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California Homes.
<~AU. AND POST, VOL 94. NO. H7.
McCreery Appeals to British Courts
Coincident with the filing of a com- j
rlaint in the Los Angeles courts by
6.000 members of the Automobile
Club of Southern California to In
validate the state "motor ve
hicle act," In effect January 1,
plans for a similar fight In northern
California were outlined today by
leaders In the California State Auto-
Twenty-eight legal causes why an
injuiction against the operation of tbo
■' t should be ordered are alleged In
the complaint filed In th© southern
The complaint is directed against
Hiram W. Johnson as governor.
Charles t>. Blaney, Burton A. Towne,
X. D. Darlington, J. J. Dwyer. F. W.
Hatch and W. M. CcClnre. constitut
ing the state department of engineer
ing, and State Treasurer E. D. Rob-
The fight for the northern Califor
nia association will be handled by
Attorneys John L. McXab and Timo
thy Healy. Healy said today that the
registration fees are being paid under
protest. They become delinquent when
the law goes fully into effect January
1, after which a test case will be
The fight will be carried 'straight
to the state supreme court.
From 11,000,000 to $1,500,000 yearly
Is involved.
The motorists claim that the law
puts a double tax on them—county
and state. Only 5,000 of the "5,000 mo
torists have paid the fee, and these
under protest.
The opposition, is directed against
the fee provision, and not the other
features of the law regulating traffic,
equipment and other features.
The state tax is based on horse-
An independent test la to be made
by a San Francisco motor Journal,
and the Automobile association of
southern California has already taken
The state associatlffh's test case is
the result of a fight decided on at
district meetings helii throughout the
state. The plans have been in the
hands of Percy C. Walker, president,
and E. D. Watkins, secretary.
Grand Duke Denies He
Was Scared of Japs
LONDON, Deo. 18.—The Grand Duke
Boris of Russia, a cousin of the em
peror of Russia, testified In rebuttal
today in the lord chief justice's court
to allegations of misconduct and
< owardice brought against him in a
magazine article, for which he sued
the Krank A.. Munsey cdmpany for
libel. The suit was settled out of
COlirt DecAnber ». The grand duke
t- stifled that he had been constantly
< noer fire for a fortnight in Man
churia, during the Japanese war In
Wife Wins Divorce Suit,
But Gets No Alimony
SAX JOSE, Dec. 18.— Victoria
Magnuson wanted to'ride on her hus
band's back, but he refused, and in
this way he explained one Instance
of cruelty charged in her divorce:
complaint. Judge Welch refused her
Pacifi'' machinist. A man who fig
ured in li.c Trial as Albert was named
as corespondent.
Mrs. McClaughry to
Make Baldwin Ranch
Home of Fine Horses
Sentiment for Place Won to Fame
by Father Prompts Model
Farm Plans
LOS ANGELES. Dec. IS.—Mrs. Anita
Baldwin McCloughry has taken over
under a lease the Santa Anita rancho
j and lands adjoining- It to the south,
of which her sister, Mrs. Clara Bald
win Stocker, is half ow»er.
Mrs. McClaughry plans to make this
property, which includes the old Bald
win home place of 1,500 acres, a model
ranch, scientifically and Intensively
cultivated, and stocked with blooded
Sentiment for the place made fa
mous by her father prompts her plans.

Mrs. Ruth Otis, wife of W. I. Otis,
a wealthy San Francisco merchant,
who lives in Berkeley, is dead at the
1 receiving hospital in Oakland from j
j the poison which she took yesterday. |
She was identified today after spend- j
Ing the night In the hospital.
Stepping int& the reading room of
the Claremont branch library yester
day afternoon, the woman lifted the
bottle of poison to her lips. She
screamed as she fell across one of
the reading tables.
The readers, startled from their
books and papers by the woman's
shrieks, ran to her assistance. Mrs.
Otis was rushed to the hospital and
every effort made to save her life.
| She died at 7 o'clock this morning,
j W. Irwin Otis, the husband, who is
a manufacturer's agent, dealing in
I surgical supplies at 629 Mission street,
i this city, was found by the police this
I morning after his wife had been iden-
I tified. He was questioned closely, and
; after answering a few questions dis- i
| appeared.
The Otis home, a pretentious one
I which was only recently purchased,
is at 67 Stockridge avenue, Berkeley.
The police have learned that Mrs.
Otis had for several months been tak
ing treatment for the drug habit.
Allan ("Kid") Cloudier, serving a
25 year sentence in San Quentln for
killing Patrolman William Robinson
in San Francisco In 1903, for which
crime one of Goucher's confederates
was hanged, has been given a parole
by the state board of prison directors.
Some members of the board opposed
j the parole. It will become effective
In one year.
