closely, as the question you Intended to ask may be propounded in the query of your neighbor. PAVEMENT TANGO IS S.F.'S LATEST Street Dances, Fathered by Supervisors, to Make Debut in Clement Tonight The pavement tango will soon be as famous as many another dance which had its birth in San Francisco, and, like the others, its birthplace will be the pleasure loving city of the Golden Gate. Sponsored by the board of supervisors and encouraged by the city with municipal orchestras sup plying the inspiration, the pavement tango and street dancing will be made a reality here tonight in Clement street, when the holiday festival opens there. It will be repeated Saturday night at Mission and Twenty-fifth streets, and the biggest dance of all will be held Xew Year's eve in Grant avenue. Street dancing is to be made an in stitution in San Francisco, like -our fogs, and coming with equal fre quency. "There is no doubt that the public will eagerly avail itself of the oppor tunity to take part in these street dances." said Supervisor J- Bmmett Ilayden, who suggested the pavement dances. "Since the dance halls were closed on the Barbary Coast there have been frequent assertions made that there is a lack of dancing places. These street dances, supervised by the police, will fill this, demand admir ably." The plan of the supervisors is to make San Francisco unique among American cities for her outdoor life and gayeties. SEEKS TO JOIN BABY IN DEATH Grandmother of Child Burned to Death Blames Herself i and Threatens Suicide Though badly burned in a vain ef fort to save her little granddaughter, Mrs. J. Carroll today threatened her self with violence, believing she was to blame for the child's death. Mrs. Carroll, badly burned on the hands and with all her hair singed, was taken to the home of a friend after G year old Marion Fish was burned to death when her clothes caught fire at the hearth of her home in Kentfleld. She was the daugter of Dudley Fish of Dixon & Fish, stationers. Mrs. Carroll, delirious, was closely watched today to prevent an attempt at suicide. The autopsy on ttye child was set for today and her funeral for tomor row. COBURN PLANS MANSION IF ADJUDGED COMPETENT Loren Coburn, 88 years old, is de termined today that he shall bo com fortable in his future. The million aire Fescadero land owner says he will build himself a mansion as soon as he can be restored to competency. He is now under the guardianship of M. J. Hynes. BROOKOVER CONCERT TOMORROW EVENING Much interest is being taken by lo cal musical circles in the concert to be given tomorrow evening at Kohler & Chase hall by Mrs. Mabel Ordway Brookover. This is Mrs. Brookover's initial Individual effort, although she has appeared a number of times at charitable and church affairs. She possesses a rich, deep contralto, which has been carefully trained under Mme. Rosabelle Marks, and which has re ceived much encouragement from mu sicians of note. The following varied program will be given tomorrow even ing, accompanied by Frederick Mau rer: Aria "La-Glaeonda" Blind Girl's Song Ponohielli "Samson ot Dellla." My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice SaintSaens "Dn Bist Wle F-lne Blume" Schumann "Die Wanderer" Schubert "The Cry of Rachel" Mary Salter Turner "Thy Beaming Eyes" McDowell "The Lord Is Mindful of His Own" Mendelssohn "I.ove's Whisper" WillonKhby Indian song. "At Dawning" Cadman Dr. H. J. Stewart's opera, "King Hal," was recently given for six nights at Her Majesty's theater, Dun dee, Scotland. MARTINEZ M. D.'S FUNERAL Funeral services for Dr. Frank A. McManus, the Martinez physician whose mangled body was found be side the Southern Pacific railroad tracks Monday, were held from his home in Martinez today. The body was shipped to Chico for Interment. BIG OIL FIRE IS FINALLY CHECKED Battle Against Flames Ends at 6 This Morning; Loss Totals $200,000 After almost destroying 1 the plant of the Pacific States OU refinery at the foot of Frultvale avenue, East Oakland, the Are that raged there nearly all day yesterday and all of last night was extinguished at 6 o'clock this morning. The damage is estimated by Superintendent James Halloran at approximately $200,000. The firemen worked all night In the face of great danger, their chief efforts being devoted to trying to prevent the flames from spreading to a 45,000 gallon tank of benzine. Sev eral times the tank caught fire, but the flames were automatically ex tinguished by the gases rising from the tank, benzine not exploding un less mixed with a cetrain percentage of air. A great crowd assembled to watch the fight with the flames, being at tracted by the glare and the dense cloud of smoke that hung over the city. So big was the throng and so closely did it press in on the Are lighters that the mounted police had to be called out, it being feared that the big tank would explode and kill hundreds. The plant contained 20 big and 40 small tanks. Twelve of the small ones, about half the warehouse sup ply of asphalt and the engine room were saved; everything else was burned. President William Lange said this morning that he did not know whether or not the company would rebuild, but believed it would. He did not know the amount of insur ance. FIFTY FAMILIES IN WANT MARYSVILL.E, Dec. 18.