Frank Woods, alias St. Louis Frank,
was hanged for the killing of Robin
son. The other members of the
Goucher gang were William Kauf
mann, alias St. Louis Fat; John Coul
ter, alias Leadvllle Jimmie; William
| Kennedy, alias Yellow, and William
j Henderson.
j Goucher is the son of former State
i Senator Goucher, at one time a leader
in the political life in California.
With five of the gang, Goucher on
I the evening of the murder went to
Colma to rob the office of the ceme
tery there. Scared away by a watch
man, they returned to San Francisco.
! Here they split up into gangs of
three, and one gang held up Stephen
V. Costello, an attorney, and then
I robbed a waiter and a Japanese. The
I Japanese Called loudly for help.
Patrolman Robinson ran up and a
pistol duel followed. The second
gang, headed by Goucher, came up
and opened fire on Robinson, who was
now assisted by a fellow officer. Rob
inson was killed.
Henderson turned state's evidence
and Woods, who lired the fatal shot,
was sentenced to death and hanged
October 6, 1905. On the gallows he
confessed to the onme and to a mur
der committed in Fresno.
White Lemon Growers
Drive Out Japanese
AJfGEUBS, Dec is.—six Jap
anese lemon growers were driven out |
of Villa Park, Orange i-ounty, by |
white pickers yesterday. 1
Walter McCreery, eccentric San
j Mateo millionaire, who was declared
|an Incompetent by the court about a
year ago and who more recently occu
pied the limelight aa a result of his
| thrilling escape from the Los Muer-
I tos rancho near Hollister, today added
i another chapter to his series of esca- i
pades by securing an injunction in |
London preventing his guardian, At- j
torney H. H. McPike. from disposing
of any of the McCreery British prop- !
A cable frorti London states that
McCreery appeared before the chan
cery division bench and told a
markable story of alleged intrigue in
volving Attorney McPike and several
other Americans. He alleged that he
was made the victim of false insanity
charges while on a recent visit to the
United States inspecting some of his
holdings and that Attorney McPike
had himself appointed guardian, later
cabling orders to sell all of Mc-
Creery*s property. McCreery further
alleged that he managed to escape
and hurry back home to frustrate the
When Informed of the cable here
today. Attorney McPike scoffed at Its
seriosness, stating that, while Mc-
Creery might have secured the In
junction, there was no effort being)
made to dispose of any such property
la England. McPike stated that the
only holdings belonging to McCreery
In England were some furniture and a
$100.000 THIEF
William Frederick Bastian, the
$100,000 burglar de luxe, was today
sentenced to four years in San Quen
tin by Judge Cabaniss. As the sen
tence was pronounced his young sis
ter, Josephine, broke Into sobs.
It was to furnish her a home that
Bastian committed 15 burglaries and
iitted out a $10,000 home.
The sister has been called upon by
the government to show cause why
she should not be deported as an un
desirable citizen. Bastian, when re
leased from prison, will be deported.
At the immigration service headquar
ters it was said this afternoon that a
ruling on the girl's case would prob
ably be made the last week of the
year. Bastaln took out citizenship
papers, but these, are alleged to have
been obtained fraudulently.
The $10,000 house he deeded over I
to his sister after his arrest.
Butter and Eggs
Prices Take Tumble
Heavy receipts of butter and eggs
today sent the wholesale prices of
those products tumbling. Extra but
ter dropped half a cent to 30 cents.
First dropped half a cent to 28%
cents per pound.
Fresh extra eggs declined 2u. cents
to 42 Yx cents per dozen, and selected
pullets dropped 4% cents to 38 cents.
Storage extras remained at 35% cents.
Retail prices are from 3 to 5 cents
higher per pound for butter and per
dozen for eggs than the wholesale
Druids' Grand Grove
Of State Wins Fight
The state supreme grove of the
I United Ancient Order of Druids won
! its fight on the national grand grove
j today, when Judge Seawell decided
that the latter was not entitled to an
j injunction forbidding the state grove
I from organizing or doing business In
I California. ;
"Uncle Joe" Cannon
Down and Out; Goes
Broke in Poker Game
WASHINGTON', Dec. 18. — They
"wouldn't stand up" for Uncle Joe
Cannon last night.
Some of his former colleagues in
the house had arranged a session at
the national game—not baseball —but
every time Uncle Joe tried to get
away with a nickel raise on a good
hand, everybody dropped. Every time
he tried to make "Jacks up" do the
work of a real hand, he was com
pelled to take a look at "three small
ones." His "flushes" would not flush
and his "straights" had kinks in them,
and, after a seven hour session, the
former speaker coughed up $3.08 and
withdrew in disgust.
As the group was separating, one
of the players remarked:
"Well, Uncle Joe, for a man that
has played poker all his life, you are
pretty punk. To think of a man who
sat in with John Qulncy Adams put
ting up such an exhibition as you
have tonight!"
Uncle Joe scratched head and
thought a minute. Then he drawled:
"It's all a lie! I never played poker
with the boy. It was his father."
Church Wars on the
Tango and Trot
By Associated Press.
NEW YORK, Dec. 18. —To woo the
young: men and women away from the
tango and turkey trot, the Vestry and
' Aid society of Christ church In Brook
lyn, of which Canon William S. Chase
la rector, has engaged a dancing
teacher to instruct classes in the new
est dances approved by the vestry.
The question of dancing came to
the attention of Canon Chase and
the vestry with the opening of the
new parish hall In connection with
the church.
A Hat of the newest dances to be
taught has not been published, but
Canon Chase said that the tango and
turkey trot would not be included
in it.
"Fool Proof" Airship
Invention by Wright
NEW YORK. Dec. 18.—The discov
ery of a stabilizer which will render
the areoplane practically "fool proof"
was announced last night by Orville
Wright in an address before the Aero
"I am flying with a stabilizer nearly
every day," said Mr. Wright. "It
works to perfection, but on account
of small electric connections, which
are liable to corrode, it gets out of
working order now and then. Wo
will soon have this part perfected,
however, so that it may be put on
the market."
Mr. Wright thought it a little too
early to attempt a trans-Atlantic
Cassius A. Hutton
Sued for Divorce
Cassius A. Hutton, president of the
C A. Hutton company, flour and grain
merchants, who has been living for
some time at the Olympic club, is
charged with desertion in a suit for
divorce filed today by Mrs. Minnie B.
Hutton. They were married at Kan
sas City October 18, 1892. She seeks
the custody of their one son, Harold
P. Hutton, 20 years old, who lives
with her.
Mrs. Hutton is represented by Sulli
van, Sullivan & Roche.
Slit Skirts Barred in
Illinois High School
By Associated Press.
DECATuRR, 111.. Dec. 18.—Diaphan
ous and slit skirts and transparent
stockings were barred in the Charles
ton high school at a special meeting
of the girl students and women mem
bers of the faculty held today. The
teachers said that conditions had
become shocking.
$10,000 Left to Heirs
By Lead Pencil Will
A will written in Italian with a
lead pencil on wrapping paper was
filed today for probate by Attorney
Cornelius W, Kelly, wherein Mrs.
Mary Mona of 1183 Vallejo street
leaves an estate of $10,000 in stocks
and bond*.
The will disposes of the property
to a eon and two grandchildren.
By Associated Press.
DEXVKK, Colo., Dec 18.—Delegates
to the state labor convention in ses
sion here to the number of several
hundred started at 10:30 this morning
to march on the state capitol to pre
sent to Governor E. M. Ammons their
demands for the abolition of the mili
tary commission in the Colorado
strike zone and for the dismissal of
Stnlitla officers objectionable
to the labor element.
The parade passed through the
principal section of the city.
Governor Ammons has positively
refused to dismiss Adjutant General
John Chase and other military officers
from service, order the release of mil
itary prisoners and abolish the mili
tary commission in the strike zone.
The demands were made upon the
governor by a committee from the
Allied Trade unions' convention.
In refusing, the governor charac
terized the demands as ridiculous and
their claims as overdrawn.
When the waiting delegates heard
their committeemen report that the
threat of recall petitions within five
days had had no effect upon the gov
ernor, "Mother" Mary Jones, in fiery
and vitriolic words, exhorted her
hearers to band themselves by the
"righteousness of the, cause, march
upon the state capitol and fling your
defiance of the governor in his *face."
Pleading, urging, "Mother" Jones
controlled the convention, which she
declared was but the forerunner of a
revolution which would be second to
"no civil war In the history of the
At the conclusion the delegates
voted overwhelmingly to assemble to
day for the march to the capitol in
protest of the governor's conduct of
the law enforcing agencies in the
state during the strike of coal miners
in the southern Colorado fields.
"There are no acts which have come
to my knowledge, either officially or
unofficially, of any misconduct on the
part of the officers mentio°hed in the
unions' resolution," said Governor
Ammons. "And not until the commit
tee itself brought charges against
these men had I heard anything of It.
I told them to produce their proof
and then 1 would listen to them.
"They may secure their recall peti
tion against me, but their threat to do
so does not weaken me in my deter
mination to preserve law and order In
the state."
Musician Added to
San Quentin Talent
San Quentln'a musical talent for the
next two years will hAve the assist
ance of Edward Button, who was ar
rested In Oakland some weeks ago
with a suitcase full of goods stolen
from the pawnshop of P. J. Leon.
Sixth and Washington streets, and for
which he was today sentenced by
Judge Donahue In Oakland. Burton
refused to ask for probation, saying
he had no friends who would stand
as sponsors.