—According to a report of the local relief society, 50 families are in dire want in a population of 5,000, making one out of every hundred in the city destitute. BANDITS RIDE IN AUTO WITH VICTIM Chauffeur Says Customers Tied Him to Park Bench and Threatened Death John Glover, an automobile driver for William Haines. 1713 Haig-ht street, who lives at 97 Barannun ave nue, told a strangre story to Policeman Quigley on the water front early this morning about how he had been gagged by two patrons of his ma chine, tied to a park bench and then compelled to drive the men back to town at the point of two revolvers. Glover says the two men, who were well dressed and appeared to have an air of refinement about them, hired him at the ferry building at 10 o'clock last night. After driving the two about the downtown streets for two hours, they told him to speed for Eighth avenue and Fulton street. When they reached that corner they ordered him to go into the main drive way near that place. When Glover stropped his machine the men gagged him with the chauf feur's own glove. Marching him from the machine, the two men at the point of a- revolver compelled Glover to sit on a park bench while they tied him. The trio were sitting on the bench, Glover says, when a policeman hove in sight and ordered them to move the machine off the middle of the driveway. The two men shoved the machine to one side and Glover says the po liceman walked away. As soon as the officer was out of sight. Glover alleges, one of the men said: "This spoils our $6,000 Job." According to Glover, the two men waited on the bench for half an hour, then untied him, and ordered him to drive back to the city. He says one of the men held a re volver to his side, warning him that an outcry meant instant death. Ar riving at the Ferry bulldin, the two men jumped out and disappeared. Detectives Maloney and De la Guer ra are working on the case. Store operas at 9>:3Q a.m.; closes at 6:30 p.m. Efe Whit? firms* HOLIDAY SALE OF PARIS, LONDON and VIENNA NOVELTIES AS! beaded Hand Bags, Jewel Boxes and Sewmg Sets Ira the Leather Goods Section (Main Floor) (toe Quarter Off Regular Marked Prices Toys Books Handkerchiefs 3 Established 1877 JOHN E. MAGNIV, President Grant Avenue at Geary St. •tan Francisco. Phone Sutter 3600 Exquisite Dancing Dresses for Misses, Juniors , Magnin Annex, Second Flooi d? 1 C A A Dancing Dress of •pIO.UU Crepe de Chine; white, maize, pink, blue, green. Exquisite Shadow Lace forms tunic and bodice. Pink roses. A special purchase, specially priced. Q Q(* Dancing Dress, yIV.OO French Silk Cre pele; Nattier blue, coral; Shad ow Lace garniture. Reduced from $28.50. Wonderful value. JUNIOR REPUBLIC HEAD DISMISSED William R. George Ousted After Charges of Loose Liv ing Are Sustained By Associated Preaa. NKW YORK, Dec. 18.—Removal of William R. George from active par ticipation in the affairs of the George Junior Republic at Freevllle, N. V., founded by him more than 10 years ago, is recommended by the State Board of Gharitles in- a report made public today. More than 50 witnesses in six states were examined with regard to charges of loose living made against George by three young women, for mer members of the republic. These charges dated back to 1904. The testimony was unprintable. The board adopted resolutions rec ommending that no more girls be received at the republic and that those now there be speedily removed to other institutions. Of George's conduct the report says In part: "In view of certain confessions and statements regarding his exercise of hypnotic influence on the citizens of the republic, and his admissions of lapses of memory, his presence in the institution is clearly undesirable." 2 New Steamers for San Francisco-Alaska Line Two new steamers are to be put on the Seattle, San Francisco, Alaska run by the Pacific Alaska Navigation com pany, which has officially changed its name to "The Admiral company." An announcement to this effect was made yesterday by H. F. Alexander, presi dent, who says that the added ships will enable a twice a week servicw between here and Seattle. The ves sels, which are now being completed in the easgt, are to be called the Ad miral Deey and the Admiral Schley. Complete list of rooms to let, Call- Post Want Ad section.