Coast Gets Hearing
On Exclusion Bill
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18.—Pacific
coast citizens will be heard on the
exclusion of Asiatics -when a house
committee resumes consideration of
the Immigration bill January 22. Wit
nesses are expected from San Fran
cisco, Portland, Seattle and other
who is jaile<
as a hobo.
Oakland Police Find Rich Rancher's Daughter in Man'
Togs and Covered With Boxcar Grease
With her face smudged with smoke
and cinders, her clothes torn ana cov
ered with grease and dust, Ella
Llewellyn, 18 years old, daughter of a
wealthy Stockton rancher, was ar
rested In Oakland this morning in
men's clothing, after she had ridden
for several days from place to place on
freight trains. She left her home in
Stockton Tuesday, running away to
see the world, and reached Oakland
on an early morning train.
She attracted the attention of Po
liceman Brewick, who suspected her
disguise and stopped her at Ninth and
Washington streets.
She was dressed in a black
coat, a black slouch hat, corduroy
trousers and old canvas shoes. She
pretended to be deaf and dumb to the
officer, but when he drew out a pad of
paper and wrote a question for her
she laughed out and said she was not
She frankly confessed that she had
run away from her home because she
did not get along with her parents
and three brothers and sisters.
After departing, she borrowed the
suit of clothes from a boy friend and
beat her way on a freight train to
Sacramento, riding the brake beam.
She was nearly frozen, not having
any overcoat. In Sacramento she got
an overcoat and rode In a gravel car
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Girl, 18,
in man's
rode rods
to Oakland.
to Suisun. From Suisun she rode un
der a tank car to Davis.
The oil gofMnto her hair, and It was
terribly cold, she said, despite the
overcoat. She was very miserable and
concluded she would not continue very
far in this way, but the crew discov
ered her and also saw that she was a
girl. They took her Into the caboose,
gave her lunch and took up a collec
tion for her. When she reached Oak
land she had $2.60.
The good hearted crew let her ride
In the caboose all the way to Oak
land. She had become sick of freight
train travel, however, and gave up her
plan of going to Portland, where she
had meant to become a nurse.
She told the police she had con
cluded to go to the Salvation army
here, change her male attire for
woman's dress and learn nursing
right here in Oakland.
She had written two letters, one
to a boy sweetheart, addressed to
"Dear Dickey," and the other to An
drew Bailey, Walnut Creek, another
sweetheart who, she says, she wants
to marry.
The girl will be returned to the
Stockton probation office. She had
been placed on probation by this of
fice some time ago. She was edu
cated at the St. Catherine's home in
San Francisco until she was 15 years
Judge Robert J. Widney of Los An
geles today made fresh charges of at
tempted extortion In connection with
th© trial and conviction of his son, A.
B. Widney. He said under oath thai
a man named Harper approached him
after his son's conviction and offeree
to secure him probation for $750.
Harper, according to the formot
Judge, declared the money was for
Noel Murphy, the woman of the un
derworld who gave the younger Wid
ney money. He was convicted for ac
cepting this money.
Judge Wldney's allegations, backed
by Joseph Taaffe, his associate in th©
defense of his son. were made when
the case of Mrs. Mary Vaughn wa»
called before Judge Lawlor.
Mrs. Vaughn is on trial for an al
leged attempt to get $750 from Judg©
Wldney through a promise to have
the younger Widney cleared in the
police court when first arrested on
the charge of accepting Noel Mur
phy's money.
When her case was called it also
developed that the Murphy woman,
Robert J. Widney, another son. and
Vivian Lyons, with whom the latter
has been notoriously associated, had
not been found.
They are witnesses in the Vaughn
case. Judge Lawlor had ordered the
police to bring them to court today.
Detective Sergeant Minehan testified
that he believed Robert J. Wldney to
be in Seattle, and the women in hid
ing somewhere about the bay.
It was after testifying that the
three dropped from sight after th©
conviction of A B. Widney that Judg©
Widney made his charges of the sec
ond attempt at extortion.
"A man named Harper came to
me," he said, "and offered to have my
son put on probation for $750. 'The
girl's got to get her dough back,' he
This referred to the money Noel
Murphy gave A. B. Wldney.
The offer, he said, was made the
Saturday after his son's conviction.
Judge Widney said he referred the
man to Taaffe and the latter was
called to the stand.
He corroborated Judge Widney'*
"Harper told me to go see Car
roll Cook," he testified.
Cook prosecuted A. B. Widney.
"I did," Taaffe continued, "hut Cook
told me he knew nothing about the
offer except that some one had
phoned him something about it. Th©
matter was dropped there."
Miss Mary Fairbrother, president of
the Woman's Political league, was the
next witness. She denied that she
had ever said the case would never
be tried.
Counsel for Mrs. Vaughn told the
court that they wished the case to go
before a Jury, and would wait until
the three missing witnesses for th©
prosecution can be located.
The case was then continued until
January 12.
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